Northern Capitals (ZT) - 2014

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13 Day Tour from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg


Northern Capitals
The historical city of Oslo at night
The historical city of Oslo at night
Stroll through the lush Tivoli Gardens
Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark
Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries

Vacation Overview

This is one of our most popular vacations visiting all the Northern capitals: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Guided sightseeing is included in all four cities. Plus we add a three-night stay in St. Petersburg. For the overnight Baltic Sea crossing from Stockholm to Helsinki you have first-class two-berth cabins. Special features are charming Tivoli Gardens (open mid-April to mid-September) in Copenhagen, magnificent Frogner Park in Oslo, Catherine Palace (if closed, visit Pavlovsk Palace instead) and, above all, the world-famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. We have included special dinners to give you a chance to taste the local specialties: in Copenhagen, a welcome dinner with dessert - a choice of Danish cheeses, as is customary in Denmark, the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner on the Baltic Sea cruise, and a special dinner with Russian delicacies like caviar, blinis, and vodka in St. Petersburg. A full day at leisure in Helsinki allows the possibility to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries.

     
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COPENHAGEN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner and a selection of Danish cheeses; guided sightseeing, visit the Royal Reception Rooms in Christiansborg Palace; the Little Mermaid; Tivoli Gardens (mid-April to mid-Sept.)

ELSINORE
Ferry crossing with a view of Hamlet’s castle

GOTHENBURG
Orientation

OSLO
Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall

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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special dinner with Russian delicacies, guided sightseeing, visit the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and Catherine Palace (if closed, visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Security cruise and train regulations require clients’ family and first name, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at time of booking.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.


DAY 1Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark

Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a welcome dinner at your hotel and a selection of Danish cheeses for dessert, as is traditional in Denmark. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Copenhagen

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to Christiansborg Palace, where you visit the elegant ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace with its lovely flower gardens and of the wistful LITTLE MERMAID. In the afternoon, exciting optional excursions are available. Tonight, visit TIVOLI GARDENS (mid-April to mid-Sept.), the city’s colorful amusement park. (Breakfast)

Stroll through the lush Tivoli Gardens 
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DAY 3Copenhagen–Gothenburg, Sweden–Oslo, Norway

From Elsinore beneath Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle, board your FERRY for Helsingborg. Then, drive to Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving second-largest city, and admire its beautiful parks, botanical gardens, and well-kept canals during your orientation tour. In the afternoon, continue along the Skagerrak coastline to Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Oslo

Norway’s capital is a study in farsighted urban planning, seeking growth in harmony with nature. Your Local Guide will take you to the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK, with Gustav Vigeland’s 200-plus extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures, and visit the modern CITY HALL. Optional excursions are available for the afternoon and evening. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway 
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DAY 5Oslo–Karlstad–Stockholm, Sweden

Trace the King’s Road, an ancient trade link between the northern capitals connecting Oslo, Stockholm, Turku, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg. Cross the Swedish border to scenic Värmland, beautifully described in Selma Lagerlöf’s Saga of Gösta Berling, on the way to Karlstad on Lake Vänern. Pass the ancient garrison town of Örebro and modern Eskilstuna, known for its stainless steel, and proceed to Stockholm. (Breakfast)

Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden The historical city of Oslo at night Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city 
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DAY 6Stockholm

Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, is settled on 14 islands between Lake Mälar and the Baltic Sea. Your included morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7At Leisure in Stockholm–Overnight Cruise to Helsinki, Finland

Most of the day at leisure. Why not join an excursion to Uppsala? Tonight, board your ship for the overnight BALTIC SEA CRUISE to Finland and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favoriteenjoy the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Helsinki

After breakfast on board, guided sightseeing of Helsinki 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, Dinner)

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DAY 9At Leisure in Helsinki

A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, 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 10Helsinki–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 magnificent St. Petersburg, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blinis, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11St. Petersburg

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 is now home of 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 with its gilded dome and marble columns. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12St. Petersburg

Travel to Pushkin, the home of Russia’s last czar, for a visit to magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed, visit PAVLOVSK PALACE instead). Afternoon at leisure; suitable optional activities are available to enhance your stay in St. Petersburg. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13St. Petersburg

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

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



Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Copenhagen, a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board, and a special dinner in St. Petersburg


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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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Transportation
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Northern Capitals:

  • Kronborg Castle
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg