Exploring the Beautiful Baltic
On this incredible journey of discovery, a triple set of Baltic gems come together with three diverse Scandinavian delights to create an immersive, endlessly rewarding cruise. Aboard Black Watch, you’ll sail to five different countries in search of a host of historical, architectural, cultural and natural treasures, with each destination on your itinerary certain to make a lasting impression.
The four days of Baltic exploration on this 15-night summer sailing promises plenty of unforgettable experiences, including an overnight stay in Russia’s spectacular ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’, St Petersburg. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll see why many fall for this stylish city, with its legendary landmarks – such as Peterhof Palace, Nevsky Prospekt and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – and fascinating museums, including the iconic Hermitage. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy an evening at the world-famous Russian Ballet, too. [ReadMoreDesk] You’ll also have a day each in Tallinn and Helsinki, affording time to experience these captivating Baltic capitals in-depth. Take the chance to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Tallinn – Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital – and you’ll uncover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle and fine examples of Hanseatic merchants’ houses. Helsinki, the Finnish capital, is well-worth taking the day to explore too; attractions of note include the iconic Senate Square, the National Museum and the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence to name just a few.
Your time in Scandinavia includes two days of enlightening discovery in Denmark and a day on Norway’s picturesque south coast. You'll delight in the beautiful scenery and classical Danish character of Skagen, which has inspired many artistic masterpieces including P.S Krøyer’s Summer Evening on Skagen’s Southern Beach, which you can view at the Skagens Museum. Before your Baltic exploration, you’ll also call at Copenhagen, where Black Watch will dock close to the centre of Denmark’s capital and within easy reach of the famous Little Mermaid statue and the gorgeous Nyhavn waterfront district. You have time to visit Copenhagen’s cosmopolitan Strøget shopping district, legendary Tivoli Gardens and the striking Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces too. Kristiansand provides a taste of Norway and the perfect start to your adventure. Sailing into Kristiansand will be a memorable experience in itself, negotiating a network of rocky islands and islets en route to port. Once ashore, you’re sure to be charmed by the town’s Renaissance style and elegant buildings, especially the traditional 17th century houses of Posebyen and Christiansholm Fortress.