Grand Tour of Scandinavia & St. Petersburg

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.

Duration

18 days

Transportation

Coach

Season

Summer

Tour Type

Guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Transfer from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup to your hotel.
  • Meet with your guide at 19:45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Admiral Hotel.

Arrival at Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, followed by transfer to your hotel (only included if you arrive on the same day as the escorted coach tour starts). Dinner and accommodation at Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Add extra nights in Copenhagen - From EUR 135 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of Copenhagen with local guide.
    • including Amalienborg, Nyhavn, Little Mermaid and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Copenhagen.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Tivoli Gardens - entrance included.
    • Exploring the shops along Strøget.
    • Visit Rosenborg Palace.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at Admiral Hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. A local guide will meet you at the hotel and take you for a 3-hour panoramic 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.
  • Day at leisure in Copenhagen.
  • Overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo (dep. 4:30pm).
  • Dinner and accommodation onboard a cruise ferry from DFDS Seaways.

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your own leisure before the afternoon transfer from your hotel to the DFDS Seaways terminal. At 16:30 hrs you will depart Copenhagen by an overnight ferry to Oslo. Scandinavian buffet dinner on board. 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.

Cabin type included during the cruise

  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Morning arrival in Oslo.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of Oslo with local guide.
    • including the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Oslo.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Visit Oslo's Opera House.
    • Sightseeing cruise on the Oslo fjord.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo.

A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.45 hrs, followed by a 3-hour guided tour of the Norwegian capital including the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. The afternoon is at leisure. We can recommend a visit to the Much Museum or the Opera House. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan pedestrian street.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the tourist resort town of Gol.
  • Visit Vøringsfossen Waterfall.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Ulvik.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel.

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 tourist resort town of Gol. Lunch at a local restaurant. 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. Room with fjord view included.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Ulvik by coach.
  • Scenic coach ride along the Hardangerfjord.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Bergen.
  • 2-hour sightseeing tour of Bergen.
    • including Bryggen Wharf, Fish & Flower Market and the funicular to Mt. Fløyen.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at First Hotel Marin.

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 at 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 centrally located next to the Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Bergen by coach.
  • Train Voss - Myrdal, Flåm Railway Myrdal – Flåm.
  • 2-hour cruise on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast departure from Bergen via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the 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, start of a 2-hour fjord cruise along the narrow Aurlands- and Nærøyfjord, both branches of the Sognefjord. During the cruise 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 through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley 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. Room with fjord view in main/modern building included.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Balestrand.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Visiting the local aquarium and art gallery.
    • Renting a bike or rowing boat from the hotel.
    • Hiking in the nearest mountains.
    • A walking tour of Balestrand.
    • Excursion to Fjærland.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Balestrand.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

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. 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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Balestrand by coach.
  • Detour to visit the Briksdal Glacier.
  • Lunch at a mountain restaurant.
  • 1-hour cruise along the Geirangerfjord.
  • Overnight in the fjord village of Geiranger.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Union 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. Afterwards, lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant. 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 1-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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Geiranger by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in the Olympic town of Lillehammer.
  • Return to Oslo.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo.

Breakfast at the hotel. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the possibility to digest the amazing views 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 and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo by coach.
  • Stop for lunch in Karlstad.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.

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. Arrival in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign, a first-class hotel in the centre of Stockholm.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 4-hour sightseeing tour of Stockholm.
    • including Old Town, City Hall, Royal Palace and more.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Stockholm.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Sightseeing tour by boat.
    • Visit at Vasa Museum.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.

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 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.
  • Day at leisure in Stockholm.
  • Overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki (dep. 5pm).
  • Dinner and accommodation onboard a cruise ferry from Silja Line.

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 an overnight cruise ferry. After departing Stockholm, you will sail 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.

Cabin type included during the cruise

  • Breakfast onboard.
  • Morning arrival in Helsinki.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour in Helsinki with local guide.
    • including Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Sibelius Monument etc.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Helsinki.
  • Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel.

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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Train from Helsinki to St.Petersburg.
  • 1-hour boat trip on Neva River.
    • including visit at St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

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 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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Cruise on Neva River by hydrofoil to Peterhof.
    • including Grand Palace and lower parks.
  • Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Visit at Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Buffet breakfast at the 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 a 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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Excursion to Pushkin to visit Catherine's Palace.
    • including famous Amber room.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg with local English-speaking guide.
  • Evening folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace.
  • Dinner at Dostoevsky Restaurant (or similar local restaurant).
  • 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 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.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Airport transfer to St. Petersburg Airport.

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to St. Petersburg Airport in connection with your flight home (only included if you depart on the same day as the escorted coach tour ends).

Note: The price for extra nights in St.Petersburg is on request.

 

Tour category

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included: 

  • 15 nights accommodation including daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except on day 2 in Copenhagen, day 6 in Bergen and day 12 in Stockholm) and buffet breakfast, in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
  • Room with fjord view in Ulvik and Balestrand (in main/modern building).
  • 7 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17 plus 1 packed lunch on day 15 on the train to St. Petersburg.
  • Overnight cruise Copenhagen - Oslo, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, buffet dinner and buffet breakfast on board.
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens on day 2.
  • 3-hour guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, and 4-hour tour of Stockholm.
  • Visit to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
  • Visit to Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm.
  • Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Fløibanen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen.
  • Bergen Railway, Voss-Myrdal.
  • Flåm Railway, Myrdal-Flåm.
  • 2-hour hours cruise on Sogn- and Nærøyfjords, and 1-hour cruise on the Geirangerfjord.
  • Excursion by open car to Briksdal Glacier.
  • All domestic ferry crossings in Norway.
  • Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board.
  • Train Helsinki - St. Petersburg, including coach transfers between hotels and railway stations.
  • Complete programme in St. Petersburg, including 3 hours city tour, visit to Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage Museum/Winter Palace, Pushkin, excursion to Peterhof, all entrances included, 1-hour canal cruise, plus folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace incl. snacks during intermission and dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Hydrofoil St. Petersburg - Peterhof.
  • Excursion to town of Pushkin incl. visit to Catherine’s Palace.
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels.
  • English speaking tour escort throughout.
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts etc.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days to coincide with individual flight times (only included if arriving/departing on the same day as the escorted coach tour starts/ends).
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.

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