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 Stockholm, stroll the medieval streets until reaching the majestic Royal Palace. The cruise then heads through Finland, Tallin, and Gotland , where medieval architecture, colorful houses, and modern neighborhoods blend beautifully. After a stop on the Swedish island of Gotland — the largest island in the Baltic Sea. End in sophisticated Copenhagen, which displays royal history at the stunning Christiansborg Palace.
Discover the most precious treasures of the Baltic Sea
Discover the old town of Tallinn
Explore the Hanseatic town of Visby
Enjoy a real natural sanctuary on the Danish island of Bornholm
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, one can stroll at leisure in picturesque medieval streets until reaching the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, several very different kinds of cultural centers can be visited: 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, a ride in SkyView can be taken, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes visitors to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.
Seated in the southern peninsula of Finland, Helsinki offers the buzz of a cosmopolitan city that has opted for both elegance and beauty. The historical center showcases the soft hues of neoclassical buildings juxtaposed with spectacular modern constructions. The bustling Kallio district is teeming with boutiques and restaurants where local specialties like graavilohi - a sweet, marinated, aromatic salmon dish - can be tasted. Keskuspuisto park, a stone’s throw from the center, is a good place to sit and unwind.
Opening onto the Baltic Sea, to the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallin will win over visitors with the picturesque charm of its architecture. Visitors can meander through the little streets in the heart of the medieval center where the Gothic town hall has been standing since 1404. The Kiek in de Kök Tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, or Toompea Castle gives 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 in the heart of Tallinn, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This old Hanseatic city lies on the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Visitors can pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The grand Visby homes of rich merchants can be discovered, as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little cobbled streets. Saint Mary’s cathedral with its octagonal steeples and Powder tower along the fortifications shouldn't be missed. Stopping over in one of the rose-adorned cafés is recommended; indeed, roses abound in this town where visitors can taste one of the island’s specialties, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.
Klaipeda was founded in the 13th century by Christian crusaders from the German Order of Teutonic Knights. The strategic location on the edge of the Baltic Sea has made it a source of conflict between Germans, Poles, Lithuanians, and even the French since its creation. Today, the legacy of Klaipeda’s rich history is great multiculturalism. It is the main port of Lithuania and the country’s third-largest city. The beautiful landscapes of the surrounding Baltic coast make it a popular tourist destination. The city center is very pleasant to visit due to its architecture blending German and Scandinavian influences.
This ravishing city on the Baltic Sea is nicknamed "the golden door of Poland," and the beautiful Hanseatic architecture will make it clear why. The moldings and gables that enhance the colorful facades of the houses are truly charming. Along the Vistula Quays, pleasant strolls among the craft shops can be enjoyed. In elegant Mariacka Street, the amber jewelers will most certainly tempt visitors into their boutiques. The church of Saint-Mary and its astronomic clock are worth a visit. Not far away, the majestic Long Market Square offers the famous Artus Court and the rich Gdansk History Museum.
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 popular villages in Denmark. Strolling along its picturesque streets, visitors will fall under the spell of the varied landscapes, the 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 in this place, 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 provides an unforgettable interlude where time seems to stand still.
Day 8: Copenhagen | Disembark
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometers away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers the high color of Scandinavian capitals. The city's riches can be discovered through the canal networks in the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, trying out the smorrebrod, traditional Danish sandwiches made with ham, cheese, or smoked fish, is recommended.
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7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
7 Nights Accommodations
Accommodations as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Activities as listed
Meals as listed
Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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)
Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
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.
A program of onboard enrichment provided by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Transfer from the ship to the airport at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation.
One included shore excursion in each port of call (see “Itinerary” for more information and choice of excursions, if applicable)
Transfers and luggage handling from the airport to the ship on the day of embarkation.
Flight costs (please request a quote)
Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions
Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.