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Capitals of the North

13 Days 4 Countries 9 Cities

This Regional Explorer trip takes in the unique sights of five cities in northern Europe and Russia.

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About this trip

From the Little Mermaid to the not so little Peter the Great - explore Northern Europe's myths and legends, imperial landmarks and picturesque countryside. Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm across the Øresund to the meadows of Smáland, shop in the market squares of Helsinki and marvel at the lavish testaments to Russian Imperialism in St. Petersburg and Moscow.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SCRUA

12 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • 1 Regional Meal lunch

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Capitals of the North

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

Welcome to Copenhagen. Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia's liveliest city. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Phoenix Authentic Accommodation

2. Copenhagen Sightseeing

Admire the Little Mermaid, Renaissance Stock Exchange, the Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. You are free this afternoon to shop for souvenirs, relax or take an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera.

Meal(s)
Scandinavian Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Danish Traditions And Tivoli

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

Adult Price: €59.00

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 visit 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: €51.00

3. Copenhagen – Stockholm

Travel north-east across the Øresund 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
Quality Globe

4. Stockholm Sightseeing – At Sea

Explore City Hall and view the Royal Palace during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Spend free time afterwards shopping or exploring the Old Town. Why not join an excursion to the Vasa Museum showcasing the 17th century warship reclaimed from the seabed after 300 years. Later, board your ship for an overnight mini-cruise to Finland.

Meal(s)
Scandinavian Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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: €42.00

Swedish Ice Bar And Panoramic Tower

Savour 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, Sweden’s highest building.

Adult Price: €43.00

5. At Sea – Helsinki

After an early arrival in Helsinki, your Local Specialist 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

Optional Experiences

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 harmonises with the environment. You'll also enjoy coffee and cakes along the way.

Adult Price: €34.00

6. Helsinki – St. Petersburg (3 Nights)

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 three nights. Marvel at the city’s canals and colourful buildings en route to your hotel, where you will dine tonight.

Meal(s)
Scandinavian Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Park Inn Nevsky

Optional Experiences

Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne

Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North". Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.

Adult Price: €44.00

7. St. Petersburg Sightseeing

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Evening At The Ballet

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. Price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

Adult Price: €81.00

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, respectively. 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.

Adult Price: €84.00

Rasputin And The Romanovs

This two-part tour pays tribute to Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll see the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin. Then, visit the tombs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Peter and Paul's Cathedral.

Adult Price: €49.00

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!

Adult Price: €48.00

8. St. Petersburg

A full day to explore the city or join an Optional Experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great's summer residence at Petrodvorets.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

9. St. Petersburg – Novgorod

Enjoy free time this morning to explore St. Petersburg and to shop for gifts. Later, cross the vast Russian plains 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 Veilky

Optional Experiences

Imperial Splendours 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.

Adult Price: €44.00

10. Novgorod – Tver – Klin – Moscow (3 Nights)

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Crowne Plaza

Optional Experiences

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: €30.00

11. Moscow Sightseeing

See Moscow's landmarks on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist 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

12. Moscow

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

Optional Experiences

Russian Panorama Experience

Learn more about Russia's military and contemporary history on this guided tour, led by your Local Specialist. We'll visit the Borodino Panorama, home to a large-scale, multi-sensory diorama. This moving work of art depicts the most decisive moment of the Battle of Borodino, which took place between Russia and Napoleon's Grand Army in 1812. We'll also walk through Novodevichy Memorial Park, the final resting place of Checkhov and Boris Yeltsin.

Adult Price: €43.00

Treasures Of The Tsars

You'll have a 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.

Adult Price: €49.00

Sergiyev Posad - The Real Russia

68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. You'll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. You'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls.

Adult Price: €50.00

13. Depart Moscow

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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Inspired by the era of Louis XVI, Copenhagen's Hotel Phoenix has its origins in the late 17th century as the former home of a colonel of the Royal Life Guards

  • Be My Guest
    Visit Irina and her family in the wooden town of Vitoslavitskly - reminiscent of 'Fiddler on the Roof' - where you will see how traditional pancakes are made and learn about the art of traditional Russian liqueurs

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Helsinki, Finland
    • City tour in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow

    • Orientation of Novgorod

    • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 1 Regional Meal lunch


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins have two-berths

    • Ferry from Denmark to Sweden

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 35 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent service.Nothing to add on.Product : St Petersburg was definitely a highlight for me - the Hermitage, Peterhof Palace, Church of the Spilt Blood etc. A very special highlight was to see a Ballet performance in Russia.The Hermitage was a bit to fast with to many people .

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    The bus is quite cramp for a long distance tour.

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    Service rating : would like to have all the hotels be as good as the one in Moscow, be willing to pay moreProduct : would like to receive the schedule dates and duration of the optional tours ahead of time in order to plan for participation or make other arrangements for dinners that require

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    Service rating : Service was excellent from that given by travel director to the driver. The hotels chosen were very good as well.Product : The caring attitude of the travel director impressed me most. Russia and her history was memorable indeed

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    Service rating : Excellent ServiceProduct : The itinerary was excellent but involved much more walking than we had anticipated.

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