When: May 30—Jun 13
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Beautiful Baltic Cruise

On a fully-escorted cruise spanning Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Poland, discover the beauty, history, and culture of these fascinating countries on the Baltic Sea. Learn about the Viking history of Scandinavia, immerse yourself in the wonders of St Petersburg, and gain a greater understanding of the connections forged across cultures through the shared shoreline of the Baltic. Daily excursions suit a variety of activity levels and interests—from nature, history, and animals to art, architecture, and the local food.

At A Glance


  • May 30 to June 13, 2020
  • 15 Days

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Itinerary

Saturday, May 30     London (Southampton), England

Arrive in England and transfer to the United Kingdom’s premier passenger ship port in Southampton. On board your cruise ship, meet your tour leader and fellow travellers as you settle into your waterborne home for the next two weeks.

Sunday, May 31     At Sea

On a full day at sea, enjoy scenic views from the deck and explore the ship’s amenities. From dance classes and cooking demonstrations to relaxing at a spa or listening to expert speakers discussing insights into the places you’ll visit, there’s something for everyone.

Monday, June 1     Kristiansand, Norway

Your first port of call is the city of Kristiansand, one of Norway’s most popular vacation destinations due to its sunny weather. Optional excursions include exploring the nearby fishing village of Høllen, riding on a vintage narrow-gauge steam railway, sailing the coast on a traditional Norwegian schooner, or learning about Norway’s mining history at Setesdal Mineral Park.

Tuesday, June 2     Copenhagen, Denmark

Sometimes called the “Venice of the North”, Copenhagen’s many canals and beautiful historic architecture give it a charming air. Optional excursions include touring the city with time at the celebrated Tivoli Gardens, visiting the Renaissance-era castle Frederiksborg, or spending time in an open-air museum which recreates rural Denmark from centuries ago.

Wednesday, June 3     At Sea

As you sail through the Baltic Sea on your way to Estonia, relax or enjoy more of the onboard activities.

Thursday, June 4     Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia’s long history has included being ruled by many outside influences, until it finally became an independent republic in 1991. Tallinn is Estonia’s political, commercial, and cultural centre. On optional excursions, you could tour Tallinn’s Old Town including the impressive natural amphitheatre called the Song Festival Grounds, go shopping along the medieval cobblestone lanes in Tallinn’s historic centre, visit the historic lighthouses along the picturesque coastline, or take a bicycle tour of the city and countryside.

Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6     St. Petersburg, Russia

Spend two days in the famous St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and Russia’s cultural centre. There are so many things to do here! Discover the wonders St Petersburg has to offer on your optional excursions, such as visiting the spectacular Hermitage Museum,  attending a show presenting traditional folk music and dance, admiring the magnificent Peterhof Palace and gardens, going on a walking tour that includes the food market and the ornate city subway stations, participating in a hands-on cooking demonstration, and much more.

Sunday, June 7     Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland’s capital and centre of commerce and culture, is well known for its striking neoclassical architecture. On an optional excursion, tour many of Helsinki’s highlights, savour the flavours on a tour of Finland’s favourite chocolate producer, visit a 100-year-old farm known for horse breeding, or meet the reindeer at Nuuksio National Park.

Monday, June 8     Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, covers 14 separate islands and has a history stretching back through centuries. On optional excursions, discover Sweden’s Viking history, enjoy a leisurely cruise through the city’s waterways, visit the oldest fully preserved warship in the world at the Vasa Museum, taste delicious samples as you learn about Nordic cuisine on a food walk, or take a walking tour through one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe.

Tuesday, June 9     Visby, Sweden

The quaint town of Visby is home to incredible views into the past, with ancient forts, churches, and city walls punctuated with towers. Visit the Gotland Museum to learn about the region’s Viking and medieval-era history. Relax on the lawns of the lush Almedalen park. Enjoy a treat at one of the town’s many cafés.

Wednesday, June 10     Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland

Gdansk, once the richest ports in the Baltic, was a cultural centre that drew people from across Europe. Although much of the town was destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt old city remains a jewel worth seeing. On optional excursions, explore the Old Town’s medieval architecture on a walking tour, visit the UNESCO heritage site Malbork Castle, enjoy an organ recital at Oliwa Cathedral, or discover the history of amber in this region as you visit an amber factory and enjoy time to shop.

Thursday & Friday, June 11 & 12     At Sea

On two final days at sea, reminisce with your fellow travellers about all the amazing things you’ve seen and done on your travels through the Baltic region.

Saturday, June 13     London (Southampton), England

Disembark in Southampton and say farewell to friends old and new as you depart for home.

 

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