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JTW 2019 – Scandinavia & Russia

14 July 2019 – 13 August 2019

There is nowhere else on Earth quite like this remarkable region. From the Red Square to the Little Mermaid, follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you uncover the innovative spirit, natural beauty and rich culture of Scandinavia and Russia.

// Visit Russia’s famous Golden Ring Route
// Take a Russian Doll painting masterclass
// Visit the unique Vodka Museum for vodka tasting
// Unlock the secrets of the Amber room – one of the world’s wonders
// Visit a local reindeer farm – an icon of Finnish Lapland
// Visit a local fruit farm for a cider tasting lesson
// Board the famous Flam railway for a stunning train journey 
// In Oslo, visit the Norwegian Folk Museum for a hand spindle lesson
// See Amanlienborg Palace Square home to the Royal Family

Day One // 14th July 2019
Today you will be transferred to Sydney for your overnight flight to Moscow.
Meals: In flight

Day Two // 15th July 2019
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in Moscow. On the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. During any season, at any hour of the day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty from sprawling city landscapes to world-class museums, Moscow is a city filled with wonders. Tonight, enjoy a lovely welcome dinner and an early night after your long journey.
Meals: In flight, Dinner

Day Three // 16th July 2019
This morning you will explore the city and see many of its’ famous sites such as Red Square, Sparrow Hills and the Sofiskaya Embankment. We will also visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where perhaps the most famous “modern mummy” in the world is. Frozen in time, Vladimir Ilych Lenin’s embalmed body lays within a red granite and black labratorite step-pyramid. Here visitors may gaze on it in the dark, cool of the tomb. Explore some of the spectacular underground metro stations in Moscow, known as the ‘Palaces of the People’ when they were first built. You will be amazed at the beautiful sculptures, bronzes, mosaics and crystal chandeliers.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four // 17th July 2019
Moscow is a city filled with many wonders and we visit the magnificent Kremlin; the fortress in the centre of Moscow that was once home to tsars and communist leaders. The Kremlin is home of the Russian President and remains the symbol of all-powerful Russia. See ancient cathedrals, the famous Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, the magnificent palaces of old Russian emperors and plenty of communist relics. Taking your time exploring the Kremlin’s grand palaces and cathedrals, you will get a feel for Russia’s complex history.

Within the Kremlin compound, visit the fascinating Armoury Museum & Diamond Fund which is home to hundreds of precious artworks, including the most famous collection of Faberge eggs and the historical state regalia “Cap of Monomakh”. Over 4,000 items of Russian, European and Eastern countries applied art are displayed in these halls, making the Armoury Chamber one of the most significant museums in the world. Tonight, enjoy a Moskva River dinner cruise on board a luxury icebreaker yacht which cruises past the historical city centre’s most picturesque sights.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Five // 18th July 2019
Today we visit Russia’s famous Golden Ring route; a ring of ancient towns located a few hours’ drive from Moscow. A string of medieval towns northeast of Moscow, it’s like settling into the comforting arms of Mother Russia. First stop is the town of Sergiev Posad, home to medieval Russian architecture and a 14th-century Orthodox monastery. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to the UNESCO–listed Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius. Explore its ramparts and churches, and gain insight into their deep religious significance. Marvel at the Cathedral of the Assumption’s beautiful facade, and learn of its place in Lavra’s colourful history before heading to your Suzdal hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six // 19th July 2019
This morning you will visit the historic Suzdal. It is home to many remarkable riverside churches and monasteries dating from the 11th to 13th centuries – some of which are UNESCO-listed as fine examples of ancient Russian architecture. The town, once an important religious centre, has the look and feel of a provincial village with its beautiful landscape, rustic houses and unpaved roads. Enjoy an authentic local home-hosted lunch. Today’s travels include visits to the town’s Kremlin, as well as the Wooden Architecture Museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven // 20th July 2019
Tour the beautiful 10th century Golden Ring town of Vladimir stopping en route at the Church of the Intercession on the River Neri. Admire Vladimir’s architectural highlights such as the Golden Gate Chapel, Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Monument to Prince Vladimir, and the Andrey Rublev Statue. Revitalise over lunch at a local restaurant before taking a Russian Doll painting masterclass. The Matryoshka (stacking) doll is a symbol of the Russian babushka (woman), a strong female matriarch and a central figure in the Russian family. This evening, enjoy a special dinner with folklore performance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight // 21st July 2019
This morning, return to Moscow before departing on an afternoon high-speed Sapsan train from Leningradsky Station to St Petersburg. Hold on tight ladies, this train can get up to a speed of 250km/h! St. Petersburg, the former capital of the Russian Empire has become a national symbol of historical heritage, vibrant cultural life, and sheer beauty. The city’s canals and grand architecture, drawn with bright colours and white light, show why so many of Russia’s famous artists and poets have sprung from the so-called Venice of the North. On arrival, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Nine // 22nd July 2019
Today you will discover many of the major sights of this beautiful city. See the world-renowned Hermitage Museum housed in the baroque Winter Palace, the Bronze Horseman, Senate Square and Nevsky Prospect, the city’s most famous shopping street. Visit the magnificent St Isaac’s Cathedral, the biggest Russian Orthodox church in St Petersburg.
Admire the stunning exterior and step inside to ogle its fresco-coated dome, mosaics, artworks and more. And you can’t miss a visit to the colourful Church of Saviour on the Spilled Blood, which with dramatic name and many towers – has become an emblem of this majestic Russian city.  Continue with a visit to the imperious Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg’s original island citadel, established by Peter the Great in 1703.

Go through the main buildings, such as the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of several Russian Tsars, including the ill-fated Nicholas II and his family, murdered in 1917. Later, visit the unique Vodka Museum. The museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. Hear about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings, and get to understand close link between the history of the Russian State and the history of this strong drink. You can even have a taste!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Ten // 23rd July 2019
Today you will travel to Pushkin where you will experience the grandeur of the Russian Baroque Summer Palace of Catherine the Great and unlock the secrets of the Amber Room – one of the world’s wonders. The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace is a chamber decorated with amber panels, gold leaf and mirrors. Originally created in the 18th century, the panels disappeared during WWII. In 2003, the panels were recreated and the Amber Room reconstructed.

Step into the world of the Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine as you walk through the gilded ballrooms and imperial halls, and marvel at the luxury of the decoration.  All Russian monarchs lived, worked, granted audiences, and diplomatic receptions, gala balls and masquerades in the gorgeous palace halls. The park that surrounds the palace is a spectacular work of Russian gardening art of the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of nature.  Enjoy a traditional Russian lunch in Podvorye before continuing to picturesque Pavlovsk Park – the imperial estate and park complex of Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. Visit Pavlovsk Palace, an amazing example of Russian classicism style. In the halls of the palace museum, you will find very rich and diverse collections of porcelain, ceramics and glass including unique pieces from the most famous manufacturers across Europe and Russia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eleven // 24th July 2019
This morning explore the magnificent Baroque-style Winter Palace and the Faberge Museum. You could spend years admiring the State Hermitage Museum’s astounding collection of fine art, comprised of works by everyone from Raphael to Rembrandt to Renoir. With 2.7 million pieces, our guided tour will take us to as many as we can!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twelve // 25th July 2019
This morning, transfer to St Petersburg Railway Station for a high-speed train to Helsinki. On arrival, be transferred to your Helsinki hotel. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki all year round.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Thirteen // 26th July 2019
Discover the sights, history and culture of Helsinki. See the landmarks such as Senate Monument. Admire the beautiful Uspenski Cathedral and see the former prison which these days operate as a unique hotel.  Visit the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church as it was carved underground from rock. Its spectacular atmosphere and unique architecture promise to make it an unforgettable experience, with its copper dome, exposed rocks and concrete beams.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Fourteen // 27th July 2019
This morning you will be transferred to Helsinki Airport for your flight to Ivalo in Lapland.

Lapland casts a powerful spell: there’s something lonely and intangible here that makes it magical. The midnight sun, the Sámi peoples and roaming reindeer are all components of this – as is Santa Claus himself who officially resides here. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel via Lake Inari where you will enjoy a private cruise on Finland’s third largest lake and home to over 3,300 islands.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Fifteen // 28th July 2019
This morning you will cross the border into Norway heading for Kirkenes, the land of the midnight sun! This Arctic town lies on the borders with Russia & Finland and is home to some 3,300 inhabitants, including Sami, the native people of Lapland. For such a small town, Kirkenes offers an impressive range of things to see and do. Explore the local Slida Museum and visit a local reindeer farm. The reindeer is an icon of Finnish Lapland, and there’s a good reason for that… the number of reindeer in the province roughly equals that of people! At the farm you will also learn about Sami culture and see a lasso throwing demonstration.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Sixteen // 29th July 2019
Are you ready to brave the Barents Sea and taste he freshest King Crab you can imagen?

This King Crab Safari offers a unique experience of getting up close to the fascinating King Crabs that inhabit the Northern Norwegian coast. You will even be shown how to catch, prepare and eat these giants. Cruise along the Fjords and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor, before helping pull up the cages from the depths. After returning to shore, you will be served your catch in a traditional renovated boat house by the Fjord. The superb, white meat of the legs and claws are particularly juicy and has a natural sweet taste. Eat as many King Crabs as you wish, fresh from the Arctic sea!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seventeen // 30th July 2019
Today we fly to Bergen, city on Norway’s southwestern coast. Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is a beguiling city. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around. This evening, walk to the pier and board a local boat to dinner at Cornelius Restaurant.
One of the most exotic attractions in the whole of Western Norway’s archipelago, Cornelius is one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. It is situated right by the sea on a small island with spectacular views of the fjord, mountains, skerries, and passing boats and ships.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eighteen // 31st July 2019
Today visit the Hanseatic Museum – one of the oldest wooden buildings in Bergen, furnished in 18th century style. It shows the life of the Hanseatic merchants & St Mary’s Church, the oldest existing building in Bergen.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Nineteen // 1st August 2019
This morning you will travel to Hardangerfjord, where you will experience the full majesty of one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. This region has been an important European tourist destination since the 19th century, offering spectacular nature and culture. Today we will visit a local fruit farm for a cider tasting session.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty // 2nd August 2019
Travel to Myrdal, where we will board the Flamsbana Railway to Flam. During the scenic journey, have your camera ready for views of canyons, mountainsides and waterfalls. Take a brief stop at the gushing Kjosfossen waterfall, which is a highlight of this train journey!

Once we arrive in Flam enjoy a visit & tasting at a local goat cheese farm before travelling to ancient village of Gudvangen. Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, visit the Viking Village before continuing to Loen which is beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and Fjords.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty One // 3rd August 2019
This morning you will visit the glacier base. We will travel by small motorized “Troll cars” towards the top and experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. In the afternoon we leave Loen and continue to the famous point of Dalsnibba. Imagine standing on a mountain top, breathing good mountain air and enjoying the views over snow-covered mountains and the Geirangerfjord, part of the West Norwegian Fjords UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can experience all this – and more – at Dalsnibba. Continue to Geiranger – The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Two // 4th August 2019
Today we travel north to Trollstigen along one of the most famous National Tourist Routes. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscapes. It takes you through the mighty nature of Fjord Norway and offers breathtaking views, steep mountain slopes and high waterfalls. This is something you won’t forget.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Three // 5th August 2019
This morning you will travel to Oslo, the capital city of Norway. As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy. A cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, restaurants, shopping and surrounded by mountains and the sea. Enjoy a tour of Voringsfossen & Hadeland Glassverk on arrival. The area around the Glassverks is like a small, charming village. Here glass is still blown using traditional methods and there is an extensive production of wine glasses as well as special designer goods and decorative projects.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Four // 6th August 2019
Today take in the sights of Oslo, including a visit and hand spindle lesson at the Norwegian Folk Museum – one of the world’s oldest and largest open-air museums. You will also get to visit the Vigeland Sculpture 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Five // 7th August 2019
This morning you will go to the Fram Museum, a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. The museum is home to the 19th century wooden vessel as well as the nearby Kon-Tiki & Viking Ship Museum. Afterwards, we will make our way to the ferry pier to board your overnight ferry to Copenhagen.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Six // 8th August 2019
Once you arrive in Copenhagen, we will start exploring at the Amalienborg Palace Square. This is one of the city’s most beautiful squares and home to the royal family and Rosenborg Castle – a Renaissance palace where the Danish crown jewels are kept, as well as paintings and other treasures.  Other landmarks and sights you’ll see include the Opera House, Nyhavn (New Harbour), Vesterbro, Christianshavn, the old Stock Exchange, Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square), lakes and The Little Mermaid statue.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Twenty Seven // 9th August 2019
This morning, step inside the magnificent Christiansborg Palace and Round Tower for a closer look at what was once a royal residence, and is today home of the Danish Parliament. You will be amazed by the grandeur as you wander from room to room. This evening take part in a local cooking class and savor your creations over dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Eight // 10th August 2019
Today you will explore North Zealand. Castles and cathedrals… undulating open landscapes mix with impressive forests and large lakes. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet; and then Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance-era castle in Scandinavia. Return via Dyrehaven, a wonderful woodland park north of Copenhagen. This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner in the Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen is a must for all visitors to the city. It has become a national treasure and an international attraction. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty Nine // 11th August 2019
Today we make our way back to the airport for our journey home.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight

Day Thirty // 12th August 2019
We will arrive in Sydney very late in the evening from our long flight. Due to this timing, we will be spending the night in Sydney.
Meals: In flight

Day Thirty One // 13th August 2019
After breakfast, we will depart mid-morning to Newcastle – returning you to your home address.
Meals: Breakfast

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