The Grand Scandinavian Circle Tour with St. Petersburg (ZNE)

21 days from Stockholm to St. Petersburg

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Breathtaking scenery, the Arctic Circle, train rides, cruises, vibrant cities, and so much more await you on this marvelous Scandinavia and Russia tour. Scenic highlights include a beautiful, overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Norway in first-class, outside, 2-berth cabins with private facilities; a train ride between Bergen and Oslo, considered one of the world's most scenic train rides; ferry rides from Sweden to Denmark and across Hardangerfjord in Norway; and a spectacular ride on the Flam train with some of Norway's most magnificent scenery, including Kjosfossen Waterfall, with its water cascading down the mountainside—a special experience offered by Globus.

Spend time in the Arctic Circle—land of the "Midnight Sun"—where you will visit the North Cape Visitor Center, marking the endpoint of the European mainland. Here, stand at the cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and feel like you're at the end of the world. In the Arctic Circle, also enjoy ferry crossings on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, which offer breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps, with their blue glaciers and mountain peaks rising more than 3,280 feet directly from the fjord. Visit Alta's rock carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site demonstrating a human settlement dating from 4,200 to 500 BC. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south to Finland's Lapland and cross back over the Arctic Circle. Visit Santa Claus Village and receive your Arctic Circle Certificate—another special experience offered by Globus, and in St. Petersburg, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum and more.

On this Scandinavia and Russia tour, you'll also spend time in the cities and enjoy guided sightseeing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg. All of this—and much more—are included on this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

STOCKHOLM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall

HELSINGBORG–ELSINORE
Ferry crossing

COPENHAGEN
Guided sightseeing, see the Little Mermaid and visit Rosenborg Castle

COPENHAGEN–OSLO HARBOR
Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities (dinner included)

TELEMARK
Guided visits of the Heddal stave church and Vemork; admire Låtefoss Waterfall

HARDANGERFJORD
Ferry crossing

BERGEN
Special dinner; orientation and funicular ride up to Mount Fløyen

SOGNEFJORD CRUISE

FLAM
[LF] Ride the spectacular Flam train

MYRDAL–OSLO
By train

OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park, visit City Hall

OSLO–TROMSØ
By air

TROMSØ
Orientation, visit the Arctic Cathedral

ULLSFJORD & LYNGENFJORD
Ferry cruises

ALTA
Visit the rock carvings

NORTH CAPE
Visit the North Cape Visitor Center

KARASJOK
[LF] Husky dog experience

ROVANIEMI
Visit Santa Claus Village; [LF] receive your Arctic Circle Certificate; orientation

OULU
Lunch stop

LAHTI
Stop in the international ski resort

HELSINKI
Guided sightseeing, Sibelius Monument, visit the Lutheran Cathedral and the open-air market; farewell dinner

ST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTE:

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; overnight sea cruise; funicular ride; Flam train; train Myrdal-Oslo; flight Oslo-Tromsø; ferry cruises. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily; 11 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Stockholm, a special dinner in Bergen, and a farewell dinner in Helsinki

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden. Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Stockholm. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, and a walk through the OLD TOWN. Also visit the blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Stockholm–Copenhagen, Denmark. Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark and enjoy views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Copenhagen. Overnight Cruise to Oslo Harbor, Norway. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to splendid ROSENBORG CASTLE, where some of the crown jewels of Denmark are held. Here, admire the incredible Throne Chair, made from narwhal tusks—the only one of its kind in the world! Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight KATTEGAT & OSLOFJORD CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on the ship.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Oslo Harbor–Heddal–Vemork–Telemark. After disembarkation, enjoy a guided visit to the HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjøen—where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, ruining Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb—enter the Rjukan Valley. Then, the highlight of the day: a guided visit of VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action featured in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Learn about the dramatic events of 1943 and about the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Continue to rustic, unspoiled Telemark.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Telemark–Bergen. Drive along Lake Totak to the Haukeli mountains, where polar explorer and Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen prepared his polar expedition. Admire thundering Låtefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sørfjord, whose tranquil splendor was the inspiration for Grieg’s Morning Mood. Cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY, and arrive in picturesque Bergen. This evening, a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant has been prepared for you.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

Bergen. During your orientation tour, hear about the city’s 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League, and ride the FUNICULAR up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Bergen–Flam–Oslo. A wonderful day: embark for a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord. Arrive in Flåm, and [LF] experience a spectacular ride on the FLÅM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall. At the Myrdal mountain station, change to the BERGEN-OSLO TRAIN, which takes you through Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdal Valley to Norway’s proud capital.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Oslo. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate CITY HALL. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to the relics of a glorious seafaring past.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

Oslo–Tromsø. Board your flight to Tromsø and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the ARCTIC CATHEDRAL.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Tromsø–Alta. Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards. Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, the most spectacular ferry rides because of the breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers, and arrive in Alta, where your orientation features a visit to the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Alta–North Cape. This morning, drive to Honningsvåg, the northernmost point of the North Cape, and discover the NORTH CAPE VISITOR CENTER, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

North Cape–Karasjok–Ivalo, Finland. Admire crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes, tundra, and forests as you head south and penetrate deep into beautiful Lapland, as it is called by the natives. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, where a highlight visit is included to [LF] Sven Engholm’s HUSKY FARM. Sven has led expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, and Greenland, and won the longest sled dog race several times. Enjoy traditional snacks here, then continue to the Sami village of Ivalo for your overnight stay.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

Ivalo–Arctic Circle–Rovaniemi. Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. [LF] Here you will receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. Continue to Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library, and the Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

Rovaniemi–Oulu–Jyväskylä. A comfortable drive south to the university city of Oulu, where there is time to have lunch before continuing to Jyväskylä.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

Jyväskylä–Lahti–Helsinki. Arrive in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue via Järvenpää, composer Jean Sibelius’ hometown, to Helsinki, capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, the SIBELIUS MONUMENT, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

Helsinki. A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic Countries.” Tonight, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Arctic journey.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

Helsinki–St. Petersburg, Russia. A pleasant drive to magnificent St. Petersburg, where [LF] a dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 19

St. Petersburg. Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM. Next, drive along elegant Nevsky Prospect and visit ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

St. Petersburg. In Pushkin, visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead).
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21

St. Petersburg. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

OIVIND FURE

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I am a full-blooded Scandinavian who considers it a true pleasure to have you as my guest. I look forward to showing you my favorite places: the scenic roads and breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. Be ready for a fascinating journey from 1,000-year-old vibrant Viking cities, through ice-blue fjords surrounded by snowcapped mountains and thundering waterfalls, to colorful fjord villages and fruit farms. "Traverse the unique landscapes of Lapland in the ultimate north and experience the warm summer climate and a sun that does not set." "

Tour Director -  OIVIND FURE

 Accommodations

ALTA

SCANDIC HOTEL ALTA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

BERGEN

SCANDIC ORNEN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COPENHAGEN

RADISSON BLU SCANDINAVIA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

HELSINKI

SCANDIC PAASI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

HONNINGSVAG

SCANDIC HONNINGSVAG

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

IVALO

IVALO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OSLO

CLARION THE HUB

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ROVANIEMI

ORIGINAL SOKOS VAAKUNA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ST. PETERSBURG

ANGLETERRE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This superior standard on St. Isaac's Square has 193 stylish rooms all equipped with climate control, satellite TV, a safe, and a minibar. Amenities include a brasserie-style restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine, a caviar bar, a fitness center, and a beauty salon.

STALHEIM

STALHEIM

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Superior Tourist-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

STOCKHOLM

SCANDIC CONTINENTAL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TROMSO

SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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