Chalo Holiday Around the World with EbixCash
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Chalo Holiday Around the World with EbixCash
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12 nights
BEST OF SCANDINAVIA WITH RUSSIA
Russia • Finland • Sweden • Norway • Denmark

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Cities Visiting
Russia
Moscow, St. Petersburg
Finland
Helsinki
Sweden
Stockholm, Karlstad
Norway
Oslo, Geilo, Bergen
Denmark
Copenhagen
Sightseeing Included
Moscow
• Guided City Tour
• Metro Tour
• Leisure time at Arbat Street
• Russian Circus
• Kremlin Tour
St. Petersburg
• Guided City Tour
• Visit Peterhof – Grand Palace & Gardens
• Neva River Cruise
• Folklore Show at Nikolaevsky Palace
• Hermitage Museum
Helsinki
• Guided City Tour
• Visit Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church
• Visit Sibelius Monument
Stockholm
• Guided City Tour
• Visit City Hall
• Visit Vasa Ship Museum
• Visit the Ice Bar
Karlstad
• Photo Stop at Lake Vanern
Oslo
  • Guided City Tour
  • Eiffel Tower (3rd Level)
  • Montmartre by One-way Funicular
  • Enjoy Seine River Cruise
  • Disneyland Paris (on select departure dates)
Or
  • Louvre Museum & Palace of Versailles (on select departure dates)
Geneva
• Orientation Tour of Geneva
Les Diablerets
• Glacier 3000
Schaffhausen
• Boat ride at Rhine Falls
Bergen
• Norway in a Nutshell
• Guided City Tour
• Visit Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen
• Funicular Ride at Mt. Floyen
Copenhagen
• Guided City Tour
• Visit Tivoli Gardens
Day 1: Begin Your Tour • Arrive in Moscow
When Russia is on your travel list, there's no better place to start your tour than the most vibrant (both, in colour and culture) European capitals, Moscow. With its multi-faceted attractions ranging from historic to futuristic, the city is forever buzzing with life and thrill. And this is where we begin our voyage too.

We arrive at the Moscow airport and after clearing the immigration and customs procedures, we head out to the exit where our EbixCash Travel & Holidays representative is waiting to give us a warm welcome and transfer us to our hotel (Check in at 16:00 hrs). Settle in, rest for a while, freshen up and head out for dinner at an Indian restaurant. (D)
Day 2: In Moscow • Guided City Tour • Metro Tour • Leisure Time at Arbat Street • Russian Circus
Today after breakfast, we begin exploring this history, culture and colour-rich town with a guided city tour wandering past iconic landmarks including the Bolshoi Theatre, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the Cathedral of Archangel, the Novospassky Monastery and of course, the iconic public square, The Red Square with the colourful St. Basil's Cathedral (known for its onion-shaped domes) on one hand and the red wall of Kremlin on the other.

After this adventure, we take a short break from sightseeing to lunch at an Indian restaurant.

Continuing our journey to the mystic realms of Russia, we take the Metro tour (up to three stations). Known as the "people's palaces" the majestic Soviet-era stations with all their palace-like opulence, extravagant décor and sculptures and lavish use of marble, are a definite must-visit of Moscow. And because no trip seems complete without bagging a few souvenirs, we take some free time at the Arbat Street to shop for a few collectables.

After the metro station tour, we proceed for a guided tour of the beautiful Russian capital… the Kremlin, a fortress that's nestled in the very heart of Moscow along the banks of Moskva River. The fortress is an exemplary structure of the dramatic Russian history, having served as a residence to many political heads in the past from the Russian Grand Dukes to the Romanov tsars to Soviet leaders and now to the President of the Russian Federation. Encapsulated within Kremlin's distinctive red-bricked walls (that were hanged from the original white stoned-walls in the 15 century) are four cathedrals, three palaces and two museums, apart from the President's residence. While here, we also visit the Armoury Museum which was once Kremlin's Armoury Chamber.

We still have to catch the famous Russian Circus – Great Moscow State Circus known for its nerve-racking stunts, hilarious clown stints, inventive acrobat performances and a lot more.

After this long, long day, we grab dinner before we head back to our hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Onto St Petersburg • High-Speed Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg • Guided City tour • Folklore Show at Nikolaevsky Palace
After breakfast, today we make our way to yet another Russian town, St. Petersburg.

We travel to St. Petersburg via the famous Sapsan train, Russia's fastest rail service.

On arrival in St. Petersberg proceed for lunch. After Lunch proceed on a guided city tour of St. Petersberg the gold-capped city. As we go, we marvel over the architectural brilliance that is evident in just about every structure of the city, both ancient and modern. Our tour takes us past Isaac's Cathedral and Colonnade, the Peter and Paul Fortress, State Russian Museum and many other architectural treasures.

Bringing the day to a dramatic close, we head to the Nikolaevsky Palace to catch the evening Folklore Show. From contemporary renditions of romantic and heartbreak folk songs to foot-tapping folk-dance performances to impressive acrobat stints, the evening brings along liberal doses of fun and laughter.

Later we head straight to the restaurant for dinner and check into our hotel for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 4: In St. Petersburg • Hermitage Museum
• Visit Peterhof Palace and Gardens • Neva River Cruise
After breakfast today we visit the Hermitage Museum standing mightily on the banks of the Neva River. Originally, a palace of the ancient tsars, The Hermitage comprises a collection of several buildings making it one of the largest museums in the world, and also one of the most famous ones. With several rooms and other spaces to unravel and over 3 million works of art including paintings, sculptures, antiques, ancient coins, etc., it makes it impossible to go through the entire museum at once. We, however, will explore the most important rooms in the palace-museum in the few hours that we spend there. Of course, some of that time will also be dedicated to absorbing in the architectural awesomeness of this gigantic structure itself.

Post lunch we proceed to the most visited attraction of the town, the Peterhof Palace & Gardens. So, we head out after breakfast to board a Hydrofoil (unless the weather suggests otherwise) to this world-famous Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble of Peterhof that shines forth as a glittering landmark of Russia's aesthetic culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, paintings and works of art and culture make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called the 'Capital of Fountains.' In fact, the lower park has a few trick fountains too that often leave visitors soaked in water.

If there's anything that could make this historic town even more magical, it is viewing it from the blue waters of the Neva River which offers spectacular views of
St. Petersburg's various landmarks.

We head to a restaurant for dinner before returning to our hotel where await our cosy beds. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Onto Helsinki • Leisure Time for Shopping • Allegro Train to Helsinki
After breakfast free time for shopping.

We then proceed for lunch and then board yet another high-speed train, Allegro, that will take us from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland.

Once in Helsinki, we head straight to an Indian restaurant to stuff ourselves with a delectable dinner and check-in to our hotel for the night. (B, L, D)
After the history-rich sights of Russia, we are about to meander through Europe's youngest capital, Helsinki. There are no antique ruins or remains, no medieval squares and not even a palace here, all you have is a vibrant metropolis with a multi-faceted architecture that boasts as much of Neoclassicism as it does of Romanticism and Modernism.

We begin our guided city tour of Helsinki immediately after breakfast discovering some of the world's most distinct architectural merits such as Finlandia Hall (the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland), the Helsinki Cathedral, the Market Square (bustling with activities with vendors selling fresh food and souvenirs) and many other landmarks. The highlights of the city tour, however, happen to be our visits to the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church (a unique Rock Church known for its thrilling work of modern architecture, built entirely underground with a ceiling made of copper wire) and the Sibelius Monument (dedicated to the Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius, consisting of a series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern).

We then halt at a popular Indian restaurant for lunch before boarding our ship at Silja Line in Helsinki that will take us on to Stockholm, Sweden. As we see Finland disappearing before us, we gear up to embrace ourselves for a night spent marvelling at the eternity of the blue water beneath us, pausing only to enjoy a lavish dinner buffet served aboard. (B, L, D)

Note: From the moment we step on the ship, we follow Swedish time which is one hour behind Finland.
Day 7: In Stockholm • Guided City Tour of Stockholm • Visit Vasa Ship Museum • Visit City Hall • Visit the Ice Bar
After enjoying yet another meal (breakfast) while cruising on the Baltic Sea, we disembark the ship in Stockholm. Without wasting any time at all, we start our guided city tour of the Swedish capital sprawled over 14 islands. Incidentally, one-third of this coastal capital consists of water while another one-third is occupied by parks and woodlands. It's safe to say then that there is certainly no dearth of scenic beauty in Stockholm, but scenic stretches aren't all there is to the town; there is also an interesting amalgamation of historic architectural treasures and that of modern structures. We get a hint of this beautiful blend of historic and modern as our tour takes us past popular landmarks like The Royal Palace, the Skansen Open-Air Museum (the world's first ever open-air museum) and Gamla Stan (the colour-rioted old town) among others.

We then visit the Vasa Ship Museum which, as the name suggests is a maritime museum. One of the most visited attractions in town as it is, this is the only museum in the world to have an almost fully intact 17th Century ship, the warship Vasa that was salvaged three centuries after it sank.

The final destination on our itinerary today is the Stadshuset, the iconic Stockholm City Hall which is often spotted on pictures and postcards of Sweden. Apart from assembly rooms and offices the building also houses grand ceremonial halls including The Blue Hall (which houses the world's largest organ with 10,270 pipes) and The Golden Hall (which is adorned with no less than 18 million mosaic tiles that depict Swedish history).

We then visit the Ice Bar, yes you heard that right. All of the interior components of the Ice Bar, including the spectacular glasses, are made of pure, clear ice from the Torne River in northern Sweden. The interior of the Ice Bar is kept at a crisp 23 degrees Fahrenheit temperature (-5°C) all year round. When you arrive, an Ice Bar employee will help you don the marvelous silver capes and mittens that are designed to keep your body heat inside so that you are kept warm. The Ice Bar has an interesting variety of drinks--all made with Vodka, of course! Visitors who do not drink alcohol can get juice or other non-alcoholic drinks.

Satisfied with our day's excursion, we have the evening to ourselves to wade off the exhaustion that the cruise ride and the sightseeing brought along. Before we hit the bed, there's one last thing to do… step out for dinner at another Indian restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Onto Oslo • Leisure Time at Karlstad
• Photo Stop at Vanern Lake • Leisure time at Oslo Opera House
Today, we gear up for a long road journey as we check out from our hotel after breakfast and hit the road to Oslo, Norway making a couple of pitstops on the way.

Okay, we'll admit, that long drives can get a tad bit tiring, but the utterly scenic views of green fields and blue waters that this drive has to offer, makes the journey worthwhile. Plus, there are the periodic comfort stops too, to keep our muscles from being too stiff.

We halt at Karlstad, which happens to be one comfort-stop before Stockholm. Here, we enjoy a yummy lunch at an Indian restaurant and take some time to look around this beautiful riverside town (on our own) which is sprawled all the way down to the shore of the Vanern Lake. Incidentally, Vanern Lake marks our next halt. We make a photo stop here for beautiful picture additions to our social media folders.

Once in Oslo, we take a brief photo stop at the Oslo Opera House, the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. We then head straight for the Indian restaurant that's going to be our dinner host for the night. After indulging ourselves in a delectable dinner we check into our hotel and lay comfy in our beds for the rest of the night. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Onto Geilo • Guided City Tour of Oslo
• Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park • Viking Ship Museum • Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area
You know a city is truly a culture-rich destination when its theatres, museums and galleries happen to be one of the most distinctive features of the town. And given that we are in one such capital, we dedicate today to exploring as much of this magnificent town as we can.

We begin our Oslo guided city tour after breakfast today that'll take us past the most popular attractions of the town. The Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, the Oslo Cathedral, the City Hall and the National Opera Theatre to name a few.

One of the biggest highlights of the tour happens to be our visit to the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist, Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway's most visited tourist attractions. The park features more than 200 sculptures crafted out of bronze, granite and wrought iron by artist, Gustav Vigeland; the Wheel of Life and the 16-metre long Monolith (depicting 121 intertwined human bodies) being the most popular among these sculptures.

We then move on to get a glimpse into Norway's Viking past as we head to the Viking Ship Museum next. Apart from housing three well-preserved 9th Century vessels (the Oseberg Ship, the Gokstad Ship and the Tune Ship), the museum also houses other artefacts and exhibits that are indicative of the Viking life at sea.

Last on our list of must-visit attractions in the Norweigan capital is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Museum. Perched atop a hill, the journey to the Ski Jump Area alone is quite an interesting one and once there, the sheer height of the construction is likely to blow your mind away, irrespective of whether you are a ski enthusiast or not. Plus, there is the matter of the best possible panoramic views of the town below. There is also the Ski Museum that boasts of 4000 years of ski history.

Afterwards we proceed to Geilo for overnight. Arrive Geilo, dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Onto Bergen • Norway in a Nutshell
Irrespective of how impressed we are by the architectural and cultural heritage of Oslo, it is an undeniable fact that you haven't really seen Norway if you haven't spent some time submerging yourself in the splendour of its natural beauty that comprises scenic landscapes, fascinating fjords and majestic mountains. And the best way to experience this heavenly beauty is to take the 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour, which is on our agenda for today. The tour, literally, is a long journey from Gielo to Bergen via trains, ferries and buses that take us past some of Europe's most scenic stretches.

After breakfast, we board the train to Myrdal that offers spectacular views of mountainous terrains. We then board our next train to Flam which gives us a glimpse of the Norwegian Fjords. From Flam starts our water voyage with a fjord cruise on the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord (which is the narrowest fjord in Europe surrounded by huge mountains). Our cruise ends at Gudvengan, a small village cradled in the deepest reaches of Naeroyfjord. Our last leg of the tour finishes with a bus ride from Gudvengan to Bergen.

In Bergen, we check into our hotel for the night. (B, PL, D)
Day 11: Onto Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Bergen • Visit Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen
• Ride Floibanen (Funicular Train)
When you have seven hills standing guard for a coastal city with an entire coastal belt of the city listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Site, one thing you can expect from the town is ample beauty all around, both, in terms of landscape and cityscape. It is safe to say then that Bergen is nothing if not absolutely and entirely awe-inspiring.

Soon after breakfast today, we begin our guided tour of the city which takes us through its upward meandering roads past popular landmarks like the Fantoft Stave Church (though reconstructed in 1992, is still a classic expression of early Norwegian art), the Bergenhus Fortress (one of the best-preserved medieval building in all of Norway) and the Troldhaugen Villa (home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and his wife).

The most beautiful sight, however, in all of Bergen is the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a coastal belt of colorful timbre structures that has often found its way not just on postcards but on several desktops across the world as a screen saver. One of the most visited attractions of the town, the Hanseatic Wharf now comprises a small museum and several shops, cafes and restaurants.

And because nothing would make our Bergen tour more worthwhile than a trip up one of its much-talked-about seven mountains, next on our itinerary is a ride on the Floibanen, a funicular train that takes us up Mount Floyen. This mountaintop is where you get the most splendid panoramic views of the city below.

We then head to an Indian restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to the Bergen airport to board our flight to Copenhagen. On arrival, we check into our hotel, rest for a bit and head out for dinner before calling it a night. (B, L, D)

Day 12: In Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Copenhagen • Visit Tivoli Garden
We begin our day, of course, with a wholesome breakfast and then head out to explore the beautiful Denmark capital, Copenhagen, a town that's youthful and historic, at the same time. We kick off our guided city tour at the Rosenborg Castle which comprises the oldest royal garden of the country. The tour then takes us past the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Danish Parliament, the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and the Christiansborg Palace that comprises the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Danish Supreme Court.

We proceed to an Indian restaurant for a delicious meal and make our way to the city's most visited attraction, the Tivoli Gardens, the world's second oldest amusement park. While part of its dreamy charm is the architectural romanticism the park offers, the rides and the open-air performances take the whole experience to new levels of fun. Dusk, indeed, is the best time to be at the park as thousands of lights lit up the park structures giving it a more surreal vibe.

After spending a substantial amount of time revelling in the fairytale park, we move on to enjoying a sumptuous dinner before heading back to the hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast we proceed to the airport with beautiful memories in our minds and souvenirs in our luggage, we board our flight back home. (B)
THE TOUR CONDITIONS
Tour price includes:
  • Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
  • Airline / Airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Cost of your visa valid for the duration of the tour.
  • Services of EbixCash Travel & Holidays Tour Manager or Local Representative or Local Guide.
  • Meals, coach transfers, entrance fees, excursions, sightseeing and surface transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Cost of your Overseas Travel Insurance valid for passengers upto 60 years of age.
Tour price excludes:
  • Optional and Add -On excursions unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Cost of US $ 2,50,000 granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
  • Any increase in airfare / taxes / routing charged by the airline for ticket (presently calculated on 01 Jan 2020).
  • Airline and Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during High / Festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Cost of extension of validity of your air ticket.
  • Medical test and premium cost of insurance valid for passengers above 60 years of age.
  • Porterage at hotels, airports, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, items of personal nature, food and drinks not forming part of the touring group's menu.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in "What Your Tour Price Includes" box.
  • Baggage handling fee charge by the operating airline for the excess check in baggage
  • Any increase in rate of EUR (presently calculated at 1 EUR = INR 80) leading to an increase in Tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However the rate prevailing on given day of payment will apply.
  • GST 5% on Gross Bill.