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Capitals of the North 2014

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Helsinki, FinlandMoscow, RussiaPeter the GreatRed SquareSt Basil's Domes CathedralSt Isaac's CathedralStockholm City HallStockholm Royal Palace
Helsinki, Finland
Moscow, Russia
Peter the Great
Red Square
St Basil's Domes Cathedral
St Isaac's Cathedral
Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm Royal Palace
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Experience the big sights and unique moments of five capital cities in northern Europe and Russia – locals reveal favourite spots in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Moscow. It's Insider moments like… being offered 'nastoykas' by Grandfather Vladimir in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy. Guessing what your three Russian liqueurs are made from, you make a traditional toast together. Greeted with lucky bread and salt, his daughter Irina introduced you to the family as they made the pancakes you now tuck into with jams, having already enjoyed their 'Pirzhok' pies and tea from a 'Samovar'. After dining, drinking and music, you leave with the authentic Russian cloth doll you made with the family as a memento.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Berlin, the capital of Germany! Unwind after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through this fascinating city. This evening meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and an evening orientation drive.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Andels

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your Local Expert shows you Berlin's most famous sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Kurfürstendamm. Spend time afterwards shopping or exploring on your own. Perhaps visit Potsdam or the Pergamon Museum in your free time.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Drive north to Rostock and board your ferry to Denmark. A pleasant drive brings you to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. This evening, you may wish to take a stroll around the Old Town!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Admire the Little Mermaid, Renaissance Stock Exchange, the Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. You are free this afternoon to shop for souvenirs or relax. Tonight, why not visit the famous Tivoli Gardens and enjoy a traditional Danish dinner.

    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Travel north-east across the Oresund 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): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Park Inn Hammarby Sjostadt

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Explore City Hall and view the Royal Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Spend free time afterwards shopping or exploring the old town.

    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Today explore this harbour city at leisure. Why not join an excursion to the Wasa, a 17th century Galleon reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later, board your ship for an overnight mini-cruise to Finland.

    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8


    After an early arrival in Helsinki, your Local Expert 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.

    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

    Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Follow the Gulf of Finland past the timber centre of Kotka and through the forests of Karelia to the Russian border. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Park Inn Nevsky

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Your Local Expert 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. Visit The Hermitage Museum to see one of the world's largest and most valuable art collections.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11


    Enjoy free time this morning to explore St. Petersburg and to shop for gifts. Later, cross the vast Russian steppes 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): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Park Inn Valiky

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    A scenic drive through picturesque villages brings you to the Tver region for an included lunch. Then continue via Klin – former home of Tchaikovsky – to the Russian capital, Moscow.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    See Moscow's landmarks on your sightseeing tour with your Local Expert 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14


    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 centre of Russian art and architecture. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a special Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 15


    Say goodbye to your Travel Director and fellow travellers this morning as your holiday comes to an end after breakfast. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Experience a dinner of traditional specialities in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy. First enjoy a drive to Yuroyevo Podvorye Monastery and stop to take pictures of this beautiful monastery and lake. Then meet a family who will talk about their life in this small Russian provincial city, about how they earn their living and about the hobbies of the children and adults in the family.
  • Local Expert in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and 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 and the Kremlin in Moscow.
  • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.


  • 14 breakfasts (including 6 full Scandinavian and 8 hot buffets).
  • 1 lunch.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinner, cruise dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry from Germany to Denmark.
  • Ferry from Denmark to Sweden.
  • Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins have two-berths.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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