Northern Capitals & Russia Reviews

Insight Vacations Guided Tour starting in Berlin and finishing in Warsaw

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“Great way to see Moscow and St Petersburg for the 1st time!”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2018 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

We had a great time. A great way to see Moscow and St Petersburg for the 1st time. We spent 3 days in Berlin before the tour started, which I recommend to have some free time before the tour starts and have a good look around by yourself. I wish we had more time in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. I enjoyed the Baltic cruise. We did most of the the optional tours. We were prepared to do so, as we wanted to see all we could.
The ones we liked the best were Russian ballet, Russian folklore show, Chopin concert & Wilanow Palace. We both agreed that Russian Mosiac could have been missed. But it depends on what you want to see. Our tour director Piotr worked hard to make sure we enjoyed our holiday. Our coach driver Romulus worked hard to make sure we got to our destinations. Remember it is a tour, so it means early starts, at times rushing about and long coach rides. But still, we enjoyed our time. Special thanks to Hannah at Global Journeys for helping with our holiday. Couldn't have done it without your help. Thanks again!

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“Fantastic Russia and Scandinavia”
- NSW, Australia May 2018 1 Helpful Vote View Photo

This was our 10th Insight Tour and it was a very well organised tour. Cities and Sightseeing were excellent as was the food. The Hotels were some of the best we have stayed in. We even ventured out by ourselves in St Petersburg and Moscow with no trouble. The only downside was that there was about 3 days that involved very long travel days in the coach, with the longest being the Moscow to Minsk day that was over 700Km and 10Hrs with only a few stops and a quick lunch break. The next being the Copenhagen to Stockholm at 600Km and over 8 Hrs. But this didn't detract from the overall fantastic tour. Maybe it should be a few days longer.
The Tour Director was average and we only had 26 passengers, he relied a lot on the local guides which were good. The optional extras are always hard to judge if they are worth it. We did those that we thought were reasonable as most of them were expensive. Those that did the Russian Ballet were disappointed and the Lithuanian Dinner didn't have Traditional Dancers and would of been better going to a restaurant ourselves. Overall I would recommend this tour but be prepared for some long bus days. As usual the booking process with Global Journeys and Yvonne was very easy and always recommend them.

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“Capital Cities, long journeys.”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2017 4 Helpful Votes

Northern Capitals is an apt description. Unfortunately, journeys between are lengthy and some capitals could be missed! Some are fabulous and more time in Berlin St Petersburg and Russia would be better. Always read the itinerary.

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“Wonderful tour in every respect!”
- QLD, Australia Jun 2017 6 Helpful Votes

We were hesitant about doing a coach tour as we normally travel independently but felt this would be the best way to see Russia. We did Insight's "Northern Capitals and Russia" tour in July 2017 and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. We booked more than 12 months in advance and were disappointed that we missed out on the Insight "Fly Free" airfare deals which were released in September prior to the tour in June. On tour, we were really pleased with what we were able to see and what was included and we saw a lot!
We took most of the Optional experiences, which did mean we were "on the go" most of the time, however we were prepared to put the effort in to see as much as we could whilst away. Most days we walked between 15,000 to 18,000 steps. Piotr (Tour Director) and Werner (Driver) were professional and made everything on tour go smoothly. The accommodation was excellent, we had a triple share room and on some occasions we were given a suite and twice we received interconnecting rooms, which was a real bonus. We would recommend this Insight Tour for anyone wishing to visit Russia, Scandinavia, Lithuania and some eastern European cities.

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“Northern Capitals & Russia with Insight”
- VIC, Australia May 2017 2 Helpful Votes

The weather was still pretty cold, but the tour was excellent. We did have the best bus driver and the best tour director. We did enjoy every minute of this tour.

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“Amazing trip!”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2016 2 Helpful Votes

This trip was amazing, accommodation perfect, coach excellent, tour guide outstanding. Would highly recommend it. Michelle many thanks for all your help in organising my booking.

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“Expensive optionals”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2015 2 Helpful Votes

A day early in Berlin helps relax before the tour. Most significant tours/events are 'optional' at a price which can significantly add to the tour cost. An extra post-tour day in Warsaw helps recovery from the tour.

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“Delivered all we expected and more”
- Australia Sep 2014 1 Helpful Vote

The tour delivered all we expected and more. We had not been to any of the places on this tour and every experience, while different, was great. The efforts of our Tour Director, Alex, no doubt enhanced all aspects of this trip. The arrangements by Global Journeys, including support with Russian Visas assisted greatly.

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“Fantastic tour. Best tour director ever!”
- Australia May 2013 1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic tour. Best tour director ever!

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“Completely happy with all aspects of the tour”
- Australia Aug 2012 1 Helpful Vote

We were completely happy with all aspects of the tour. We have travelled with other companies but found Insight to be better organised, better hotels, great guide and driver, great local guides better all round. They also had some little touches which were appreciated. The included meals were fabulous and in wonderful venues. We highly recommend Insight and Global Journeys. Our dealings with Yvonne were all we could expect with prompt answers to my calls and enquiries and also in her absence.

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“Accommodation was first class”
- Australia Sep 2011 4 Helpful Votes

The Insight tour to Northern Europe Capitals and Russia was generally excellent. The Tour Director and Driver were both excellent and very caring. The Tour Director was most knowledgeable and at times humourous in her commentary. The accommodation was first class with exception of Vitebsk in Belarus which was a poor Russian concrete construction hotel with poor facilities. Meals where provided, were first class with exception of Vitebsk, where we were given our Russian ration. My greatest critisim was the local tour leader in Berlin who had great difficulty in filling in an hour let alone filling in 2 hours of the tour, given Berlin with its recent history since WW2. I received more information talking to a German man alongside the Berlin Wall. The tour guide in Vitebsk seemed to being giving the tour party the local Communist line on how good the city was and how well the people were treated by the Russians. The visit to the Marc Chagall home was a waste of time as the tour group (cut in two), rooms were so small for the tour party that crowded into the house to hear the Guides (translated from Russian) that they could not see the paintings/photographs on the walls. The Chagall Museum and its etchings were not generally appreciated by the tour party and it had a limited appeal to audiences. It appeared the visits to the Chagall locations were a fill-in as there was nothing better to see in Vitebsk. By comparision the visit to Vilnius, with a similiar history to Vitebsk, was brilliant. Overall the tour was both educational and entertaining and the tour group mixed very well to make a happy time. Would highly recommend Insight tours.

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