Day 1 Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for [LF] a welcome dinner at your hotel and a selection of Danish cheeses for dessert, as is traditional in Denmark. (D)
Day 2 Copenhagen.
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. (B)
Day 3 Copenhagen–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. (B,D)
Day 4 Oslo.
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. (B)
Day 5 Oslo–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. (B)
Day 6 Stockholm.
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. (B)
Day 7 At 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 [LF]enjoy the traditional Smörgåsbord dinner. (B,D)
Day 8 Helsinki.
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. (B,D)
Day 9 At 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. (B)
Day 10 Helsinki–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 [LF] a special dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blinis, pickled cucumber, and vodka awaits you. (B,D)
Day 11 St. 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. (B)
Day 12 St. 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. (B)
Day 13 St. Petersburg.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
COPENHAGEN [LF] 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
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 [LF] a special Smörgåsbord dinner
HELSINKI Guided sightseeing, visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market
ST. PETERSBURG [LF] 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)
All This Included
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 desert - 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.
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 5 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Copenhagen, a special Smörgåsbord dinner on board, and a special dinner in St. Petersburg
Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
Professional tour director, local hosts, and local guides
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
Private deluxe motorcoach with WiFi, air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring; ferry crossing; first-class overnight Baltic Sea crossing
Headsets throughout the tour
Accommodations on this Tour
COPENHAGEN: Imperial (F)
OSLO: Clarion Royal Christiania (F)
STOCKHOLM: Hilton Stockholm Slussen (SF)
HELSINKI: Glo Hotel Art (SF)
ST. PETERSBURG: Angleterre (SF)
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Copenhagen:
in single room $198, in twin $122, in triple $112
Extra nights per person in St. Petersburg:
April, August, & September: in single room $245, in twin $150, in triple $133
May, June & July: in single room $352, in twin $206, in triple $170
“[LF]” refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
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.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.