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Jewels of the Baltic Sea

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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This 12-day cruise will allow you to experience the jewels of the Baltic Sea.  Take a journey through the past through the former capital of the tsars, opulent cities that still have remarkably well-preserved ramparts, public buildings, merchant houses and warehouses, and unique blends of architectural styles. Explore UNESCO Heritage Sites: Tallinn, Visby, and Curonian Spit. Contact one of our Baltic Sea travel experts for a free custom-designed itinerary.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-3 : St. Petersburg | Embark
Day 4 : Tallin
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Riga
Day 7 : Klaipeda
Day 8 : Kaliningrad
Day 9 : Gdansk
Day 10 : Visby, Gotland
Day 11 : Stockholm
Day 12 : Stockholm | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the legendary cities of the Hanseatic League
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tallinn, Visby and Klaipeda
  • Explore Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave in the heart of Europe
  • Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful sunset over Tallinn, Estonia View Russian architecture in St. Petersburg Cityscape of Tallinn, Estonia Striking skyline of old town Tallinn, Estonia A winter view of Riga, Latvia. The towering cathedral of Gdansk, Poland Medieval ruin of St. Katarina in Visby Sailboats docked at harbor in Visby
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Day 1-3 St. Petersburg | Embark

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 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 Prospect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theaters and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals though the ancient capital of the Czars.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The Hermitage Museum, Peterhoff Palace & Hermitage Museum, St Isaac & Our Savior On The Spilled Blood, Russian Folklore Show, Russian Ballet The Nutcracker, Yusupov Palace & Canal Cruise, Kazan Cathedral & Nevsky Prospect, Fabergé Museum, Catherine And Pavlovsk Palaces. 

Day 4 Tallin

  • 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 the 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. 

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Tallinn & Folklore, Gothic Treasures Of Tallinn.

Day 5 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 will also be an 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 will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 6 Riga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the place where East meets West on the edge of the Baltic Sea, Riga, the capital of Latvia, will charm you with its contrasts. Although it is one of the oldest cities in the Baltic states, with a unique atmosphere that is imbued with the memory of its medieval past, Riga is also tangibly dynamic and modern. As you stroll through its old town, you will enjoy its exceptional architecture, its cathedrals, the remains of old walls and the typical narrow streets. Nicknamed “the Paris of the North” in the 1930s, this cosmopolitan city boasts a rich heritage.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Charming Riga & Organ Recital, Old Riga & Wooden Boat Cruise, Sigulda & Turaida.

Day 7 Klaipeda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Klaipeda.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Beauty Of Curonian Peninsula, Charms Of Franciscan Kretinga, Cycling To The End Of The Dunes.

Day 8 Kaliningrad

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in a Russian enclave on the edge of the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania, the city of Kaliningrad has a fascinating singular identity. Founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century, capital of the Duchy of Prussia from the 16th to the 18th centuries, then of the province of East Prussia, the former Königsberg, renamed Kaliningrad when annexed by the Soviet Union, still has many traces of its Germanic heritage today. During your stay, be sure to discover the Amalienau district with its magnificent Prussian style façades and the Altes Haus historical museum, which recreates daily life in a German apartment at the beginning of the 20th century.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Lost Königsberg, Kaliningrad & Curonian Spit.

Day 9 Gdansk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This ravishing city on the Baltic sea is nicknamed “the golden door of Poland”, and you’ll understand why when you see its beautiful Hanseatic architecture. You’ll be charmed by the moldings and gables that enhance the colorful façades of the houses. Along the Vistula Quays, you can take a pleasant stroll among the crafts shops. In elegant Mariacka street, the amber jewelers will most certainly tempt you into their boutiques. You can visit the church of Saint-Mary and its astronomic clock. Not far, the majestic Long Market square offers the famous Artus Court and the rich Gdansk History Museum.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Gdansk City Tour, Gdansk City Tour & Chopin Concert.

Day 10 Visby, Gotland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This old Hanseatic city lies to the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications at Dalmans gate and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll 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; roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialties: saffron pancakes with red fruit.

Day 11 Stockholm

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 ship, the eco museum 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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Stockholm City Tour & Vasa Museum.

Day 12 Stockholm | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning after breakfast aboard the ship, disembark in Stockholm.
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Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

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 
  • 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
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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