St. Petersburg & The Baltic Sea Northbound

Ocean CruiseSweden, Finland, Denmark, Baltics, and Russia

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From $8,790 USD
May 16 - May 30, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Absorb the history of Scandinavian capitals, cruise the Baltic Sea to glorious St. Petersburg aboard the Le Soleal from Copenhagen to Russia and Stockholm.

Overview

Take in the sweep of history from Scandinavian capitals to glorious St. Petersburg, witness historic legacies from Vikings to Czars. Voyage aboard the state-of-the-art yacht Le Soleal from Stockholm to Copenhagen, across the Baltic Sea to Russia. Enjoy a privately guided visit to The State Hermitage Museum; a tour of Catherine Palace; walking tours of Helsinki and Tallinn; two-night stays at city-center hotel in Copenhagen and Stockholm!

Operation

May 16, 2018

May 30, 2018

Departure

Northbound from Copenhagen to Stockholm, May 16 & May 30
Southbound from Stockholm to Copenhagen, May 23 & June 6

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 aboard L'Austral or Le Boréal and local guides
  • Traveling with tour's private group and the same tour director(s) on land and at sea
  • Private Shore Excursions – $1,235 Value!
  • Two nights each in Copenhagen and Stockholm
  • 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's 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
  • Gratuities to tour/cruise director and ship staff
  • Service charges
  • Applicable fuel surcharges
  • Taxes and porterage

Not Included

  • Airfare & airport taxes
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please Note

  • The tour begins at 6:00 PM at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel.
  • At the end of the tour in Stockholm, a transfer from the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel to Arlanda Airport for your flight is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
  • Cruise operates both Northbound from Copenhagen and Southbound from Stockholm. Sightseeing is similar.
  • 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.
  • Tour/Cruise also available southbound, from Stockholm to Copenhagen, May 23 & June 6

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN (D)

Tour begins at 6:00 PM at Scandic Copenhagen or Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. Welcome to Denmark! A transfer is included from Copenhagen Airport to Scandic Copenhagen or Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen in the heart of the Danish capital. Meet your fellow travel companions at tonight's welcome cocktail reception and dinner in your center-city hotel.
Lodging: Scandic Copenhagen and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN - PALACES - NYHAVN (B)

On a Copenhagen sightseeing tour, see the Danish Crown Jewels and other treasures at Rosenborg Slot (Palace), built in Dutch Renaissance style; Amalienborg, home to the Danish Royal family; the famous statue of The Little Mermaid; and visit the colorful district of Nyhavn.

The afternoon and evening are free to explore the city as you please; admission is included to Tivoli Gardens; you may want to stroll along the fashionable pedestrian area of Strøget.

Lodging: Scandic Copenhagen and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel ****

Day 3 ROSKILDE - VIKING SHIP - EMBARKATION (B, L, D)

Travel to Roskilde – Denmark's religious, cultural, and political center from the Viking times through the Middle Ages - and visit the Viking Ship Museum, featuring five ships from the 11th century that were discovered in the 1960s. Returning to Copenhagen, board your ship and set off to cruise Russia by way of the Baltic Sea.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 4 DAY AT SEA (B, L, D)

With her eco-friendly technologies, your innovative small ship sets a new standard in cruising - and as you sail the Baltic Sea en route to Tallinn, Estonia, you'll have an entire glorious day at sea to 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. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard tonight.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 5 EXPLORE ANCIENT TALLINN (B, L, D)

Dock in the walled city of Tallinn for a day of discovery in the age-old 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. Enjoy lunch with time to wander as you wish. A shuttle will bring you back to ship as your Baltic cruise continues to St. Petersburg.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 6 RUSSIAS CULTURAL CAPITAL ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D)

Cruise Russia and 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: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 7 INSIDE THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM (B, L, D)

Take a privately guided tour of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg at the best time to visit today, as you view one of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the world. Displays include prehistoric cultures, classical antiquities, Western European art, and golden treasures that reflect the development of art and culture throughout the ages. After lunch and some free time this afternoon, return to the ship for dinner this evening.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 8 PUSHKIN - CATHERINE'S PALACE (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. After a local lunch featuring folkloric entertainment, you'll also visit the famous Church of the Spilled Blood. Return to the ship for dinner and continue your cruise to Helsinki, Finland tonight.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 9 HELSINKI FINLAND'S "CITY BY THE SEA" (B, L, D)

Helsinki - Finland's capital and "city by the sea", surrounded on three sides by water - welcomes you for a day of exploration that's sure to be among the highlights of your cruise. See historic Neoclassical Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument (dedicated to the beloved Finnish composer), colorful Market Square and the extraordinary Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church, hewn from solid rock, on a guided sightseeing tour. Back aboard your small ship this evening, please join us for the Captain's farewell reception and dinner.

Lodging: Aboard Le Soléal

Day 10 DISEMBARK IN STOCKHOLM (B)

Bid the crew of your Le Soléal small ship adieu as you disembark the yacht in Stockholm, strategically positioned on 14 islands. Join your local guide for a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town), where the vast Royal Palace and other sites reveal centuries of Swedish history, and discover Stockholm's islands on a cruise along the city's canals.

After a visit to City Hall and more sightseeing, the rest of the day is free to spend as you please and enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city.
Lodging: Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm

Radisson Blu Waterfront ****1/2

Day 11 STOCKHOLM'S  ROYAL OPERA - VASA MUSEUM (B, D)

Your morning begins with a guided visit to Stockholm's historic Royal Swedish Opera building, opened at the turn of the 20th century, and continues with a stop at the city's Royal Palace to watch the changing of the guard. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Sweden's capital city on your own.

Tonight, join us for an Exclusive: a private farewell reception and dinner at the Vasa Museum, home to the world’s only preserved 17th-century warship, which sank in Stockholm Harbor following its launch in 1628 and was salvaged from the bottom in 1961.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm

Radisson Blu Waterfront ****1/2

Day 12 DEPARTURE STOCKHOLM (B)

Tour ends: Stockholm. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

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