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Scandinavia & Russia

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The one that scopes out Scandinavia combined with the best of Russia

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    18 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    17 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, 1 flight & 1 overnight train

  • Group Size

    Average 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Copenhagen, Oslo, Voss, Geiranger, Lillehammer, Dalarna, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Overnight Train, Moscow, Hardangervidda Region, Sognefjord

Scandinavia & Russia

13 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Little Mermaid the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace
  • See Hamlets Kronberg Castle
  • Visit Frogner Park, Oslo's Sculpture Garden
  • Orientation tour of Oslo
  • See the impressive Tvindefossen Waterfall
  • See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway
  • See the incredible Boyabreen glacier near Skei
  • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord
  • Visit a working Alaskan Husky Kennel and enjoy a BBQ dinner surrounded by nature
  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage (Russia's Vatican art palace)
  • Locally guided tour of Moscow
  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral

21 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Culinary Bike Tour EUR 59.00
  • Visit to Tivioli Fun Park EUR 55.00
  • Take a bike tour through Oslo's lush parks and fjords with Viking Biking EUR 39.00
  • Guided Hiking Tour
  • Norwegian White Water Rafting EUR 120.00
  • Bobsledding on the Lillehammer Olympic Track EUR 32.00
  • Swedish Bear Hike
  • Indulge in traditional Swedish meatballs in the historic district of Gamla Stan EUR 40.00
  • Fotografiska Night EUR 27.00
  • Visit the Vasa Museum in Stockholm EUR 22.00
  • Canal Cruise EUR 17.00
  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg EUR 80.00
  • Pelmeni Cooking Class
  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg EUR 13.00
  • Matryoshka Painting EUR 32.00
  • Russian Folklore Evening EUR 26.00
  • Moscows Bunker 42 EUR 29.00
  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia EUR 34.00
  • Tour Moscow's historical communist-era Metro, now also a living art gallery EUR 10.00
  • Eat some traditional Russian recipes in the homes of locals in Moscow EUR 52.00
  • Statue Park EUR 10.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 17 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Swedish Special Stay, 5 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train

    You’ll be resting your head in bright & funky, centrally located hostels and in comfy hotels. Rooms are multi-share (up to 6). There’ll also be one special night spent tucked into the cabin of a Baltic cruise ship as we sail from Sweden to Finland.

About this trip

This trip gives you the perfect mix of spectacular natural beauty and intriguing history. The culturally curious will find themselves at a ballet show in St Petersburg & touring the Kremlin in Moscow. The adrenaline junkies will get a chance to go bobsledding in Lillehammer or White Water Rafting in Voss...or maybe you're the wild one that chooses to do it all. Either way, you won't forget the sights and sounds of Scandinavia and Russia in a hurry...

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Copenhagen

  2. 2 2 nights

    Oslo

  3. via via

    Hardangervidda Region

  4. 2 2 nights

    Voss

  5. via via

    Sognefjord

  6. 1 1 night

    Geiranger

  7. 1 1 night

    Lillehammer

  8. 1 1 night

    Dalarna

  9. 2 2 nights

    Stockholm

  10. 2 2 nights

    St. Petersburg

  11. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train

  12. 3 3 nights

    Moscow

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DAY 1 - Start Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Good morning globe-roamers and welcome to 12-days of memory-making magic. After a bit of a mingle with the new squad we'll getting into the spirit of our imminent adventures in Copenhagen. We've got all day tomorrow to suss out the city, so today can stay reserved for Contiki hangs if you're feeling social.

Stay

Generator Copenhagen (or similar)

DAY 2 - Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Constantly named amongst the most livable cities in the world, Copenhagen is an artwork of locals on bicycles, Danish pastries in cute café windows, & Renaissance architecture. Being a bustling university town and home to the hippie hood of Freetown Christiania, nightlife and unique culture can be found at every turn.

Stay

Generator Copenhagen (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Culinary Bike Tour

    EUR 59.00

  • Visit to Tivoli Fun Park

    EUR 55.00

DAY 3 - Copenhagen to Oslo

Copenhagen

Before you go bursting out of your travel clothes thanks to your new-found pastry dependency, we're bailing on Denmark. Next stop: Norway!

Oslo

To the call of castles, fresh seafood, & pretty parks, we respond! Today we're taking on Norway. We'll be surrounded by 200 bronze statues eating Krumkaker pastries before we can say "jeg elsker Norge!" (that's "I love Norway," folks).

Stay

Anker Hostel Oslo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle

  • Visit Frogner Park, Oslo's Sculpture Garden

DAY 4 - Oslo

Oslo

Oslo, both the capital and biggest city of Norway, is a riverside metropolis back-dropped by mountains of greenery and filled with easy-going culture. Pottering around museums and pretty buildings will keep us busy by day, while taking a stroll through the city should keep you busy by night.

Stay

Anker Hostel Oslo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Orientation Tour of Oslo

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a bike tour through Oslo's lush parks and fjords with Viking Biking

    EUR 39.00

DAY 5 - Oslo to Voss via Hardangervidda

Oslo

Though you'll feel like you know Norway inside out by now, you can't really grasp the country until you've witnessed its great open plains & small country towns...

Hardangervidda Region

Before we arrive in our overnight hub, we'll coast through the rugged river and rock landscapes of Telemark and Hardangervidda regions, with nature worthy of an Instagram or two...

Voss

Tonight's stop, Voss is the adventure capital of Norway. We'll take the chilled out approach here, with a night of relaxing and getting to know the crew in our lakefront lodge, it's like waking up in a movie.

Stay

Voss Vandrarheim Hostel (or similar)

DAY 6 - Voss

Voss

The adventure capital of Norway is all ours to explore today! We know, we know, it can get a bit overwhelming: but if you're stumped for ideas, we recommended joining us on a guided hiking tour, soaking up all of that dramatic scenery and feeling zen as we explore winding hiking trails. Alternatively, if you're looking for something a bit more fast paced, you could try your hand at white water rafting. Breathless and giddy from the day's adventures, we'll regroup with dinner at one of the local restaurants that offer delicious and traditional Norwegian food.

Stay

Voss Vandrarheim Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in scenic views as you hike the beautiful hills of Voss on a guided half day hiking adventure

  • Norwegian White Water Rafting

    EUR 120.00

DAY 7 - Voss to Geiranger via Sognefjord

Voss

The outdoor vibes don't end today, we'll be getting back to nature from sun up 'til sun down. Wild animals and spectacular scenery are on the cards so keep that camera of yours charged to full.

Sognefjord

Norwegian countryside and pretty waterfalls will highlight our journey to the 200km long Sognefjord, a sight set to take your breath away.

Geiranger

After lunch at Boyabreen glacier - which will see you pondering more rural life goals - we'll continue our journey to Geiranger Fjord where we'll spend the night surrounded by some of mother nature's finest.

Stay

Hellesylt Vandrerhjem (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the impressive Tvindefossen Waterfall

  • See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway

  • See the incredible Boyabreen glacier near Skei

DAY 8 - Geiranger to Lillehammer

Geiranger

We've got more spectacular natural beauty to check out today. First we'll take a cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO listed fairytale of a place with wild waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and vibrant green foliage. After managing to close our jaws again, we'll stop at the famous alpine ski resort of Lillehammer.

Lillehammer

Upon arrival we could take a stroll through the city or hop on the Lillehammer Olympic Track bobsleigh, Northern Europe's only artificially frozen bob. All done for the day? We've got more epic surprises tomorrow, so make sure to rest up.

Stay

HI Lillehammer - Stasjonen (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bobsled on the Lillehammer Olympic Track

    EUR 32.00

DAY 9 - Lillehammer to Dalarna

Lillehammer

Rise and shine! More adventures await. Today we're crossing the border from Norway to Sweden, so keep an eye out for the famous Vasaloppet start line.

Dalarna

A picture perfect land of fairytale forests, painted cottages and gorgeous rolling hills, Dalarna will take our breath away upon arrival. The centrepiece is the shimmering lake, so we'll let you enjoy the lake for a few hours (kayaking or maybe just a sauna, depending on your vibe) and then we've got a special visit to a working Alaskan Husky Kennel, where we'll meet some of the local very good boys. Want to experience more of the surroundings? Take a short hike to see where bears live and hibernate, with an optional Bear Hike. Just try not to wake one up.

Stay

Torgasgarden Hostel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a working Alaskan Husky Kennel and enjoy a BBQ dinner surrounded by nature

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swedish Bear Hike

DAY 10 - Dalarna to Stockholm

Dalarna

Leaving Dalarna behind, and saying farewell to Sweden's national symbol, the orange Dala horse, we're headed to the capital today! Stockholm, here we come!

Stockholm

Checking into our extremely stylish Generator hostel, why settle in for the night? Opt for a traditional meatball dinner or Fotografiska evening, setting us up ready for a day of adventure's in the capital tomorrow!

Stay

Generator Stockholm (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Gamla Stan traditional Swedish meatball dinner stockholm

    EUR 40.00

  • Fotografiska Night

    EUR 27.00

DAY 11 - Stockholm

Stockholm

Wander the quaint medieval streets of Gamla Stan & try to catch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. All that ground covered will earn you some Swedish salmon & an Absolut on the rocks.

Stay

Generator Stockholm (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the Vasa Museum in Stockholm

    EUR 22.00

DAY 12 - Stockholm to St. Petersburg

Stockholm

Soak up your last dose of Swedish cool this morning before we take our next journey... by air!

St. Petersburg

Our first stop on the Russian map is the elegant and very cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg. You'll have the chance to dive in head first to sightseeing, figuring out what this gilded city has to offer. Built by the Italians, this city is a unique blend of Europe and Russia, unfathomably grand & adorned by pretty canals - which you can opt to explore tonight for the best view of the city's palaces, lit up in the night's sky.

Stay

Art Deco Nevsky (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in this city's stunning architecture from the water with a boat cruise

    EUR 17.00

DAY 13 - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Today we'll take a locally guided city tour to see the Hermitage and more. There is a feast of cultural options to sink our teeth into today, including a Russian ballet, an authentic cooking class and a tour of the Peter & Paul fortress. The options are all very appealing and the choices are all yours.

Stay

Art Deco Nevsky (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage, the 2nd largest art museum in the world

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg

    EUR 80.00

  • Learn the secrets of cooking Russian cuisine & eat your creations

  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg

    EUR 13.00

DAY 14 - St. Petersburg to Overnight Train

St. Petersburg

For our final day in St Petersburg we have more cultural FTAs to decide between, including learning how to paint Matryoshka (Russian Dolls) and indulging in a traditional Russian feast including local music and dancers.

Overnight Train

Then, we'll head aboard our accommodation for the night: a comfy overnight train that will swing us to our next spectacular destination without wasting any precious travel time...

Stay

Overnight Train

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Use your imagination and Paint your very own Matryoshka doll to create a truly unique masterpiece

    EUR 32.00

  • Russian Folklore Evening

    EUR 26.00

DAY 15 - Overnight Train to Moscow

Overnight Train

Moscow

Open your eyes! See the famous spires? That's right, we're in Moscow! Diving right in is the way to do it, so we'll start off with a locally guided city tour of all the sights, including one of the country's most colourful and quirky buildings St Basil's Cathedral. After learning more about the city's rich history, we'll have some free time to do our own thing, before regrouping with a delicious included dinner.

Stay

Hotel Aerostar (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of Moscow

DAY 16 - Moscow

Moscow

We've got a full day in Moscow to enjoy, with plenty of optional add-ons to build the day we want. But first, an included guided tour of the kremlin is a no brainer, as we learn about the colourful history of this opulent building. Then, the choice is yours, history buffs should head to Bunker 42 or take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury where you can view the Romanov's collection of Faberge Eggs, carriages, clothes and jewels. Culture vultures should explore the local restaurants and cafes, then tonight we'll regroup to check out some of Moscow's nightlife.

Stay

Hotel Aerostar (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Head underground to visit a secret cold war fortress once code named “Bunker-42”

    EUR 29.00

  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia

    EUR 34.00

DAY 17 - Moscow

Moscow

After the London Underground, Moscow Metro is probably one of the best known, especially for it's amazing architecture. Get up close with our local guide, uncovering the fascinating communist artworks that make it what it is today. The city keeps on giving today with some free time to roam, before an optional Russian Evening feast, eating with local Russian families in their homes.

Stay

Hotel Aerostar (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tour Moscow's historical communist-era Metro, now also a living art gallery

    EUR 10.00

  • Eat some traditional Russian recipes in the homes of locals in Moscow

    EUR 52.00

  • Guided tour of the Statue Park

    EUR 10.00

DAY 18 - Depart Moscow

Moscow

Our trip finishes after breakfast today but Russia will live on in our memories for years to come. Swap contact details and start planning your next adventure!

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2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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