A Circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea
- Hear a talk from former President of Poland & Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa.
- Explore St. Petersburg for two days, visiting the Hermitage with a special before hours visit.
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lübeck, Riga, Tallinn & more.
At a glance
Duration: 16 Days, 14 Nights
Coverage: Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Copenhagen, Denmark
Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Zodiacs
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The treasures of St. Petersburg and the great Scandinavian capitals of Stockholm and Copenhagen display only a fraction of this region’s storied past. Delve deeper into your understanding of the Baltics through dramatic water approaches to the larger cities and forays into lesser-known towns and UNESCO Sites. Hear a presentation from former President Lech Walesa of Poland in his hometown of Gdansk.
- DAY 1 — U.S. / Fly Overnight to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- DAY 2 — Amsterdam / Embark Ship
Arrive in Amsterdam and have an overview of the city’s canals and cafes before embarkation. (L,D)
- DAY 3 — At Sea / Kiel Canal
Sail along the German coast this morning and transit the Kiel Canal, which passes south of Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. (B,L,D)
- DAY 4 — Lübeck, Germany
We have a splendid introduction to the Hanseatic and Renaissance architecture of Lübeck during a boat ride along the canals. After lunch, explore the city on foot with a guided walk. (B,L,D)
- DAY 5 — Christiansø & Bornholm Islands, Denmark
Travel by Zodiac to the small island of Christiansø and wander through an artists’ village that occupies the site of an 18th-century castle. At the island of Bornholm, explore the ruins of Denmark’s largest fortress built around 1250. (B,L,D)
- DAY 6 — Gdansk, Poland
Poland’s Solidarity movement was born in the Gdansk shipyards. Visit the moving Solidarity Monument and a museum detailing the fall of communism in Poland. In Gdansk’s Old Town, see stroll the old merchant’s houses and 15th-century Artus Court. Then, by special arrangement, meet with former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. (B,L,D)
- DAY 7 — Klaipeda, Lithuania
Arrive in Klaipeda, with its red-roofed 19th-century buildings. Travel to the seaside town of Palanga, visiting a lavish 19th-century estate which houses the celebrated Amber Museum. (B,L,D)
- DAY 8 — Riga, Latvia
A member of the Hanseatic League, Riga is recognized as having the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe. Venture into its 14th-century castle, and explore the the Great Guild Hall Square in the Old Town. (B,L,D)
- DAY 9 — Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn’s Hanseatic Old Town is one of the Baltic’s best preserved medieval cities. Explore this World Heritage Site, take in the views from Dome Hill, and, if you wish, have dinner ashore. (B,L,D)
- DAYS 10-11 — St. Petersburg
Explore St. Petersburg’s imperial luxuries and artistic bounty: the opulent palace of Catherine the First at Pushkin, the grandiose Peter and Paul Fortress, gold-domed St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the treasures of the Hermitage Museum. (B,L,D)
- DAY 12 — Exploring Coastal Finland
Today we explore the granite islands along the coastline, looking for any idyllic place to take a Zodiac cruise, launch our kayaks, and go for a hike. (B,L,D)
- DAY 13 — Stockholm, Sweden
Stroll the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s pastel-hued Old Town. Then at the famed Vasa Museum, see a 17th-century warship — the prize of King Gustavus Adolkphus’s navy that sank in the harbor on its maiden voyage and was raised virtually intact 300 years later. (B,L,D)
- DAY 14 — Visby, Gotland
At this former Viking trading post, see fascinating Viking artifacts at the Fornsal Museum, explore the walled old city, and visit the botanical gardens. (B,L,D)
- DAY 15 — Exploring Southern Sweden
Today our plans are kept flexible so we can enjoy the best of summer in southern Sweden. Take leisurely walks, get acquaintd with Swedish coastal culture, and photograph everyday life in centuries-old seaside villages.. (B,L,D)
- DAY 16 — Copenhagen, Denmark / Home
Disembark in Copenhagen and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
Dates & Rates
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† Photo Cruise
Included in Cruise Fare
- Meals indicated
- Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
- Use of kayaks
- All port charges and service taxes.
Not Included in Cruise Fare
- Air transportation
- Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.
- Discretionary tips to ship’s crew.
- Russian visa fee
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