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Capital Cities of the Baltic

9th May 2019 14 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1907
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person *
FREE Drinks & Tips + Cashback
or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

An exciting expedition featuring six diverse cities in six different countries, including five capitals and an awe-inspiring Russian gem, this cruise will have you captivated from the outset. You’ll delight in the remarkable architecture of world-famous landmarks; immerse yourself in engrossing culture and rich history; marvel at spellbinding natural beauty; and much more, all on one fantastic fortnight.

Visits to two stunning Scandinavian capitals kicks-off your attraction-packed adventure. In Denmark, you’re sure to be tempted into a rewarding day of exploration in Copenhagen, with Balmoral docking close to the highlights of the city centre. The 17th century Nyhavn district, Rosenburg Castle and the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces are within easy reach here. Stopping overnight at Stockholm affords plenty of time to explore the Swedish capital’s historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace; learn of the Sweden’s famous pop culture at ABBA: The Museum; and take a sightseeing boat tour of the city’s canals. Your time in Sweden also includes unforgettable scenic cruising of the breathtaking Stockholm Archipelago, before your ship heads for Finland. Helsinki, another wonderfully rewarding capital, awaits your exploration. Here you can visit Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed sites; admire a fantastic collection of ornate art-nouveau architecture; and take your pick of fantastic galleries and museums. The intriguing ‘Chapel of Silence’ is not-to-be-missed. [ReadMore]

The excitement on board Balmoral will then intensify as you sail to Russia and spectacular St Petersburg. The sight of golden domes and architectural wonders as you glide into the city via the River Neva will whet your appetite for exploration ashore, during your overnight stay in the ‘Jewel in the Baltic’s Crown’. A treasure trove of iconic attractions await discovery on fascinating guided tours, including the Peterhof Palace and the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood; the remarkable Hermitage; and St. Isaacs Cathedral. You have the chance to enjoy a magical evening at the Russian Ballet, too. Then there’s Tallinn, Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital. Take the day to explore Tallinn’s enchanting cobbled streets and a wealth of delights will be revealed, such as the medieval structures of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, the striking Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace. Finally, a call at Oslo – another fascinating Scandinavian capital – provides on last day of memorable city discovery. You won’t want to miss Vigeland Sculpture Park, Akershus Fortress, the Polar Ship Museum and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s most iconic work – The Scream.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.