Scenes of the North + Moscow
ESCORTED - 14 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Copenhagen | Oslo | Lofthus | Bergen | Loen | Geiranger | Oslo | Stockholm
Helsinki | St. Petersburg | Moscow
Tours start in Copenhagen on Mondays
Departures May 27 – September 02, 2019
Day 01: Arrive Copenhagen
Arrive today in Copenhagen and look for our representative, who will transfer you and your fellow travelers to your hotel for check in. Meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby tonight for information about the upcoming tour.
NOTE: The July 1st and August 5th departures will be accommodated at a similar 4+/5-star, centrally-located hotel to be determined no later than 4 weeks prior to departure. The escorted transfer service is only available from Copenhagen airport to your hotel on the official start date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
Day 02: Copenhagen
Scandinavian buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning start a 3-hour city sightseeing tour with a local English-speaking guide covering the highlights of wonderful Copenhagen, passing the Royal Palace, Nyhavn, Old Stock Exchange, The Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace (housing of the Danish Parliament), plus much more.
The tour ends at the hotel, and the afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore the Danish capital further on your own.
NOTE: As noted above, the July 1st and August 5th departures will be accommodated at a similar 4+/5-star, centrally-located hotel to be determined no later than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Day 03: Copenhagen - Oslo
After a tasty Danish buffet breakfast, morning free in Copenhagen. In the afternoon you will be transferred by private coach to the DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo. Enjoy a delicious Scandinavian buffet dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat on your way to the Norwegian Viking capital. There is dancing and entertainment on board, or you may prefer to sit out on deck and watch the sunset before retiring to your Commodore Class outside cabin with Queen-size bed and shower/WC.
NOTE: for clients that need twin beds, a standard outside cabin will be provided for this cruise portion. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise to avoid having to carry your suitcases to and from the cabin.
Day 04: Oslo
After a tasty buffet breakfast on board, arrive in Oslo mid-morning. We meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the Oslofjord.
We will enjoy the view from the Opera House before heading off to Bygdøy Island, where we’ll visit one of the most popular Oslo museums, the Viking Ship Museum, which houses three Viking-era vessels (entrance included). We will also see the world-famous Vigeland Park, a major Scandinavian cultural heritage, featuring the life’s work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Afterward we pass by the Royal Palace and the main avenue of Karl Johan before the tour ends at your hotel.
The afternoon and evening are free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.
Day 05: Oslo - Lofthus in Hardangerfjord
After a buffet breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and board a private coach. Today we drive past Hønefoss, Nesbyen, and along the picturesque Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. In Geilo we take time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr. Holms Hotel (included).
Afterward, we continue across the scenic Hardanger Mountain Plateau to the idyllic Hardangerfjord where we arrive at Lofthus, one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner and accommodation tonight is in a picturesque fjord view room (included) at a local four star hotel on the fjord.
NOTE: The May 27th, June 10th, 17th, and 24th departures will not be accommodated in rooms with a fjord view; these departures are confirmed with mountain view rooms.
Day 06: Lofthus - Bergen
After breakfast we’ll depart Lofthus and travel to back along the fjord until we reach Brimnes; here you’ll cross the splendid Hardangerfjord by travelling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. Drive along the Hardangerfjord to Bergen, the old Hanseatic capital of western Norway and the gateway to the fjords.
Tonight you’ll stay at a newly renovated four star hotel located in the city center by Bryggen Harbor. In the afternoon, a local English-speaking guide will take you on a 2-hour panoramic Bergen city tour: you’ll discover St. Mary’s Church, the exterior of Haakon’s Hall, colorful fish markets, and the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Harbor area (no entrances).
Tonight you’ll have a free evening to explore the city.
Radisson BLU Royal
Day 07: Bergen - Flåm Railroad - Loen
You’ll have a delicious buffet breakfast this morning before departing from Bergen to the town of Voss, where snow-clad mountains ring the town. Board the train across the mountain plateau to Myrdal, where you will change trains and board the world-famous Flåm Railroad, the highlight of the day! Experience one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys as you descend to the quaint fjord village of Flåm.
Enjoy some free time in Flåm before boarding an afternoon ferry, which will carry you on a breathtaking crossing along two branches—the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord—of the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest open fjord in the world. Disembark in Gudvangen, continue by coach, and travel through two beautiful regions: Lærdal and Skei.
Arrive in Loen in the late afternoon and check in at a prestigious local hotel, located between the misty peaks and greenery of the Innvikfjorden. Enjoy dinner here and a stay in a fjord view room (included).
NOTE: The May 27th, June 24th, July 8th & 15th, August 5th & 12th, and September 2nd departures will not be accommodated in rooms with a fjord view; these departures are confirmed with mountain view rooms.
Day 08: Loen - Briksdal Glacier (Optional) - Geiranger
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Today you’ll have the option to either enjoy the hospitality of your hotel—which includes a luxurious spa and indoor/outdoor heated pool—or join the excursion to explore Briksdal Glacier (pre-book only), a famous and breathtaking blue glacier tongue which is part of the Jostedal Glacier. If you choose to join the Briksdal Glacier tour, you’ll travel with your guide to the very foot of the glacier. From here, you’ll alternate between small motorized ‘troll’ cars and walking through the Norwegian wilderness to the edge of the ice. Free time for lunch (not included) is provided afterward.
Travel back to the main group at your hotel and leave Loen in the late afternoon. We’ll continue through the Norwegian fjords to the famous Dalsnibba observation point—an extraordinary 4,800 feet above sea level—located above the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue down to Geiranger and stay in a fjord view room (included) at a stunning four star hotel located on the fjord. We’ll spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of mountains and fjords, and get the most out of this extraordinary part of the world.
Dinner is at your hotel after a special tour of the Mjelva family’s classic car collection, used in the 1920s and 1930s to show guests of the hotel the beauty of the Geirangerfjord.
NOTE: The optional excursion to Briksdal Glacier must be booked in advance. Passengers who choose not to join the excursion will be picked up at the hotel prior to leaving Loen. Visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climatic conditions, and is not guaranteed.
Day 09: Geiranger
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we board a ferry and cross the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Geirangerfjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape.
After disembarkation in Hellesylt, we’ll travel north along Trollstigen or the Troll's Path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along roughly 100 km of incredible landscape. Lunch stop en-route (lunch is not included).
We’ll return to our hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner.
NOTE: Trollstigen Road tour weather permitting; the road is subject to occasional closure due to weather conditions.
Day 10: Geiranger - Oslo
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by coach towards the capital of Oslo, crossing the exciting Grotli Mountains to the famous Dalsnibba, an observation point located more than 4,800 feet above sea level with a spectacular view of a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Geirangerfjord. Enjoy the stunning view of the atmospheric fjord before continuing on towards Oslo.
Continue via Lom, renowned for its well preserved 12th-century stave church—the oldest in the country. The coach descends the magnificent Gudbrands Valley via Otta and arrives in the late afternoon into Oslo. Overnight at a centrally-located five star hotel.
NOTE: The May 27th departure will be accommodated at Clarion The Hub, a nearby 4-star centrally-located property. The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to weather and cannot be guaranteed.
Day 11: Oslo - Stockholm
After breakfast, continue by coach or train towards the Swedish border, crossing into the attractive province of Värmland via the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. The tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to Mariefred, where you will make a stop to admire the outside of Gripsholm Castle.
You will reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Accommodation at a deluxe five star hotel ideally located in the city center.
Hotel At Six
Day 12: Stockholm
Breakfast at hotel followed by a 3-hour city sightseeing tour by coach with a local English-speaking guide. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, and more. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall, with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.
The afternoon is free in Stockholm, with an optional visit to the famous Vasa Museum.
Hotel At Six
NOTE: The optional Vasa Museum tour, a museum built entirely around the famous Vasa warship which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, is a private 2-hour guided tour. Please note that there is a minimum of 2 people required for this tour to depart.
Day 13: Stockholm - Helsinki
After breakfast, the morning is free in Stockholm. In the afternoon you transfer from hotel to the pier for embarkation on a ferry of the Tallink Line.
Depart on a cruise from Stockholm, sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands towards Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation in 2-berth outside Deluxe cabin with shower/WC is on board, along with a selection of entertainment, bars, and shops.
Day 14: Helsinki
Breakfast buffet is served on board this morning. On arrival in Helsinki, private transfer to the hotel. Meet your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as ‘The Daughter of the Baltic Sea’.
The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral, the colorful Market Square by the sea, the 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 ‘Rock Church’ as it is carved into solid rock. The tour ends at your centrally located five star hotel.
NOTE: Temppeliaukio Church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies.
Day 15: Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and a free morning to relax or explore Helsinki. In the afternoon, transfer to Helsinki’s International Rail Station and board the Allegro Train to St. Petersburg: a city founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!
Also known as ‘the Venice of the North’, St. Petersburg was virtually unharmed after 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.
When you arrive in St. Petersburg you’ll transfer to a five star hotel for check-in. The hotel is superbly situated on Nevsky Prospect, the main artery of the city. Evening at leisure. Your tour escort will assist with recommendations and reservations for optional evening arrangements for the next five nights.
Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg
Day 16: St. Petersburg
Begin today with a buffet breakfast at hotel. Afterward you’ll meet a local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour panoramic city sightseeing tour and cover on foot some of the many highlights of the city. Drive along Nevsky Prospect and make scenic stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Senate Square, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Arts Square, and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches: the Church of the Savior on Blood, and the Nikolsky Cathedral.
The drive tour ends at your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours to explore. Your tour escort will recommend additional tours, such as the optional tour of Peterhof Palace, allowing you to fully grasp this jewel on the Baltic Sea.
Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg
NOTE: There is an optional 4-hour privately guided tour of Peterhof Palace (private transportation to and from included), a place dedicated to the Sea God Englis. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th centuries founded by Peter the Great, not far from his capital of St. Petersburg. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 10 persons to depart.
Day 17: St. Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel. Meet your local English-speaking guide for a day tour of the city starting out at the six buildings of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum on the River Neva, afterward touring the state rooms of its Winter Palace—residence of the Russian Tsars. Constructed over the period of two and a half centuries, the Hermitage exhibits a collection of over 3 million cultural and artistic items from the Stone Age to the present.
Return to the hotel after the city tour and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg
Day 18: St. Petersburg - Moscow
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Meet with your tour leader and enjoy a private transfer from your hotel to the railway station, where you will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow along the Volga River and beautiful Russian vistas. Porter service is provided at the railway stations in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Arrive in Moscow in the afternoon, where you will be transferred from the railway station to a five star hotel located on Tverskaya, the main avenue of the city, for check in. Tonight is at leisure for getting acquainted with the city.
Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel
Day 19: Moscow
Breakfast at hotel. Begin a full-day, privately guided city tour of Moscow this morning. You’ll start with seeing some of the city’s many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th century, many of them having been restored or even built anew lately: beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games.
Moscow, with over 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic. You’ll visit the historical center of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. You’ll also see the modern part of the city which includes the Lenin (Vorobievy) Hills–the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city. Next is Poklonnaya Hill, where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War II.
You’ll experience one of Moscow’s beautiful Metro stations before we take a short break for lunch (not included), and then continue on our tour of the city.
You’ll be returned to your hotel at the end of the city tour, and the rest of the afternoon and evening are free to explore this amazing city in the heart of imperial Russia. There is an optional excursion to see the national Russian dance show, “Kostroma”, tonight. Dinner is on your own.
Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel
NOTE: The Russian national dance show, “Kostroma”, combines the talents of 50 master dancers and actors, 600 unique costumes, 300 props, and 8 set changes to reflect the historical milestones of the hundreds of ethnical people that make up Rus—those of the Far North, the southern steppes, the mountains of the Caucasus, central Russia, and more. Witness the dazzling movement through history from the beginning of Rus to the tsar’s Russia, the USSR, and beyond to modern-day Russia. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 6 persons to depart.
Day 20: Moscow
Breakfast at hotel. This morning we’ll enjoy a half-day, privately-guided city tour of Moscow during which you will enjoy a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour you’ll walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones.
The word Kremlin (kreml) means a fortress or walled town; Moscow’s is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defenses after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored.
We’ll end our tour of Moscow’s Kremlin at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight, with the option to enjoy a river cruise on the Moskva River.
Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel
NOTE: The Radisson Royal Flotilla yachts are state-of-the-art river yachts and restaurants meant for excursion and entertainment cruises along the Moskva River for citizens and visitors of Moscow. The Flotilla offers daily cruises for two hours and includes two promenade decks with a panoramic view of picturesque Moscow. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 6 persons to depart, and must be pre-booked.
Day 21: Moscow Departure
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel, and then meet one of our representatives to be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from your hotel to Moscow Airport on the official end date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
- 20 nights Copenhagen - Moscow
- Arrival transfer (Copenhagen) and departure transfer (Moscow) as stated in itinerary above
- 18 nights’ accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts (18), 1 lunch, and 6 dinners as per itinerary, in centrally located deluxe/first class hotels (fjord view rooms at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra, & Hotel Union), all rooms with private facilities
- Guided tours with local English-speaking guide in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow, all entrances included as outlined. All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (Spanish or Portuguese speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours)
- Ferry crossing in Norway
- Train Voss-Myrdal and ride on Flåm Railroad Myrdal-Flåm
- 1-night cruise Copenhagen - Oslo, incl. accommodation in Commodore Class Queen size bed or 2-berth twin outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board
- 1-night cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board
- Train ticket Helsinki - St. Petersburg (Allegro Train)
- High speed train St. Petersburg - Moscow (Sapsan Train)
- Luggage handing at all hotels (1 suitcase, 1 piece of hand luggage) except for days 1 and 21
- Bi-lingual tour escort Days 01-22 (English & Spanish or Portuguese only)
- Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and air conditioning; long distance bus days 2-12 offers WIFI
NOTE: Prices do not include Russian visa, beverages & extra items, and any services not listed in the program.
NOTE ON THE RUSSIAN VISA: Your Russian visa must be obtained on your own. Visit www.russianembassy.org for more information, fees, details, and forms. We will provide the required visa confirmation letter and voucher once booked and confirmed.
Optional services available for pre-booking: Optional excursion to the Briksdal Glacier on day 08: USD $82 per person, must be pre-booked. Optional Vasa Museum excursion on day 12 (min. 2 persons): USD $67 per person. Optional tour to Peterhof Palace on day 16 (min. 6 persons): USD $104 per person. Optional excursion to the National Russian Dance Show, ‘Kostroma’, on day 19 (min. 6 persons): USD $119 per person. Optional Neva River cruise on the Radisson Royal Flotilla (min. 6 persons): USD $96 per person (must be pre-booked).
2019 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES View Escorted Tour Specials
Prices are per person sharing twin-bedded room. Tours start in Copenhagen on Mondays.
Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates & availability per 2/15/2019. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Guests 7 years or older are welcome; children 7-18 years old must travel with an adult. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.
Third person in extra bed/special child discount! Deduct $593 from posted per person double room rates. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older. Child discount (7-12 years): $1106.
|Tour Type:||Escorted Tour|
|Cities Visited:||Copenhagen - Oslo - Lofthus - Bergen - Loen - Geiranger - Oslo - Stockholm - Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Moscow|
|Departures:||May - June - July - August - September|