Remarkable Journey: Scandanavia & Russia
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Imagine your Remarkable Journey beginning in the regal capital of Stockholm where you set sail at dusk through the Baltic breezes and the 24,000-island archipelago on your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg. On arrival in St. Petersburg, find yourself immersed in Russian history: the Winter Palace, the czars, Leningrad, Putin, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, the Hermitage, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. And then realize, your journey has only just begun—Norwegian fjords, anyone?
- Walk through the grandeur of Moscow’s Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
- Enliven your Nordic heritage with a visit to your homeland in Norway or Sweden.
- Visit the Danish countryside, visiting sites like Hans Christian Andersen’s home and the northern coastline that houses Hamlet’s castle.
- Admire the northern lights and like in the Arctic Circle of Lapland.
- Train across the mountains of Norway and cruise the spectacular west coast and fjords of Sognefjord, Geirangerfjord and Hardangerfjord.
Welcome to Denmark! After you’ve arrived and settled into your hotel, take a morning to stroll along Europe’s longest pedestrian street, Strøget, with its multitude of art, vintage design galleries and fashion boutiques. As you make your way to the iconic Nyhavn Canal, stop at a café along the way for a traditional Danish open-faced sandwich, smørrebrød.
If you’re not too exhausted, we recommend visiting Tivoli, one of the world’s oldest and most magical amusement parks, which is a delight for any age.
Today you will explore the famous countryside castles of Demark on the island of Zealand. Your tour guide will lead you through Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” and the Royal Family’s summer residence, Fredensborg Castle.
Following your tour, we recommend you spend your last evening in Denmark exploring the Danish nightlife with a cocktail in the up-and-coming Kødbyen district.
Depart Denmark early and arrive in Stockholm, Sweden with enough time to enjoy the sunlight. Meet your local guide and walk through the cobbled streets of the medieval Gamla Stan, or Old Town. Be sure to pick up some Swedish handicrafts along the way. Stay in the neighborhood for some Fika, a social ritual that means “take a break and enjoy a snack and a coffee”.
Start today in Stockholm at your leisure, seeing famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, and Royal Theatre. A highlight of the day will be a visit to City Hall with its celebrated Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.
In the afternoon, visit the startling Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours exploring the extensive waterways of the city. While the sun sets, delight in a leisurely private boat sightseeing tour of the Stockholm Archipelago.
Depart Stockholm early on a train or flight for Oslo, Norway’s cosmopolitan capital situated at the top of a 60-mile long fjord.
To acquaint yourself with Norway, we recommend a walking-tour of Oslo. This guided tour will take you through Vigeland Park which contains over 100 life-size human figures, each with their own story. From there, you will drive to the island of Bygdøy where you will see the Viking Ship Museum as well as the open-air Norsk Folkemuseum with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a Stave Church from the year 1200.
Rise early and depart for the municipality of Balestrand, one of many municipalities situated on Sognefjorden—the longest fjord in Norway and the 3rd largest in the world. When you tire of exploring the cliffs and cascading waterfalls, stop by a cider house to taste local ciders, fruit wines, or brandies.
Begin the day with a fjord exploration tour between Balestrand and Fjærland, known as the village beneath the glacier. Fjærland is situated where the glacier and the fjord meet, and looks over parts of the great Jostedalsbreen—one the largest glaciers on mainland Europe. Travel along the fjord passing village settlements, waterfalls and steep mountains lining the way.
This morning take the picturesque Flåm expressboat to Bergen, and on the way stop along at several villages along the fjord, including Leikanger and Vik—try the locally produced Gamalost cheese, its roots going back to the Viking Age.
After breakfast, see Bergen with a half-day city tour. Walk along the Hanseatic Section of Bergen and visit the Hanseatic Museum to see how the German merchants from The Hanseatic League lived and worked. After, drive to Troldhaugen, home and museum of beloved composer Edvard Grieg.
Balance the afternoon with a lesiurely walk of the city on your own. We recommend that you take the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Mount Fløien to see captivating views of Bergen’s surroundings.
St. Petersburg, Russia
After your flight from Bergen to St. Petersburg, use the rest of the day for independent exploration. We suggest you visit the State Hermitage, a museum of art and culture and one of the oldest museums in the world. Founded in 1764, it comprises over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Today, with your guide, meander through St. Petersburg’s miles of canals, laced together with graceful bridges set amidst pastel 18th century buildings. In the afternoon, drive along the Neva River and stopover at Vasilievsky Island with its beautiful view across the river of the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress. See the enormous Palace Square, where Imperial parades and festivals are celebrated, and admire the façade of nearby St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
In the evening, head to the Mariinsky Theatre and see the latest rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake or Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Join your guide on a private boat journey on route to Peterhof, the former imperial residence where Peter the Great built his estate which is surrounded with extensive parks and gardens filled with ornate fountains. While the grounds are extensive, the journey there is part of the adventure, offering a seafarers’ view of the city and surrounding forest.
End your adventure with a traditional Russian meal of pelmeni and piroshki off Nevsky Prospekt.
Depart St. Petersburg mid-afternoon and fly back to the United States.
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