Guaranteed departure (Copenhagen-St. Petersburg). The Grand tour of Scandinavia & St. Petersburg combines the Scandinavian capitals Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm with the Norwegian fjords, Finland's Helsinki and Russia's St. Petersburg.
This tour can commence in: Copenhagen
Arrival at Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, followed by transfer to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:50 hrs in the hotel lobby. Possibility to upgrade to deluxe room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. A local guide will meet you at the hotel and take you for a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. Famous sights include the Royal Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament Buildings), Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn, and of course the famous Little Mermaid. The afternoon is at your own leisure to explore the city. Entrance to the Tivoli Gardens is included. Accommodation at Admiral Hotel. Please note that dinner today is not included in the programme, as Copenhagen offers a wide selection of restaurants to choose between. Your tour escort will gladly assist with table reservations.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your own leisure before the afternoon transfer from your hotel to the DFDS Seaways terminal. At 17:00 hrs you will depart Copenhagen by an overnight ferry ferry to Oslo. Scandinavian buffet dinner onboard. Accommodation in a 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We recommend that you bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin. Possibility to upgrade to commodore cabins, for more information please see add-ons.
A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 hours, followed by a 3-hour guided tour of the Norwegian capital including the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan pedestrian street and the Oslo Central Station. Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the famous Viking Ship Museum before departing Oslo. You will drive via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the mountain village of Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch the journey continues across the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, where you will make a stop to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 metres, the highest in Norway. Descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardangerfjord and cross the fjord over Norway's longest suspension bridge. Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.
After breakfast at the hotel, you leave Ulvik and follow a scenic drive along the beautiful Hardangerfjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. You pass by the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund before arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will experience Bergen on a 2-hour sightseeing tour, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. A ride with Fløibanen cable car up to Mount Fløyen will show you the best views of the city and the surrounding mountains and fjords. Dinner on your own. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, a first class hotel ideally located next to the Bryggen harbour. Possibility to upgrade to harbour view and deluxe room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast departure from Bergen via Dale to the town of Voss. Board tha train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering ascending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent from Myrdal to Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of some exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, board the sightseeing boat M/S Lady Elisabeth for a 2-hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands- and Nærøyfjord, both branches of the Sognefjord. From the sun deck or the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After arrival in Gudvangen, at the head of the Nærøyfjord, continue by coach across the Vika Mountain to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful fjord village of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand with its historic buildings and other interesting sites or a boat tour to Fjærland and the glaciers nearby can also be arranged by the tour leader. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
After breakfast departure from your hotel by coach, first on a short ferry crossing from Dragsvik to Hella, then along the scenic route on the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal. The tour continues to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the beautiful Nordfjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Afterward a typical Norwegian lunch will be served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for a one hour cruise along the spectacular Geirangerfjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geirangerfjord. Possibility to upgrade to fjord view room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the possibility to digest the amazing view of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrandsdalen Valley to the Olympic town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant. Accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel. Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel before heading south east across the Swedish border and through the attractive province of Värmland. In Karlstad, located by Sweden's largest lake, you will stop for lunch. Afterwards the journey continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign, a newly built first class hotel in the centre of Stockholm. Possibility to upgrade to superior room, for more information please see add-ons.
Breakfast at the hotel before departing on a 4-hour guided tour of Stockholm. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the City Hall with its impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. The afternoon is at your own leisure, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or to go on one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign. Please note that dinner today is not included in the programme, as Stockholm offers a wide selection of restaurants to choose between. Your tour escort will gladly assist with table reservations.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your own leisure in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from your hotel to the Silja Line terminal for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry. Departure from Stockholm at 5 pm, sailing slowly down the amazing archipelago, past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. On board you will have a wide choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. 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 Helsinki. A local guide will meet you at the harbour and take you for a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. The afternoon is at your own leisure in Helsinki. 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 transfer to the town of Pushkin and a visit to Catherine’s Palace including the famous Amber room. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to St. Petersburg, 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. 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 a similar local restaurant). Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to St. Petersburg Airport for your flight home.