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Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

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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 cruise offers. Visit St Petersburg a unique place where the atmosphere is rich with the splendor of the Tsars and the traces of the Russian Enlightenment. Explore two sites that were important for the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea around the 13th century: Tallinn and Visby. UNESCO Heritage Sites, these once opulent cities still have remarkably well-preserved ramparts, public buildings, merchant houses, and warehouses. Your ship will also call at Helsinki. Located on a peninsula surrounded by almost 300 islands, the verdant capital of Finland will charm you with its Art Nouveau architecture. Le Dumont-d’Urville will then head for Stockholm, your location of disembarkation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Tallinn, Estonia
Days 4-6 : Saint Petersburg, Russia
Day 7 : Helsinki, Finland
Day 8 : Visby
Day 9 : Stockholm, Sweden | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the most precious treasures of the Baltic Sea
  • Visit the old town of Tallinn a famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Admire the beauty of the Hanseatic town of Visby
  • Experience the colorful and opulent city of Saint-Petersburg

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Striking skyline of old town Tallinn, Estonia City view of Stockholm, Sweden View the magnificent gardens at the Peterhof Palance in St. Petersburg Colorful interior of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg Peaceful homes on the shores of the Baltic Sea Colorful sunset over Tallinn, Estonia Brightly colored houses decorate the pier.

Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark

Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometers away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high color of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they are able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Tallinn, Estonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Opening onto the Baltic Sea, to the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallin will win you over with the picturesque charm of its architecture. You can meander through its little streets in the heart of the medieval center where its gothic town hall has been standing since 1404. To get a taste of this town’s rich past, you can also visit the Kiek in de Kök tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, or Toompea castle. Try some of the local dishes, such as the smoked herring, roast elk, and salmon with wild berries. 

Optional Excursions: 

TALLINN & FOLKLORE
  • Length : 3h30
Start your guided walking tour in the upper town with its watch-towers, graceful spires, and winding, cobbled streets. Visit the Russian Orthodox Church, inaugurated in 1900 and the 13th-century Gothic style Dome Cathedral. View the exterior of the castle which is now the seat of Estonia's parliament. Built on a cliff top the Upper Town provides a superb vantage point from which to view the red-gabled roofs and spires of the Lower Town. Your tour continues as you follow your guide down Long and Short Leg Streets to the Lower Town. The first visit is to a historical building in the city center where you are treated to a delightful Estonian folk show.
Once you are rested and ready to resume your touring, continue with a walking tour of the Lower Town. Among the highlights is the apothecary, which opened in 1422, the Great Guild House, Holy Ghost Church and the 15th century Gothic Town Hall (all from outside). On the grounds of the Dominican Convent is a colorful market, St. Catherine's arts and crafts center, where you can enjoy some free time before rejoining your coach and returning to the pier.

GOTHIC TREASURES OF TALLINN
  • Length : 3h30
Departing from the pier by coach, pass the modern city center with its hotels, banks and shopping centers. Reaching the Old Town, a stop is made at the Tall Hermann Tower to get an outside view of the imposing castle. You can walk to the Kiek in de Kök Tower to get a view of the towers and steeples of the Upper Town. Reboard your coach and circle the Old Town getting glimpses of the medieval city wall before you disembark at the foot of the castle and start your guided tour of the old Hanseatic town viewing the Transfiguration church, Nun's Gate and numerous merchants' homes on your way. You can admire Gothic facades of the guild houses and the Holy Ghost church with the oldest street clock in Tallinn till you reach the Town Hall Square. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent building visiting the citizens' hall which is now often used for VIP receptions and concerts as well as the councilors' hall where part of the unique 5th-century furniture has been exhibited. After the Town Hall inside visit, you can admire other old buildings that line the square paying a special attention to the facade of the Town Hall apothecary shop, probably the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has been functioning since 1422. At the end of the tour, your guide takes you through the St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts center located on the premises of the Dominican convent where you can enjoy some free time. On the way back to your coach, pass the Viru gate, one of the three gates that have survived in the city wall. Reboard your coach for the 15 min return drive to your ship.
 

Day 4-6 Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg has kept its original aura and is still one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bathed by the waters of the Neva, the “Venice of the North” boasts an impressive wealth of historic and artistic features. From the emblematic Nevsky Propect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theatres and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals through the ancient capital of the Czars.

Optional Excursions:

PANORAMIC CITY TOUR & PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
  • Length: 4h00
From the pier, board your coach and start your panoramic tour with the Saint Isaac's Square, dominated by the majestic Saint Isaac Cathedral with its 4th largest dome in the world. In the center of the Square, you can see a monument to Nicholas the First. Pass the Palace Square, the main square of the city, beautifully balanced and proportioned around the Alexander Column. On the northern side of the square stands the picturesque Baroque Winter Palace - former imperial residence. Drive across the Neva River and view the Spit of Vasilievsky Island flanked by two rostral columns, originally lighthouses guiding ships through the busy port of Saint Petersburg.
The coach drives past the Artillery Museum and passes along the city side where Art Nouveau architecture flourished at the end of the 19th-century. Then pass the Field of Mars and the Marble Palace before arriving at the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. This marvelous old Russian-style church was constructed on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1st, 1881. Finally passing by Nevsky Prospect - not just Saint Petersburg's but Russia's most famous street. It is lined with magnificent palaces, churches, and theatrical buildings. This street is the main shopping area of Saint Petersburg.

ST ISAAC & THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD
  • Length : 3h30
Your visit starts by a short drive along the Neva River, till the well-known Isaac's Cathedral. The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier structure. A specially appointed commission examined several designs, including that of the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand (1786-1858). After this great visit, drive to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ its official name. Architecturally, the cathedral differs from Saint Petersburg's other structures; the Saviour on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated Saint-Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The Church contains over 7,500 square meters of mosaics - according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world.
At the end of your visit, have time at leisure to stroll along the Neva River or to do some shopping in the heart of the nearby flea market before returning to the ship.

RUSSIAN FOLKLORE SHOW
  • Length : 3h30
Saint Petersburg is known for its contribution to the arts of music, theatre, and dance. Traditional songs and dances are part of this heritage and this evening will bring music, song, and dance from many regions of Russia together in a spectacular folk show. A large troupe of talented singers, dancers and musicians will enthrall you with their performance. After a 30-minute ride through the historical part of the city, reach the Anichkov Palace, a unique monument of history and architecture, overlooking both Nevsky prospect and the Fontanka River.  Entering the Main Yard of the Anichkov palace from Nevsky prospect, the coaches brings you right to the entrance of the modern Concert Hall “Carnival”. Proceed to the exciting auditorium with wonderful acoustics, where professional folklore group, well-known all over the world, introduces you to the treasure of national Russian art and cultural traditions. Hear popular folk songs such as “Katiusha” and “Kalinka”. The dancing group dressed in bright colorful costumes can whirl you in the circle of Russian folk dances, creating an atmosphere of a Russian fairy tale.

Day 7 Helsinki, Finland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Seated in the southern peninsula of Finland, Helsinki offers the buzz of a cosmopolitan city that has opted for both elegance and beauty. Explore its historical center where the soft hues of neoclassical buildings are juxtaposed with spectacular modern constructions. The bustling Kallio district is teeming with boutiques and restaurants where you can taste some local specialties like graavilohi - a sweet, marinated, aromatic salmon dish. Keskuspuisto park, a stone’s throw from the center, is a good place to sit and unwind.

Optional Excursions: 

HELSINKI HIGHLIGHTS
  • Length: 3h00
From the pier, drive towards Sibelius Park. It was named after Finland's greatest composer Jean Sibelius on his 80th birthday in 1945. Here you can view the Sibelius Monument designed by Eila Hiltunen. Then proceed to Temppeliaukio Church. Built from the natural bedrock, it is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock, hence its nickname the Rock Church. The church was opened in 1969. Due to its excellent acoustics, the church is a popular venue for concerts. After the visit, drive to Senate Square; it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful urban squares in the world. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel between 1822 and 1852: Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. Next, walk down from Senate Square to the very lively Market Place. This will be the occasion to discover the real life of Helsinki and to enjoy free time for walking around or tasting local products. Then, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier and your ship.

PANORAMIC HELSINKI & FORTRESS ISLAND
  • Length : 4h30
On this tour, you can see all the main highlights of Helsinki on a short panoramic tour by coach making two stops: the Temppeliaukio Church, one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. It is also named the “Rock Church”. Then, proceed to Sibelius Park to see Sibelius Monument, named after Finland's greatest composer Jean Sibelius on his 80th birthday in 1945. Continuing your panoramic tour, the last stop is made at Senate Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful urban squares in the world. The square is dominated by 19th-century buildings.
Next, leave your coach and board the local ferry to reach the Suomenlinna Island. The island is a major monument of military architecture. The 250-year-old fortress, which has been preserved intact because of its military use, is today part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Together with your guide, you can do a walking tour of the island during 1 hour (no inside visit). From the fortress, head back to the mainland by ferry, where you will pass through the market before walking back to the ship.

Day 8 Visby

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This old Hanseatic city lies on the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications at Dalman's gate and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the grand Visby homes of rich merchants as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little-cobbled streets. Don’t miss Saint Mary’s Cathedral with its octagonal steeples, as well as Powder tower along the fortifications. Make sure you stop over in one of the rose-adorned cafés; indeed roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialties, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.

Day 9 Stockholm, Sweden | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centers: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th-century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in Skyview, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.

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Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to the onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Optional land excursions 
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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