Capitals of the North

Market Square, Helsinki
14 Days from $2,745 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. Welcome to Copenhagen. Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia's liveliest city. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive – the perfect introduction to Copenhagen.
    hotel:Phoenix Authentic Accommodations
  3. Admire the Little Mermaid, Renaissance Stock Exchange, the Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. You are free this afternoon to shop for souvenirs, relax or take an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera.
  4. Travel north-east across the Øresund to the forests and meadows of Småland. Continue past Lake Vättern and enjoy spectacular views of Brahehus Castle en route to the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Quality Globe
  5. Explore City Hall and view the Royal Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Spend free time afterwards shopping or exploring the Old Town. Why not join an excursion to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th century warship reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later, board your ship for an overnight mini-cruise to Finland.
  6. After an early arrival in Helsinki, your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights including Finlandia Hall, Senate and Market Squares. This evening is free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice.
    hotel:Scandic Grand Marina
  7. Today we leave Finland to begin our exploration of Russia. We’ll travel along the Gulf of Finland and through the forests of Karelia before reaching St. Petersburg, our home for the next three nights. Marvel at the city’s canals and colorful buildings en route to your hotel, where you will dine tonight.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Park Inn Nevsky
  8. Your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and visit The Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections.
  9. A full day to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.
  10. Enjoy free time this morning to explore St. Petersburg and to shop for gifts. Later, cross the vast Russian plains and view the Kremlin Fort and grounds, the Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience this evening.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Park Inn Veilky
  11. A scenic drive through picturesque villages brings you to the Tver region for an included Regional Meal lunch. Then continue via Klin – former home of Tchaikovsky – to the Russian capital, Moscow.
    meal(s):BB, RM
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  12. See Moscow's landmarks on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including views of Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kremlin, a walled-in complex of Palaces, Cathedrals and government offices.
  13. A full day to explore this fascinating city. Spend free time seeing the sights or consider an Optional Experience to St. Sergius Monastery and handicraft market in Zagorsk, the center of Russian art and architecture. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a special Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. Say goodbye to your Travel Director and fellow travelers this morning as your vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

Add air to your reservation

Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • 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
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
22 Apr 17 5 May 17 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp
29 Apr 17 12 May 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
6 May 17 19 May 17 checkmark $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
13 May 17 26 May 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
20 May 17 2 Jun 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
27 May 17 9 Jun 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
3 Jun 17 16 Jun 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
10 Jun 17 23 Jun 17 checkmark $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
17 Jun 17 30 Jun 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
24 Jun 17 7 Jul 17 checkmark $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
1 Jul 17 14 Jul 17 $3,150$2,835pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,150 $2,835 pp
8 Jul 17 21 Jul 17 checkmark $3,150$2,835pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,150 $2,835 pp
15 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 checkmark $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
22 Jul 17 4 Aug 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
29 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
5 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
12 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 checkmark $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp
19 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp
26 Aug 17 8 Sep 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
2 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
9 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 checkmark $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
16 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
23 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
30 Sep 17 13 Oct 17 $3,075$2,768pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,075 $2,768 pp


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 $790 p.p.

Triple Discount: $220 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 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.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

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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 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 48 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.


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