13 days from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg
Departs From: Copenhagen
From the vibrant cities to the gorgeous scenery, this escorted tour of Northern European Capitals visits Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki – and St. Petersburg. In each city, you’ll experience guided sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Copenhagens Little Mermaid statue and the Royal Reception Rooms at Christiansborg Palace, used by the Queen for official occasions. You’ll see Oslos City Hall, decorated with great Norwegian art from 1900 to 1950, and Frogner Park, where Gustav Vigeland created over 200 extraordinary bronze and granite statues. See also Stockholms City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year; Helsinki’s Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, and the famous open-air market; and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, with one of the world’s finest art collections, plus St. Isaacs Cathedral, Russia’s largest cathedral and the fourth largest in Europe.A tour highlight is an overnight Baltic Sea cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki. You ll stay in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities, and you ll enjoy a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board. You’ll enjoy a Swedish food experience, where you can sample local specialties at the stalls in Gothenburgs indoor food market, and a Russian specialty dinner in St. Petersburg.On this Northern Europe escorted tour, you’ll also experience Northern Europe’s beautiful scenery. From Gothenburg to Norway, travel along the coastline with its many islands, granite rocks, and charming fishing villages. Take a ferry from Elsinore, Denmark to Helsingborg, Sweden – with great views of Hamlets Kronborg Castle. Drive through Swedens scenic Värmland, home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape and home to Swedens largest lake, Vänern. Stunning scenery, true local cuisine, a Baltic Sea cruise, and fascinating sightseeing await you on this fantastic escorted tour of Northern Europe.Duration:
|25 August, 2018
||06 September, 2018
|01 September, 2018
||13 September, 2018
|08 September, 2018
||20 September, 2018
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Royal Reception Rooms in Christiansborg Palace; the Little Mermaid; Tivoli Gardens (mid-April to mid-September)ELSINORE
Ferry crossing with a view of Hamlet’s castleGOTHENBURG
Orientation, [LF] visit the indoor food market and taste local snacksOSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City HallSTOCKHOLM
Guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City HallSTOCKHOLM–HELSINKI
[LF] Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities, including a special Smörgåsbord dinnerHELSINKI
Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market; farewell dinnerST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaacs Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)
Day 1 ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)Day 2 COPENHAGEN.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to Christiansborg Palace, where you visit the elegant ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace with its lovely flower gardens, and of the wistful LITTLE MERMAID. In the afternoon, exciting optional excursions are available. Tonight, visit TIVOLI GARDENS (mid-April to mid-Sept.), the city’s colorful amusement park. (B)Day 3 COPENHAGEN–GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN–OSLO, NORWAY.
From Elsinore beneath Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle, board your FERRY for Helsingborg. Then, drive to Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving second-largest city. Admire its beautiful parks, botanical gardens, and well-kept canals during your orientation tour. Highlight is a visit to Gothenburg’s famous indoor [LF] FOOD MARKET to taste local snacks at some of the stalls. In the afternoon, continue along the Skagerrak coastline to Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo. (B,D)Day 4 OSLO.
Norway’s capital is a study in farsighted urban planning, seeking growth in harmony with nature. Your Local Guide will take you to the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK, with Gustav Vigeland’s 200-plus extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures, and visit the modern CITY HALL. Optional excursions are available for the afternoon and evening. (B)Day 5 OSLO–KARLSTAD, SWEDEN–STOCKHOLM.
Trace the King’s Road, an ancient trade link between the northern capitals connecting Oslo, Stockholm, Turku, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg. Cross the Swedish border to scenic Värmland, beautifully described in Selma Lagerlöf’s Gösta Berlings Saga, on the way to Karlstad on Lake Vänern. Pass the ancient garrison town of Örebro and modern Eskilstuna, known for its stainless steel, and proceed to Stockholm. (B)Day 6 STOCKHOLM.
Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, is settled on 14 islands between Lake Mälar and the Baltic Sea. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, a walk through the OLD TOWN, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Later, choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B)Day 7 STOCKHOLM–OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HELSINKI, FINLAND.
Morning at leisure. Why not join an excursion to Uppsala? Later, board your ship for the overnight [LF] BALTIC SEA CRUISE to Finland, and enjoy a traditional Smörgåsbord dinner. (B,D)Day 8 HELSINKI.
Guided sightseeing of Helsinki features the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. (B)Day 9 HELSINKI.
A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel. (B,D)Day 10 HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA.
A pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRALwith a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy a [LF] special dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka. (B,D)Day 11 ST. PETERSBURG.
Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci. (B)Day 12 ST. PETERSBURG.
Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). The balance of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city. (B)Day 13 ST. PETERSBURG.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)Meals
: Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Copenhagen, a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board, and a farewell dinner in HelsinkiTransportation
Motorcoach; ferry crossing; first-class overnight Baltic Sea crossing. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.