27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights

Including return international flights, superb cruise of the Baltic Sea, guided city tours, overnight ferry journey, delicious daily breakfast plus some dinners, all port transfers and more.

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  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
  • 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise and flights
 
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  • We had a very enjoyable trip and it met all our expectations! Jennifer L
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  • This was one of the best weeks of my life and I didn't want to get off the cruise. MSC are one of the best value cruise lines for solo…
  • Outstanding trip, wonderful guide. Good value. Margaret Magilton

Highlights

 

Uncover the bounty of natural wonders, dynamic cities and charming rural villages on a 27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with Baltics cruise.

Embark on your voyage around the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, cruising aboard the superb MSC Meraviglia. This ship is infinitely luxurious and is equipped with all manner of five-star facilities and amenities – swimming pools, galleries, boutiques, sporting courts, restaurants and bars – that make days spent at sea a true pleasure. Of course the ports the ship makes are equally spectacular. Uncover the medieval past of Tallinn’s Old Town; be in awe of the grandeur of St Petersburg; and learn about Kiel’s role in Imperial German history.

Disembark back in Copenhagen and take in the Danish capital’s most prolific attractions – the Little Mermaid statue and Amalienborg Palace included – on a guided sightseeing tour. It is then time to hit the water again as you board an overnight ferry to Oslo, Norway’s capital city. Waking up the next morning to find yourself sailing through the waters of Oslofjord makes for an incredible start to the day! Travel Norway’s impossibly photogenic fjordic coast towards Geiranger, the town located on the magnificent eponymous glacier. Sports fans will love the stops enroute at Hamar and Lillehammer. Celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle on the journey to Narvik, capture the beauty of the landscape around Alta and Honningsvag, and then jump the border from Norway into the wilds of Finnish Lapland.

In Finland, learn about the indigenous Sami culture, visit the ‘official’ home of Santa Claus, travel to Finnish Lakeland, and then finish this Scandinavian experience in Helsinki with a guided sightseeing tour of the capital’s most striking attractions – from a church built into a rock, to a monument honouring a famous Finnish composer.

Spend even more time in this pristine part of the world by extending your Scandinavian adventure to a 31 day tour to include time in incredible Iceland!

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Copenhagen 

Make your way to the airport and board a flight towards Copenhagen, the departure point for an incredible Scandinavia adventure.

Day 2: Copenhagen 

Touch down in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Please make your own way to the hotel for check in. Tonight, meet with your Webjet tour escort for an official welcome to Denmark.

Copenhagen sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It is one of Scandinavia’s most dynamic cities, and features an incredible historic centre, colourful and heritage architecture, vibrant streetscapes and pleasant waterfront promenades.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel. 

Day 3: Copenhagen –  Baltics Cruise (B, D) – cruise-icon

You have this morning as free time to continue your independent exploration of Copenhagen. A tempting option is to see Christiansborg (the home of Danish Parliament) and the Renaissance -era Rosenborg Castle. The latter also houses a museum with a number of royal artefacts and a pretty garden. You will be transferred by private coach to the cruise port, where you will board the MSC Meraviglia, your home for the next 7 nights while you cruise around the Baltic Sea. 

The MSC Meraviglia is a spectacular cruise ship that boasts all the bells and whistles. Across its 19 decks, the MSC Meraviglia is home to swimming pools, boutiques and galleries, day spa, gym, theatres and sporting courts, and an incredible selection of restaurants, casual eateries and bars and lounges. 

Day 4: At Sea (B, L, D)  – cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way along the beautiful Swedish coast to Finland. Use this cruising day to begin uncovering all the on-board opportunities offered by the MSC Meraviglia.

Day 5: Helsinki (B, L, D)  – cruise-icon

Instantly loveable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streets and Neoclassical brick buildings modelled on the then Russian capital, St Petersburg. Its narrow-cobbled streets, lined by small colourful wooden buildings, give a sense of Finnish life before the capital’s bold squares and Neoclassical geometry. The old town is built around the hill on the other side of Mannerheimkatu, crowned by the fifteenth-century Tuomiokirkko, where Alexander I proclaimed Finland a Russian Grand Duchy and convened the first Finnish Diet.

Day 6: St Petersburg (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

There is no other city in the world like St Petersburg. The former epicentre of Tsarist Russia and then the Russian Revolution, this city has a long and colourful history that encompasses World War II sieges, country-changing political movements and rich social traditions. Modern-day St Petersburg flaunts a mix of opulent palaces, grand public squares, contemporary shopping centres, acclaimed theatres, striking churches and green parks.

Day 7: Tallinn (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

Today sees you dock in Tallinn, Estonia’s compact and buzzing capital. Tallinn is perched on the shores of the Gulf of Finland and has been strongly influenced by other cultures over the last few centuries. Tallinn’s Old Town lays claim to being one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dotted with Gothic spires, heritage facades and narrow cobblestone thoroughfares. Other sights to see within the Old Town is Raekoja plats, a town square overlooked by Toompea, a former German knight stronghold from the Middle Ages. Head to Kadriorg Park, established by Russian Tsar Peter the Great, to wander its manicured gardens or duck into the palace and art museum. 

Day 8: At Sea (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

The MSC Meraviglia makes the voyage away from the Baltics coast and towards Germany. The day is spent cruising, so use this downtime to continue taking advantage of the ship’s sublime facilities. 

Day 9: Kiel (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

Arrive in Kiel, Germany this morning. This port city was an important fixture in Imperial Germany, as its canal offered a passage between the Baltic and North Seas. Take a walk along the pier-front promenade to see how the port and canal operates today or make for the open-air Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum in nearby Molfsee to take in the collection of 70 traditional buildings and displays of local village. Tonight is your final evening spent aboard the MSC Meraviglia.

Day 10: Copenhagen – Oslo (B,D) – cruise-icon

The ship arrives back in Copenhagen, signalling time to disembark your Baltics cruise. You will be met at the port by your Webjet tour escort and invited to board a private coach for a sightseeing city tour of Copenhagen. This excursion sees you take in Christiansborg Palace, the location of Danish Parliament; then the Canal District, or Nyhavn. Take some time while in the latter area to snap photos of the brightly coloured 17th- and 18th-century townhouses that line the waterfront. The tour also stops at the Little Mermaid Statue, one of Copenhagen’s most emblematic tourist sights since 1913. There will be some free time before a transfer takes you to the ferry terminal for the overnight voyage to Oslo in Norway. 

Day 11: Oslo (B) 

You wake this morning to find the ferry cruising the Oslofjord. Breakfast is taken on the ship before the group disembarks in the Norwegian capital. Your tour escort will assist you with the short coach transfer to the hotel, where you are welcome to drop off your luggage and then head out into the city for independent sightseeing. Your accommodations will be available for check-in later in the afternoon. In the meantime, get to know Oslo’s bounty of green spaces, world-leading museums and fascinating Viking heritage. 

Day 12: Oslo – Hamar – Lillehammer – Geiranger (B, D)

The group begins its journey into Norway’s north after breakfast. The final destination is the Norwegian fjordic coast, but there are plenty of stops along the way. One such stop-off is the ice rink in Hamar, a town that hosted some events from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Next is Lillehammer, the official host town for the Games. You will be taken around Lillehammer on a guided city tour, which offers insight into both the town’s broader history and the impact that the Olympics had on the region. Continue to Geiranger, a village in the heart of the Norwegian fjords afterwards. This will be your base for the next two nights. 

Day 13: Geiranger (B, D)

Make the most of a full free day to explore Geiranger’s eponymous fjord. This astounding piece of work from Mother Nature is better than any postcard and is the glittering jewel in the crown of Norway’s fjords. Fringed by waterfalls, lush flora-speckled cliffs, snow-covered mountains and traditional farmhouses, the Geiranger Fjord is the poster child for Norway’s incredible beauty. Some of the fjord’s recognisable sights are a string of famous falls, including De syv søstrene (The Seven Sisters), Friaren (the Suitor) and Brudesløret (the Bridal Veil).

Day 14: Geiranger – cruise-icon – Kanestraum – Trondheim (B)

This morning, the group departs Geiranger and continues the journey into the deeper north. Board fjord ferries to make the breathtakingly scenic trips between the towns peppered along the fjord between Geiranger and Kanestraum. This mode of travel allows for spectacular on-water views of the steep cliffs and mountain scenery of the area. The group boards the last ferry between Kanestraum and Halsa before arriving into the city of Trondheim for an overnight stay. There is a guided sightseeing tour upon arrival, a perfect way to become acquainted with this diverse city. Trondheim was founded in 997 and acted as Norway’s capital until 1217. Today, it is the third-largest city in Norway with an excellent collection of museums, heritage sites and outdoor pursuits.

Day 15: Trondheim – Mo i Rana (B)

Move from Trondheim to Mo i Rana. This city sits within the Helgeland area, at the head of the Ranfjorden fjord and on the southern aspect of the Saltfjellet mountains. Mo i Rana (or just Mo, to locals) was once a trading post for the Sami, but today it makes a popular gateway for those wishing to venture into the rugged frontier of the Arctic Circle. Look out for the city’s most famous landmark: a 10-metre-tall granite statue, Havmannen, that stands in the middle of the fjord. 

Day 16: Sandnessjøen – Bognes – cruise-icon  – Skarberget – Narvik (B)

You’ll never forget today; when you cross the Arctic Circle on the way to Narvik. Once the Circle crossing is under your belt, the group continues its adventures into Northern Norway. Discover areas of the country that were once completely cut-off from tourists and the outside world. Happily though, a network of roads and small airports now makes it possible to visit the region’s cluster of small towns and villages. 

Arrive in Narvik, a popular city with those who enjoy mountaineering and skiing. The city’s flagship ski resort, Narvikfjellet, is famed for its extreme and alpine skiing opportunities. Narvik was also a strategically-important city during World War II. 

Day 17: Narvik – Alta (B)

Continue the trip north of the Arctic Circle as the group sets its sights on Alta. In the winter, Alta is where the world’s northernmost hotel – the Igloo Hotel – can be found. However the season is short, and the hotel is gone by spring. During the summer, the landscape around Alta becomes rich with verdant forests, idyllic mountains and peaceful stretches of coastline. The rest of the day is at your leisure upon check-in at the hotel. 

Day 18: Alta (B)

Join a guided tour of Alta this morning. The route includes seeing the Northern Lights Cathedral, as well as several photography stops. You also have the chance to learn about the role Alta played during World War II, and you can view historic rock carvings in the surrounding area. 

Day 19: Alta – Honningsvåg (B)

Set out for the northernmost city in Norway, Honningsvåg. This journey marks your adventure into the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. The area gets its name from the 24 hours per day of sunlight experienced during the summer (May to July) – an odd experience for those arriving during these months. It can take some adjustment but also means there is ample opportunity for extra sightseeing and exploration. There will be plenty of time to show yourself around upon arrival, or you may opt to relax at the hotel in anticipation of this evening’s midnight excursion to North Cape Hall, a structure that marks Norway’s northernmost point. When here, you can sip a glass of sparkling wine as you marvel at the midnight sun (in season) or watch the sunset over the Barents Sea. 

Day 20: Honningsvag – Ivalo (B)

It is time to begin the return journey south-bound. Cross the border from Norway into Finland. Those travelling during summer will take note that the midnight sun continues to shine in the region – for two whole months. The group ventures into the heart of Finnish Lapland towards Ivalo for an overnight stop. 

Day 21: Ivalo – Saariselka – Rovaniemi (B)

Breakfast is taken in Ivalo and the group then sets out to Rovaniemi, stopping in Saariselka along the way. Saariselka is a popular resort town, one of the northernmost points in the European Union and one of the largest hubs for winter sports in Finland. It also serves as a base for hikers and mountain-bikers in the summer. The group enjoys a short tour of Saariselka upon arrival and will soak up the pristine Lapland scenery. It is then onto Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, and the ‘official’ home of Santa Claus. You arrive into Rovaniemi in the afternoon and are able to enjoy free time following check in at the hotel.

Day 22: Rovaniemi (B)

The day is yours to discover the capital of Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi was once a powerful salmon and fur exporter, however, was completely destroyed during World War II. The city was rebuilt, and its more modern sights are included in an orientation tour. Of particular note is the design of the new town, which is laid out in the shape of reindeer antlers. Other stops include Lappia House, Town Hall and the Arctic Circle. Have the afternoon as leisure time to revisit any sites from earlier today or to discover new treasures. 

Day 23: Rovaniemi – Oulu – Jyväskylä (B)

Depart Rovaniemi after breakfast and travel to Jyväskylä. Enroute, visit the picturesque town of Oulu. There is time to explore Oulu and if the sun is shining you will see plenty of locals out and about, gathering on the terraces, shopping at markets or making use of the network of bike paths. Oulu’s city centre is itself spread across several islands. Next on the agenda is Jyväskylä, a city perched on the western fringe of Finnish Lakeland. Visit the Vesilinna water tower for a remarkable outlook over the city and surrounding landscape. The Natural History Museum of Central Finland is also located on the ground floor of the tower. 

Please be advised that for the 10 July departure Jyväskylä will be replaced with nearby Kuopio and a visit to the local observation tower.

Day 24: Jyväskylä – Helsinki (B, D)

Leave Jyväskylä and begin the group’s last road trip to the Finnish capital of Helsinki. You arrive in the early afternoon and there is a city tour to act as your introduction to Helsinki’s sights and culture. On the tour you will see Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square and Temppeliaukio Church, a place of worship built into solid rock. The church, which opened in 1969, was quarried from natural bedrock and is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist sights. Thanks to its excellent acoustics, the church also makes a popular concert and performance venue. Another of the sights included on the tour is the Sibelius Monument and then Market Square, the city’s open-air marketplace that is a great place for souvenir shopping or people watching. This evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with the group at the hotel. 

Day 25: Helsinki (B)

The entire day today is at your leisure to keep discovering Helsinki’s charms on your own. Choose to explore this walkable city by foot and admire the Art Nouveau architecture, or you may also choose to take a short ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Suomenlinna Fortress. Not sure what to do? Your tour leader is around to expert suggestions and tips.  

Day 26: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and make your own way to the airport to board your return flight to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 27: Australia 

Arrive back in Australia today.

Please note that some flights arrive one day later. 

 

 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Copenhagen 

Make your way to the airport and board a flight towards Copenhagen, the departure point for an incredible Scandinavia adventure.

Day 2: Copenhagen 

Touch down in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Please make your own way to the hotel for check in. Tonight, meet with your Webjet tour escort for an official welcome to Denmark.

Copenhagen sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It is one of Scandinavia’s most dynamic cities, and features an incredible historic centre, colourful and heritage architecture, vibrant streetscapes and pleasant waterfront promenades. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Copenhagen –  Baltics Cruise (B, D) – cruise-icon

You have this morning as free time to continue your independent exploration of Copenhagen. A tempting option is to see Christiansborg (the home of Danish Parliament) and the Renaissance -era Rosenborg Castle. The latter also houses a museum with a number of royal artefacts and a pretty garden. You will be transferred by private coach to the cruise port, where you will board the MSC Meraviglia, your home for the next 7 nights while you cruise around the Baltic Sea. 

The MSC Meraviglia is a spectacular cruise ship that boasts all the bells and whistles. Across its 19 decks, the MSC Meraviglia is home to swimming pools, boutiques and galleries, day spa, gym, theatres and sporting courts, and an incredible selection of restaurants, casual eateries and bars and lounges. 

Day 4: At Sea (B, L, D)  – cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way along the beautiful Swedish coast to Finland. Use this cruising day to begin uncovering all the on-board opportunities offered by the MSC Meraviglia.

Day 5: Helsinki (B, L, D)  – cruise-icon

Instantly loveable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streets and Neoclassical brick buildings modelled on the then Russian capital, St Petersburg. Its narrow-cobbled streets, lined by small colourful wooden buildings, give a sense of Finnish life before the capital’s bold squares and Neoclassical geometry. The old town is built around the hill on the other side of Mannerheimkatu, crowned by the fifteenth-century Tuomiokirkko, where Alexander I proclaimed Finland a Russian Grand Duchy and convened the first Finnish Diet.

Day 6: St Petersburg (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

There is no other city in the world like St Petersburg. The former epicentre of Tsarist Russia and then the Russian Revolution, this city has a long and colourful history that encompasses World War II sieges, country-changing political movements and rich social traditions. Modern-day St Petersburg flaunts a mix of opulent palaces, grand public squares, contemporary shopping centres, acclaimed theatres, striking churches and green parks.

Day 7: Tallinn (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

Today sees you dock in Tallinn, Estonia’s compact and buzzing capital. Tallinn is perched on the shores of the Gulf of Finland and has been strongly influenced by other cultures over the last few centuries. Tallinn’s Old Town lays claim to being one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is dotted with Gothic spires, heritage facades and narrow cobblestone thoroughfares. Other sights to see within the Old Town is Raekoja plats, a town square overlooked by Toompea, a former German knight stronghold from the Middle Ages. Head to Kadriorg Park, established by Russian Tsar Peter the Great, to wander its manicured gardens or duck into the palace and art museum.

Day 8: At Sea (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

The MSC Meraviglia makes the voyage away from the Baltics coast and towards Germany. The day is spent cruising, so use this downtime to continue taking advantage of the ship’s sublime facilities. 

Day 9: Kiel (B, L, D) – cruise-icon

Arrive in Kiel, Germany this morning. This port city was an important fixture in Imperial Germany, as its canal offered a passage between the Baltic and North Seas. Take a walk along the pier-front promenade to see how the port and canal operates today or make for the open-air Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum in nearby Molfsee to take in the collection of 70 traditional buildings and displays of local village. Tonight is your final evening spent aboard the MSC Meraviglia.

Day 10: Copenhagen – Oslo (B,D) – cruise-icon

The ship arrives back in Copenhagen, signalling time to disembark your Baltics cruise. You will be met at the port by your Webjet tour escort and invited to board a private coach for a sightseeing city tour of Copenhagen. This excursion sees you take in Christiansborg Palace, the location of Danish Parliament; then the Canal District, or Nyhavn. Take some time while in the latter area to snap photos of the brightly coloured 17th- and 18th-century townhouses that line the waterfront. The tour also stops at the Little Mermaid Statue, one of Copenhagen’s most emblematic tourist sights since 1913. There will be some free time before a transfer takes you to the ferry terminal for the overnight voyage to Oslo in Norway. 

Day 11: Oslo (B) 

You wake this morning to find the ferry cruising the Oslofjord. Breakfast is taken on the ship before the group disembarks in the Norwegian capital. Your tour escort will assist you with the short coach transfer to the hotel, where you are welcome to drop off your luggage and then head out into the city for independent sightseeing. Your accommodations will be available for check-in later in the afternoon. In the meantime, get to know Oslo’s bounty of green spaces, world-leading museums and fascinating Viking heritage. 

Day 12: Oslo – Hamar – Lillehammer – Geiranger (B, D)

The group begins its journey into Norway’s north after breakfast. The final destination is the Norwegian fjordic coast, but there are plenty of stops along the way. One such stop-off is the ice rink in Hamar, a town that hosted some events from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Next is Lillehammer, the official host town for the Games. You will be taken around Lillehammer on a guided city tour, which offers insight into both the town’s broader history and the impact that the Olympics had on the region. Continue to Geiranger, a village in the heart of the Norwegian fjords afterwards. This will be your base for the next two nights. 

Day 13: Geiranger (B, D)

Make the most of a full free day to explore Geiranger’s eponymous fjord. This astounding piece of work from Mother Nature is better than any postcard and is the glittering jewel in the crown of Norway’s fjords. Fringed by waterfalls, lush flora-speckled cliffs, snow-covered mountains and traditional farmhouses, the Geiranger Fjord is the poster child for Norway’s incredible beauty. Some of the fjord’s recognisable sights are a string of famous falls, including De syv søstrene (The Seven Sisters), Friaren (the Suitor) and Brudesløret (the Bridal Veil).

Day 14: Geiranger – cruise-icon  – Kanestraum – Trondheim (B)

This morning, the group departs Geiranger and continues the journey into the deeper north. Board fjord ferries to make the breathtakingly scenic trips between the towns peppered along the fjord between Geiranger and Kanestraum. This mode of travel allows for spectacular on-water views of the steep cliffs and mountain scenery of the area. The group boards the last ferry between Kanestraum and Halsa before arriving into the city of Trondheim for an overnight stay. There is a guided sightseeing tour upon arrival, a perfect way to become acquainted with this diverse city. Trondheim was founded in 997 and acted as Norway’s capital until 1217. Today, it is the third-largest city in Norway with an excellent collection of museums, heritage sites and outdoor pursuits.

Day 15: Trondheim – Mo i Rana (B)

Move from Trondheim to Mo i Rana. This city sits within the Helgeland area, at the head of the Ranfjorden fjord and on the southern aspect of the Saltfjellet mountains. Mo i Rana (or just Mo, to locals) was once a trading post for the Sami, but today it makes a popular gateway for those wishing to venture into the rugged frontier of the Arctic Circle. Look out for the city’s most famous landmark: a 10-metre-tall granite statue, Havmannen, that stands in the middle of the fjord. 

Day 16: Sandnessjøen – Bognes – cruise-icon  – Skarberget – Narvik (B)

You’ll never forget today; when you cross the Arctic Circle on the way to Narvik. Once the Circle crossing is under your belt, the group continues its adventures into Northern Norway. Discover areas of the country that were once completely cut-off from tourists and the outside world. Happily though, a network of roads and small airports now makes it possible to visit the region’s cluster of small towns and villages. 

Arrive in Narvik, a popular city with those who enjoy mountaineering and skiing. The city’s flagship ski resort, Narvikfjellet, is famed for its extreme and alpine skiing opportunities. Narvik was also a strategically-important city during World War II. 

Day 17: Narvik – Alta (B)

Continue the trip north of the Arctic Circle as the group sets its sights on Alta. In the winter, Alta is where the world’s northernmost hotel – the Igloo Hotel – can be found. However the season is short, and the hotel is gone by spring. During the summer, the landscape around Alta becomes rich with verdant forests, idyllic mountains and peaceful stretches of coastline. The rest of the day is at your leisure upon check-in at the hotel. 

Day 18: Alta (B)

Join a guided tour of Alta this morning. The route includes seeing the Northern Lights Cathedral, as well as several photography stops. You also have the chance to learn about the role Alta played during World War II, and you can view historic rock carvings in the surrounding area. 

Day 19: Alta – Honningsvåg (B)

Set out for the northernmost city in Norway, Honningsvåg. This journey marks your adventure into the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. The area gets its name from the 24 hours per day of sunlight experienced during the summer (May to July) – an odd experience for those arriving during these months. It can take some adjustment but also means there is ample opportunity for extra sightseeing and exploration. There will be plenty of time to show yourself around upon arrival, or you may opt to relax at the hotel in anticipation of this evening’s midnight excursion to North Cape Hall, a structure that marks Norway’s northernmost point. When here, you can sip a glass of sparkling wine as you marvel at the midnight sun (in season) or watch the sunset over the Barents Sea. 

Day 20: Honningsvag – Ivalo (B)

It is time to begin the return journey south-bound. Cross the border from Norway into Finland. Those travelling during summer will take note that the midnight sun continues to shine in the region – for two whole months. The group ventures into the heart of Finnish Lapland towards Ivalo for an overnight stop. 

Day 21: Ivalo – Saariselka – Rovaniemi (B)

Breakfast is taken in Ivalo and the group then sets out to Rovaniemi, stopping in Saariselka along the way. Saariselka is a popular resort town, one of the northernmost points in the European Union and one of the largest hubs for winter sports in Finland. It also serves as a base for hikers and mountain-bikers in the summer. The group enjoys a short tour of Saariselka upon arrival and will soak up the pristine Lapland scenery. It is then onto Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, and the ‘official’ home of Santa Claus. You arrive into Rovaniemi in the afternoon and are able to enjoy free time following check in at the hotel.

Day 22: Rovaniemi (B)

The day is yours to discover the capital of Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi was once a powerful salmon and fur exporter, however, was completely destroyed during World War II. The city was rebuilt, and its more modern sights are included in an orientation tour. Of particular note is the design of the new town, which is laid out in the shape of reindeer antlers. Other stops include Lappia House, Town Hall and the Arctic Circle. Have the afternoon as leisure time to revisit any sites from earlier today or to discover new treasures. 

Day 23: Rovaniemi – Oulu – Jyväskylä (B)

Depart Rovaniemi after breakfast and travel to Jyväskylä. Enroute, visit the picturesque town of Oulu. There is time to explore Oulu and if the sun is shining you will see plenty of locals out and about, gathering on the terraces, shopping at markets or making use of the network of bike paths. Oulu’s city centre is itself spread across several islands. Next on the agenda is Jyväskylä, a city perched on the western fringe of Finnish Lakeland. Visit the Vesilinna water tower for a remarkable outlook over the city and surrounding landscape. The Natural History Museum of Central Finland is also located on the ground floor of the tower. 

Please be advised that for the 10 July departure Jyväskylä will be replaced with nearby Kuopio and a visit to the local observation tower.

Day 24: Jyväskylä – Helsinki (B, D)

Leave Jyväskylä and begin the group’s last road trip to the Finnish capital of Helsinki. You arrive in the early afternoon and there is a city tour to act as your introduction to Helsinki’s sights and culture. On the tour you will see Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square and Temppeliaukio Church, a place of worship built into solid rock. The church, which opened in 1969, was quarried from natural bedrock and is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist sights. Thanks to its excellent acoustics, the church also makes a popular concert and performance venue. Another of the sights included on the tour is the Sibelius Monument and then Market Square, the city’s open-air marketplace that is a great place for souvenir shopping or people watching. This evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with the group at the hotel. 

Day 25: Helsinki (B)

The entire day today is at your leisure to keep discovering Helsinki’s charms on your own. Choose to explore this walkable city by foot and admire the Art Nouveau architecture, or you may also choose to take a short ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Suomenlinna Fortress. Not sure what to do? Your tour leader is around to expert suggestions and tips.  

Day 26: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff – Reykjavik (B)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast to continue your journey to Iceland! Make your own way to the airport to board your flight. On arrival into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, please arrange your own transfer to the hotel for check in. You can then head straight out into the streets to explore the world’s northernmost capital at your leisure. Reykjavik is home to the National and Saga Museums, both which document Iceland’s intriguing Viking history. Make for the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Perlan, atop Öskjuhlíð Hill, to see its rotating glass dome and spectacular outlook across the city, sea and neighbouring landscape. Time permitting, you might opt to make the trip out to one of Iceland’s most emblematic sites: the geothermal Blue Lagoon, near the village of Grindavik.

Day 27: Reykjavik – Golden Circle – Gullfoss – Geysir – Reykjavik (B) 

You will be picked up from your hotel to begin a tour of some of Iceland’s most superb natural sights and wonders. The first stop is Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss, which translates into ‘golden waterfall’ in English, is an icon of the Icelandic countryscape and is located on the glacier-fed Hvítá (‘white’) river. Water from the falls plummets 32 metres into a rugged canyon that features walls reaching up to 70 metres. If you’re visiting on a sunny day, keep an eye out for the misty rainbow that hangs over the falls. Continue to the bubbling mud pools, geysers and hot springs of the Geysir district. One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland, Strokkur (‘the Churn’), erupts about every 10 minutes or so and projects a stream of boiling-hot water up to 30 metres in the air. Then travel on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Thingvellir National Park to discover its rugged landscape and sites. This full-day excursion tour takes about 8 hours, and you have the evening at your leisure upon your return to the Reykjavik hotel.

Day 28: Reykjavik (B) 

You have a free day today. Wander the pedestrian-friendly streets to soak up the cityscape, sit down to authentic Icelandic fare at an acclaimed eatery, stock up on winter or thermal gear at one of the shops, or slip into your swimmers and make like the locals by heading to a neighbourhood swimming pool. 

Day 29: Reykjavik – airplane-takeoff – Akureyri – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri – airplane-takeoff – Reykjavik (B) 

This morning, make your way to Reykjavik’s domestic airport to board your internal flight to Akureyri, located on the northern coast of Iceland. You will be met upon arrival and it is then onto today’s sightseeing. It begins with a visit to the Goðafoss waterfall and then Lake Myvatn, a bird sanctuary with one of the highest concentrations of breeding ducks in the world. You will see the active Krafla volcano and the sulphur mud pots at Hverir, before joining a walking tour of Dimmuborgir, a surreal lava park. A return flight to Reykjavik sees you touch back down in the capital in the afternoon. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 30: Reykjavik – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B) 

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and make your own way to the airport to catch your return flight to Australia. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 31: Australia (B) 

Arrive back in Australia today. 

Please note that some flights arrive one day later. 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all port transfers
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 16 nights’ twin share accommodation in quality hotels, plus an overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo 
  • 7 nights’ cruising the Baltic Sea on-board the deluxe MSC Meraviglia 
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 4 dinners and all meals aboard the MSC Meraviglia
  • Guided city tours in Copenhagen, Lillehammer, Trondheim, Alta, Rovaniemi, Oulu and Helsinki
  • Dedicated coach transportation with a professional tour guide
  • Option to extend to a 31 day tour to include valuable time in Iceland
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!   
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

31 day extension inclusions as above, plus:

  • 4 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Return flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri in Iceland
  • Sightseeing as per the tour itinerary

Highlights:

  • Embark on a stunningly scenic cruise from Copenhagen and travel aboard the luxurious MSC Meraviglia
  • Make port and spend time in the most beautiful cities the line the shores of the Baltic Sea: Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Kiel
  • Journey from Denmark to Oslo aboard an overnight ferry, and pass through Lillehammer on the drive along the Norwegian fjordic coast towards the Geiranger Fjord
  • Cross the Arctic Circle on the way to Narvik, take in the Northern Lights Cathedral at Alta, and visit the Land of the Midnight Sun in Honningsvag
  • Move into Finnish Lapland to learn about indigenous Sami culture, stop off in the official home town of Santa Claus, and discover the unique town design of Rovaniemi 
  • Head to Helsinki to take in its most prolific sights, including the rock-carved Temppeliaukio Church, and enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travellers
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Should final payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tipping
  • Shore excursions
  • Mandatory on-board MSC service charge (10 Euro per night, per person). Payable on-board.
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

On-board gratuities are not included as part of your package – for your convenience, MSC Cruises will automatically add a daily Hotel Service Charge to your shipboard account, based on your chosen itinerary and the number of days for which the services are actually provided. The amount is EUR 10 per night (7 nights), per person.

Group Sizes: 15 – 46

Single Supplement:

27 day Inside Cabin – $2,999
27 day Oceanview Cabin – $3,499 
27 day Balcony Cabin – $3,999 

Iceland Extension:

31 day Inside Cabin – $3,599 
31 day Oceanview Cabin – $4,099 
31 day Balcony Cabin – $4,599 

Single supplement cost is per person in addition to 1 x twin share price. Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your own private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel rooms. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, international and internal flights from Helsinki to Reykjavik on day 26 and all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. The start day is day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary. 

Note, Tour Only option for the Iceland Extension will include the internal flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri and Lake Myvatn return on day 29 of the flight-inclusive itinerary. 

Accommodation:

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Copenhagen: Park Inn or similar 
Ferry: DFDS Seaways 
Oslo: Thon Oslofjord
Geiranger: Geiranger
Trondheim: Scandic Lerkendal
Mo I Rana: Scandic Lerkendal Meyergården
Narvik: Quality Hotel Grand Royal
Alta: Scandic Alta
Honningsvag: Scandic Honningsvåg, Nordkapp, Bryggen
Ivalo: Hotel Ivalo
Rovaniemi: Scandic Rovaniemi City
Jyväsklylä: Scandic Station, City or Laajavouri or similar 
*Kuopio: Scandic Atlas hotel or similar – this city is only applicable for 10 July 2020 departures 
Helsinki: Radisson Blu Seaside
Cruise: MSC Meraviglia

Extension:

Reykjavik: Klettur Hotel

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Cruise: MSC Meraviglia is packed with extraordinary features that offer the perfect experience at sea in every season. On board you can enjoy outstanding, authentic dining options and out-of-this-world entertainment with new panoramic areas, an innovative ocean-view aft lounge, a two-deck “inside promenade” with a 480 square metres LED dome and a spectacular amusement area connected to an outdoor water park.

Triple Share: Not available

Child policy: Child price is the same as an adult. Minimum age 8 years old.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

15 May
29 May
12 June
26 June
10 July
24 July
7 August
21 August

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details.

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, the tour commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Finnair, Qantas or Cathay Pacific and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person weighing no more than 20kg
  • Internal flights for the Iceland Extension the checked luggage limit is 15kg
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked.
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email.
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.

 Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package.
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics.
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

Travel Information

 

 

Ship Profile

 

The MSC Meraviglia is just one of the spectacular ships from the MSC fleet. Made up of swimming pools, day spas, authentic dining experiences and more, the MSC Meraviglia is the perfect home away from home.

Cabins

All staterooms are decked out to ensure maximum comfort throughout your 7 night cruise of the Baltics. Equipped with luxurious 5-star amenities, you can choose to sail away in either an Inside, Oceanview or Balcony Cabin.

  • Inside cabin: No window, approximately 16 square metres in size.
  • Oceanview cabin: Window with ocean views, approximately 16 to 20 square metres in size.
  • Balcony cabin: Private balcony off the side of your room, approximately 19 to 22 square metres in size.

All cabins include one double bed, a wardrobe, a bathroom with a shower, interactive TV, telephone and safe. WiFi connection is available at an additional cost. 

Entertainment

Packed with incredible features and exciting activities to experience, the MSC Meraviglia will make your days at sea truly memorable. Top attractions on-board include:

  • Cirque du Soleil – See the world-renowned artistic acrobatics show in full flight aboard the ship. Be amazed as you witness breath-taking performances in one of two original shows; Viaggio and Sonor.
  • TV Studio & Bar – Head to deck 7 to indulge in a range of entertainment, from the comedy club, karaoke bar and even live music.
  • F1 Simulators – Car enthusiasts will love this Formula 1 virtual-reality racing experience. Go head-to-head with friends and family to see who will come out on top. 
  • Bowling – A classic game loved by all, enjoy a game or two at the ships full-size bowling alley.

Dining

Authentic gourmet culinary experiences await aboard the MSC Meraviglia. Dine in the main restaurant and enjoy a first-class menu created by award-winning Spanish Master Chef, Ramón Freixa.

Other top eats on-board include Hola! Tapas bar, Butcher’s Cut, Katio Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi bar, Ocean Cay restaurant and the Marketplace Buffet. 

Want to discover more? Explore the MSC Meraviglia with a 360 degree virtual tour!

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus all port transfers
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 16 nights’ twin share accommodation in quality hotels, plus an overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo 
  • 7 nights’ cruising the Baltic Sea on-board the deluxe MSC Meraviglia 
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 4 dinners and all meals aboard the MSC Meraviglia
  • Guided city tours in Copenhagen, Lillehammer, Trondheim, Alta, Rovaniemi, Oulu and Helsinki
  • Dedicated coach transportation with a professional tour guide
  • Option to extend to a 31 day tour to include valuable time in Iceland
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!   
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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