Multi-Day Tour

Northern Capitals and Russia (Summer 2018) (19 days)

Insight Vacations, Inc.

Your Journey Begins To Warsaw, Poland

Valid for Departures: 08 May 2018 - 18 Sep 2018

Northern Capitals and Russia (Summer 2018) (19 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 2

Welcome To Berlin.

Day 3

The Spirit Of Berlin.

Day 4

Across The Sea To Copenhagen.

Day 5

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

Day 7

Stockholm And Baltic Cruise.

Day 8

Fashionable Helsinki.

Day 10

The Gardens Of Petrodvorets.

Day 11

High Speed Train To Moscow.

Day 15

Minsk Sightseeing And Vilnius.

Day 16

The Island Castle Of Trakai.

Day 17

Rejuvenated Warsaw.

Day 18

Exploring Warsaw.

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Your Journey Begins
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Your Journey Begins:Board your overnight flight (Please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
Welcome To Berlin.
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin. None
Welcome to Berlin.:On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport, your transfer will leave for your hotel at 10:30 or 12:30. With the afternoon free, perhaps walk along the bustling Ku' Damm, shopping centre of West Berlin, which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and travel companions at a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 3
The Spirit Of Berlin.
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin. None
The Spirit of Berlin.:(Relaxed Start) In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the Unter den Linden past the Humboldt University and Opera House. Stop a while on Museum Island before passing Brandenberg Gate, a symbol of the reunification. See Norman Foster’s glass dome which crowns the Reichstag building before embarking on a journey through the Tiergarten. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure or relaxing at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 4
Across The Sea To Copenhagen.
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. None
Across the Sea to Copenhagen.:Depart Berlin and continue through northern Germany to Rostock for the sea crossing to Denmark. A peaceful journey through Danish countryside brings you to the capital, Copenhagen. In the evening, delight in the enchanting atmosphere of the famous Tivoli Gardens.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 5
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. None
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.:With a Local Expert, begin your sightseeing with a visit the Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, to marvel at the opulent interior. Journey past Copenhagen Cathedral and the university to see Rosenborg Castle, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family. Visit the waterfront to admire Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing across the harbour. The rest of the day is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 6
Stockholm, Sweden
Hilton Stockholm Slussen. None
To Stockholm, City of Islands.:Enjoy a view of Kronborg Castle, reputedly the Elsinore home of Hamlet, during the short ferry crossing to Sweden. Your journey then continues through fertile farmlands, dotted with neat farmhouses and barns. Travel along the shores of peaceful Lake Vättern to Stockholm, beautifully situated on an island studded bay.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 7
Stockholm And Baltic Cruise.
Cruising. None
Stockholm and Baltic Cruise.:(Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, visit the imposing City Hall with its impressive Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, covered with 18 million gilded mosaic tiles and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, is the venue for the Nobel Prize banquets. Cross the harbour to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city to see the cathedral and the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, board your cruise ship for the overnight voyage to Finland. Enjoy dinner on board and then take in the breathtakingly beautiful sea views from the comfort of your high-class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8
Fashionable Helsinki.
Original Sokos Hotel Albert, Helsinki. None
Fashionable Helsinki.:(Relaxed Start) Disembark your Baltic cruise and explore Helsinki, the trendsetting city of top fashion and design, alongside a Local Expert. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the modern Church in the Rock, which has been cut right into a boulder in the centre of Helsinki. Continue to the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall in the new quarter.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 9
St. Petersburg, Russia
Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky. None
St. Petersburg.:From Helsinki, you will travel through rural lands and villages, following the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Cross into Russia near Vyborg and continue through stretches of beautiful forests to reach St. Petersburg.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 10
The Gardens Of Petrodvorets.
Courtyard St. Petersburg Vasilievsky. None
The Gardens of Petrodvorets.:Join a Local Expert to see the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the bustling main street of the city, Nevsky Prospect. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets, which for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the grand gardens and see cascading fountains.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 11
High Speed Train To Moscow.
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre. None
High Speed Train to Moscow.:(Relaxed Start) Visit the opulent Winter Palace with your Local Expert. This is the former home of the Tsars, but now houses the Hermitage Museum. Witness a treasure trove of magnificent works of art, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. Board your high-speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you swoop to Moscow in just a few hours.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 12
Moscow, Russia
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre. None
Moscow, a Russian Revelation.:(Relaxed Start) Join your Local Expert in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings, for an insightful tour. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral while in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum. Enter the Kremlin to visit one of its cathedrals. Explore the Metro stations, rich in marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers, often referred to as underground art museums. With the afternoon at your leisure, why not visit the Kremlin Museum to gaze at the treasury of the Tsars? In the evening, don't miss the chance to absorb the atmosphere and admire the magic of the Red Square and the Kremlin at night.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 13
Moscow, Russia
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre. None
Moscow at Leisure.:(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start and a full day set aside to explore Moscow at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or enjoy an Optional Experience in Zagorsk, the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 14
Minsk, Belarus
Renaissance Minsk Hotel. None
Minsk, the Supreme Soviet City.:Depart Moscow and pass near Borodino as you follow the route taken by Napoleon's retreating army in 1812. Stop in Smolensk for an included lunch, then enter Belarus and continue to the capital, Minsk, rebuilt after the war in utmost Soviet style.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 15
Minsk Sightseeing And Vilnius.
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius. None
Minsk Sightseeing and Vilnius.:(Relaxed Start) Your Local Expert will take you along wide avenues, passing gargantuan concrete buildings, a legacy of Minsk's Soviet past. Lenin still stands in front of the Government headquarters! See the obelisk in Victory Square honouring the heroes of World War II and the Church of St. Simon and Helena. Continue to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. In the evening, choose from a variety of hand-selected local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 16
The Island Castle Of Trakai.
Radisson Blu Lietuva Hotel, Vilnius. None
The Island Castle of Trakai.:Sightseeing in the morning starts at the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul. See the neoclassical cathedral before joining your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the Old Town. See the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, a dark reminder of more recent events. Visit the splendid Trakai Castle, built on a fortified island at the beginning of the 15th century and now faithfully restored in all its glory.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 17
Rejuvenated Warsaw.
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria. None
Rejuvenated Warsaw.:Pass lakeside Augustow during a scenic journey through Masuria, a region blessed with a plethora of lakes and forests. Your destination will be the Polish capital, faithfully rebuilt after the devastation of World War II.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 18
Exploring Warsaw.
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria. None
Exploring Warsaw.:(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for an exploration of the city. Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Ghetto Heroes Monument before walking to the Market Square in the Old Town. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a fine selection of local dishes and wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 19
Warsaw, Poland
None None
Depart Warsaw.:Your transfers will arrive at Warsaw Airport at 07:30 and 10:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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Experience Baroque splendour and marvel at Scandinavian design, as you discover how the capitals of the north have been shaped by con?ict, spanning the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Cold War.

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