GLOBUS 2018: Northern Capitals with St. Petersburg & Moscow (ZTM)
16 days from Copenhagen to Moscow
Vibrant cities and gorgeous scenery are all part of your guided tour of Northern Europe's fascinating capitals, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. In each city, you'll experience guided sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue and the Royal Reception Rooms at Christiansborg Palace, used by the Queen for official occasions; Oslo's 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 Stockholm's City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year; Helsinki's Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, and the famous open-air market. St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, with one of the world's finest art collections; and Moscow's Red Square and Kremlin are also high points of your guided tour of Europe's Northern Capitals, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Another 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 Smorgasbord dinner on board. Enjoy an authentic Swedish food experience, where you can sample local specialties at Gothenburg's indoor food market; a Russian specialty dinner in St. Petersburg; and in Moscow, visits to the largest Orthodox Christian Church in the world, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery.On this Northern Europe tour, you'll also experience some of Northern Europe's most 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 Hamlet's Kronborg Castle. Drive through Sweden's scenic Varmland - home to 10,000 lakes dotting the forested landscape and home to Sweden's largest lake, Vanern. Stunning scenery, authentic local cuisine, a Baltic Sea cruise, a Sapsan train ride in Russia, and fascinating sightseeing await you on this fantastic escorted tour through Northern Europe's capitals.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Copenhagen||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||Oslo||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||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 Varmland, beautifully described in Selma Lagerlof's Gosta Berlings Saga, on the way to Karlstad on Lake Vanern. Pass the ancient garrison town of Orebro 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 Malar 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||Overnight Cruise to Helsinki||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 Smorgasbord 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||St. Petersburg||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||Moscow||Board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground. (B)|
|Day 14||Moscow||Guided sightseeing features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Also visit the ARMORY MUSEUM and see the Bolshoi Theater. (B)|
|Day 15||Moscow||Another day full of highlights: visit the [LF] CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialties as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia. (B,D)|
|Day 16||Moscow||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1,342Triple room reduction per person: $249Extra nights per person in Copenhagen:in single room $202, in twin $132, in triple $117Extra nights per person in Moscow:in single room $171-$196, in twin $98-$110, in triple $73-$82
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