St. Petersburg & The Baltic Sea Southbound

Ocean CruiseSweden, Finland, Denmark, Baltics, and Russia

BEST SELLER
From $8,790 USD
May 23 - June 6, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

St. Petersburg and Baltic Sea southbound voyage on the Le Soleal, superb mega-yacht. Cruise from Stockholm and Helsinki to St. Petersburg and Copenhagen.

Overview

Take in the history from Scandinavian capitals to glorious St. Petersburg as this voyage from Stockholm to Copenhagen and Russia cruises the Baltic Sea aboard the state-of-the-art yacht Le Soleal, a superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins. Enjoy a privately guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum; a tour of Catherine the Great's Summer Palace; walking tours of Helsinki, Riga and Tallinn; and two-night stays at 5-star hotels in Copenhagen and Stockholm!

Operation

May 23 - June 6, 2018

Departure

Southbound from Stockholm May 23 & June 6
Northbound from Copenhagen May 16

Price

  • Northbound or Southbound
  • $8,790 double Superior cabin, per person, Deck 3
  • $9,165 Deluxe cabin, per person, Deck 3
  • $9,540, Prestige cabin, per person, Deck 4
  • $9,730 Prestige cabin, per person, Deck 5
  • $9,915 Prestige cabin, per person, Deck 6
  • $12,760 Prestige Suite, per person, Deck 5
  • $13,260 Prestige Suite, per person, Deck 6

Rates are in USD, per person in double room/cabin, Le Soleal.

Included

  • All gratuities to tour director(s), ship staff and local guides
  • Traveling with tour's private group and the same tour director(s) on land and at sea
  • Private Shore Excursions - $3,582 Value!
  • Special onboard lectures
  • Two nights each in Copenhagen & Stockholm at premier city-center hotels
  • Guided walking tours of Helsinki
  • Guided walking tours of historic Tallinn
  • Privately guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum
  • Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), Catherine Palace
  • Special Russian cultural evening in St. Petersburg
  • Exclusive private farewell dinner at Stockholm's Vasa Museum
  • Aboard ship: bar & restaurant beverages throughout the day, including house wine & spirits
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Most meals (11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners)
  • Entertainment
  • Service charges
  • Applicable fuel surcharges
  • Taxes and porterage

Not Included

  • Airfare & airport taxes
  • Transfer between airport/hotel/ ship/train or bus station
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Cruise operates both South from Stockholm and North from Copenhagen. Sightseeing is similar.
  • The tour begins at 6:00 PM at the Radisson Blu Waterfront.
  • You will be advised of any change to this schedule. When making flight arrangements, allow sufficient time to claim luggage and clear customs in order to join the tour on time. A transfer from the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel to Copenhagen Airport for your flight home is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a passport valid for six months beyond the completion of your journey for entry into Russia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia.
  • A visa is not required for U.S. and Canadian citizens for entry into Russia on this itinerary, as long as you remain with the organized ship excursions in St. Petersburg. If you intend to do independent activities or touring on your own while in St. Petersburg, you must obtain a Russian visa and show proof of medical insurance prior to leaving the U.S.

Tour Options

  • We can book your international air for travel originating in the United States, subject to availability; inquire upon booking for special airfares that may be available.
  • Reserve your flights now; pay later when tickets are issued.
  • Enjoy significant savings on Business Class airfare on select flights.

ITINERARY SOUTHBOUND
• Indicates days of cruising

Day 1 ARRIVAL STOCKHOLM - VASA MUSEUM (D)

Tour begins at 7:15 PM at Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm. Upon arrival of your flight, a transfer is included from the Arlanda Airport to the Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm in the heart of Stockholm. Meet your fellow travel companions at tonight's exclusive welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the Vasa Museum, the centerpiece of which is the world’s only preserved 17th-century warship, the Vasa, salvaged in 1961 after more than 300 years on the bottom of Stockholm Harbor!

Lodging : Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm

Radisson Blu Waterfront ****

Day 2 DISCOVERING STOCKHOLM (B)

Sightseeing in Stockholm today includes a look at the city's intriguing islands – Sweden’s capital sits astride 14 of them – on a cruise along its historic canals; and a guided tour of its iconic City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize award festivities take place – including the Council Chamber, the Gold Room, and the misnamed Blue Room (the architect changed his mind and left its beautiful red-brick walls intact). If you wish, join us for a stop at the city's Royal Palace to watch the changing of the guard, or return to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Stockholm as you please.

Lodging : Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm

Radisson Blu Waterfront ****

Day 3 STOCKHOLM SITES - EMBARKATION (B, D)

Your morning begins with a guided visit to Stockholm's historic Royal Swedish Opera House, opened at the turn of the 20th century, and continues on a walking tour along the cobbled streets of Stockholm's medieval Gamla Stan, or Old Town, with your local guide, revealing centuries of Swedish history and culture. After lunch, do some more Stockholm sightseeing before boarding Le Soléal for the start of your Baltic Sea cruise.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 4 BALTIC SEA - HELSINKI (B, L, D)

Following your ship's arrival in seaside Helsinki, Finland, a sightseeing excursion shows you Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, and the Sibelius Monument dedicated to the great Finnish composer. Visit the Temppeliaukio Church, or Church of the Rock, a modern design hewn out of solid granite. Drive by Finlandia Hall, designed by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, en route back to the ship, which sets sail for Russia late this afternoon; join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 5 RUSSIA'S CULTURAL CAPITAL ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D)

Arrive in the glorious imperial city of St. Petersburg this morning. You have a choice of guided tours of city sights today; you may choose to explore the Peterhof Palace, with its magnificent gardens and fountains, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Or you can head to St. Isaac Square and, after lunch, visit the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress, built in the 18th century as the core of Peter the Great’s new capital, what the czar called his "window on the west". Inside the fortress, Peter and Paul Cathedral – with its tall golden spire – contains the tombs of all the Russian czars. Then it's back to the ship, where a pre-theatre dinner onboard precedes a memorable night of cultural entertainment at Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg, featuring a tour, champagne, opera and Russian ballet!

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 6 CATHERINE'S PALACE - FABERGE MUSEUM (B, L, D)

In and around St. Petersburg, you have a choice today of traveling outside of city limits to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore Catherine Palace (a.k.a. The Summer Palace), or visiting the Fabergé Museum and other sites in the heart of the city. If you choose the Tsarskoye excursion, you'll visit Catherine Palace, the Rococo-style summer residence of the Romanovs, expanded by Empress Catherine the Great. You'll immediately notice the ornate blue-and-white ornamental facade; lavish interiors feature gilded wall carvings and intricate ceiling murals, and opulent touches including silk wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and marble chimneys.

During lunch, enjoy traditional folkloric entertainment at a local restaurant. Or you can choose a visit to the Fabergé Museum, housed in Shuvalov Palace in the center of St. Petersburg. This privately owned museum features the work of the renowned Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé, and its collection includes the famous group of nine Imperial Easter Eggs that Fabergé created for Russia's last two czars, Alexander III and Nicolas II – along with thousands of other works of Russian decorative and fine arts; the day includes a local lunch featuring folkloric entertainment. Return to the ship for dinner tonight.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 7 STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM - ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D)

Today, take a memorable, privately guided tour of The State Hermitage Museum – set within Catherine the Great's Winter Palace and housing one of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the world – at the best time to avoid the crowds. Displays reflect the development of art and culture through the ages and include prehistoric cultures, classical antiquities, Western European art, and golden treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the famous Church of the Spilled Blood; return to the ship and continue your cruise to Estonia's capital, Tallinn.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 8 EXPLORING HISTORIC TALLINN (B, L, D)

Your ship arrives in the walled city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. Drive through Tallinn’s suburbs, and join your local guide to stroll through narrow cobblestone streets and the main Market Square of Old Town; admire the 13th-century Toompea Castle, Estonia's traditional seat of power.

After lunch aboard ship, you'll have time to return to town and wander as you wish; Tauck's shuttle is available to take you from the city to the ship. Your Baltic Sea cruise heads to Denmark; please join us a farewell reception and dinner onboard this evening.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 9 A FULL DAY ON THE BALTIC SEA (B, L, D)

Your innovative small ship sets a new standard in cruising which you'll enjoy during an entire glorious day at sea en route to Copenhagen, Denmark today. As you cruise, check out all the amenities this sleek, state-of-the-art yacht offers... including fine cuisine in the elegant main dining room or more casual dining in the ship's buffet restaurant... cocktails and music in three stylish lounges... informative lectures and entertainment in Le Théâtre... a workout in the fitness center, and much more.

Lodging: Le Soléal

Day 10 DISEMBARK IN COPENHAGEN - ROSENBORG PALACE (B)

Journey today to Roskilde – Denmark's religious, cultural, and political center from the Viking times through the Middle Ages – for a visit to the Vikingeskibshallen (Viking Ship Museum), featuring five ships from the 11th century that were discovered in the 1960s, and lunch in a local restaurant.

Return to Copenhagen to explore on your own and, later, share memories of this most remarkable Baltic Sea cruise with your fellow guests at this evening's farewell reception and dinner.

Lodging : Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen and Scandic Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel ****

Day 11 ROSKILDE - VIKING SHIP MUSEUM (B, L, D)

Journey today to Roskilde - Denmark's religious, cultural, and political center from the Viking times through the Middle Ages - for a visit to the Vikingeskibshallen (Viking Ship Museum), featuring five ships from the 11th century that were discovered in the 1960s, and lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Copenhagen to explore on your own and, later, share memories of this most remarkable of Baltic and Russia cruises with your fellow guests at this evening's farewell dinner.
Lodging: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen and Scandic Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel ****

Day 12 DEPARTURE COPENHAGEN (B)

Your southbound Baltic Sea cruise ends in Copenhagen. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Scandic Copenhagen or Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport for your flight home is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

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