SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA
Arrival in Moscow. Welcome, transfer to hotel and dinner.
Breakfast and visit the city, including Red Square, the Kremlin gardens, the former residence of the Russian Tsars, St. Basil’s Cathedral and its domes, the Lenin Mausoleum, the Kremlin walls, Victoria Park and the Bolshoi Theater. Entrance to the Kremlin and visit to a Cathedral. Dinner.
MOSCOW / ST. PETERSBURG
Breakfast and free day to explore on your own. We suggest an optional visit to the Moscow Metro, which opened in 1935. The Moscow Metro was the People’s Palace and is now the main means of transport of the city, with 240 km of lines and 145 stations. Many stations are built with varieties of marble, granite, and onyx, and decorated with paintings, majolica, stained glass, murals and mosaics. Dinner at a restaurant. In the evening, take night train to St. Petersburg, the former capital of Russia, whose elegance and aristocracy reflect the splendid heritage of the golden age of the capital and residence of the tsars and emperors. Dinner.
In the morning, arrive in St. Petersburg, considered the cultural capital of Russia. Breakfast at a restaurant. We will leave to visit Nevsky Avenue, with the impressive Cathedral of the Virgin of Kazan, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul, Senate Square and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit to the Hermitage Museum, considered the largest museum in Russia, as well as one of the most important in the world, with over three million works of art. Its international reputation is due in particular to its collections of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Matisse and Van Gogh, among others. Dinner.
Breakfast. After breakfast, excursion to the city of Petrodovoretz (Peterhoff), summer imperial residence of Peter the Great, 29 km from the city. In the early 18th century, the palaces and fountains were built under the orders of Peter the Great to celebrate the victory of the Russian army over Sweden. Its gardens, palaces and fountains represent true jewels of Russian architecture. The largest fountain of Petrodovoretz, at 21 meters, was built as a symbol of victory, 25 years after the battle. In the afternoon, boat trip along the rivers and canals of the city, also known as the “Russian Venice,” to appreciate the beauty of St. Petersburg from an amazing angle. Dinner.
ST. PETERSBURG / HELSINKI
Breakfast and departure to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, also known as the “white city of the north,” through the woods of Karelia and the city of Vyborg. Dinner.
HELSINKI / STOCKHOLM
Breakfast and visit to the Auditorium Finland, Temppeliaukio Church, excavated in the rock, the monument to Jean Sibelius, the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Senate Square, the main street Mannerheim and the Olympic stadium. Depart at scheduled time and board a cruise to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, located in an archipelago of 14 islands. Its beautiful canals create a landscape and are the reason it is known as one of the world’s most enchanting cities, with its unforgettable historical center and its narrow and medieval streets. Night aboard the ship and dinner.
Breakfast, arrive and depart. Visit to the Royal Palace, the City Hall on King’s Island, known worldwide for its blue and gold rooms, where every year the Nobel Prize is awarded, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), the old town (Gamla Stan), where the city was founded in 1252, the Sergels torg and the canals. Dinner.
Breakfast and free day. We suggest a visit to the Vasa Naval Museum. Dinner.
STOCKHOLM / OSLO
Breakfast and depart to Oslo, capital of Norway, also known as the “capital of the Vikings.” Founded in 1050, Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals. It is a bustling city with good museums that focus on history from the perspective of the country’s sea journeys, including the legendary culture of the Vikings. Arrival, accommodation and dinner.
Breakfast and depart to visit the Frogner Park, with its immense sculptures by sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The pieces symbolize the cycle of human life, and the great monolithic with 121 intertwined bodies. Next, some sightseeing, passing by City Hall, the main street (Karl Johan) and the Royal Palace. Dinner.
OSLO / COPENHAGEN
Breakfast and free morning. In the afternoon, transfer to the port and travel to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and the largest city in Scandinavia. Surrounded by several castles, it is the land of the oldest monarchy in the world. Night aboard the ship and dinner.
Breakfast on board, arrival and sightseeing, passing by Amalienborg Palace, Christianborg Palace, Nyhavn canal and the statue of the Little Mermaid, symbol of this city. Free afternoon. Dinner. In the evening, we suggest an optional visit to Tivoli Gardens, with its fountains, restaurants and festive atmosphere.
Breakfast and free day. Dinner.
DEPARTURE FROM COPENHAGEN
Transfer to airport for departure