Moscow – St. Petersburg – Helsinki
Stockholm – Oslo – Copenhagen
Tour: June 20 – July 02, 2020 Price: $5,595 + Tax + Visa
Inclusive of international airfares
Enjoy white nights in Russia and Scandinavia
Check-in at LAX. Depart for Moscow, Russia. An AV Travel tour guide will escort you throughout the trip
Arrive in Moscow, the capital city of the Russian Federation. Check in at your hotel.
This morning we’ll visit the Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage sight. It also serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. With its cultural and historical significance, the Kremlin is undoubtedly one of the most visited sights in Moscow, a must-visit stop for those interested in Russia’s rich history and culture. Visiting the Kremlin complex and all of the sights inside can be a minefield of architectural sorts, with so much to see and do.
We will visit the Red Square and go shopping at GUM, Russia’s most iconic department store.
In the afternoon, embark on a cruise on the Volga River in an absolutely romantic landscape. (B/D)
Visit Old Arbat or simply Arbat – one of the oldest and most popular walking streets in Moscow. Visit the Wooden Palace of Alexey Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye, also known as “The Russian fairy-tale.”
Make a stop at Moscow’s subway system. It is called an ”underground palace” for is marvelous beauty with marble walls, high ceilings, stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers. The system is now being modernized partially in preparation for the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in Russia. (B/D)
Arrive in Saint Petersburg. A whole day in St. Petersburg. Our next stop is the Peter and Paul Fortress, which was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to protect St. Petersburg from the Swedish. The cathedral also houses the tombs of almost all Russian Imperial rulers (tsars), from Peter I to Alexander III. The Alexander Column is the focal point of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg. The monument was raised in 1833 to mark the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon’s France in 1812. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress. It is the first and oldest landmark in St. Petersburg. During its construction, Peter the Great ordered that no other building should be higher than this cathedral. And the Peter and Paul Cathedral has remained the highest Orthodox cathedral in Russia ever since. (B/D)
Visit Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral (sobor) in the city. It is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It can hold 14,000 visitors at the same time. Be prepared to swoon at the majestic grandeur of 112 granite pillars, each weighing 130 tons and serving as support for the cathedral. It is said that 400 kg of gold and 1,000 tons of copper was used to gild the vital parts of the cathedral.
Here we’ll visit the Hermitage Museum, the grandest museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg and the second largest in the world. Founded in 1764, the museum comprises 397 display rooms with over 3 million pieces of artwork from Egypt, Greece, ancient Rome, the East and the West. In 1990 the museum was recognized as a UNESCO heritage. Its majesty is comparable to the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madris, or the Tate in London. With a huge amount of artworks being offered here, some people have calculated that it could take around 6 months to see every exhibit in the Hermitage Museum.
Especially, a private coach will be reserved for you to go see the midnight sun (White Night), an incredible phenomenon that is not to be missed in your St. Petersburg trip. (B/D)
Today we’ll explore the Catherine Palace, which is a Rococo palace located 30 km south of St. Petersburg. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Visit the world-famous Amber Room, decorated with 6 tons of amber and backed with gold leaves and mirrors. During World War II when the Nazis invaded St. Petersburg, the Amber panels were looted, and in the final months of the war, they disappeared. A replica was completed in 2003 to mark the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. Despite strenuous effort to recreate the room, the some of the original contents have remained missing for decades. (B/D)
Transfer to Helsinki, Finnland, by train for 3-4 hours. Arrive in Helsinki at noon. Visit and marvel at the unique structure of Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), one of Helsinki’s most popular attractions. Visit a farmer’s market at Market Square. In the late afternoon, we’ll board a cruise trip, departing from Helsinki for Stockholm, Sweden. (B/D)
Arrive in Stockholm in the morning. Visit the maritime Vasa Museum. Watch the changing of the royal guard ceremony, one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Stockholm. (B/D)
Transfer to Oslo, Norway and make a stop at several landscapes. Arrive in Oslo in the late afternoon. After dinner, if time allows, enjoy sightseeing in Oslo night time. (B/D)
Visit the Viking Ship Museum, the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs. Visit the Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist – Gustav Vigeland. Indeed, the unique sculpture park is Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Visit the City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize takes place. In the early evening, board a cruise and depart for Copenhagen, Denmark (overnight on the cruise). (B/D)
Arrive in Copenhagen in the morning. We’ll visit the Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, built during the Renaissance. Visit the Statue of the Little Mermaid. Enjoy a lavish farewell dinner with Denmark’s most delicate specialties in Tivoli Gardens. (B/D)
Fly back to the United States. (B)