AUD 4492 / pp
May - August 2020/2021
Delight in the scenic natural wonders of Scandinavia, including magnificent Flamsbana and fjords, and see the must-see sights — the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Red Square in Moscow, Frogner Park in Oslo, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki, and much more.
Copenhagen → Bergen → Flåm → Oslo → Stockholm → Helsinki → St Petersburg → Moscow
Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen
Welcome to Denmark! Meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where we will enjoy the finest Danish cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Copenhagen
After breakfast, set off on enlightening walking city tour of Copenhagen with our experience local guide. First, witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle. Enjoy the views of the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, stroll across Kongens Nytorv and see the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater. Visit the colorful harbor of Nyhavn where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace. Taste traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of local harbor cafes. Afternoon free at leisure. You can continue exploring the city on your own and visit other city highlights of your choice, the Gefion Fountain, the Little Mermaid statue or do some shopping at Stroget street.
Day 3: Copenhagen - Bergen
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take a flight to Bergen, the capital of Norwegian Fjords. Transfer to the hotel, check-in and start Bergen walking city tour. Bergen is the quintessential Nordic fishing town and a perfect example of classic Scandinavia, a place of tranquility, natural beauty and harmony. During the tour, we a walk through the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market and experience a fantastic Floibanen Funicular ride, one of Norway's best-known attractions. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bergen - Flåm - Oslo
After breakfast, we pick up your luggage and send it straight to Oslo,our final destination this day. Then we embark Bergen - Flåm ferry (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The ship will take you through the magnificent Sognefjord for about 5 hours. Time for lunch in Flåm before boarding the Flåmsbana railway. The train ride between Flåm and Myrdal is considered to be the World’s most scenic train journey. This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard scenery of Norway. In Myrdal change for the train to Oslo and ride another 5 hours before we reach Norway’s capital. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Oslo
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland. Spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to other famous Oslo attractions, including the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (entrances not included). Afternoon free at leisure of for optional tours of your choice.
Day 6: Oslo - Stockholm
Transfer to the railway station to take the Oslo - Stockholm train. The panoramic train journey will take about 5 hours. Transfer to the hotel in Stockholm and check-in. The evening is free at leisure.
Day 7: Stockholm
After breakfast, meet your Swedish guide for Stockholm walking city tour. During the tour, you explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the famous Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall. Then go underground to discover Stockholm Metro with its piece-of-art subway stations. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the city.
Day 8: Ferry Stockholm - Helsinki
The daytime is free at leisure to enjoy beautiful Stockholm. In the evening, transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board an overnight ferry to Finland (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The journey takes around 15 hours and there are lots of cafes and restaurants on board. Relax and take time to enjoy the great sceneries of the Baltic Sea. Your cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 3+ star hotel room.
Day 9: Helsinki
Set off for a guided walking city tour in Helsinki. Start with the City Hall, pass by the Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner in a traditional Finnish restaurant.
Day 10: Arrive St. Petersburg
At appropriate time, check out of you hotel. Here your Scandinavian adventure ends. Take a transfer to the train station to board the train to St. Petersburg and continue exploring the North of Europe. Founded by the Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703, St Petersburg was planned and built as the capital of newly emerged Russian Empire. Today, it is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself deep into rich Russian history, art and culture, Russian Revolution & Romanov Imperial legacy. The White Nights, luminous northern midsummer eves, are the summer weeks when the Venice of the North is sparkling like good champagne. Your driver will be waiting at the airport/train station to take you to the hotel in downtown. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 11: The Hermitage & Iconic Landmarks
Full-day (8 hours) guided tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous Palace of the Hermitage. Our experienced guides will make it interesting to follow the tricky path of the centuries behind it and give a better understanding of sophisticated Russian history. This former residence of the Romanovs Royal Family, the Hermitage today is the second-largest art museum in the world; its collection includes over 2.7 mln items. Then, take a tour to see the city’s iconic landmark: Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood — one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture, and an enthralling must-see.
Day 12: Catherine’s Palace
Day (6 hours) guided tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo (30 km south of St. Petersburg). A splendid example of Russian Baroque, Catherine Palace delights its visitors with sumptuous Great Hall and Golden Enfilade of staterooms, including the world-famous Amber Room. The exposition of the palace covers almost 300-years history of the former imperial summer residence. A widely acknowledged masterpiece of garden and landscape art, Catherine Park includes variously styled pavilions, bridges, monuments and exotic garden structures that carry visitors away to other countries and bygone ages. Return to St Petersburg, the afternoon is free at leisure to explore the city on your own or get some Russian souvenirs. Extra tours are available, please inquire.
Day 13: Peterhof Palace
Full day (8 hours) guided tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit the royal Peterhof Palace. Gardens and parks are spread over more than four hundred hectares and include thirty-one amazing museums and beautiful Versailles-style gardens. Interiors, as always in Russia, are all made of gold. In summer, the Peterhof is especially good thanks to its famous fountains which run naturally. Optional Faberge Museum Tour is available. Next, take the guided tour to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Enjoy a romantic cruise down the canals of St. Petersburg, and see some of the city’s monuments on the banks of the River Neva, all beautifully illuminated for the evening. We draw your attention that this tour is seasonal and available only from May till October (weather permitting).
Day 14: St. Petersburg - Moscow
A tour to Russia is not complete without a tour to Moscow, the heart of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country. It was founded in 1147. Now Moscow is a city of bright contrasts where quiet patriarchal courts and small streets adjoin to futuristic business centres, and old neighbourhoods are interspersed with modern high-rises. After check out of the hotel in St. Petersburg, you will be transferred to the railway station to board high-speed train for 4 hours journey to Moscow. On arrival at Moscow, take a transfer to your hotel and check-in. The evening is free at leisure to explore downtown. World-famous sightseeing spots such as St Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin & Red Square, the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, hundreds of amazing sights and beautiful places attract tourists from all around the world. We at Discovery Russia have carefully selected the most exciting places to visit in Moscow.
Day 15: Mighty Kremlin & The City
Full-day (8 hours) guided sightseeing tour in Moscow. Take a ride by the famous Moscow metro with its lavishly decorated underground stations which Stalin called “people’s palaces”. Also, It is the fastest way to travel in Moscow and avoid traffic jams. Visit the Moscow Kremlin, the very heart of Moscow and Russia! Walk along monumental walls, golden-domed cathedrals and, of course, most recognizable towers with iconic red stars. Explore the treasure of its world-famous museums including the Armory. Then, make essential Russian photos at Red Square with Lenin’s Mausoleum & Saint Basil's Cathedral (outside), famous GUM department store, pass by the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown. Take a walking tour in the downtown. The name "Kremlin" means "fortress inside a city", this construction had to protect the city from enemies. The Moscow Kremlin acquired the status of a sacral symbol representing the power of the great country.
Day 16: Moscow Tour
Full-day (8 hours) guided tour in Moscow. Today, visit The Tretyakov State Art Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. We continue with a trip to Novodevichy Convent, probably the best-known cloister of Moscow and take a guided visit inside its medieval walls. Unlike many other cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century and is now the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic driving city tour to see Sparrow Hills with the best iconic views, hear the stories behind famous Stalin's skyscrapers, and finally, visit the VDNKh Soviet exhibition with the outstanding Museum of Cosmonautics. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for group dinner to celebrate the success of your trip.
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2 nights Copenhagen
2 nights Bergen
1 night Oslo
2 nights Stockholm
1 night Helsinki
4 nights St. Petersburg
3 nights Moscow
1 night at the ferry (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)
Breakfasts daily at the hotels (except Day 1)
Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen (Day 2)
Dinner on Day 9
Copenhagen walking tour: Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle, the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, Kongens Nytorv, the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater
Bergen walking tour: Bryggen district, the Fish Market and experience a Floibanen Funicular ride
Oslo walking tour: Frogner Park, the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (no entrances included)
Stockholm walking tour: Old Town, the Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall, Stockholm Metro
Helsinki walking tour: City Hall, Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument
St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Peterhof with the Grand Palace, boat cruise
St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room
Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights, Moscow metro tour
Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent guided tour, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, Stalin's skyscrapers tour
Ferry Helsinki-Stockholm (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)
Train Stockholm - Copenhagen
Train Copenhagen - Gothenburg
Train Gothenburg - Oslo
Train Oslo - Myrdal - Flam
Ferry Flam - Bergen (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)
Transfer hotel - train station in Helsinki
Helsinki - St. Petersburg “Allegro” train, standard class
Meet & greet at the airports/train stations in Russia
Metro pass in Moscow and St. Petersburg
High-speed train St. Petersburg to Moscow, standard class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about business or 1st class upgrade and flight options
Private return airport/train station transfers in Russia
Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)
The Fløibanen funicular (Bergen)
Russian visa supporting documents
Russian local sim card with data for the Russian part of the trip
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
The group tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director
Entrance tickets to all listed attractions in Russia
In Scandinavia, only the Fløibanen funicular tickets included (Bergen)
Extras of personal nature
Lunches and dinners not mentioned
Experience Flåmsbana - one of the World's most scenic train rides
Enjoy a traditional Smørrebrød and the best of Scandinavian delicacies
Cross the Baltic Sea from Helsinki to Stockholm
Take a scenic boat ride through the Sognefjord, “The King of Fjords”
Witness piece-of-art subway stations of Stockholm Metro
See the Royal Guard Changing ceremony in Copenhagen
Visit the world-famous Hermitage Palace in St Petersburg
Discover the most beautiful stations of Moscow Metro
Stroll around Red Square and tour the Kremlin
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