Capital Cities of the Baltic
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.