Before venturing into the Baltic you’ll spend two days in Scandinavia, taking in the highlights of cultural cities in Sweden and Denmark. Up first is Gothenburg – Sweden’s welcoming second city – where an eclectic mix of attractions await, including Götaplatsen Square; the traditional wooden houses of the historic Haga district; and Maritiman, the world’s largest floating ship museum. Copenhagen has much to discover during your day in the Danish capital too, from the Little Mermaid statue and pretty Nyhavn waterfront district to the National Museum of Denmark and impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces. Tivoli Gardens – one of the world’s oldest amusement parks – is a ‘must-visit’. Fairytale-esque Tallinn – the magical capital of Estonia – will welcome you to the Baltic in style. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is one of the best-preserved in Europe and a wonderland of striking architectural wonders, including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle, fascinating museums and fine examples of Hanseatic merchants’ houses. Kadriorg Palace is well worth a look too during your full day here. [ReadMore]
Balmoral will then sail to the seaside city of Helsinki. Surrounded by lush, leafy parks and tranquil lakes and packed with attractions, the Finnish capital is sure to capture your imagination. You may choose to tour the captivating city centre, stopping by highlights such as Senate Square, the National Museum and the Kamppi Chapel of Silence to name just a few; or opt to uncover the unspoilt natural beauty of the city’s scenery before continuing onwards to Russia. Once docked in stunning St Petersburg, 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; marvel at the jewelled eggs on display at the Fabergé Museum; and experience a magical evening at the Russian ballet too. En route back to Newcastle, Balmoral will return to Scandinavia to cap-off your incredible cruise with a call into Oslo. Take the day to discover the Vigeland and Ekeberg sculpture parks; see Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the National Museum of Art; or perhaps visit Akershus Fortress before enjoying a relaxing sail home.
Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).