19DAYS 18NIGHTS

IT All starts in the city of fairy tales, copenhagen. from herE, we travel to the viking capital, oslo, before reaching the lovely and very elegant capital of sweden, Stockholm. enjoy the privileged natural beauty of the magnificent norwegian fjords and the fascinating northern capitals, with their cobbled streets, palaces and CANALS. experience the most notable sights of this complete journey through scandinavia and the nordic capitals. be amazed by the contrasts of the viking capitals, the nature of the wild fjords, EXUBERANT palaces of st. petersburg and the magnitudE of the russian capital, moscow. enjoy this modern, YET EXOCTIC area with its medieval history and feel the essence of the north!

2018 DEPARTURE DATES
MAY: 26
JUN: 30 
JUL: 07, 21, 28
AUG: 04, 11, 18, 25
SEP: 01

*Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the airport in Copenhagen & to the airport in St. Petersburg/Moscow and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.

RATES:

(19 DAYS)

(22 DAYS)

Per person in double/twin room:

EUR 5,760.00

EUR 6,590.00

Supplement for single room:

EUR 2,365.00

EUR 2,595.00

3rd   person in extra bed sharing a double/twin room:

EUR 5,298.00

EUR 5,995.00

Child (7 – 12 years), per child when sharing room with parents:    

EUR 4,895.00 EUR 5,590.00

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 16/19 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms, except at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union, where Fjord View rooms are confirmed
  • 1 night on board DFDS Seaways Ferry (Commodore Class Cabins – except if Twin is required, then 2 berth Outside Cabin);
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (DELUXE CABIN)
  • 18/21 Breakfasts – Buffet style
  • 6 dinners (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 19/22 (English & Spanish or Portuguese)
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (and Moscow)
  • For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide.
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Pulkovo Airport* (to Moscow Airport only for Moscow extension)
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg-Moscow, Train Sapsan (only for Moscow extension)
  • Porter service during ferry crossings, at railway stations in Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow and at hotels (excluding day 1 & 19/22)

 

ITINERARY:

DAY

SATURDAY

Arrival in Copenhagen

1

 

Hotel Skt. Petri

*****

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.                                                                               

*IMPORTANT NOTE! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

DAY

SUNDAY

Copenhagen

Breakfast

2

 

Hotel Skt. Petri

*****

 

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroeget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

DAY

MONDAY

Copenhagen-Oslo (OVERNIGHT FERRY)

Breakfast & Dinner

 

3

 

Outside Cabin (Commodore Class) on DFDS Seaways

 

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)

NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

DAY

TUESDAY 

                  Oslo – Lofthus                                                                                       

Breakfast & Dinner

4

 

Ullensvang Hotel - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. We will drive to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

WEDNESDAY

Lofthus – Bergen

Breakfast

 

5

 

Bergen Bors Hotel

****

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world.

After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

DAY

THURSDAY

Bergen - Flaam – Loen

Breakfast & Dinner

6

 

Hotel Alexandra - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flaam railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flaam. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will take us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Naeroy fjords, which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation by coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Laerdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.  

DAY

FRIDAY

Loen –Briksdal Glacier –­ Geiranger

Breakfast & Dinner

7

 

Hotel Union - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe’s largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.

PRICE: 52 EUR /PERSON

DURATION: APPROX 3-HOURS

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

SATURDAY

Geiranger

Breakfast & Dinner

8

 

Hotel Union - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape. After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll’s path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included).

In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

SUNDAY

Geiranger-Oslo

Breakfast

 

9

 

Hotel Continental

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. We continue, via Otta, leaving the fjord area of Central Norway characterized by breath-taking mountains and lakes. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel.                           

DAY

MONDAY

Oslo

Breakfast

 

10

 

Hotel Continental

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

DAY

TUESDAY

Oslo – Stockholm

Breakfast

 

11

 

Hotel At Six

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

DAY

WEDNESDAY

Stockholm

Breakfast

 

12

 

Hotel At Six

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water” and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the City Hall, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city’s best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: VASA MUSEUM following regular sightseeing

Per person: 45                  

Scandinavia’s top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship

Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Vasa, considered as one of the world's largest and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum was built around the 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm's inner harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628; its discovery in 1956 and subsequent salvage in 1961 is one of the most important events in marine archaeology. Painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, the Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history.

DURATION:     2 Hours

INCLUDES:      Entrance to Vasa museum with guided tour. Private tour guide

DAY

THURSDAY

Stockholm – Tallinn (OVERNIGHT FERRY)

Breakfast & Dinner

 

13

 

Tallink Silja – Cabin category DELUXE

 

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. Dinner will be served on board. 

DAY

FRIDAY

Tallinn

Breakfast

 

14

 

Radisson Blu Sky

****+

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Tallinn. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour, starting with a short tour by coach through the city centre and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of old town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to Lower Town. We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square, with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of the Holy Ghost. We continue our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it’s a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

DAY

SATURDAY

Tallinn – Helsinki

Breakfast

 

15

 

Hotel Kämp

*****

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki. On arrival to Helsinki, meet & greet with your local guide for a city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840’s, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in.

DAY

SUNDAY

Helsinki - St Petersburg

Breakfast

 

16

 

Hotel Angleterre

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. After noon, transfer to Helsinki’s International Rail Station, where we will board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Also known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and "the Venice of the North", St. Petersburg was virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and its downtown dazzles the eye of the visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Arrival at St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

*Groups 1 & 2 will be accomodated at Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

DAY

MONDAY

St. Petersburg

Breakfast

 

17

 

Hotel Angleterre

*****

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, we will be met by a local guide for a panoramic city sightseeing tour, which will cover some of the many highlights of the city. We will drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senate Square, The Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral.

The city tour ends at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures. Your tour escort will provide you with suggestions for tours.

DAY

TUESDAY

St. Petersburg

Breakfast

 

18

 

Hotel Angleterre

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide to continue our adventure in this charming city. You will visit The State Hermitage Museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) presents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Today the Museum is creating a digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. The tour ends at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

OPTIONAL * PETERHOF PALACE   

Per person Price € 65      

Take the opportunity to visit the Peterhof Palace, also known as the palace of the Sea God. Here the fountains are not mere accessories: they are the essence of the place. They are the symbolic expression of the sea's dominion, the mist that rises from the waves as they surge against its shores. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof, is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th Centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth Century by Emperor Peter the Great, not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. Credit for its creation should go to a great number of eminent architects, artists, and anonymous folk craftsmen. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles, and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world, often called "Capital of Fountains". After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive suburban royal park and palace ensemble of northern Russia's capital for numerous Russian and foreign visitors.

DURATION:     4 Hours

INCLUDES:      Private transportation to hotel. Entrance to Peterhof with guided tour. Private tour guide

MINIMUM:      2 passengers

DAY

WEDNESDAY                                                                                                                               Breakfast

St. Petersburg-Moscow

 

19

Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport*(Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Pulkovo Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

MOSCOW EXTENSION

Moscow Extension

DAY

WEDNESDAY

St. Petersburg-Moscow

Breakfast

19

 

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

*****

         

NOTE: Your tour escort will continue services until the end of the tour in Moscow.

Transfer with local guide from your hotel to the Railway station, where we will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow.

This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River. Afternoon arrival at Moscow and transfer to Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. The evening is at leisure. 

DAY

THURSDAY

Moscow

Breakfast

20

 

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

*****

         

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning starts with a full day privately guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow. We will see many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th century, many of them having been restored or even built again; beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games. Moscow, with its some 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic. We will visit the historic centre of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. We will also see the modern part of the city which includes the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills) – the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city and Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War Two. During this visit we will also experience a tour of one of Moscow’s beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself and a must do when visiting Moscow.

After the Metro visit, free time for lunch before we continue our visit of the city.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

DAY

FRIDAY

Moscow

Breakfast

21

 

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

*****

   

Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide for a half day excursion, which includes a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour we will walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones. The word Kremlin (Kreml) means a fortress or walled town; Moscow’s is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defences after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored. We end the tour at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.        

DAY SATURDAY

Moscow-Departure

Breakfast

22

Breakfast at the hotel.

A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Moscow Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).                  

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Moscow Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.  

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