06/18 - 06/30/2019

13-Day Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

  • Day 1
    COPENHAGEN - DENMARK
  • Day 2
    COPENHAGEN - DENMARK
  • Day 3
    COPENHAGEN - DENMARK — SERENADE OF THE SEAS
  • Day 4
    AARHUS - DENMARK
  • Day 5
    BERLIN - GERMANY
  • Day 6
    AT SEA
  • Day 7
    HELSINKI - FINLAND
  • Day 8
    ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
  • Day 9
    MOSCOW - RUSSIA
  • Day 10
    ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
  • Day 11
    TALLINN - ESTONIA
  • Day 12-13
    STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • A trip to 6 counties
  • 3 days 2 nights in the Danish Capital, Copenhagen, visiting Frederiksborg Castle
  • Visit the open-air Old Town Museum in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city
  • See Berlin Wall and witness the historical relics that symbolize the unification of the East and West, and enjoy local German cuisine
  • Visit Finland’s largest surviving military defense fortress in the world and see the white church of Helsinki
  • Includes Russia landing visa; and an in depth tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Visit Tallinn, known as the crossroads of Europe
  • Referred to as Beauty on Water, see the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden

Offer ID: 1316546

Serenade of the Seas
Year Built: 2003
Refurbished: 2017
Tonnage: 90,090
Passenger Capacity: 2,501

Itinerary

  • 1
    6/18 COPENHAGEN - DENMARK
    Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark today and be transferred to the hotel.
    Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar
  • 2
    6/19 COPENHAGEN - DENMARK
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then get ready for a city tour of the beautiful Copenhagen. Explore Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance Castle in Scandinavia built by King Christian IV in the early decades of the 17th century. Discover over 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, history paintings, furniture and decorative art. Enjoy Carlsberg brewery, founded in 1847, here you can learn about the history of Carlsberg brand, the beer brewing process and taste the freshly brewed Carlsberg draft beer.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar
    (Breakfast included)
  • 3
    6/20 COPENHAGEN - DENMARK — SERENADE OF THE SEAS
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel and then get ready to start a second day tour. Visit the famous The Little Mermaid statue which was unveiled at Langelinie in 1913. During this time era, classical and historical figures were used as decorations in the city’s park and public area. The small and unimposing Little Mermaid statue continues to remain as Copenhagen’s icon and major tourist attraction. Tour the exquisite architecture of Amalienborg Palace, constructed in the 1700’s by Danish Rococo which was considered one of his greatest works. The palace complex consists of 4 rococo palaces placed around an octagonal square with a statue of King Frederik V, standing prominently in the square. This monumental palace was built for noble families, where various kings and their families resided in. Explore Rosenborg Castle located in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Dutch Renaissance style castle was originally built as a summerhouse in 1606. The castle has been expanded and renovated several times, finally evolving into its present design and condition by the year 1624. Afterwards, we will head to the port to board Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Breakfast included)
  • 4
    6/21 AARHUS - DENMARK
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Aarhus, Denmark, the second largest city in Denmark. First we will head over to ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, which holds works of Danish art from the 19th to the 20 century. Here you can enjoy a city view of Aarhus in many colors through My Rainbow Panorama, which is a 360 degree view with rainbow-toned glass. Next visit the Botanical Garden, where they have carefully selected the native plants from all over Denmark. You can see the greenhouse with a transparent dome in the park looks like a huge snail. Last but not least, visit the Museum of the Old City (Den Gamle By) an open air museum built in 1914. It hold 75 buildings from all over Denmark. It is built on the basis of the original appearance, so you can admire the different historical periods of the buildings with different architectural styles.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 5
    6/22 BERLIN - GERMANY
    Today we arrive in Warnemunde, Germany and we will begin our city tour to Berlin. After arriving in Berlin, we will have special arrangements to taste local Germen cuisine, the German pork knuckle, which is crispy on the outer skin and soft and tender in the inside. The fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 was a conspicuous and symbolic end to the era of the "Iron Curtain". For 45 years, Berlin had existed as a city divided It has become and art district of graffiti and is known as the East Side Gallery. Experience history first hand and visit Checkpoint Charlie, more well-known as the crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. Explore the magnificent Brandenburg Gate, the most prominent and splendid landmarks in Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate is symbolic for the reunification of the two sides of this great city and serves as a historic landmark. Visit the Berliner Dom, the largest church in the city, which serves as a vital center for the Protestant church of Germany. The present Baroque structure dates from 1905 and features intricately decorated mosaics on the dome. Take a view of the Neo-Baroque pulpit, stained glass windows and exquisite architecture as you stroll along one of Berlin’s greatest landmark.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Lunch included)
  • 6
    6/23 AT SEA
  • 7
    6/24 HELSINKI - FINLAND
    Our cruise ship arrives in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Often referred to as “Daughter of the Baltic” because of how modern, fun and friendly this city can be. First we will visit Suomenlinna Fortress, which is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands 250 years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which now is a part of the city of Helsinki. See the White Cathedral, built as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. The neoclassical church is part of the Empire era centre and has become the symbol of the whole of Helsinki. Enjoy the sounds of Temppeliaukio Church, a Lutheran church built directly into solid rock, also known as the Church of the Rock. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. Its special architecture makes it a popular location for concerts and weddings. Last but not least visit, visit Sibelius Park, a steel monument dedicated to the national composer Jean Sibelius. The cluster of steel pipes is said to represent the forest. The pipes create its own music with the movement of the wind.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 8
    6/25 ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
    Welcome to St. Petersburg, a city with a rich history and culture, a world class destination known as Russia’s Window to the West. We will first visit Peterhof Palace, a series of palace and gardens laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, opening onto the Baltic Sea. The Great Cascade is one of the biggest fountain ensembles in the world, which includes more than sixty fountains, in a grand staircase design. Perhaps the greatest technology achievement of Peterhof is that all of the fountains operate without the use of pumps. Water is supplied from natural springs and collects in reservoirs in the Upper Gardens. See Hermitage Museum, which is housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov dynasty, one of the world’s greatest as well as the oldest collection of treasure, art and antiquities. The green and white three story palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
  • 9
    6/26 MOSCOW - RUSSIA
    In the early morning, we will take a train to Moscow, the capital and the largest city of Russia. The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business center of Russia, Moscow displays the country’s contracts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern are juxtaposed side by side in this city of 10 million. Visit Red Square, most famous as the site of official military parades demonstrating to the world the might of the Soviet armed forces. Red square is often considered the central square since most major highways and streets originate from the square. After lunch, we will visit Kremlin, a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Garden, and Alexander Garden. It includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers, and is currently the official resident of the President of the Russian Federation. Next enter the Armoury Museum and see over 4,000 treasures of the Tsarist era, including the world’s richest diamond collection, exquisite workmanship of the crowns and jewels, and famous amazing Faberge eggs. We will take a train back to St. Petersburg and stay overnight onboard the ship.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
  • 10
    6/27 ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
    We will visit The Catherine Palace ( Ekaterina Palace) named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death. Originally, a modest two story building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth. The Spas Na Krovi, is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. This church was built by Alexander III, a dedication to be a memorial to his father Emperor Alexander II who was fatally wounded here when he was thrown a grenade by an anarchist conspirator. This church architecture differs from others in that it harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism, containing over 7500 square meters of mosaics. See Kazan Cathedral, a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church built between 1801-1811. As this cathedral is dedicated to the iconic Lady of Kazan, there is usually a queue of believers waiting to kiss her.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
    The order of tours may change depending on time and traffic
  • 11
    6/28 TALLINN - ESTONIA
    Our cruise ship arrives in Tallinn, capital of Estonia. Tallinn's many occupations over the centuries have resulted in a cultural mix and unique ambiance of this maritime city. It was once the traffic hub of Europe and was hailed as “the crossroads of Europe”. The city of Tallinn is divided into the upper city and the lower city. The upper city is a gathering place for the upper class, such as the religious class and the feudal dignitaries. The Old Town of Tallinn has been included in the World Heritage by the United Nations. The most striking building nearby is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Church of our Lady (Toomkirik), built in 1219. Town Hall Square has been the center of this town since the middle ages. It is filled with many outdoor cafes, medieval festivals, open concerts and much more. The most magical time of the year will be during Christmas when locals celebrate old traditions that dates back to 1441.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 12-13
    6/29-6/30 STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden. The inner city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Malaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea. Visit City Hall, famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held each year in December. The Nobel House Museum, which was launched at the 100th anniversary of the 2001 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, holds information about Nobel Prize winners and their life. Tour through Vasa Museum, a maritime museum displaying the almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged; the 64-gun warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The collections include more than 40,000 of equipment, decorative elements, and personal belongings of the crew, along with weapons, tools, and coins that were found around the ship.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    We will disembark on our second day in Stockholm, Sweden. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.