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Itinerary:

  • From Copenhagen with its Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens, travel to Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium. Board your ship with first-class, two-berth cabins for your overnight Baltic Sea cruise and a traditional Smörgãsbord dinner. In Helsinki, a full day at leisure offers the possibility to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the pearls of the Baltic countries. On to St. Petersburg, where visits to the Hermitage Museum and magnificent Catherine Palace (if closed: Pavlosk Palace instead) are included. Via Novgorod, travel to Moscow, capital of Russia for three nights and guided sightseeing including visits to the Kremlin, Red Square, and the Armory Museum. The stop in Smolensk gives you insight into characteristic Russian city life, and a special highlight is an exclusive lecture about daily life during the times of the Iron Curtain, accompanied by a glass of Russian champagne. Continue to Minsk, capital of Belarus, almost totally destroyed during WWII but today a showcase city. End in Warsaw and enjoy a farewell dinner with local specialties, folklore entertainment, and wine at a local restaurant.
  • DAY 2 Copenhagen
    Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange. Visit the lavish ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS in Christiansborg Palace and take pictures of Amalienborg Palace and of the wistful LITTLE MERMAID. Afternoon at leisure; optional excursions are available. Tonight, visit TIVOLI GARDENS, the city’s colorful amusement park (May to mid-September). (Breakfast)
  • DAY 3 Copenhagen–Stockholm, Sweden
    From Elsinore beneath Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle, take a FERRY to Helsingborg and drive through the romantic Swedish Lake District to Stockholm. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 4 Stockholm–Overnight Cruise to Helsinki, Finland
    Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, is settled on 14 islands between Lake Mälar and the Baltic. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, and the blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight BALTIC SEA CRUISE to Finland and enjoy the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • DAY 5 Helsinki
    After breakfast on board, sightseeing with a Local Guide 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. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 6 At Leisure in Helsinki
    A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia and known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 7 Helsinki–St. Petersburg, Russia
    A pleasant drive along the coast to the Russian border. After completing frontier formalities, cross the Karelian Isthmus on the way to St. Petersburg. (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • DAY 8 St. Petersburg
    Enjoy your guided sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. Founded by Peter the Great, construction began in 1703, and the city eventually spread over 100 islands linked by 700 bridges. It suffered severe damage during World War II, when a cruel 900-day siege claimed more than a million victims. Start with the Winter Palace complex. Formerly the residence of the czars, it now houses the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and the major French impressionists. Next, drive along elegant Nevsky Prospect and visit ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 9 St. Petersburg
    Travel to Pushkin, home of Russia’s last czar, and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). Balance of the day is at leisure, and exciting optional activities are available. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 11 Novgorod–Tver–Moscow
    Through the Valdai Hills to Tver on the Volga, the “Mother River” of Russia, where lunch has been prepared for you. Continue via Tchaikovsky’s Klin to Moscow. (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • DAY 12 Moscow
    Follow your Local Guide to RED SQUARE, the center of this 865-year-old city. At its core are the Lenin Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Inside the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. At the ARMORY MUSEUM, see treasures such as Ivan the Terrible’s throne. Of course, you will also see the Bolshoi Theater. (Breakfast)
  • DAY 14 Moscow–Smolensk
    Travel via Borodino, site of the cruel battle between Napoleon’s Grand Armée and the Russian Army in 1812, to Smolensk. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the impressive town walls, the 17th-century USPENSKY CATHEDRAL, and the monument to General Kutuzov, the brilliant strategist who conquered Napoleon’s military genius. Tonight, enjoy a glass of Russian champagne during an exclusive LECTURE about daily life during the times of the Iron Curtain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • DAY 15 Smolensk–Minsk, Belarus
    Travel via Katyn Forest and the White Russian plains to Minsk, the Belorussian capital. After lunch, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide in this historic city. Post-war architects were given carte blanche to reconstruct a showcase city; Minsk was almost totally destroyed during World War II. (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • DAY 17 Warsaw
    Your Local Guide takes you to the medieval STARE MIASTO (Old Town); the HISTORICAL MUSEUM, where you can watch a moving film showing the city before and after war-time destruction; the 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN; the Palace of Culture and Science; the Marszalkowska residential development; and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. This evening, a special farewell dinner with local specialties, folklore entertainment, and wine awaits you at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Accommodation:
Tour Length Hotel's Name Address
1 Night
Imperial (F)
COPENHAGEN
1 Night
Scandic Sergel Plaza (SF)
STOCKHOLM
1 Night
Glo Hotel Art (SF)
HELSINKI
1 Night
Crowne Plaza Ligovsky (SF)
ST. PETERSBURG
1 Night
Park Inn Veliky Novgorod (F)
NOVGOROD
1 Night
Marriott Moscow Grand (SF)
MOSCOW
1 Night
Rossiya (F)
SMOLENSK
1 Night
Minsk (F)
MINSK
1 Night
Sofitel Victoria (D)
WARSAW
Abbreviations - (D) Deluxe, (SF) Superior First-Class, (F) First-Class
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry crossing; first-class Baltic Sea overnight crossing
MEALS
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 lunches; 6 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Copenhagen, a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board, a special dinner in St. Petersburg, and a special farewell dinner with wine in Warsaw
COPENHAGEN
  • Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing; visit the Royal Reception Rooms in Christiansborg Palace; the Little Mermaid; Tivoli Gardens (May to mid-September)
ELSINORE
  • Ferry crossing with a view of Hamlet’s castle
STOCKHOLM
  • Guided sightseeing, visit City Hall
STOCKHOLM-HELSINKI
  • 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 the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and Catherine Palace (if closed, visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)
NOVGOROD
  • Orientation
TVER
  • Included lunch
MOSCOW
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Red Square and the Armory Museum in the Kremlin
SMOLENSK
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Uspensky Cathedral;lecture about living behind the Iron Curtain with a glass of Russian champagne
MINSK
  • Guided sightseeing
BREST
  • Included lunch
WARSAW
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the Stare Miasto, St. John’s Cathedral, and the Historical Museum; special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
NOTES:
  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
    Accommodation in Smolensk is the best available.
    Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
    A separate visa for Belarus is necessary.
    Security cruise regulations require clients’ family and first name, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at time of booking.
    Headsets throughout the tour
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