SCANDINAVIA AND BALTICS TOUR

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland

validity

valid until October 2017

duration

18 days / 17 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD3,024 / Person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Copenhagen: Scandic Sydhavnen,
First Hotel Copenhagen, Aarhus: Conwell, Scandic Hotel Aarhus City, Stavanger: Scandic Stavanger City, Bergen: Scandic Ornen Oslo: Thon Hotel Opera,
Stockholm: Quality Hotel Globe, Helsinki: Scandic Grand Marina, Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre, Tallinn: Park Inn Meriton Conference and Spa Hotel, Riga: Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel, Vilnius: Radisson Blu Lietuva, Warsaw: Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre, Poznan: Novotel Centrum

DEPARTURE DATES


June: 7, July: 5, Aug: 2, Sept: 6, Oct: 4

INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Arrival transfer
  • City tour in: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw
  • Boat: Sogne Fjord in Bergen, to Suomenlinna Islands
  • Ticket Admission: Turaida Castle, Palace of Rundale, Trakai Castle, Museum of Genocide, Wigry Monastery
  • Ferry: Denmark – Norway, Stockholm / Turku, Helsinki / Tallinn
  • Funicular: Mount Flouyen in Bergen
  • Meals: Lunch in Turaida and in Rundale

ITINERARY

DAY 1 (WED) - COPENHAGEN

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival Reception.


Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.

DAY 2 (THU) - COPENHAGEN - AARHUS

In the morning, comprehensive tour of the Danish capital with a local guide. Copenhagen is the largest Scandinavian city, and full of contrasts: the popular “Tivoli”, Christianborg Palace, the terraces of Nyhavn, the Mermaid… In the afternoon we set out for Jutland, passing through pleasant scenery on our way. Arrival at AARHUS and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 3 (FRI) - AARHUS - KRISTIANSAND - FLEKKEFJORD - STAVANGER

We will travel to HIRSTHALS where we will take a ferryboat to Norway crossing the North Sea. A three-hour voyage to KRISTIANSAND (ferryboat operation hours vary depending on the months. Some time is normally reserved to have lunch on the boat). We will go along Norway’s southern coastline and enjoy its gorgeous landscapes. We will stop in a picturesque small town called STAVANGER, a beautiful town that has an active port by the fjord.

DAY 4 (SAT) - STAVANGER - BERGEN

A stage displaying beautiful landscapes. We will follow the route going through tunnels, bridges and travel some stretches by boat to go along the fjord coast of Norway. One of its undersea tunnels is the deepest one in the world. This stage gets more relaxed and spectacular with its two boat trips. Arrival in BERGEN at lunch time. We include a funicular trip to Mount Fløyen which offers amazing vistas of the town and Bergen fjord. There will be some free time later to enjoy the capitol city of fjords.

DAY 5 (SUN) - BERGEN - OSLO

Landscapes are still fantastic on this day: images of Norway’s interior region – fjords, glaciers, lakes and forests. We will travel to SOGNEFJORD, Norway’s largest fjord. Prior to arrival, we will stop at the beautiful TVINDEFOSSEN waterfall. We will go on a magnificent cruise between the cities of Gudvangen and Flam; fantastic landscapes during this two-hour voyage. We will continue our journey crossing magnificent snow-covered landscapes. We will go under Lærdal Tunnel, one of the longest in the world. Visit to BORGUND’s 12th century wooden church which is considered Norway’s best preserved medieval church. Arrival in OSLO. Free time. Check out its port, main streets, and the artworks at Frognerparken.

DAY 6 (MON) - OSLO - STOCKHOLM

We will spend some time in OSLO before departing for Sweden. Landscapes with forests and lakes. Stop in Karlstad for a stroll and lunch. Arrival in STOCKHOLM in the afternoon.

DAY 7 (TUE) - STOCKHOLM

Sightseeing tour of this gorgeous capital city built on 13 interconnected islands. Water is everywhere. We will visit Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, as well as the museum area in Skansen and the broad avenues in the city centre. We recommend visiting its museums and parks. We also recommend visiting the Town Hall and the Vasa ship museum.

DAY 8 (WED) - STOCKHOLM - FERRY BOARDING

Free day in Stockholm. In the evening we will board a modern ferry, overnight accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom to go to Finland.

DAY 9 (THU) - TURKU - NAANTALI - HELSINKI

We recommend you to go to the ship deck at sunrise; we arrive to Finland by sailing along Aland Islands, contemplating hundreds of islands covered by forests. We shall see mesmerizing landscapes from the sea. Disembarkation and time to walk around TURKU, a city with a very strong Swedish influence. We continue our journey to the neighbor city of NAANTALI, very picturesque town of wooden houses next to the sea. We will later arrive in HELSINKI, time for lunch. Free afternoon, you will be able to get to know this city, with its old market, the Russian influence in its buildings and churches.

DAY 10 (FRI) - HELSINKI - TALLINN

We include a boat trip (regular line water local transport) to Suomenlinna Islands, – six islands where we highlight a great fortress that used to protect the sea entry to the city and was declared World Heritage – Time to stroll around (we will be able to cross island through its small pedestrian bridges). Late afternoon we shall board a ferry to Estonia; Ferry trip of around 2h30 duration; we suggest to admire the departure from Helsinki and the surrounding islands. Arrival to TALLINN.

DAY 11 (SAT) - TALLINN

The capital of Estonia is a wonderful city with a well-conserved medieval centre. Comprehensive tour of the city, its walls, churches, squares, and its mediaeval streets filled with tourist attractions. Free afternoon.

DAY 12 (SUN) - TALLINN - PARNU - TURAIDA - RIGA

After passing through forests and plains, we reach PARNU, a popular spa city. Then we go on to Latvia. In TURAIDA we visit the mediaeval castle, surrounded by a large park with sculptures. Lunch is included. Afterwards, we pay a visit to SIGULDA, the small, charming capital situated in a very beautiful landscape . We arrive at RIGA in the middle of the afternoon.

DAY 13 (MON) - RIGA

Sightseeing tour of this capital city included. It is the most populated city of the Baltic Countries, more modern looking, which better preserves the remnants of the Soviet rule. Free afternoon where an optional visit to the Central Market and the resort town of Jurmala is proposed.

DAY 14 (TUE) - RIGA - RUNDALE - TRAKAI - VILNIUS

We will depart for LITHUANIA early in the morning. On our way there, we will visit the BAROQUE PALACE OF RUNDALE, built by the same architect who designed Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. We will cross over to Lithuania. This country has a strong Catholic influence. The impressive HILL OF CROSSES reminds us of this with thousands of crosses of all sizes. Lunch en route included. Afterwards, we will visit TRAKAI, a gorgeous castle located on a lake’s island quite close to Vilnius. Sojourn in VILNIUS. Note: Depending on the duration of sunlight, the visit to Trakai may take place on Wednesday after visiting the city.

DAY 15 (WED) - VILNIUS

Sightseeing tour of the city erected on top of seven hills (like Rome, to which they like comparing it). Its baroque churches, its walls, its castle, its market streets in the centre, its 1,200 medieval houses…. We will also visit the Museum of Genocide where we will learn about the hard history of the Baltic peoples. Ticket included. Free afternoon.

DAY 16 (THU) - VILNIUS - AUGUSTOW - WARSAW

We will travel to Poland. We will visit WIGRY MONASTERY which is found amid beautiful scenery. Lunch stop in the charming town of AUGUSTOW which is located by a lake. We will continue to the centre of Poland. Arrival in WARSAW at the end of the day.

DAY 17 (FRI) - WARSAW - POZNAN

Morning sightseeing tour of Warsaw included. We will visit its Old Town, its Royal Castle, the Guetto Heroes Monument, Lazienki Park… Some free time afterwards to have lunch and stroll around. At about 15:00 h we will leave to Pomerania. POZNAN, a very active city with a magnificent main square and great atmosphere. Time to walk around.

DAY 18 (SAT) - POZNAN - BERLIN

Departure early in the morning from Poznan. We will arrive to Germany. BERLIN, arrival around 11h30.End of our services.

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