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Length:  13 days from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg

2017 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, and 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, 2-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 TravelToe includes to make your vacation unique. Another special treat is a Swedish food experience, where you can sample local specialties at some of the stalls in Gothenburgs indoor food market.

On this Northern Europe tour, you’ll also experience some of Northern Europe’s beautiful scenery. From Gothenburg to Norway, travel along the 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 and home to 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
08 July, 2017 20 July, 2017
15 July, 2017 27 July, 2017
29 July, 2017 10 August, 2017
12 August, 2017 24 August, 2017
19 August, 2017 31 August, 2017
26 August, 2017 07 September, 2017
02 September, 2017 14 September, 2017
09 September, 2017 21 September, 2017
16 September, 2017 28 September, 2017
23 September, 2017 05 October, 2017


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, visit City Hall, walking tour of the Old Town

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; farewell dinner

ST. PETERSBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaacs Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

Headsets throughout the tour





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-September), 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 [LF] Gothenburg’s famous indoor 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. Your included morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church; the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held; and a walk through the OLD TOWN. Later, choose from our exciting 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 [LF] the overnight 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 magnificent St. Petersburg, where [LF] a dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you. (B,D)

Day 11   St. Petersburg. Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home of the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM. Next, drive along elegant Nevsky Prospect and visit ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL. (B)

Day 12   St. Petersburg. In Pushkin, visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). (B)

Day 13   St. Petersburg. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Copenhagen, a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board, and a farewell dinner in Helsinki

Transportation

Motorcoach; ferry crossing; first-class overnight Baltic Sea crossing. 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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