16 Day Best Value Tour Scandinavia Russia Balkans and Germany
The landmarks of Northern Europe, from Copenhagen's Little Mermaid to the Reichstag in Berlin, are on display as you weave through Scandinavia, Belarus and Poland with a visit to Russia's imperial capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow along the way.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Welcome to Copenhagen
Welcome to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Relax and unwind after check-in. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Hotel: AC Bella Sky
Second Day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Copenhagen
Your Local Specialist takes you on a morning sightseeing tour which includes the Little Mermaid, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights of your choice or shopping. (SB)
Hotel: AC Bella Sky
Third Day we travel to Stockholm
Cross the Oresund into Sweden and travel north through lush forests and meadows bordering the shores of Lake Vättern. Continue northwards to Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital surrounded by islands. (SB)
Ship: Scandic Ariadne
Fourth Day see Stockholm then a Mini-Cruise to Finland
Admire Stockholm's biggest landmarks this morning with your Local Specialist, with views of the Royal Palace and City Hall. Built on a maze of islands linked by bridges, Stockholm is an interesting city to wander through. Don't miss the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere before embarking on your mini-cruise to Finland. (SB)
Ship: Scandic Ariadne
Fifth Day arrive in Finland with Sightseeing and Free Time
Arrive early in Finland's capital for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View Finlandia Hall, the Senate and market squares, the café-lined Esplanade and the beautiful domed Russian church. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop for souvenirs or relax. (SB)
Hotel: Holiday Inn West
Sixth Day its onto St. Petersburg
Today we leave Finland to begin our exploration of Russia. We’ll travel along the Gulf of Finland and through the forests of Karelia before reaching St Petersburg, our home for the next two nights. Marvel at the city’s canals and colourful buildings en route to your hotel, where you will dine tonight. (SB),(D)
Hotel: Park Inn Pribaltiskaya
Seventh Day its Sightseeing and Free Time in St. Petersburg
The Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great feature on your guided sightseeing tour. Explore St. Peter and Paul Fortress with your Local Specialist and spend the rest of the day as you wish. You might like to visit the Hermitage Museum or the residence of Peter the Great in Peterhof. (BB)
Hotel: Park Inn Pribaltiskaya
Eighth Day see the Ancient City of Novgorod
Cross the vast Russian plains to the ancient city of Novgorod where you view the Kremlin Fort, Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB),(D)
Hotel: Park Inn Veliky
Ninth Day we visit Tver then head to Moscow
Your wonderful journey continues through picturesque villages to the Tver region for an included lunch. Then travel via Klin, the former home of Tchaikovsky, to the Russian capital, Moscow. (BB),(L)
Hotel: Holiday Inn Suschevsky
Tenth Day see the sights of Moscow with Free Time
Moscow is a city full of wonderful buildings and monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you an array of sights including Red Square, the Kremlin Walls and the domed St. Basil's Cathedral. In your free time, consider visiting the impressive Treasure Chamber of the Tsars. (BB)
Hotel: Holiday Inn Suschevsky
Eleventh Day we stop in Smolensk then continue to Minsk
Drive past the region of Borodino, site of Napoleon's great defeat, and stop for lunch near Smolensk. Later cross the border into Belarus and continue to Minsk. After the Second World War the city was rebuilt in supreme Soviet style which you can see during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB),(L),(D)
Hotel: Planeta Minsk
Twelfth Day we sample Brest then go onto Warsaw
Traverse the huge plains of Belarus and stop for lunch at Brest on the Polish frontier. Afterwards cross the River Vistula and arrive later in Warsaw, Poland's capital. (BB),(L),(D)
Hotel: Pulawska Residence
Thirteenth Day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Warsaw
Your Local Specialist shows you the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and the landmarks of Warsaw's Old Town, which was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War. Later you might like to soak up the city's culture and nightlife. (BB)
Hotel: Pulawska Residence
Fourteenth Day we journey to Berlin
Travel west across the plains of central Poland and over the border into Germany, arriving later in the exciting city of Berlin. (BB)
Hotel: City East
Fifteenth Day see the sights of Berlin
From the Reichstag Building to the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the German State Opera House, your Local Specialist shows you all Berlin's highlights this morning. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice, or perhaps join an Optional Experience exploring the city's secret past. (BB),(D)
Hotel: City East
Sixteenth Day we bid Farewell to Berlin
Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday. Transfers are available to Berlin Tegel Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)
5 Scandinavian breakfasts (SB)
10 buffet breakfasts (BB)
5 three course dinners (D)
3 three course lunches (L)
- Berlin: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist features views of the Brandenburg Gate, German State Opera House and Tiergarten.
- Copenhagen: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Little Mermaid and Christiansborg Palace.
- Helsinki: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist features views of the Senate and market squares.
- Minsk: Orientation drive along the Independence Prospekt and Victory Square
- Moscow: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin Gardens.
- Novgorod: View St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin Fort.
- St. Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress.
- Stockholm: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the City Hall and the Royal Palace.
- Warsaw: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the 'wedding cake' Palace of Culture and Science
North Zealand Riviera And Castle Tour in Copenhagen
Enjoy the quaint scenery of the Danish Riviera’s conservation heritage route, as you pass through ancient fishing villages and modern marinas. We'll also visit Fredensborg Palace, summer residence of the Royal family, before continuing to the magnificent 17th century Frederiksborg Castle, where you’ll see the State Apartments and the Coronation Chapel.
Danish Traditions And Tivoli
This evening we'll visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbour. You’ll wander by tiny houses, learn a little of the history and enjoy a taste of traditional Danish specialities. Then on to the magic of twinkling lights at Copenhagen's most famous attraction, Tivoli Gardens.
Swedish Ice Bar And Panoramic Tower in Stockholm
Savour a drink in a glass made of ice in the minus temperatures of the Ice-Bar, made completely from the frozen waters of Sweden’s River Torne. You'll also discover the very best views over the city and its archipelago, with a visit to the viewing platform of the Kaknas Tower, Sweden’s highest building.
Swedish Traditional Dinner
Enjoy an evening out in a popular local restaurant with its special cuisine and atmosphere, where you'll savour a delicious dinner and a drink.
Stockholm Grand Tour
Explore with us on a visit to see the Vasa, the 17th century Galleon recovered from the sea bed after more than 300 years and now displayed in an award-winning museum. You'll also take a walking tour through the Gamla Stan with your Local Specialist, who’ll reveal the old heart of Stockholm with its cobbled streets and fascinating shops.
Hvittrask's Architectural Wonders
Join us on a drive through Finland's countryside towards Hvittrask. Home to Finland's most famous architects, you’ll see the unique architecture combining natural stone and timber, one of the most accomplished examples of Finnish design which harmonises with the environment. You'll also enjoy coffee and cakes along the way.
Traditional Helsinki Dinner
Helsinki's restaurants are featured in every Good Food Guide to the Baltic. Tonight you’ll have seats reserved at a friendly local restaurant, to enjoy delicious cuisine and the specialities of the house in an authentic setting.
Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne in St Petersburg
Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North". Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems
Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.
The Hermitage Museum
Experience a visit to one of the largest and most valuable collections of art in the world, all set in the splendour of the Winter Palace and its elaborate interiors.
Evening At The Ballet
There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.
Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets
On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens, respectively. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains.
Metro And Red Square By Night
Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow
Discover ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. You’ll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Later we’ll walk through Novodevichy Park, where you’ll see memorials to Yeltsin, Kruschev and Eisenstein.
Treasures Of The Tsars
You'll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars - one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty.
The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
Polish Dinner And Folklore Evening
Poland has a rich culture and famous folk art. On this trip you'll have the chance to enjoy typical music and traditional dance while savouring a four-course meal of Polish specialities.
Dinner And Berlin By Night
Tonight join us as we enjoy hearty German food, wine, beer and traditional music, before discovering the illuminated landmarks of the German capital.
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed
Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.
Please note: Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
Luxury air-conditioned coach.
Overnight mini-cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins two-berth with private facilities.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
Variety of Optional Experiences.
An expert Travel Director and separate driver.
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
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