Christmas with Santa Claus, Finland - 8 days
VISITS Helsinki and Rovaniemi.
 
TOUR ITINERARY:
DAY 1 - ARRIVE HELSINKI
Arrive Helsinki Airport and transfer on your own to hotel. (Note: We can book transfers at additional cost). Meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby between 6pm and 8pm. Overnight at GLO ART HOTEL or similar in HELSINKI.
DAY 2 - HELSINKI – ROVANIEMI
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. Free time in the afternoon and evening to maybe shop for the last Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and the decorations. Transfer to the train station, for the overnight train journey to Rovaniemi in cabins with private or shared facilities Overnight in TRAIN CABINS (with private or shared facilities).
DAY 3 - ROVANIEMI
Box Breakfast on board. Upon arrival in Rovaniemi, transfer to Scandic Hotel for check in. You will receive the thermal outfits, which you can keep during all your stay in Rovaniemi to keep you warm and let you enjoy the snowy landscape. Today we will make a visit to Santa Claus Village located on the Arctic Circle, here you have the chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards, here they will be stamped by hand with special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. In this magic world there will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish Design products offered in the many giftware shops. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner. For families with children it is possible to leave the Christmas gifts for the children at the reception so Santa Claus can pick them up and give them to the children when he makes a visit to the hotel this Christmas Eve. Overnight at SCANDIC ROVANIEMI HOTEL or similar in ROVANIEMI.
DAY 4 - ROVANIEMI
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Our morning adventure is a snowmobile safari with ice fishing. Our safari guide will give us a briefing and driving instructions. There will be two persons per snowmobile and stops will be made during the tour to switch drivers. We will drive on the frozen river and our guide will choose a nice spot to stop for fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice, we will try the ice fishing! Patience is the key of success. We will get hot drinks and biscuits to keep ourselves warm! Time to enjoy the silence of the nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. After this nice experience, we will return to the city by snowmobile! Tonight enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Overnight at SCANDIC ROVANIEMI HOTEL or similar in ROVANIEMI.
DAY 5 - ROVANIEMI
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. A new adventure awaits you today with huskies and reindeer. We arrive at the husky farm where the breeders will tell us about the life of huskies, the breeding, feeding and training of the dogs while you will enjoy a hot drink. We will also enjoy a sleigh–ride pulled by a husky team. Their eagerness to run through the silent forest makes this adventure magic. We continue to the nearby Reindeer farm to learn more about the life of reindeer and their herders. You will also enjoy a ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Possibility to join an optional Northern Lights Chase safari this evening The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, can be observed in the Polar zone of the world. Auroral displays can appear in many vivid colours, although green is the most common. The auroras can appear in many forms, from small patches of light that appear out of nowhere to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an incredible glow. Rovaniemi’s location on the Arctic Circle gives us the best possibility to try and see them. A local guide will drive you out of the city to reach the perfect spots for viewing them. Enjoy a Lappish picnic under the open sky - hopefully with the Aurora visible above us. Overnight at SCANDIC ROVANIEMI HOTEL or similar in ROVANIEMI.
DAY 6 - ROVANIEMI – HELSINKI
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s excursion will take us by coach to Ranua Wildlife Park. Here you will have the possibility to see the Arctic animals in an as authentic environment as possible for the animals. There are around 50 different species represented in the park. During your walk in the park, you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose etc. Upon return to Rovaniemi, we enjoy a buffet dinner before boarding the overnight train, which will take us back to Helsinki. Overnight in TRAIN CABINS (with private or shared facilities).
DAY 7 - HELSINKI
Box Breakfast on board Arrival in Helsinki and transfer to your hotel. Day free in Helsinki or join the optional day excursion to Tallinn. Travel by coach as you do Ferry crossing from Helsinki to Tallinn. On arrival at Tallinn enjoy a 2hr guided tour. Starting at the pier and ending in city center. During the tour you will see highlights such as the Alexandre Nevski church and Dome Church, and the 13-14 century Danish-German castle, today the seat of the Estonian Parliament. Continue to the Lower part of the city where you will encounter highlights such as the Town Hall Square with the 15th century Town Hall, the 15th century pharmacy, and the buildings of Great Guild and Brotherhood of Blackheads. Transfer back to the ferry is not included and should be made independently. Overnight at GLO ART HOTEL or similar in HELSINKI
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE HELSINKI
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and proceed on your own to Helsinki Airport. (Note: We can provide transfers at additional cost) END OF SERVICES.
 
Package Includes
  • 5 nights accommodation at the hotel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights accommodation on the night train in cabins with private/shared facilities
  • English-speaking tour-leader throughout the tour
  • Meals included: Buffet breakfast daily and 3 local dinners as per the itinerary
  • Local guides for the sightseeing tours of Helsinki
  • Thermal winter clothing during the stay in Rovaniemi (overall, gloves, hats, boots, socks, scarves etc.)
  • Visit to Santa Claus village
  • Visit to Husky farm including 2 km husky-sleigh ride
  • Visit to reindeer farm including 500 meter reindeer–sleigh ride
  • Snowmobile safari with ice-fishing (2 people per snowmobile)
  • Full day excursion to Ranua Wildlife Park
 
EUR 2,500*
Per person in double room
*Price starting from.
Departure Date: December 22, 2018.
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