16 Day Cossack Explorer
This trip is filled with colour, unique cultures and enthralling history. Visit coastal Copenhagen, island-ringed Stockholm, striking Helsinki, and then travel between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Later, get acquainted with Minsk's Soviet style and Warsaw's Gothic churches before finishing your holiday in vibrant Berlin.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Copenhagen
Welcome to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Relax and unwind after check-in. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Hotel: Bella Sky Comwell
Second Day enjoy Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time
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.
Third Day Travel from Copenhagen 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.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Globe
Fourth Day its Sightseeing at Sea
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 accessible 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!
Fifth Day at Sea with Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time
Arrive early in Finland's capital for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialsit. View Finlandia Hall, the Senate and market squares, sweeping boulevards and the beautiful domed Russian church. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop for souvenirs or relax.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Helsinki West
Sixth Day from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
Follow the Finnish coast past the timber centre of Kotka, across the border into Russia and on past the town of Vyborg. Admire the scenery as you traverse the forests of Karelia, arriving later in St. Petersburg for a two-night stay.
Hotel: Park Inn Pribaltiskaya
Seventh Day have some Free Time and Sightseeing in St. Petersburg
The Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Statue of Peter the Great all 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 Petrodvorets.
Eighth Day Travel from St. Petersburg to Novgorod
Cross the vast Russian steppes to the ancient city of Novgorod where you view the Kremlin Fort, Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Park Inn Veliky
Ninth Day go from Novgorod to Tver then 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.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Suschevsky
Tenth Day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Moscow
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.
Eleventh Day journey from Moscow 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.
Hotel: Planeta Minsk
Twelve Day its onto Brest and 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.
Hotel: Novotel Centrum
Thirteenth Day enjoy Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time
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.
Fourteenth Day go from Warsaw to Berlin
Travel west across the plains of central Poland and over the border into Germany, arriving later in the exciting city of Berlin!
Hotel: Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg
Fifteenth Day experience Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time
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.
Sixteenth Day Depart Berlin
Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday. Transfers are available to Berlin Airport. Conditions apply.
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.
10 buffet breakfasts, 5 three course dinners, 3 three course lunches, 5 Scandinavian buffet breakfasts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us on a drive through the Garden City of Tapiola, with its renowned modern architecture, then to 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.
Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this former imperial capital, known as the Venice of the North. You'll cruise through the canals and along River Neva, sipping champagne as you discover the city that has inspired generations of artists.
At the palace of Pushin you'll admire marvels like the fairy-tale Amber Room, miraculously restored after Nazi occupation. You'll also discover the famous town of Petrodvorets, a Russian recreation of Versailles. Famed for its palaces and fountain cascades, you'll have time to relax and enjoy the elegant baroque gardens on our visit.
A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You'll enjoy Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia, and sample Russian champagne and vodka during the intermission. An unforgettable experience.
A haunting visit takes you through the opulent splendour of the home of pre-Revolutionary Russia's foremost noble family, the Yusupovs, and reveals the cellars where they murdered the infamous Rasputin. We'll also visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you'll see the canonised Nicholas and relics of his wife and children.
Experience the beauty of St Isaacs Cathedral and explore the colourful centrepiece of the city - the Church of the Saviour 'on the spilled blood'. Built where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, you’ll see the recently restored multi-coloured domes and mosaics based on St Basil's in Moscow, which evoke a feeling of Old Russia.
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.
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.
Included in Western art critics 'Ten Places That You Want to See before You Die', Moscow Metro is the most grandiose architectural monument of the Soviet era. Tonight you'll discover some of the most remarkable stations, decorated with stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers, and finish in Red Square, to take in its fairy-tale evening atmosphere.
A unique opportunity to visit the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars during our reserved visit. You’ll see the works of Faberge, the diamonds of Catherine the Great and her golden gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages studded with precious stones and gold, jewelled thrones and priceless items from the Romanov Dynasty.
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.
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.
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, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
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.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Overnight mini-cruise from Sweden to Finland, all cabins two-berth with private facilities
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
- Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
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- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
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