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Capitals of the North

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Market Square, Helsinki
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $3,307 per person

From the Little Mermaid to the not so little Peter the Great – explore Northern Europe's myths and legends, imperial landmarks and picturesque countryside. Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm across the Øresund to the meadows of Smáland, shop in the market squares of Helsinki and marvel at the lavish testaments to Russian Imperialism in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Write your own epic tale of enchanting capitals on this unforgettable journey through Northern Europe, which launches in charming Copenhagen. On arrival at Copenhagen Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 12 noon and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make
    their own way to the hotel. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up its hygge atmosphere along the colorful façades of Nyhavn before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

    hotel:Phoenix Authentic Accommodation
  3. Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of the iconic sights of fairy-tale Copenhagen. See the beloved Little Mermaid, immortalized in Hans Christian Andersen's woeful tale, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, and the exquisite palaces of Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg. Spend your afternoon meandering through the city's quaint cobblestone 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 soak up the trendy atmosphere, enjoy coffee and people-watch along the Langelinie promenade or consider an Optional Experience visiting the stunning Danish Riviera.
  4. We journey north-east across the Øresund to the lush forests and meadows of Småland. Traveling past Lake Vättern, we enjoy spectacular views of Brahehus Castle ruins en route to the sophisticated Swedish capital, Stockholm, where we will dine in at local restaurant.
    meal(s):SB, RM
    hotel:Best Western Plus Time
  5. We meet our Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour of the formidable City Hall and view the Baroque-style Royal Palace at the heart of Stockholm's quaint Old Town. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your terms. Delve into the city's rich heritage, admire its elegant architecture and tranquil green spaces, or perhaps join an excursion to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th century warship reclaimed from the seabed, its resting place for hundreds of years. This evening we board an overnight ferry to cruise the waters of the Baltic en route to Finland.
  6. After an early arrival in Helsinki, our Local Specialist shares the city's iconic sights and its fascinating Swedish and Russian heritage. See the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and the colorful stalls in Market Square. Enjoy free time this evening.
    hotel:Scandic Grand Marina
  7. We depart Finland to begin our exploration of Russia and the romantic city of St. Petersburg, our home for the next three nights. Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, marvelling at the city's picturesque cityscape, colorful buildings and elegant boulevards. Tonight we dine in our hotel.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Park Inn Nevsky
  8. Join a Local Specialist to delve into the opulent royal history and might of Imperial Russia as you explore the city's iconic sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. We'll visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, with its steep Bell Tower spire, and visit The Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections, featuring some 3 million artifacts representing the development of world culture and art, from the stone age to the 20th century.
  9. Admire the ornate domes and colorful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral with spectacular panoramic views of the city, or join an Optional Experience to visit Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.
  10. A leisurely morning sees us soaking up the elegant atmosphere of St. Petersburg. We head south to the ancient city of Novgorod across the vast Russian plains. View the Kremlin Fort and grounds, the Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral before joining Irina and her family for a traditional Be My Guest dining experience of pancakes and local Russian liqueurs.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Park Inn Veliky
  11. A scenic drive past picturesque villages brings us to the Tver region for an included Regional Meal lunch, before we continue via Klin – former home of Tchaikovsky – to the Russian capital, Moscow.
    meal(s):BB, RM
    hotel:Azimut Olympic
  12. Savor the fascinating mix of imperial history and modern sophistication as you join your Local Specialist for an unforgettable sightseeing tour past Red Square and the fairy-tale spires of St. Basil's Cathedral. We'll venture inside the UNESCO-listed Kremlin, a walled-in complex of palaces, cathedrals and government offices – home to the president of the Russian Federation. Perhaps spend the rest of your day exploring the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, viewing monuments to fallen heroes and victorious battles. Celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space, and admire the works of Russian and European masters.
  13. Enjoy a full day in the city to see the sights. Kickstart your morning soaking up the kofe culture of Moscow or consider an Optional Experience to St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market in Zagorsk, the center of Russian art and architecture. This evening we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a special Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. Say a fond farewell to Russia and newfound friends after your memorable vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Return transfers
    on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5am and 11am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5am and 1pm. Conditions apply.


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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $890 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $270 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Copenhagen Airport transfers will operate at 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5:00 am and 11:00 am and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 5:00 am and 1:00 pm

Important Visa Information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your travel specialist at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Regional Meal lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Visit Irina and her family in the wooden town of Vitoslavitskly – reminiscent of ‘Fiddler on the Roof' – where you will see how traditional pancakes are made and learn about the art of traditional Russian liqueurs

Authentic Accommodations

  • Inspired by the era of Louis XVI, Copenhagen's Hotel Phoenix has its origins in the late 17th century as the former home of a colonel of the Royal Life Guards

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow
  • Orientation of Novgorod
  • Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Stockholm's City Hall, the town of Tver, Kremlin Fort Novgorod, the Kremlin in Moscow
  • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki


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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russia and Scandinavia must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Scandinavia. 

  • Scandinavian countries do not share a common currency. Denmark uses the Danish Kroner, Sweden uses the Swedish Krona, Finland uses the Euro, and Russia uses the Ruble. 


    While it’s a good idea to have some money on you while you travel, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the country you’re visiting. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Scandinavian cuisine is rich and hearty.  Try a traditional ‘smørgasbord’ with a selection of meat, fish, salads, hot dishes, puddings and cheeses. Sample dishes prepared with a variety of seafood including smoked salmon, cod, herring, sardines and mackerel. Popular meats include reindeer, lamb and fowl. Coffee and milk are very popular, along with lager. Aquavit is the local spirit, and is usually served chilled. Wines and other spirits are imported products and are very expensive.

    Russian food is also rich and hearty, with a strong preference toward soups, herring, pickled vegetables, savory pancakes and rye breads. Try specialties such as beef stroganoff, borscht soup (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings). Russians love sweets and pride themselves on their desserts, especially the traditional ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts). Vodka is popular and is often served straight or can be flavored with herbs and spices.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it is appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity if a service charge has not already been added to your bill.  It’s always a good idea to tip in cash and also important to note that some restaurants in Russia will not accept credit cards.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


North Zealand Riviera And Castle Tour

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.

Danish Traditions And Canal Cruise

This evening we'll 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. Then, enjoy an hour-long cruise along the canals and experience stunning views of the city from the harbour.


Hvittrask's Architectural Wonders

Join us on a drive 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 which harmonizes with the environment. You'll also enjoy coffee and cakes along the way.

Traditional Helsinki Dinner

Helsinki's restaurants are featured in every Good Food Guide to the Baltic. Tonight you’ll have seats reserved at a friendly local restaurant, to enjoy delicious cuisine and the specialties of the house in an authentic setting.


Metro And Red Square By Night

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 finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.

Russian Panorama Experience

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 Novodevichy Memorial Park, the final resting place of Checkhov and Boris Yeltsin.

Sergiyev Posad - The Real Russia

68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. You'll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. You'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls.

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of 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. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

St Petersburg

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights 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.

Rasputin And The Romanovs

This two-part tour pays tribute to Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll see 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. Then, visit the tombs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

Russian Folklore Evening

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!

Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems

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.

Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets

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, respectively. 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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Evening At The Ballet

There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theater. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.


Stockholm Grand Tour

Explore with us on a visit to see the Vasa, the 17th century Galleon recovered from the sea bed after more than 300 years and now displayed in an award-winning museum. You'll also take a walking tour through the Gamla Stan with your Local Specialist, who’ll reveal the old heart of Stockholm with its cobbled streets and fascinating shops.

Swedish Ice Bar And Panoramic Tower

Savor a drink in a glass made of ice in the minus temperatures of the Ice-Bar, made completely from the frozen waters of Sweden’s River Torne. You'll also discover the very best views over the city and its archipelago, with a visit to the viewing platform of the Kaknas Tower, Sweden’s highest building.

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