Splendid Scandinavia and Russia

From $4980
Product Number: LTGSR1

Welcome to Northern Europe & appreciate the variety Europe has offered followed by 7 nights cruising the Baltic and Russia on the MSC Cruise. Relax on the Baltic sea after savouring the delights of Scandinavia. In St Petersburg you can take in the breathtaking displays in the Hermitage, the second-largest art museum in the world. In Tallinn you wander around its fairytale Old Town.

International economy air fares in all taxes
Comfortable hotel accommodation
Baltic cruise
Meals as per itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Air conditioned coach with WIFI
English speaking guided tour
Airport pickup and drop off in Europe

Departure Dates

2020 Low Season: from $4980 per person

APR 24th
MAY 8th

2020 Mid Season: from $5280 per person

MAY 22nd
JUN 5th, 19th

2020 High Season: from $5780 per person

JUL 3rd, 17th
AUG 14th

Take your International flight departing from SYD/MEL to Copenhagen.

Upon arrival at the Copenhagen Airport, you will be met and greeted by our rep­resentative and transfer to your hotel for a restful and leisure day.
Hotel: Scandic Hvidovre Hotel or similar

he tour starts with a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. Reminiscent of childhood memory fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” is the in­spiration for the famous statue which was transported to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and is a true symbol to the Danish people. Amalienborg, our next stop is considered one of the greatest works of the Danish Rococo. Constructed in the 1700’s, the architecture consists of four identical palaces connected by a square. If you are lucky you will see the ceremonial changing of the guards, an event that happens every afternoon. Hotel: Best Western Plus or similar

After breakfast, we continue our way to the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Made out of 14 islands on the Baltic Sea this city is crowned the most beautiful of all Nordic cities. After lunch, we embark on a city tour that includes the City Hall of Stockholm (Stadshuset), one of the most beautiful and well known buildings in the world with inside the most exclusive ball­room in Stockholm, venue for the yearly Nobel Banquet. From the Blue Hall, guests are invited up a stairway to the Golden Hall (Gyllene salen) to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, an artwork of artist Einar Forseth. The venue attracts close to 400,000 visi­tors a year. The tour continues with visits to the old Parliament building, Vasa warship and the Storkyrkan cathedral.

Hotel: Scandic Hotel or similar

After breakfast, the coach departs to Norway’s largest lake Mj0sa. Famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics. Lillehammer’s population comes just under twenty-three thousand inhabit­ants. The feeling of space contributes the calm and vast natural winter scenery. We arrive in the evening and have an over­night stay at Lillehammer or city nearby.

Hotel: Hafjell Resort or similar

After breakfast, we travel to the European continent’s largest Glacier, Briksdal in Norway which covers 800 m2, at its deepest 400 meters below sea level and the highest point 2,000 meters above sea level. Surrounding the glacier is the Jostedalsbreen National Park, where we will embark on open troll-cars to admire the wildlife, clear streams, raging rivers and waterfalls. The ride will last for half hour, after which our group will enjoy 10 minutes leisure time to take pictures and closely see the Briksdal glacier. In the late afternoon we will head south towards Gudvangen, village in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane county. Hotel: Sogneford Hotel or similar

After breakfast, the coach goes on to Gudvangen dock where the group joins the Sognefjord Cruise (surcharge apply) to explore Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, an unparalleled spectacle by Mother Nature. Spending two hours in the intoxicating scenery moment in the boat, the sightseeing ship has arrived in Flåm. Flåm is a village in southwestern Norway, in an area known for its fjords. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord. The dramatic Stegastein viewing platform juts out high above the Aurlandsfjord.After lunch, we will be travelling on one of the most beautiful railway Flåmsbana. This exciting railway attracts visitors from all over the world, scenery includes beautiful fjords, waterfalls, and valleys. After the ride, then return to the hotel for a restful evening. Hotel: Vinje Turist Hotel or similar

After breakfast, we depart to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Every year on the 10th of December this city hosts the Nobel peace prize award on the anniversary passing of Founder-Inventor Alfred Nobel. Unlike the other four prizes awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony is held in Oslo. We continue with a visit to the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, located inside the Frogner park grounds. On display are over 212 bronzes and granite statues, the theme of the park is on the Human Condition, illustrating relationships between men and women, adults and children. Not to be missed! Hotel: Quality Hotel Oslo or similar

After breakfast, the coach goes southbound for the Port of Gothenburg, a major port of Western Europe. On Götaplatsen is Swedish sculptor Carl Milles’ seven-metre-high statue of the sea god Poseidon, which caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 1931. Residents complained that the statue’s legs were too long for its body, and that the statue’s penis was far too big. Also a must-visit destination is the fish market hall, Feskekôrka, (‘fish church’ in Swedish), an indoor fish and shellfish market where you can buy all kinds of seafood delicacies caught on the day. Try the freshest catch of the day. We conclude our city tour at the Gothenburg Cathedral (Domkyrkan Göteborg), the seat of the bishop of Gothenburg in the Church of Sweden. The tour continues southbound to finally arrive in the evening in Copenhagen.

Hotel: Scandic Hvidovre Hotel or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Cruise Terminal to check in and embark on the luxury MSC Cruise Ship.

Enjoy the World Class show performance in the Cruise as well as activities on board such as cafe, pool, bars, restaurants etc.

Helsinki is a young city to be discovered. Instantly loveable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer. Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streets and Neoclassical brick buildings modelled on the then Russian capital, St Petersburg. Esplanadi, a wide, tree-lined boulevard across a mishmash of tramlines from the harbour, where your MSC cruise awaits your return, is Helsinki at its most charming.

At its eastern end, the City Museum at Sofiankatu offers a record of 450 years of Helsinki life in an impressive permanent exhibition. To the north is Senate Square (Senattintori), dominated by the exquisite form of the Tuomiokirkko (Cathedral). After the elegance of the exterior, the spartan Lutheran interior comes as a disappointment; more impressive is the gloomily atmospheric crypt, now often used for exhibitions.

When you’re cruising the Baltic Sea with MSC Cruises, St Petersburg is the port of call for you. A sophisticated capital of the tsarist Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces.

You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia. Today the building houses one of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage, launched as Russia’s first public art museum in 1852. The Hermitage collection embraces over three million treasures and works of art, from ancient Scythian gold and giant malachite urns to Cubist pieces. After the elaborately decorated staterooms and the Gold Collection, the most popular section covers modern European art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. A cruise of the Baltic Sea with MSC Cruises can take you to visit the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its centre is the Raekoja plats, the historic market place, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages.

The fourteenth-century Church of the Holy Ghost (Puhä Vaimu kirik) on Pühavaimu is the city’s oldest church, a small Gothic building with stuccoed limestone walls, stepped gables, a carved wooden interior, a tall, verdigris-coated spire and an ornate clock from 1680 – the oldest in Tallinn. Near the summit of the steeple, Vana Toomas, a sixteenth-century weather vane depicting a medieval town guard, is Tallinn’s city emblem. The well-labelled and informative museum inside the cellar hall depicts Tallinn town life through the ages, and there is a good view from the belfry. For an even better view of the town square, climb the spiral staircase of the Town Hall Tower.

Enjoy the World Class show performance in the Cruise as well as activities on board such as cafe, pool, bars, restaurants etc.

Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871 and, when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. Kiel is the ideal location for a relaxing vacation in Germany with an MSC cruise: it is simple and quiet, even during the Kieler Woche international regatta, an event not to be missed by sailing enthusiasts.

The few city museums can be visited in one morning, however, if you want to get acquainted with Kiel you cannot ignore its waterways, to which the town is indissolubly bound: they can be visited by taking the Kiellinie footpath or taking a cruise along the Kieler Förde and along the canal. A spacious promenade along the pier will give you the chance to admire a variety of vessels of all sorts, amongst which the dinghies of the sailing school and, from the wet dock in front, the best view one can get of Kiel. 6 km south-west of the centre, in Molfsee, where we find the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum.

Now comes the end of the unforgettable holiday in Northern Europe. After breakfast, disembark from the cruise and transfer to Copenhagen Airport to depart. Arrive in Australia on Day 18.

Inclusions

  • Return flights including Airport Tax
  • Comfortable Hotel (Twin Share Room)
  • MSC Cruise (Bella Inside Cabin)
  • Meals as indicated (B/L/D) per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Air Conditioned Coach with Wifi
  • English speaking Escorted Tour
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Off

Exclusions

  • Tour Guide Gratuity €7pp/day (Land)
  • MSC Gratuity €10pp/day (Cruise)
  • Optional Admissions Fees
  • MSC Excursions/activities
  • Upgrade to Balcony Cabin available**
  • Single Supplement surcharge Room shared available
    **T&C Apply

Optional Activities & Fees

All activities and admission fees are optional

  • Tour of City Hall Stockholm €15
  • Vasa Museum Entrance €16
  • Stromma Royal Canal €25
  • Briksdal Glacier Troll-Car €25
  • Sognefjord Cruise €50++
  • Flåmsbana (Flåm –Myrdal –Flåm) €70
  • MSC on board Excursions*

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