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Admire architectural gems in the Baroque style, churches with domes so elaborate they seem otherworldly, palaces, gardens, canals, and the famous cities is what this incredible 14-day cruise offers. From the dynamic city of Stockholm, visiting the oldest city in Finland,  Tour Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Helsinki. Explore the splendid city of Visby, a World Heritage Site, is famous for its intact medieval architecture, especially the 44 guard towers built as part of the city walls in the 11th and 12th centuries and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Stockholm, Sweden
Day 2 : Stockholm | Embark Serenissima
Day 3 : Turku, Finland
Day 4 : Helsinki
Days 5-6 : St. Petersburg, Russia
Days 7-8 : Tallinn, Estonia
Day 9 : Riga, Latvia
Day 10 : Gotland Island, Sweden
Day 11 : Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day 12 : Gdansk, Poland
Day 13 : Bornholm Island, Denmark
Day 14 : Copenhagen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire Tallinn, Riga, and Gdansk and architectural styles
  • Enjoy a¬†guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof
  • Visit the vibrant capital cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, and Copenhagen
  • Discover Bornholm Island's impressive ruins of Hammershus Castle

Ship

Serenissima

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Soft light glows over the canals of Copenhagen Beautiful Stockholm Helsinki Cathedral illuminated at dusk overlooking Senate Square Beautiful architecture of Tallinn, Estonia Old Town in Gdansk, Poland Medieval ruin of St. Katarina in Visby Colors of Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 1 Stockholm, Sweden

Board your independent overnight flight to Stockholm. Transfer to your hotel, and gather Friday evening for a welcome dinner and briefing.

Day 2 Stockholm | Embark Serenissima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Join a half-day tour of this dynamic city with lunch at a local restaurant. Board the Serenissima this afternoon.

Day 3 Turku, Finland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Turku, the oldest city in Finland and its one-time capital. Your tour includes the 13th-century castle and cathedral, the handicrafts museum, and lively market. Conditions permitting, board Zodiacs to cruise among verdant islands and rocky outcroppings of the scenic Turku archipelago. 

Day 4 Helsinki

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Finland since 1812, Helsinki is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. A city tour reveals the beautiful neoclassical architecture of Senate Square and allows you the opportunity to stroll through picturesque Market Square, where numerous vendors offer a variety of Finnish foods and souvenirs. Or choose to tour Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Sweden in 1748 to protect Helsinki’s harbor. 

Day 5-6 St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Arrive in splendid St. Petersburg in the late morning and enjoy two days of exploration. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace which houses Catherine the Great’s incomparable Hermitage Museum. Enjoy an advanced entry and special guided tour which includes the Gold Room—a dazzling display of jewelry, as well as the famous Scythian and Greek gold. Drive across the Neva River to the burial place of the tsars, Peter and Paul Cathedral; its 18th-century spire dominates the skyline. Visit the spectacular Church of the Resurrection and drive along Russia’s most famous street, the Nevsky Prospect, lined with magnificent palaces, churches, and theaters. A scenic drive takes you to the palace and gardens of Peterhof, a grand summertime residence built by Peter the Great.

Day 7-8 Tallinn, Estonia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days exploring Tallinn. The old town is a visual feast of soaring spires, towers, and turrets. After a renaissance in restoration and reconstruction, Tallinn proudly proclaims itself the finest preserved city in the Baltic. In the upper Old Town, visit Palace Square and the magnificent cupola-crowned Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In the lower Old Town, visit the Town Hall Square, once a medieval marketplace; one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, founded in 1422; and stroll along St. Catherine’s Passage in the Latin Quarter. You will also visit Kadriorg Palace and Park, built by Peter the Great as a summer residence. 

Day 9 Riga, Latvia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your day in Latvia showcases the riches of this 800-year-old Hanseatic river port. A walking tour takes you to multiple landmarks, including the Blackheads House, one of the oldest buildings in Riga; St. Peter’s Church, a superb Gothic masterpiece; the 15th-century Three Brothers merchant houses; and both St. Jacob and St. John churches. Also visit the 13th-century Dome Cathedral, whose organ concerts are legendary. Continue your exploration by motorcoach, driving past lovely parks along the City Canal lined with the stunning Art Nouveau architecture built in 1899 during the Jugendstil movement. There is free time this afternoon to explore Riga on your own.

Day 10 Gotland Island, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Gotland Island, the largest island in the Baltic. The splendid city of Visby, a World Heritage Site, is famous for its intact medieval architecture, especially the 44 guard towers built as part of the city walls in the 11th and 12th centuries. Drive to Almedalen, a green oasis in the city center, then walk past lovely medieval granaries and the city’s oldest building, the Powder Tower. Visit the Botanical Garden, known for its exotic plant collection, and take a ride up to a splendid panoramic viewpoint of the city and its spires. Continue your tour on foot along charming cobblestone streets, to visit the impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Gotland Museum with its excellent medieval collections. 

Day 11 Klaipeda, Lithuania

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, drive to the amber center of Palanga. A stroll through the Botanical Park with its 500 varieties of trees and bushes takes you to the Amber Museum, housed in a 19th-century neo-Renaissance-style mansion. Afterward drive to the Old Town for a walking tour. From beautiful Theater Square, explore the narrow streets that meander between the charming half-timbered houses and shops.

Day 12 Gdansk, Poland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day in this city whose history spans nearly 1,000 years. Stop at the Solidarity Monument in front of the Gdansk shipyard, then view the exhibition, Roads to Freedom, a fascinating audio-visual portrayal of those important and world-changing events. A walking tour through lively Old Town reveals a magnificent collection of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings and monuments. Pass through the Golden Gate and walk down Long Street to the 15th-century Palace of Artus, where Neptune’s Fountain commemorates Gdansk’s Hanseatic past. Also visit medieval St. Mary’s Church, the world’s largest brick church. After lunch onboard, there is 
time at leisure for further exploration.

Day 13 Bornholm Island, Denmark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast step ashore on serene Bornholm Island, endowed with sugar-white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, thick forests, and heather-clad hills. Visit the ruins of Hammershus Castle, Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortress; the unique, round 12th-century churches, Osterlars and Nylars; and the charming half-timbered fishing hamlet of Gudhjem. You may also choose to visit art studios renowned for their glass blowing and pottery.

Day 14 Copenhagen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Copenhagen and disembark the Serenissima. Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

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Suites range from 109 - 136 square feet and have one or two portholes.
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Suites range from 109 - 211 square feet and have one or two portholes.
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Suites range from 124 - 198 square feet with portholes or windows.
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Suites average 172 square feet and have two windows.
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Suites average 230 square feet with three windows.
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Suites range from 244-284 square feet and feature seven windows.

Notes

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You must be able to walk distances of one to three miles, sometimes over rough and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, and climb stone steps that at times may not have handrails. Excursions are timed to depart when temperatures will be most pleasant. During this time of year, temperatures will range from the low 70sºF during the day to the upper 50sºF and low 60sºF at night, and we will enjoy long hours of daylight. 

Included: Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Excluded: Airfare from your home city/Stockholm and Copenhagen/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, and alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Airfare: You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Stockholm and Copenhagen/home city. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
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