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Capitals of the North

13 Days 3 Countries 8 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

Experience the big sights and unique moments of four capital cities in northern Europe and Russia – locals reveal favourite spots in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Moscow.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... making a traditional toast over ‘nastoyka' liqueurs with Grandfather Vladimir, after tucking into his family's ‘Pirozhok' pies, pancakes and tea from a ‘Samovar' and making Russian cloth dolls.

Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SCRUA

12 Nights


19 Meals
  • 12 breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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 travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive – the perfect introduction to Copenhagen.

Welcome Reception
Phoenix Authentic Accommodation

2. Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Scandinavian Breakfast

3. Copenhagen – Stockholm

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.

Scandinavian Breakfast
Quality Globe

4. Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time – 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.

Scandinavian Breakfast

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.

Scandinavian Breakfast
Scandic Grand Marina

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.

Scandinavian Breakfast
Park Inn Nevsky

7. St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Buffet Breakfast

8. St. Petersburg Free Time

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.

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Park Inn Veliky

10. Novgorod – Tver – Moscow (3 Nights)

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Crowne Plaza

11. Moscow Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Buffet Breakfast

12. Moscow Free Time

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

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.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Be My Guest
    Experience a dinner of traditional specialities in the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy, meet the locals and gain an insight into the life of this quaint town.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Hotel Phoenix, Copenhagen, Denmark The history of this luxurious 17th century Authentic Accommodation is enhanced by its Louis XVI inspired décor, marble floors and period paintings. Located in the centre, it's also the perfect base for exploring this eclectic city.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in 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

What's Included


    • 12 breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 6 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry from Denmark to Sweden.

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

    Airport Transfers

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

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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.

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Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 35 Reviews

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    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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