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RUSSIA - NORTHERN EUROPE TOUR PACKAGE

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Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen

Day 01: NEW YORK(JFK) - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Fly from New York’s JFK airport to Reykjavik, Iceland on a short five and hour flight.

Day 02: REYKJAVIK
Arrive and transfer to Blue Lagoon for breakfast and thereafter a dip in the world famous geo-thermal Blue Lagoon for a soak in its geothermal blue waters, a unique geothermal spa situated in the lava field south of Reykjavik. Once there you have many recreational options such as walking around the Blue Lagoon’s spectacular surroundings or bathing in the milky blue-green water, famous for its skin healing properties. Visit their website at www.bluelagoon.com for more information. After refreshing in the Blue Lagoon, transfer to your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. In the afternoon, enjoy the tour of Reykjavik. Reykjavík, the small European capital visiting its harbor, the world’s oldest parliament, the towering church Hallgrímskirkja the Tjorn - the pond in the middle of town, town of Hafnafjordur.

Day 03: REYKJAVIK
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Reykjavik’s golden circle. A full day tour of The "Golden Circle" takes you to the impressive Geyser area, home of the original boiling water spout, the double waterfalls at Gull Foss, the National Park at Thingvellir, where Europe's first parliament started meeting in the ninth century, the old volcano Kerid and the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. This UNESCO site is where the oldest existing parliament in the world was formed. It´s not only one of the most historic place in Iceland, but also a natural wonder because of its location literally ON one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the worlds. At Thingvellir, you can actually see how the continental plates of America and Europe have drifted apart. Huge canyons are the most clear manifestation of that, one of which (“Peningagjá canyon”) is thought to make wishes come true when you throw a coin into it.

From Thingvellir we will continue to the geothermal area around the Geysir hot spring and Gullfoss waterfall (“the Golden waterfall”). These attractions are two of the most popular ones in Iceland – and for a reason! Everybody is blown away by the natural power that is reflected in the spouting geysers and huge waterfalls.

The first half features some classic sightseeing. But after lunch, it is time for some action. The jeep will continue towards Langjokull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier, where you will take one hour ride around the glacier. This drive is only available for monster jeeps and you will be experiencing something absolutely unique. Driving on a glacier will get you magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 04: REYKJAVIK - OSLO, NORWAY
Transfer to airport for flight to Oslo. Arrive in Oslo and proceed directly for the city tour of Oslo. Enjoy the Oslo Fjord by boat. On this cruise, the boat passes through narrow, idyllic bays and you will see a maze of islands, dotted with small summer houses. Check in at hotel.

Day 05: OSLO
Morning tour of Oslo. The tour includes a visit to the famous Vigelands Sculpture Park, the Holmenkollen Ski jump and the Viking Ship Museum. Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula. The Museum is dedicated to the balsa raft which the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia. Drive past the Royal Castle, the City Hall and the Parliament Building (Stortinget).

Day 06: OSLO - MOSCOW
Transfer to airport for Moscow, Russia. Arrive and transfer to hotel. In the evening, enjoy the optional Russian ballet/ folklore show at the world famous Bolshoi Theatre (subject to availability of performance).

Day 07: MOSCOW
After breakfast, enjoy your guided tour of Moscow-the capital of the Russia, was founded in 1147 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky as a fortress on the bank of the Moskva River. Within over 850 years of its history Moscow has developed into the one of the largest cities of the world with a territory of almost 1000 sq. km and a population of about 11 million. It is the economic, political and cultural centre of Russia, the seat of the Russian government. There are a lot of inland and foreign companies, educational and cultural institutions in the city. Moscow is famous for its architectural and cultural monuments of world significance: the Kremlin (15-17th centuries) - the former residence of the Russian tzars is considered to be one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world, the St.Basil`s Cathedral (1551-1561) - the masterpiece of Russian architecture is located on the Red Square. Moscow is well-known thanks to its theatres and museums. The Bolshoy Theatre (1776) - one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Historical Museum, the ancient estate Kolomenskoye (14th century) - one of the residences of the Russian princes and tsars, the Kuskovo estate (18th century) are among them. The Moscow metro is one of the most beautiful in the world

Day 08: MOSCOW
After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Kremlin- the oldest, most characteristic part of the Russian capital, the symbol of Russian and former Soviet Communist power. Inside, the overpowering elegance of the structure is only enhanced. The red reception room’s thick crimson curtains and red velvet chairs glow under the light from gold chandeliers, while the emerald tones of the green reception sheen with further brilliance accented by its fine rugs and gold-framed furniture. To witness a glow that will make anyone feel luxuriant, guests can head to the heavily ornamented St. Alexander’s Hall. Intricate tiled flooring, gold-accented domed ceilings, and stately pillars make this candlelit room a palace in itself.

Day 09: MOSCOW ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to St. Petersburg. Arrive in St. Petersburg and transfer to hotel. In the evening visit a local Russian theatre for a stunning Russian folklore show.

Day 10: ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, enjoy the tour of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is definitely the most beautiful city of Russia and one of the most splendid in Europe. All year round, the unsurpassed beauty of St. Petersburg’s architectural wonders, as well as the magic spirit of the city, attracts people from all over the world. St Petersburg has been called the "City of White Nights", "Northern Venice", and Northern Palmira". It was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and celebrated its 300th anniversary in the year 2003. Even though the city is relatively young according to European and Russian standards it still has rich and fascinating history. St. Peter and Paul Fortress, a fortification structure of the early 18th century, is one of the most outstanding historical and architectural landmarks in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Day 11: ST. PETERSBURG
Visit the State Hermitage - one of the greatest museums in the world. The basis of this incredible museum is a complex consisting of five historical buildings, including the Winter Palace, and was the residence of Russian tsars. The Hermitage collection was started by Catherine the Great in 1764 from 225 paintings and currently has about 3 million objects of art. Among the Hermitage’s treasures are art works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, and a world famous collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

Day 12: ST. PETERSBURG TALLINN, ESTONIA
After breakfast, depart by motor coach to Tallinn, the capital city of Baltic country of Estonia (around 5-6 hours drive). Arrive in Tallinn and check in at the hotel.

Day 13: TALLINN
After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Tallinn. Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The new center of town is Vabaduse valjak (Freedom Square) at the edge of the old town, and nearby is the giant matchbox of Hotel Viru, the former Intourist flagship and notorious den of Cold War intrigue where every room was tapped and monitored by the KGB. You will have a beautiful walk in Old Town of Tallinn, start some interesting discussions with your local guide and learn about the history and daily life of the country.The small Old Town with its romantic cobbled streets, charming red roofs, Medieval and Gothic-style houses, its the best preserved of the old town in northern Europe.

Day 14: TALLINN HELSINKI, FINLAND
After breakfast, take fast ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki. Arrive Helsinki and proceed directly on city tour of Helsinki. On a guided city sightseeing tour you will learn more about Helsinki, also called the "Daughter of the Baltic". Visible from afar is the Lutheran Cathedral, the majestic symbol of the city and a welcoming landmark for approaching ships. The City Hall and the Presidential Palace watch over the bustling and colorful Market Square, where stands groan under the weight of interesting wares, fruit, vegetables, flowers, Finnish specialties and art handicrafts. Right beside the Market Square is the Market Hall, a treasure trove of Finnish culinary delicacies. The Sibelius Monument, a huge steel structure resembling a set of organ pipes, symbolizes the music of the greatest Finnish composer. An absolute must on a tour of Helsinki is a visit to the "Rock Church". The walls are of natural Finnish rock and the ceiling is faced with copper wire. After the sightseeing tour, check in at the hotel.

Day 15: HELSINKI - NEW YORK
Transfer to airport for your flight to New York via Reykjavik. Arrive in New York, the same day in the afternoon.

TOUR ENDS

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Book your Tour 120 Days in advance and recieve US $ 200 per person Early Bird Discount

AIR & LAND COST: 
(PER PERSON RATES BASED ON SHARING A TWIN/DOUBLE ROOM)

US $ per person

Single Room supplement US $ per person

Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before filling in the Tour Booking form and mailing your deposits.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • International airfare from New York to Europe roundtrip in coach class as per the program on our selected International scheduled airline.
  • All Europe flights as per program in economy class.
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursion tours by private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee to the places of visit.
  • Deluxe/Superior First class hotel accommodation sharing a standard twin/double room.
  • Buffet breakfast daily at the hotel.
  • Daily buffet/fixe menu dinner at hotel or local restaurants.
  • Comprehensive city tour in each place of visit.
  • All airport taxes/surcharges.

Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before filling in the Tour Booking form and mailing your deposits

NOT INCLUDED: Visa fee, any meals not mentioned above, Travel Insurance, any baggage handling fee/gratuity, mineral water, any beverages alcoholic or non-alcoholic, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, room service, any increase in airfare or government imposed taxes, any other items not mentioned in the tour inclusion list.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:   We strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive Travel Insurance coverage, including but not limited to trip cancellation, delay, loss of deposit, medical expenses, personal accidents and death, loss of baggage, personal belongings. “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance policy is one option that you must discuss with your Travel Insurance Company, as it offers a wider range of coverage if you cancel for any reason. Most Travel Insurance companies want you to buy insurance at the time of making your initial tour deposit to obtain the best coverage. Please contact and discuss all options available to you from the Travel Insurance companies of your choice before signing up on the tour.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDOnce booked, the Tour involves a cancellation penalty if it is cancelled by you for any reason or for any circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, Inc, its agents, and its service providers. We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance policy from the travel insurance company of your choice, covering all eventualities including, but not limited to, trip delay, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, illness, disease, death, accident etc that can protect yourself from cancellation penalties, in case the tour is cancelled by you or due to circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours, its agents, or service providers.

An administrative fee of US $ 500.00 per person will be charged for any cancellation once the tour is booked. A 25% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 89-60 days prior to departure. A 50% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 59-30 days prior to departure. A 75% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 29-03 days prior to departure. For a later cancellation, or for any unutilized services, no refund will be permissible. It is mandatory for passenger to make all cancellations in writing, stating the reason for cancellation and same must be received in our office on a prompt basis. Most refunds generally take 6-8 weeks to process.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS :: It is the sole responsibility of each passenger/tourist to obtain and verify that all of their travel documents, such as passport, visa, and airline tickets, vaccination requirements,etc are in order and meets the guidelines to embark on the trip.

HEALTH: You must consult with your physician every important aspect of your health related issues, including vaccinations such as Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, malaria prophylaxis etc. to ensure that you are in good health to engage in overseas travel. Please note: all our overseas tours require considerable walking and driving, sometimes on uneven, dusty and bumpy road conditions. You may also need to take stairs and inclines during the tour. No individual assistance to passengers requiring wheelchair can be provided, as many places may not be wheelchair accessible and may be challenging for the physically handicapped. For Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or via the CDC’s Internet site, at http://www.cdc.gov/travel For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, please consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) web site. All passengers are personally responsible to ensure that they are medically fit to travel.

AIRLINE GROUP BOOKING AND SEAT ASSIGNMENTS POLLINA TOURS makes the booking with the Group Department of the airline, which means all the group members must travel together to and from a common gateway, as one Group. The Group tickets are lower fare tickets and carry restrictions. The tickets are nonrefundable, non-transferrable, non–re-routable, and non-endorsable. Policies governing seat assignments for groups vary greatly by airline. Most airlines currently offer preferred seating, a system which allows them to charge additional fees for preferable seats. As a result, many seats displayed on airline seat maps are set aside for clients willing to pay additional fees for them. Some seats may only be accessible at airport check-in. Specific Seat assignments preferences are not guaranteed by Pollina Tours. Loss of assignments may occur, at any time, due to airline schedule changes, or even as a result of individual passengers making changes directly with airlines on their group seat assignments. In many cases, airlines will not assign seats for groups until the group booking is closed for ticketing usually 30 days prior to departure. At this time, Pollina Tours will do all possible to seat passengers together and in the best available seats. However, it may not be possible for Pollina Tours to assign seats of each passenger's personal choice. Once assigned, typically seats may only be changed at airport check-in. Domestic US flights, as well as flights within Europe, do not permit group seat assignments. Airline reservation agents are often prohibited from assisting with seat requests for Group Reservations from individual passengers.

GROUP HOTEL BOOKING POLLINA TOURS makes the booking of the hotel in the specified hotel in “Standard” twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms or “Standard” double bedded (one double bed) room with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests, such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.

GROUP DINNER BOOKING: POLLINA TOURS make the reservation for the Group Dinner arrangements at the hotel or local restaurants based on the hotel or restaurant’s Buffet or Set dinner menu basis policy. All efforts are made to offer Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian menu choice to the Group members. However, Pollina Tours cannot make multiple dinner menu request based on each group members’ individual request, likings and disliking.

RESPONSIBILITYPollina Tours & Travel, Inc. and/or their agents give notice that all tickets, vouchers and the coupons issued by them and all arrangements for transportation or for conveyance/hotel accommodation, sightseeing, excursions, etc, made by them, as AGENTS of the passenger upon the express condition that they shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss , accident, death, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect of any vehicle, or through the act or default of any person or company engaged in conveying or housing the passengers or in connection therewith, or of any hotel proprietor or employee. Pollina Tour and/ or their agents can accept no responsibility for cancellation penalties or losses or incidental expenses due to delay or change in schedules of airline, rail, motor coach, cruise or any transportation companies etc, hotel overbooking or default, sickness, injury, death, weather, strike, political or social unrest, disease, epidemic, pandemic, terrorism, natural calamities, quarantine or any other causes beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, its agents and suppliers of services. All such losses or incidental expenses will have to be borne by the passengers. Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the tour. Obtaining a suitable travel insurance policy to cover the medical and non-medical eventualities from any Travel Insurance company of your choice is solely the responsibility of each passenger/tourist booked on our tour. Pollina Tours & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as tour participants, to expel any tour participants from the tour, to make changes in the itinerary whenever the company deems it is necessary for the comfort, safety and convenience of the participants or their agents/service providers. Although, all safety measures are taken by our suppliers to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe tour. However, our Service provider will require you to sign their responsibility form to not hold them responsible for any injury, accident, death, etc, caused to you during any adventure tourism activities, jungle safari, etc. which is beyond their control. All prices are quoted in US Dollars. The transportation, airlines, rail ,cruise, ferry companies, etc, concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or events during the time passengers are not on board their carriers and conveyance. The passenger’s contract in use by the airline carrier, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation company and the purchaser of the Tour(s) and/or passengers. Typically, check- in time at the hotels is 3:00 PM and check out time is 12 noon. Sequence of the itinerary is subject to change, due to circumstances beyond our control.