Baltic Capitals Cruise
Copenhagen, Berlin, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm rolled into one!
- Airport Transfers
- 9 nights accommodations onboard the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship
- Nine (9) Breakfasts, eight (8) lunches, nine (9) dinners
- Porterage for one suitcase
- Full time tour manager/escort
- Grand Tour of Copenhagen, Denmark including The Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, Carlsberg Clyptotek and Tivoli Gardens
- Talinn, Estonia
- St. Petersburg, Russia – The Summer House, State Hermitage Museum
- Helsinski, Finland – Iso Vasikkassaari Island
- Stockholm, Sweden - The Vasa and the Skansen
A deposit is due at time of sign-up which is refundable. The trip requires 10 passengers to operate and receive a group discount.
The price does not include the following: airfare, meals not specified, health or trip insurance for cancellation/interruption which is strongly recommended, passport costs, items of a personal nature such as hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, gratuities for tour manager/escort.
Day 1 - Departure – Fly from your home to the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Arrive at your hotel to refresh.
Day 2 - An included City Tour and board the Norwegian Star.
Enjoy a Grand Tour of Copenhagen this morning as you cover the major sights of the Danish Capital. Your first stop is the famous sight of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. Then visit the Amalienborg Palace which is the winter residence of the Royal family. Pass the colorful harbor district of Nyhavn on the Old Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace home to the Danish Parliament and the National Museum before heading to the Carlsberg Glyptotek and Tivoli Gardens, both founded by the owner of the Carlsberg Brewery, Carl Jacobsen. Then there is time for lunch on your own and get ready to board the beautiful Norwegian Star to settle in for your luxurious cruise.
Day 3 - Berlin and the countryside
Your overnight cruise finds you in Germany the next morning. There is an optional 2 ½ hour tour offered that includes a scenic overview of the area. Drive to Rostock past the typical Eastern Bloc living quarters of the area, arrive in Rostock’s center to view the old red-brick architecture and experience the local Hanseatic ambience before passing the old New Market with its beautiful City Hall and St. Mary’s Church – a famous landmark. Continue past the old city walls and former STASI prison before entering the countryside. Pass the Bad Doberan Cathedral, one of Germany’s largest and mightiest medieval churches that towers above the rest of the village. See the lush countryside and small villages before returning to the ship. (No walking difficulties) The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Day 4 - At Sea
Today is restful as you cruise and view the horizon of the Baltic. Enjoy all the on-board entertainment and wonderful restaurants offered for your pleasure –9 in all AND a Bier Garten. Of course, there is the Spa, the basketball court, fitness center, golf course (complete with instructors) ice skating rink, rock climbing wall and several swimming pools! – Plus much more in the Casinos, library and movie theater!
Day 5 - Tallinn, Estonia
Tallin is a main port for the country of Estonia, and also the capital. Located on the Baltic Sea on the north coast, Tallin used to be Reval in 1918 but once it became independent in 1920, it changed to Tallinn. Things to do in this historic town which dates to the 11th century and features cobbled streets, fortresses and cathedrals. The city is divided into two parts, one being called Toompea Hill which was mainly a residential neighborhood and the other called the Lower Town with a photo opportunity on every street corner. Polar bears and Siberian Tigers are a favorite at the Tallinn Zoo which has plenty of cold weather animals for your enjoyment. Sail late afternoon.
Day 6 - Beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrive in St. Petersburg for a two day stay. This wonderful city is often called the Venice of the North. Located on the River Neva, the city has a population of nearly five million and is considered
Russia’s second largest city. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in the year 1703 as a “window to Europe,” it served as the capital of the Russian Empire for over two hundred years. One of the most fabulous structures is The Summer House designed by Domenico Trezzini in the Baroque style fo Tsar P)eter the Great. The masonry palace is surprisingly modest by Imperial standards and contains just 14 main rooms. The mansion was designed as an entertainment center and was used for warm weather only. Tsar Peter spent his summers here and only lived in the lower level while his wife preferred the upper rooms. You won’t want to miss this wonderful museum and gardens. The Winter Palace was built later in 1754 and again in the Baroque-style, it is green and white but has 1,786 doors and 1,945 windows. Catherine the Great was its first royal occupant. The palace is now part of a group of magnificent buildings that is called the State Hermitage Museum which holds one of the world’s greatest collections of art. Most of the Winter Palace’s 1,057 halls and rooms are open – if you have time! (This is probably the greatest museum in the entire world! ) Return to the ship to overnight.
Day 7 - Day 7 – St. Peterburg
Another day in this interesting city – there is so much to see and do, two days is still not enough.
Spend your day going back to something missed or take a tour of the rest of the city. Return late afternoon as we sail this evening.
Day 7 - Day 8 – Helsinski, Finland
Only a mere twelve hours later, we arrive in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The estimated population is about half a million and was founded in 1550 as a rival to the Hanseatic city of Reval (Talinn) by King Gustav I of Sweden. The city struggled in its early years as it was plagued by poverty, wars, and diseases. To help reduced the Swedish impact, Tsar Alexander I of Russia had the capital moved from Turku to Helsinki, then known as Helsingfors. This move strengthened the city’s new role and the following decades saw record development, creating the basis for a modern world class capital in the 20th century. Modern postwar urbanization of the 1970’s tripled the population in the area, making Helsinki one of the fastest growing urban centers in Europe. Here you must visit the Iso Vasikkassaari which is an island. It is mostly as a place to relax and picnic as it has a beach and a special cemetery that is a sight to see. It is known for it fantastic health treatments at the swimming pool and solarium – a place to pamper yourself. We sail late afternoon.
Day 7 - Day 9 – Stockholm, Sweden
With a population of 760,000, it is the capital of Sweden, founded y Birger Jari to protect Sweden from foreign enemies. The Vasa is an attraction that is popular. It is a preserved warship from the 17t5h century with plenty of artifacts that came from the ship on display. The Skansen is an open air museum and a great place to visit as well. Open in 1891, this is Stockholm’s most popular tourist attraction that consists of 150 building of history such as houses, workshops and farms. While at the park you an encounter elk, bear and wolves. Stockholm also has good shopping on a pedestrian street and one can view the Royal Palace in the center of the city. This is a shorter visit and we sail mid afternoon.
Day 7 - Day 10 – At Sea
Another restful day at sea for your cruise. With all the Port visits, you don’t have much time to enjoy the ship so this is your chance before your return to Copenhagen. Make that last visit to the Casino, have a massage at the Spa or just relax in your balcony cabin as you cruise the Baltic Sea one last time.
Day 7 - Day 11 – Copenhagen and departure
Arrive in Copenhagen at 7:00 am. You’ll be off the ship and transferred to the airport for your return trip home. This trip has offered the best of the best with many memories to dream about!
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