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Santa Claus Village & Land of Aurora Borealis

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    • Duration11 Days
    • Departure Dates21 Oct 2022
    • Fly onQatar Airways
    • Departure FromKochi
    Tour Details

    Our Highlights

    • Helsinki
    • Rovaniemi
    • Santa Claus Village
    • Aurora Village
    • Kiruna
    • Stockholm
    • Karlstad
    • Oslo
    • Gol
    • Flam
    • Copenhagen

    Package Includes

    • Economy class Airfare from Cochin
    • Economy class Airfare from Cochin
    • 1 Night accommodation in Santa Claus Express night train
    • 1 Night accommodation in Aurora Cabins (Glass roof cabins)
    • 1 Night accommodation in Kiruna
    • 1 Night accommodation in Karlstad
    • 2 Nights accommodation in Gol
    • 1 Night Overnight cruise to Denmark
    • 1 Night accommodation in Copenhagen
    • Baggage Allowance as per the airline policy
    • Professional, friendly and well experienced Malayalee Tour Manager from Soman’s Leisure
    • All transfers and sightseeing by comfortable A/C coaches.
    • Entrance fees of all sightseeing venues to be visited from inside, as per the tour itinerary
    • Accommodation in comfortable and convenient 4-star hotels on twin sharing basis
    • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All Tips – Guide, Driver & Restaurants
    • Travel Insurance [valid for the tour period] up to 70 years of age
    • 5% GST

    Price Excludes

    • 5% TCS (Tax Collected at Source), Finance Act 2020 has inserted a new sub-section (1G) in TCS (Tax Collected at Source) under Section 206C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to collect tax out of foreign remittance transactions under Liberalized Remittance Scheme [LRS] as well as amount received from buyer by a seller for sale of an ‘Overseas Tour Program Package’ w.e.f. October 1, 2020.As per RBI guidelines an additional 5% TCS on invoice value is applicable for those passengers having PAN (permanent Account Number) or 10% TCS is applicable for those passengers does not have PAN
    • Tips of personal nature and any additional meals, other than specified in the itinerary
    • Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident, hospitalization, or any personal emergency.
    • Optional tours, if any
    • Anything which is not included in the tour cost inclusion
    • Cost of RT-PCR in Europe if required

    Cancellation Policy

    A cancellation charge of 50% of the tour cost will be applicable for the passengers canceling before 15 days of departure and 100 % of the tour cost will be levied as the cancellation charge for the cancellations within 15 days prior to the departure.

    Itinerary

    Day 1COCHIN – DOHA – HELSINKI (FINLAND)

    Welcome to Helsinki (Finland). Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.

    Arrive at Helsinki Airport, alternatively referred to as Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, is the main international airport of the city of Helsinki, its surrounding metropolitan area, and the Uusimaa region. After the Immigration and Clearance, transfer to hotel for check in. Evening proceed for dinner.

    Meals: Inflight Meal, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Helsink

    Day 2HELSINKI – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO ROVANIEMI (FINLAND)

    Breakfast at hotel. Check out & proceed for Guided city tour of Helsinki, capital of Finland. It is the leading seaport and industrial city. Helsinki lies in the far south of the country, on a peninsula that is fringed by fine natural harbours and that protrudes into the Gulf of Finland. It is the most northerly of continental European capitals. It is often called the “white city of the north” because many of its buildings are constructed of a local light-coloured granite. Proceed for Guided city tour of Helsinki with a guide to give background and context you might miss if alone. Stroll around squares, churches, architecture, and parks; and gain insight into Finnish life and culture as your guide shares tales you’d probably never hear by yourself. Plus, enjoy flexibility with your departure: helping you to match your tour to your vacation schedule. Explore Helsinki in depth on a private half-day city walking tour Visit churches, parks and more, and hear details you’d miss if alone Gain insight into local life and culture that you’d only get from a local guide.

    Evening transfer to railway station to board Santa Claus Express night train to Rovaniemi. The Finnish double-decker night train, known as the Santa Claus Express, travels from Helsinki to snow-covered Lapland in the north. The train stops at Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus, and then goes on to Kemijärvi, its final destination. See the beauty of Finland from the comfortable compartments of this train and wake up above the Arctic Circle the next morning.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Santa Claus Express night train

    Day 3ROVANIEMI - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE (FINLAND)

    After the breakfast on board, leave the train & proceed for Rovaniemi Guided tour. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the “official” home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. Its home to Arktikum, a museum and science centre exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.

    Enjoy a magical journey to the Santa Claus Village and meet Santa Claus himself, then cross the Arctic Circle. Enjoy head toward Santa Claus’s main office in Lapland. Have a private meeting with Santa Claus, and then send greetings to all your friends from Santa’s Post Office. Next, make your way to the painted white line denoting the Arctic Circle, which cuts rightthrough Santa Claus Village. You will officially enter the Arctic area when you cross the line. Cross the circle, enjoy this popular photo spot for all visitors, and get an Arctic Circle certificate. Afterward, have the opportunity to taste a traditional Christmas buffet with lunch at Santa’s place before returning to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

    Later proceed for check in at Aurora village. The Aurora Cabins (Glass roof cabins) at the Northern Lights Village are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights, while lying comfortably in the warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the northern sky, directly above the bed. Glass roof Aurora Cabins, or “igloos”, provide an amazing experience around the year! In autumn and winter enjoy the Northern Lights and a starry sky – or – in summer the night-less night with the Midnight Sun from the comfort of your bed.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Aurora Cabins (Glass roof cabins)

    Day 4AURORA VILLAGE – KIRUNA (SWEDEN)

    Post breakfast, check out and transfer to Kiruna. It is a town in the far north of Swedish Lapland. It’s known for the huge LKAB iron ore mine and its underground visitor’s centre with an exhibit on mining. Hjalmar Lundbohms garden, the 19th-century former home of LKAB’s first managing director, is now a museum with a courtyard photography exhibit. Kiruna Church is notable for its bell tower and resemblance to the traditional huts of the indigenous Sami people.

    Upon arrival guided tour of Kiruna. We begin the tour from a historical and holistic perspective, as far back in time as 400 million years ago when the American continent collided with the European continent. If the weather is clear, we see the mountain range that was formed in connection with the collision and gain an understanding of Kiruna as a city. The journey continues with a few more stops through Kiruna’s old city centre where the city transformation is in full swing. From history we are guided into the present and the new city center where old and new buildings are mixed in a new and exciting environment.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Kiruna

    Day 5 KIRUNA – STOCKHOLM (BY FLIGHT) (SWEDEN)

    Early morning transfer to airport to board flight to Stockholm. Arrive at Stockholm and proceed for guided city tour. Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. It is located at the junction of Lake Malar (Malaren) and Salt Bay (Saltsjon), an arm of the Baltic Sea, opposite the Gulf of Finland. The city is built upon numerous islands as well as the mainland of Uppland and Sodermanland. By virtue of its location, Stockholm is regarded as one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Stockholm developed rapidly in the mid-17th century as Sweden temporarily became a great power. The central government departments were then placed there, and the city became an independent administrative unit. The old city walls were torn down, and new districts grew up north and south of the “city between the bridges”. In the 18th century, fires destroyed large parts of the city, and stone buildings were constructed to replace the old wooden houses. Stockholm had by then become the cultural centre of Sweden; many of its literary societies and scientific academies date from this time.

    Discover Stockholm sightseeing highlights on this city tour. This private tour ensures you personalized aenon from your guide and answers to all of your questions about Stockholm’s ancient and modern history. Walk the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) the bustling, compact island of Gamla Stan is the city’s old town, with cobbled streets and colourful 17th and 18th-century buildings. It is home to the medieval Storkyrkan cathedral and the Royal Palace, the king’s official residence. Stylish bistros serve New Nordic cuisine, while night spots include old-school pubs and chic cocktail bars. On adjoining Riddarholmen Island, Riddarholmen Church hosts summer concerts. Then stop by the Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace) and Storkyrkan (Coronation Church) with a knowledgeable local guide.

    Entrance to Vasa Museum, The Vasa Museum is a marine museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17thcentury ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. Aer 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged and the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world’s best preserved 17th century ship and one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia.

    Transfer to Karlstad, Karlstad is a city on the Klaralven Riverin Varmland County, Sweden. It’s known for neighbouring Lake Vanern to the south, dotted with tiny islands. In town, Varmlands Museum has multimedia exhibits on local history since ancient times. Nearby, Karlstad Cathedral has an elaborate chandelier and 2 model ships hanging from its ceiling. The Brigade Museum showcases Swedish civilian and military life during the Cold War. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Karlstad

    Day 6KARLSTAD – OSLO – GOL (NORWAY)

    After Breakfast, transfer to Gol via Oslo

    Oslo – Formerly (1624–1877) Chrisania or (1877–1925) Krisania, capital and largest city of Norway. It lies at the head of Oslo Fjord in the south-eastern part of the country. The original site of Oslo was east of the Aker River. The city was founded by King Harald Hardraade about 1050, and about 1300 the Akershus fortress was built by Haakon V. Aerthe city was destroyed by fire in 1624, Chrisan IV of Denmark-Norway built a new town farther west, under the walls of the Akershus fortress, and called it Chrisania. The growth of Chrisania’s population in the 19th century was due in part to the absorption of surrounding municipalities, and the city replaced its rival, the west-coast port of Bergen, as Norway’s largest and most influential city. The city was renamed Oslo in 1925 and developed rapidly after World War II. In 1948 Oslo incorporated the nearby township of Aker, and in the following decades a number of satellite towns and residential areas grew up to the east and west of the city.

    Enhance your experience of Oslo on a Guided city tour of the Norwegian capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stop at significant aracons like Vigeland Park and Holmenkollen Ski Jump while gaining fascinating insight into the city’s rich historical heritage. Marvel at the incredible bronze and granite sculptures of Gustav Vigeland and absorb sweeping vistas of the prey city from the vertiginous vantage point of the ski jump. Then, explore the city centre by coach, cruising past monuments like Oslo Cathedral and Akershus Castle, while listening to interesting commentary led by a friendly local guide Visit Holmenkollen Ski Jump, an impressive landmark that was used in the 1952 Winter Olympics (Photo stop only) Admire views over the city during free me at the famous ski jump See top Oslo attractions including Akershus Castle and Fortress on a panoramic tour of the city centre.

    Entrance to Fram Museum, it is a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. It is located on the peninsula of Bygdoy in Oslo, Norway. Fram Museum is in an area with several other museums including the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. At the Fram Museum you can come on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth – the Arcc and the Antarctic. The Fram Museum also has a polar simulator where you can experience the cold and the dangers of polar expeditions more than 100 years ago. Next to the main building is the Gjoa building with exhibitions on the Arcc and the Northwest Passage. After Lunch Proceed to Gol.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Gol

    Day 7GOL – FLAM - SOGNEFJORD CRUISE – GOL (NORWAY)

    Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to transfer to Flam and enjoy Flamsbana. It is a village in southwestern Norway, in an area known for its fjords. It sits at the end of Aurlandsord, a branch of the vast Sogneord. The dramac Stegastein viewing platform juts out high above the Aurlandsord. South of Flam Harbour, the 17thcenturywooden Flam Church lies in the valley. The Flam Railway offers valley and waterfall views as it climbs to a station on the Hardangervidda plateau.

    Drive to Myrdal to board the scenic train Flamsbana to Flam. Flam Railway- one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys, The Flam Railway (Flamsbana) is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. The 20 km-long train ride took 20 years and is one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world. The railway is one considered to be one of Norway’s major and most thrilling tourist aracons and the train journey provides some of the countries wildest and most awe inspiring scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride that operates between Flam and Myrdal, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes.

    After Lunch, proceed to Flam to board a cruise in The Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, is surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, high mountains, and roaring waterfalls. Along the fjord, you will find charming villages where you relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will sail through UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed fjords featuring majestic mountains, wild nature and idyllic villages.

    Cruise starts from Flam to Gudvangen, the start of the cruise will be to sail through the narrow, majestic Naeroyfjord. When the snow melts in June, you can see up to 25 waterfalls, including Kjelfossen waterfall in Gudvangen, which has a free fall of 840 metres. Further on, you will enter the Aurlandsord, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of this fjord, the ferry will sail past the small village of Fronningen. The village has no road connection. The only access is via boat. This is where people have lived from me immemorial, and the trip affords the sight of small homesteads clinging to the sides of the steep mountains that plunge into the ord. An air of nostalgia permeates this spectacular fjord landscape surrounded by mountains such as Bleia reaching up to 1775 metres. Snow-covered peaks forming a striking contrast with the dark, deep ord are all part of an experience you will never forget.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Gol

    Day 8GOL – OSLO – DFDS CRUISE (NORWAY)

    After Breakfast transfer to Oslo – Lunch – Proceed to board DFDS cruise. DFDS Seaways comprises a vast network of ferry routes with crossings to and from the UK, France, Holland, Denmark, Norway and services in the Baltic Sea. Ship sail times on the Oslo to Copenhagen ferry route can take roughly around 17 hours and 15 minutes, but this sail time is to be taken as an estimate rather than an exact time, as sail times can vary for a number of reasons.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Cruise

    Day 9COPENHAGEN - CANAL CRUISE (DENMARK)

    After Breakfast proceed for Guided tour in the Historic Quarter in Copenhagen, you have the opportunity to experience a number of the most important monuments in Copenhagen. The tour includes both major works such as Christiansborg, Amalienborg, Absalon’s Copenhagen and Nyhavn, but also lesser known buildings in sights such as H.C. Orsted’s studio apartment, the Freedom Support on Vesterbrogade and the plaque commemorating the siege of Copenhagen in the 17th century Grundtvig Church on Bispebjerg by Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint.

    Entrance to Christiansborg Palace, it is a palace and government building on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark. Christiansborg Palace is located on Slotsholmen in Copenhagen, which has an 800 year-long history as Denmark’s of power. The present palace was completed in 1928, but from this place kings and queens have ruled for centuries. Today, the palace is used byHM The Queen for official events such as gala banquets and public audiences.

    After Lunch proceed for a classic Copenhagen Canal cruise. You will be going through historic areas and see both old and new architectural wonders. The tour lasts an hour and our skilled guides will tell you stories of the sights and areas you pass by. Copenhagen is a wonderful mix of old and new architecture which creates a special feeling of a modern city with a history worth preserving. The canal tours are a big hit both among adults and children of all ages. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Copenhagen

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight stay in Copenhagen

    Day 10COPENHAGEN – DOHA

    After Breakfast, check out & proceed to visit Oresund Bridge. The Oresund Bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge across the Oresund strait between Denmark and Sweden. It is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, running nearly 8 kilometres from the Swedish coast to the artificial island Peberholm in the middle of the strait. After taking beautiful pictures of bridge proceed for lunch.

    Afternoon transfer to Copenhagen Airport to board your Qatar airways flight departing to
    Doha.

    Day 11DOHA – COCHIN

    Arrive Doha & Connect Qatar airways flight to Cochin. Return home with pleasant memories
    of the tour