Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic
In Copenhagen you’ll be closer the many highlights of the Danish capital, thanks to your smaller ship’s ability to dock near the very centre of the city. The iconic Little Mermaid statue, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and the famous Tivoli Gardens will all be within easy reach when you step ashore. Further afield it’s possible to tour to Kronborg Castle – the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – too. The enticing Finnish capital will then await your exploration. An abundance of attractions vie for your attention in Helsinki, including the Neoclassical structures of Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed locations; several captivating museums and galleries; and the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There’s even a chance to delight in an authentic Finnish sauna experience before continuing your unforgettable journey of Baltic discovery in Russia. [ReadMore]
As your ship sails into St Petersburg via the River Neva, be sure to take your place on deck to savour views of the city’s legendary golden domes and magnificent architecture. Once docked, you could see the sights up-close on a fascinating guided tour of the city, taking in ‘must-visit’ landmarks such as Peterhof Palace and The Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood. You could also stop by the remarkable Hermitage; or perhaps marvel at the jewelled eggs on display at the Fabergé Museum. An overnight stay here offers you the chance to experience an evening at the Russian ballet too. From Russia its on to Riga, Latvia’s enchanting capital. A wander around the awe-inspiring medieval Old Town is always rewarding, so be sure to take time to admire the striking castles, houses and churches; and stop for photos at the iconic Freedom Monument. Finally your tour of the Baltic concludes with two days in Germany, calling into Travemünde – your gateway to the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic city of Lübeck – before Braemar navigates the size-restricted Kiel Canal.