Baltic Cruises and Scandinavia
Rich in history, and northern charm, you will be overwhelmed by the hospitality of the locals and history that remains in these European countries.
A Baltic Sea cruise offers the chance to appreciate charming cosmopolitan cities, cultures and iconic landmarks. The Baltic region is perhaps best observed on a cruise along the gleaming Baltic coast that will introduce you to Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland Russia and more. Discover German coastal locations including Heiligendamm and Kühlungsborn as well as other atmospheric beach resorts. Wander along Sweden's wild west coast and make a memorable stop in Stockholm. Glide down the brimming Baltic waters towards Denmark and visit the Scandanavian sensation of Copenhagen for a seamless urban experience and classic cuisine.
Let a luxurious cruise guide you to Lithuania and visit the heavily cobbled town of Klaipeda with its distinctly German architecture and Dane River. Venture north to the Baltic gem of Estonia and discover the vibrant Tallinn- a perfect cocktail of modern, medieval, sophistication, charm and vibrancy with Baroque palaces and glass skyscrapers. See the dynamic culture and bewildering natural surroundings of Bergen and Norway from the optimal perspective of a cruise.
You will need to get a Russian Visa if you want to do your own thing in St. Petersburg.
- Southampton - Southampton
- Baltic Sea
Itinerary starts from St. Petersburg and will require a visa in advance. It allows you to explore Russia properly pre/post cruise with additional tours or rivercuises.
- St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg
- Northern Europe, Baltic Sea
- May 2017 - September 2018
Don't forget a wind breaker for the Shetlands and if you are not into bagpipes take earplugs!
- Southampton - Southampton
- British Isles
- June 2017 - August 2017
Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scandanavia and Northern Europe. Along the cobbled and bike-filled streets you will find a city which is consistently ranked as being the world's happiest, which helps to make Copenhagen a welcoming and unforgettable location to visit. Nyhavn harbour with its brightly coloured buildings and numerous cafés and eateries is a popular area of the city. The iconic Little Mermaid statue is a must-see for many and is located near Nyhavn, along the waterfront at Kastellet.Highlights of Copenhagen
- Visit Tivoli Gardens for a mix of beautiful flora, fun rides and at Christmas time a stunning light display
- Travel like a local and explore Copenhagen by bike
- Learn about the history of the city in The National Museum of Denmark
Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg lies at the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland. The city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. The former home of the monarchy is known for the vibrant and colourful buildings which line the Baltic city. There are four palaces in St. Petersburg, which form the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Palace holds an extensive art collection. Visitors can also take in world-class Russian ballet and opera shows at various theatres throughout the city such as the renowned Mariinsky Theatre.Highlights of St. Petersburg
- Discover the beautiful buildings of St. Petersburg such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
- Marvel at the large collection of Russian art on display at the Russian Museum
- Enjoy a world-class performance at the Mariinsky Theatre
Estonia's capital city is located on the Baltic Sea, approximately 80 km from Helsinki. The Old Town is a maze of medieval streets and spires and has also been made a UNESCO World Heritage site, helping to preserve the oldest capital city in Northern Europe. Visiting Talinn is like stepping into a modern-day medieval fairytale. Toompea, located on Tallinn's upper side is home to numerous architectural wonders such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Visitors can also expect to find an abundance of canals and beaches in Tallinn.Highlights of Tallinn
- Experience the charm of Tallin's Old Town
- Enjoy a stroll around Kadriorg Park or the Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum
- Journey up the Oleviste Church, once the tallest building in the world
Sitting on the Baltic Sea, Warnemünde is a popular seaside resort town that is characterised by its large white sandy beaches and bustling promenade. One of the best ways to see Warnemünde is by harbour tour where you can enjoy the Baltic charm of the town and of the larger area of Rostock. Warnemünde is also used as a link town for the German capital of Berlin. Many cruise guests partake in excursions to see the many historic sites and to experience the unique culture of one of Europe's most vibrant cities.Highlights of Warnemünde
- Take a harbour tour of Warnemünde and also Rostock
- Explore the historic Warnemünde church and lighthouse
- Take a day trip to the bustling city of Berlin
Kiel is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein and is one of Germanys northernmost cities. Kiel Sailing Week is a world-known sailing festival, when thousands of people flock from all over the world to the port city. The city has much to offer, in particular the marine area, the U-boat Memorial, Botanical Garden and the Olympic Village in Kiel-Schilksee. The city's blend of Northern German charm and a wide range of dining, shopping and hotels make it a perfect place to visit.Highlights of Kiel
- Explore Kiel's maritime history by visiting the U-Boot U 995 and the Laboe Naval Memorial
- Visit the Kiel Rathaus Paternoster or St. Nikolai Church
- Experience natural beauty at Kiel Botanical Gardens or at Aquarium Kiel
Latvia's capital is the largest city in the Nordic and Baltic region. Riga is famous for its well-preserved downtown and Art Nouveau. In the city you will find historic spires and architecture of days gone by. The Freedom Monument which is almost 43 metres tall represents Latvia's path to freedom and is a must-see for many visitors. Riga's Central Market is also highly recommended, founded in 1930, the market, much like Riga itself is steeped in history and is one of the biggest marketplaces in Eastern Europe. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere with plenty of bartering!Highlights of Riga
- Sample some tasty Latvian food at the Central Market
- Head for the top of St. Peter's tower to get a stunning panoramic view of Riga
- Experience the charm of Riga by paying a visit to the Old Town