Christmas in Lapland - 10 Days - $5999

White-capped treetops, the sound of sleigh bells ringing through the snow, everything merry and bright - discover the spirit of Christmas in Finland! If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, this is your year to make it a reality! 

Celebrate a European Christmas on this magical 10 day package to Lapland, where you’ll see Santa Claus’ Village, visit a reindeer camp, go on a snowmobile safari through the wintery landscape, and enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Explore Helsinki on a city tour; go fishing in the Lapland wilderness; and search for polar bears, lynx and moose in Ranua Wildlife Park. This magical tour includes return international flights, five nights quality hotel accommodation, two nights on the Intercity train between Helsinki and Rovaniemi, 14 meals and more.

The celebration doesn't have to end there - book the 13 Day Package and spend New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden at the world’s first permanent ice bar!

Typically $7999. Save up to $2000!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the best of Lapland at Christmas time
  • Explore Helsinki on a city tour with a local guide
  • See the famous Temppeliaukio Church in the Rock, the harbour markets and more
  • Visit Santa Claus’ Village in Rovaniemi and meet the man himself
  • Experience a snowmobile safari on Christmas Day
  • Go ice fishing in the Lapland wilderness
  • Feed reindeer on a visit to a reindeer farm
  • Visit Ranua Wildlife Park, the world’s northernmost zoo
  • Look for polar bears, lynx and moose on a walk through the zoo
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Helsinki

Departures: 

21st December 2019

Booking terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Additional optional tours available but not included. For full information about this amazing package, email us at info@stonestreets.com.au or phone 07 4687 5555 and speak to our friendly Travel Team.

Departing
19/12/2019
Duration
10 Days
Physical Rating
A general level of fitness will be required.
Transport
Transportation by private vehicles

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Helsinki, Finland! Fly with award winning airlines such as Etihad Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair or Austrian Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). 

Please note: some flights may depart day 2 and arrive on day 2.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Tomorrow you will start your once in a lifetime Christmas holiday!

Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki 
Meals included: None

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on a city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. See the colourful harbour market, the neo-classical Senate Square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument and the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral. Also visit the famous Church in the Rock; Temppeliaukio (entrance included). Enjoy some free time in the afternoon, perhaps shop for some last minute Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and decorations. Later transfer to the train station for an overnight train journey to Rovaniemi (twin share cabins with private facilities are provided). The train will depart at approximately 7:30pm. Dinner is available for purchase onboard (not included).

Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities) 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving into Rovaniemi. After disembarking you will visit Santa Claus’s Village which is located on the Arctic Circle. Here you will 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 a special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. In this magic world it will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish design products. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Next drive to Tornio and check-in to the hotel. This evening enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Start Christmas day with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards drive to Kemi for a snowmobile safari adventure including ice fishing. A safari guide will give you a briefing and driving instructions. As you drive along on the frozen river the guide will choose a nice spot to stop and try ice fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice, you can give it a go! Afterwards jump back on the snowmobiles and head towards the frozen Gulf of Bothnia and the fisher’s winter camp which is located in the middle of the sea. Here you can take in the silence of nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. Afterwards return to the city by snowmobile and enjoy a typical Christmas lunch in Kemi. Tonight you will be delighted with a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner.

Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast a new adventure awaits you with a visit to a Reindeer Camp. During the visit, you’ll get the chance to have a closer look at some reindeer, take pictures and also feed them. After meeting the reindeer, sit around the campfire in a cosy kota-restaurant and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot berry juice along with a traditional Lappish comb-shaped pastry (included) as you listen to the herders’ stories. Afterwards take the chance to try the Lappish lasso “Suopunki” to catch a reindeer. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch. Drive back to the hotel where this evening you will enjoy a 3 course dinner.

Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today’s excursion is to the northernmost zoo in the world, Ranua Wildlife Park, where you can see up to 50 different species of Arctic animals. During your walk in the park you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose and more. Afterwards return to Rovaniemi and enjoy dinner at a restaurant before boarding the overnight train back to Helsinki. The train will depart at approximately 9.30pm.

Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities) 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving back into Helsinki in the early morning. After disembarking you will be transferred to the hotel, where early check-in has been organised. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Australia, after one magical Christmas you won’t soon forget! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

 

 

13 Day NYE in Stockholm Extension:

 

Enjoy breakfast onboard this morning as you sail the scenic archipelago into Stockholm. Directly from the pier you will begin a sightseeing tour of the Swedish capital. The viewpoint at Fjällgatan gives you a beautiful panorama of Stockholm, which is spread out on 14 islands. Visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares and medieval buildings in happy colours. See the Cathedral (entrance not included) and the Royal Palace (entrance not included). The tour finishes at the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar, Stockholm 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today the day is free at leisure to enjoy the city and prepare for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Tonight entry is included to the famous Stockholm Ice Bar and includes a drink. This is the planet’s first permanent ice bar, which is made from ice collected from the Ice hotel in Swedish Lapland. Everything except the liquids in the drinks is made of ice, including the glasses you drink out of.

Overnight: Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar, Stockholm 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia, after one magical Christmas and New Years you won’t soon forget! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner;In-Flight

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

 

  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 5 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights onboard an overnight Intercity train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi return
  • Stay in a twin share cabin with private facilities onboard the train
  • Enjoy 14 meals including a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner
  • Transportation by private vehicles
  • Return airport and rail transfers
All of the Standard Package, plus the following:
  • 1 night onboard the Silja Line from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stay in an outside cabin with private facilities
  • 2 nights quality accommodation in Stockholm
  • 4 additional meals including a buffet dinner onboard the cruise
  • Marvel at the scenic archipelago as you sail into Stockholm
  • Explore Stockholm on a city tour
  • Enjoy Stockholm’s best view from Fjällgatan and see the Royal Palace and more
  • Tour the ‘Old City’ of Gamla Stan
  • Celebrate New Years Eve in vibrant Stockholm
  • Enjoy a drink in Stockholm’s famous Ice Bar

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
 

Travel offer is valid for travel on the 21st December 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- 10 Day Package: $780
- 13 Day Package: $1080
 
Departure Dates
21st December 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
 


Full Service Airline(s) Used

Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Helsinki, Finland
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Helsinki, Finland
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Stockholm, Sweden (13 Day package only)
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- If you are interested in this stay behind option, please contact our friendly reservations team at TripADeal to make this booking and provide your preferred travel dates. This option is not available through the online check out.
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
*  Singapore
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Abu Dhabi stopovers are not available for Perth departures due to Etihad no longer flying out of Perth from October 2018.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now for $5999 per person.
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
 


Accommodation Used

10 Day Package

3-4 Star (self-rated):

- Helsinki, Finland: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar

- Train: Overnight Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities)

- Tornio, Finland: Park Hotel or similar

 

13 Day Package

3-4 Star (self-rated):

- Stockholm, Sweden: Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar

- Cruise: Silja Line Ship (Outside cabin with private facilities)

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Helsinki, Finland (Pre/Post Tour): $210 per room including breakfast.
- Stockholm, Sweden (Post Tour – 13 Day Package only): $220 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy  
- Children 2 to 6 years old travelling with parent/s are discounted including all inclusions (available upon request only, subject to availability).
*10 Day Package: $5099 per child / based on twin share with a responsible adult/s
*13 Day Package: $5699 per child / based on twin share with a responsible adult/s
 
- Children 7 to 11 years old travelling with parent/s are discounted including all inclusions (available upon request only, subject to availability).
*10 Day Package: $5599 per child / based on twin share with a responsible adult/s
*13 Day Package: $6199 per child / based on twin share with a responsible adult/s
 
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
- Land: Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
- Cruise/Train: Twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.
 

Minimum group size 25, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 

- Visa fees and requirements (Not required for Europe if travelling on an Australian passport for stays up to 90 days).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise).
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: €5 per person/day payable on tour.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Winter Clothing Hire: (approx. €38 per person/day) payable in the currency specified on tour.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.
 


Winter Clothing
As the temperature can get quite cold it is advisable to bring thermal clothing with you however a winter clothing kit (overalls, gloves, hat, boots, socks and scarf) is available to hire on tour. The clothing is payable upon the hire at approximately €38 per person/day.
 
Snowmobiles (Rovaniemi)
For security reasons, children under the age of 4 OR less than 1.4m tall are not allowed to ride the snowmobiles, but can be seated in a sleigh behind the snowmobiles.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Finland / Lapland / Sweden
In Finland and Sweden the average temperature between December and February is around -4°C. Lapland in December can be quite cold, so travellers should be aware of this and pack accordingly with warm layers, coats and boots. The average temperature in Lapland in December is -6°C though temperatures do vary during the month; highs reach -3°C but lows can fall to -9°C, especially on evenings.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €5 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.
 

A tourist visa for Europe is not required for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian Passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.
 

We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.
 


Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
Departing
19/12/2019
Duration
10 Days
Physical Rating
A general level of fitness will be required.
Transport
Transportation by private vehicles
Price
List price: AUD $7,999
AUD $5,999
You save: AUD $2,000 (25%)
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