DAY 1 : ARRIVE MOSCOW IN RUSSIA
Upon arrival in Moscow, the capital of Russia, the largest country in the world, complete immigration & custom formalities and proceed to the designated place where our experienced Russian Guide will meet & greet you. Transfer to the hotel for check in. After freshening up, enjoy your dinner in the hotel itself. Stay overnight in Moscow.
DAY 2 : MOSCOW CITY TOUR
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for a guided tour of Moscow. You will be taken to explore the famous Kremlin Grounds with Cathedrals walking tour, followed by the famous Red Square Tour. No place better represents Russia than Red Square. The square’s name has nothing to do with communism or with the color of many of its buildings. In fact it is derived from the word ‘krasnyi’, which once meant ‘beautiful’, and has only come to mean ‘red’ in contemporary Russian. Later we visit the famous WWII Stalin’s Bunker- the Emergency command post of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Red Army during 1941-1945. In the evening we see the spectacular Circus which will leave you awestrucka This evening, the coach will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the world famous Russian Circus followed by dinner in the hotel itself. Stay overnight in Moscow.
DAY 3 : MOSCOW TO SAINT PETERSBURG
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and proceed for the world famous Moscow Metro® Tour. Metro of Moscow is called The People’s Palace. It’s the Underground Kingdom of Moscow Metropolitan, with admirable mosaics and marble. The coach will transfer you to the Central Station to board our Hi-Speed Train…Sapsan for a memorable journey through the countryside of Russia. Upon arrival you will be transferred to our designated hotel for check in. Have dinner in the hotel itself. Stay overnight in Saint Petersburg.
DAY 4 : SAINT PETERSBURG CITY TOUR
After having breakfast, proceed to explore the historic hub of Russia, Leningrad…now Saint Petersburg, formerly the capital of Russia. We’ll see all major attractions of this heritage city through an orientation tour of Nevsky Prospekt and many more tourist attractions with an experienced Local Guide in English language. Nevsky Avenue or Nevsky Prospekt is the main street in the city of St. Petersburg. The main sights include the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument of Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues and so on. We’ll then take you to St Isaac’s Cathedral: St. Isaac’s Cathedral was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac’s still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. After that transfer to explore – The Winter Palace which is now called the Hermitage Museum. One of the largest museums in the world, The Hermitage is also the largest Art Museum in the world. The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage situated in the centre of St Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian emperors. It has the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. After spending a couple of hours, we’ll proceed to visit another landmark of Leningrad, the Peter & Paul Fortress. Lacking the fame and tourist appeal of the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress is certainly no less of a St. Petersburg landmark. The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia’s most prominent political prisoners. Later transfer to shopping area, followed by return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5 : SAINT PETERSBURG TO FINLAND & ENJOY YOUR GIGANTIC SHIP OF VIKING CRUISE
This morning we have an early start and proceed to Helsinki by the High Speed Train – Allegro, between Russia & Finland. Breakfast will be packed. Welcome to Finland, the first country of our Scandinavia tour program. Upon arrival in Helsinki, after a mere 3 hrs 30 min comfortable journey, we begin with a city tour of the Finnish Capital, Helsinki. Our local English speaking Guide will first give you the taste of Helsinki with some exclusive photo stops. Helsinki is so compact & beautiful that it’s ideal to explore the city on foot. We’ll also cover some places of the sightseeing of this important city of design, architecture & galleries on foot. The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neo Classical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel between 1822 and 1852. We’ll now visit The Cathedral of Helsinki which is a must and is perhaps the most photographed area & recognizable building in Finland. It’s an Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral and the seat of the Diocese of Helsinki. It used to be known as St Nicholas’ Church till the independence in 1917. Next, we visit the Sibelius Monument at the Sibelius Park, which is the world famous composer Jean Sibelius'(1865-1957) monument by Eila Hiltunen. It was unveiled on 7.9.1967. The Sibelius Monument resembles organ pipes, is made of welded steel with the bust of the composer on one side.Later we drive to another city of Finland…Turku, the most cultural Finnish city. Turku is a city in the Southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura River. It is within the region of Finland Proper in the Province of Western Finland. It is believed that Turku came into existence during the end of 13th century which makes it the oldest city in Finland. We’ll have few photo stops of some important places during the orientation tour before leaving for Stockholm. Now the time has come to embark the gigantic ship of Viking Cruise Liner for sailing overnight to the Swedish Capital Stockholm. Have International buffet dinner on board with a fascinating view outside. Explore & enjoy the huge ship with lots of activities.
DAY 6 : FINLAND TO SWEDEN
Enjoy your breakfast, early, while you’re cruising towards the edge of Sweden. At around 7.30 am, we disembark the ship. Welcome to Stockholm, the beautiful capital city of Sweden. The local guide will welcome you and take you on a City Tour by coach. During the city tour you will see the main attractions of this Swedish capital, such as The Royal Theatre, Stockholm Cathedral and of course The Gamla Stan. The town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town’s construction. Stroget is the name of the scenic large square in the centre of Gamla Stan. As well as being home to the Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and the Riddarholm church, Gamla Stan also boasts Kungliga slottet, Sweden’s baroque Royal Palace, built in the 18th century. Afternoon is yours…walk around and soak in the sights and sounds of Stockholm which offers many interesting cafes and has become an el dorado for shoppers. Discover the small shops in Sodermalm – the bohemian district. You can buy tickets for an excursion of different boats and canals in Stockholm. Have dinner a little early followed by check in the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 7 : SWEDEN TO OSLO NORWAY
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and take a long drive passing the beautiful landscape and Vineland of Sweden & Norway. We will take a very short stop near Karlstad for a break as we stroll down the alleys of the beautiful Swedish town, situated on an island of the Klaralven River beside Europe’s largest freshwater Lake Vanern. Based on the feasibility of the coach-time table, we will continue onwards to see the Stave Church today. Otherwise it will be done later. Upon arriving in Oslo, you will be transferred to restaurant for dinner followed by check in at the designated hotel for overnight stay in Oslo.
DAY 8 : HARDANGERFJORD TOWN IN NORWAY
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for a long scenic drive. Be amazed while we pass the roads & valleys with the breathtaking views on both sides…heading to Fjords. We arrive at Sogndal by afternoon. Sogndal is the regional centre covering the inner part of the Sognefjord area with a population of about 30000. It is conveniently located as a starting point for trips to mountains, fjords and glaciers. During the summer, tourists from all around the world visit Sogndal and they are fascinated by the contrasts of the region. Sogndal presents itself with a variety of faces. From the bustling town or village, to the majesty and tranquility of the mountains and glaciers that surround it, to the glittering fjord; Sogndal is a nice place to live, to visit and to stay on for days. Have hot sumptuous Scandic dinner and stay the night at the beautiful Hardangerfjord town – Sogndal.
DAY 9 : NORHEIMSUND IN NORWAY
Have breakfast at the hotel and check out to proceed to one of the most spectacular areas on earth. The coach will drive you towards Gudvangen to explore the splendid longest fjord of the world – Sognefjord. This region, where the deep fjord meets the glaciers and Norway’s highest mountain, is considered one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. Enjoy scenic Cruise on the Naeroi Fjords, between Gudvangen and Flam – one of the narrowest fjords in Norway. During the cruise you will see many waterfalls and steep mountain cliffs as well as old farmsteads dotted along the side of fjords. We will spend a little time in Flam and then drive towards Hardangerfjord area…needless to say the dream destination where you will be staying for 2 memorable nights in the lovely hotel at Norheimsund, we’ll have our delicious dinner in the hotel itself. Stay the night in Norheimsund under the sparkling stars.
DAY 10 : FJORD VILLAGE IN NORWAY
A great day to remember – as after breakfast, we leave for an excursion to Bergen. We take a short Ferry crossing from Bruravik to Brimnes to continue along the scenic avenue through the beauty of Hardangerfjord before reaching Bergen – the Gateway of Fjords. Bergen is also the most western city in Norway. After reaching Bergen we will go up Mount Floien by the famous Funicular Train.The Floibanen funicular in Bergen is one of Norway’s best-known attractions. Floibanen can be found in the heart of Bergen, 150 m from Fisketorget – the fish market – and Bryggen wharf, and it takes just 10 minutes to walk to the lower station from where the cruise ships dock along Bryggen. The journey up to Fløyen (320 m above sea level) takes 5–8 minutes. The journey is an experience in itself, and at the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen. We’ll descend after enjoying the majestic sights of 360 degree Bergen. We then take a stop for leisure time of your own to view the colourful shore area. You’ll be transferred back to Norheimsund, the town on Hardangerfjord for dinner. Stay the second night in this beautiful Fjord village of Norway.
DAY 11 : GEILO IN NORWAY
After breakfast, check out and leave for one of the most spectacular & exciting journeys on earth. You will be transferred to Flam Station to board the world famous train of Flam Railway. The Flam Railways Train of 1862 AD has a lot to offer as it’s one of the world’s most exciting and spectacular railway lines and throughout the 20 km long ride, you will be amazed to see the panoramic view…waterfalls cascading down the steep, snow-capped mountains, rivers cutting through deep ravines and mountain farms clinging to sheer slopes. The Scandinavian Flam Railway is surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. The journey is one of the world’s steepest railway lines and provides some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. Surrounded by mountains up to 1400 metres high, the Flam Railway starts its journey up to the mountains. There is no other place on earth where rail travellers have the chance to see such an impressive waterfall as from the platform at Kjosfossen. High up on the horizon you see the white water cascading off the steep mountain side. The rushing river of water dissolves into foam with a thunderous roar as it hits the mountain on its way down. The journey continues through snow-shelter tunnels. An opening in the landscape affords a last glimpse of the Flam Valley before you arrive at the final stop on the Flam Railway – Myrdal station. Our coach will be parked at Myrdal station to transfer us to Geilo, another serene scenic place in Norway. It is situated in the valley of Hallingdal, with around 2300 inhabitants. Geilo is primarily a ski resort town, but also offers summer activities. The center of the town lies at 800 meters above sea level, and its highest point is 1178 meters above sea level. It is 250 km from Oslo and 260 km from Bergen. Dinner after check in to the hotel. Stay the night in this beautiful place.
DAY 12 : OSLO CITY TOUR & ENJOY YOUR CRUISE
After an early breakfast we check out and drive down to explore the capital of Norway, Oslo. The Norwegian English speaking Guide will welcome you and take you for a City Tour by coach. Oslo – the Capital of Norway is situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord surrounded by the forested ridges. Thus this location gives Oslo unexpected quality for a national capital and a widely varied cultural life. During the city tour you will see a selection of sights…like a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park with the lifetime work of the sculptor maestro Gustav Vigeland. The Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life. We’ll have an orientation tour with sights such as the Royal Palace, Holmenkollen Ski-Jump and the Oslo Harbor. In the afternoon you have free time to explore and shop in the capital of Norway, on your own. We recommend a walk down the main street, Karl Johan or a stroll along the Aker Brygge with its numerous shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to feel the real culture of Norway. Then time to leave for the DFDS Seaways Terminal, to board Cruise Liner for a thrilling night journey to Copenhagen. Tasty International Dinner (Vegetarian/Non Vegetarian) will be served on the cruise. There’s a great deal to do for both adults and children as you sail to your destination. With the Kidz’ Club, Cinema, Disco, Adventure club with pools, sauna and Jacuzzis – there’s enjoyment for everyone. Explore the vastness of this huge cruise on your own. Stay overnight on the cruise.
DAY 13 : DENMARK CITY TOUR
After the continental breakfast, we disembark from the cruise and leave by coach with local English speaking Guide to explore the city – Copenhagen. Sights of interest that we will cover are the must-see Little Mermaid, Old Port of Nyhavn, the Gefion Fountain, Royal Palace of Amalienborg and Rosenborg Castle from outside. The Rosenborg Castle Garden, called ‘King’s Garden’ is the oldest royal garden of Denmark. We’ll get a chance to walk down at the ‘Stroget’ – one of the largest pedestrian shopping streets in the world. Later we’ll visit to the magic land – Tivoli Garden which is the major attraction of the city and also known as the Tivoli Amusement Park. Established in 1843, it is a beautiful & romantic park with lanterns in the trees that create a unique atmosphere with the backdrop sound of traditional folk music. Copenhagen once a humble fishing village is now the glittering capital of Danish Empire. The city is considered to be one of the world’s premier capitals of Design and Scandinavia’s pre-eminent city. The sumptuous palaces, copper roofed town and charming cobbled squares will show you why it’s called the Capital of Design. Have dinner in an Indian restaurant. Stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 14 : DENMARK TO KOLKATA
After having breakfast in the hotel, we need to check out and transfer to the international airport of Copenhagen for final boarding from Scandinavia to your home country.
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