THIS IS MALMO CALLING - EUROVISION TOURGrab your white tuxedo or sequined dress, prime the pyrotechnics and start practicingyour onstage banter – you’re going to Eurovision! Following in the footsteps of suchhousehold names as ABBA, Celine Dion and Dana International, this ‘douze-point’ tourvisits some of Eurovision’s fabulous former host cities before taking you to Sweden tosee every last vote of the finals in person.PACKAGE INCLUDES 13 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels 1 night overnight ferry in an outside cabin 14 continental breakfast buffets 3 dinners Transfers by coach English speaking guide Sightseeing including entrance fees Canal tour 6 hour private tour of Lund and Malmo 3 hour private tour of CopenhagenPACKAGE EXCLUDES Tickets to EurovisionPACKAGE DETAILSITINERARYDay 1: Sunday 05 May 2013 - Arrive in HelsinkiWhat better place to start your Eurovision campaign than in Helsinki, host city of the2007 contest thanks to heavy metal masters Lordi who finally broke the long drought forFinland. Make your own way from the airport to the city centre or take advantage of oneof our private car transfers. After checking in to your hotel you will enjoy a welcomedinner with your fellow Eurovision fans (just remember to keep those fierce nationalrivalries in check until thecontest itself).Day 2: Monday 06 May 2013 – HelsinkiSee the highlights of Helsinki on a morning tour. Travelling in a private coach with anEnglish speaking guide, you will pass Senate Square, the university and the LutheranCathedral, some of the city’s finest examples of 1840s neoclassical architecture. Continue
to the colourful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, the statue of Marshall Mannerheim,the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall and the Sibelius Monument. Last stop is theTemppeliaukio Church, a truly remarkable building carved into solid rock. Spend the restof the day exploring Finland’s vibrant capital at your leisure.Day 3: Tuesday 07 May 2013 - Helsinki - TallinnTransfer to the pier after breakfast for your ferry to Tallinn, Estonia’s lively capital andthe host of the Eurovision Song Contest way back in 2002. Transfer to your hotel onarrival then enjoy a walking tour of Tallinn’s Old Town, one of the best preserved inEurope. Highlights include the impressive Toompea Castle, St Mary’s Church, the HolyGhost Church and the collection of icons at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Spend therest of the day at your leisure – you might like to take in a concert or show off yourEurovision dance moves at one of Tallinn’s legendary nightclubs.Day 4: Wednesday 08 May 2013 - Tallinn – RigaBid farewell to Tallinn and cross the border into Latvia. Stop for lunch before continuingto Riga, the city where Turkish pop-star Sertab Erener upset controversial Russian duot.A.T.u to win the 2003 Eurovision crown.Day 5: Thursday 09 May 2013 - Riga - StockholmEnjoy a three-hour tour of Riga by private coach. Pass Kalku Street, the medievalbuildings of Liva Square, St Peter’s Church, Konventhof, the House of the Brotherhoodof Blackheads, the Dome Cathedral, the Stock Exchange, Riga Castle and some of thecity’s famous guild houses before exploring the renowned Riga Market. Later on wetransfer to the pier and board an overnight ferry to Stockholm.Day 6: Friday 10 May 2013 - StockholmDisembark in Stockholm this morning and take a transfer to your hotel. Enjoy anafternoon tour of Sweden’s beautiful capital, walking through the narrow streets of theOld Town to see the 700-year-old cathedral, the Stortorget (Great Square) and the CityHall, where the Nobel Prize banquet takes place. Board a canal boat for a cruise along thepeaceful Djurgaarden Canal then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.Day 7: Saturday 11 May 2013 – StockholmStockholm is famous for producing one of Eurovision’s genuine superstars – 1974winners ABBA – as well as last year’s champion Loreen. Spend the whole day soakingup this breathtaking city’s charms at your leisure. You might like to take a cruise throughthe stunning Stockholm Archipelago before hitting one of the city’s renowned nightclubsor finding a karaoke bar where you can impress the locals with your own rendition of‘Waterloo’.
Day 8: Sunday 12 May 2013 - Stockholm – CopenhagenDepart Stockholm and transfer by private coach to Copenhagen, our home for the nextweek. Copenhagen is the city of choice for Eurovision fans this year – it boasts a plethoraof bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels, and is only a 15-minute train ride from theEurovision arena in Malmo (via the famous Oresund Bridge between Denmark andSweden). Check in to your hotel on arrival late this afternoon and spend the eveninghowever you like – we strongly suggest crossing the bridge to Malmo to watch theEurovision stars walking the red carpet at the official welcome party.Day 9: Monday 13 May 2013 – CopenhagenDepart our hotel by private coach accompanied by guide, for a 5 hours Lund and MalmoTour. We cross the Bridge of Oeresund to head to Lund, a city where a thousand years ofhistory blends with modern knowledge and visions. From there the tour continues toMalmo, the third biggest city of Sweden and host to Eurovision 2013. The streets ofMalmo are set to come alive this week with open-air performances by Eurovision starspast and present. Once the tour finishes you can choose to stay in Malmo or head back toCopenhagen. The official Eurovision party runs every night at the ‘Euroclub’ in FolketsPark – the best place in town to hear non-stop pop music and rub shoulders with the stars.Nightclubs across Malmo and Copenhagen will also be hosting special Eurovision nightsand live concerts, meaning that your next dose of kitsch is never far away. And tonightthere is a sneak preview of this year’s songs, with a dress rehearsal of the first semifinaltoday. Dress rehearsals give each country’s national jury a chance to assess theperformances.Day 10: Tuesday 14 May 2013 - CopenhagenWe begin the day with the perfect introduction to “wonderful Copenhagen” on a 3 hourcity tour taking in all of this city’s sights including Rosenborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens andthe Little Mermaid. In the afternoon you may wish to head back to Malmo. Of coursetonight is the first semi-final of Eurovision 2013. The arena will be overflowing withnational pride as more than 15,000 people cheer (and jeer) the singers vying for a spot inSaturday night’s grand finale.Day 11: Wednesday 15 May 2013 - CopenhagenEnjoy the day at your leisure – you might like to take in some of Copenhagen’s splendidarchitecture, hit up a few design stores or treat yourself to a meal in one of the city’scountless Michelin-starred restaurants.
Day 12: Thursday 16 May 2013 – CopenhagenSpend another day discovering Copenhagen’s delights at your own pace. While away afew hours in a cosy cafe, cruise around the city centre on a share bike (they’re free!) orpay a visit to Denmark’s most famous lady – no, we’re not talking about Princess Mary,but the iconic statue of the Little Mermaid. Tonight is the second Eurovision semi-final tosee who fills the remaining spots on the roster for European music’s night of nights.Day 13: Friday 17 May 2013 - CopenhagenExplore Copenhagen at your own pace today. We highly recommend visiting Nørrebro’sindependent fashion boutiques or investigating Christiania – a self-proclaimedautonomous neighbourhood populated by alternative types. Today is the dress rehearsalof the Eurovision final.Day 14: Saturday 18 May 2013 – CopenhagenFinally, the day has arrived! Excitement will be mounting throughout Copenhagen andMalmo as both cities prepare for the final this evening. Spend the day relaxing beforeputting on your best Euro-garb and making your way to Malmo to take your seat in thearena. Over several glamour-packed hours, you’ll laugh at the hosts’ carefully scripted‘jokes’, weep along with every power ballad, proudly wave the flag of your adopted (oractual) homeland, and scream with outrage as the popular votes come in from across thecontinent. After the winner is crowned, you can party on with your fellow pop fans orreturn to the hotel to dream about next year’s contest.Day 15: Sunday 19 May 2013 - Copenhagen - DepartureTake the edge off your post-Eurovision hangover with a buffet breakfast. Then it’s timeto make your own way to the airport, where our Eurovision odyssey comes to an end.PRICE GUIDE PACKAGE *PRICE PACKAGE NAME TRAVELLING TYPE FROM Malmo Calling - 05 May 13 - 19 May Special Interest AUD 2750.00 Eurovision Tour 13 http://www.bentours.com.au