SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

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Fully escorted small group tour with a maximum of 14 passengers

Come along with us on a magical journey through northern Europe.  Combining the scenic beauty of fjords in Norway, Stockholm’s  stunning Archipelago, St Petersburg’s sheer grandeur, Copenhagen’s Palaces, Tallin’s charming medieval streets and a luxury small ship cruise on the Baltic Sea,  you are bound to fall in love with this part of the world. Our tours are exclusively designed for solo travellers so come and share the joy of travel with people just like you.

Twin $18,450 per person                                                                 

Single $25,450

Cost based on a Deluxe Oceanivew Stateroom on the cruise.

Uprade to a Veranda Stateroom on the cruise

Twin $1,050 per person

Single $2,050

Please enquire for Business Class upgrade costs

 

Earlybird saving - book and pay a deposit by 20 November 2018 and get $250 off

 

TOUR HOST:  Tracey Burfield-Mills

Tracey has been creating holidays for clients for over 30 years and is now specialising in tours for solo travellers.  She is the owner/operator of World Travellers Remuera and puts together all the itneraries for our tours based on years of travelling experience.  She is a full member of the New Zealand Intitute of Travel and Tourism (MNZITT).   "Solo travellers have been sadly neglected in the past, says Tracey.    We are the first (and currently only) company in New Zealand that offers tours exclusively for solo travellers.  The difference for a solo traveller travelling on one of our tours is huge.  Being part of a small group of solo travellers provides a wonderful intimate experience where it is like travelling with a group of friends.  Everyone is in the same situation which provides a relaxing and comfortable environment.  I also love the fact we all get together prior to departure.  Getting to know each other prior to the tour eases any anxiety about who will be on the tour etc so that by the time we all meet at the airport we are all familiar with each other and can look forward to doing and seeing some amazing things and having fun.  I absolutely love escorting every tour I take away. We see and do great things, stay in lovely hotels, have great meals (and of course great wine) and have sooo much fun! I cannot wait for the next one".

 

Tour inclusions:

Return economy class airfares from Auckland with Emirates

All taxes and levies

7 night luxury cruise on Oceania Marina

4-5 star hotels in Dubai, Oslo, Flam, Bergen, Stockholm, and Copenhagen

Scenic train journey in Norway in Comfort Class

Sightseeing and transportation as specified

Shore excursions as specified

Breakfasts Daily

All meals onboard the cruise

Unlimited soft drink, bottled water, cappuccino,espresso, tea and juice on the cruise

Choice of wine and beer with lunch and dinner on the cruise or an onboard credit

Gratuities

Services of a Tour Host

 

Itinerary

Friday 21 June

After checking in at Auckland International Airport enjoy some relaxing time at the Emperors Lounge.  Tonight we depart Auckland at 8.30 pm and fly to Dubai

 

Saturday 22 June

Early this morning we arrive in Dubai and are transferred to our hotel for immediate check-in.   Rest of the day at leisure.  One night Palace Hotel Downtown (Palace Lakeview Room), overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake and adjacent to Dubai Mall.

 

Sunday 23 June

Early this morning we are transferred to the airport for our 7.25 am flight to Oslo.  On arrival in Oslo at 12.30 pm we are transferred to our hotel.  Two nights Grand Hotel (Standard Room), a historic landmark located in the heart of Norway´s capital.  Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Monday 24 June

This morning enjoy a walking tour of the inner city of Oslo including Oslo’s Opera House, considered one of the most iconic modern buildings of Scandinavia, it resembles a glacier floating in the waters of the Oslofjord.  We then travel to Vigeland Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist.  The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.  After lunch enjoy a short guided tour of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the current Norwegian monarch Harald V.

 

Tuesday 25 June

This morning begin a 6 hour train journey from Oslo to Flam (Comfort Class), considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides.  Our journey takes us across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus, and through spectacular and varied nature before descending down the valley to the fjord by Flam.  Two nights Fretheim Hotel Flam (Historic Rooms), a beautiful white timber building situated at the innermost point of an arm of the Sognefjorden.

 

Wednesday 26 June

Today enjoy a spectacular Nærøyfjord cruise on “Vision of the Fjord”.  The narrow and dramatic Nærøyfjord is surrounded by steep mountains that stretch up to 1800 meters above sea level. Water falls cascade down the mountains and picturesque villages dot the landscape. This is an area that is featured on the UNESCO world heritage list and is considered one of the world's most beautiful fjord landscapes. We finish our cruise at Gudvangen and travel by coach back to Flam.  Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Thursday 27 June

Today we continue our journey to Bergen, travelling again on the famous Flam Railway to Mydral and connecting with the Bergen Express train to Bergen.  Three nights Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (Superior Rooms*), centrally located in the heart of Bergen City Centre. Rest of the day at leisure.  *Standard Room for Twin Rooms

 

Friday 28 June

Today is free to enjoy the city of Bergen.

 

Saturday 29 June

Today we enjoy a cruise on the Hardangerfjord and travelling to the charming village of Rosendal.  The cruise will take us 2 hours to reach Rosendal, all the while taking in the beauty of the majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls and idyllic orchards.  On arrival in Rosendal enjoy a guided tour of the Baronet Rosendal Manor House, dating back to 1665.  The rooms are influenced by owners over 250 years, and the manor is preserved as a home - the way it was when the last owners left it in 1927. After the tour enjoy a delicious 2-course hot lunch and coffee/tea with fresh ingredients from the kitchen and herb garden.  After lunch explore the romantic Rosendal Gardens with an abundance of roses.  At the end of the day travel back along the Hardangerfjord to Bergen.

 

Sunday 30 June

This morning we say goodbye to Norway and fly to the beautiful city of Stockholm.  On arrival we are transferred to our hotel.  Four nights First Hotel Reisen (Superior Room), ideally located in the old town of Gamla Stan. Rest of the day at leisure.  

 

Monday 1 July

Today enjoy a guided tour of the city, including Sodermalm, Ostermalm and Djurgarden.  While in Djurgarden we will visit the Vasa Museum and the Abba Museum.

 

Tuesday 2 July

Today we head out of the city and into the stunning countryside.  After a short drive we arrive at Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and where the Swedish King, Carl XVI Gustaf, currently resides.  It is well preserved from the 1600s and 1700s and inspired by French models such as the Chateau of Versailles. The combination of the Palace, the Chinese Pavilion and the magnificent gardens make a visit to Drottningholm a unique experience. After visiting the castle we make our way to Sigtuna, a picturesque lakeside town steeped in Swedish history.  Founded in AD980, it is the oldest town in Sweden and still retains much of its medieval charm.  Marvel at church ruins and runic stones or just explore the shops of the charming main street. After lunch in Sigtuna we head to Uppsala, one of Sweden’s oldest yet most dynamic cities; the latter thanks in part to a student population nudging 40,000. Peaceful by day and lively by night, the resulting youthful buzz manifests most strikingly in the sheer number of laid-back boho-vibe cafes and bars – as well as all those bicycles on the streets. The city’s charm also lies in its sheer picturesque value, with the meandering river Fyris flowing through the centre, flanked by pathways and still more cafes. After a great day exploring the countryside we head back to our hotel.

 

Wednesday 3 July

Today is free to enjoy the area surrounding our hotel - the old town of Gamla Stan.  You may like to take a tour of the Royal Palace - located close to our hotel, visit the Stockholm Cathedral - a beautiful church with amazing history, do some shopping or just relax.  The choice is yours.

 

Thursday 4 July

This morning is free to relax before being  transferred to the Port of Stockholm for our 7 night luxury cruise on Oceania Marina.  Marina blends sophistication with a contemporary flair to create a casually elegant ambiance.

With a guest capacity of 1250 she is intimate and luxurious while maintaining a country club ambience.  Designed for epicureans and travel connoisseurs, Marina offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge.  Baristas, their signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and freshly made pastries. Intimate lounges abound.

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the ship.  Set sail at 5.00 pm and be prepared to be amazed for the next few hours at the beauty of the Archipelago as we navigate our way to Helsinki.

 

Friday 5 July

This morning we arrive in Helsinki and enjoy a city tour which provides a glimpse into Helsinki’s past and present.   We begin with a driving tour of Helsinki, which is a rather modern city because it was largely rebuilt after a major fire in 1808. The city also prides itself on its parks and open spaces which make up nearly one third of the city.  Driving along the sea front we see the famous Market Square where vendors sell fresh fish, flowers, vegetables and more. In the heart of the city we have a photo stop at Senate Square which is lined with several Neoclassical buildings including the Presidential Palace, Helsinki University and Helsinki Cathedral. In the centre of the square is a statue of Alexander II, the Czar of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland. On Mannerheim Street, Helsinki's main street, you see the National Museum and Finlandia Hall, designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto, amd the Opera House. Another impressive sight is the Parliament building which has a facade that includes 14 Corinthian columns. Next we visit one the Helsinki's most popular sites, the Temppeliaukio Rock Church, which is considered one of Europe's most unique churches. It is carved out of solid rock in the side of the mountain and topped by a copper dome.  Our last stop is at another of Helsinki's popular landmarks, the Sibelius Monument. This monument, located in a Sibelius Park, resembles a giant pipe organ and honours the famed Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.  Back on the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the ship.

 

Saturday 6 July

This morning arrive in St Petersburg.  Founded by Peter the Great, the sheer grandeur and history of Russia's imperial capital never fail to amaze.

After passing through customs at the port our day begins with a city driving tour which includes photo stops at major attractions - the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboedov Canal, Nevsky Prospect, the spit of the Basil Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square, the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Field of Mars, the Summer Garden and Smolny Cathedral.

After lunch we depart the city for the famous Peterhof including the Grand Palace and the Lower Park with it's fountains. Built to rival France's palace at Versailles, you are sure to be impressed.  Peterhof is St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular estate, a jewel of Russian art. This town of parks, palaces and fountains was called Petrodvorets in the past. The Grand Palace was built by Peter the Great and became the exquisite summer residence of the Russian tzars. The location on the shore of the Baltic Sea made it an ideal place in the warm summer months. From the Great Palace three monumental cascading fountains lead to the Lower Park, a real masterpiece in itself, with 173 fountains on its grounds. We are then transferred back to the ship.

 

Sunday 7 July

Our second day in St Petersburg begins with a tour of the Imperial estate at Pushkin, including the famous Amber Room. The Palace and Parks of Tsarskoye Selo (known as Pushkin) are a former country residence of the Russian emperors and a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the 18th and 19th centuries. The three parks occupy an area of almost 1,500 acres where you find over 100 architectural wonders ranging from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. The centre of which is Catherine's Palace, named after the second wife of Peter the Great. This blue, white and gold palace contains exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, amber, arms, decorative bronze and sculptures. In all the collection of the Tsarskoye Selo museum has about 20,000 items. Your tour includes a visit to the unique Amber Room whose amber panels where stolen by the Nazis in WWII but have now been rebuilt.  After lunch we drive into St. Petersburg to visit the State Hermitage Museum. This massive museum is located in six historical buildings of St. Petersburg. The buildings themselves are architectural beauties and many think the most impressive part of the museum. These buildings include the Winter Palace, which is the former residence of the Russian emperors, the Small Hermitage, The Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre and the General Staff Building.

The Winter Palace was erected between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elisabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. It is the largest edifice built in the high Baroque style.  The Small Hermitage was constructed between 1764 and 1767 and the Old Hermitage between 1771 and 1787. These buildings were meant to be used by Empress Catherine the Great for her own apartments and for her personal collections of art which she purchased in Europe.  The New Hermitage was built between 1839 and 1852 and became the first building in Russia designed to contain and exhibit museum collections.  The collections of the Hermitage includes over 3 million items from prehistoric to modern times. Magnificent works of art embracing prehistoric culture, Egyptian art, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold, and great collections of Western European sculptures and paintings (Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussain, Manet, Renoir and others) are displayed in the 400 halls of the museum. Luckily, with your private guide you will see the most important pieces.

 

Monday 8 July

This morning arrive in Tallinn and enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town of Tallin, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe with a  fascinating mix of German, Scandinavian and Russian influences. Walk along cobblestone streets in the shadow of the looming Toompea Castle, which was originally built in the 13th century.  See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky with its priceless collection of icons which has dominated Lossi Plats (Palace Square) since its construction in 1900 and continue to the Gothic St. Mary's Cathedral, known by locals as the Toomkirik or Dome Church. This is the main Lutheran church in Estonia and was traditionally the church of Estonia's elite German nobles. The striking interior is known for its many funereal coats of arms dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries and burial stones from the 13th to the 18th centuries. For those interested in panoramic views, you can climb the steps of the bell tower for amazing views of the city.

As we walk into the Lower Town, enjoy the panoramic a view of towers and steeples rising above the red-tiled roofs, and have the chance to browse through local shops. You'll see the Holy Ghost Church, a structure which retains much of its 14th century appearance, and also stop to admire Tallinn's oldest civic building the Gothic Town Hall completed in 1404. Finally, we visit the famous Katariina Gild street, the most picturesque lane in the Old Town and enjoy a short amount of free time to explore a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell local crafts. Expect to see glassware, quilts, ceramics, jewellery and other hand made goods. These craft workshops are located in the small 15th to 17th houses so that visitors can see the artists working. Its a wonderful Medieval atmosphere not found in many places today.  Afternoon at leisure on the ship to relax.

 

Tuesday 9 July

Today is spent cruising the Baltic Sea so is a nice chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the ship.

 

Wednesday 10 July

This morning arrive Warnemunde, Gemany.  Warnemunde is located 3 hours drive from Berlin.  This day has been left free for you to decide if you would like to travel into Berlin or do a tour closer to Warnemunde. 

 

Thursday 11 July

Early this morning arrive in Copenhagen and sadly say goodbye to Oceania Marina.  We are then transferred to our hotel.  This morning enjoy time at Tivoli Gardens before checking in to our hotel rooms.  Two nights Scandic Palace Hotel (Superior Rooms), a 100 year old hotel located in the heart of Copenhagen.  This afternoon visit Christiansborg Palace.

 

Friday 12 July

Today we head out of Copenhagen to visit famous royal castles and the former capital, Roskilde.  Our first stop is Kronborg Castle - the impressive and world famous fortification that has guarded the entrance to the Baltic Sea for six centuries and is the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’.   From here you will enjoy spectacular views across the water to Sweden.  Our next stop is Frederiksborg Palace - the largest and most extravagant Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. You will be overwhelmed by both the magnificent location on a lake and all the gold and beautifully decorated rooms and paintings.  Our final stop for the day is  Roskilde Cathedral- no other building in the world has as many kings and queens buried in it. This UNESCO World Heritage site is both beautiful and the most important church in Scandinavia.

 

Saturday 13 July

This morning is free to wander the streets, do some shopping, visit Christianborg Palace or just relax.

 

Sunday 14 July

This morning is left free prior to our homeward flights.  Early this afternoon we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Dubai.  Depart Copenhagen at 3.35 pm and arrive Dubai at 11.55 pm.   Overnight at the Dubai International Hotel located inside the terminal building.

 

Monday 15 July

Depart Dubai this morning at 10.05 am for Auckland.

 

Tuesday 16 July

Arrive Auckland at 9.50 am

 

All prices are in New Zealand dollars.  Prices are  based on payment by cash, eftpos, cheque or direct deposit only.  A surcharge of 2% applies for payment by Visa or Mastercard.  If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender.  If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price.  A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 per person is due at time of booking.  Balance due 9 March 2019.  Costs are based on a group of 14 passengers.  If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given.  This would be known at least 3 months prior to departure.  Once paid the full amount is non-refundable.

Please note:  A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

21 June 2019 - 16 July 2019

Priced From

$18,450

Sale Ends

25 December 2018

Free Space

2 spaces available

Room Sharing

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