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Length:  13 days from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg

2019 Season Departs From:  Copenhagen


Overview

From the vibrant cities to the gorgeous scenery, this tour visits Northern Europe’s fascinating capitals— 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; 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; 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. This is just one of the out-of-the-ordinary experiences Globus includes to make your vacation unique. Other special treats are a Swedish food experience, where you can sample local specialties at some of the stalls in Gothenburgs indoor food market, and a Russian specialty dinner in St. Petersburg.

On this Northern Europe tour, you’ll also experience some of Northern Europe’s beautiful scenery. From Gothenburg to Norway, travel along the Skagerrak coastline with its many islands, granite rocks, and charming little 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, including Swedens largest lake, Vänern.

Stunning scenery, tasty local cuisine, a Baltic Sea cruise, and fascinating sightseeing… all of this and more await you on this fantastic tour through Northern Europe.



Duration:  13 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
13 April, 2019 25 April, 2019
20 April, 2019 02 May, 2019
04 May, 2019 16 May, 2019
11 May, 2019 23 May, 2019
18 May, 2019 30 May, 2019
25 May, 2019 06 June, 2019
01 June, 2019 13 June, 2019
08 June, 2019 20 June, 2019
15 June, 2019 27 June, 2019
22 June, 2019 04 July, 2019
29 June, 2019 11 July, 2019
20 July, 2019 01 August, 2019
27 July, 2019 08 August, 2019
03 August, 2019 15 August, 2019
10 August, 2019 22 August, 2019
17 August, 2019 29 August, 2019
24 August, 2019 05 September, 2019
31 August, 2019 12 September, 2019
07 September, 2019 19 September, 2019
14 September, 2019 26 September, 2019
21 September, 2019 03 October, 2019


City Highlights

COPENHAGEN
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 castle

GOTHENBURG
Orientation, [LF] visit the indoor food market and taste local snacks

OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall

STOCKHOLM
Guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall

STOCKHOLM–HELSINKI
[LF] Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities, including a special Smörgåsbord dinner

HELSINKI
Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market

ST. 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. Afternoon at leisure. 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 and 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. Today gives you a proper introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Interesting optional excursions are available. (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 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. Time to 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 exciting optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries. Tonight, dinner has been prepared at the hotel to celebrate the success of your tour of the Northern Capitals. (B,D)

Day 10   HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. Enjoy a pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy a [LF] traditional 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 and 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; 5 three-course dinners, including a traditional Smörgåsbord dinner on board

Transportation

Motorcoach; ferry crossing; first-class overnight Baltic Sea cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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