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.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Welcome to Moscow. If you had a hundred years, you couldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.
Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights, before an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll discover world-renowned sights such as Red Square and the stunningly beautiful St. 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.
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 Russian folk show complete with traditional costumes and dances.
Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, where 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.
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery or explore the fascinating Museum of the Great Patriotic War commonly known as the World War II museum, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia. Alternatively, visit Bunker 42, the Cold War citadel that lies under the streets of Moscow.
This afternoon its back on board as the Scenic Tsar sets sail for Uglich.
Explore historic Uglich, part of the ‘Golden Ring’ of cities surrounding Moscow. Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will show you the many highlights of this city.
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.
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Back on board, toast the occasion with a little vodka, the beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.
Dock at Kizhi Island, an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll visit the museum of Architecture and view the Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes, easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.
You are free to explore this charming museum village and its distinctive buildings, before enjoying a delicious lunch of Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
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.
Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace and discover its link to Grigori Rasputin.
Then after lunch at a local restuarant enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and get to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges.
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Afterwards enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant.
This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore St. Petersburg or simply relax in style on board Scenic Tsar.
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.
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 modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains.
St. Petersburg > Helsinki
Travel by high-speed train to the Finnish capital, Helsinki. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for you two night stay.
Freechoice: Explore the authentic Finnish open-air museum of Seurasaari, or visit Suomenlinna Fortress that was built over a series of islands.
Helsinki > Stockholm
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. Here you will enjoy a two night stay.
Your local guide will unveil the city’s most treasured hotspots during a city tour. You’ll also visit the Nobel Museum. The Nobel prize is the most prestigious in the world and here you will learn about the laureates and their prize winning ideas from the last century.
Stockhom > Alesund > Geiranger
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.
This morning you will 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.
Geiranger > Balestrand
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.
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 arrive at your hotel, located at the junction of the majestic Sognefjord and Esefjord; it’s your home of the night.
Balestrand > Bergen
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.
Today you’ll explore Bergen and drive to Troldhaugen, the former home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s greatest composer.
Freechoice: Journey 320 metres up the funicular railway to Mt. Fløyen for a spectacular view of the city and fjord. Alternatively, visit the local Fish Markets, meet some vendors and sample the catch of the day.
Bergen > Lofthus
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.
Loftus > Oslo
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.
Explore the highlights of Oslo during a guided tour before taking the opportunity to discover Nordic Viking heritage with a visit to the Midgard Viking Centre. Tour the museum and partake in some fun Viking themed activities such as Axe throwing.
Oslo > Copenhagen
Take a short flight to Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel for your two night stay.
Among the highlights of your guided tour this morning is Christiansborg Palace, home of the Danish Parliament. You’ll also see the courtyard of Amalienborg Palace, home to Princess Mary and the Danish Royal Family. The afternoon is yours to take in the wonderful sights of this fabulous city at your leisure.
Your farewell dinner tonight is at one of Copenhagen’s finest restaurants.
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Copenhagen Airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of a truly unforgettable trip.
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