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Capitals of the North

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $4,298 per person
View of Helsinki from the water, Finland

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

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

    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.

    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, 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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Copenhagen – Oslo (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Scandi Solli
  4. Day 4 Oslo Sightseeing and Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Oslo – Stockholm (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Elite Palace
  6. Day 6 Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Stockholm Free Time – At Sea

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 At Sea – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn City Centre
  9. Day 9 Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky
  10. Day 10 St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Hermitage Museum visit

    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 A Difference' to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth. Later, 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.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 St. Petersburg At Leisure

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow (3 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Leningradskaya
  13. Day 13 Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Moscow At Leisure

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Day 15 Depart Moscow

    Say a fond farewell to Russia and newfound friends after your memorable holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Capitals of the North
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins have two berths
  • Ferry from Denmark to Sweden
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING in St. Petersburg, enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • VISIT Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, the City Hall in Stockholm, the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
  • VIEW the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg and Red Square and the Walls of the Kremlin in Moscow
  • SEE Børsen, Christiansborg Palace and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Akershus, the Royal Palace and the Opera House in Oslo, Storkyrkan, Riddarholmen Church and the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and the Opera House in Helsinki
  • SCENIC CRUISE across the Baltic Sea

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
William Kuch
Friday, September 27, 2019
Service
Too many add on's. Many should be included in the price. Local guides are very biased. Bus seats were not large enough. Hotels were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and will be sure to share it with our Operations Team. We hope that overall you had an enjoyable trip.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Satisfactory. Locations were very good.
Cairo Molina
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Service
Well, everything that was printed in their itinerary was accomplished. And more.
Vacation
This also was superb. The Travel Director, Malcom, was excellent. Very knowledgeable about explaining what we will be visiting before reaching our destination in order to appreciate it more.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 2, 2019
Service
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
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
Service
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!
Vacation
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
Service
Our GET travel agent mase regular contact "after the sale" to ensure all our plans were progressing smoothly.
Vacation
Our vacation was beautiful, educational, and interesting. Our Travel Director were terrific and knowledgeable.
Laurieanne Sigurdson
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
Guide was great. Made the trip most enjoyable. Food was ok but not memorable
Vacation
Lots of history and beautiful sites. Probably never get to these countries again so the trip was most worthwhile.
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