As the long winter nights fade into warm summer days, Northern Europe bursts forth in the radiance of the midnight sun. The wealth of Russia is on glittering display in St Petersburg, and the awe-inspiring fjords of Norway will take your breath away. White nights are a remarkable feature north of the Arctic Circle, and the boutiques and cafes along Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront, are the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
DAY 1 DEPART USA – Today we board our flights to Copenhagen with meals and beverages served aloft.
DAY 2 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN – We arrive in Copenhagen and are met by our HLTC representative. We board our coach and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 COPENHAGEN – Orientation tour of Copenhagen, a fairytale city lined with pristine parks and Renaissance palaces. We enjoy a city tour and view Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid.
DAY 4 COPENHAGEN/EMBARK SHIP – Embark the Norwegian Star and sail early this evening.
DAY 5 WARNEMUNDE (BERLIN) - Dock in Warnemunde, Germany, with the opportunity to take an optional tour to historic Berlin. It's been more than two decades since the walls came down and Berlin became unified in many ways, including the pursuit of joy. Germany's capital city is a city that balances cosmopolitan chic with a liberal undercurrent of creativity and cool. Famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag fascinate. The elegant Bavarian Quarter amazes.
DAY 6 AT SEA - Spend the day at sea.
DAY 7 TALLINN, ESTONIA - Morning arrival in Tallinn, Estonia. The capital of Estonia entrances cruise guests with its mix of medieval houses and very modern boutiques and cafe culture. Journey inside the ancient walls of Old Town to explore stunning Medieval landmarks like Toompea Castle and a 15th Century apothecary shop. Move up a couple centuries to experience Tsar Peter I's Kadriorg Palace, filled with art and surrounded by sculpted gardens and peaceful woodlands.
DAYS 8-9 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - Spend two days in St. Petersburg, built by Peter the Great. Here you will find the Summer Palace, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the magnificent rooms of the Hermitage Museum. Founded by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has for centuries been the cultural center of Russia, with its spectacular architecture, Tchaikovsky operas and the famous Kirov ballet. It has undergone many changes over the decades, but “The Venice of the North” remains a dazzling cruise destination, a Russian city with a European flair, a city with more than 200 museums, and one of the largest English gardens in Europe!
DAY 10 HELSINKI, FINLAND - Welcome to Scandinavia's “White City of the North,” a city defined more by its people and Art Nouveau architecture than its chilly climate (from October to April). Helsinki is a classic sea-city, with a dramatic coastline colored by bays and inlets. The city keeps its historical roots intact. Helsinki is a fusion of romantic, baroque, neo-classical, and ultra-modern architecture. Chance to visit the great Uspenski Cathedral and the unusual Tempeliaukio church, carved out of rock.
DAY 11 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - Laced by an ingenious network of waterways and bridges strung between a freshwater lake and the sea, Stockholm is easily seen on foot or by waterway cruise. Its gabled old townhouses peer over cobblestone streets, while its magnificent 17th-century palace sits watching over the harbor. A variety of optional tours are available.
DAY 12 AT SEA - Enjoy a day at sea.
DAY 13 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN - Today we arrive back to Copenhagen. Disembark your ship and transfer to your hotel. Time permitting, explore Copenhagen on your own.
DAY 14 COPENHAGEN/USA - Today we board our flight home, carrying with us memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.