on Birger Jarlsgatan just across from Humlegården and close to Stureplan the Elite Plaza is an eclectic design mix of original 19th century features and classy contemporary ones. Fabrics and furnishing in all the rooms have a snazzy feel to them pairing cerise and grey, primrose yellow and beige, turqoise and walnut. The bathrooms have vessels sinks, designer tiling and wet showers. There are 5 room categories with the standard category all being on the second floor and having double beds, private WC/shower, mini bar, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes & Penhaligon toiletries.
Princess's Maria & Anastasia
Each ship has 7 different restaurants, cafes and bars including one focused on traditional Russian cuisine including beluga caviar, Siberian Pelmeni (dumplings), Kotleta po-Kievski (Chicken Kiev) and borsch. There’s also a ’sweet & sour’ experience of a different sort with a hot sauna and chilling plunge pool, a beauty salon and Russian dance entertainment. Your air conditioned cabin is 8.5sqm with twin beds and private shower, W/C and hand basin and outside sea facing on either deck 4 or 6 (that’s above the water line). Both ships are British Lloyd Registered and managed by DFDS (familiar to us as Scandinavian Seaways); an AAA Nordic certified ship Management Company operating one of the largest ferry fleets in Europe.
Just off Sadovaya street, the Ambassador is opposite the Yusupof Gardens and within walking distance of St Isaac's cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt and Sadovaya (Sennaya Ploschad’) Metro station, so you couldn’t be more central. The chandelier overhanging the lobby and marbled staircase leading up from it are both auguries of what the hotel offers: modern standards with a genuflection to Russian opulence. The buffet/restaurant on the 9th floor has a panorama view of the St Petersburg cityscape & St Isaac's Golden Dome. The décor in our allocation of standard rooms is more Scandinavian than Russian with light pine bed heads and furniture, fawn and red fabrics and marbled bathrooms. Each has a coffee table & chairs, a desk with mirror, TV, telephone, WI-FI and wardrobe.
Domina Prestige Hotel
The hotel is located on the Moika River Embankment, only a walking distance from the majestic St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the famous Mariinsky Theatre, Palace Square, Hermitage and Nevsky Prospekt. The Domina Prestige has its own unique style and contemporary design and the concept of five dimensions: Nature, Family, Fantasy, Adventure and Romantic, which can be seen in the room’s atmosphere, decoration and service! The rooms are bright and cosy and amenities include king size, queen size or twin beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, writing desk, telephone, arm chairs, IP TV, air conditioning, spacious bathroom with WC, bathtub and shower, minibar, hairdryer, safe and a teapot.
The hotel, built in 1783, combines the charm of its history with modern comfort and service. Located in the Vladimirskaya square, the unique historical area of the city, the Dostoevsky faces the Cathedral of Our Lady of Vladimir. The superior rooms are from 21 to 24 m2 and the amenities include 24/7 room service, television with satellite reception, telephone with international direct dial, bathroom with WC/shower, hair dryer, safety box and a mini-bar.
The domed ceiling and art deco inlaid wood panelling in the Torni’s reception speaks of something special. Once Finland’s tallest building the Ateljee Bar at the top of the building’s tower has the best views of Helsinki as do the loos which have outside glass walls. The rooms take you back to twenties elegance with tile stoves, wood flooring, claw feet bathtubs, all mod cons and are furnished in either art deco style or national romantic style. Twin rooms come in Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles with private WC/shower, TV, mini bar, tea/coffee tray. Not quite up to the Seurahuone on the pillows front, none the less each bed has 3 sizes and a memory foam mattress that adapts to your body based on your body heat and weight. Unmissable from Mannerheimintie Street, the Torni couldn’t be better placed for a short stay.
1st Day UK – Stockholm
fly scheduled airline to the Swedish capital Stockholm and transfer to the City Center and your hotel. Once described by author Selma Lagerlöf as floating on water, the city with its intricate lattice of canals, Hanseatic buildings piled up on Gamla Stan, futuristic Eriksson Globe and every architectural style in between is Scandi perfect. Overnight at the Elite Plaza.
2nd Day Stockholm-Overnight to Tallinn
take the bulk of the day to explore the city. The Old Town is a must see as is the Vasa warship museum for a dose of maritime culture and Vetakatten for the cinnamon bun to end all cinnamon buns. If you need some retail therapy Ostermalm is the designer label country and Södermalm the Camden Market of Stockholm. In the late afternoon board the MS Anastasia and sail out through the 24.000 island archipelago on passage to Tallinn. Overnight in an inside B-class cabin with buffet dinner.
3rd Day Tallinn
after breakfast on board you dock at 10 in the morning for a day in Estonia’s capital, whose renaissance since the end of its Soviet domination has been transformative. Elegantly restored this one time Hanseatic Port with its Old Town is a jumble of medieval walls, turrets, spires, winding cobbled streets all imperiously overlooked by Toompea Castle and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with numerous cafes and bars nestling in side streets. Re-board your ship for the overnight passage to St Petersburg.
4th Day St. Petersburg
your ship docks after breakfast at 10.00 when you disembark for a guided city tour featuring some of St Petersburg’s most iconic sights (and sites) including the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Check in at your hotel and afterwards explore the city on your own. In the evening you can take dinner in one of our recommended restaurants or go to a folklore, ballet or opera performance.
5th Day St. Petersburg
as much a work of art as a city, Russia’s one time capital is a captivating cocktail of experiences which you can discover on one our optional guided tours: the Hermitage with its unimaginable store of over 3 million works of art , Yusopov Place, Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin or Peterhof Summer Palace. Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin is one of the former imperial summer residences. Peterhof Summer Palace on the Gulf of Finland, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Russian czars has as its centerpiece the Grand cascade of 64 fountains. Departure transfer from St. Isaac Square to the ferry terminal Re-embark for departure at 19.00
6th Day Helsinki
Helsinki is an eclectic mix of east and west set on a peninsula: a neo-classical gem with an art nouveau quarter laced with Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture; smart pavement cafés on Esplanade; gourmet restaurants at less than London prices; concerts and ballet at Finlandia Hall and retail therapy for iconic design brands like Arabia and Iittala. Overnight at Hotel Torni.
7th Day Helsinki-UK
take breakfast in your hotel before seeing a bit more of the city before transferring to the airport and flying back to the UK.
What’s included in your ScanAdventure:
Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Stockholm/Helsinki All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service 3 nights hotel accommodation in Stockholm, St Petersburg & Helsinki as per itinerary Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower 6 Buffet breakfasts & 2 Dinners (on board ship) Overnight passages from Stockholm to Tallinn; Tallinn to St Petersburg and St Petersburg to Helsinki On board ship cabin accommodation in B class inside cabin(s) with private WC/Shower
Departure Dates & Prices:
April-May/September-December inc:£979 pp (Inside B cabin on board & Hotel Dostoevsky in St Petersburg) April-May/September-December inc:£1079 pp (Outside A-class cabin on board ship & Hotel Ambassador in St Petersburg) June -August inc:£1149 pp (Inside B cabin on board & Hotel Dostoevsky in St Petersburg) June-August inc:£1249 pp (Outside A-class cabin on board ship & Hotel Ambassador in St Petersburg)
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.