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Treasures of the Baltic Sea

From the Capitals of Scandinavia to the Gilded Palaces of St. Petersburg Aboard the Corinthian

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8490  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Copenhagen, Denmark
Depart: Stockholm, Sweden
Lodging: 11 nights aboard a 100-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
Activity: Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level: 11-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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Highlights

  • Explore the capitals of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, as well as Russia's St. Petersburg and Berlin, Germany
  • Cruise the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Enjoy a series of recitals performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both aboard ship and on shore

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Join special guest speakers Paul Volcker and Roger Cohen, and artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as we sail the Baltic Sea, the great highway of northern Europe. The Baltic has been a thoroughfare of trade since the days of the Vikings, providing access to great European rivers as well as to the North Sea and beyond. This commercial background is reflected in the cosmopolitan and richly varied architecture of the cities we visit—Gothic in Tallinn, Rococo in Copenhagen and Stockholm, and Baroque in Karlskrona—and in their well-preserved medieval heritage. We will navigate the labyrinth of islands that leads to Stockholm; explore the cobblestoned lanes and medieval walls of Tallinn; and discover Helsinki’s rock-hewn subterranean Temppeliaukio Church.  Perhaps the highlight of the voyage will be two full days exploring St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s “window on the West” and the most magnificent city on the Baltic.

Itinerary

Days 1-2, July 8-9
Copenhagen, Denmark / Embark

Fly from the U.S. to Copenhagen, Denmark’s charming capital, and transfer to Corinthian. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight aboard the ship docked in Copenhagen. This evening we enjoy our first concert of the program aboard ship.

Day 3, July 10
Copenhagen

In the morning we enjoy a tour of Copenhagen including Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, and the renowned classical and ancient collections at the Glyptotek.

Day 4, July 11
Szczecin, Poland / Berlin, Germany or Stargard Szczecinski, Poland

We call at Szczecin, our port for visiting Berlin, and enjoy a full-day excursion to the lively and cosmopolitan capital of Germany. Our tour includes iconic sights such as the Brandenburg Gate as well as a visit to Berlin’s famed Museum Island, featuring the Pergamon and Bode Museums. As an alternative to Berlin, choose to tour Stargard Szczecinski, one of the oldest cities in Poland's Pomerania region that is beautifully preserved with Gothic and Baroque architecture

Day 5, July 12
Karlskrona, Sweden / Kristianopel

Karlskrona was founded in the 17th century as the ice-free home port of Sweden’s Baltic fleet. Today, Sweden’s only Baroque city is home to the country's last-remaining naval base. Our tour of this regal city includes its picturesque old quarter. Afterwards, enjoy a short ride to nearby Kristianopel, a small historic fishing village now known for its roses. The second concert will be held today, at a historical venue ashore.

Day 6, July 13
Visby, Gotland Island

On Gotland—the largest island in the Baltic Sea—enjoy a walking tour of the beautifully preserved medieval town of Visby, once a stronghold of the Hanseatic League. Included is the Gotlands Fornsal Museum, dedicated to the display of Viking and Nordic artifacts.

Day 7, July 14
Tallinn, Estonia

One of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and capital of the republic of Estonia, Tallinn reveals a distinctive blend of German, Scandinavian, and Russian influences. A walking tour of the Old Town includes the massive Toompea Castle, begun around 1229; the 13th-century cathedral, renowned for its exquisite Baroque altar; the remains of the city walls; and several fine medieval merchants’ houses. Enjoy another concert at a historical venue.

Days 8-9, July 15-16
St. Petersburg, Russia

Enjoy two days in St. Petersburg, the magnificent Baltic city that Peter the Great built as his “window on the West.” Built on islands connected with delicate wrought-iron bridges, St. Petersburg boasts canals lined with magnificent palaces, while its world-renowned museums house priceless art. See the Admiralty, the architectural heart of the city; the lavishly decorated St. Isaac’s Cathedral, crowned by a huge dome; and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Visit the Hermitage Museum, formerly the Winter Palace of the czars. The museum offers one of the world’s greatest art collections, displaying masterpieces by da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, and Rembrandt among others. Also enjoy Peterhof (Petrodvorets), the most brilliant of the czars’ summer palaces, whose most spectacular feature is perhaps the Great Cascade, a gilded, stepped progression of water from the palace down to the sea. Our final concert will be held in St. Petersburg at a historical venue.

Day 10, July 17
Helsinki, Finland

Arrive in Helsinki, Finland’s energetic, friendly capital, which is internationally recognized for its striking architecture. A tour includes the grand Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral; colorful Market Square, featuring food, furs, and other local goods; the subterranean Temppeliaukio Kirkko, or Rock Church, hewn from solid rock; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Sibelius Memorial. We will also see examples of Helsinki’s famous architecture, including the opera house.

Day 11, July 18
Cruising the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

This morning, relax and enjoy the beautiful views as we cruise the Stockholm archipelago en route to Sweden’s capital. Our tour of Stockholm will include City Hall, Gamla Stan (Old Town), and Storkyrkan (the Great Church). View the Main Square and the Royal Palace.

Day 12, July 19
Stockholm / Disembark

Disembark in Stockholm and transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Some excursions involve a fair amount of standing and walking—often over rough ground and sometimes uphill.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2015
Jul 8-19, 2015  Sold Out

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Category E $8,490
Category D $9,190
Category C $9,890
Category B $10,890
Category A $11,690
Category AA $12,190
Veranda Suite $12,890
Penthouse Suite $13,890
Single supplement: $12,880 (Category B)
Single supplement: $13,680 (Category A)

Deck Plan

  • Category E: Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with windows and sitting area.
    215 sq. ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
  • Category D: Deluxe suites on Ariadne and Leto Decks with window and sitting area.
    215 sq. ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433
  • Category C: Deluxe suites on Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area.
    275 sq. ft. Suites 246 - 252
  • Category B: Deluxe suites on Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area.
    225 sq. ft. Suites 336 - 341
  • Category A: Deluxe suites on Leto Deck with window and sitting area.
    235 sq. ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
  • Category AA: Deluxe suites on Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area.
    285 sq. ft. Suites 505 - 506
  • Category VS: Deluxe Veranda Suites on Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area.
    245 sq. ft. Suites 507 - 518
  • Category PHS: Deluxe Penthouse Suites on Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area.
    260 sq. ft. Suites 601 - 604

*VS & PHS suites are provided with private butler service and other exclusive amenities.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 10-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship including early riser's coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
  • Professional tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to Copenhagen and return from Stockholm; baggage, cancellation and accident insurance; meals other than specified above; personal expenses such as passport, visa, laundry, telephone calls, faxes and e-mail service.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $1500
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $300 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Corinthian

More like a private yacht than a cruise ship, Corinthian accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites. Corinthian’s limited guest capacity, fine facilities, and distinctive style of operation attract like-minded travelers who return again and again to enjoy its custom-crafted itineraries and a style of cruising that is rarely found today. All of Corinthian’s suites face outside, providing views of the sea and landscape. Several have a private balcony. There are expansive open deck areas and attractive facilities, including a gym, spa, library (with Internet access), beauty salon, boutique, two lounges, a sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an outdoor cafe. An elegant restaurant accommodates all guests in an open, unassigned seating. The cuisine is outstanding, and the overall service is efficient and friendly while unobtrusive. An elevator serves all decks. A resident physician attends a well-equipped infirmary. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.