Uncrowded Baltic

6th Oct 2019 12 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1926
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,299 per person

Independent Feefo reviews from 2018 sailing:
"Every destination was new for us. From the little mermaid in Copenhagen, the old town in Tallinn and the Frogner sculpture park in Oslo. The highlight had to be the two days in St. Petersburg, which were just magical."

☆☆☆☆☆"I really enjoyed all the destinations. St. Petersburg was the star, but all the other cities were so interesting and there was plenty to explore in all of them."

Visiting the Baltic in autumn offers you a chance to uncover the very best of this remarkably diverse region, at a time when it’s less crowded but no less rewarding. With fewer tourists around and ample time to discover the genuine essence of every destination on your incredible itinerary, you’re in for a simply unforgettable Baltic exploration. [ReadMoreDesk] [ReadMoreMob]

Before venturing into the beautiful Baltic in search of a selection of the region’s most absorbing cities, you’ll enjoy a call at Copenhagen en route. The delightful Danish capital offers plenty to whet your appetite for the sights and highlights to come; attractions to fill your day here include the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and Tivoli Gardens – one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Your foray into the Baltic begins in Finland and another attraction-packed capital, Helsinki. 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 marvel the unspoilt natural beauty of the city’s surrounding scenery before continuing onwards to Russia. 

Stylish St Petersburg never fails to impress, but visiting this Russian gem is even more special when you’re less likely to face crowds and queues at the city’s world-famous monuments and landmarks. Make the most your overnight stay in the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’ to visit Peterhof Palace and the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood on a fascinating guided tour; stop by the magnificent Hermitage and the Fabergé Museum; and even experience a magical night at the legendary Russian Ballet. Bringing your Baltic adventure to memorable end is Tallinn, Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital. With a full-day to enjoy a leisurely, crowd-free exploration of Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – considered one of the best-preserved in Europe – you can take in a wonderland of architectural wonders, including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle; admire fine examples of Hanseatic merchants’ houses; and see the imposing Kadriorg Palace. All this before you head for home via Oslo – Norway’s culture-rich capital – for opportunities to visit Vigeland and Ekeberg sculpture parks; the Polar Ship Museum; and the National Museum of Art, home to Edvard Munch’s The Scream.  

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.