Scandinavia & Russia Escorted Group Tour
This is an 18 night escorted group tour of the highlights of Scandinavia & western Russia. Combining a tour of the Scandinavian capitals, with the natural beauty of Norway's fjords, and on to the historic Russian cities of St Petersburg & Moscow. This is a lovely mix of culture, architecture, nature and contrasting countries, with many unforgettable highlights.
18 nights * 4 star hotels * Optional tours & day trips * Departure dates May - August * Escorted Group Tour * From 3311 EUR pp
DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Arrival in Copenhagen, transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Hotel Tivoli**** or similar, check-in
DAY 2 (FRIDAY): COPENHAGEN - OSLO
Copenhagen is Scandinavia's largest and most lively city and one of Europe¡¦s most romantic capitals with its old castles and churches and charming squares and harbours. The morning sightseeing tour will acquaint us with all the city's treasures: the Little Mermaid guarding the port, the Royal Castle, Nyhavn with its restaurants and small boats and the City Hall Square. In the afternoon we embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry bound for Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops and much more. Dinner on-board.
DAY 3 (SATURDAY): OSLO - EIDFJORD
Upon arrival to Oslo our tour heads directly to Hoenefoss Nesbyen via forests and lakes to the Hallingdal Valley. We visit Gol and arrive in Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains. Our tour continues to Hardangervidda where we visit Voringfossen waterfall before arriving at Eidfjord and checking into our Hotel Quality Voringfoss**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 4 (SUNDAY): EIDFJORD - BERGEN
This morning takes us further into the breath-taking Norwegian nature. We cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across Hardanger Bridge which has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. On the other side of the bridge we pass Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests we arrive to Bergen - known as the capital of the fjords. Situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 mountains the history of Bergen is closely connected with the sea and this is very noticeable in the city, especially at the city's picturesque waterfront. The afternoon sightseeing tour introduces us to this remarkable Hanseatic city with the Bryggen area of old wooden houses, the traditional Fish Market and the city centre with the St. Mary's Church and Haakon's Hall. We check-in at Hotel Scandic Oernen**** or similar.
DAY 5 (MONDAY): BERGEN - STALHEIM
The morning is at leisure to explore more of the stunning Norwegian fjord capital. In the early afternoon we travel to the historical town of Voss, which has a scenic background of snow clad mountains. After a break here we continue towards the Naroy Valley and Stalheim, offering a stunning view down the Stalheim Gorge, Check-in at Hotel Stalheim**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 6 (TUESDAY): STALHEIM - FAGERNES
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by impossible rugged terrain to Gudvangen where we cross the Naroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. Here is offered an optional tour on the Flam Railway: one of the most famous and most breath taking railway journeys in the world. In the afternoon the journey continues along the Aurlandfjord. We do a photo stop at the famous Borgund Stave Church before we continue to Fagernes. Check-in at Hotel Thon Scandic Valdres**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 7 (WEDNESDAY): FAGERNES - OSLO
After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind us and travel back towards Oslo, which we reach early in the afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Thon Opera**** or similar. Upon arrival in Oslo we have a sightseeing tour and a walk through Frogner Park.
DAY 8 (THURSDAY): OSLO - STOCKHOLM
Today we head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests. We cross the border and enter the county of Varmland in Sweden. Throughout the balance of the day we drive through typical Swedish landscapes with fertile farmland, blue lakes and thick forests, which evoke an atmosphere of intriguing fairytales. In the afternoon we arrive at Stockholm. Check-in at Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar.
DAY 9 (FRIDAY): STOCKHOLM
Stockholm "the beauty on the water" is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the city centre with its famous City Hall. The afternoon is free for individual visits.
DAY 10 (SATURDAY): STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI
The morning is free to explore more of Stockholm individually. Mid-afternoon we leave for the pier to embark on the Tallink Silja Line overnight ferry bound for Helsinki. While we travel slowly down the archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board the ship. And afterwards there is a wide choice of entertainment with bars, shops, casino and much more.
DAY 11 (SUNDAY): HELSINKI
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. Directly after disembarkation we start a sightseeing tour, which takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and the famous Church-in-the-Rock. At the end of the tour we check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.
DAY 12 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
The morning is reserved for exploring more of the Finnish capital individually. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Suomenlinna Fortress, located on a fabulous island near to Helsinki.
DAY 13 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.
DAY 14 (WEDNESDAY): ST.PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title 'The Venice of the North'. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine's Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.
DAY 15 (THURSDAY): ST.PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.
DAY 16 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW
The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar.
DAY 17 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and Kremlin grounds with a visit to one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
DAY 18 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW
The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
DAY 19 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
DEPARTURE DATES 2019
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
16th May - 3rd June 2019
6th June - 24th June 2019
13th June - 1st July 2019
27th June - 15th July 2019
11th July - 29th July 2019
25th July - 12th August 2019
8th August - 26th August 2019
22nd August - 9th September 2019
16 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
1 overnight ferry Copenhagen-Oslo one way, outside-cabins
1 overnight ferry Stockholm-Helsinki one way, outside-cabins
18 x buffet breakfast
5 x dinner (3 x 3-course hotel dinner and 2 x buffet dinner on board the ferry)
Entrances Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki, Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
Service of English speaking tour escorts on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches and 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow one way (2nd class)
Portage at hotels, ferry terminals and railway stations
Arrival transfer in Copenhagen (shared transfer with English speaking assistant)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose your preferred tours!
The tour leader will be offering various optional excursions during the tour (please ask us for further details).
Transfer in Moscow from Hotel Park Inn Sadu to airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Please note you are likely to need a VISA to visit Russia. We provide you with all the necessary visa support documents you require, but you will need to apply for your Russian visa separately. We can recommend a visa agency to help you do this (highly recommended).
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us for a quote.
PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS
If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE
My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.
TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL
The trip was excellent and did exactly what it said on the tin 'Norway in a Nutshell'. All the arrangments were excellent.
MR MOORE, NORWAY TAILOR-MADE TOUR, AUGUST 2013
WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES
Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.
MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017
TALLINN & HELSINKI - VARIED & INTERESTING
We would like to thank you & your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied & interesting, even the weather was good through the whole week … so thank you very much.
OCKWELL & FRIENDS, TALLINN & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018
MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR
I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!
JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018
GREAT TO KNOW WE COULD CONTACT JURGA AT ANY TIME
Thanks we had a great trip, the hotels you picked for us were lovely, good locations and interesting buildings. The guide in Helsinki was really nice and took us to some places that we would not have thought of, including the university library building. Most of all it was great to know we could contact Jurga at any time so I would like to especially thank her for her help.
THE FEIGHAN FAMILY, HELSINKI & ESTONIA PRIVATE TOUR, JULY 2017
VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY
Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.
MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017
EVERY ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY WORKED WELL
I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.
RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017