Cossack Explorer

Kremlin, Red Square, Moscow
17 Days from $2,175 per person

The landmarks of Northern Europe, from Copenhagen's Little Mermaid to the Reichstag in Berlin, are on display as you weave through Scandinavia, Belarus and Poland with a visit to Russia's imperial capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow along the way.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Relax and unwind after check-in. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
    hotel:AC Bella Sky
  3. Your Local Specialist takes you on a morning sightseeing tour which includes the Little Mermaid, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
  4. Cross the Øresund into Sweden and through lush forests and meadows bordering the shores of Lake Vättern. Continue northwards to Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital.
    hotel:Scandic Ariadne
  5. Admire Stockholm's landmarks this morning with your Local Specialist, with views of the Royal Palace and City Hall. Built on a maze of islands linked by bridges, Stockholm is an interesting city to wander through. Soak up the atmosphere before embarking on your mini-cruise to Finland.
  6. Arrive early in Finland's capital for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View Finlandia Hall, the Senate and market squares, the café-lined Esplanade and the domed Russian church. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop for souvenirs or relax.
    hotel:Vacation Inn West
  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 two 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 Pribaltiskaya
  8. The Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great feature on your guided tour. Explore St. Peter and Paul Fortress with your Local Specialist and spend the day at leisure. You might like to visit the Hermitage Museum or the residence of Peter the Great in Petrodvorets.
  9. Cross the vast Russian plains to the ancient city of Novgorod where you view the Kremlin Fort, Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Park Inn Veliky
  10. Your journey continues through picturesque villages to the Tver region for an included lunch. Travel via Klin, the former home of Tchaikovsky, to the Russian capital, Moscow.
    meal(s):BB, L
    hotel:Vacation Inn Suschevsky
  11. Moscow is a city full of wonderful buildings and monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you an array of sights including Red Square, the Kremlin Walls and the domed St. Basil's Cathedral. In your free time, consider visiting the impressive Treasure Chamber of the Tsars.
  12. Drive past the region of Borodino, site of Napoleon's great defeat, and stop for lunch near Smolensk. Later cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk. After the Second World War the city was rebuilt in supreme Soviet style which you can see during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Planeta Minsk
  13. Traverse the huge plains of Belarus and stop for lunch at Brest on the Polish frontier. Afterwards cross the River Vistula and arrive later in Warsaw, Poland's capital.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Pulawska Residence
  14. Your Local Specialist shows you the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and the landmarks of Warsaw's Old Town, which was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War. Later you might like to soak up the city's culture and nightlife.
  15. Travel west across the plains of central Poland and over the border into Germany, arriving later in the exciting city of Berlin.
    hotel:City East
  16. From the Reichstag Building to the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the German State Opera House, your Local Specialist shows you all Berlin's highlights this morning. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice, or perhaps join an Optional Experience exploring the city's secret past.
    meal(s):BB, D
  17. Say goodbye to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation. Transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply.

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14 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $2,225pp
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21 Apr 17 7 May 17 $2,250pp
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28 Apr 17 14 May 17 checkmark $2,250pp
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5 May 17 21 May 17 $2,250pp
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12 May 17 28 May 17 $2,295pp
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19 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $2,295pp
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26 May 17 11 Jun 17 $2,295pp
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2 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 checkmark $2,295pp
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9 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $2,295pp
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16 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $2,295pp
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23 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 checkmark $2,295pp
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30 Jun 17 16 Jul 17 $2,295pp
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7 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $2,225pp
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14 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $2,225pp
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21 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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28 Jul 17 13 Aug 17 $2,225pp
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4 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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11 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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18 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 checkmark $2,175pp
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25 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 $2,225pp
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1 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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8 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $2,225pp
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15 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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22 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $2,225pp
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29 Sep 17 15 Oct 17 $2,225pp
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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 $680 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $114 per person.

Airport transfers: 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. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport at 8 am and 10 am.

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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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

10 buffet breakfasts, 5 Scandinavian breakfasts, 3 three course lunches, 5 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Little Mermaid and Christiansborg Palace
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the City Hall and the Royal Palace
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist features views of the Senate and market squares
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress
  • View St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin Fort
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Gardens
  • Orientation drive along the Independence Prospekt and Victory Square
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the ‘wedding cake' Palace of Culture and Science
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist features views of the Brandenburg Gate, German State Opera House and Tiergarten
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russia, Poland, Germany, Belarus, Denmark, Sweden and Finland 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.

  • The currency in Russia is the Ruble, in Denmark the Kroner, in Sweden the Krona, in Finland and Germany the Euro, in Poland the Zloty and in Belarus the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, 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. 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.

  • Russian food is 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. 

    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.

    Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

  • Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. 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.

  • Tipping has become more common throughout Eastern Europe in recent years.  In Russia, it’s acceptable to leave 5-10 percent gratuity when dining out if a service fee 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 €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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