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Capitals of the North

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days
Market Square, Helsinki

Countries Visited

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia ...more Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia

Locations Visited

Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Moscow ...more Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Moscow
  1. Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

    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 9 am, 12 noon and 3:30 pm. 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. Tonight, we stay at Hotel Phoenix, which has its origins in the 17th century as the former home of a colonel of the Royal Life Guards.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Phoenix
  2. Day 2 Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist today for a sightseeing tour of the iconic sights of Copenhagen. See the beloved Little Mermaid, immortalized 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.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Copenhagen – Stockholm

    We journey north-east across the Øresund to the lush forests and meadows of Småland. Traveling past Lake Vättern, we enjoy spectacular views of the ruins of Brahehus Castle en route to the sophisticated Swedish capital, Stockholm, where we will dine tonight at a local restaurant.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Elite Palace
  4. Day 4 Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time – At Sea

    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 own. Delve into the city's rich heritage, admire its elegant architecture, 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 across the Baltic bound for Finland.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
  5. Day 5 At Sea – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

    After an early arrival in Helsinki, our Local Specialist shares the city's iconic sights and its 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.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
    hotel Scandic Grand Marina
  6. Day 6 Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

    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, marveling at the city's picturesque cityscape, colorful buildings and elegant boulevards. Tonight we dine in our hotel.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park Inn Nevsky
  7. Day 7 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist to delve into the opulent royal history and might of imperial Russia as you explore the city's iconic sights. View 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. See one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections, featuring some three million artifacts representing the development of world culture and art, from the stone age to the 20th century.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  8. Day 8 St. Petersburg Free Day

    Spend the day free to amble through St. Petersburg's cobblestone lanes and grand boulevards. Admire the ornate domes and colorful mosaics of the Church of the Savior 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 the beautiful gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 St. Petersburg – Novgorod

    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 connecting with locals, joining Irina and her family for a traditional dining experience of pancakes and local Russian liqueurs.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Park Inn Veliky
  10. Day 10 Novgorod – Tver Region – Klin – Moscow (3 Nights)

    A scenic drive past country 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  11. Day 11 Moscow Sightseeing and Free Time

    Savor the fusion of imperial history and modern sophistication as you join your Local Specialist for an unforgettable sightseeing tour past Red Square and the domes 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. View 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. Please note: On certain departures, the Kremlin will be visited on day 12.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Moscow Free Day

    Enjoy a full free day in the city to see the sights. Kick-start your morning immersing yourself in 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. Day 13 Depart Moscow

    Say a fond farewell to Russia and newfound friends after your memorable vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Return transfers will arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport at 5 am, 10 am and 1 pm and at Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 6 am, 10 am and 12 noon. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Meal Summary

18 meals: 5 Scandinavian breakfasts, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Regional Meal lunch, 5 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Visit Irina and her family for a traditional 'bread and salt' welcome greeting ceremony. Then see how traditional pancakes are made and learn about the art of traditional Russian liqueurs

Stays with Stories

  • The history of this luxurious 17th-century hotel is enhanced by its Louis XVI-inspired décor, marble floors and period paintings. Located in the center of Copenhagen, it's also the perfect base for exploring this eclectic city

Local Specialist

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

Sightseeing Experiences

  • 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
  • Overnight cruise from Sweden to Finland (all cabins have two berths), ferry from Denmark to Sweden
Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can 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.
Adult Price: €51

Danish Traditions And Tivoli

This evening we'll visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbour. You’ll wander by tiny houses, learn a little of the history and enjoy a taste of traditional Danish specialities. Then on to the magic of twinkling lights at Copenhagen's most famous attraction, Tivoli Gardens.
Adult Price: €59

Danish Traditions And Canal Cruise

This evening we'll visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor, with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbour. 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.
Adult Price: €56


Altitude and Attitude

Savour 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.
Adult Price: €43

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.
Adult Price: €42


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 harmonises with the environment.
Adult Price: €32

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 specialities of the house in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: €65

St Petersburg

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

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

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. 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 reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred
Adult Price: €89

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.
Adult Price: €51

Evening At The Ballet

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 €80-€110, 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
Adult Price: €110

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! This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €58

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.
Adult Price: €44


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.
Adult Price: €37

Patriots and Bohemians

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. In the Museum, we’ll see large-scale 3D paintings that give the illusion of one's presence in the centre of events. Afterwards 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

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. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €52

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 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

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. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €53

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 2, 2019
I.ve been with GET over 12 times, this trip was different, 49 people on the bus, Handicapped in wheel chair, kids too, if one did not opt for all optionals, we were let out on the street corner. I enjoyed the info ,knowledge of the Director ,but we felt herded in or out of events, I liked the Agenda but maybe it needs to be more days???
Response from Grand European Travel:
As a valued past guest, we do appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear about your disappointment. This particular trip proved to be very popular this season and nearly all dates were sold to capacity. We will be sure to share your comments with our team at Trafalgar.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
vacation?? you must be kidden, it was a drill for the able and young people not vacation but a hurried trip with a FULL bus
James Conner
Friday, June 14, 2019
One of our most memorable trips ever! Barbara was great in helping to ensure everything was in order before we left including followup emails and phone calls. Thanks so much Barb!
Exceptional trip experience! Collette Engstrom, our tour director went above and beyond to ensure we had a unforgettable experience. This was one of our most memorable trips ever thanks in large part to Collette. She is truly a great asset to Trafalgar!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We could not be happier to see how much you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for booking with us and we hope to be able tot help you plan another trip very soon.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Jim Ward
Friday, June 14, 2019
Our GET travel agent mase regular contact "after the sale" to ensure all our plans were progressing smoothly.
Our vacation was beautiful, educational, and interesting. Our Travel Director were terrific and knowledgeable.
Laurieanne Sigurdson
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Our tour guide "Toni" was fantastic so was our driver "Sergey". My luggage as well as my brothers was mistakenly put on the wrong bus by the hotel porter, Toni was on top of the situation the whole time she found our luggage and had it in our room when we arrived in Moscow. Plus she went out and bought us a shirt for him and blouse for me plus a few toiletries to keep us clean and fresh. Everyone else said you'll never see your luggage again but Toni made it happen!!! The meals were wonderful , not a single bad one.
Just did in #1 would I do it again? Yes the countries were amazing I will be scheduling my trip for next summer soon and I will be using your company!! Love doing busines will you.
Howard Young
Friday, August 3, 2018
Guide was great. Made the trip most enjoyable. Food was ok but not memorable
Lots of history and beautiful sites. Probably never get to these countries again so the trip was most worthwhile.
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