17 Days Russia & Scandinavia with Iceland

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Day 01: Departing to Russia
Depart from USA for Moscow foryour exciting Russia & Scandinavia with Iceland tour. Russia's capital and largest city, Moscowis home to more than 10 million people, making it the most populous European city. Nearly 50 bridges span the Moskva River which flows through the city. Founded in 1703, St. Petersburgwas the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Finland's capital and largest city, Helsinki,is spread across a number of bays and peninsulas and over a number of islands. Denmarkconsists of 406 islands, including the, and is located between the North Sea and the Baltic. Denmark has long been a center of cultural innovation. Explore Norwayand experience a truly unique country bursting with character. Rich in adaptive arts and deep-rooted culture, Norway's natural beauty may be its greatest attribute. From sky to sea, Norway is immersed in the pristine natural splendor of the northern lights, snow-covered mountains, countless fjords, and midnight sun. No matter your travel expectations, Norway will exceed them. Visit Sweden,a country teeming with diverse locations. Sixty percent of the country lies north of the Arctic Circle and flaunts mountains, rivers, and forests. The Swedes live a simple life, valuing equality and self-reliance. Visit Iceland: Iceland is an island of 103.000 km2 (39,756 sq.miles), about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland. Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, rises to 2.119 m and over 11 per cent of the country is covered by glaciers, including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe. 

Day 02: Arrival in Moscow (Russia)Arrival in Moscow. 
On arrival in Moscow you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you to your hotel. Panoramic City Tour: This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city's major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes VorobyovyHills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin and one of Russia’s leading schools of higher education, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more. Later in the evening, see the world famous Russian Circus.For over two centuries circus has been an important part of Russia\'s rich cultural heritage. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 03:Moscow –Guided City Tour–Kremlin –Red Square 
After an American buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Explore the Kremlin Grounds, St. Basil’s Cathedral and see the Patriarch’s Palaces in Moscow. The small city in the center of Moscow, once the residence of Czars and Patriarchs, contains Russia’s main Cathedrals, Assumption Cathedral, Archangel’s Cathedral and the Deposition of the Robe Cathedral. Also visit the Patriarch’s Palace-a museum of seventeenth-century life and applied art, displaying ecclesiastical regalia, period furniture, gold and silver ware from Russia and Western Europe. The palace dates back to 1640 and incorporates the Church of the Twelve Apostles, which was the private place of worship for the patriarchs. Next, experience the Metro, the most reliable and rapid transport system, connecting the central part of the city with industrial, residential areas and neighboring towns. Moscow metro is the world’s leader in the volume of traffic and reliable transportation. You have some time at leisure to explore Moscow on your own. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 04: Moscow to St Petersburg (by high-speed train –Sapsan) -Cruise on River Neva 
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to the train station to board the new high-speed train “Sapsan” to St Petersburg. This train, which was introduced on December 12, 2011, gets you to St. Petersburg in less than 4 hours. Arrive into St. Petersburg –“Venice of the North”and check into the hotel. Later, enjoy a cruise on the Neva River. It is one of the best ways to view the majesty of the St. Petersburg 18th century architecture and craftsmanship. The cruise will expose you to the magnificent panorama and stunning sights of this great city. It will pass under the main bridges of St. Petersburg which will unfold the city’s history and its legends connected with the waterways. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 05:City Tour of St Petersburg -Visit the Hermitage Museum
After an American buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Visit theGrand Palace,to be amazed with its fascinating & elaborate interiors. The world-famousPalace, Fountain and Park ensemble of Peterhofshines forth as a glittering landmark of Russia\'s aesthetic culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, paintings and works of art and culture make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called the \'Capital of Fountains,\'unique in the world. In the afternoon, visit the celebratedHermitage Museum, one of the most important museums in the world. It houses a fabulous collection of nearly three million works of applied art, archaeological finds, coins, graphic art and paintings in six different buildings. See the St. Isaacs Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Russian National Library, the Statue of Peter the Great, the Peter & Paul Fortress, Summer Garden, Smolniy Cathedral and many more sights. Later, get set to enjoy the spectacular world famous Russian Ballet. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 06: St. Petersburg – Helsinki (Finland) by high-speed train –Allegro
After breakfast proceed to Helsinki. Meet a guide and coach at railway station and proceed on a guided city tour with a local English-speaking guide. Visit ModernFinlandia Hall, the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland;Sibelius Monument-dedicated to the Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius, consisting of series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern;Helsinki Cathedral-the impressive green-domed Lutheran Cathedral which dominates Senate Square and the Helsinki skyline; the uniqueRock Church-built entirely underground with a ceiling made of copper wire; and theMarket Square, bustling with activities with vendors selling fresh food and souvenirs. Later, proceed to the small town of Porvooa small Finnish town situated on the southern coast of Finland and east of Helsinki. The town is famed for its \"Old Town\" (Gamla Stan in Swedish),a dense mediaeval street pattern with predominantly wooden houses. Its picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 07:Helsinki –Stockholm(Sweden) by Viking Line Cruise 
Breakfast served at the hotel, Check out hotel. Take JT Line boat to Suomenlinna. (About 25 min).ATTN: This is not a private boat. Your local guide meets at Suomenlinna at the pier. Tour to Suomenlinna for 45min –1 hour. Some free time on own after the guided tour. Take a boat back to city. Stroll around in the Esplanade Park situated in the heart of Helsinki. The Esplanade is a protected area that is culturally and historically important. The park serves as a promenade for tourists and a place to relax for city people. The park is located nearby market square. Transfer to pier Viking Line and check in. Overnight on-board Viking Line inside cabin. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 08: Arrive Stockholm -Stockholm City Tour Breakfast served on board. 
Arrive at Stockholm in the morning by Viking Line, meet and assist by local guide at Stockholm pier. Take sightseeing tour with private guide and coach. Proceed for City sightseeing tour in Stockholm including a photo stop at Fjällgatan for a beautiful view over Stockholm, a walk through the Old Town to the Royal Palace, built in 1754, for an outside look (change of guards if time allows), Entrance to City Hall and Vasa Museum. 
7M Tours –2019Travel Series -InternationalAfter lunch, visit Icebar. At -5 degrees all year round, you are guaranteed an experience cool in every way. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 09: Stockholm -Drottningholm PalaceBreakfast at hotel. 
Meet a guide and coach at hotel and transfer to Drottningholm Palace. Entrance to Drottningholm Palace and guided tour for 40-45 min. (Including entrance of Palace).Some time for photographing, walk in the garden. Transfer to Skansen for Entrance. Visit to Skansen Park (Entrance included)—many start to close around 16:00/17:00. Main entrance closes at 1800.Free time in the city center for shopping.The Skansen museum in Stockholm is the world’s oldest open-air museum. At the Skansen museum, you will find the history of Sweden shown both in historical buildings as well as intriguing crafts displays. (Meals: B, L,D)

Day 10: Stockholm –Oslo(Norway) by Coach 
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Oslo from Stockholm by Long distance coach(approx.7h). Oslo is the economic and governmental center of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe Arrive in Oslo, check in at your hotel. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 11: Oslo -Geilo by Coach
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet coach and guide at the hotel lobby and take city sightseeing in Oslo. City sightseeing including Vigeland Park, Parliament Square, outside look of the Royal Palace, National Galleries, Karl Johan Shopping Street, City Hall, Akershus Castle, the Norwegian Defense Museum. Photo stop at the ski jumpHolmenkollen. Entrance to Viking Ship Museum. After lunch, transfer to Geilo by long distance coach (approx. 4h) Arrive in Geilo, check in at your hotel and dinner at the hotel.(Meals:B, L, D)

Day 12: Geilo -Bergen 
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Geilo railway station. Take NSB train to Myrdal. Take Flambana train to Flam. Take boat trip to Gudvangen.The Norway in a Nutshell trip takes you through some of Norway\'s most beautiful fjord scenery. You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva (May-September). Meet coach in Gudvangen and transfer to hotel in Bergen. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 13: Bergen –Copenhagen(Denmark)by flight 
Breakfast at the hotel. Take 3 hours city sightseeing in Bergen. Sightseeing tour including the famous Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, the old Hanseatic Quarter, and the historic Maria Church. Ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien for panoramic views of the city and fjords way below. Visit the picturesque fish market. After lunch transfer to airport to take a flight to Copenhagen. Arrive in Copenhagen, meet assistant and coach, and transfer to hotel. Enjoy time on own in Tivoli garden, transfer to dinner. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 14: Copenhagen
Breakfast at the hotel. Start with a city tour where you will see all the major sights of the Danish Capital. First,we drive the scenic route north along the coast of Denmark paralleled by Sweden, through fashionable resorts and exclusive residential areas. This is 
7M Tours –2019Travel Series -Internationala great way of seeing the castles and the countryside north of Copenhagen. Kronborg Castle stands at theseaward approach to the Oresund Sound. It’s one of northern Europe’s best preserved Renaissance castles which is made famous all over the world, by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. On the tour back,you make a stop at Frederiksborg Castle, where you have time to explore the Castle’s gardens or the small market town of Hillerød, where the castle is perfectly situated. Lunch at restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing continues with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and drive through the colorfulcanal district, past the National Museum and past Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament. Continue past the harbour district of Nyhavn to Amalienborg Palace -winter residence of the Royal Family, where you may have the opportunity of seeing the changing of the Danish Royal Guard. This is followed by a visit to the Gefion Fountain and The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen\'s fairytale. End of sightseeing, transfer to shopping area.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 15 : Copenhagen –Reykjavik (Iceland)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport to take a flight to Reykjavik. Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Meet assistant and coach and transfer to Reykjavik in Iceland. For today we take a tour of the lunar landscape found on Reykjanes Peninsula with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. You can drive through Krisuvik and visit Seltun Geothermal area,and enjoystop at Reykjanesviti lighthouse. To top off the day you can take a relaxing bath in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal warm water. Return to Reykjavik. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 16: Reykjavik–The Golden CircleBreakfast at the hotel. 
The Golden Circle (driving distance approx. 250 km).Today we recommend you drive the “Golden Circle” which takes you to three of Iceland’s most famous sites; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Area and Gullfoss Waterfall. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the geological wonders of the world. There you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. From Thingvellir continue to the geothermal area of Geysir where the hot spring Strokkur ejects its water column high into the air every 5 –10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Afterwards there is only a short drive to Gullfoss, which many regard as Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Return to Reykjavik.(Meals: B, L, D)

Day 17: Departure from Reykjavik
This morning, after an American buffet breakfast / boxed breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with us.(Meals: B)

 
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