The Heart of Scandinavia and Russia

21 days/20 nights
First/Superior First Class

We are pleased to offer you the ultimate tour of Scandinavia and Russia, a quality first class tour at a leisurely pace during which you will experience Scandinavia whilst staying at good first class hotels right in the heart of each city. You will have time to explore the 3 capitals and you will travel through some of the most beautiful parts of the Norwegian Fjords and the South of Scandinavia. The scenic highlights include the longest fjord in Norway - The Sognefjord and the Briksdal Glacier. Whilst in the Fjord area you will stay at hotels belonging to "The Prominent Hotels of the Fjords of Norway". You will be travelling on the famous Flåm Railway and cruising the fjords by ferries and boat. Bergen, the Capital of the fjords, will surprise and enchant you. In Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, there is plenty of time to enjoy the amenities on offer and to get to know these capital cities, each one of them with a distinct different atmosphere. From Stockholm you will travel Eastwards to explore the impressive and unforgettable Russian cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Throughout the tour you will travel by first class coach and with one of our professional Tour escorts who will ensure you get full enjoyment out of these three weeks of your holiday

This tour is one of the best and most complete ones offered today in the market.

Day 1 Tuesday
Copenhagen
Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. In the early evening your Tour escort will arrange a get-together to give information about the tour and give you a chance to meet your fellow travellers. Hotel in the centre of Copenhagen.

Day 2 Wednesday
Copenhagen

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn and of course the Little Mermaid. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city. Hotel in the centre of Copenhagen.

Day 3 Thursday
Copenhagen-Oslo

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning free in Copenhagen. Your tour escort will be happy to advise you about places of interest to visit - we can suggest an optional tour to the three castles in North Sealand, including the Kronborg Castle of Hamlet. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hours. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smörgåsbord dinner as you cruise up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We strongly recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry your suitcases to and from the cabin.
Day 4 Friday
Oslo

Buffet breakfast onboard. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo around 09.45 hours, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital. You will visit the world-famous Viking Ships Museum and the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Evening free. Hotel in the centre of Oslo.

Day 5 Saturday
Oslo

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Day free in Oslo. The bustling Aker Brygge Harbour, the Akershus Fortress, and other popular attractions are all within walking distance of your hotel. Your tour escort will assist you in planning your day and offer optional excursions. Hotel in the centre of Oslo.

Day 6 Sunday
Oslo-Lofthus in Hardangerfjord

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Departure from Oslo, driving to the mountain resort of Geilo for a stop. The tour continues passing the wild Hardanger Mountain Pleateau and the highest waterfall, Vöringsfoss, with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend to the lovely Hardanger Fjord where you will be spending the night at the traditional Ullensvang Hotel, situated at the waterfront.Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 Monday
Lofthus-Balestrand

Buffet breakfast at hotel.Today you will travel to the Sognefjord starting with crossing the Hardanger bridge before a scenic train journey from Voss to Flåm. This train journey is one of the most famous in Norway and gives fantastic views of the fjord. In Flåm you will take a 2 hours cruise along the Aurlands, Naeröy and Sognefjord. Continue by coach over the Vika mountains to Vangsnes, followed by a short trip by ferry crossing the Sognefjord. Arrival in Balestrand in time for dinner and accommodation at the Kviknes Hotel, beautifully located overlooking the fjord.

Day 8 Tuesday
Balestrand-Loen

Buffet breakfast at hotel.Departure from hotel by coach to Fjaerland. Visit to the glacier Museum. Continue by coach along the scenic route, passing the Jostedal Glacier (the largest in Europe) and the village of Skei. Descend to the beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open troll cars to give you the best view. During the afternoon the tour continues to Loen. Dinner and accommodation at the first class hotel Alexandra in Loen.

Day 9 Wednesday
Loen-Bergen

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Depart Loen for Bergen. Once again we drive the scenic road around Nord Fjord and Skei before arriving at Forde for lunch(optional). The journey continues with a short ferry crossing from Lavik to Oppedal. Arrive early evening in Bergen – a World Heritage City. Hotel in central Bergen.

Day 10 Thursday
Bergen

Buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning you will enjoy a city tour of this beautiful Old Hansa Town, surrounded by 7 mountains. The tour escort will show you the Old Bryggen area and the popular Fish & Flower Market, the ancient Maria Church, Hanseatic Quarter, Old Bryggen Harbour and other famous sights. Hotel in central Bergen.

Day 11 Friday
Bergen-Stockholm

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Departure transfer to international airport outside Bergen. We will take a flight to Stockholm – the capital of Sweden. Arrival at Arlanda International Airport in Stockholm. Transfer to your hotel in central Stockholm.

Day 12 Saturday
Stockholm

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the 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. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with the possibility of visiting the famous Wasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Hotel in central Stockholm.

Day 13 Sunday
Stockholm

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day for independent activities. Your Tour Escort will help you with information and suggestions of what you can do and see in Stockholm during your free time. Tonight you will be served a farewell dinner. Hotel in central Stockholm.


Day 14 Monday
Stockholm-Helsinki

Buffet breakfast . Morning free in Stockholm. At approximately 15.00hrs you will have a transfer from your hotel to the pier, to embark on the cruise ferry Silja Line. The ferry departs from Stockholm and slowly travels down the glorious archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Overnight.

Day 15 Tuesday
Helsinki-St.Petersburg

Buffet breakfast onboard. Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. Directly after you disembark there is a 2 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Church in the Rock (if open to public) and much more. The tour ends at the rail station for a trip to St. Petersburg. Arrival transfer in St. Petersburg and the rest of the evening free. Accommodation at Hotel.
Day 16 Wednesday
St. Petersburg

Buffet breakfast at hotel. St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber room which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks. Accommodation at Hotel.
Day 17 Thursday
St. Petersburg

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, the Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon you will have a visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti Accommodation at Hotel.
Day 18 Friday
St.Petersburg-Moscow

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.
Day 19 Saturday
Moscow

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Moscow, the Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla
Day 20 Sunday
Moscow 

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
Day 21 Monday
Moscow 

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Moscow airport. Today is the day to say farewell to the tour, your travel companions and to the Heart of Scandinavia and Russia tour.


Rates in EUR:

5906 per person in triple (Please note that in Scandinavia a triple room is a double room with extra bed. This bed can be a very simple bed). 5906 per person in double. 3056 single supplement.

Hotels included or similar

Copenhagen

Hotel Copenhagen Admiral - Superior first class. 

Copenhagen-Oslo

DFDS inside cabin or outside cabin if available.

Oslo

Radisson Blu Scandinavian Oslo – superior first class.  

Lofthus

Ullensvang Hotel - superior first class hotel

Balestrand or Sogndal

Kvikne's Hotel - first class hotel or Quality hotel Sogndal - first class hotel

Loen

Alexandra Hotel - superior first class hotel

Bergen

Radisson Blu Royal Bergen - first class or Clarion Collection Havnekontoret - first class

Stockholm

Sheraton hotel – superior first class or Radisson Blu Royal Viking – superior first class
Stockholm-Helsinki Silja Line overnight ferry - outside double cabins
St. Petersburg Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky - first class hotel. – first class hotel. Please note that hotel change may occur.
Moscow Hotel Park Inn Sadu - first class hotel. Please note that hotel change may occur.
Departures: June 18
July 16
August 13

Rates include:

  • Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily while in Scandinavia
  • Russian buffet breakfast daily while in Russia
  • 6 dinners
  • Touring by first class air-conditioned motor coach plus full time service of a professional tour escort from Dorothy Tours.
  • DFDS Scandinavian Seaways Copenhagen-Oslo: inside cabin 2 berth cabin or outside cabin if available.
  • 2nd class train Voss-Myrdal-Flåm
  • Local ferries in Norway according to programme.
  • Electric "Trolls cars" to the Briksdal Glacier.
  • Entries to Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Glacier Museum in Fjaerland and City Hall in Stockholm.
  • Economy class one way flight ticket Bergen-Stockholm (max. 20 kg luggage).
  • Twin/dbl bed accommodation at first/superior first class hotels listed or similar.
  • Tour conducted in English and Spanish.
  • Transfers as per program with English speaking drivers. No assistance.
  • Overnight Silja Line ferry with buffet dinner and breakfast included.
  • Economy class Train ticket from Helsinki-St. Petersburg-Moscow.
  • Your tour escort in Scandinavia will take care of you when you are in Scandinavia. When you arrive in Russia, there will be another tour escort there to assist you.
  • Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
  • Dorothy Tours limits passenger luggage transportation to 1 piece of luggage of normal size (ie. max cm 60 x 80 x 35 or max inches 23,5 x 31,5 x 13,8) per person. Should this be exceeded Dorothy Tours will have to charge an additional EUR 120 per piece of luggage for hotels, per tour. For extra bag on Flight BGO-STO an extra bag á 20kg is min EUR 120 not refunded, subject to confirmation (This excludes hand luggage).
  • Itinerary and time are subject to changes without prior notice.

Important notice:

All overweight of luggage on flights will be paid by passenger directly. Overnight flight bags may also be carried but must remain in the passengers possession at all times. It is of the utmost importance that passengers have adequate travel insurance to cover last minute cancellations, medical emergencies, loss, damage and/or theft.

Please be aware that a visa is required for Russia. All passengers will have to apply for this visa at their nearest Russian Embassy. In order for Dorothy Tours to procure with the visa invitation letters we ask you to provide the following information immediately upon making a reservation: Full names (as in passport), gender of all passengers (male/female), nationality, passport number and dates of birth of each passenger. It is the passenger's final responsibility to ensure they have all necessary and adequate documents and permits to enter Russia.

Dorothy Tours reserves the right to make changes in the program and/or hotels if necessary. Always keeping the same standard and category.

2018-10-02/WS