Baltic States with St Petersburg

16th Jul 2022 13 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Braemar M2221
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Church of spilt blood, St Petersburg, Russia Church of spilt blood, St Petersburg, Russia
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

To provide a rich insight into the Baltics’ diverse culture and unique history, including the ‘Iron Curtain’ era, this itinerary features visits to some of the most important countries, cities and sites in the region. The centrepiece of this cruise, focusing on the fascinating past and present of Russia and former Soviet states is an overnight stay in St Petersburg. After sailing in via the River Neva, viewing archetypal golden domes en route, take time to see iconic sites such as Peterhof Palace, the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and much more, plus enjoy an evening at the Russian ballet, with a chance to meet the soloist after their performance. [ReadMore]For an alternative Russian experience, away from grandiose palaces and museums, there’s a rare visit to Baltiysk to see the imposing, typically Soviet-era monuments, gates and landmarks of Kaliningrad.

There are highlights throughout this journey though; away from Russia’s shores, you’ll also get discover the historical and cultural treasures of destinations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Explore Tallinn – the picturesque Estonian capital – to discover its former Soviet prison and UNESCO-listed Old Town, where medieval castles, cathedrals and churches await. You visit the Latvian capital too, with time to visit the Museum of Occupations, see ‘Stalin’s birthday cake’ and the aviation museum in Riga, while important Soviet landmarks – including Plokštinė missile base – await in Klaipėda, Lithuania’s third-largest city. Speaking of Soviet sites, there are plenty to discover on the remote Estonian island of Saaremaa, which is also home to centuries-old monuments and landmarks such as the 14th century-built Kuressaare Castle.

Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.