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Jewels of Russia with Spectacular Scandinavia

Cruise the Volga river on board Scenic Tsar between Moscow and St Petersburg before exploring Scandinavia on a 29 day adventure from Moscow to Copenhagen.

29 Day
From (AUD)
$ 21,440
  • 2018 Moscow > Copenhagen

    Wonder awaits

    What exactly is wonder? The answer is simple – you’ll know it the moment you experience it.

    When you first encounter Norway’s Geiranger Fjord you’re certain to leave with the inexplicable sensation that you’ve just experienced something special – in fact, something quite beyond words. That’s what we mean when we talk of wonder, and you’ll have more than one such moment while exploring Scandinavia and Russia with us, whether it’s your first encounter with a herd of Norwegian reindeer, or waking up for the first time in Stockholm, one of the world’s finest cities. Cruising down the majestic Volga through the beautiful Russian heartland may leave you with the same lingering sense of amazement, as will witnessing the splendour of Peterhof’s Grand Palace in St. Petersburg. It’s impossible to tell exactly when that feeling will strike. All we know is that it will.

    Tour Code:

    IRSS

    Duration:

    29 Days

    Departure City:

    Moscow

    Return City:

    Copenhagen

  • 29 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Moscow.  If you had a hundred years, you wouldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Scenic Sundowners cruise

      Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it’s considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow’s fine sights and architecture from the waterways.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Kremlin

      Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Enrich meet a Cosmonaut
      Enrich

      Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.

      Enjoy a lunch in the local restaurant. Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Moscow
      Highlights:
      Old Tretyakov gallery
      Freechoice

      Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War Two museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Uglich
      Highlights:
      Golden Ring city

      Part of the Golden Ring of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Yaroslavl
      Highlights:
      Fine Art Museum

      Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it’s even older than mighty Moscow. Today you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Fine Art Museum, housed in the Governor’s mansion, featuring the impressive collection of Russian paintings.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Goritsy
      Highlights:
      Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

      Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail, you’ll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Kizhi Island
      Highlights:
      Church of Transfiguration

      This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily among the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, and the world.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Mandrogi
      Highlights:
      Museum village
      Enrich

      It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Hermitage

      Start your day with a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis, followed by a lunch in a local restaurant. Then, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Peterhof Grand Palace
      Freechoice

      Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modeled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains.

      Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant.

      Freechoice

      Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Private Ballet performance

      This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you’ll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is actually home-grown at the restaurant owner’s private summer residence.

      This afternoon enjoy some free time to yourself, to explore or relax as you please.

      Enrich

      Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - St. Petersburg
      Highlights:
      Canals & bridges cruise

      Today you’ll enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and get to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - St. Petersburg > Helsinki
      Highlights:
      High-speed train

      After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end. Disembark your ship, and travel by the high-speed train to Helsink for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Helsinki
      Highlights:
      Seurasaari open-air museum

      Start your day with a sightseeing tour that will take you to such sights as Senate Square, the Sibelius monument, Olympic Stadium and the lively harbour area. Following the city tour, we will take a short trip to the authentic open-air museum of Seurasaari. The museum is a tribute to the traditional Finnish way of life with colourful costumes, entertainment and architecture on display.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Helsinki > Stockholm
      Highlights:
      Harbour city

      After breakfast today you will be transferred to the airport for your internal flight to Sweden and the archipelago that is Stockholm. Stockholm, said to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. Enjoy two nights stay at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Stockholm
      Highlights:
      Vasa Ship Museum

      Your local guide will unveil the city’s most treasured hotspots, during a city tour. You’ll also visit the Vasa Ship Museum, where the ornate warship ‘Vasa’ is now housed after it tragically sank on its inaugural voyage in 1628.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Stockholm > Alesund > Geiranger
      Highlights:
      Norwegian fjord

      This morning we board our flight to Alesund, via Oslo. Upon arrival in Alesund we journey through the stunning Norwegian fjord region, before arriving at your hotel where you’ll enjoy two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Geiranger
      Highlights:
      Geiranger Fjord

      This morning, cruise the magnificent Geiranger Fjord and sail past the ‘Seven Sisters’, ‘The Suitor’, and ‘The Bridal Veil’ waterfalls. This afternoon travel Troll’s ladder road, for spectacular and unforgettable views.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Geiranger > Balestrand
      Highlights:
      Briksdalsbreen glacier

      Enjoy the unforgettable views of Geiranger fjord (weather permitting) from Dalsnibba before continuing to travel alongside spectacular mountains to Jostedalsbreen, the largest icefield in continental Europe covering 487 square kilometres.

      Enrich

      Visit one of the most photographed and impressive arms of the icefield, Briksdalsbreen, and have a truly Norwegian experience. Be taken by ‘trollcar’ up the glacier for a spectacular view of the glacier and magnificent waterfall.

      Continue your journey this afternoon to Balestrand, and arrivie at your hotel, located at the junction of the majestic Sognefjord and Esefjord; it’s your home of the night.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Balestrand > Bergen
      Highlights:
      Flåm railway

      This morning relax on-board a gorgeous fjord cruise before embarking on the steepest railway in Europe the world-famous Flåm railway. Amid spectacular scenery and roaring waterfalls travel to Myrdal before changing trains and continuing your journey to Norway’s second largest city, the Hanseatic fishing port of Bergen. Bergen dates back to the 12th century when the port was an important centre of European trade for the all-powerful German Hanseatic League.  Arrive in Bergen and admire the pretty multi coloured wooden buildings of Bergen, just down the way from your residence for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Bergen
      Highlights:
      Mt. Floien

      Today you’ll explore Bergen and drive to Troldhaugen, the former home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s greatest composer.

      Freechoice

      Journey up the funicular railway 1,050 feet to Mt. Floien for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city and fjord. Alternatively, walk the lanes and discover a little of the wonder of this pretty municipality and its surrounds.

      FreechoiceDining

      This evening, choose to dine at one of two superb local restaurants, where you’re assured of fine food, and even finer company.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Bergen > Lofthus
      Highlights:
      Hardangerfjord

      This morning we journey to Lofthus; situated on the shore of Sørfjorden, an arm of the Hardangerfjord this charming town is our home for tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Lofthus > Oslo
      Highlights:
      Hardangervidda

      Today we drive through the scenic and breathtaking Hardangervidda, Europe’s highest mountain plateau and home to Norway’s largest herd of wild reindeer, before arriving in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, for your two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 26 - Oslo
      Highlights:
      The Viking Ship Museum

      Start your day by journeying to the Bygdoy Peninsula, home to three famous museums, all of which we will visit; the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Fram Polar Ship. From the museums we continue to the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park. This evening you will enjoy a dinner at Holmenkollen, home of Oslo’s ski jumping arena and the host of the 1952 Winter Olympics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Oslo > Copenhagen
      Highlights:
      Old Town

      Today fly from Oslo to Copenhagen, Denmark. From its humble origins as a fishing village to its heyday as the glittering capital of the Danish Empire, to its current position as one of the world’s premier design capitals, the stories and characters of Copenhagen’s history can be discovered in its sumptuous palaces, copper-roofed town houses and atmospheric cobbled squares. You’ll be staying two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 28 - Copenhagen
      Highlights:
      Rosenborg Castle

      This morning, tour the wonderful Rosenborg Castle – an elegant Renaissance castle built as a country summerhouse in 1606. You’ll also get to see the delightful courtyard of Amalienborg Palace, home to Princess Mary and the Danish Royal Family.

      Freechoice

      Take an iconic cruise through the city canals, or visit the Christianshavn District of Copenhagen, including a tour of the Church of Our Saviour.

      This evening your dinner is at one of Copenhagen’s finest restaurants so make sure you savour every morsel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Copenhagen
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Copenhagen Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.

      Meals included: Breakfast