Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)
Welcome to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. Relax and unwind after check-in. Later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Hotel: AC Bella Sky
Day 2: 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 at leisure. (SB)
Day 3: Copenhagen – Stockholm
Cross the Øresund into Sweden and through lush forests and meadows bordering the shores of Lake Vättern. Continue northwards to Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital. (SB) Hotel: Scandic Ariadne
Day 4: Stockholm Sightseeing – At Sea
Admire Stockholm’s 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. Soak up the atmosphere before embarking on your mini-cruise to Finland. (SB)
Day 5: At Sea – Helsinki 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 domed Russian church. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop for souvenirs or relax. (SB) Hotel:Holiday Inn West
Day 6: Helsinki – St. Petersburg (2 Nights)
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
Day 7: St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time
The Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great feature on your guided tour. Explore St. Peter and Paul Fortress with your Local Specialist and spend the day at leisure. You might like to visit the Hermitage Museum or the residence of Peter the Great in Petrodvorets. (BB)
Day 8: St. Petersburg – 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
Day 9: Novgorod – Tver –Moscow (2 Nights)
Your journey continues through picturesque villages to the Tver region for an included lunch. Travel via Klin, the former home of Tchaikovsky, to the Russian capital, Moscow. (BB, L) Hotel: Holiday Inn Suschevsky
Day 10: Moscow Sightseeing and 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)
Day 11: Moscow – Smolensk – 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
Day 12: Minsk – Brest – Warsaw (2 Nights)
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
Day 13: 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. (BB)
Day 14: Depart Warsaw – Berlin (2 Nights)
Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
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