Scandinavia & Russia Cruise
15 day cruise/tour • May 21, 2013
Optional Fjords of Norway pre-tour - SOLD OUT!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
The Best Scandinavian Cruise & Tour Ever!
The fantastic cruise includes Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, St. Petersburg Russia, Tallinn Estonia, Berlin Germany, Aarahus Denmark and Oslo Norway. Add Dr. S. Michael Wilcox and you have the best Scandinavia experience possible. There is a huge advantage to visiting all of the Scandinavian Capitals by sea instead of by land. Your luxury Princess cruise ship sails to your next port of call while you sleep. This eliminates many days of driving and the checking into and out of hotels every day. With the ship you only unpack once, enjoy endless amounts of food and have free nightly entertainment. It also gives us the perfect venue for us to meet, listen to Dr. Wilcox and have our own parties.
There are many parts of the world we would highly recommend you do not try and visit by ship. For example, Italy should never be done by ship as it is impossible to visit Ravenna, Florence and Rome by ship. With the exception of the Fjords of Norway, most of what you should see and experience can easily be seen in a full days shore excursion from your Princess ship. St. Petersburg is the one city that takes at least two full days to see the best that it has to offer, so Princess is spending two full days in St. Petersburg.
We highly recommend you add the 3 day pre tour that includes the fantastic, gorgeous, majestic fjords of Norway. Read below about what you will see and experience on this option. Those that have taken this option in the past have felt it was the top highlight of everything they did in the Scandinavian Countries. You are just a few weeks from the longest day of the year in this part of the world. It may not even get dark at night and if it does it will be for only an hour or two. This is the perfect time of year!
Your Fantastic Cruise Price Includes:
Shore Excursions and Transfer Package Includes:
The Fjords of Norway Pre-Tour Option Includes:
Itinerary (subject to change)
Note: On our last Scandinavian cruise everyone included the shore excursion package, so the itineraries is written as if you have included the Shore excursion package. History has shown the majority of our passengers want to add the Pre tour to the Fjords of Norway.
Fjords of Norway day by day itinerary:
Day 1: May 20: Fly from the U.S. to Oslo, Norway.
Day 3: May 22: Oslo, Norway
Full Day tour of Oslo that will include the Viking Museum. The highlight of the day will be the Open Air Museum. Norway has gathered ancient homes, farm houses, schools, churches (even a Stave Church) from around Norway and created an authentic open air museum. Much like Plymouth Plantation near Boston and Williamsburg in Virginia, it is stepping back in time where everyone dresses as they did hundreds of years ago. Overnight luxury hotel.
Day 4: May 23: “Norway in a Nutshell" -
Today will be a full day of highlights you will never forget. With our last group, most said this was their best day in all the time they spent visiting the Scandinavian Countries, including Russia!. Norway in a nutshell ® takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord scenery. You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flam Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Naeroyfjord (now included on UNESCO's World Heritage List) and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva.
Note: For those not doing the Pre-tour itinerary:
Day 5: May 24: Oslo, Norway
Those not doing the pre-tour will do a tour of Oslo, the Viking Museum and more before returning to the ship. Those doing the Pre-tour will have a free morning before heading to the ship to board. From this point forward, both the pre tour and the regular tour will be together!
Day 6: May 25: Aarhus, Denmark
This will be our first time at this port of call. We do not know yet if we will offer a shore excursion or recommend you go ashore on your own. We will let you know within 2 months of your cruise.
Day 7: May 26: Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany
Our Optional Shore excursion will take you from the port to Berlin with a full day tour of both the West and East side of Berlin.
Day 8: May 27: Fun day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dining and being entertained, you will have a chance to meet with our special guest educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
Day 9: May 28: Tallinn, Estonia
This morning we will arrive into Tallin Estonia. One of the best kept secrets in Europe. Tallin is a beautiful port city which was established thousands of years ago along ancient trade routes. The original residents of Tallin built an enormous wall to protect their city and it was at one time completely enclosed within these walls. Though the city has expanded since its inception, a large portion of the original wall stands. We do not recommend purchasing a shore excursion from the ship. The ancient walled city is best explored on your own by wandering through the cobblestone streets of the "Old Town".
Day 10 & 11: May 29 & 30: St. Petersburg, Russia
You will spend 2 days in St. Petersburg. The only way to visit St. Petersburg is to purchase the ships shore excursions. This way you are not required to have a separate Russian Visa that could cost over $200 per person. The ship’s shore excursions are expensive, but not bad when you take into consideration you do not have to pay for the Russian Visa.
Day 12: May 31: Helsinki, Finland
This morning early we arrive into Helsinki. Our optional shore excursion will visit the Finnish countryside and the charming old wooden town of Porvoo. From the red warehouses nestled on the riverbanks to the delightful old town, you'll discover a tranquil village. Porvoo retains its town plan from the Middle Ages, with small wooden houses, picturesque gardens and narrow streets. We will return in the afternoon for a tour of Helsinki before returning to our ship.
Day 13: June 1: Stockholm, Sweden
Our optional shore excursion, Includes a full day tour of Stockholm that will feature the fantastic Vasa Museum. The Vasa is the world’s only surviving 17th-century ship and one of the foremost tourist sites in the world. The ship is displayed in a purpose-built museum in Stockholm. We will also enjoy a tour of the city including city hall.
Day 14: June 2: Fun Day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dining and being entertained, you will have a chance to meet with our special guest educator: Dr. S Michael Wilcox.
Day 15: June 3: Copenhagen
Both those doing Option #1 and Option #2 will tour during the day before going to their hotel in Copenhagen. Our Basic cruise package included one night in Copenhagen and our optional land tour & shore excursion package also includes a night in Copenhagen. For those that did not do the Fjords pre-tour you will visit the country side and the Frederiksberg Castle, tonight is your last night, tomorrow you fly home. The Fjord Pre-tour group will do their first day of touring which will include the city tour and the Church with the first Christus.
Day 16: June 4: Copenhagen – Home
The non-extension group will transfer to the airport for their flight home. The extension group will do their second day of site seeing in Copenhagen including the country side and Frederiksberg Castle. You will stay a second night in Copenhagen. You will fly home tomorrow.
Day 17: June 5: Copenhagen – Home
Today you will transfer to the airport and your flight home.