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Cossack Explorer

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14 Days from $2,225 per person
Kremlin, Red Square, Moscow

Countries Visited

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland

Locations Visited

Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw
  1. Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen

    Welcome to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. 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. Relax and unwind after checking in. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers.

    hotel AC Bella Sky
  2. Day 2 Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

    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 exploring the sights of your choice or shopping.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
    hotel AC Bella Sky
  3. Day 3 Copenhagen – Stockholm

    Travel into Sweden via the spectacular Øresund Bridge, and through lush forests and meadows bordering the shores of Lake Vättern. Continue northwards to Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital surrounded by islands.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
    hotel Scandic Ariadne
  4. Day 4 Stockholm Sightseeing – At Sea

    Admire Stockholm's biggest 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. Don't miss the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere before embarking on your mini-cruise to Finland.

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

    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 beautiful domed Russian church. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop for souvenirs or relax.

    meals Scandinavian Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn West
  6. Day 6 Helsinki – St. Petersburg

    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.

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

    The Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great feature on your guided sightseeing tour. Explore St. Peter and Paul Fortress with your Local Specialist and spend the rest of the day as you wish. You might like to visit the Hermitage Museum or the residence of Peter the Great in Peterhof.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya
  8. Day 8 St. Petersburg – Novgorod

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park Inn Veliky
  9. Day 9 Novgorod – Tver – Moscow

    Your wonderful journey continues through picturesque villages to the Tver region for an included lunch. Then travel via Klin, the former home of Tchaikovsky, to the Russian capital, Moscow.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Holiday Inn Suschevsky
  10. Day 10 Moscow Sightseeing and Free Time

    Moscow is a city full of wonderful buildings and monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you an array of sights including Red Square and the domed St. Basil's Cathedral. In your free time, consider visiting the impressive Treasure Chamber of the Tsars.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Suschevsky
  11. Day 11 Moscow – Minsk

    Drive past the region of Borodino, site of Napoleon's great defeat. Stop for lunch before crossing 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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Planeta
  12. Day 12 Minsk – Brest – Warsaw

    Traverse the huge plains of Belarus and stop for lunch at Brest on the Polish frontier. Later, we arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Ibis Ostrobramska
  13. Day 13 Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Ostrobramska
  14. Day 14 Depart Warsaw

    Say goodbye to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation. Return transfers will arrive at the Warsaw Airport at 7:30 am and 10 am. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

20 meals: 5 Scandinavian breakfasts, 8 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Three-course lunches, 4 Three-course dinners.

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Copenhagen Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Little Mermaid and Christiansborg Palace
  • Stockholm Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the City Hall and the Royal Palace
  • Helsinki Sightseeing with a Local Specialist features views of the Senate and market squares
  • St. Petersburg 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
  • Novgorod View St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin Fort
  • Moscow Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Gardens
  • Minsk Orientation drive along the Independence Prospekt and Victory Square
  • Warsaw Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the ‘wedding cake' Palace of Culture and Science

First Class Highlights

  • Overnight mini-cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins two-berth with private facilities
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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.

Copenhagen

Danish Traditions And Tivoli

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 on to the magic of twinkling lights at Copenhagen's most famous attraction, Tivoli Gardens.
Adult Price: €59

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 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 harbor.
Adult Price: €56

Stockholm

Altitude and Attitude

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, Stockholm's highest building.
Adult Price: €43

Swedish Traditional Dinner

Enjoy an evening out in a popular local restaurant with its special cuisine and atmosphere, where you'll savor a delicious dinner and a drink.
Adult Price: €60

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

Helsinki

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.
Adult Price: €65

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.
Adult Price: €32

St. Petersburg

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 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

Imperial Splendors 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. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €44

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. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €58

The Hermitage Museum

Experience a visit to one of the largest and most valuable collections of art in the world, all set in the splendor of the Winter Palace and its elaborate interiors. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €44

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

Moscow

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

Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow

Discover ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. You'll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally, we'll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar's artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow's Montmartre, it's lined with cafés, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €54

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have an 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

Warsaw

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s historic buildings, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
Adult Price: €46

Polish Dinner And Folklore Evening

Poland has a rich culture and famous folk art. On this trip, you'll have the chance to enjoy music and traditional dance while savoring a delicious meal of homemade Polish specialties.
Adult Price: €59

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Linda Meyer
Travel date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Service
The tour was excellent. As always, the extra excursions were expensive and should be included. Red Square was my favorite part. The Russian people were very warm, friendly and welcoming.
Vacation
The tour itself was very reasonable. The side excursions are expensive.
Vicki Schilleman
Travel date: Monday, October 2, 2017
Service
Good communication and timely delivery of documents. All questions answered quickly.
Vacation
The Tour Director really made this a fun and enjoyable trip. Because you're covering so much ground, there's a lot of time traveling on the coach, but Lasse had videos, movies, stories, and fun entertainment to keep away the boredom. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about all of our destinations.
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