As an alternative to ending the Northern Highlights tour in Helsinki on day 12, we recommend adding on an extension tour to St. Petersburg (only available in combination with the escorted coach tour Northern Highlights starting in Oslo on July 23).
Day 12: Travel by train to St. Petersburg
Early breakfast followed by transfer by coach from your hotel in Helsinki to the railway station. Departure from Helsinki 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 a 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.
Day 13: St. Petersburg
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. This day begins with a transfer to the Neva River cruise harbour for a cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including the Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. After lunch, the guide will take you on a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.
Day 14: St. Petersburg
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 sightseeing 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. The tour includes sights as the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil's Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square and the Bronze Horseman. 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.
Day 15: Departure from St. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to St. Petersburg Airport to connect with your homebound flight.
Duration: 3 overnights in St. Petersburg (total 15 days tour).
Available 2019: On the July 23 departure from Oslo (tour extension starts on August 3).
Guiding: English tour escort throughout, as well as English speaking local guides.
Price 2019: EUR 1509,- per person in shared double room / Single room supplement EUR 309,- / Triple room reduction EUR 10,- per person
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