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14 Days featuring: Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway. PLUS an optional 3 Day Extension to Copenhagen!

Included Features

• Round trip air transportation
• Fully escorted by an English speaking tour director throughout
• Accommodations in First Class and select hotels in twin bedded rooms with private bath
• Continental breakfast and dinner daily
• Folkloric entertainment in St. Petersburg
• All transfers, sightseeing and excursions per itinerary by private, deluxe motor coach
• Entrance fees for all included features
• Taxes, tips and service charges for all included features except tour escort and driver
• Baggage handling included throughout the tour for one suitcase per person, irrespective of air carrier

Not included:
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Items not specifically mentioned in itinerary
•  Items of a person nature such as passport fees
•  Tips to tour escort and driver
•  Beverages with dinner
•  Additional baggage other than one piece allowed as mentioned in the itinerary
•  Airport departure taxes
 Airport taxes, fees, Fuel & security surcharges, and September 11th Security Fee
•  Travel insurance, Visas, etc.

DAY 1 / DEPARTURE
Depart USA on your overnight flight to Russia.

DAY 2 / ST. PETERSBURG (Leningrad)
Upon arrival at St. Petersburg, “The Venice of the North”, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

DAY 3 / ST. PETERSBURG
Today, your city tour includes Nevskii Prospect, the main shopping street of St Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, and the Peter and Paul Fortress, home to many of the Russian Czars. This afternoon, visit the Hermitage, one of the world's richest art museums, which houses old masters, impressionists, as well as tapestries, old jewelry, and handicrafts.

DAY 4 / ST. PETERSBURG
Drive to Pushkin, the Czar's village, home of the Imperial family from Peter the Great right up to the last Czar. Visit the 18th Century Palace of Catherine the Great, then Pavlovsk, to see the Grand Palace. Tonight, an evening of folkloric entertainment.

DAY 5 / ST. PETERSBURG / HELSINKI / SILJA LINE
This morning, ride the Russian express train crossing the border into Finland. Upon arrival in Helsinki, view the Neo-Classical Senate Square, with Engel’s Cathedral and its domes soaring above, and the Market Square with its colorful open-air market. Stop to see the Temppeliaukio Rock Church, carved out of solid rock and topped with a copper dome.Your tour will continue to the Silja Line pier where you will board your ship bound for Stockholm.

DAY 6 / STOCKHOLM
This morning, tour Sweden’s capital which is situated on 14 islands. Visit City Hall, stroll through the Old Town with its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings and the 13th Century Cathedral and walk past the Royal Palace and the Stock Exchange. Continue to Southern Island where you have a splendid view over the city and the harbor.

DAY 7 / STOCKHOLM
Breakfast at hotel, followed by entire day at leisure. Today, you have time to explore on your own Stockholm’s museums and visit the wonderful shopping areas.

DAY 8 / STOCKHOLM / KARLSTAD
Travel along the shores of Lake Malaren to the picturesque old town of Mariefred, dominated by the hill-top 17th century church. In the old town below, wooden houses line narrow lanes down to the lake. Continue along the shores of Lake Vaenern, Sweden’s largest lake, to Karlstad.

DAY 9 / KARLSTAD / SANDERSTOELEN
Today, cross the Swedish-Norwegian border to the old town of Kongsvinger with its ancient fortress. Proceed to Eidsvoll, on the south end of Lake Mjoesa, where the Norwegian constitution was framed marking emancipation from Danish rule. Continue along the shores of Lake Mjoesa, Norway’s largest lake, to the town of Gjoevik and past the village of Dokka and through the countryside to the resort center of Sanderstoelen.

DAY 10/ SANDERSTOELEN / FLAAM / ULVIK
This morning ascend the impressive Hallingskarvet Mountain Road before descending  to the fjord village of Aurland and proceed to the tiny fjord village of Flaam at the head of the Aurlands Fjord. After lunch, sail by a modern fjordferry for over a two hour cruise on the impressive Aurlands and Naeroy Fjords. View cascading waterfalls, isolated hamlets, and steep mountain sides, a photographer's dream. Disembark at Gudvangen and drive through the Naeroydal Valley before ascending the hairpin-curves of Stalheim Canyon Road and drive past Tvindefossen Waterfall to the resort town of Voss, birthplace of Knute Rockne, famous Notre Dame football star. Continue past the Skjervefossen Waterfall to the picturesque village of Ulvik, one of the famous fjord resorts in Hardanger.

DAY 11/ ULVIK
You will have a full day excursion to Bergen. Drive past charming fjord villages and further along the shores of Hardanger Fjord and experience the beauty of the steep mountains, waterfalls cascading into the crystal clear fjord, and colorful green hillsides dotted with plush fruit orchards and stop at Steinsdalfoss Waterfall. Walk behind the thundering 100 feet wall. Proceed to the old Hanseatic town of Bergen and an orientation tour. See the colorful Fish and Flower Market along the Waterfront.

DAY 12 / ULVK / OSLO
Ferry from Bruravik to Brimnes and drive along the Soer Fjord and make a stop at the Latefoss Waterfall, tumbling down the mountainside in a double avalanche and gently spraying the road. Continue through the Dyreskar Mountain Pass and across the vast Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, thousands of square kilometers of heath, lakes and mountain peaks. Drive along Lake Seljord to Heddal and visit the 12th century Heddal Stave Church, Norway’s largest stave church. Continued via Drammen and along the Oslo Fjord to Oslo, Norway's capital.

DAY 13 / OSLO
Tour Oslo, the oldest capital of the north and Norway’s most important maritime city. Visit the preserved Viking Long Ships, Frogner Park with 150 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, and the Kon Tiki Raft. This after-noon is free for exploring on your own or for last minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

DAY 14 / OSLO / USA
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight home, bringing with you wonderful memories of your fabulous trip.


Optional 3 Day Extension:

DAY 14 / CRUISING OVERNIGHT FERRY from OSLO to NORTHERN DENMARK

DAY 15 / COPENHAGEN
Disembark this morning and continue through the Danish countryside enroute to Copenhagen. Transfer to your hotel for the last two nights of your interesting journey. A tour of Copenhagen will include the visit to see the “Little Mermaid” in the harbor. Christianborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament.

DAY 16 / COPENHAGEN
Today will be at leisure. You may wish to take an optional  half day sightseeing tour of North Seeland. Visit Frederksborg & Kronborg Castle's. Kronborg was Shakespeare's setting for Hamlet, and was built in 1582. This evening you may wish to visit the famous Tivoli Gardens, the city's colorful amusement park, where you will enjoy your special farewell dinner.

DAY 17 / COPENHAGEN / USA
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight home, bringing with you wonderful memories of your fabulous trip.

 
 
 

Price: from $_____
Per Person, Double Occupancy
New York Departure
Departure available from your home town
(call for pricing)

Single Supplement: $____ (14 day tour);
$____ (optional 3 day tour extension)

Special Notes:
1. All prices are per person double occupancy and are based upon rates currently in effect
and are subject to change without notice.
2. Changes in the tour may by made without notice as necessitated by operational considerations.
3. The right is reserved to cancel any departure for lack of sufficient participation.
4. No refunds will be made on any unused portion of your tour.
5. All prices are based on a minimum of 30 passengers traveling together.
6. Deviations from the group itinerary will be assessed an administrative service charge in addition to any specific cost incurred by such deviation.
7. Please contact Garlin Travel for details about our Tour Protection Plan.

Departure Dates

CALL for 2014 departures!
Dates to come.
Optional 3 day Copenhagen extension available: $_____
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For information, please contact:

Tom Garlin
Garlin Travel
PO Box 1005, Jenkintown, PA 19046
888-533-8747

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