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Cruise from Turku in the Swedish-speaking part of Finland and take a course through the archipelago into the Gulf of Bothnia. Anchor off and visit the small Estonian island of Ruhnu Saar, where Swedish farmers and seal hunters lived for more than 600 years. From here cross the Baltic Sea to Gotland and beautiful Visby, one of the most important trading towns in the mighty Hanseatic League. In Kalmar on the Swedish mainland, Stroll through ancient streets to the magnificent Kalmar Castle before we continue to the tiny island Christiansø and finally to Svaneke port which allows for an excursion to the famous Hammershus on the island of Bornholm. The voyage ends in central Copenhagen, Disembark just besides the famous Little Mermaid.
A moment of stillness in CopenhagenExperience numerous must-see sites on your European expedition cruiseSoft light glows over the canals of CopenhagenMedieval ruin of St. Katarina in VisbySailboats docked at harbor in VisbyAerial view of the town of Visby
Highlights
  • Visit Finland’s Åland Islands and Turku, Finland’s oldest city
  • Explore the medieval town of Visby, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Marvel around idyllic and beautiful two rocky islands of Christiansø and Frederiksø
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of houses in Gudhjem known as Home of the Gods
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Turku, Finland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ocean Albatros is docked alongside the port of Turku in the southwestern part of Finland, where our embarkation starts.

Turku is Finland's oldest city and has been the country's administrative center for several periods. Whilst under Swedish rule, the city was called Åbo and even today many of the inhabitants have Swedish as their first language.

Day 2: Ruhnu Island, Estonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night, our ship sails along the coast of Estonia and we pass close by the island of Saarema - or Ødsel as it was called in the Middle Ages - before we arrive at the small Estonian island of Ruhnu Saar. We anchor near the island, and with the ship's solid zodiac rubber rafts, all guests are tendered into the small harbor on the island's south coast.

walk from the harbor to the village on the middle of the island, a stretch of three kilometers. The island has a minibus which runs the stretch several times in each direction during our stay. As our cruise guest, you can ride it for free if the road feels too long.
In the village we will hear about the island's fascinating history and see the solid log cabins and farms left behind by the former Swedish residents. We also visit the small St. Magdalena Church, built in 1644 and thus the oldest preserved wooden building in Estonia. Ruhnu also has its own Eiffel Tower, a 30-meter-high lighthouse, which was commissioned from Eiffel himself and built in 1877.

Day 3: Visby, Gotland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we dock on Gotland, in the medieval town of Visby, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was the North European crusaders who dominated the Baltic Sea areas in the 12th and 13th centuries, it was trade between strong cities that gained the greatest influence in the years that followed. Large quantities of herring from the Sound, Eastern European skins, amber, wax and timber, Swedish copper and iron, weapons and metal goods from Southern Europe crossed back and forth across the Baltic Sea. All run by the German merchants in the Hanseatic cities in general and Lübeck in particular. Visby flourished during these years and had stone houses and church buildings that made the other churches in the Baltic Sea region fade. But it soon came to an end. Danish King Valdemar attacked Visby in 1361 and ravaged it. Visby lost most of its trade in the following years, and the city slowly languished.

It does not change the fact that Visby today is fascinatingly beautiful with narrow streets, old houses and the solid ring wall that goes around the whole city. On our city walk we will also see the impressive vaults in the church ruin St. Nicholas, who in 1525 was burned down during a conflict.

Day 4: Kalmar, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kalmar is one of Sweden's oldest cities, beautifully situated next to Kalmar Sund and Öland. Our ship docks close to the center, with an easy walk into the right-angled streets of old Kalmar, protected behind the old ring wall. All our guests are offered a guided city walk that ends at Kalmar Castle. The four or five kilometer walk, will be covered at a leisurely pace.

Kalmar, which is an administrative city for south-eastern part of Sweden, is known for its historic buildings, beautiful parks, and many sights from the heyday in the 17th century. The city has twice received the "Europa Nostra award" for its well-preserved urban environment.

Kalmar Castle, located a little south of the center, was built in 1160 and quickly fortified into a strategically important castle that served as protection against pirates in the Baltic Sea. In 1397, it formed the framework for one of the most important events in Nordic history: the formation of the Nordic Kalmar Union (1397-1523). It was a political union consisting of the Danish-Norwegian kingdom and Sweden under the leadership of the Danish Queen Margrethe I (1353-1412).

Day 5: Christianso | Bornholm, Denmark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Few places in Denmark are as idyllic and beautiful as the two rocky islands Christiansø and Frederiksø. It is almost as if no house is placed incorrectly, not a blade of grass is superfluous. Eiders breed everywhere on the rocks, and in the surrounding sea the seals frolic. The islands are small – just about 500 meters across - and the harbour is even smaller with no room for our vessel. But Ocean Albatros is constructed for just this: With zero speed dynamic positioning, easy access to a fleet of sturdy Zodiacs, and the help of Albatros Expeditions’ skilled tour guides and expedition team, all guests will land safely in no time.

have a few hours to "explore" the islands. A circumnavigating hike around both islands is just about two kilometers. The two islands are connected by a small bridge.
By noon we sail from Christiansø towards the Danish island of Bornholm. While enjoying lunch on board, we navigate towards coast of Bornholm. We anchor at beautiful Svaneke, Denmarks easternmost city with its half timbered yellow houses and little market square.

From Svaneke there is an option to join our island excursion "Østerlars round church, Hammershus fortress and Gudhjem". Our coach takes us to the largest round church on Bornholm, Østerlars. The church that is dedicated to St. Laurentius is the largest of Bornholms 4 round churches. Theorists add the church as the most important link between the French Templar knights and the Baltic Sea. The round churches are believed to have functioned both as defensive structures as well as places of worship.

Next we arrive at Hammershus Castle, located high above the steep rocky coast. Hammershus was probably built and inhabited by a powerful bishop, Jens Grand in the late 13th century. Jens Grand, like so many other clergy of the time, had disagreements with contemporary kings, and was finally accused and imprisoned for complicity in the murder of King Erik. He fled from his prison to Bornholm, where he in all probability founded one of the strongest Baltic castles of the Middle Ages.
We finish our excursion at the town on the hill that's called the home of the gods (Gudhjem). The small town gives us a nice finish with its red roofed houses and breathtaking view.

Day 6: Copenhagen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
We arrive in the Port of Copenhagen early in the morning, where we dock right in the center of the city, close to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the ship's crew and Albatros' tour guides. Either continue your adventures from Copenhagen or begin your return travel home. 

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Category G
Single Stateroom (Porthole) 14 m2. Standard single Stateroom on board, located on deck 3.
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Single Balcony Stateroom 24 m2. Located on Decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed, a bathroom, and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Triple Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. There are four Triple Staterooms featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3.
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French Balcony Suite 16 m2. A standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a bathroom. Located on Deck 7.
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Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) 22 m2. All have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Balcony Stateroom 24 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. They have a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Balcony Suite 28 m2. Located on decks 4 & 6. 4 suites that feature double or twin beds a seating area, bathroom, and a private balcony. Include VIP services
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Balcony Suite 35 m2. 2 suites onboard located on deck 4. The suites feature double or twin beds a seating area, a bathroom, and a large private balcony. Include VIP services
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Junior suite 42 m2. 4 suites with a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. Featuring a double bed or twin beds, a sofa bed, a spacious bathroom, and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people. Include VIP services
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Premium suite 45 m2. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, a private balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. Include VIP services

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INCLUSIONS
  • 6-day/5-nights’ cruise on Ocean Albatros in a shared outside double room.
  • English-speaking expedition staff.
  • Daily guided city tours as described.
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team.
  • Photo workshop.
  • Full board on the ship.
  • Free coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship.
  • Taxes, tariffs, and landing fees.
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
EXCLUSIONS
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and cabin upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.5 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfer to/from the ship
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Coffee, Tea, Water and Afternoon Snacks
  • Photography Workshop
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital visual journal link after Voyage, with voyage log, gallery, species list and more
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Excursions may be booked onboard for additional cost. (Available on Certain Departures Only & Weather Dependent)

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