Russia & Northern Europe (RR) - 2014

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18 Day Tour from Copenhagen to Warsaw


Russia & Northern Europe
Stroll through the lush Tivoli Gardens
Stroll through the lush Tivoli Gardens
Visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Moskva River
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark
The historic centre of Warsaw
Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden
Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries

Vacation Overview

The perfect vacation in Northern Europe and Russia: from Copenhagen, with its Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens, travel to Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, and board your ship with first-class two-berth cabins for your overnight Baltic Sea cruise where the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner awaits you. Guided sightseeing in Helsinki, then 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, among other spectacular features, visits to the Hermitage Museum and magnificent Catherine Palace (if closed: Pavlovsk Palace instead) are included. Via Novgorod travel to Moscow, capital of Russia. Stay here for three nights and guided sightseeing includes visits to Red Square and the Armory Museum inside the Kremlin. The overnight 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, the capital of Belarus, almost totally destroyed during World War II, nowadays a showcase city. End in Warsaw, where guided sightseeing includes visits to the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Town) the Historical Museum, and the Cathedral of St. John. A farewell dinner with local specialties, folklore entertainment, and wine awaits you at a local restaurant.


COPENHAGEN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing; visit the Royal Reception Rooms in Christiansborg Palace; the Little Mermaid; Tivoli Gardens (May to mid-Sept.)

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lecture about living behind the Iron Curtain with a glass of Russian champagne

MINSK
Guided sightseeing; included lunch

BREST
Included lunch

WARSAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the Stare Miasto, St. John’s Cathedral, and the Historical Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

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.


DAY 1Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark

Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark 
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DAY 2Copenhagen

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-Sept.). (Breakfast)

Stroll through the lush Tivoli Gardens 
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DAY 3Copenhage–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)

Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden 
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DAY 4Stockholm–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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Helsinki

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)

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DAY 6At 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)

Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries 
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DAY 7Helsinki–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)

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DAY 8St. 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)

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DAY 9St. 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)

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DAY 10St. Petersburg–Novgorod

Drive to Novgorod. Orientation features the restored Kremlin and venerable churches dating as far back as the 11th century. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 11Novgorod–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)

Visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Moskva River St. Basil 
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DAY 12Moscow

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)

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DAY 13At Leisure in Moscow

A full day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. Your Tour Director will have suggestions how to spend your day. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Moscow–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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a glass of Russian champagne during an exclusive LECTURE about daily life during the times of the Iron Curtain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 15Smolensk–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. Minsk was almost totally destroyed during World War II, and post-war architects were given carte blanche to reconstruct a showcase city. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 16Minsk–Brest–Warsaw, Poland

Have lunch in Brest, best known for the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, on your way to Warsaw, Poland’s beautiful capital. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 17Warsaw

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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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)

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DAY 18Warsaw

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry crossing; first-class Baltic Sea overnight crossing



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 in Warsaw


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OIVIND FURE

Years of Experience: 25 years

I am a full-blooded Scandinavian who considers it a true pleasure to have you as my guest. I look forward to showing you my favorite places: the scenic roads and breathtaking beauty of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. Be ready for a fascinating journey from 1,000-year-old vibrant Viking cities, through ice-blue fjords surrounded by snowcapped mountains and thundering waterfalls, to colorful fjord villages and fruit farms. "Traverse the unique landscapes of Lapland in the ultimate north and experience the warm summer climate and a sun that does not set."

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Russia & Northern Europe:

  • Kronborg Castle
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg
  • Historic Monuments of Novgorod and surroundings
  • Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow