AUD 5056 / pp
June - September 2021
Submit to the subtle beauty of Russia and Northern Europe. From fascinating capitals to gorgeous scenery, discover everything Russia and Scandinavia are so famous for. Travel by train, ferry, and coach through Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Ride the world's most scenic railway line, Flåmsbana, see magnificent fjords, tour Danish palaces, Moscow Kremlin and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg & taste local specialities in 5 countries.
Moscow → St. Petersburg → Helsinki → Stockholm → Copenhagen → Gothenburg → Oslo → Flåm → Bergen
Day 1: Arrive Moscow
Welcome to Moscow! A tour to Russia is not complete without a tour to Moscow, the heart of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country. It is a city of bright contrasts where quiet patriarchal courts and small streets adjoin to futuristic business centres, and old neighbourhoods are interspersed with modern high-rises. Moscow is the heart of the Russian performing arts, including ballet and film, with 68 museums, 103 theaters, 132 cinemas and 24 concert halls. Your driver will be waiting at the airport/train station to take you to the cozy hotel in the downtown. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 2: Mighty Kremlin & The City
Full-day (8 hours) guided sightseeing tour in Moscow. Take a ride by the famous Moscow metro with its lavishly decorated underground stations which Stalin called “people’s palaces”. Also, It is the fastest way to travel in Moscow and avoid traffic jams. Visit the Moscow Kremlin, the very heart of Moscow and Russia! Walk along monumental walls, golden-domed cathedrals and, of course, most recognizable towers with iconic red stars. Explore the treasure of its world-famous museums including the Armory. Then, make essential Russian photos at Red Square with Lenin’s Mausoleum & Saint Basil's Cathedral (outside), famous GUM department store, pass by the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown. Take a walking tour in downtown. The name "Kremlin" means "fortress inside a city", this construction had to protect the city from enemies. The Moscow Kremlin acquired the status of a sacral symbol representing the power of the great country.
Day 3: Moscow Tour
Full-day (8 hours) guided tour in Moscow. Today, visit The Tretyakov State Art Gallery, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. We continue with a trip to Novodevichy Convent, probably the best-known cloister of Moscow and take a guided visit inside its medieval walls. Unlike many other cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century and is now the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic driving city tour to see Sparrow Hills with the best iconic views, hear the stories behind famous Stalin's skyscrapers, and finally, visit the VDNKh Soviet exhibition with the outstanding Museum of Cosmonautics.
Day 4: Moscow - St. Petersburg
After check out of the hotel in Moscow, you will be transferred to the railway station to board the high-speed train for 4 hours journey to St. Petersburg. On arrival at St. Petersburg, take a transfer to your hotel and check-in. The evening is free at leisure to explore downtown. Founded by the Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703, St Petersburg was planned and built as the capital of newly emerged Russian Empire. Today, it is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself deep into rich Russian history, art and culture, Russian Revolution & Romanov Imperial legacy. The White Nights, luminous northern midsummer eves, are the summer weeks when the Venice of the North is sparkling like good champagne. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 5: Peterhof Palace
Full day (8 hours) guided tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit the royal Peterhof Palace. Gardens and parks are spread over more than four hundred hectares and include thirty-one amazing museums and beautiful Versailles-style gardens. Interiors, as always in Russia, are all made of gold. In summer, the Peterhof is especially good thanks to its famous fountains which run naturally. Optional Faberge Museum Tour is available. Next, take the guided tour to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Enjoy a romantic cruise down the canals of St. Petersburg, and see some of the city’s monuments on the banks of the River Neva, all beautifully illuminated for the evening. We draw your attention that this tour is seasonal and available only from May till October (weather permitting).
Day 6: The Hermitage & Iconic Landmarks
Full-day (8 hours) guided tour in St. Petersburg. Today, you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous Palace of the Hermitage. Our experienced guides will make it interesting to follow the tricky path of the centuries behind it and give a better understanding of sophisticated Russian history. This former residence of the Romanovs Royal Family, the Hermitage today is the second-largest art museum in the world; its collection includes over 2.7 mln items. Then, take a tour to see the city’s iconic landmark: Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood — one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture, and an enthralling must-see.
Day 7: Catherine’s Palace
Day (6 hours) guided tour to Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo (30 km south of St. Petersburg). A splendid example of Russian Baroque, Catherine Palace delights its visitors with sumptuous Great Hall and Golden Enfilade of staterooms, including the world-famous Amber Room. The exposition of the palace covers almost 300-years history of the former imperial summer residence. A widely acknowledged masterpiece of garden and landscape art, Catherine Park includes variously styled pavilions, bridges, monuments and exotic garden structures that carry visitors away to other countries and bygone ages. Return to St Petersburg, the afternoon is free at leisure to explore the city on your own or get some Russian souvenirs. Extra tours are available, please inquire.
Day 8: Arrive Helsinki
After breakfast, take a transfer to the train station to board the special “Allegro” train to Helsinki, Finland. Your driver will be waiting at the train station in Helsinki to take you to the hotel. Meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where we will enjoy the finest Finnish cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Helsinki - Ferry to Stockholm
Set off for a guided walking city tour in Helsinki. Start with the City Hall, pass by the Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. Enjoy the day in the city before taking the evening transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board our overnight ferry to Sweden (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The journey takes around 15 hours and there are lots of cafes and restaurants on board. Relax and take time to enjoy the great sceneries of the Baltic Sea. Your “B2L Inside Large” cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 3+ star hotel room.
Day 10: Stockholm
Arrive Stockholm in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and luggage drop off. Meet your Swedish guide for Stockholm walking city tour. During the tour, you explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the famous Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall. Then go underground to discover Stockholm Metro with its piece-of-art subway stations. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the city.
Day 11: Stockholm - Copenhagen
Enjoy delicious Swedish breakfast and the morning in Stockholm. The city consists of fourteen islands, and as a walking city, offers you constantly changing and breathtaking views on water, forests, parks and beautiful architecture. Transfer to the railway station to take Stockholm - Copenhagen high-speed train. The panoramic train journey will take 5 hours. It passes the famous Øresund Bridge, an engineering marvel connecting two countries. Transfer to the hotel in Copenhagen and check-in. The evening is free at leisure.
Day 12: Copenhagen
After breakfast, set off on enlightening walking city tour of Copenhagen with our experience local guide. First, witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle. Enjoy the views of the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, stroll across Kongens Nytorv and see the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater. Visit the colorful harbor of Nyhavn where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace. Taste traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of local harbor cafes. Afternoon free at leisure. You can continue exploring the city on your own and visit other city highlights of your choice, the Gefion Fountain, the Little Mermaid statue or do some shopping at Stroget street.
Day 13: Copenhagen - Gothenburg
Take a train from Copenhagen to the Swedish town of Gothenburg (4 hours). On arrival, transfer to your cosy hotel in the downtown to drop off your bags before lunch break. After lunch (not included), take a walking city tour to explore the old Haga district, visit the famous Fish Market, see the modern Opera House and the Maritime Center (no entrances included) and take a walk at the famous Avenue with plenty of cosy restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Evening free at leisure.
Day 14: Gothenburg - Oslo
After breakfast, head to the railway station to catch a train to Norway’s capital (3,5 hours train ride). Arrive at Oslo and check-in at the hotel. The evening is free at leisure.
Day 15: Oslo
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland. Spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to other famous Oslo attractions, including the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (entrances not included). Afternoon free at leisure of for optional tours of your choice.
Day 16: Oslo - Flåm- Bergen
After breakfast, we pick up your luggage and send it straight to Bergen, our final destination. Then we embark Oslo-Myrdal train (5 hours) where we change to a Flåmsbana railway. The train ride between Myrdal and Flåm is considered to be the World’s most scenic train journey. This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard scenery of Norway. Time for lunch in Flåm before boarding a ferry to Bergen (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The ship will take you through the magnificent Sognefjord for about 5 hours. In the evening arrive at Bergen, check-in and overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Bergen
After breakfast, join Bergen walking city tour. Bergen is the quintessential Nordic fishing town and a perfect example of classic Scandinavia, a place of tranquility, natural beauty and harmony. During the tour, we walk through the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market and experience a fantastic Floibanen Funicular ride, one of Norway's best-known attractions. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in Bergen, famous for its fish and seafood.
Day 18: Departure from Bergen
Departure day. At an appropriate time, check out of your hotel. Here your Trans-Scandinavian adventure ends. Alternatively, you might embark on a Fjords cruise departing from Bergen daily or opt for other exciting tours from Bergen.
Hand-picked centrally located hotels in Russia (3*, 4* or 5* hotels on your choice)
Best-rated & centrally located 4* hotels in Scandinavia
3 nights Moscow
4 nights St. Petersburg
1 night Helsinki
1 night Stockholm
2 nights Copenhagen
1 night Gothenburg
2 nights Oslo
2 nights Bergen
1 night at the ferry (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)
Breakfasts daily at the hotels (except Day 1)
Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen (Day 12)
Dinner in St. Petersburg on Day 7
Dinner in Helsinki on Day 8
Farewell dinner in Bergen on Day 17
Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Moscow Kremlin (including the Cathedrals and the Armory), the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral (outside), Lenin’s Mausoleum (outside), GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters and other highlights, Moscow metro tour
Moscow full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, the Novodevichy Convent guided tour, Sparrow Hills, the VDNKh and guided tour to the Museum of Cosmonautics, Stalin's skyscrapers tour
St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Peterhof with the Grand Palace, boat cruise
St. Petersburg full day (8 hours) guided tour: the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, Isaac Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo day (6 hours) guided tour: Catherine’s palace & Amber room
Helsinki walking tour: City Hall, Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument
Stockholm walking tour: Old Town, the Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall, Stockholm Metro
Copenhagen walking tour: Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle, the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, Kongens Nytorv, the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater
Gothenburg walking tour: the old Haga district, the Fish Market, the modern Opera House and the Maritime Center
Oslo walking tour: Frogner Park, the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress
Bergen walking tour: Bryggen district, the Fish Market and experience a Floibanen Funicular ride
High-speed train Moscow to St. Petersburg, standard class, 4 hours ride. Please inquire about business or 1st class upgrade and flight options
Meet & greet at the airports/train stations in Russia
Metro pass in Moscow and St. Petersburg
Private return airport/train station transfers in Russia
Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)
St Petersburg - Helsinki “Allegro” train, standard class
Transfer train station - hotel in Helsinki
Ferry Helsinki - Stockholm, twin cabin (en-suite bathroom)
Train Stockholm - Copenhagen
Train Copenhagen - Gothenburg
Train Gothenburg - Oslo
Train Oslo - Myrdal - Flam
Ferry Flam - Bergen, twin cabin (en-suite bathroom)
The Fløibanen funicular (Bergen)
Russian visa supporting documents
Russian local sim card with data for the Russian part of the trip
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
The group tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director
Entrance tickets to all listed attractions in Russia
In Scandinavia, only the Fløibanen funicular tickets included (Bergen)
Extras of personal nature
Lunches and dinners not mentioned
Stroll around Red Square and tour the Kremlin
Discover the most beautiful stations of Moscow Metro
Visit the world-famous Hermitage Palace in St Petersburg
Experience Flåmsbana - one of the World's most scenic train rides
Enjoy a traditional Smørrebrød and the best of Scandinavian delicacies
Cross the Baltic Sea from Helsinki to Stockholm
Take a scenic boat ride through the Sognefjord, “The King of Fjords”
Witness piece-of-art subway stations of Stockholm Metro
See the Royal Guard Changing ceremony in Copenhagen
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