Northern Capitals with St. Petersburg


  • 13 days

  • Scandinavia

  • Steady pace

tour : ZTE

Overview

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From the vibrant cities to gorgeous scenery, this tour visits Northern Europe’s fascinating capitals— Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki—and St. Petersburg. In each city, you’ll experience guided sightseeing of the must-see sights, including Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue and the Royal Reception Rooms at Christiansborg Palace, used by the Queen for official occasions; Oslo's City Hall, decorated with great Norwegian art from 1900 to 1950, and Frogner Park, where Gustav Vigeland created over 200 extraordinary bronze and granite sculptures; Stockholm's City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year; Helsinki’s Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, and the famous open-air market; and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, with one of the world’s finest art collections; plus magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral.

A tour highlight is an overnight Baltic Sea cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki. You'll stay in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities, and you'll enjoy a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board. This is just one of the out-of-the-ordinary experiences Globus includes to make your vacation unique. Other special treats are a Swedish food experience, where you can sample local specialties at some of the stalls in Gothenburg's indoor food market, and a Russian specialty dinner in St. Petersburg.

On this Northern Europe tour, you’ll also experience some of Northern Europe’s beautiful scenery. From Gothenburg to Norway, travel along the Skagerrak coastline with its many islands, granite rocks, and charming fishing villages. Take a ferry from Elsinore, Denmark to Helsingborg, Sweden, with great views of Hamlet's Kronborg Castle and drive through Sweden's scenic Värmland on your way to Stockholm.

Stunning scenery, tasty local cuisine, a Baltic Sea cruise, and fascinating sightseeing… all of this and more await you on this fantastic tour through Northern Europe.

Highlights

COPENHAGEN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Royal Reception Rooms in Christiansborg Palace; the Little Mermaid; Tivoli Gardens (mid-April to mid-September)
ELSINORE Ferry crossing with a view of Hamlet’s castle
GOTHENBURG Orientation, LF visit the indoor food market and taste local snacks
OSLO Guided sightseeing, walk through Frogner Park and visit City Hall
STOCKHOLM Guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Old Town, visit the City Hall
STOCKHOLM–HELSINKI LF Overnight cruise in first-class, outside, two-berth cabins with private facilities, including a special Smörgåsbord dinner
HELSINKI Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market
ST. PETERSBURGGuided sightseeing, visit Hermitage Museum and St. Isaac's Cathedral; Visit Catherine Palace (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead)

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

COPENHAGEN.

Day
2

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes 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. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, visit TIVOLI GARDENS (mid-April to mid-September), the city’s colorful amusement park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COPENHAGEN–GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN–OSLO, NORWAY

Day
3

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. Visit Gothenburg’s famous LF indoor FOOD MARKET to taste local snacks. In the afternoon, continue along the Skagerrak coastline to Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo.
Today’s Distance: 385 mi / 620 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OSLO

Day
4

Today gives you a good introduction to Oslo, the country’s hub of trade and industry. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen’s plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Interesting optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

OSLO–STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

Day
5

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 Gösta Berlings Saga. Pass the ancient garrison town of Örebro and modern Eskilstuna, known for its stainless steel, and proceed to Stockholm.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

STOCKHOLM.

Day
6

Stockholm is settled on 14 islands between Lake Mälar and the Baltic Sea. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Royal Palace; Riddarholm Church, a walk through the OLD TOWN, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Later, choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

STOCKHOLM–OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HELSINKI, FINLAND.

Day
7

Morning at leisure. Why not join an excursion to Uppsala? Later, board your ship for the overnight LF BALTIC SEA CRUISE to Finland, and enjoy a traditional Smörgåsbord dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HELSINKI

Day
8

Guided sightseeing includes major sights, such as the City Hall and Parliament House, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s OPEN-AIR MARKET.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

HELSINKI

Day
9

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. Tonight, dinner has been prepared at the hotel to celebrate the success of your tour of the Northern Capitals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

HELSINKI–ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Day
10

Enjoy a pleasant drive to St. Petersburg, where you will visit magnificent ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL with a Local Guide. This evening, get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies and enjoy a LF traditional dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
11

Guided sightseeing starts with the Winter Palace complex, now home to the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
12

Travel to Pushkin and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). The balance of the day is at leisure; optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG

Day
13

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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