Capital Cities of the Baltic
Every moment of this fantastic fortnight aboard Balmoral will be simply unforgettable, with calls at six stunning destinations in five different countries, including four captivating capitals and the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’, combining with scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways to create an incredible itinerary packed with an extensive list of memorable sights and experiences.
After departing from Rosyth and enjoying a relaxing day at sea as you sail east, a call into Copenhagen kicks-off your rewarding journey of discovery.[ReadMoreMob] Thanks to Balmoral’s convenient docking location close to the city centre, you won’t be far from the many delights of the Danish capital. The enchanting Nyhavn waterfront district, legendary Tivoli Gardens and the famous Little Mermaid statue are just a few of the attractions within easy reach. [ReadMoreDesk] Don’t miss the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces, too. Then there’s Tallinn, with it’s UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town and architectural gems including the striking Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace. Your time in Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital is sure to whet your appetite for the next stop on your itinerary, St Petersburg. This stylish Russian city is renowned for its treasure trove of iconic landmarks, such as Peterhof Palace, the elaborate Church on the Spilled Blood, and the magnificent Catherine Palace. An overnight stay affords time to marvel at St Petersburg’s spectacular sights; stop-by world-renowned museums such as the Hermitage; and even enjoy an evening at the magical Russian ballet.
Returning to Scandinavia, a wonderful weekend in Sweden will begin with scenic cruising of the Stockholm Archipelago, passing between a collection of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets en route to the capital, Stockholm. Here you could explore the historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the magnificent Royal Palace; visit a number of interesting museums including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum; and even enjoy a drink with a difference at the unique Ice Bar. You’ll then head to UNESCO-listed Visby, a living medieval museum of centuries-old buildings and magnificent churches, on the beautiful island of Gotland, before a day in Fred. Olsen’s homeland brings a fitting finalé to your adventure. In Oslo – the Norwegian capital – you’ll find artistic and aesthetic attractions at every turn; be sure to pay particular attention to Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the Akershus Fortress and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.