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Northern Capitals and Russia

Operated by: Insight Vacations

18 Days from $5,895 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Countries Visited

Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland ...more Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland

Locations Visited

Berlin, Copenhagen, Lake Vattern, Stockholm, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Smolensk, Minsk, Vilnius, Trakai, Warsaw ...more Berlin, Copenhagen, Lake Vattern, Stockholm, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Smolensk, Minsk, Vilnius, Trakai, Warsaw
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Berlin

    On arrival at Berlin's Brandenburg Airport, transfers depart at 10.30, 13:00 & 16:00. In the afternoon, perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store - the shopping centre of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. At 18:30, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with your Travel Director and travel companions at the Kreuzberger Himmel restaurant. Discover how this establishment helps support refugees as they integrate into German society over a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Marriott Hotel Berlin.
  2. Day 2 The Spirit of Berlin Relaxed Start

    In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the Unter den Linden, past the Humboldt University and Opera House. Stop a while on Museum Island before passing Brandenberg Gate, a symbol of the reunification. See Norman Foster’s glass dome which crowns the Reichstag building before embarking on a journey through the Tiergarten. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure or relaxing at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marriott Hotel Berlin.
  3. Day 3 Across the Sea to Copenhagen

    Depart Berlin and continue through northern Germany to Rostock for the sea crossing to Denmark. A peaceful journey through Danish countryside brings you to the capital, Copenhagen. In the evening, delight in the enchanting atmosphere of the famous Tivoli Gardens.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
  4. Day 4 Wonderful Copenhagen

    With a Local Expert, begin your sightseeing with a visit the Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, to marvel at the opulent interior. Journey past Copenhagen Cathedral and the university to see Rosenborg Castle, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family. Visit the waterfront to admire Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid gazing across the harbour. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.
  5. Day 5 To Stockholm, City of Islands

    Enjoy a view of Kronborg Castle, reputedly the Elsinore home of Hamlet, during the short ferry crossing to Sweden. Your journey then continues through fertile farmlands, dotted with neat farmhouses and barns. Travel along the shores of peaceful Lake Vättern to Stockholm, beautifully situated on an island studded bay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Stockholm Slussen.
  6. Day 6 Stockholm and a Baltic Cruise

    With a Local Expert, visit the imposing City Hall with its impressive Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, covered with 18 million gilded mosaic tiles and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, is the venue for the Nobel Prize banquets. Cross the harbour to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city to see the cathedral and the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, board your cruise ship for the overnight voyage to Finland. Enjoy dinner onboard and then take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery from the comfort of your A-Class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Serenade/Symphony—Tallink & Silja Line Ships.
  7. Day 7 Fashionable Helsinki Relaxed Start

    Disembark your Baltic cruise and explore Helsinki, the trendsetting city of top fashion and design, alongside a Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki.
  8. Day 8 St. Petersburg

    From Helsinki, you will travel through rural lands and villages, following the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Tonight, dine in a local restaurant

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel River Palace Hotel, St. Petersburg.
  9. Day 9 The Gardens of Petrodvorets

    Join a Local Expert to see the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the bustling main street of the city, Nevsky Prospect. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the grand gardens and see cascading fountains.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel River Palace Hotel, St. Petersburg.
  10. Day 10 High-Speed Train to Moscow Relaxed Start

    Visit the opulent Winter Palace with your Local Expert. This is the former home of the Tsars, but now houses the Hermitage Museum. Witness a treasure trove of magnificent works of art, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. Board your high-speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel.
  11. Day 11 Moscow, a Russian Revelation Relaxed Start

    Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. Explore Moscow with Insight Choice. Choose to visit an ornate metro station with your Local Expert. Alternatively, take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park and enjoy great views of your surroundings. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel.
  12. Day 12 Moscow at Leisure Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day set aside to explore Moscow at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or enjoy an Optional Experience in Zagorsk, the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel.
  13. Day 13 Minsk, the Supreme Soviet City

    Take a flight to the Belarus capital of Minsk, rebuilt after the war in utmost Soviet style.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Renaissance Minsk Hotel.
  14. Day 14 Minsk Sightseeing and Vilnius Relaxed Start

    Your Local Expert will take you along wide avenues, passing gargantuan concrete buildings, a legacy of Minsk’s Soviet past. Lenin still stands in front of the Government headquarters! See the obelisk in Victory Square honouring the heroes of World War II and the Church of St. Simon and Helena. Continue to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. In the evening, you can choose from a variety of hand-selected local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius.
  15. Day 15 Vilnius and the Castle of Trakai

    Walk along the streets of bohemian Užupis, a Vilnius neighbourhood that proclaimed itself a republic in 2002. A member of the government introduces you to its quirky history and artistic flair. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 15th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė.Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius.
  16. Day 16 Rejuvenated Warsaw

    Pass lakeside Augustow during a scenic journey through Masuria, a region blessed with a plethora of lakes and forests. Your destination will be the Polish capital, faithfully rebuilt after the devastation of World War II.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  17. Day 17 Exploring Warsaw Relaxed Start

    Join a Local Expert for an exploration of the city. Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, before walking to the Market Square in the Old Town. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a fine selection of local dishes, with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  18. Day 18 Depart Warsaw

    Your transfers will arrive at Warsaw airport at 07:30 and 10:00.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • One-way Sapsan train journey from St Petersburg to Moscow is included.
  • Cruise in high-class cabins with sea views.
  • Complimentary transfers from Berlin Tegel Airport are available at scheduled times, on arrival day. Complimentary transfers to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports are available at scheduled times, on departure day. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Moscow: Join your Local Expert to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Moscow: Visit one of Moscow's ornate metro stations, referred to by Stalin as 'Palaces for the People'.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Make Travel Matter

  • Berlin: Savour the warm atmosphere of your delicious Welcome Dinner at Kreuzberger Himmel. This popular local restaurant actively supports refugees’ integration into German society, including providing apprenticeships.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Berlin: You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten to the Reichstag building. See the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and visit Alexanderplatz.
  • Gedser: Cross the Baltic Sea from Germany to Denmark.
  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.
  • Copenhagen: With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Elsinore: See the Kronborg Castle, referred to as the home of Hamlet.
  • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
  • Stockholm: With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.
  • Helsinki: Admire the beautiful views from your high-class, sea-view cabin as your cruise through the largest archipelago in the world, from Stockholm to Helsinki.
  • St. Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. As you travel along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, see the Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood.
  • Petrodvorets: Cruise by hydrofoil to visit the epic formal gardens of Peter the Great's Summer Palace, bursting with cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Moscow: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Explore this fascinating capital with your Local Expert. Visit Red Square to admire the landmark buildings of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum.
  • Moscow: Join your Local Expert to take a stroll through the popular Zaryadye Park end enjoy great views of your surroundings.
  • Moscow: Visit one of Moscow's ornate metro stations, referred to by Stalin as 'Palaces for the People'.
  • Minsk: Enjoy your short flight to the Belarus capital of Minsk.
  • Minsk: Gain an understanding of Minsk's Soviet past as you are led through the city with your Local Expert. See the wide avenues and gargantuan concrete buildings. Pass Lenin, standing in front of the government headquarters. In Victory Square, see the obelisk honouring the heroes of World War II and the Church of St. Simon and Helena.
  • Vilnius: Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral.
  • Vilnius: Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.
  • Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

Authentic Dining

  • Helsinki: Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market with your Local Expert and sample local produce, like liquorice or smoked reindeer.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Vilnius: Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Warsaw: The Polish capital is currently enjoying a culinary renaissance - find out what the buzz is all about during your end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine at a favourite restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfast (B), and 8 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Experiences

  • Vilnius: Visit Užupis, a quirky neighborhood of Vilnius, with a local artist. Learn how a small community of artists created this self-proclaimed republic in order to revitalize post-communist Vilnius.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
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Every moment of our vacation was expertly planned and executed. Our tour director was absolutely amazing! This was our second trip with Insight and both were wonderful. I would highly recommend this company and hope to do more trips with them.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Our trip was perfectly planned and executed by our amazingly knowledgeable expert tour guide making every moment count.
Michael Brown
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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From my booking to my flights to the entire tour, I couldn’t be more satisfied. An experience I will never forget. Will definitely book my next tour (Spain/Portugal/Morocco) with GET.
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Tremendous service from start to finish.
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Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Comments for Northern Capital and Russia Tour - Insight Vacation Tours Aristotle Reyes and Lind Reyes Tour Director: Alex Golovko Driver: Udon Dates: May 01 - May19 Destinations: Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Warsaw Hotels: Total 10 This is our 6th Europe Travel With GET, and it is getting better and best. We had a great, exciting, wonderful and WOW experience with Alex knowledge and humor. The local guides were well selected as well and we were transported from all destinations safely. Breakfast, complimentary lunches and dinner well all gastronomically exceptional. We also met International Friends from Australia and Canada. We exchanged email and shared pictures taken. The challenge we had was border control from Helsinki to St. Petersburg then Moscow to Belarus, however through the guidance and expertise of Alex it went so smoothly. We were on-schedule on all our trips and optional experience. Alex made sure we have time for souvenir shopping on all trips. Alex was always available after hours for questions and queries. I recommend this trip to fellow GET travelers. Nothing to worry, Russia is safe for USA citizens. I am planning my next trip with GET soon. I am a GET loyalist.
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Comments for Northern Capital and Russia Tour - Insight Vacation Tours Aristotle Reyes and Lind Reyes Tour Director: Alex Golovko Driver: Udon Dates: May 01 - May19 I need to a attached pictures Destinations: Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Vilnius, Warsaw Hotels: Total 10 This is our 6th Europe Travel With GET, and it is getting better and best. We had a great, exciting, wonderful and WOW experience with Alex knowledge and humor. The local guides were well selected as well and we were transported from all destinations safely. Breakfast, complimentary lunches and dinner well all gastronomically exceptional. We also met International Friends from Australia and Canada. We exchanged email and shared pictures taken. The challenge we had was border control from Helsinki to St. Petersburg then Moscow to Belarus, however through the guidance and expertise of Alex it went so smoothly. We were on-schedule on all our trips and optional experience. Alex made sure we have time for souvenir shopping on all trips. Alex was always available after hours for questions and queries. I recommend this trip to fellow GET travelers. Nothing to worry, Russia is safe for USA citizens. I am planning my next trip with GET soon. I am a GET loyalist.
Chiu-Shan Chang
Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Hotel and food are good and trip selected scenes are what we like to see.
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Monday, August 7, 2017
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They answered all questions and addressed possible problems in a professional and pleasant manner.
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A wonderful experience and a terrific travel value
Lydia Rafeedie
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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I didn't like the visas application and the company they recommended was very expensive I have AAA and some of the travelers use them for half the price. I wish I know that. And I was planning to go with 8 more people but have hard time communicating before the deadline.
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It was nice but in Berlin it was so rushed just 2hours for so much to see we didn't have time for pictures or souvenir , and the same in Belarus. The Previous tour it was better, and the group was 40 people so the Guide was so busy if I need anything from him I will think twice before asking
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