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Scenes of the North Deluxe Tour
Scandinavia, Russia & Finland by Ship & Coach
IT ALL STARTS IN THE CITY OF FAIRY TALES, COPENHAGEN. FROM HERE, WE TRAVEL TO THE VIKING CAPITAL, OSLO, BEFORE REACHING THE LOVELY AND VERY ELEGANT CAPITAL OF SWEDEN, STOCKHOLM. ENJOY THE PRIVILEGED NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE MAGNIFICENT NORWEGIAN FJORDS AND THE FASCINATING NORTHERN CAPITALS, WITH THEIR COBBLED STREETS, PALACES AND CANALS. EXPERIENCE THE MOST NOTABLE SIGHTS OF THIS COMPLETE JOURNEY THROUGH SCANDINAVIA AND THE NORDIC CAPITALS. BE AMAZED BY THE CONTRASTS OF THE VIKING CAPITALS, THE NATURE OF THE WILD FJORDS AND EXUBERANT PALACES OF ST. PETERSBURG. ENJOY THIS MODERN, YET EXOCTIC AREA WITH ITS MEDIEVAL HISTORY AND FEEL THE ESSENCE OF THE NORTH!
Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Serviceto the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.
*The departures of July 1 and August 5 will not be accommodated at Hotel Copenhagen Marriott. The hotel will be reconfirmed latest 4 weeks prior to departure and it will be a centrally located hotel of 4-5 stars category.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. The tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroeget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world-famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then for a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.
After breakfast, the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At 4.30pm, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board. (Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins, not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)
NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board
Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 9:45am. We will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its ski resorts. In Geilo we will take the time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr.Holms Hotel (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favorite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.
The departures of May 27 and June 10, 17, 24 will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching Bruravik on the other side, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norwayâ€™s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakonâ€™s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flam railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flaam located on the shores of the magnificent Aurland Fjord. Enjoy some free time in the picturesque fjord village of Flam before we continue for a cruise on the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Drive through one of the longest tunnels of Norway before embarking. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembark after and continue by coach, through the stunning mountains of Gaula before reaching Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.
This evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to your hotel. The view is breathtaking.
The departures of May 27 June 24, July 8 & 15, August 5 & 12 and September 2 will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed.
Breakfast at the hotel.
MORNING OPTIONAL: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europeâ€™s largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION ($85 per person). Available by pre-booking only
Duration: approximately 3 hours
After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized ÍžTroll carsÍŸ and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacierâ€™s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion. *It is not possible to book this excursion on site. Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at approximately 3.00pm. .We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCOâ€™s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920â€™s and 1930â€™s and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagleâ€™s road and Trollstigen or Trollâ€™s path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ornevegen, or "The Eagle RoadÍŸ" as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ornesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue to to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Trollâ€™s path. Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour
The departure May 27 will not be accommodated at Hotel Grand. The hotel confirmed is Clarion The Hub, 4 stars and centrally located
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake MÃ¤laren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called ÍžBeauty on WaterÍŸ and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the City Hall, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place.An inside visit is paid to one of the cityâ€™s best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, wherethe great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.
Optional: VASA Museum following regular sightseeing Price: $70 per person. Duration: approximately 2 hours Includes: entrance to Vasa Museum w/guided tour, private tour guide
Overnight Ferry, Stockholm - Helsinki
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki. Dinner will be served on board.
Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour. Meet with your local guide for a city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as ÍžThe Daughter of the Baltic SeaÍŸ. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral, all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840â€™s, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbor, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church called the ÍžRock ChurchÍŸ as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. Afternoon, transfer to Helsinkiâ€™s International Rail Station, where we will board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Also known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and "the Venice of the North", St. Petersburg was virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and its downtown dazzles the eye of the visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Arrival at St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will be met by a local guide for a panoramic city sightseeing tour, which will cover some of the many highlights of the city. We will drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senate Square, The Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral. The city tour ends at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures. Your tour escort will provide you with suggestions for tours.
Optional: Peterhof Palace PRICE: $110 per person. Duration: approximately 4 hours Includes: private transportation to hotel, entrance to Peterhof w/guided tour, private tour guide
Min 6 persons
Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide to continue our adventure in this charming city. You will visit The State Hermitage Museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) presents the development of world culture an art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Today the Museum is creating a digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. The tour ends at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Day 18 St. PetersburgMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport*
(Please see notes below for this service).
*IMPORTANT NOTE! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.
Price IncludesBi-Lingual Tour Escort Days 1-12
Regular Arrival and Departure Transfers
Porter Service at Hotels, on Dfds Seaways and Railway Stations
Hotels Nights in Standard Double/Twin Rooms With Private Facilities,
1 Night on Dfds Seaways Ferry (Commodore Class â€“ Except if Twin Is Request
1 Night on Tallink Silja Ferry in Outside Cabin
Breakfasts, Buffet Style
Meals As Mentioned
Visits, Excursions and Entrances As Mentioned in the Program
Train Ticket Helsinki-St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
Local Guides for City Tours, the Group Will Be Divided by Languages,
Bi-Lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 18 (English & Spanish O
All Touring by Private Coach, With Air-Condition, Including All Th
Price Does Not IncludeVisa to Russia
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