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Explore the iconic towns and capitals of the Baltic Sea, rich in history and breathtaking scenery, on a new 8-day cruise aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville. Starting in Helsinki, the lush capital of Finland with stunning Art Nouveau architecture, visit Tallinn, a UNESCO Heritage Site known for its remarkably preserved public buildings and warehouses from the Hanseatic League era. The cruise then heads to Stockholm, where medieval architecture, colorful houses, and modern neighborhoods blend beautifully. After a stop on the Swedish island of Gotland, the ship will call at Gdansk, famous for its amber and Baroque-style buildings. Then, visit Christiansoe, a small Danish island with stunning natural beauty, before heading to Gudhjem, a charming fishing village on Bornholm Island, and finally reaching Copenhagen, where you can explore the canals and historic districts.
Visby Town WallPaddlers in the Nyhavn district of CopenhagenThe Orthodox Alexander Nevski CathedralOld Town in Gdansk, PolandA view of Helsinki, the largest city in Finland.Aerial view of the town of VisbyThe sea fortress of SuomenlinnaExplore beautiful Stockholm, Sweden
Highlights
  • Visit the sea fortress of Suomenlinna
  • Discover the old town of Tallinn
  • Explore the Hanseatic town of Visby
  • Enjoy a real natural sanctuary on the Danish island of Christiansoe
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Day 1: Helsinki | Embark

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.

Day 2: Helsinki

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  • 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.​

Day 3: Tallinn

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Opening onto the Baltic Sea, in the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallinn wins 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. The Kiek in de Kök tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, and Toompea Castle give visitors a taste of this town’s rich past. The city was particularly active during the medieval period, as is demonstrated by the very beautiful monuments from this period that are still visible. Don't hesitate to lose yourself in the heart of Tallinn, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4: Stockholm

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  • 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, 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.

Day 5: Visby, Gotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This old Hanseatic city lies on the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Visit the old town, which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and walk through the beautiful fortifications of Visby. 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 6: Gdansk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This ravishing city on the Baltic Sea is nicknamed "the golden door of Poland." See the stunning Hanseatic architecture. Be charmed by the mouldings and gables that enhance the colorful façades of the houses. Along the Vistula Quays, you can take a pleasant stroll among the craft shops. The amber jewelers on elegant Mariacka Street will undoubtedly entice 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.

Day 7: Christiansoe | Gudhjem, Bornholm

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the very heart of the Baltic Sea, in the Ertholmene archipelago, the small island of Christiansoe—less than 0.5 km2 (barely 0.3 square miles)—awaits you. Thanks to its geographic form, which constitutes a natural harbor with the island of Frederiksø, it has been used as such for more than a thousand years. Pirates and fishermen succeeded one another here before the construction of its fortress, built between the 17th and 18th centuries, in the time of the Danish-Swedish wars. Visiting Christiansoe, you see the shaping of great history and the re-emergence of the rivalries and alliances that took place in the Baltic Sea. Today, this peaceful island offers you wild and preserved nature. A natural reserve since 1926, it is home in particular to a very large population of nesting and migrating birds that find food and tranquility here.

Lying in the south-west of the Baltic Sea, the medieval village of Gudhjem, on the island of Bornholm, is one of the most visited and most popular villages in Denmark. As you stroll along its picturesque streets, fall under the spell of its varied landscapes, its easy way of life, and the authenticity of this charming town with half-timbered houses topped with red roofs, in the Danish tradition. It is here, along these charming streets, that the first herring smokehouses were built in the mid-19th century, attracting all the region’s fishermen. Tucked away in a gorgeous natural setting composed of rocky cliffs, dense forests, and beaches of white sand, Gudhjem will provide an unforgettable interlude where time will seem to stand still.

Day 8: Copenhagen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Copenhagen, connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometers from the Swedish coasts, offers the high color of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weave through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an overview of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorrebrod, traditional Danish sandwiches made with ham, cheese, or smoked fish.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
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