Voyage Through the Heart of the Baltic from Germany to Russia

Overview

Journey through eight different countries aboard a small ship, exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Baltic states, and visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Hamburg, Germany, venture to the timeless treasures in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia, before your final destination in St. Petersburg, Russia. Along the way, relax on board and enjoy the ship's amenities and ambience as you make your way from one fabulous port city to the next.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1, Jun 17, 2018
Hamburg, Germany

Upon arrival in Hamburg, a lovely port city with a rich heritage of maritime culture, you can catch charming harbor views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe. The ship will make its way towards the mouth of the Elbe, and later glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site, and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches.

Day 2, Jun 18, 2018
At Sea

Enjoy the ship's amenities and ambience with a day at sea as you make your way to Skagen, Denmark.

Day 3, Jun 19, 2018
Skagen, Denmark

Located at the northern-most tip of Denmark, at the point where the Kattegat and Skagerrak meet, Skagen is a pretty port city surrounded by long sandy beaches and two large wandering sand dunes. Skagen also shelters a rich art heritage that made this city famous at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays, the works of the Skagen painters are displayed in the Skagen museum.

Day 4, Jun 20, 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

With its countless canals, lakes and harbour basin, water is an essential part of Copenhagen. The Inderhavnen (inner harbor) runs through the royal capital of Denmark like a wide river before flowing into the sound, and the harbor quays have now become the heart of the city. Streets, alleyways, parks, and squares all remain from the days when kings had them built. During your explorations here, you can take a ride on a carousel in the Tivoli Gardens, follow the royal bodyguards with their bearskin hats as they march through the streets, or visit the city's famous magical landmark, the little mermaid in the harbor.

Day 5, Jun 21, 2018
Christiansoe, Denmark

Enjoy time in the lovely picturesque island of Christiansoe.

Day 6, Jun 22, 2018
At Sea

Enjoy the ship's amenities and ambience with a day at sea as you make your way to Gdansk, Poland.

Day 7, Jun 23, 2018
Gdansk, Poland

Together with the chic seaside resort of Sopot and the port of Gdynia, the old Hanseatic city of Gdansk is a flourishing center of Flemish, Dutch and German influences. Everything in the city is overshadowed by the imposing medieval church of St. Mary, the world's largest brick church. In the golden Hanseatic era, the route formed by the famous Long Market and Long Street between the Golden Gate and the Vistula was the lifeline of this prosperous city, which continues to trade successfully in Baltic amber to this day.

Day 8, Jun 24, 2018
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda is Lithuania's third largest city and the former Prussian capital. The city has a lovely Old Town area and features German architecture.

Day 9, Jun 25, 2018
At Sea

Enjoy the ship's amenities and ambience with a day at sea as you make your way to Stockholm, Sweden.

Day 10, Jun 26, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

On its Baltic side, Stockholm looks out to an archipelago of thousands of craggy islands while to the west lies the vast Lake Malaren. The city itself spans 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges. In the middle on the city island are the origins of Sweden's magnificent capital. Yellow-gold town houses, splendid Renaissance palaces dating back to the city's hey day, and the royal palace crowd the old town of Gamla Stan, a heritage site boasting a medieval network of narrow cobbled streets that lead down to the water's edge. With a third of its area occupied by water and another third by green spaces, this cultural city manages to be both modern and traditional. Here, you will find Nordic design, fashion, art, modern architecture, boulevards, promenades, royal residences, seats of government, and no fewer than three UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 11, Jun 27, 2018
Mariehamn / Aland, Finland

The Aland archipelago, an autonomous Swedish-speaking province in Finland with its own flag, is situated between Sweden and the Finnish mainland in the north of the Baltic Sea. Mariehamm, the only town in the Aland islands and capital of the archipelago, can be found on the main island of Fast Aland. It was named after Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Tsar Alexander II, who founded the town in 1861 when Finland and Aland were part of the Russian Empire. The second largest port in Finland was home to one of the last large fleets of windjammers. With its wonderful smooth red granite cliffs, the Nordic landscape on the approximately 6,500 unspoiled islands and skerries remains pristine and virtually uninhabited.

Day 12, Jun 28, 2018
Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian capital of Tallinn lies on the Gulf of Finland some 50 miles south of Helsinki. Known as Reval during the Hanseatic era, it was the most important trading port on the Baltic Sea in the 15th century. Those walking through the old town will find themselves transported back to the world of wealthy medieval townsfolk. Russian onion domes and medieval gabled houses restored to their former glory mark the border between east and west. The city's rich historic heritage, still guarded by lofty town walls, is under UNESCO protection. Today, Tallinn is a lively Scandinavian city with a very Hanseatic look, where the middle ages meet modern life.

Day 13, Jun 29, 2018
At Sea

Enjoy the ship's amenities and ambience with a day at sea as you make your way to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Days 14-15, Jun 30-Jul 1, 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia

Built largely on posts in the ground by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg—a "capital from nothing"—offered the Russian Empire access to the Baltic Sea and the west between the 18th and 20th centuries. The extremely impressive entrance to the shining gold city on the Neva River demonstrates the full extent of St. Petersburg's power. Built predominantly in the neo-classical style, the Hermitage complex, which includes the Winter Palace where the Tsars once lived, dates back to Catherine the Great. The palace now houses one of the world's most important art museums and occupies more than 350 rooms. St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Russia, while the Church of the Saviour is a playful work of art in the Russian Art Nouveau style. The wonders of this former tsarist capital with 2,300 palaces, ornate buildings, and castles are all listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Highlights

Highlights

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Estonia, Sweden, and Russia
Explore vibrant port cities with old towns and exquisite architecture
Enjoy on-board amenities and the wonderful ambience of small ship living

Details

Length: 15 days
Cost From: $9795  
Arrive: Hamburg, Germany
Depart: St. Petersburg, Russia
Lodging: 14 nights small ship
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

15-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

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