Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||11 nights aboard a 107-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|
11-day cruise, cultural explorations, and walking tours, Zodiac cruises
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Join us on a voyage of discovery as we explore the eight nations of the Baltic—countries that speak different languages, have a diverse culture and cuisine, worship in different churches, yet are united by a single sea. Over the centuries, wars and conflicts may have divided them, but trade has been the great unifier as the Hanseatic ports brought wealth and knowledge to the Baltic shores. We start our journey in Copenhagen, then continue north for our visit to Karlskrona, a charming town in Sweden that’s famous for being the country’s only Baroque city. We view more architectural delights in Gdansk, take in the restored Klaipeda, and visit Riga and Tallinn before enjoying three days in St Petersburg, surely the most endlessly fascinating of all Baltic ports. An exploration of the sea town of Helsinki caps our adventure.
Day 1, June 15
Arrive in Copenhagen and transfer to the MS Serenissima. The remainder of the day is at leisure and you may wish to explore from our central location or enjoy an after dinner drink ashore as we moor overnight.
Day 2, June 16
After breakfast we will enjoy a guided tour of the city including the Palace of Amalienborg (exterior only), the four identical Rococo buildings that have been the Royal Residence since 1784. Also see the Little Mermaid fountain, Christiansborg Castle, the Royal Theater, and Nyhavn before ending at the Tivoli Gardens. We return for lunch onboard and the afternoon is free to explore at leisure.
Day 3, June 17
Today we call at the charming town of Karlskrona on the island of Trosso. Its unique layout and the well-preserved dockyards dating from the 17th and 18th centuries have placed Karlskrona on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. We have the option to explore the area on land, including the Maritime Museum and Vasa shed, from where the Vasa warship was constructed and launched in 1778. Alternatively, take a boat trip across to the Kungsholm Fortress, built in 1689 to protect the harbor. We will have time to explore the towers and also the small botanical garden with plants from throughout the world, collected during the Navy’s sea training cruises and returned to Kungsholm.
Day 4, June 18
We have a full day in this charming city, an old Hanseatic port that has been lovingly restored. On a morning tour we will walk along the cobbled streets of the Royal Way in the old quarter and visit the Gothic St Mary’s church and the 17th century Artus Court. This afternoon is free for further exploration.
Day 5, June 19
Klaipeda is the third largest city in Lithuania and a center for amber jewelry. Founded in 1252 by the Teutonic Knights of East Prussia, the city was annexed by Hitler in 1939 and almost destroyed toward the end of World War II. Today we have a choice of tours. Explore the old town by foot before continuing to the 100-hectare Palanga Botanical Park, a beautifully preserved landscaped garden around the 19th century Neo-Renaissance style mansion containing the biggest amber museum in the Baltic. Or, head to the countryside where we experience village life and visit the Memorial Museum dedicated to Lithuanians sent to Siberia or who fought against the Soviets during the Cold War years. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea.
Day 6, June 20
We arrive in Riga, a beautiful Hanseatic city dating from 1201. Riga is one of the best preserved cities in the Baltic and on a morning walking tour we explore the cobbled streets. Every corner is an architectural gem, reflecting styles from all periods.
Day 7, June 21
Observe Tallinn’s awe-inspiring city walls and fortifications, the narrow medieval streets, and the gateways that remain remarkably well preserved. From Dome Hill, see the extraordinary vista of domes, spires, and gables, while in the main square we can find the oldest pharmacy in Europe.
Days 8-10, June 22-24
St. Petersburg, Russia
We have the luxury of three days to explore this most endlessly captivating of Russian cities. Join a guided city tour, excursion to the Peterhof Palace, and a tour of the fascinating Hermitage Museum. For the remainder of your time in this wonderful city you can explore independently or there will be a number of optional excursions available. Our experienced onboard staff will help you plan your time ashore to make the most of this most beautiful of all Russian cities.
Day 11, June 25
Because of its location on the sea, Helsinki is very much a water city, and we shall moor close to the city center for our explorations. Visit the colorful Market Square, the President’s Palace, and the impressive architecture of Senate Square including the Lutheran Cathedral of Finland and Uspenski Cathedral. We will also see the Sibelius Monument and the impressive Temppeliaukio—the church in the rock. Enjoy lunch onboard and a relaxing afternoon at sea.
Day 12, June 26
Stockholm, Sweden / Depart
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight.
Stockholm Post-Tour Extension**This extension is currently SOLD OUT, but we would be happy to add your name to the waitlist.
For those wishing to spend more time in Stockholm, you have the chance to join our two-night extension. After disembarkation, we will enjoy a tour to the Vasa Museum and lunch in a local restaurant before transferring to our central hotel for a two-night stay. The remainder of your time will be free for independent exploration.
Extension Cost: $646 per person
Price Includes: Two nights accommodation in a central 4-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, half-day tour and lunch, transfers from ship to hotel and hotel to airport and tour escort.
2015 Cruise Collection Brochure
We’ve searched the world to find the finest small ships and most active adventures, from Greenland to New Zealand to the great rivers of Europe.
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.
Jun 15-26, 2015 Serenissima
Prices are for 2015
Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
|Standard Sole occupancy||$6,835|
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: 10%
of trip cost
100 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*
Minimum fee: 10% of trip cost
89-70 days prior to departure: 40% of trip cost
69-50 days prior to departure: 60% of trip cost
49-30 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
29-15 days prior to departure: 90% of trip cost
14 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks, and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Because of the very nature of the ship, the cabins do vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm. Choose from the cozy inside cabins of approximately 105 square feet, to the sumptuous newly built executive suites of 270 square feet boasting private balconies, minibar, and all the modern conveniences.
- The standard staterooms range in size from 109-176 square feet.
- The superior staterooms range in size from 125-211 square feet.
- The deluxe staterooms range in size from 162-274 square feet.
- The junior suites range in size from 225-233 square feet.
- Owner’s suites are 244 square feet.
- The dedicated inside single cabins range in size from 106-124 square feet, and the dedicated standard single cabins range in size from 76-137 square feet.
Trip Cost Includes:
- Accommodations aboard the Serenissima
- All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
- Shore excursions, entrance fees
- Gratuities to crew and while on excursions
- Cruise director, tour manager, guest speakers
- Port and airport taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include:International airfare, travel insurance, optional excursions, visas.
Arrival & Departure Information
Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Serenissima, Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH)
Date: Day 1, June15, 2015
Flight arrival time: No later than 12:00 pm
Embarkation:3 :00 pm
Suggested arrival airport
Stockholm, Sweden (ARN)
Date: Day 12, June 26, 2015
Suggested departure airport
Flight Departure time: after 12:00 pm
A valid passport is required for this trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.
A visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Russia. Please call for details. For the other Baltic States, no visa is required.
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.
No inoculations are currently required for Europe.
With her small size—just 107 passengers—the Serenissima can navigate into small, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships. Facilities onboard include two lounges, restaurant, small library with two computers for internet access, fitness room, and Jacuzzi, Outdoor areas include a spacious observation deck with 360-degree views of the passing scenery, and for added comfort, the vessel features stabilizers. The atmosphere onboard is warm and welcoming, and the emphasis is not on round-the-clock entertainment and dining, but instead on thoughtful itineraries, relaxation, time spent with like-minded passengers, and discovery. After a day of adventure and exploration, returning to the comfort of the sophisticated Serenissima and its friendly crew is a real pleasure. An open bridge policy means you have the chance to visit the Captain and Officers during your voyage. There is a doctor onboard, and staff are trained in first aid.