Jewels of the Baltics & Scandinavia (6930)

16 Day Tour from Copenhagen to Stockholm

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Denmark’s capital is the starting point on this exploration of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Begin in Copenhagen before a ferry crossing takes you to Rostock, Germany, to board your motorcoach. Travel to fascinating Berlin, Germany’s once-again capital; to Poland, with overnights in Poznan and Warsaw; and to Vilnius, Lithuania, where guided sightseeing reveals how this city was influenced by many invaders. Visit the baroque Palace of Rundale on the way to Riga, Latvia’s capital and one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltics. Then, enter Estonia, with a stop in the seaside town of Parnu. Spend two nights in Tallinn and explore its Old Town before crossing the border into Russia to discover Peter the Great’s splendid St. Petersburg. Travel between Lake Ladoga and the Baltic Sea, cross back from East to West and arrive in Helsinki, Finland’s capital. See Senate Square and the cathedral, then embark on an overnight ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, to see the main highlights on a guided tour—the perfect end to a perfect vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Berlin, Warsaw, Rundales Pils, Parnu

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Copenhagen, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm; professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:
Security cruise regulations require clients’ passport information and nationality at time of booking.
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; ferry Gedser-Rostock; overnight cruise Helsinki-Stockholm will be in shared, 2-berth cabins with private facilities

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 lunches; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 Copenhagen–Ferry Crossing–Berlin, Germany

A morning to enjoy the famed charms from the past and present, including the LITTLE MERMAID and the rococo Amalienborg complex of Royal Palaces. In the afternoon, head for Gedser for the 2-hour FERRY crossing to Rostock. Then, onward by road to Berlin for an overnight.

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Day 3 Berlin–Poznan, Poland

The optional morning sightseeing is a must for all who wish to experience the fascinating mix of history-laden past and the confident present. In the afternoon, cross the Oder River into Poland for an overnight in Poznan.

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Day 4 Poznan–Warsaw

Touring eastwards this morning through pleasant agricultural lowlands, reach the Polish capital, Warsaw, in time for the optional sightseeing tour. This is an excellent introduction to Warsaw’s historic center, and you'll see why Warsaw is considered to be a Phoenix “par excellence,” as European cities go.

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Day 5 Warsaw–Vilnius, Lithuania

Journey northeast by way of Bialystok towards Augustów and Suwalki. We then reach the biggest of the three Baltic states, Lithuania. Overnight in quaint Vilnius—the pretty wedding-cake capital since the 13th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 6 Vilnius

On the included sightseeing walk, visit the historic streets of the OLD TOWN. Later in the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time or take the optional excursion to visit the medieval Trakai Castle on the shores of a picturesque lake. This evening there’s an optional folklore dinner.

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Day 7 Vilnius–Rundales Pils, Latvia–Riga

An interesting journey today as you travel right across Lithuania into Latvia for a stop in Pilsrundale to visit the restored baroque PALACE OF RUNDALE, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The palace was built by the great architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Enjoy more lovely countryside before reaching the capital of Latvia, Riga.

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Day 8 Riga

On the included tour of the OLD CITY with a Local Guide, walk through the narrow streets to the town center. Founded in 1201 by Bishop Albert, head of the Order of Teutonic Knights, Riga still boasts a multicultural population.

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Day 9 Riga–Parnu, Estonia–Tallinn

Visit the lively historical seaside town of Parnu, then take a stroll on the sandy beach before continuing to Tallin for the next two overnights.

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Day 10 Tallinn

Start the day with an included walking tour to appreciate Tallinn’s history and beauty. The Old Town, now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is certainly the most interesting part of the city. Also worth noting are the Hanseatic merchant houses, the mile-long town wall, the medieval Town Hall, and the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads.

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Day 11 Tallinn–St. Petersburg, Russia

Drive east today towards the border town of Narva and cross into Russia. Then, start the journey to St. Petersburg, considered by most travelers to be Russia’s most fascinating city.

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Day 12 St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg was created in 1703 by the iron will of Peter the Great. He made it the capital of all the Russias and ensured that it should rival any other European capital in splendor, beauty, and distinction. The included city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the palaces, parks, monuments, squares, wide boulevards, and 600 bridges that delight visitors with their symmetrical beauty; the Neva River adds to the city’s charm.

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Day 13 St. Petersburg–Vyborg–Helsinki, Finland

Realize the huge expanse of Russia as you take a last glimpse of St. Petersburg. Set off north, traveling through dense pine forests dotted with numerous lakes. Cross into Finland and head for Helsinki.

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Day 14 Helsinki–Overnight Baltic Sea Crossing to Stockholm, Sweden

The included sightseeing of the Finnish capital covers the sedate Empire-style palace on Senate Square and the cathedral. The afternoon is free for your own exploration. In the evening, embark on the Silja Line FERRY to Stockholm. On board you can enjoy music, dancing, and shopping.

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Day 15 Stockholm

Dock in Stockholm, perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. The effect of its crystalline waters flowing through the city’s intersecting canals gives a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. The best way to see and appreciate the highlights of Sweden’s capital is to join the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide.

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Day 16 Stockholm

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, 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.

CHRISTOPHER MUFFETT

Years of Experience: 9

Living in Central Europe for the last 10 years has certainly changed my perspective on life. To wake up each day to different foods, languages, and customs is incredible, helping to broaden my views and keep my mind open to amazing possibilities. It is my pleasure to also help expand the horizons and open new doors for you!

Tour Director - CHRISTOPHER MUFFETT

 Accommodations

COPENHAGEN Quality Hotel Dan (ST) at Kastrup
BERLIN Park Inn Alexanderplatz (F)
POZNAN Novotel Centrum (F)
WARSAW Golden Tulip Warsaw Centre (F)
VILNIUS Grata (ST)
RIGA Albert (F)
TALLINN Kreutzwald (F)
ST. PETERSBURG Sokos Olympia Garden (F)
HELSINKI Scandic Park (F)
STOCKHOLM Radisson Blu Arlandia (F) or Best Western Plus Sthlm (F) at Bromma

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Berlin
Warsaw
Vilnius
Riga
Tallinn
St. Petersburg
Helsinki
Stockholm

Berlin

City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing

On a morning guided tour by coach of Berlin, lasting approx. 3 hrs, the sightseeing will include Kurfürstendamn with Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, Philharmonic Hall, new center at Potsdamer Platz, last piece of Berlin Wall, former Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt with French and German domes, Berlin Cathedral, Humboldt University, State Opera House, St. Hedwig's Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Belvue Palace, Column of Victory and Charlottenburg Palace.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Warsaw

City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing

The 3 hour sightseeing tour of Warsaw with local guide will be done mostly on the coach with short photo stops and will show you the city, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Places of interest will include the Old town, Royal route, Lazienki Palace, Ghetto, Palace of Science and Culture, new residential district, city parks and various monuments. Included also is the viewing of the film "Warsaw remains" at the Historical Museum. The sightseeing will either end at Castle Square or back at the hotel.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Vilnius

Lithuanian Dinner & Folklore

Lithuanian Dinner & Folklore

Enjoy a true Lithuanian experience with a specialty dinner in a restaurant situated on the outskirts of Vilnius. The restaurant is decked out with old artefacts representing rural life in Lithuania. The menu offers a 3 course dinner with local dishes plus drinks and coffee or tea. During dinner you will be entertained by a trio of musicians dressed in national costume providing live folklore music.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Trakai Castle

Trakai Castle

With a local guide you will be taken just a few miles outside Vilnius to visit Trakai Castle, situated on a peninsula in the middle of Lake Galve. This is one of Lithuania's most photographed castles. It was the heart of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania until 1323 when Grand Duke Gediminas moved the capital to Vilnius. A museum in the rooms around the internal courtyard offers an exhibition of prehistoric findings whilst in the outer buildings one can see items of furniture, ceramics and glassware from the feudal houses of the late centuries.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Riga

Ethnographical Museum

Ethnographical Museum

Join an exciting excursion to the Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum to put yourself in the lives of ancient Latvian farmers and fishermen. The museum was established in 1924 and is considered to be one of the oldest and largest open air museums in Europe with 118 old buildings from all historical districts of Latvia. Its collection is unique because its formation started at a time when many objects were still preserved and had not been destroyed in the war. One can see household and working tools plus interior furnishings which characterize the owners' vocation.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Tallinn

Evening Out in Tallinn

Evening Out in Tallinn

A medieval experience not to be missed. You will be taken to a local restaurant in Tallinn which hopefully will give you an introduction to an old festival tradition held from the 13th to 16th century, where an old count held a festival to celebrate springtime, youth and happiness. The restaurant is located in a medieval building with the waiters dressed in medieval costumes. Sample delicious local dishes including drinks.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Kadriorg Park & Palace

Kadriorg Park & Palace

Kadriorg Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of baroque style in Tallinn. When Peter the Great ordered a palace built in 1718, he knew he would spend time there only on rare visits to Tallinn and, in fact, stayed only once before his death in 1725. Designed by the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the grandiose palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. Another important reason for visiting the Palace is that it is also home to the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. While there, don't miss the decadent, two-story main hall with its elaborately painted ceiling. The cultivated grounds and wild groves are still favorite places for wandering any time of the year. The visit is followed by a drive along the Finish Bay and a visit to St. Bridget's Convent, founded in 1407 by the Bridgetine order. The convent crumbled in a siege by Ivan the Terrible in 1577 and its stones were later carted off to construction projects throughout Tallinn. What remains today are the towering Gothic gable and walls of the main hall as well as some surrounding foundations and cellars.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

St. Petersburg

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

Under the guidance of a local guide you will be led through the main section of the State Hermitage Museum and shown masterpieces of the world's second largest art museums, after the Louvre in Paris. The Museum is located in 5 historic buildings including a centerpiece - the Winter Palace - which was the residence of the Russian tsars. The Hermitage contains a collection of approximately 3,000,000 exhibits from ancient times to the present day.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Nikolaevsky Palace

Nikolaevsky Palace

For a true Russian evening out why not join this excursion to Nikolaevsky Palace. The Palace was originally built for Grand Duke Nicole Nikolaevich in 1853. In 1895 it housed the Kseninsky Boarding School and then in the early 1918 the building was taken over by the Trade Union Council and renamed the Palace of Labour. On entering the Palace you will be greeted by soft music from a string quartet and after being seated you can enjoy a Russian show performed by folklore groups of the city. Lyrical dances and original Russian songs will help you to learn more about the Russian soul. During the interval you will be served Russian refreshments and a glass of Russian champagne.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Helsinki

Peter & Paul Fortress

Peter & Paul Fortress

A local guide will show you round this fortress commissioned by Peter the Great and built in 1703 as a protection against the Swedes. It stands on Hare Island and is one of the most historic parts of the area - in fact it eventually became St. Petersburg. The Fortress became a notorious prison for people such as Dostoevky, Trotsky and Lenin's eldest brother as well as many revolutionaries. In the center of the complex is a beautiful Cathedral with a golden spire, which is such a contrast to the grim, depressing jail. Inside the Cathedral one can see the tombs of most of the Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century, including that of Peter the Great himself.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Stockholm

Secrets of The Old City

Secrets of The Old City

Stockholm is said to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Built on 14 islands in a panorama of lakes and sea, it boasts 10 centuries of history and culture. Although you will see many sights on the included sightseeing tour of Stockholm, it is well worth joining this afternoon excursion to see more in depth the Old Town. After being dropped off by coach near the old town you will meet up with a local guide to start a walking tour to see the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the 13th century Franciscan monastery church and the main square with the Stock Exchange building. The latter is now the site of the Nobel Museum and the Spanish Academy. At the end of this interesting walking tour you will be taken to one of the well-known cafes for refreshments (choice of either coffee or tea or hot chocolate or soft drink and a slice of cake). At the end of the excursion you will be taken back to the overnight hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Don't miss the opportunity to see the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged - The warship "Vasa" - that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. After a short drive out of the center of Stockholm you will be accompanied by a local guide to visit the Vasa Museum, which was officially opened in June 1990, and apart from the main hall which contains the ship itself and various exhibits, you can also see an introductory film about the raising and preservation of the ship.

Approximate value: €22 EUR per person

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