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Heart of Scandinavia & Russia

17 Days / 8 locations in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia

We are pleased to offer you the ultimate tour of Scandinavia and Russia, a quality first class tour at a leisurely pace during which you will experience Scandinavia whilst staying at good first class hotels right in the heart of each city. You will have time to explore the capitals and you will travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Fjord Norway and Southern Scandinavia. The scenic highlights include the longest fjord in Norway -The Sognefjord- , the Geirangerfjord and the Briksdal Glacier. In the area of the Fjords your accommodation will be at hotels belonging to Prominent Hotels of the Fjords of Norway. You will be travelling on the famous Flam Railway and cruising the fjords by ferries and boat. Bergen, the Capital of the fjords, will surprise and enchant you. In Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo there is ample time to enjoy the amenities on offer and to get to know these capital cities, each with a distinctly different atmosphere. From Stockholm you will travel Eastwards to explore and enjoy the impressive and unforgettable Russian cities of St Petersburg and Moscow. Throughout you will travel by first class coach and one of our professional Tour Managers will ensure you get full enjoyment of the three weeks.

This tour is one of the best and complete tours offered today on the market.

There are shorter versions of this tour available:

Heart of Scandinavia & Norwegian Fjords

Heart of Scandinavia & Helsinki

Tour conducted in English, Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Copenhagen
Accommodation: Admiral Hotel

Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. In the early evening your

Tour escort will arrange a get-together to give information about the tour

and give you a chance to meet your fellow travellers. Overnight at Hotel Admiral or similar

 
Day 2     Copenhagen
Accommodation: Admiral Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn and of course the Little Mermaid. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city.

 
Day 3     Copenhagen - Oslo
Accommodation: Overnight Ferry, Copenhagen - Oslo
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning free in Copenhagen. Your tour escort will be happy to advise you about places of interest to visit - we can suggest an optional tour to the three castles in North Sealand, including the Kronborg Castle of Hamlet. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hours. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smörgåsbord dinner as you cruise up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth inside or outside cabins with shower/WC if available. We strongly recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry your suitcases to and from the cabin.

 
Day 4     Oslo
Accommodation: Clarion Hotel the Hub
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast onboard. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo around 09.45 hours, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital. You will pass by the world-famous Viking Ships Museum and visit the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Evening free. Hotel Clarion The Hub or similar in the centre of Oslo.

 
Day 5     Oslo - Flam
Accommodation: Fretheim Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day starts off by train or coach/train from Oslo to Myrdal at the altitude of 866 meters and continues on the famous Flåm railway down to the Flåm village. The descent through the Flåm valley is breathtaking and offers a constantly changing panorama of sky-high snow covered mountains, thundering waterfalls and green pastures at the bottom of the valley. Flåm is situated at the start of the Aurlandsfjord- one of the ”arms” of the Majestic Sognefjord Arrival, dinner and overnight at hotel Fretheim in Flåm or Lindström in Laerdal.

 
Day 6     Flam - Bergen
Accommodation: Norge by Scandic Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Flåm is situated at the start of the Aurlandsfjord- one of the ”arms” of the Majestic Sognefjord - and here you join a cruise out in the Sognefjord with its views of tall, impressive mountains into the depth of the Naeroyfjord , features on UNESCOs list of World Heritage Sites. Your coach will pick you up and take you to Bergen. Overnight at hotel Norge by Scandic or similar in the center of Bergen

 
Day 7     Bergen
Accommodation: Norge by Scandic Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning you will enjoy a city tour of this beautiful Old Hansa Town, surrounded by 7 mountains. The tour escort will show you the Old Bryggen area and the popular Fish & Flower Market, the ancient Maria Church, Hanseatic Quarter, Old Bryggen Harbour and other famous sights. Overnight at hotel Norge by Scandic in central Bergen.

 
Day 8     Bergen - Stockholm
Accommodation: Clarion Sign Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Departure transfer to the international airport of Bergen. You will take flight to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Arrival at Arlanda International Airport in Stockholm and transfer to your hotel to your hotel Clarion Sign or similar in the center of Stockholm.

 
Day 9     Stockholm
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. 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. You will also pass by the City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with the possibility of visiting the famous Wasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Hotel in central Stockholm.

 
Day 10     Stockholm - Helsinki
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Buffet breakfast. Morning free in Stockholm. At approximately 15.00hrs you will have a transfer from your hotel to the pier, to embark on the cruise ferry Silja Line. The ferry departs from Stockholm and slowly travels down the glorious archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Overnight.

 
Day 11     Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast onboard. Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. Directly after you disembark there is a 2 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Church in the Rock (if open to public) and much more. The tour ends at the rail station for a train journey to St. Petersburg. Arrival transfer in St. Petersburg and the rest of the evening free. Accommodation at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar..

 
Day 12     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast. Your Tour guide for Russia will be in touch at your hotel. In the morning you will make a panoramic visit of this beautiful city including the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of San Salvador Bloodied, the Nevsky Convent and much more. In the afternoon you you have time for an optional excursion to the Villa de los Zares (Tsarskoye Selo) with the impressive Catalina Palace and the Amber Chamber. In the evening an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace is offered with a folklore show included. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.

 
Day 13     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast. In the morning you can take an optional excursion to the summer residence of the Tsarins - Petrodvorets. It is a wonderful place full of parks, fountains, monuments and above all the fantastic palace with its huge rooms, sculptures and paintings. In the afternoon you will visit the world famous Hermitage Museum. At night you can enjoy an optional Russian typical dinner at the Pryanosti & Radosti Restaurant. Accommodation at the Hotel.

 
Day 14     St. Petersburg - Moscow
Accommodation: Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Buffet breakfast. he 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 Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar.

 
Day 15     Moscow
Accommodation: Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast. In the morning you will have a panoramic visit to the city. The city was founded in the 12th century, built as a wooden fortress on the banks of the Moscow River to keep out the invasions from the east. Today is a modern city with fantastic avenues, green parks, maintaining its historic monuments and impressive buildings from past eras. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and 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. Accommodation.

 
Day 16     Moscow
Accommodation: Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast. The day offers an optional full day excursion to the picturesque city of Sergiev Posad, where you will visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole of Lavra has been beautifully restored for 700 years of celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Accommodation.

 
Day 17     Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

Buffet breakfast. Today ends the Fascinating Russia tour with its transfer to the Moscow airport. We wish you a happy continuation of your trip and we hope to have you back among us. It's time to say goodbye to your companions and we wish you safe flight to your next destination.

 

Notes

In the event that the group is less than 10 people there will be no accompanying guide to Helsinki. However they will have a local guide upon arrival in Helsinki who will attend for the tourist visit. For groups of more than 10 passengers, the accompanying guide of will travel to Helsinki with the group and end their guide services on Tuesday after the visit to the city.

All overweight of luggage on flights will be paid by passenger directly. Overnight flight bags may also be carried but must remain in the passengers possession at all times. It is of the utmost importance that passengers have adequate travel insurance to cover last minute cancellations, medical emergencies, loss, damage and/or theft.

Please be aware that a visa is required for Russia. All passengers will have to apply for this visa at their nearest Russian Embassy. In order for Dorothy Tours to procure with the visa invitation letters we ask you to provide the following information immediately upon making a reservation: Full names (as in passport), gender of all passengers (male/female), nationality, passport number and dates of birth of each passenger. It is the passenger's final responsibility to ensure they have all necessary and adequate documents and permits to enter Russia

Price Includes
Daily Breakfast
1 Buffet Dinner on Board Dfds
1 Buffet Dinner on Board Tallink Silja Line or Viking Line
1 Buffet Dinner at Fjord Hotel in Flåm or Laerdal.
Luggage Services in All Hotels. One Piece of Luggage Per Person.
Second Class Train, Myrdal-Flåm.
Local Ferries in Norway, According to the Itinerary
Flight Bergen-Stockholm Tourist Class (max. 20 Kg of Luggage)
Train Between Helsinki-Saint Petersburg-Moscow, 2nd Class
Price Does Not Include
 Transatlantic Air
 Optional Excursions
 Visa to Russia
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