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Northern Europe: Hamburg to Tallinn

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Following the routes of proud Hanseatic cogs to Baltic and Scandinavian ports steeped in tradition, this incredible cruise offers you the chance to visit seven countries in 14 days. From the distinctive architecture of Scandinavia to the fairytale romance of St. Petersburg and its golden cupolas, the Baltic Sea offers a range of unique and vastly differing impressions. On its journey, the Sea Cloud II windjammer calls at ports offering countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a fascinating insight into the scenic and cultural diversity of this region.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hamburg, Germany | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Skagen, Denmark
Day 4 : Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Gdansk, Poland
Day 7 : Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Stockholm, Sweden
Day 10 : Mariehamn, Åland
Day 11 : At Sea
Days 12-13 : St Petersburg, Russia
Day 14 : Tallinn, Estonia | Disembark


  • Explore the gorgeous and historic city of Skagen on a walking tour
  • Visit the marvelous Marienburg Castle in Gdansk, Poland
  • Experience colorful Stockholm and discover the Vasa Museum
  • Admire St. Petersburg with its 2,300 palaces, ornate buildings, & castles


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Skagen's beautiful beach and lighthouse Bicycles are a part of everyday life in Europe Old Town in Gdansk, Poland Enjoy the unique and colorful architecture of Stockholm View the magnificent gardens at the Peterhof Palance in St. Petersburg

Day 1 Hamburg, Germany | Embark

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers, and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site, and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbor views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Skagen, Denmark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the northern-most tip of Denmark at the point where the Kattegat and Skagerrak meet, Skagen takes its name from the Norse word 'skaga' which translates roughly as 'to jut out'. Surrounded by long sandy beaches and two large wandering sand dunes, there is more to this pretty port with its photogenic warehouses on the harbor than just fishing. Drawn by the picturesque landscape and special light, artists and drop-outs founded an artists' colony here at the end of the 19th century, making the little fishing village famous overnight. Nowadays, the works of the Skagen painters are displayed in the Skagen museum.

Day 4 Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its countless canals, lakes, and harbor basin, water is an essential part of this city. The Inderhavnen (inner harbor) runs through the royal capital of Denmark like a wide river before flowing into the Sound. Once the boundary between the western and eastern districts, the harbor quays have now become the heart of the city. Streets, alleyways, parks and squares all remain from the days when kings had them built. Each period of history has left its mark on the magnificent cityscape which includes several castles. In the midst of modern-day life, you can take a ride on a carousel in the Tivoli Gardens, follow the royal bodyguards with their bearskin hats as they march through the streets, or visit the city's famous magical landmark, the little mermaid in the harbor.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Gdansk, Poland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Together with the chic seaside resort of Sopot and the port of Gdynia, the old Hanseatic city of Gdansk has a young and confident vibe. With its eventful past, the queen of the Polish Baltic cities was already prosperous and respected in the Middle Ages and was a flourishing trading center for many years. Its reconstructed historic old town is a work of art in its own right with sky-scraping brick Gothic edifices and grand patricians' houses boasting magnificent façades and gables which betray Flemish, Dutch, and German influences. Everything is overshadowed by the imposing medieval church of St. Mary which is the world's largest brick church. In the golden Hanseatic era, the route formed by the famous Long Market and Long Street between the Golden Gate and the Vistula was the lifeline of this prosperous city, which continues to trade successfully in Baltic amber to this day.

Day 7 Klaipeda, Lithuania

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Stockholm, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On its Baltic side, Stockholm looks out to an archipelago of thousands of craggy islands while to the west lies the vast Lake Mälaren. The city itself spans 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges. In the middle on the city island are the origins of Sweden's magnificent capital. Yellow-gold town houses, splendid Renaissance palaces dating back to the city's heyday, and the royal palace crowd the old town of Gamla Stan, a heritage site boasting a medieval network of narrow cobbled streets which lead down to the water's edge. With a third of its area occupied by water and another third by green spaces, this cultural city manages to be both modern and traditional. Here you can find Nordic design, fashion, art, modern architecture, boulevards, promenades, royal residences, seats of government, and no fewer than three UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 10 Mariehamn, Åland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Åland archipelago, an autonomous Swedish-speaking province in Finland with its own flag, is situated between Sweden and the Finnish mainland in the north of the Baltic Sea. Mariehamm, the only town in the Åland islands and capital of the archipelago, can be found on the main island of Fast Åland. It was named after Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Tsar Alexander II, who founded the town in 1861 when Finland and Åland were part of the Russian Empire. The second largest port in Finland was home to one of the last large fleets of windjammers. With its wonderful smooth red granite cliffs, the Nordic landscape on the approximately 6,500 unspoilt islands and skerries remains pristine and virtually uninhabited.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12-13 St Petersburg, Russia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Morning sun follows sunset, night falls only briefly and then an entire city is wide awake. The 'white nights' cast a magic light over this magnificent city forged by the will of the Tsar. Built largely on posts in the ground by Peter the Great in 1703, Saint Petersburg - a 'capital from nothing' - offered the Russian Empire access to the Baltic Sea and the west between the 18th and 20th centuries. The extremely impressive entrance to the shining gold city on the Neva River demonstrates the full extent of St. Petersburg's power. Built predominantly in the neo-classical style, the Hermitage complex which includes the Winter Palace where the Tsars once lived, dates back to Catherine the Great. Now one of the world's most important art museums occupies more than 350 rooms. St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Russia, while the Church of the Saviour is a playful work of art in the Russian Art Nouveau style. The wonders of this former tsarist capital with 2,300 palaces, ornate buildings and castles are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 14 Tallinn, Estonia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Estonian capital of Tallinn lies on the Gulf of Finland some 50 miles south of Helsinki. Known as Reval during the Hanseatic era, it was the most important trading port on the Baltic Sea in the 15th century. Those walking through the old town find themselves transported back to the world of wealthy medieval townsfolk. Russian onion domes and medieval gabled houses restored to their former glory mark the border between east and west. The city's rich historic heritage, still guarded by lofty town walls, is under UNESCO protection. Today, Tallinn is a lively Scandinavian city with a very Hanseatic look, where the Middle Ages meet modern life. Disembark and return home individually.

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*Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.
Please note: Within the scope of the official shore excursions, the visa required for St. Petersburg is already included. However, if you want to go ashore outside of the official program, you need to arrange for your individual visa. 

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  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
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