20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights

Including return international flights, all accommodation, overnight ferry travel, private city tours and walking tour, Norway in Nutshell experience, delicious daily breakfast, and more.

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  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
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  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
  • 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour with scenic trains and flights
 

Highlights

 

An unforgettable experience sees you travel between bygone imperial cities, modern capitals and pristine wilderness on a 20 day Best of Scandinavia and Russia tour.

Moscow is an incredible city. The capital of Russia is a mix of marvellous architecture, historic sites and modern monuments. Gain understanding of the past and present-day aspects to the city on a private walking tour that takes you to some of Moscow’s world-famous sights – the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and Novodevichy Convent. While in the capital you also have the chance to experience its vast underground metro network. Board a high-speed train bound for St Petersburg, the glittering Imperial city situated on the Baltic Sea. St Petersburg has set the stage for an astounding amount of change in Russian culture and history, and you’ll be introduced to this legacy on a guided sightseeing experience that sees you tick off the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Cruiser Aurora, Savior of the Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospect.

Leave Russia behind as a high-speed train whisks you to Finland. From Helsinki you will enjoy a day-trip across the water to nearby Estonia. Venture to Tallinn, the medieval capital, to wander its resplendent Old Town and soak up its lively atmosphere. Return to the Finnish capital and join a Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing excursion that begins in the historic city centre and encompasses City Hall, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. Embark on the overnight ferry journey to Stockholm and have both independent exploration and the Stockholm in a Nutshell experience to become acquainted with the classically Scandi Swedish capital.

Norway is your next destination. Travel by train to Oslo and then venture out on the Norway in a Nutshell route. This trip covers passage from Myrdal to Flam aboard the legendary Flam Railway; then a scenic cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed landscapes of Nærøyfjord towards Gudvangen. Begin your discovery of Bergen with a private walking tour and cruise along Sognefjord towards Balestrand, an idyllic village that sets the scene for an overnight stay at a historic waterfront hotel. Back in Oslo, join a Selected Highlights Tour to visit the likes of Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Kon-Tiki Museum and Bygdøy Peninsula. Finally, take an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen and discover the delights of the Danish capital city. Use the Hop On Hop Off bus and boat network to easily move between some of Copenhagen’s’ most beloved sights, such as the Little Mermaid statue, Nyhavn and Christiansborg Palace.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff– Moscow

Depart on a Russia-bound flight.

Day 2: Moscow

Welcome to Russia! Land in the Russian capital city, Moscow, and take your private transfer from the airport to the hotel for check in.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Moscow (B)

Get to know marvellous Moscow on a private four-hour tour of the city, commencing at 10am. This tour will take you into the heart of this diverse city to some of its most iconic and popular sights. Be in awe of the grandeur of Red Square and stroll along the photogenic Sofiyskaya embankment while filling up your camera roll with photos of the Kremlin and Saint Sophia Church. The tour stops at Novodevichy Convent and the site said to have inspired part of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. Tick off seeing the Bolshoi Theatre and St. Basil’s Cathedral. The tour then introduces you to the modern side of Moscow at Sparrows Hill and the Stalin-built Seven Sisters skyscrapers. Other sites included on today’s tour are Poklonnaya Hill, Victory Park, Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium and the Ostankino Tower. Also included on this insightful adventure is a ticket for the Moscow Metro, an extraordinary network that transports more than 11 million people per day.

Day 4: Moscow – train-icon – St Petersburg (B)

Make your way to the Moscow rail station in time to board the Sapsan high-speed train to St. Petersburg. You have reserved second class seats for the journey. The train departs the station at 9.40am and is expected to arrive in St Petersburg around 1.50pm. Make your own way to the St Petersburg hotel for check in and then have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 5: St Petersburg (B)

Breakfast is served at the hotel and you are then taken out into the St Petersburg streets on a private four-hour guided tour. This grand city is peppered with opulent palaces and buildings, important historical sites, and striking landmarks. On the tour you will visit Palace Square and the resplendent Winter Palace, the former home of the Russian tsars. Other sights include St. Isaac’s Square, Senate Square (formerly known as Decembrists’ Square), Arts Square, Field of Mars, Summer Garden, Marble Palace, St. Michael’s Castle and the Savior on the Spilled Blood. You will also get to see the Cruiser Aurora and the Spit of Basil Island, plus there is time to appreciate the view of Peter and Paul Fortress (entry included) and the Hermitage of St. Petersburg. Pass Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main street named after a 13th-century prince, and enjoy the day’s last stop at St Nicholas Naval Church, a Baroque Orthodox cathedral. You will be dropped off back at the hotel.

Day 6: St Petersburg (B)

You have a full-day of free time to explore St Petersburg however you like. Those with a nose for the arts may return to the State Hermitage Museum, the second-largest museum in the world, to wander between its some 120 rooms displaying exquisite works of art. Some of the museum also occupies the Winter Palace. Some travellers may be content with wandering the streets, stopping in at local restaurants and eateries to savour plates of Russian cuisine. Visit a place dedicated to one of Russian history’s most notorious figures at the Rasputin Museum (located at Yusupov Palace), or toast with a tipple at the Russian Vodka Museum.

Day 7: St Petersburg – train-icon  Helsinki (B)

Please make your own way to the railway station in time to board the train bound for Helsinki, the capital of Finland. You will be travelling aboard an Allegro high-speed train in a second class carriage. The train departs at 11.30am and is expected to arrive in Helsinki at around 3pm. Please then arrange your own transport to the Helsinki hotel for check in.

Day 8: Helsinki – cruise-icon – Tallinn – cruise-icon – Helsinki (B) 

Breakfast is taken at the hotel and you then make your own way to the shuttle ferry terminal for the journey to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. This voyage takes approximately two hours. Once ashore in this picturesque Estonian city, you will be met by a local guide and then taken on a panoramic route by private vehicle to Toompea Castle. The castle is the departure point for a walking tour of the Old Town, one of Tallinn’s biggest tourist drawcards. This walk takes you past Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary’s Cathedral, along Pikk Street and into the Lower Town area, and finally to St. Nicholas’ Church and Museum and the Old Town Hall. The latter is one of the oldest in North Europe. The sightseeing excursion concludes in Tallinn’s city centre and there is then free time to explore before you return to the ferry terminal and board a boat back to Helsinki.

Day 9: Helsinki – cruise-icon –  Stockholm (B) 

Be ready at 11am to embark on a Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour. This bus tour features full audio and guides you past key sights in Helsinki, such as its historical centre, Uspenski Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Church or Sibelius Monument, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House, plus others. Once the tour has concluded, make your way to the Helsinki pier in time to board an overnight ferry to Stockholm. The ferry departure time is 5pm.

Please note that you will need to make your own way to the tour’s departure point, located at Esplanade Park, Fabianinkatu.

Day 10: Stockholm (B)

The ferry arrives in Stockholm at about 10am. Disembark and make your own way to the hotel. Luggage storage is available at the hotel if rooms are not ready for early check in. You have the remainder of the day as leisure.

Day 11: Stockholm (B)

Enjoy a Stockholm Panorama bus and boat tour today. This tour comes with an English audio guide and commences aboard a coach. Drive around Stockholm and be introduced to its most recognisable sights and buildings. Expect to see Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Palace, Gamla stan, Långholmen island and the Östermalm area. As a plus, there is free WiFi on-board the coach. Halfway through the tour you will swap the bus for a boat and then cruise the canal of Royal Djurgården, an island that doubles as a city park and houses an excellent collection of monuments, museums and galleries.

Please note that you will need to make your own way to the tour’s departure point, located at Gustav Adolfs torg.

Day 12: Stockholm – train-icon – Oslo (B)

Have an early breakfast at the hotel and make your way to the train station to board a 9.10am train to Oslo, Norway. You have reserved seats in the second class carriage, and the train is expected to arrive into Oslo at about 3pm. Once in the Norwegian capital you will need to make your way to the hotel for check in. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 13: Oslo – train-icon – Myrdal – train-icon – Flam – cruise-icon –  Gudvangen – Voss – Bergen (B)

A jam-packed itinerary waits for you today. Your luggage is picked up from the hotel by 6.30am and is transferred ahead of you to Bergen. You must make your way to the railway station to board a train bound for Myrdal. This journey delivers some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery. Change trains upon arrival in Myrdal and switch to the Flåm Railway. This is one of the world’s steepest railways, but the pay-off of this sharp incline are truly glorious views. From Flåm you travel by boat through the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed landscapes of Nærøyfjord towards Gudvangen. Nærøyfjord is the narrowest branch of Sognefjord and is a key feature today’s Norway in a Nutshell itinerary. The beauty of this area is sure to have you gazing around in awe as you appreciate the steep mountains, verdant valleys, waterfalls and pristine hamlets. From aboard the cruise you will also sail past some traditional farmhouses located on the mountains. Disembark the cruise in Voss and transfer to the railway for a train ride to Bergen. Make your own way to the Bergen hotel upon arrival.

Day 14: Bergen (B)

Head down to the hotel lobby just before 10am to meet with a local guide and head out on a private two-hour walking tour of Bergen. This pretty Hanseatic town is home to a fish market, traditional warehouses and architecture, a striking cathedral and gorgeous wooden houses. In the afternoon you will step into a funicular for the journey up Mount Fløyen; the summit of which is the perfect vantage point for taking in one last sweeping panorama of the Norwegian countryside.

Day 15: Bergen –cruise-icon –  Balestrand (B, D)

Pack an overnight bag and leave the remainder of your luggage for pick-up at the hotel. It will be collected from the Bergen hotel by 6.30am and delivered to the Oslo hotel in time for your next day arrival.

Make your way to the Bergen pier and board an express boat to take you along Sognefjord. This picturesque waterway stretches for more than 200 kilometres towards the foot of the Jotunheimen mountains and is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The boat ferries you to Balestrand where you disembark and check in to your historic 4-star hotel, located right on the water’s edge.

Day 16: Balestrand – cruise-icon –  Flam – train-icon– Myrdal –train-icon – Oslo (B)

Check out of the hotel and commence the return journey aboard express boat towards Flåm. Another ride on the Flåm Railway takes you back to Myrdal and then Oslo. Make your own way back to the hotel for check in.

Day 17: Oslo – cruise-icon – Copenhagen (B) 

Join an Oslo Selected Highlights Tour, led by an English-speaking guide, to discover the wonders of the Norwegian capital city. This four-hour tour sees you visit and see some of Oslo’s most beloved attractions. Explore the dynamic cite centre and look in at the Holmenkollbakken ski jump before wandering Vigeland Sculpture Park and continuing to Bygdøy Peninsula for a stop at the Kon-Tiki Museum. Summer season travellers will return from Bygdøy Peninsula to the Oslo city centre via ferryboat (an approximate 10-minute journey). The tour concludes at about 2.30pm. Make your way to the pier to board an overnight ferry travelling to Copenhagen, Denmark. The ferry departs at 4.30pm and you will be staying in an Outside Cabin.

Please note that you will need to make your own way to the tour’s departure point, located at Haakon VII’s Gate 1, next to Riktige Leker toy shop.

Day 18: Copenhagen (B)

Arrive in the Danish capital this morning, at about 10am. Arrange your own transfer to the hotel. Luggage storage is available should rooms not be ready for check in. It is then time to step onto a Hop On Hop Off bus and boat for a sightseeing trip around the city. This excursion comes complete with an English audio guide, and gives you the flexibility to spend however much time you like in some of the city’s most prolific sights. The bus takes you between a range of Copenhagen’s palaces and museums, and you can then move onto the boat portion to see the city from a watery vantage point. Some of the bus stops include the Little Mermaid statue, Nyhavn, Christiansborg Palace and the Opera House. From the boat, you can choose to stop at Gammel Strand, the Royal Danish Playhouse and Christianshavn. The boat also stops at the Little Mermaid statue. Once you have had your fill of hopping on and off, the rest of your day is leisure time.

Day 19: Copenhagen – airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

Take breakfast at the hotel before checking out and making your way to the airport in time to board your return flight to New Zealand.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 20: New Zealand 

Arrive back in New Zealand.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus private airport arrival transfer in Moscow 
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 15 nights’ twin share accommodation in quality hotels, plus 2 nights aboard overnight ferries
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 1 dinner
  • Private guided city tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn
  • Tour excursions in Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • Rail tickets in 2nd class per the tour itinerary
  • Norway in a Nutshell experience, including travel on the world-famous Flam railway, a scenic boat ride and return funicular tickets to Floyen 
  • Return luggage handling between Oslo and Bergen
  • Private walking tour of Bergen, plus return railway tickets
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!

 

Highlights:

  • Learn about Moscow’s rich history and most recognisable monuments on a private city tour 
  • Journey to St. Petersburg by high-speed train and discover the treasures of this imperial city
  • Travel by train to Helsinki in Finland and enjoy a day trip to the medieval capital of Estonia, Tallinn
  • Board an overnight ferry for Stockholm and see the stylish Swedish capital’s landmarks, including Gamla stan and Royal Djurgården
  • Arrive in Oslo, admire the scenic wonders of the Norway in a Nutshell route, travel on the Flåm Railway, take a cruise on Sognefjord and overnight in Balestrand
  • Continue to Copenhagen and explore the welcoming Danish capital on the Hop On Hop Off bus and boat network
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $599 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferrable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tipping
  • Shore excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Please note, an airport transfer at Moscow airport is included in the tour package.

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary. 

Single Supplement: $3,799 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, international flights and all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Moscow: Peter I or similar
St. Petersburg: Rossi Hotel & Spa or similar
Helsinki: Sokos Presidentti or similar
Helsinki – Stockholm: Tallinn Silja overnight ferry
Stockholm: Clarion Amaranten or similar
Oslo: Thon Astoria or similar
Bergen: Zander K or similar
Balestrand: Kviknes or similar
Oslo – Copenhagen: DFDS overnight ferry
Copenhagen: Comfort Vesterbro or similar

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Triple Share: Not available

Luggage handling information:

Luggage handling limit from the hotel in Oslo to the hotel in Bergen is one piece per person on the day of Norway in a Nutshell program.
Luggage handling from hotel in Bergen to hotel in Oslo is one piece of luggage per person on the day of Søgnefjord.
Guests will require an overnight bag for their stay in Balestrand.

Child policy: Child price is the same as an adult. Minimum age 8 years old.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Tours of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Tours is unable to provide visa advice.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

6 May
13 May
24 June
8 July
22 July
5 August
19 August
9 September

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, the tour commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Finnair or Cathay Pacific and their codeshare partners
  • Wellington and Christchurch customers – A $200 interstate surcharge per person applies
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person weighing no more than 23kg
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in-flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Tours will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Tours will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the Fine Print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Tours will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Tours

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus private airport arrival transfer in Moscow 
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 15 nights’ twin share accommodation in quality hotels, plus 2 nights aboard overnight ferries
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 1 dinner
  • Private guided city tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn
  • Tour excursions in Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • Rail tickets in 2nd class per the tour itinerary
  • Norway in a Nutshell experience, including travel on the world-famous Flam railway, a scenic boat ride and return funicular tickets to Floyen 
  • Return luggage handling between Oslo and Bergen
  • Private walking tour of Bergen, plus return railway tickets
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!
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