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13 Nights / 14 Days
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May 2020: 19

Europe is a land of adventure! A dream destination, Europe is full of heavenly landscapes, picturesque cities and iconic attractions. Explore the magical land of Scandinavia to witness breathtaking elegance and discover the world’s largest country – Russia.

Package Covering

  • Russia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
Sightseeings Included
Cities Covered Sightseeings
Moscow

Guided City Tour

Visit Tretyakov State Gallery

Visit Stalin’s Bunker

Metro Tour

Free Time at Arbat Street

Russian Circus

Kremlin Tour

Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Visit Peterhof – Grand Palace & Gardens

Guided City Tour

Visit the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood

Ballet Show

Visit the Catherine Palace

Neva River Cruise

Free Time at Souvenir Boutique Bazaar

Folklore Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

Hermitage Museum

Allegro Train to Helsinki

Helsinki

Guided City Tour

Visit Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church

Visit Sebilius Monument

Overnight Ferry to Stockholm

Stockholm

Guided City Tour

Visit City Hall

Visit Vasa Ship Museum

Karlstad

Free Time at Karlstad

Photo Stop at Lake Vanern

Oslo

Guided City Tour

Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park

Visit Viking Ship Museum

Visit Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area

Visit Magic Ice Bar

Norway In A Nutshell

Bergen

Guided City Tour

Visit Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen

Funicular Ride at Mt. Floyen

Copenhagen

Guided City Tour

Visit Tivoli Gardens (Gardens Only)

Meals
Your tour will allow you to indulge in a wide array of carefully customised Indian meals prepared with the freshest of ingredients and the choicest of spices. There will also be a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian continental meals.

Accommodation Used

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CITY

NTS

Hotel Name

Category

Moscow

2

Izmailovo Vega or Similar

4 Star

St. Petersburg

3

Neptun Hotel or Similar

3 Star

Helsinki

1

Scandic Meilahti or Similar

4 Star

Cruise

1

Silja Line or Similar

Stockholm

1

Scandic Skarholmen or Similar

3 Star

Oslo

2

Thon Triaden or Similar

4 Star

Bergen

1

Scandic Flesland or Similar

3 Star

Copenhagen

2

Best Western Plus Airport Hotel Copenhage or Similar

3 Star

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Tour price

EX – MUMBAI

Rooming

EUR

INR

TOTAL COST (INR)

DISCOUNT

FINAL TOUR COST (INR)

Single

2960

115799

352599

25000

327599

Twin / Double / Triple

2365

115799

304999

25000

279999

Child With Bed

1705

113799

250199

20000

230199

Child No Bed

1445

113799

229399

20000

209399

EX – DELHI

Rooming

EUR

INR

TOTAL COST (INR)

DISCOUNT

FINAL TOUR COST (INR)

Single

2960

118799

355599

25000

330599

Twin / Double / Triple

2365

118799

307999

25000

282999

Child With Bed

1705

116799

253199

20000

233199

Child No Bed

1445

116799

232399

20000

212399

EX – AHMEDABAD/BANGALORE/CHENNAI

Rooming

EUR

INR

TOTAL COST (INR)

DISCOUNT

FINAL TOUR COST (INR)

Single

2960

122799

359599

25000

334599

Twin / Double / Triple

2365

122799

311999

25000

286999

Child With Bed

1705

120799

257199

20000

237199

Child No Bed

1445

120799

236399

20000

216399

EX – KOLKATA

Rooming

EUR

INR

TOTAL COST (INR)

DISCOUNT

FINAL TOUR COST (INR)

Single

2960

125799

362599

25000

337599

Twin / Double / Triple

2365

125799

314999

25000

289999

Child With Bed

1705

123799

260199

20000

240199

Child No Bed

1445

123799

239399

20000

219399

*** Discount Valid For Limited Period
*** Child rate applicable below 12 years
*** Above price is calculated with 1 EUR = 80 INR. Any change in rate of exchange will change the total tour price

Infant Cost Booking Amount – Interest Free & Non-Refundable
INR 49999(Inclusive of Visa Charges and Applicable Taxes INR 55000 Per Person (To Be Adjusted Against Tour Cost)
Holiday Price Includes
  • Economy Class Airfare & Airline Taxes valid for duration of tour.
  • Visa as per itinerary.
  • Tips payable to coach driver and guides.
  • Hotel Accommodation as per itinerary.
  • Meals, coach transfers, entrance fees, excursions, sightseeing and surface transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Overseas Travel Insurance valid for passengers up to 70 years of age.
  • Services of Tour Manager or Local Representative or Local Guide.
  • Baggage allowance as per airlines policy sometime airline allow 1piece baggage on internal flights.
  • The tour price based on Minimum Operating Strength of 40 adult travelling on tour, otherwise tour will operate on FIT Basis and FIT supplement may be applicable.
Holiday Price Excludes
  • Any increase in airfare / visa fees / fuel surcharge / taxes / surcharge on airline routing charged by airlines / port charges on cruise.
  • Porterage, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water (unless specified), telephone charges and all items of personal nature.
  • Airline and Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season / tradefairs to be paid extra per person.
  • Any add-on, optional tour & transfer other than itinerary.
  • Medical test and premium cost of insurance valid for passengers above 70 years of age.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in "Tour Price Includes" box.
  • Part of foreign currency in tour is highly dynamic, (Currently Calculated @ EUR 1 = INR 80). Any change in rate of exchange will change the total tour price.
  • Expenses incurred on Airline Route Change, Date Change, Hotels Stay due to unforeseen circumstances like natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes etc.
  • GST 5.00% on Tour Billing, effective from 01st July 2017.
Visa Details
Russia Schengen
Single Entry Single Entry – Norway
Important Notes
  • Cost of USD 2,50,000 granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
  • Connecting time between two international and domestic flights should be 4 to 5 hours prior to departure.
  • Child with bed policy will be applicable for child under age of 12 Years old.
  • Due to safety and health restriction at hotels, maximum 3 Person in a room are allowed.
  • Management reserves the rights to claim any additional expenses incurred due to delay or changes in schedules of train, airplane, bus, ship or any other services.
  • Tour Manager may amend itinerary if certain attractions, sights, monuments, museums, etc. are closed.
  • Indian lunches and dinners and local meals are pre set & a-la carte is not possible.
  • Visa is included in tour cost as per itinerary. Any Double or Multiple Entry Visa will be at extra cost.
  • The company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss of baggage, loss, injury, accident, death, breakdown or irregularity on tour.
  • The tour manager and driver will do their best to get you as close to the monuments as possible, because in some cities coaches are restricted
  • Any damage caused to hotel rooms / coach during your stay, shall be borne by the concerned passengers.
  • Jain Meal will not be served in Theme Parks.
  • There are no refunds for any services i.e. meals, sightseeing, etc not utilized on your tour.
  • Once an air ticket is issued, date change penalty cost will be applicable. Check with our Sales Officer for the applicable charges.
  • If a child under 12 sharing room with 1 adult, then the tour price of a adult on twin sharing basis will be applicable for child.
Tour Gallery
Itinerary
B Breakfast
L Lunch
D Dinner
IB Indian Breakfast
IL Indian Lunch
ID Indian Dinner
PD Pack Dinner
PL Pack Lunch
LC Lunch Coupon

 

Day 1Begin Your Tour • Arrive in Moscow

When Russia is on your travel list, there’s no better place to start your “Sailani’s – Splendours of Russia & Scandinavia Tour” than the most vibrant European capitals, Moscow. With its multi-faceted attractions ranging from historic to futuristic, the city is forever buzzing with life and thrill. And this is where we begin our voyage too.

We arrive at the Moscow airport and after clearing the immigration and customs procedures, we head out to the exit where our Sailani’s representative is waiting to give us a warm welcome and transfer us to our hotel (Check In at 16:00 Hours). Overnight at Moscow.

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Day 2In Moscow • Guided City Tour of Moscow • Visit to Tretyakov State Gallery • Visit Stalin’s Bunker • Metro Tour • Free Time at Arbat Street • Russian Circus

Today, we begin exploring this history, culture and colour-rich town with a guided city tour of Moscow, wandering past iconic landmarks including the Bolshoi Theatre, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the Cathedral of Archangel, the Novospassky Monastery and of course, the iconic public square, The Red Square with the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral (known for its onion-shaped domes) on one hand and the red wall of Kremlin on the other.

Our guided city tour also takes us on a time travel journey of Russian art as we visit the Tretyakov State Gallery that houses more than 1,80,000 works of Russian art in the form of paintings, sculptures, graphics and other illustrations. While exemplary masterpieces from the 11th century to the early 20th century can be witnessed in the historic building of the gallery, the new building holds works of the 20th-century artists.

We then move from art history to mysterious stories as we head to the Stalin’s Bunker, an underground world of its own that’s just as enigmatic as the person who commissioned it… Commander-in-chief of the Red Army, Joseph Stalin. Masked by the gigantic 1,20,000-seater stadium above it, this military object is a massive space divided into lavish rooms. There’s Stalin’s office, there is a dining room and there’s even a grand meeting hall crafted with rich marble.

Continuing our journey to the mystic underground realms of Russia, we take the Metro tour (up to three stations). Known as the “people’s palaces” the majestic Soviet-era stations with all their palace-like opulence, extravagant décor and sculptures and lavish use of marble, are a definite must-visit of Moscow. And because no trip seems complete without bagging a few souvenirs, we take some free time at the Arbat Street to shop for a few collectables.

No, the day’s not over yet! We still have to catch the famous Russian Circus. Great Moscow State Circus known for its nerve-racking stunts, hilarious clown stints, inventive acrobat performances and a lot more. Overnight at Moscow.

(B, L, D)

Day 3Onto St Petersburg • Guided City Tour of Kremlin • High-Speed Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg

Today we make our way to yet another Russian town, St. Petersburg but not without exploring one last gem in the beautiful Russian capital… the Kremlin, a fortress that’s nestled in the very heart of Moscow along the banks of Moskva River. The fortress is an exemplary structure of the dramatic Russian history, having served as a residence to many political heads in the past from the Russian Grand Dukes to the Romanov Tsars to Soviet leaders and now to the President of the Russian Federation. Encapsulated within Kremlin’s distinctive red-bricked walls (that were hanged from the original white stoned-walls in the 15 century) are four cathedrals, three palaces and two museums, apart from the President’s residence. While here, we also visit the Armoury Museum which was once Kremlin’s Armoury Chamber.

Next, we head to the train station to take our voyage on to St. Petersburg via the famous Sapsan train, Russia’s fastest rail service. Overnight at St. Petersburg.

(B, L, D)

Day 4In St. Petersburg • Visit Peterhof Palace and Gardens • Guided City Tour of St. Petersburg • Visit the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood • Ballet Show

After the vibrancy of Moscow, we now gear up to soak in the splendour of St. Petersburg and our first stop happens to be the most visited attraction of the town, the Peterhof Palace & Gardens. Board a Hydrofoil (Subject to Operation) to this world-famous Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble of Peterhof that shines forth as a glittering landmark of Russia’s aesthetic culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, paintings and works of art and culture make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called the ‘Capital of Fountains.’ In fact, the lower park has a few trick fountains too that often leave visitors soaked in water.

Next, we begin our guided city tour of this gold-capped, colourful town. As we go, we marvel over the architectural brilliance that is evident in just about every structure of the city, both ancient and modern. Our tour takes us past Isaac’s Cathedral and Colonnade, the Peter and Paul Fortress, State Russian Museum and many other architectural treasures.

We also make a visit to the city’s most associable monument, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood which is surprisingly colourful given that it stands to mark the tragic assassination of Alexander II. This vibrantly colourful building boasting of typical Russian Revival architecture stands out in striking contrast to the Italian elegance of the pristine white Russian State Museum in the neighbourhood.

Next on our travel list is the Ballet Show. Sensational and not to be missed. Overnight at St. Petersburg.

(B, L, D)

Day 5In St. Petersburg • Visit Palace of Catherine The Great • Neva River Cruise • Free Time at Souvenir Boutique Bazaar • Folklore Show at Nikolaevsky Palace

Today, we embark upon yet another journey through the history of Russian art. And taking us on this time travel journey today is the Catherine Palace or the Tsarskoye Selo. Once a summer residence for the tsars, the blue and gold Russian Baroque building is now a museum giving us a glimpse of the extravagant and opulent lifestyle of these ancient royals. Popular among its many rooms are the Amber Room, the Grand Hall and the massive Catherine Park.

Given its sheer size and its aesthetic magnificence, it’s hardly a surprise that we’ve spent all morning meandering through the many rooms of this palace-turned-museum.

Next on our list is the Neva River Cruise. If there’s anything that could make this historic town even more magical, it is viewing it from the blue waters of the Neva River which offers spectacular views of St. Petersburg’s various landmarks. Later enjoy free time at Souvenir Boutique Bazaar.

Bringing the day to a dramatic close, we head to the Nikolaevsky Palace to catch the evening Folklore Show. From contemporary renditions of romantic and heartbreak folk songs to foot-tapping folk-dance performances to impressive acrobat stints, the evening brings along liberal doses of fun and laughter. Overnight at St. Petersburg.

(B, L, D)

Day 6Onto Helsinki • Visit Hermitage Museum • Allegro Train to Helsinki

Before we leave the Russian lands and head to Helsinki, Finland we have one final gem to explore in St. Petersburg… the Hermitage Museum standing mightily on the banks of the Neva River. Originally, a palace of the ancient tsars, The Hermitage comprises a collection of several buildings making it one of the largest museums in the world, and also one of the most famous ones. With several rooms and other spaces to unravel and over 3 million works of art including paintings, sculptures, antiques, ancient coins, etc., it makes it impossible to go through the entire museum at once. We, however, will explore the most important rooms in the palace-museum in the few hours that we spend there. Of course, some of that time will also be dedicated to absorbing in the architectural awesomeness of this gigantic structure itself.

Next, we board yet another high-speed train, Allegro, that will take us from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland. One of the world’s northernmost capitals, Helsinki is a hotbed for Scandinavian design, museums, and cute cafés. … Mixed in with Art Noveau architecture, Russian-built neoclassical churches remind visitors that Helsinki was once ruled by Czar Alexander I. Overnight at Helsinki.

(B, L, D)

Day 7 Onto Stockholm • Guided City Tour of Helsinki • Visit Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church • Visit Sibelius Monument • Overnight Cruise to Stockholm

After the history-rich sights of Russia, we are about to meander through Europe’s youngest capital, Helsinki. There are no antique ruins or remains, no medieval squares and not even a palace here, all you have is a vibrant metropolis with a multi-faceted architecture that boasts as much of Neoclassicism as it does of Romanticism and Modernism.

We begin our guided city tour of Helsinki discovering some of the world’s most distinct architectural merits such as Finlandia Hall – the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland, the Helsinki Cathedral, the Market Square – bustling with activities with vendors selling fresh food and souvenirs, Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral and many other landmarks. The highlights of the city tour, however, happen to be our visits to the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church, a unique Rock Church known for its thrilling work of modern architecture, built entirely underground with a ceiling made of copper wire) and the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to the Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius, consisting of a series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern.

Board our ship at Silja Line in Helsinki that will take us on to Stockholm, Sweden. As we see Finland disappearing before us, we gear up to embrace ourselves for a night spent marvelling at the eternity of the blue water beneath us, pausing only to enjoy a lavish dinner buffet served aboard. Overnight Ferry to Stockholm.

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Note: From the moment we step on the ship, we follow Swedish time which is one hour behind Finland.

Day 8In Stockholm • Guided City Tour of Stockholm • Visit Vasa Ship Museum • Visit City Hall

Today enjoy your breakfast while cruising on the Baltic Sea, we disembark the ship in Stockholm. We start our guided city tour of the Swedish capital sprawled over 14 islands. Incidentally, one-third of this coastal capital consists of water while another one-third is occupied by parks and woodlands. It’s safe to say then that there is certainly no dearth of scenic beauty in Stockholm. But scenic stretches aren’t all there is to the town; there is also an interesting amalgamation of historic architectural treasures and that of modern structures. We get a hint of this beautiful blend of historic and modern as our tour takes us past popular landmarks like The Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, the colour-rioted old town among others.

We then visit the Vasa Ship Museum which, as the name suggests is a maritime museum. One of the most visited attractions in town as it is, this is the only museum in the world to have an almost fully intact 17th-century ship, the warship Vasa that was salvaged three centuries after it sank.

The final destination on our itinerary today is the Stadshuset, the iconic Stockholm City Hall which is often spotted on pictures and postcards of Sweden. Apart from assembly rooms and offices the building also houses grand ceremonial halls. Overnight at Stockholm.

(B, L, D)

Day 9Onto Oslo • Free Time at Karlstad • Photo Stop at Vanern Lake

Today, we proceed to Oslo. Enroute we halt at Karlstad, we take some time to look around this beautiful riverside town, which is sprawled all the way down to the shore of the Vanern Lake. Incidentally, Vanern Lake marks our next halt. We make a photo stop here for beautiful picture additions to our social media folders.

Next, we drive towards Oslo, surrounded by mountains and sea, this compact, cultured and fun city has a palpable sense of reinvention. Overnight at Oslo.

(B, L, D)

Day 10In Oslo • Guided City Tour of Oslo • Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park • Viking Ship Museum • Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area • Visit Magic Ice Bar

You know a city is truly a culture-rich destination when its theatres, museums and galleries happen to be one of the most distinctive features of the town. And given that we are in one such capital, we dedicate today to exploring as much of this magnificent town as we can.

We begin our Oslo guided city tour today that’ll take us past the most popular attractions of the town. The Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, the Oslo Cathedral, the City Hall and the National Opera Theatre to name a few.

One of the biggest highlights of the tour happens to be our visit to the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist, Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway’s most visited tourist attractions. The park features more than 200 sculptures crafted out of bronze, granite and wrought iron by artist, Gustav Vigeland; the Wheel of Life and the 16-metre long Monolith, depicting 121 intertwined human bodies) being the most popular among these sculptures.

We then move on to get a glimpse into Norway’s Viking past as we head to the Viking Ship Museum next. Apart from housing three well-preserved 9th-century vessels, the Oseberg Ship, the Gokstad Ship and the Tune Ship, the museum also houses other artefacts and exhibits that are indicative of the Viking life at sea.

Next on our list of must-visit attractions in the Norweigan capital is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Museum. Perched atop a hill, the journey to the Ski Jump Area alone is quite an interesting one and once there, the sheer height of the construction is likely to blow your mind away, irrespective of whether you are a ski enthusiast or not. Plus, there is the matter of the best possible panoramic views of the town below. There is also the Ski Museum that boasts of 4000 years of ski history.

Visit Magic Ice Bar Oslo, a stylish haven of art and unique icy fun. The bar is literally made out of ice with ice walls. Overnight at Oslo.

(B, L, D)

Day 11Onto Bergen • Norway in a Nutshell

Irrespective of how impressed we are by the architectural and cultural heritage of Oslo, it is an undeniable fact that you haven’t really seen Norway if you haven’t spent some time submerging yourself in the splendour of its natural beauty that comprises scenic landscapes, fascinating fjords and majestic mountains. And the best way to experience this heavenly beauty is to take the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour, which is on our agenda for today. The tour, literally, is a long journey from Oslo to Bergen via trains, ferries and buses that take us past some of Europe’s most scenic stretches.

We drive to the Geilo train station where begins the actual tour as we board the train to Myrdal that offers spectacular views of mountainous terrains. We then board our next train to Flam which gives us a glimpse of the Norwegian Fjords. From Flam starts our water voyage with a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord, which is the narrowest fjord in Europe surrounded by huge mountains. Our cruise ends at Gudvangen, a small village cradled in the deepest reaches of Naeroyfjord. Our last leg of the tour finishes with a bus ride from Gudvangen to Bergen. Overnight at Bergen.

(B, PL, D)

NOTE: We will carry packed lunch for the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour while dinner will be served at an Indian restaurant in Bergen.

Day 12Onto Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Bergen • Visit Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen • Ride Floibanen (Funicular Train)

When you have seven hills standing guard for a coastal city with an entire coastal belt of the city listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, one thing you can expect from the town is ample beauty all around, both, in terms of landscape and cityscape. It is safe to say then that Bergen is nothing if not absolutely and entirely awe-inspiring.

We begin our guided city tour which takes us through its upward meandering roads past popular landmarks like the Fantoft Stave Church, though reconstructed in 1992, is still a classic expression of early Norwegian.

The most beautiful sight, however, in all of Bergen is the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a coastal belt of colourful timbre structures, that has often found its way not just on postcards but on several desktops across the world as a screen saver. One of the most visited attractions of the town, the Hanseatic Wharf now comprises a small museum and several shops, cafes and restaurants.

And because nothing would make our Bergen tour more worthwhile than a trip up one of its much-talked-about seven mountains, next on our itinerary is a ride on the Floibanen, a funicular train that takes us up Mount Floyen. This mountaintop is where you get the most splendid panoramic views of the city below. We then head to Bergen airport to board our flight to Copenhagen. Overnight at Copenhagen.

(B, L, D)

Day 13In Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Copenhagen • Visit Tivoli Garden (Gardens Only)

We begin our day to explore the beautiful Denmark capital, Copenhagen, a town that’s youthful and historic, at the same time. We begin our guided city tour at the Rosenborg Castle which comprises the oldest royal garden of the country. The tour then takes us past the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Danish Parliament, the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and the Christiansborg Palace that comprises the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court.

Next way to the city’s most visited attraction, the Tivoli Gardens, part of its dreamy charm is the architectural romanticism that takes the whole experience to new levels of fun. (Rides ticket not included). Overnight at Copenhagen.

(B, L, D)

Day 14Homeward Bound

Too soon for our liking as it might be, the “Sailani’s – Splendours of Russia & Scandinavia tour” has finally come to an end. With beautiful memories in our minds and beautiful souvenirs in our luggage, we board our flight back home.
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Note : Please note that this tour may run with an altered flow due to operational constraints.

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