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Globus The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour With St. Petersburg(ZNE)

21 Day Tour from Stockholm to St. Petersburg 
Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Scandinavia and Russia tour. Scenic highlights include an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities and dinner included; a train ride between Oslo and Bergen, considered to be one of the world's most scenic rail routes; a ferry ride from Sweden to Denmark; and a spectacular ride on the Flåm train with some of Norway's most magnificent scenery, including Kjosfossen waterfall, with its water cascading down the mountainside—a special experience offered by Globus.

Spend time in the Arctic Circle—land of the "Midnight Sun"—and visit the North Cape Visitor Center, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and feel like you're at the end of the world. In the Arctic Circle, also enjoy ferry crossings on Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, which offer breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps with their blue glaciers and mountain peaks rising more than 3,280 feet directly from the fjord. Visit Alta's rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which demonstrates a human settlement dating from 4,200 to 500 BC. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south to Finland's Lapland and cross back over the Arctic Circle. Out-of-the-ordinary experiences offered by Globus are highlight visits to the Santa Claus Village, where you receive your Arctic Circle Certificate, and to a Husky Farm. Your flights from Oslo to Tromsø and from Rovaniemi to Helsinki are included, and three nights in Helsinki allow the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, Estonia. In St. Petersburg, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and enjoy a Russian specialty dinner.

On this Scandinavia and Russia tour, spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg. All of this—and much more—are included on this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

STOCKHOLM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall

HELSINGBORG–ELSINORE
Ferry crossing

COPENHAGEN
Guided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid and visit Rosenborg Castle

COPENHAGEN–OSLO
Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)

OSLO–BERGEN
By train

BERGEN
Guided sightseeing including a walking tour of Bryggen

VOSS
[LF] Ride the spectacular Flåm train

SOGNEFJORD & NÆRØYFJORD
Cruise

BORGUND
Visit the Stave Church

OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall

OSLO–TROMSØ
By air

TROMSØ
Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral

ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORD
Ferry crossings

ALTA
Visit the rock carvings

NORTH CAPE
Visit the North Cape Visitor Center

KARASJOK
[LF] Husky dog experience

ROVANIEMI
Visit Santa Claus Village; [LF] receive your Arctic Circle Certificate

ROVANIEMI–HELSINKI
By air

HELSINKI
Dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market

ST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

Itinerary (2020)

Day 1ARRIVE IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.
 Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2STOCKHOLM.
 During your sightseeing with a Local Guide see the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, walk through the OLD TOWN, and marvel at the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. (B)
Day 3STOCKHOLM–COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
 Drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark with views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.
Today’s Distance: 373 mi / 600 km (B)
Day 4COPENHAGEN. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSLO, NORWAY.
 Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to splendid ROSENBORG CASTLE, where some of the crown jewels of Denmark are held. Here, admire the incredible Throne Chair, made from narwhal tusks—the only one of its kind in the world! Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight KATTEGAT & OSLOFJORD CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on board. (B,D)
Day 5OSLO–BERGEN.
 After disembarkation, transfer to the Oslo train station and board the famous OSLO-BERGEN TRAIN. Enjoy a scenic ride across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau with views of sparkling lakes, rivers, streams, and snow-capped mountains to picturesque Bergen.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km (B,D)
Day 6BERGEN.
 Guided sightseeing starts with an orientation drive to see the main sights like Bergenhus Fortress with its medieval Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, the charming Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the harbor, and the famous Fish Market. Explore Bryggen on foot along narrow, cobblestone alleyways past colorful wooden houses. Also see the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, where Hanseatic merchants attended religious services until the 1870s. Balance of the day is at leisure, why not join one of our optional excursions to make the most of your stay? (B)
Day 7BERGEN–VOSS–FLÅM–SOGNEFJORD & NÆRØYFJORD–STALHEIM.
 A wonderful day of spectacular scenery: [LF] ride the FLÅM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall on the way to the village of Flåm. Here, another highlight awaits: a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. Arrive in Stalheim, overlooking the Nærøydalen Valley.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (B,D)
Day 8STALHEIM–BORGUND–OSLO.
 This morning travel to Borgund and visit the wooden STAVE CHURCH. Dating back to 1180, it is considered the best-preserved and most authentic of Norway’s stave churches. Next is Oslo, capital of Norway and the country’s hub of trade and industry.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi / 350 km (B)
Day 9OSLO.
 Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway’s glorious seafaring past—including 1,000-year-old Viking ships! (B)
Day 10OSLO–TROMSØ.
 Board the plane to Tromsø and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the ARCTIC CATHEDRAL. (B)
Day 11TROMSØ–ALTA.
 Continue your journey northward. Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers. Arrive in Alta, and visit the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km (B,D)
Day 12ALTA–EXCURSION TO THE NORTH CAPE–HONNINGSVÅG.
 Drive to Honningsvåg on the island of Magerøya, and continue to the northernmost point of the North Cape, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, where the NORTH CAPE HALL with its visitor center is located.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km (B,D)
Day 13HONNINGSVÅG–KARASJOK–IVALO, FINLAND.
 Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south and penetrate deep into beautiful Lapland, as it is called by the natives. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, where a highlight visit is included to [LF] Sven Engholm’s HUSKY FARM. Sven has led expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, and Greenland, and won the longest sled dog race in Europe 11 times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi / 400 km (B,D)
Day 14IVALO–ARCTIC CIRCLE–ROVANIEMI.
 Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Receive your [LF] Arctic Circle Certificate and continue to nearby Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland, situated at the confluence of the river Kemijoki and its tributary, the Ounasjoki. On an orientation drive, see the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s Town Hall, the City Library, and the Lappia House.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi / 360 km (B)
Day 15ROVANIEMI–HELSINKI.
 Spend some time in Rovaniemi before flying to the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This evening, dinner will be served at one of Helsinki’s fine restaurants. (B,D)
Day 16HELSINKI.
 Guided sightseeing introduces you to the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, the SIBELIUS MONUMENT, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. (B)
Day 17HELSINKI.
 A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic Countries.” Tonight, dinner awaits at the hotel to celebrate the success of your journey. (B,D)
Day 18HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
 A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies, and enjoy a [LF] special dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km (B,D)
Day 19ST. PETERSBURG.
 Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home to the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM. (B)
Day 20ST. PETERSBURG.
 Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). Balance of the day is at leisure and optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city. (B)
Day 21ST. PETERSBURG.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Full Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Helsinki

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Globus Pricing Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $415. Required intra-vacation air segment: Oslo/Tromso; Rovaniemi/Helsinki. Air prices were effective on September 10, 2019 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$1490-$1720

Triple room reduction per person:
$220

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Globus Notes

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.

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