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Write your own epic tale of enchanting capitals on this unforgettable journey through Northern Europe, which begins in Copenhagen. Spend a leisurely afternoon connecting with its hygge atmosphere along the colourful façades of Nyhavn, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive. This evening, check in to your Stays With Stories accommodation, the historic Phoenix Hotel in the heart of Copenhagen's most elegant district. The hotel may be stylishly renovated but its walls whisper the secrets of its rich history since the late 17th century.
Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of the iconic sights of Copenhagen. See the beloved Little Mermaid, immortalised in Hans Christian Andersen's woeful tale, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, and the exquisite Royal palaces of Amalienborg and Christiansborg. Spend your afternoon strolling through the city's streets or embrace your inner child in Europe's oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens. An afternoon at leisure could see you stroll down Strøget and rub shoulders with the locals. Enjoy coffee and people-watch along the Langelinie promenade or consider an Optional Experience visiting the stunning Danish Riviera.
For now, it's a fond farvel to Copenhagen and a bright and cheery hej to Sweden, as you cross the Øresund by ferry and wind your way north, through the Swedish countryside past Gothenburg to Norway. You'll want to keep your camera at the ready to capture the scenic landscapes that line your route to Oslo, Norway's down-to-earth capital, where the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv can be felt along the flower-lined boulevards and bustling waterfront promenades.
Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of Oslo. See the medieval fortress of Akershus, the elegant Royal Palace and Oslo Opera House and visit Vigeland Sculpture Park. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city on your terms.
We cross the border into Sweden today and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in the European Union. Passing Örebro, we arrive in the island-ringed capital of Stockholm.
Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this morning, including sights of Stockholm's historic mother church, Storkyrkan, the Royal Palace and a visit to City Hall. This evening Connect With Locals over dinner during a Be My Guest eco-friendly experience of Swedish hospitality amidst the former hunting and fishing grounds of Swedish kings.
Spend your day exploring the city on your own or perhaps join an excursion to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th-century warship reclaimed from the seabed. This evening, we board an overnight ferry and cross the Baltic bound for Finland.
After an early arrival in Helsinki, meet your Local Specialist for an introduction to the city's iconic sights and its Swedish and Russian heritage. See the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and the colourful stalls in Market Square. Enjoy a Regional Dinner with your fellow travel companions.
We depart Finland and journey to the imperial city of St. Petersburg where Peter the Great's magic touch on its pastel-hued façades and elegant canals provides the perfect introduction to our adventure through Russia. Tonight, dinner is served at your hotel.
Explore opulent royal history and the might of imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this Baltic settlement saw it rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we Connect With Locals, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg's Theatre for canapés and an unforgettable stage performance at our Be My Guest experience. Learn how your visit will Make Travel Matter by supporting the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth. Later, Dive Into Culture as you join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a Local Specialist to the Hermitage Museum. Occupying five buildings on the banks of the Neva, the Hermitage features some three million artefacts, representing the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. This evening, consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.
The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Consider joining an Optional Experience to cruise the River Neva and the canals of St. Petersburg.
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country's political, economic, religious and financial hub - and your home for the next three nights.
The imposing Red Square - the site of grand celebrations and beautiful architecture - takes centre stage this morning during a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit inside St. Basil's Cathedral and see the Kremlin Walls and towers before spending some time at leisure exploring the sights. Perhaps stroll along the banks of Moskva River or join an Optional Experience to admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro.
Kick-start your morning immersing yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. Consider visiting one of the city's fascinating museums, explore the city's extraordinary literary and artistic heritage or take an Optional Experience to the 14th-century Sergiyev Posad, a place of pilgrimage and the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia. This evening, we toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining our fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Say a fond farewell to Russia and newfound friends after your memorable holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
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Enjoy the quaint scenery of the Danish Riviera’s conservation heritage route, as you pass through ancient fishing villages and modern marinas. We'll also view Fredensborg Palace, summer residence of the Royal family, before continuing to the magnificent 17th century Frederiksborg Castle, where you’ll see the State Apartments and the Coronation Chapel.
Adult Price: € 53
This evening, enjoy an hour-long cruise along the canals and experience stunning views of the city from the harbor. We'll then visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor, with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbor. You’ll wander by tiny houses, learn a little of the history and enjoy a taste of traditional Danish specialties.
Adult Price: € 59
Today we'll visit an ultra-modern skiing museum, perched 1,400 feet in the air. Here, our Local Specialist will share 4,000 years of skiing history, while we enjoy incredible panoramic views of Oslo's ski jump.
Adult Price: € 43
You’ll visit the three original Viking longships and their treasures with your Local Specialist, including the Oseberg ship - last used as a burial ship for a woman of high rank. Then explore the stunning Fram Museum to discover the story of the ship and the race to the South Pole, illustrated with films, images and new exhibits.
Adult Price: € 45
Discover beauty and history combined during a walk in the fairy tale Gamla Stan, where little has changed since the 16th and 17th centuries. Then enjoy delicious Swedish cuisine in a popular local restaurant, with a drink included.
Adult Price: € 64
Discover the best views over beautiful Stockholm as we stroll through the old working-class heritage area on Sodermalm. Later, we visit the world's first Ice Bar and take a drink in glasses made of pure river ice.
Adult Price: € 44
Enjoy the beauty of Lake Malaren with your Local Specialist, as we sail from the gardens of Drottningholm Palace, located on a UNESCO World Heritage site, in an antique steamboat through the archipelago, past country cottages and elegant homes. You’ll also visit the royal warship 'Vasa', an ornate 17th-century galleon that sank just minutes after sailing, now reclaimed from the Baltic.
Adult Price: € 58
Join us on a drive with our Local Specialist through Finland's countryside, towards Hvittrask. Home to Finland's most famous architects, you’ll see the unique architecture combining natural stone and timber, one of the most accomplished examples of Finnish design that harmonizes with the environment.
Adult Price: € 34
On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains. In case of closure or unavailability of Catherine’s Palace, we will visit the delightful Palace of Pavlovsk, which was built by Catherine the Great. The price will then be €73.00. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 92
This tour pays tribute to one of Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll visit the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin.
Adult Price: € 49
There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist-era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary from €100-€130, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience! This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 67
Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.
Adult Price: € 44
Soak up the atmosphere and romance of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North." Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Adult Price: € 46
Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll see them with our Local Specialist and complete our visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: € 37
Few things set fire to the soul of the Russian people like their heroic fight against fascism. The tremendous power of their emotions has been beautifully translated into the spectacular Victory Park, where we'll walk through gorgeous gardens full of impressive memorials with our Local Specialist. In the Museum, we’ll see large-scale 3D paintings that give the illusion of one's presence in the center of events. Afterward, we'll discover the Bohemian atmosphere of Moscow’s “Montmartre”, lined with delightful cafes, restaurants and time for last-minute souvenir shopping.
Adult Price: € 43
Skip the queues with our Local Specialist and journey through the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars - one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 56
Learn more about Russia's military and contemporary history on this guided tour, led by your Local Specialist. We'll visit the Borodino Panorama, home to a large-scale multi-sensory diorama. This moving work of art depicts the most decisive moment of the Battle of Borodino, which took place between Russia and Napoleon's Grand Army in 1812. We'll also walk through Victory Memorial Park to see impressive monuments to the victory in World War II. Finally, we'll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar's artisans, it's now referred to as Moscow's Montmartre, lined with càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs.
Adult Price: € 43
68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the center of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. With our Local Specialist, we'll visit the recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. We'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 56
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