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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
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • 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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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • BERLIN

    • + Berlin By Night And Dinner Join in the fun of hearty German food, wine, beer and music. Afterwards enjoy the illuminated landmarks of the German Capital.

  • MOSCOW

    • + Circus Visit A chance to enjoy the Russian State Circus. Tickets subject to availability. Full transportation will be provided.

    • + Metro And Red Square By Night Take a surprise journey. Ride the legendary Moscow metro through part of Stalin's showcase, the underground 'palaces' of Moscow Metro. The Communist government wanted to create a transport system unequalled in any capitalist state, bringing culture to the masses in their everyday lives. Not just another transport system, more than trains and tunnels (Western art critics include it among the Ten Places That You Want to See before You Die), Moscow Metro is the most grandiose architectural monument of the Soviet era. Tonight we select some of the most remarkable stations to show you, decorated with stained glass, mosaics, chandeliers and statues. The tour ends in Red Square to take in its fairytale evening atmosphere.

    • + Russian Panorama Discover a true insight into Russian life, history and people. Among the various experiences we will offer you will be a visit to Borodino Panorama, an incredible work of art. The giant, circular canvas depicts a moment of the battle - 12.30 p.m. 7th of September - when the most vivid and decisive events took place. Standing in the middle of this panorama you experience up close the heroic (and bloody) battle during the 1812 war between Russia and Napoleons Grand Army in the days before CNN. The museum's exhibition is equipped with modern technical apparatus. The viewing of the panorama is accompanied by special sound-effects, reproducing the battle shooting of the beginning of the 19th century. We follow with a walk through Novodevichy Park to see memorials to well known people and leaders such as Yeltsin, Krushchov, Checkhov, Eisenstein, and Raisa Gorbachova. A fascinating place with memorials ranging from the most modest to sentimental and outlandish.

    • + Treasures Of The Kremlin A unique opportunity to visit the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars during our reserved visit. See the works of Faberge, the diamonds of Catherine the Great and her golden gowns. Marvel at the Imperial carriages studded with precious stones and gold, jewelled thrones and hundreds of spectacular priceless items from the Romanov Dynasty.

    • + Zagorsk - The Real Russia Our excursion takes us through the Russian countryside to Zagorsk giving you an impression of places unchanged for centuries. Zagorsk, (Sergeyev Posad) is the Russian Vatican, centre of the Orthodox faith, religious art and architecture. For centuries it served as the religious capital of Russia and pilgrimage place for the faithful of the Russian Orthodox creed. Within the old walled city we see the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery where the Orthodox faith was tolerated by the Communist state and kept alive during the years of atheism. A chance to browse at some locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls on sale at the local market.

  • ST PETERSBURG

    • + Cruise The Waterways Of The Venice Of The North Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this unique and beautiful city known as the Venice of the North. A cruise through the canals and along River Neva transforms the city into a magical place that has inspired generations of artists - a photographers dream. Sip champagne as the city drifts by! A wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital.

    • + Evening At The Theatre There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. The price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

    • + Imperial Summer Residences Pushkin And Petrodvorets While in St Petersburg a trip to Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin, is a must for every visitor. The Romanovs spared no expense on their opulent summer retreats. Now gems of Russian art, the palaces combine outstanding architecture and splendid parks. Miraculously restored from the ravages of Nazi occupation and destruction, work like the fairy-tale Amber Room can once again be seen. In the afternoon we continue on to the most famous town Petrodvorets, which was its Russian recreation of Versailles. It is famed for its many palaces, extravagant gardens and terraces of gilded statues and fountain cascades on the Gulf of Finland. Relax and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of these baroque gardens on our visit.

    • + Rasputin And The Romanovs St Petersburg is known as the Cradle of the Revolution and the downfall of the Romanov Dynasty. This unforgettable haunting visit takes us through the opulent splendour of the home of pre-Revolutionary Russias foremost noble family, the Yusupovs. Here in the cellar, 3 months before the fateful February revolution, Felix Yusupov and members of the Tsars court conspired and murdered the infamous Rasputin. Our tour is concluded with a visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, today recognised as the Pantheon of the tsars, including the canonised Nicholas and the relics of his wife and children. The end of a dynasty.

  • COPENHAGEN

    • + Danish Traditions And Tivoli This evening we visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbour. We wander by tiny houses, learn a little of the history and enjoy a taste of traditional Danish specialities. Then to the magic of twinkling lights at Copenhagen's most famous attraction, Tivoli Gardens.

    • + North Zealand Riviera And Castle Tour Enjoy the quaint scenery of the conservation heritage route of the Danish Riviera, passing through ancient fishing villages and modern marinas. Then through typical countryside to see Fredensborg Palace, summer residence of the Royal family before a visit to the magnificent 17th century Frederiksborg Castle. Here we will see the State Apartments and the Coronation Chapel.

  • STOCKHOLM

    • + Grand Tour 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. Then with our Local Guide, take a walking tour through the Gamla Stan, the old heart of Stockholm with its cobbled streets and fascinating shops.

    • + Swedish Heritage Enjoy the beauty of Lake Malaren as we sail in an antique steamboat through the archipelago, past country cottages and elegant homes. Then on to Skansen Park, one of the world's oldest open air museums, to experience the living folklore of the Swedish way of life in years gone by.

    • + Swedish Ice Bar And Panoramic Tower Enjoy a drink in a glass made of ice in the minus temperatures of the Ice-Bar, which is made completely from the frozen waters of the river Torne in Sweden. An arctic experience! Then visit the viewing platform of the Kaknas Tower, Swedens highest building, which will give you the very best views over the city and its archipelago.

    • + Swedish Traditional Dinner Enjoy an evening out in a popular local restaurant with its special cuisine and atmosphere. One drink included.

  • HELSINKI

    • + Helsinki Dinner Helsinki's restaurants are featured in every Good Food Guide to the Baltic. Tonight we have seats reserved to enjoy the specialities of the house in an authentic setting. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the cuisine is superb.

    • + Hvittrask Tour We drive through the Garden City of Tapiola with its renowned modern architecture and then to Hvittrask, a delightful village and home to Finland's most famous architects. The architectural ensemble made of natural stone and timber harmonising with its surroundings is surely one of the most accomplished examples of Finnish creation.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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