Tour of Helsinki and St: Petersburg

(This is only a suggested itinerary. Tours can be any length and include the concerts and excursions you require).


 

Day 1 Helsinki
 

Day 2 Helsinki -            St: Petersburg


Day 3 - 4 St:Petersburg


Day 5 To home

Day 1)                                                                                                  BOAT / FLIGHT TO HELSINKI

Welcome to Finland! Helsinki is now over 450 years old as a town and the city is surrounded by the sea and islands. Helsinki is also a synthesis of nature and culture. Many of its attractions, and its architecture bearing trails of both its western and eastern heritage, are easily revealed to the tourist roaming the city on foot. With its numerous museums, rich musical life and wide variety of exhibitions and events.

Buses will be waiting to usher you away for a guided orientation tour of the city. Finland's quirky capital at once stuck in the past and cutting-edge.

Welcome dinner, the rest of the evening is free.

You'll note this in the architecture as we travel from Market Square, past the Lutheran and Orthodox cathedrals, Sibelius Monument, to the underground Temppeliaukio Church ("Church in the Rock"). The tour will end at your hotel, you will have time to eat lunch on your own before checking in.

 Rest of the day we will focus on Finland's most famous composer, Jean Sibelius. Transfer to Ainola, the country home and final resting place of Jean and Aino Sibelius. The family home contains original furniture, paintings, books, and the piano on which Sibelius composed many of his scores.

In the evening, we will return to the Helsinki for a festive welcome dinner.
Overnight in Helsinki.

Day 2)                                                                                                  HELSINKI – ST: PETERSBURG                                                          

After late breakfast and hotel check out by speed train journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg.

It takes only 3.5 hours to get from Helsinki to Saint-Petersburg or vice versa. No rush with passing the customs — all border formalities are carried out on the train. Lunch on your own. Transfer to hotel for check in and then a panoramic city tour includes the major highlights of St. Petersburg city such as the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square and Smolny Convent.

Rehearsal and then evening concert. Optional Friendship Concert with a local choir from St Petersburg area.

Dinner in St-Petersburg on your own.

Day 3)                                                                                                   ST: PETERSBURG



An unforgettable day awaits.
 

After breakfast tour to the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage tour takes 3 hours (approx. 3-4 km). The tour includes visits to four buildings: The Winter Palace (State Rooms and Impressionists exhibition on the 3rd floor), the Small Hermitage (Pavillion Hall), The Old Hermitage (art of Italy), The New hermitage (art of Italy, Spain, Holland, France, etc.). The duration and the content of the tour can be discussed with the guide. Our aim is to give a good general picture of this enormous museum with three million pieces of art.

Then excursion to the beautiful Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin is one of the former Imperial summer residences with the world-famous Amber Room. Duration 5 hours with a lunch at a traditional Russian cuisine restaurant.
Upon returning to the hotel in the evening, participants are tired but go to dinner with a fantastic memory for life.

Dinner on your own.

Day 4)                                                                                                      ST: PETERSBURG

Breakfast and then excursion to Peterhof Summer Palace, a magnificent ensemble on the Gulf of Finland, the summer residence of Russian czars with enormous park and beautiful fountains. Duration 4-6 hours with a lunch at a traditional Russian cuisine restaurant. The duration and the content of the tour can be discussed with the guide.

Rehearsal and then evening concert. Optional Friendship Concert with a local choir from St Petersburg area.
                                                                                                               OR
Optional evening program: Ballet at the Aleksandrinsky theater, Opera at the Mariinsky theater, Russian folklore, Circus, etc.
Dinner on you own.

Day 5)                                                                                               ST: PETERSBURG – TO HOME

Breakfast and then by train back to Helsinki for continuation of the journey home.

                                                                                                             WELCOME HOME!