Departing from: Moscow
Style: Exclusive Tour
HIGHLIGHTS OF RUSSIA & SCANDINAVIA
DAY 1 MOSCOW
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to Hotel Metropol (5 star). This evening, meet your guide for a welcome dinner and an evening walk to the heart of Moscow, spectacular Red Square.
DAY 2 MOSCOW
On a city tour see many of the city’s iconic landmarks including KGB headquarters, the Bolshoi Theatre and Novodevichy’s prestigious cemetery, resting place of Russia’s political and literary figures. Continue with a scenic lunch cruise and this evening enjoy an entertaining performance of the famous Moscow Circus.
DAY 3 MOSCOW
Travel by Moscow’s famous metro and see many lavishly decorated stations before taking in the splendour of Red Square with time to see Lenin’s Mausoleum. Then, enter the formidable Kremlin & Armoury Museum – a stunning collection of royal artefacts, carriages and coronation dresses.
DAY 4 MOSCOW – SERGIEV POSAD – SUZDAL
Explore Russia’s countryside as you journey to the historic towns along the famed Golden Ring. Their charming old churches and monasteries paint a stunning image of early Russian art, architecture and way of life. Continue to picture-perfect Suzdal for check in at Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4 star).
DAY 5 SUZDAL – VLADIMIR – ST. PETERSBURG
Visit Suzdal’s 11th century Kremlin and beautiful St. Euthimius Monastery, then meet a local family for a traditional Russian lunch in their home, before driving to Vladimir, Russia’s former capital. Return to Moscow to board an evening high-speed train to St Petersburg enjoying dinner in 1st class comfort. Check in at Hotel Ambassador (4 star).
DAY 6 ST. PETERSBURG
Your introduction to St. Petersburg begins at the Faberge Museum to see its collection of exquisitely crafted Faberge eggs. Continue with a relaxing cruise along the canals and Neva River. Afterwards tour the renowned Hermitage Museum for an introduction to its immense collection of over 2.7million items of art.
DAY 7 ST. PETERSBURG
Join a comprehensive city tour visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, housing the burial vault of the Romanov dynasty. Continue to the magnificent Spilt Blood Cathedral featuring 7,000 square metres of exquisite mosaics. Enjoy a vodka history and appreciation class at the Vodka Museum and this evening be entertained at a lively folklore performance at Nikolaevsky Palace.
DAY 8 ST. PETERSBURG
Immerse yourself in St. Petersburg’s imperial past with an excursion to the magnificent Catherine’s Palace and its Amber Room. Then, drive to Petrodvorets (Peterhof) to see the spectacular Grand Cascade of fountains and gold statues and take a guided walk through the lovely gardens before returning to the city.
DAY 9 ST PETERSBURG – HELSINKI
Travel west by high-speed train and cross the border into neighbouring Finland. On arrival in Helsinki, transfer to Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (4 star).
DAY 10 HELSINKI – STOCKHOLM
Begin with a walking tour featuring the Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Parliament House and the unique Rock Church. Then, board your overnight ferry to Stockholm sailing through the glorious archipelago.
DAY 11 STOCKHOLM
Become acquainted with Sweden’s charming capital seeing the Royal Palace, Parliament and Gamla Stan (Old Town) with its narrow cobbled streets. Visit the impressive City Hall where the Nobel Prize banquet is held annually and check in at Clarion Hotel Amaranten (4 star).
DAY 12 STOCKHOLM / DROTTNINGHOLM
Embark on a magnificent turn of the century ship across scenic Lake Malaren to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Royal Family. Visit its stately rooms and grounds before returning to Stockholm.
DAY 13 STOCKHOLM – COPENHAGEN
Travel by train across the Swedish countryside with views of small towns, forests and lakes. Cross the famous Oresund Bridge, the 16km link connecting Sweden and Denmark. Check in at Imperial Hotel (4 star). This evening, meet a local family for a traditional meal in their home.
DAY 14 COPENHAGEN – OSLO
Join a wonderful tour of the Danish capital seeing the old harbour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid and visit the beautiful red brick Rosenborg Castle with its collection of tapestries and Crown Jewels. This afternoon, board your overnight ferry to Oslo and enjoy the view as you cruise to Norway.
DAY 15 OSLO
Cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord to the Norwegian capital. On your city tour see the City Hall, the Royal Castle and impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park before becoming acquainted with the region’s Viking past at the Viking Museum. Check in at Thon Hotel Opera (4 star).
DAY 16 OSLO – FLAM – BALESTRAND
Marvel at Norway’s magnificent scenery as you traverse the fjord land region on your excursion to the Sognefjord. Take in views of spectacular mountains and thundering waterfalls on the famous Flam Railway and continue by water travelling by ferry along the serene Aurlandsfjord
DAY 17 BALESTRAND – BERGEN
Your day will be free to enjoy a walk, hire a bike or simply marvel at the incredible landscape from the comfort of your hotel. In the afternoon, take the express boat traveling along the coast to Bergen. Check in at Hotel Scandic Ornen (4 star).
DAY 18 BERGEN
After breakfast, join a walking tour of Bergen’s historic centre to see the busy Fish and Flower Market, Old Bryggen Harbour and ancient Maria