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22nd February 2018
We have made this tour for those people who not only love city life but love the countryside too. Rolled into one holiday, we have mixed three countries with three capital cities, and absolutely dozens of Scandinavia's most celebrated attractions. You could be in the heart of Norway's famous fjords on one day, and the next day you might be having dinner in Sweden's capital city, Stockholm.
Highlights of the tour include visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Geirangerfjord, Norway's only site listed for it's incredible beauty - and that's saying a lot about a place that's continually voted as the world's most beautiful country! You will also experience Stockholm's diverse landscape by exploring its nearby forest region, and a tour of the City Hall where the prestigious Nobel Prize ceremony is held each year. Last but not least the final leg of the tour will take you to Helsinki, Finland's capital city where you can explore its busy market place, underground temple and the famous Uspenski Cathedral.
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo
Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate.
Your tour guide will meet you at 19.50 before dinner in the hotel lobby.
1 night OSLO - Thon Hotel Opera
Day 2 - Oslo to Ulvik
After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Dinner at your hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.
1 night Eidfjord - Brakenes Hotel
Day 3 - Ulvik to Bergen
After buffet breakfast, descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge. Start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below.
1 night BERGEN - First Hotel Marin
Day 4 - Bergen to Flåm to Balestrand
After breakfast, departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Descend the Nærøy Valley, passing the amazing Stalheim Canyon, to the fjordside village of Flåm. Board your train for an exhilarating ride on the amazing Flåm Railway to Myrdal, a masterpiece of engineering ascending 2.838ft in less than one hour. The descend from Myrdal to Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After disembarking at Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøyfjord, continue by coach across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful village of Balestrand. Dinner at your hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.
2 nights BALESTRAND - Kvikne's Hotel
Day 5 - Balestrand and A Day in the Fjords
Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other interesting sites can also be arranged.
Day 6 - Balestrand to Geiranger
After breakfast, departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogn Fjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjaerland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jolster. Descend to the beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best of views. Afterwards, lunch will be served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt, From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour's cruise along the spectacular gerianger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geirangerfjord.
1 night GEIRANGER - Union Hotel
Day 7 - Geiranger to Oslo
From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vaga, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch, the journey continues alongside Lake Mjosa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and hotel in Oslo.
1 night OSLO - Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo
Day 8 - Oslo to Stockholm
After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Varmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vanern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch, the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the centrally located Clarion Hotel Sign.
2 nights STOCKHOLM - Clarion Hotel Sign
Day 9 - Stockholm
The day starts with a 4-hour guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall, with its impressive blue and golden halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours.
Day 10 - Stockholm to Helsinki
Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry of the Silja Line. 17.00hrs: Departure from Stockholm, sailing slowly through the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin.
1 night ONBOARD - Silja Line Cruise Ferry
Day 11 - Helsinki
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbour. After disembarkation, 3-hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. During the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Dinner and accommodation at your centrally located hotel.
1 night HELSINKI - Haven Hotel
Day 12 - Helsinki to St. Petersburg by train
Buffett breakfast at hotel. Transfer by coach from the hotel to the railway station at 1000. Departure from Helsinki on train 'Allegro' for St. Petersburg. On arrival in St. Petersburg there is a coach transfer from the railway station to the hotel combined with an hour's guided boat cruise along the neva River and a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral. A welcome dinner including a shot of vodka (of course, we are in Russia!) and a glass of wine are served at the hotel during the evening.
3 nights ST. PETERSBURG - Ambassador Hotel
Day 14 - Tour of St. Petersburg
Buffet breakfast at hotel and 3 hours panoramic tour of the city by coach with local English-speaking guide. St. Petersburg is a city of outstanding architectural beauty, famous for its magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges and the tour includes sights such as the Square of Arts, The Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Savious on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov Canal, Nevsky Prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil's Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman. A visit will also be paid to Peter and Paul Fortress. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to town of Pushkin followed by a visit to Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber room. Return to St. Petersburg. This evening you will be taken to see a colourful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant.
Day 13 - St. Petersburg River Cruise
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbour for cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including the Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch there is a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 15 - St. Petersburg Departure
Buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by transfers to St. Petersburg Airport to connect with homeward flights.
Departure Day: Tuesdays by air from London Heathrow
Departure Dates: See price panel
Duration: 14 nights
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CLARION HOTEL SIGN (4 star) - Stockholm
Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express facing the Norra Bantorget Square. The hotel is brand new, built in 2008, and is a spectacular building dominated by granite and glass, leaning over the square reflecting the green park. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant, contributed by renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. The eighth floor of the hotel holds Selma CitySpa where you can indulge yourself in the sauna, gym, spa with a spa treatment and/or in the heated outdoor pool, all with a fantastic view of Stockholm. All rooms are non-smoking and have TV, telephone, hair dryer, Internet access and some of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in in the whole of Scandinavia! Lift to all floors.
AMBASSADOR HOTEL (4 star) - St. Petersburg ****
Luxurious hotels started appearing in European cities as early as the 18th century, and the Ambassador became a popular place where the nobility liked staying.The Ambassador Hotel is located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, a 7-minute walk away from Sadovaya (Sennaya Ploshchad) Underground Station. St. Isaac and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Yusupov Gardens are all in the immediate vicinity of the hotel and you can visit them while you take a walk.
There are 251 comfortable rooms at the hotel. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, Internet access, a direct international and inter-city telephone line, interactive and satellite TV, a mini-bar and a safe. Bath rooms are equipped with big mirrors and somewhere are decorated with mosaic. All the rooms have a beautiful view on the historic city center, cosy courtyard or Rimsky-Korsakov avenue.
The hotel's restaurants are remarkable for their elegant St. Petersburg style and top quality cuisine that keeps up traditions of the art of cookery.
The Ambassador Hall is located on the ground floor of the hotel in the glassed-in atrium designed in the classical style. In the middle of the hall there is a stage for musicians, which promises that the guests will be able to enjoy live music concerts organized by the hotel.The Lobby Bar is near the Ambassador Hall.
In Le Vernissage panoramic restaurant with a beautiful view of the historical city centre, you can try dishes prepared by the chef Dmitry Ivanov. Recipes of royal Russia, a special light menu and season novelties will be appreciated even by gourmets. The restaurant can be used for banquets for a large number of guests. Not far from Le Vernissage, there is the Gallery Bar where one can sit back and watch sports broadcasts.
The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet offering a large choice of appetizers, main courses and fresh pastry baked in its own bakery.
Ambassador Hotel invites St. Petersburg residents and guests to visit its beauty and fitness centre with 16m swimming pool, Finnish saunas, gym room, beauty salon services. Professional staff includes cosmetologists, manicure and pedicure specialists, and hair stylists.
The fitness centre is open daily 24 hours and the beauty salon is open daily from 1000 to 2000.
The swimming pool, Finnish saunas, gym room are free from 0700 to 1130.
UNION HOTEL (4 star) - Geiranger ****
The Hotel Union was built in 1891 by A. Shieldrop of Ålesund. The building was originally of wood, inspired by the Swiss or dragon-head style, closely linked to Art Nouveau and Jugend architecture, and identical to the timber-built hotel at Øye. In 1899, the hotel was purchased by Julie and Karl Mjelva. The Mjelvas were extremely enterprising, opening an automobile manufacturing plant, a power station and a cooker factory all on the same site. The cooker factory is still in operation today, with a new owner, but at a different location.
Today the hotel has evolved into one of the finest hotels in Norway. It is spacious with generously proportioned, stylishly furnished lounges and lobby areas, in warm, attractive colours. More than enough space for many, or simply a quiet corner for oneself. The atmosphere is relaxing. Everywhere, large panoramic windows let in light and views of the wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy a cup of good coffee as you gaze over the Geirangerfjord, the most beautiful fjord in the world.
Hotel Union has 197 rooms, including 6 deluxe suites and 13 junior suites. All rooms are attractively furnished and decorated with care and attention to detail. Not all have views of the fjord, but all have fine views of the surrounding countryside, bringing nature right into your room.
The 6 deluxe suites are all different and individually furnished. The size of each suite varies, but all have their own bedroom and lounge, making them ideal for small meetings. The junior suites are modern and well-equipped and most suites have fjord views. Please ask for the supplement to upgrade to a suite.
When it comes to food the philosophy of the hotel is to present good Norwegian cuisine based on the very best ingredients and locally sourced produce. All food is freshly cooked, and many of the finest recipes have followed the hotel for generations. The hotel has two restaurants, Restaurant Fjorden and Restaurant Julie. Nina Grieg Terrace has spectacular views of the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and is a popular place, on a warm summer's evening to relax over a light lunch, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are three bars - Vognfabrikken in the basement inspired by the hotel's unique veteran car collection, The Lobby Bar by the reception and The Nightclub, also in the basement where all the entertainment takes place including live dance music six nights per week.
Cafe Løsta is next to Union Bath & Spa, and is easily accessible for bathing guests. Enjoy a light meal in your bathrobe, or have it served inside the Union Spa. Cafe Løsta offers light meals, a salad buffet and a drinks and beverages menu.
Union Spa is the absolute icing on the cake. Here one encounters nature anew, within the framework of treatments based on the centuries-old secrets of many cultures, where the most valuable element is water. Water provides joy and pleasure for all ages! Such an experience provides mental and physical exercise and harmony, combined with positive moments in addition to feeling energized. In the swimming pool area you can swim indoors and outdoors, and relax in quiet zones in between. There is a sauna and for children there is a separate slide, grotto and games to play. A variety of treatments are available in the spa and can be pre-booked for your stay. Please telephone us on 01274 875199 for further information and prices.
KVIKNES HOTEL (4 star) - Balestrand
We have featured the Kviknes Hotel, and enjoyed a close co-operation with the Kvikne Family, since our beginnings - but not since theirs! At Kvikne's their beginnings go right back to 1752 and the best traditions of inn-keeping. The Kvikne family, who still own the hotel, started their reign in 1877, a little before our time, and today it is Sigurd Kvikne (4th generation) who heads up the hotel, with his sister Kari managing their reservations and Front Office.
Although the hotel originally started with only two rooms (yes, just two!), today the hotel has 200 guest rooms and is one of the largest tourist hotels in Norway. Graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, the hotel also has a list of prominent guests; Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest, along with royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries.
The hotel was originally built in the ‘Swiss’ style and this section is now referred to as the 'Old Wing' or 'Historical Swiss Style Building'; however much new building, reconstruction and extension has taken place since, not least the addition of the 'New Wing' in the 1960s (see below). The Old Wing directly overlooks the Sognefjord and this is where you will find the beautiful dragon-style restaurant and lounge areas with a small number of guest rooms. In the public rooms you will find a fine collection of paintings from the numerous artists who stayed at the hotel (occasionally using their paintings as a way to pay for their stay!) and antique furniture in keeping with the antique, dragon-style wooden interior.
There are a number of different room categories available at the hotel. Our clients are accommodated in rooms on a high floor in the New Wing of the hotel with a view of the gardens and fjord. These rooms have twin beds, a seating area, desk, TV, telephone and bathroom with bath/shower and WC. A small number of twin rooms are also available in the Old Wing of the hotel which are simply and traditionally furnished in keeping with the old style of the hotel and have a view of the fjord. These rooms are available at a supplement. The Old Wing also has a small number of Junior Suites which have a separated seating area and bedroom and a view of the fjord. Please ask our reservations staff for applicable supplements.
The hotel serves a wonderful, traditional Scandinavian buffet for dinner with a broad selection of cold meats, fish and salad along with a good selection of hot dishes featuring meat, fish and vegetarian options. A large buffet breakfast is also served.
The New Wing – Beauty or the Beast?
It was during the 1960s, when Sigurd and Kari’s father, Per Kvikne, was running the hotel that he faced an increased demand for more rooms and plans for a new, modern building were drawn up. At the time Per came under considerable pressure to demolish the old, wooden hotel entirely and completely re-build a modern hotel in its place; however, he couldn’t bear to do this (he had an emotional attachment to the hotel and the memories and history it held) and he decided to have two contrasting buildings instead, retaining the old but building a new, and for them to sit alongside one another, both a testament to their place in history and both examples of fine architecture. This decision proved to be very controversial but it is one that we love and applaud! The New Wing is now seamlessly attached to its older sibling so that internally you pass from one to the other without even knowing you have done so, however, externally the two remain very distinct from one another and still cause something of a visual stir when approaching the hotel from the fjord.
Like it or loathe it, the New Wing is a beautiful example of post-modern 60s architecture and, without it, there simply wouldn’t be a historical, wooden building at all!
BRAKANES HOTEL (4 star) - Ulvik
Beautifully positioned hotel with excellent amenities, including an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna, steam bath, small gym and library to ensure you get the most out of your stay. This grand hotel has lovely gardens overlooking the fjord which makes leaving the hotel almost impossible. There is a spacious dining room serving excellent cuisine, and evenings can be spent in the lounges and bars. All rooms have TV, mini-bar and telephone and lifts to all floors. Boat hire is also available from reception.
FIRST HOTEL MARIN (4 star) - Bergen
This tasteful and elegant first class hotel is located in the historic Bryggen area and is close to Bergen's two other major downtown sights -the fish market and the Fløibanen Funicular. All rooms are ensuite and decorated to a high standard, they are equipped with a television, trouser press and Wifi. Before embarking upon any exploration of Bergen which is on UNESCOs world-heritage list, make sure you enjoy the complimentary breakfast!
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo ****
Thon Hotel Opera is centrally located almost on the platform of the Airport Express Train at Oslo Central Station. The hotel consists of 434 rooms the majority offering a view over either the fjord or the city. All rooms are well equipped in accordance with todayâ€™s modern standards. The hotel also offers a fitness centre with sauna and sun-bed facilities. There is a lobby bar which also offers a range of light refreshments and snacks and a full service restaurant serving breakfast, a lunch buffet and Ã¡ la Carte dinner service.
Our Escorted Tour Partners - Robinson Scandinavia
These tours are operated by our partners Robinson Scandinavia with whom we have a long standing relationship. Robinson are known for the very high standard of service they provide and appeal to those people who seek a standard of accommodation and services far above that often offered in a package tour program. Whether visiting one of the fascinating Nordic capitals, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords, or cruising the Baltic, you will find the very best has been selected for your comfort and enjoyment.
All hotels in this programme are rated as first class (i.e. 4 stars by Scandinavian standards), and have in addition been selected because of their excellent locations. All city hotels are centrally located, whilst fjord hotels are situated in areas of outstanding natural beauty and close proximity to their respective fjords.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
Buffet breakfast is included during every day of the tour. Dinners (3-course or buffet) are included most days, but please note that in Stockholm and Copenhagen we have found that the majority of clients prefer to eat dinner at a restaurant of their own choice. In Russia, both lunch and dinner are included every day. On days which are mostly spent travelling by coach inside Scandinavia, lunch is also included. Days on which lunch is included, are carefully indicated under the list of services for each tour. Please note that hotel kitchens in Scandinavia normally close around 22.00 hrs, and that in the case of late arrivals it may not be possible to serve dinner after this time. We regret that no refund can be made to clients who arrive too late for dinner. Similarly no refund can be made for clients who are unable to take breakfast at the hotel because of early flight departures. Beverages are not included in the tour price, except where specifically stated in the itinerary. Vegetarian or special diet meals can normally be arranged; just let us know at the time of booking in order that we may ensure delicious alternatives are prepared for you.
Robinson Scandinavia operates this program of tours in English only.
Tour Escorts have been specially chosen, not only for their outstanding knowledge of the countries and places you will visit, but also for their personal appearance and proven ability to look after people. Likewise, uniformed coach drivers are employed not only for their years of driving experience, but also for their dedication to giving friendly service and attention to the needs of their passengers. Your Tour Escort will normally meet you in the reception at your hotel at 1950 in the evening on the first day of the tour.
No minimum number is required! All departures are guaranteed - no matter the number of persons booked.
Out of consideration to other passengers, and because such tours are generally considered unsuitable for younger children, children under 12 years of age are not allowed on these escorted coach tours.
All nationalities require a visa for visiting St. Petersburg. You can either obtain these directly by contacting the Russian Embassy in London or Edinburgh, or we do offer a visa service through one of our travel partners. Click here for more details.
Passengers may bring 1 piece of luggage per person on the coach. Hand luggage must be stowed on the overhead shelf. For reasons of security and as a precaution against theft, we strongly advise the use of hardback suitcases which can be locked. On domestic flights inside Scandinavia and Russia, passengers are allowed a maximum of 20 kilos of luggage per person.
Luggage handling is included in all hotels, however you will be responsible for handling your own luggage when embarking and disembarking from cruises.
City sightseeing tours
These are guided by a local authorised guide. Museums and other places, to which entrance is included, are specified in the list of services for each tour. The mention of a famous sight, such as a royal palace, does not imply that entrance to this place is included in the program.
A panorama tour is intended to familiarise you with the city or town by showing you the major points of interest. Transportation may be by coach or on foot, and the tour may be conducted by a local guide or by your tour escort. A panorama tour does not include any entrances.
Transfers by car, taxi or bus between the local airport mentioned in the tour itinerary and your hotel on both arrival and departure are always included in the price of our escorted coach tours. Transfers will be arranged to coincide as conveniently as possible with your flight arrival and departure times. All clients will be met at the airport, in the arrivals hall past the customs and passport control, by the driver or a representative of Robinson Scandinavia, who will carry a sign displaying the surnames of the passengers. In the case of delayed arrivals due to flight changes or any other causes, then Robinson Scandinavia is no longer responsible for providing the transfer. We regret that no refund can be given to clients who do not make use of the transfer offered in the tour program. For clients arriving or departing on a different day from that published in the tour programme, Robinson Scandinavia will be pleased to arrange a special transfer; however such transfers will be subject to a supplement, available on request. Please note that certain airlines now offer cheaper flights to alternative airports from the main city airport, even though these airlines may advertise the destination as Oslo, Stockholm, etc. Such airports can be situated more than 2 hours drive from your hotel. If you are arriving at or departing from a different airport from the one mentioned in the tour program, it is essential that Robinson Scandinavia is informed about this in advance. Supplements for transfers to/from other airports will gladly be given on request.