Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service then onward to Belgium for an overnight stay.
Day 2 - Berlin
After an early breakfast we leave the hotel and continue our journey across the border into Germany. We travel towards the former province of East Germany via Hannover, Braunschweig and Magdeburg, crossing the River Elbe to the largest city in Germany, Berlin.
After checking in to our overnight hotel we continue into the city centre for an optional Berlin by Night tour. B
Today we continue our journey east across Germany, passing Frankfurt an der Oder as we head towards Poland. Once in Poland we continue east towards Poznan, the former Polish capital. From here it is only a short drive to the Polish capital of Warsaw, where we are based for two nights. B,D
Day 4 - Warsaw Sightseeing
We start the day by travelling into the centre of Warsaw. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city, which will show you the old town, the market square, the Chopin monument and the Ghetto monument, which commemorates the notorious ‘Warsaw Ghetto’ created during the Nazi occupation. This afternoon there will be free time for you to explore the city on your own and perhaps purchase some souvenirs. We return to the hotel for our evening meal. B,D
After leaving Warsaw, we will head north through Lithuania and into Latvia, where we will stay for one night in Daugavpils. B,L,D
We cross the border into Russia and head to Moscow for a two-night stay. (A packed lunch will be provided for the journey to Moscow.) B,PL,D
Day 7 - Moscow Sightseeing and The Kremlin
We enjoy a welcome break from travelling today as we spend the day at leisure in the historic Russian capital city of Moscow. We start the day with an included guided sightseeing tour to introduce you to the principal sights and attractions of the city, including Novodevichy Convent, Red Square, the Kremlin, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Alternatively, why not join our optional visits to The Kremlin and the Armoury Museum. Our local guide will provide an informative commentary, revealing the history and many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped this spectacular complex. The Armoury, which is Russia’s original treasury, offers a glimpse into the richness of Russia and Russian history. The Armoury also boasts a large collection of Fabergé Eggs.
This evening you will have the opportunity to join our optional Moscow by Night tour on the city's extraordinary metro system. The highlight of the tour though must be the stunning view of Moscow’s beautiful illuminated buildings, especially the splendid sight of St. Basil’s Cathedral, giving you an impressionable and unique perspective of the Russian capital. B,D
After breakfast we say goodbye to Moscow and head northwest, bypassing Klin, home of one of the world’s greatest composers, Tchaikovsky. We continue our journey via Bezhardovo, known as the ‘Moscow Sea’ due to the reservoir that was built during the Moscow-Volga canal’s construction, and today a favourite destination for Muscovites. Our journey takes us across the River Volga to Tver, formerly known as Kalinin.
We stop for included lunch near Tver, before continuing though forested countryside, skirting the Valday Hills, and finally arriving at our overnight hotel in Novgorod. B,L,D
Day 9 - St Petersburg
We leave Novgorod and head north to St. Petersburg, architecturally one of the most beautiful cities in the world, where we will spend the next three nights. During the afternoon an included visit to the remarkable State Hermitage Museum will be available.
This evening join our optional St. Petersburg boat cruise. We cruise along the Neva River enabling you to see the Aurora Battleship, the Gulf of Finland and many other sights. The highlight of the evening is a traditional Russian show with dancing and singing. Included in the price of this spectacular excursion are Russian champagne, vodka, caviar and fresh fruit. This is a night not to be missed! B,D
Day 10 - St. Petersburg Sightseeing
This morning we start with an included guided tour of St. Petersburg to introduce us to the famous landmarks, history and culture of this outstanding city.
This afternoon is spent at leisure for you to explore St. Petersburg and discover the many other sights, which constantly attract visitors to this beautiful and historic city or maybe join our optional excursion to see inside the Peter & Paul Fortress.
In the evening why not come along to our optional Russian Folklore show. This is a spectacular show by genuine Russian folk dancers and singers set in a historic building in St. Petersburg. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of the admission for the show. B,D
Day 11 - St. Petersburg
A second day in St. Petersburg will allow you time to explore this captivating city independently. Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion to Yusupov Palace. Our excellent guide will lead you through the beautiful original interiors of the palace; the full story of the murder of Rasputin will unfold before you. B,D
Day 12 - Helsinki
We have an early start this morning as we leave St. Petersburg, for the Finnish capital of Helsinki. We continue our journey north, skirting the coastline of the Baltic Sea as we head towards Vaalimaa and the Russian/ Finnish border, again you should be prepared for a lengthy wait here.
Once in Finland we continue west passing the harbour town of Kotka. The last leg of our journey takes us into the ‘White City of the North’, Helsinki and, if time allows, we will pause for a short visit. Centred around the harbour and market square, Helsinki is a lively city full of vivid colours, exciting smells and beautiful buildings. We join the overnight ferry to Stockholm where our accommodation will be in two berth cabins. B
We disembark in Stockholm this morning after breakfast on board the ferry. Built on fourteen islands on the outflow of Lake Malaren the city is a wonderful combination of medieval lanes and alleyways with modern shopping malls and huge department stores. If time allows we will spend a short amount of free time in Stockholm. Our journey continues past Sodetalje. We cross the Gota Canal, which was built in the early 19th century to link Gothenburg with the Baltic, and eventually reach Lake Vattern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Driving south alongside the lake we pass through Granna and Jonkoping at the southern end of the lake. From here our journey takes us past Varnamo and Ljungby and into the port of Helsingborg. Here we board the ferry for the short crossing to Denmark and the port of Helsingor, one of the country’s oldest towns and the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ (the ferry time will be advised by the driver). Re-joining the coach we drive the short distance to the Copenhagen area for our overnight stay. B,D
Day 14 - Copenhagen
After breakfast why not enjoy an optional sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. Denmark is the oldest Kingdom of the world, and as the capital, Copenhagen has many fascinating landmarks and beautiful architectural masterpieces, which are largely connected to the Danish throne and the royal family. We leave Copenhagen in the afternoon and travel towards Rodbyhavn/Puttgarden for a short ferry crossing. We continue into Germany for an overnight stay. B,D
We leave our hotel and commence our journey through Germany passing Bremen and Osnabruck, the birthplace of the novelist Erich Remarque, famous for the novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’. We continue into Belgium where we stay overnight. B
Included Meals: B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner
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