27 day Grand Scandinavia tour with the Baltics, Russia, MSC cruise and return Emirates flights

27 day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics & Russia tour including return Emirates flights, deluxe MSC cruise, accommodation, daily breakfast, professional tour guides & more!

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  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
  • 27 Day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia with flights
 
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Highlights

 

See unrivalled natural beauty, exquisite and rare wildlife, picture-perfect cities and sail unchartered waters with this 27 day Grand Scandinavia with the Baltics and Russia tour. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime

Wander the enchanting streets of Copenhagen, see Norway’s most enchanting fjords, travel through Lapland, see Santa Claus’ home, Rovaniemi, and explore the charming way of life in Helsinki

Cruise the mighty Baltics through St Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki, visit the city of Narvik, see the imposing Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta, wander the quaint fishing village of Honningsvag and so much more.

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, 8 day deluxe MSC cruise, professional tour guides, breakfast daily, dedicated coach transportation and more.

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MSC Meraviglia is a luxury eco-ship boasting classic design and detailed craftsmanship. Offering spectacular facilities and amenities, world-class dining options and plentiful activities on-board, you’ll be perfectly placed to set sail in unparalleled style. 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Copenhagen 

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Scandinavia adventure! 

Day 2: Copenhagen (B)

Arrive to Copenhagen and make your own way to your hotel. Tonight, your Webjet tour escort will meet you in the hotel lobby to welcome you to Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.

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

This morning is at leisure to explore this great city. Why not explore the city’s centre which has the Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle that has a museum of royal artifacts and a popular garden. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred by private coach to the port to board your 7-night MSC Baltics Cruise.

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. 

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. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer. 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

Welcome to one of the great cities of the world, St Petersburg, Russia! A sophisticated capital of the tsarist Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia.

Day 7: Tallinn (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. While here, explore the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its centre is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages. Raekoja plats, the cobbled market square at the heart of the Old Town, is as old as the city itself. On its southern side stands the fifteenth-century Town Hall (Raekoda), boasting elegant Gothic arches at ground level, and a delicate steeple at its northern end.

Day 8: At Sea (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way from the coast of Estonia to Germany.

Day 9: Kiel (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Arrival this morning in Kiel, Germany. Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871 and, when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. A spacious promenade along the pier will give you the chance to admire a variety of vessels of all sorts, amongst which the dinghies of the sailing school and, from the wet dock in front, the best view one can get of Kiel. 6 km south-west of the centre, in Molfsee, where we find theSchleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum. This open air museum shows about seventy traditional buildings taken from the Lande and assembled in miniature villages: the colonial houses still maintain the original furniture – outstanding beds sleeping the entire family in order to keep warm in the freezing winters.

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

Today, after disembarking from the ship, you will be met at the port by your Webjet tour escort and board your private coach for a tour of Copenhagen. View Christiansborg Palace which contains the Danish Parliament. Continue on to the Nyhavn or Canal District. Lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal also harbours many historical wooden ships. View The Little Mermaid statue, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. You’ll also see Amalienborg Palace which is the home of the Royal family. Enjoy some free time, before being transferred to the ferry terminal to board your overnight ferry to the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Day 11: Oslo (B) 

This morning, wake up as you cruise up the Oslofjord! After enjoying breakfast on your ship, disembark. Your tour escort will assist you with a short coach transfer to your hotel. Drop your luggage on arrival at the hotel and explore Oslo at your own pace. Your rooms will be ready for check-in in the afternoon.

Oslo is known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century.

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

After breakfast we begin our journey North, making our way to the Norwegian fjordic coast. Enroute, we visit the town of Hamar where a good portion of the 1994 Winter Olympic events were held. We make a short stop to view the impressive ice rink before continuing on to Lillehammer. The Lillehammer region has a special place in the hearts of many sports fans, thanks to the Winter Olympics in 1994 – one of the largest and most successful sporting events in modern Norwegian history. Here, your tour escort will take you around the town to learn about Lillehammer’s part in Norway’s history, including in-depth explanations on the Winter Olympics and the many events which were held here.  After, we continue into the fjords of Norway, our stop for the next two nights.

Day 13: Geiranger (B, D)

Today, enjoy a full day free day to marvel at the beauty of Geiranger Fjord. You would have to be exceptionally blasé if you failed to be impressed by this astounding creation of Mother Nature, emphasised by the will of man to maintain a foothold on the steep mountain sides and glean a living here. Impressive waterfalls cast cascades of thundering water from almost vertical mountain sides among them the famous falls, De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”), and tease the cliffs with featherlight sheer veils of mist whose mission is to create a neverending display of changing rainbows to fill you with delight and wonder.

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

This morning, we leave Geiranger and continue our journey north. Today we’ll board fjord ferries and make the awe-inspiring trip between town’s lining to fjord in between Geiranger and Kanestraum. It allows for spectacular on-water views of the steep cliffs and mountain scenery of the area. We board our last ferry between Kanestraum and Halsa before arriving into the city of Trondheim. 

Trondheim has many names. It’s a city of students, technology, culture, cycling and food. The 30,000 students, many of whom attend the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, leave their mark on the city and contribute to a high level of innovation and a vibrant cultural life.

Day 15: Trondheim – Sandnessjoen (B)

After breakfast, we leave Trondheim behind and make our way to Sandnessjoen. The Seven Sisters mountain range is Sandessjøen’s primary claim to fame. Sandnessjøen could not wish for a more perfect location. To the west, the Dønnamannen Mountain, 858 m above sea level, towers above the islands. To the east, the modern design of the elegant Helgeland Bridge impresses visitors. Today, the municipality has 7,500 inhabitants and a variety of industries and occupations such as fishing, agriculture, industry, trade and administration. Bustling ferry traffic has made the place a hive of activity.

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

Today is an exciting day, to marks the first day we cross the Arctic Circle on our way to Narvik! From here, we cross into Northern Norway.  In the old days, large parts of Northern Norway was inaccessible, but today there is an extensive network of both roads and small airports with regular flights between many of the small towns and villages. 

The city of Narvik is surrounded by majestic mountains and is perfect for both mountaineering and skiing. Narvik’s ski resort Narvikfjellet offers some of the best extreme and alpine skiing in Norway. During World War II, the port of Narvik proved to be strategically valuable for both sides. This dramatic part of the town’s modern history is still important to the region and its inhabitants. 

Day 17: Narvik – Alta (B)

Continuing our trip north of the Arctic Circle, we make our way for Alta. Alta is the home of the Ice Hotel, however, by spring it has completely melted away. During the summer months, the location of Alta in the inner reaches of the Alta Fjord means that municipality is able to offer forests, mountain plateaux and coastal and mountain landscapes. Check-in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 18: Alta (B)

Enjoy a tour of the city this morning, including the imposing Northern Lights Cathedral. If churches aren’t your thing, the opportunity to photograph this incredible building are worth the visit. Learn about the Alta’s fate in WWII and view the historic rock carvings in the area surrounding Alta.

Day 19: Alta – Honningsvag (B)

Today marks the most northerly part of our journey, at the most northerly city of Norway, Honningsvag. You are officially entering the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. During the summer months, it is light 24 hours a day (from May – July)! While this may take your body clock time to get used to, it allows you to experience an almost alien sensation of all day daylight. The drive will see us arrive into Honningsvag just after lunch giving you plenty of time to wander the small quaint fishing village. The area is a fascinating destination with spectacular nature and picturesque views. You may opt to have a rest, as just before midnight, we will enjoy a visit to the North Cape Hall, a landmark identifying Norway’s most northerly point. Here we enjoy watching the midnight sun or the sunset over the Barents Sea from the North Cape Plateau while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine.

Day 20: Honningsvag – Saariselka – Ivalo (B)

Our northerly trajectory comes to an end today as we begin our journey South and cross the border to Finland. Our drive takes us right in to the heart of the Finnish Lapland. To the popular resort town of Saariselka. In summer, the midnight sun shines for two whole months in this region. The legendary Saariselka is the northernmost travel destination in the European Union and boasts a variety of services. On the edge of the virgin wilderness and part of Finland’s major national park. It is the largest winter sport centre in Finland, and a paradise for hikers and mountain bike lovers in summer. The indigenous Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. On arrival, enjoy a short tour of the town, and enjoy the scenery of the Lapland way of life. After, continue on to the nearby town Ivalo for our overnight stop.

Day 21: Ivalo – Rovaniemi (B)

After breakfast we leave Ivalo behind us and make our way to Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and is a modern city known for being the “official” home town of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture, wild activities and fairy tales come together. The drive will see us arrive into Rovaniemi in the early afternoon. On arrival, check-in to the hotel before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.

Day 22: Rovaniemi (B)

A whole day to enjoy the capital of Finnish Lapland. For hundreds of years, it was famous for exporting furs and salmon to the world’s rich and powerful. Unfortunately, the town was totally destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during on the orientation tour, was designed by Alvar Aalto in the shape of reindeer antlers. Sights include Lappia Hall, the Town Hall, the new modern church with its intriguing frescoes, and the Arctic Centre. The afternoon is then free to enjoy Rovaniemi or the surrounding area.

Day 23: Rovaniemi – Oulu – Kuopio (B)

Today after breakfast we leave Rovaniemi and make our way to the small town of Kuopio. Enroute, visit the picturesque town of Oulu. Prosperous Oulu is one of Finland’s most enjoyable cities to visit. In summer angled sunshine bathes the kauppatori (market square) in light and all seems well with the world. Locals, who appreciate daylight when they get it, crowd the terraces, and stalls groan under the weight of Arctic berries. The city centre is spread across several islands, elegantly connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways: Oulu’s network of bike paths is one of Europe’s best. After time to explore Oulu, we continue on to Kuopio. Like most Finnish provincial cities, Kuopio comes into its own in the summer when it plays host to a major dance festival, as well as a lively wine festival. The city’s essence, however, comes from its lakeside location on the shores of Kallavesi and its role as a harbour for lake traffic. On arrival, we visit the Puijo observation tower which offers some of the best lake views in Finland.

Day 24: Kuopio – Helsinki (B,D)

Leaving Kuopio, we begin our last road trip to the Finnish capital of Helsinki! Arriving early afternoon, enjoy a tour of this lovely city. During the tour you will see the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square, the famous church built inside a rock, the Temppeliaukio church. Quarried out of the natural bedrock, Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts. We will also visit the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to world famous composer Jean Sibelius. Finally, enjoy Market Square, Helsinki’s open-air market and a fun places to shop in a relaxing atmosphere. Later tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel, along you and your fellow travellers to exchange stories.

Day 25: Helsinki

The entire day today is at your leisure. Stroll around this very walkable capital city admire the Art Noveau architecture and make some time for last minute souvenir shopping. You can also take a short ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Soumenlinna Fortress. Your tour leader is around to offer suggestions.

Day 26: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff– Australia

After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your onward journey. Make your own way to the airport to board your flight. We hope you have enjoyed your Scandinavian experience!

Day 27: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Copenhagen 

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Scandinavia adventure! 

Day 2: Copenhagen (B)

Arrive to Copenhagen and make your own way to your hotel. Tonight, your Webjet tour escort will meet you in the hotel lobby to welcome you to Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.

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

This morning is at leisure to explore this great city. Why not explore the city’s centre which has the Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle that has a museum of royal artifacts and a popular garden. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred by private coach to the port to board your 7-night MSC Baltics Cruise.

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. 

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. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer. 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

Welcome to one of the great cities of the world, St Petersburg, Russia! A sophisticated capital of the tsarist Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia.

Day 7: Tallinn (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. While here, explore the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its centre is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages. Raekoja plats, the cobbled market square at the heart of the Old Town, is as old as the city itself. On its southern side stands the fifteenth-century Town Hall (Raekoda), boasting elegant Gothic arches at ground level, and a delicate steeple at its northern end.

Day 8: At Sea (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way from the coast of Estonia to Germany.

Day 9: Kiel (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Arrival this morning in Kiel, Germany. Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871 and, when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. A spacious promenade along the pier will give you the chance to admire a variety of vessels of all sorts, amongst which the dinghies of the sailing school and, from the wet dock in front, the best view one can get of Kiel. 6 km south-west of the centre, in Molfsee, where we find theSchleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum. This open air museum shows about seventy traditional buildings taken from the Lande and assembled in miniature villages: the colonial houses still maintain the original furniture – outstanding beds sleeping the entire family in order to keep warm in the freezing winters.

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

Today, after disembarking from the ship, you will be met at the port by your Webjet tour escort and board your private coach for a tour of Copenhagen. View Christiansborg Palace which contains the Danish Parliament. Continue on to the Nyhavn or Canal District. Lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal also harbours many historical wooden ships. View The Little Mermaid statue, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. You’ll also see Amalienborg Palace which is the home of the Royal family. Enjoy some free time, before being transferred to the ferry terminal to board your overnight ferry to the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Day 11: Oslo (B) 

This morning, wake up as you cruise up the Oslofjord! After enjoying breakfast on your ship, disembark. Your tour escort will assist you with a short coach transfer to your hotel. Drop your luggage on arrival at the hotel and explore Oslo at your own pace. Your rooms will be ready for check-in in the afternoon.

Oslo is known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century.

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

After breakfast we begin our journey North, making our way to the Norwegian fjordic coast. Enroute, we visit the town of Hamar where a good portion of the 1994 Winter Olympic events were held. We make a short stop to view the impressive ice rink before continuing on to Lillehammer. The Lillehammer region has a special place in the hearts of many sports fans, thanks to the Winter Olympics in 1994 – one of the largest and most successful sporting events in modern Norwegian history. Here, your tour escort will take you around the town to learn about Lillehammer’s part in Norway’s history, including in-depth explanations on the Winter Olympics and the many events which were held here.  After, we continue into the fjords of Norway, our stop for the next two nights.

Day 13: Geiranger (B, D)

Today, enjoy a full day free day to marvel at the beauty of Geiranger Fjord. You would have to be exceptionally blasé if you failed to be impressed by this astounding creation of Mother Nature, emphasised by the will of man to maintain a foothold on the steep mountain sides and glean a living here. Impressive waterfalls cast cascades of thundering water from almost vertical mountain sides among them the famous falls, De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”), and tease the cliffs with featherlight sheer veils of mist whose mission is to create a neverending display of changing rainbows to fill you with delight and wonder.

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

This morning, we leave Geiranger and continue our journey north. Today we’ll board fjord ferries and make the awe-inspiring trip between town’s lining to fjord in between Geiranger and Kanestraum. It allows for spectacular on-water views of the steep cliffs and mountain scenery of the area. We board our last ferry between Kanestraum and Halsa before arriving into the city of Trondheim. 

Trondheim has many names. It’s a city of students, technology, culture, cycling and food. The 30,000 students, many of whom attend the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, leave their mark on the city and contribute to a high level of innovation and a vibrant cultural life.

Day 15: Trondheim – Sandnessjoen (B)

After breakfast, we leave Trondheim behind and make our way to Sandnessjoen. The Seven Sisters mountain range is Sandessjøen’s primary claim to fame. Sandnessjøen could not wish for a more perfect location. To the west, the Dønnamannen Mountain, 858 m above sea level, towers above the islands. To the east, the modern design of the elegant Helgeland Bridge impresses visitors. Today, the municipality has 7,500 inhabitants and a variety of industries and occupations such as fishing, agriculture, industry, trade and administration. Bustling ferry traffic has made the place a hive of activity.

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

Today is an exciting day, to marks the first day we cross the Arctic Circle on our way to Narvik! From here, we cross into Northern Norway.  In the old days, large parts of Northern Norway was inaccessible, but today there is an extensive network of both roads and small airports with regular flights between many of the small towns and villages. 

The city of Narvik is surrounded by majestic mountains and is perfect for both mountaineering and skiing. Narvik’s ski resort Narvikfjellet offers some of the best extreme and alpine skiing in Norway. During World War II, the port of Narvik proved to be strategically valuable for both sides. This dramatic part of the town’s modern history is still important to the region and its inhabitants. 

Day 17: Narvik – Alta (B)

Continuing our trip north of the Arctic Circle, we make our way for Alta. Alta is the home of the Ice Hotel, however, by spring it has completely melted away. During the summer months, the location of Alta in the inner reaches of the Alta Fjord means that municipality is able to offer forests, mountain plateaux and coastal and mountain landscapes. Check-in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 18: Alta (B)

Enjoy a tour of the city this morning, including the imposing Northern Lights Cathedral. If churches aren’t your thing, the opportunity to photograph this incredible building are worth the visit. Learn about the Alta’s fate in WWII and view the historic rock carvings in the area surrounding Alta.

Day 19: Alta – Honningsvag (B)

Today marks the most northerly part of our journey, at the most northerly city of Norway, Honningsvag. You are officially entering the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. During the summer months, it is light 24 hours a day (from May – July)! While this may take your body clock time to get used to, it allows you to experience an almost alien sensation of all day daylight. The drive will see us arrive into Honningsvag just after lunch giving you plenty of time to wander the small quaint fishing village. The area is a fascinating destination with spectacular nature and picturesque views. You may opt to have a rest, as just before midnight, we will enjoy a visit to the North Cape Hall, a landmark identifying Norway’s most northerly point. Here we enjoy watching the midnight sun or the sunset over the Barents Sea from the North Cape Plateau while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine.

Day 20: Honningsvag – Saariselka – Ivalo (B)

Our northerly trajectory comes to an end today as we begin our journey South and cross the border to Finland. Our drive takes us right in to the heart of the Finnish Lapland. To the popular resort town of Saariselka. In summer, the midnight sun shines for two whole months in this region. The legendary Saariselka is the northernmost travel destination in the European Union and boasts a variety of services. On the edge of the virgin wilderness and part of Finland’s major national park. It is the largest winter sport centre in Finland, and a paradise for hikers and mountain bike lovers in summer. The indigenous Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. On arrival, enjoy a short tour of the town, and enjoy the scenery of the Lapland way of life. After, continue on to the nearby town Ivalo for our overnight stop.

Day 21: Ivalo – Rovaniemi (B)

After breakfast we leave Ivalo behind us and make our way to Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and is a modern city known for being the “official” home town of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture, wild activities and fairy tales come together. The drive will see us arrive into Rovaniemi in the early afternoon. On arrival, check-in to the hotel before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.

Day 22: Rovaniemi (B)

A whole day to enjoy the capital of Finnish Lapland. For hundreds of years, it was famous for exporting furs and salmon to the world’s rich and powerful. Unfortunately, the town was totally destroyed during World War II. The new town, which you’ll visit during on the orientation tour, was designed by Alvar Aalto in the shape of reindeer antlers. Sights include Lappia Hall, the Town Hall, the new modern church with its intriguing frescoes, and the Arctic Centre. The afternoon is then free to enjoy Rovaniemi or the surrounding area.

Day 23: Rovaniemi – Oulu – Kuopio (B)

Today after breakfast we leave Rovaniemi and make our way to the small town of Kuopio. Enroute, visit the picturesque town of Oulu. Prosperous Oulu is one of Finland’s most enjoyable cities to visit. In summer angled sunshine bathes the kauppatori (market square) in light and all seems well with the world. Locals, who appreciate daylight when they get it, crowd the terraces, and stalls groan under the weight of Arctic berries. The city centre is spread across several islands, elegantly connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways: Oulu’s network of bike paths is one of Europe’s best. After time to explore Oulu, we continue on to Kuopio. Like most Finnish provincial cities, Kuopio comes into its own in the summer when it plays host to a major dance festival, as well as a lively wine festival. The city’s essence, however, comes from its lakeside location on the shores of Kallavesi and its role as a harbour for lake traffic. On arrival, we visit the Puijo observation tower which offers some of the best lake views in Finland.

Day 24: Kuopio – Helsinki (B,D)

Leaving Kuopio, we begin our last road trip to the Finnish capital of Helsinki! Arriving early afternoon, enjoy a tour of this lovely city. During the tour you will see the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square, the famous church built inside a rock, the Temppeliaukio church. Quarried out of the natural bedrock, Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts. We will also visit the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to world famous composer Jean Sibelius. Finally, enjoy Market Square, Helsinki’s open-air market and a fun places to shop in a relaxing atmosphere. Later tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel, along you and your fellow travellers to exchange stories.

Day 25: Helsinki

The entire day today is at your leisure. Stroll around this very walkable capital city admire the Art Noveau architecture and make some time for last minute souvenir shopping. You can also take a short ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Soumenlinna Fortress. Your tour leader is around to offer suggestions.

Day 26: Helsinki – airplane-takeoff – Reykjavik 

After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your onwards journey to Iceland! Make your own way to the airport to board your flight. On arrival into Reykjavik, transfer from the airport to your Reykjavik hotel as per your own arrangement, then explore the world’s northernmost capital at your leisure for the remainder of the day. Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.

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

Today you will be collected from your hotel to enjoy a tour of some of Iceland’s natural wonders. Begin with the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of  untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls. Continue on to explore the bubbling mud pools, geysers and hot springs of the Geysir district. One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland, Strokkur (The Churn), erupts at regular intervals every 10 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. The whole area is a geothermal park sitting on top of a vast boiling cauldron. Travel on to the UNESCO Thingvellir National Park to witness its natural beauty. The whole tour takes approximately 8 hours, after it’s conclusion you will be dropped back at your Reykjavik hotel where the evening is at leisure. 

Day 28: Reykjavik (B) 

Today is a full day to enjoy Reykjavik and the Icelandic way of life.

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

This morning, make your way back to Reykjavik airport to board your internal flight to Akureyri on the northern coast of Iceland. On arrival you will be collected from the airport. Begin the day with a visit to the fabulous Godafoss waterfall before heading to Lake Myvatn – a bird sanctuary with one of the highest concentrations of breeding ducks in the world. See the active Krafla volcano and the sulphur mud pots at Hverarond, then enjoy a walking tour of Dimmuborgir, a surreal lava park. After, you’ll be returned to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

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

After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your onwards journey. Make your own way to the airport to board your flight. We hope you have enjoyed your Arctic experience! 

Day 31: Australia (B) 

Arrive home today. Please note: some flights arrive home 1 day later

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with Emirates, including 30kg checked luggage
  • 7 night deluxe MSC Baltics & Russia cruise on board the MSC Meraviglia 
  • 16 nights in 3-4 star twin share accommodation throughout Scandinavia
  • Overnight ferry between Copenhagen – Oslo in a private inside twin cabin
  • All port transfers
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on-board your MSC cruise
  • 2 x dinners while staying in Geiranger
  • The services of a professional tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Valid for summer season travel!   

Extend to include Iceland!

Please note: This is an independent extension. No accompanying guide is included except on the day tours outlined in the itinerary

  • Includes;
  • Economy airfare from Helsinki to Reykjavik 
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik in central 3-4* accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Iceland Golden Circle full day tour including Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir district & Thingvellir National Park
  • Return internal flights Reykjavik – Akureyri
  • Akureyri & Lake Myvatn Full Day tour to witness Godafoss waterfall, Myvatn bird sanctuary & Krafla volcano

Highlights:

  • Cruise the Baltic states and lap up St Petersburg, Russia onboard a deluxe MSC cruise ship
  • Spend time in the cities: Copenhagen, capital of Denmark; Oslo, capital of Norway
  • Be awe-inspired by the beauty of some of Norway’s best Fjords surrounded by towering mountains
  • Travel to the most northerly tip of Norway, Honningsvag home of the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’
  • Travel through Lapland and the region of the native indigenous Sami culture
  • Explore the home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi
  • Immerse yourself in the colourful seaside city of Helsinki in Finland
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book at least 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $999/$1,399 per person are 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
  • Should 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 has 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.

Single Supplement:

  • 27 Day Inside Cabin: $2,999 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
  • 27 Day Oceanview Cabin: $3,499 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
  • 27 Day Balcony Cabin: $3,799 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
  • 31 Day Inside Cabin: $3,799 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
  • 31 Day Oceanview Cabin: $4,299 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
  • 31 Day Balcony Cabin: $4,599 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your 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!   

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 10 – 40 

Accommodation: 

Copenhagen: Scandic Sydhavnen or similar
Cruise: MSC Meraviglia
Ferry: DFDS Seaways 
Oslo: Thon Hotel Munch or similar
Geiranger: Union Hotel or similar
Trondheim: Quality Vaernes or similar
Sandnessjoen: Scandic Syv Sostre or similar
Narvik: Quality Hotel Grand Royal or similar
Alta: Thon Hotel Alta or similar
Honningsvag: Scandic Honningsvåg or similar
Ivalo: Hotel Ivalo or similar
Rovaniemi: Sokos Vaakuna or similar
Kuopio: Scandic Kuopio or similar
Helsinki: Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi or similar

Extension:

Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar

Land Only: Not available 

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 great value 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.

 

 

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates

10 May 2019
24 May 2019
21 June 2019
19 July 2019 – Day 5 cruise ports in Kotka
2 August 2019
16 August 2019 – Day 6 cruise ports in Tallinn Day 7 cruise ports in St Petersburg

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

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares with Emirates (27 day itinerary only) 
  • 31 day itinerary – Return economy airfares with Emirates (Finnair, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, China Southern or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide/ Brisbane – A $250 Interstate surcharges applies per person. 
  • You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click “Book Now” or by clicking here 
  • Including minimum 30kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only

 Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • 31 day itinerary – please note some flights to Iceland may not be direct 
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Business Class (where available) please note Premium Economy is not available for this tour 

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • 7 night deluxe MSC Baltics & Russia cruise on board the MSC Meraviglia
  • 16 nights in 3-4 star twin share accommodation
  • Overnight ferry between Copenhagen – Oslo
  • All port transfers
  • Daily breakfast, plus all meals on-board your MSC cruise
  • The services of a professional tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Valid for summer season travel!   
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