Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Stockholm.
Note: Passengers will depart in the early morning of Day 2.
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Upon arrival, embark on a city tour around Stockholm, visiting the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize presentation is held; the Parliament House; outside view of Royal Palace and also some great churches.
This morning, visit Drottningholm Palace, the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and is representative of all European architecture for the period. Next, embark on a sightseeing tour on boat. Built where the Baltic Sea meets with Lake Mälaren, with stunning vistas and sparkling blue water wherever you turn, Stockholm has to be one of the world’s top cities for sightseeing. Långholmen, an idyllic island is a popular spot for picnics, swimming and recreation for Stockholmers and visitors alike, but this wasn’t always the case. From the eighteenth century until 1974, Långholmen was a dreaded prison island. The old prison has become a popular hostel with a prison museum. In the evening, transfer to pier and board overnight cruise to Helsinki. (Inside twin cabin)
Upon arrival, embark on a city tour around Helsinki. Attractions include the Market Square, one of the most famous market places and tourist attractions in the city; the Senate Square, which presents Carl Ludvig Engel’s architecture as a unique allegory of political, religious, scientific and commercial powers in the centre of Helsinki; Sibelius Park; with outside view of the Uspenski Church and Olympic Stadium. Next, visit Rock Church in Helsinki. Its spectacular atmosphere and unique architecture promise to make it an unforgettable experience, with its copper dome, exposed rocks and concrete beams. In the afternoon, you are free to explore Helsinki on your own leisure time.
After breakfast, depart for St Petersburg by train. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing tour around Saint Petersburg. The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. You will pass along numerous bridges all masterpieces of arts across multiple Neva rivers for which St. Petersburg is named as “Venice of the North”. After the tour, check in to hotel.
Today, visit Nevsky Prospect, the main street of Russia; Kazan Cathedral, inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church; Cathedral of the Savior, the largest church in Russia and Hermitage which is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history. The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage Museum, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all. After the tour, check in to hotel.
This morning, visit Catherine’s Palace & Park in TsarskoyeSelo (Pushkin) . The Palace & Park ensemble of TsarskoyeSelo – former country residence of Russian emperors – is a fascinating monument of the world’s architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the 300-meter facade of the palace. After lunch, visit Petropavlovskaya Fortress (Peter and Paul Fortress). The exhibits explain the development of the area from marshy Neva Lands to the formation of the future capital of the Russian Empire. This is described with the use of maps, archaeological finds, paintings and other graphic arts. The central visitor attraction is undoubtedly the Petropavlovskaya Cathedral (St Peter and Paul Cathedral), one of St. Petersburg’s most striking buildings. Also known as the Museum of Ethnology and Anthropology, Kunstkamera is the city’s first museum and was founded in 1714 by Peter The Great himself. It is famous largely for its ghoulish collection of monstrosities, preserved ‘freaks’, two-headed mutant foetuses, deformed animals and odd body parts, all collected by Peter with the aim of educating the notoriously superstitious Russian people.
This morning, travel to Moscow by train and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing tour of Moscow. Kremlin, the symbol of Russia is one of the largest architectural ensembles in the world, the richest treasury of historical relics, cultural and art memorials. At the southern end of Red Square, framed by the massive facades of the Kremlin and GUM Department Store, stands the icon of Russia: St Basil’s Cathedral. This crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes is the culmination of a style that is unique to Russian architecture. After the tour, check in to hotel.
Today, drive to Sparrow Hills to view the Moscow State University and get to enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. Next, embark on a tour around Arbat Street, the most famous street in Moscow. After lunch, visit the Triumphal Arch of Moscow and Victory Park, a memorial complex dedicated to Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. It’s one of the highest spots in Moscow – in old times travellers approaching the capital from the west used to climb onto the hill to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and would bow to Moscow.
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After breakfast, proceed for some last minute shopping. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Singapore.
Arrive in Singapore in the morning with fond memories of a wonderful holiday in Sweden, Finland and Russia.
|Flying hours (Approx)||
|Time Difference||Sweden is 6 hours behind Singapore time.
Finland & Russia are 5 hours behind Singapore time.
|Passport||Travellers must hold an international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure from each country is required.|
|VISAS||For Singapore & Malaysia passport holders, VISAS are not required for entry into Sweden&Finland. However, for other nationalities, kindly check with our office or the embassies directly.
For all nationalities, VISA is required for entry into Russia.
|Travel Insurance||Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.|
|Itinerary subject to changes||Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances|