Guaranteed departure (Stockholm-St. Petersburg). Visit the magnificent cities located by the Baltic Sea; travel by overnight cruise from Sweden's capital Stockholm to Finland's capital Helsinki, before continuing by train to St. Petersburg in Russia.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival at Stockholm Airport, Arlanda. Transfer to your hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign, a new first class hotel centrally located. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:50 hrs in the hotel lobby. Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will start the day with a 4-hour guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm. Sights of interest include the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgården and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Rooms, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year. The afternoon is at your own leisure in Stockholm. We can recommend a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum or one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign. Please note that dinner is not included today, as Stockholm offers a wide selection of restaurants to choose between. Your tour escort will gladly assist with table reservations.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at your own leisure to explore the beautiful city of Stockholm, often called the Venice of the North due to its many canals and waterways. We recommend the 2-hour boat tour “Under the Bridges of Stockholm”. Afternoon coach transfer for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry from Silja Line. Onboard you will find a choice of entertainment, shops, casino and bars. Dinner on board. Accommodation in a 2-berth outside cabin (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin. Possibility to upgrade to deluxe or commodore cabin, for more information please see add-ons.
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into the Helsinki harbour. A local guide will meet you at the harbour to take you for a 3-hour guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. In the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city center, close to the harbour, Senate Square and shopping area.
Early breakfast followed by transfer by coach from your hotel in Helsinki to the railway station. At 10 am you will depart on the train “Allegro” for St. Petersburg. A lunch box will be provided during the train ride. Coach transfer from the railway station to your hotel upon arrival in St. Petersburg the afternoon, combined with 1-hour guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Welcome dinner including shot of vodka and 1 glass wine, and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.
Buffet breakfast at hotel. This day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbour for a cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at local restaurant is included. After lunch, tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Buffet breakfast at hotel, followed by a 3-hour panoramic tour of the city by coach with local English-speaking guide. St. Petersburg is a city of outstanding architectural beauty, famous for its magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges. A visit will be paid to Peter & Paul Fortress. Lunch at local restaurant, followed by transfer to the town of Pushkin and a visit to Catherine’s Palace including the famous Amber room. Return to St. Petersburg. This evening you will be taken to see a colourful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant (or similar local restaurant). Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to St. Petersburg Airport to connect with your homebound flight.