Cultural pearls lie at your feet on the Baltic coast. Between its Viking heritage and the Royal Palace, you can experience the many facets of Stockholm, and immerse yourself in historical St. Petersburg. On your way the Hermitage or the Amber Room, you can marvel at the boulevards, the baroque palace and the gold domes of the former capital of the tsars. On the trail of the Hanseatic League, you will then reach the medieval city centres of Riga, Gdansk and Tallinn. Look forward to lovely summer days.
from Kiel to Hamburg
|Cruise dates:||from 05.07.2015 to 17.07.2015 (12 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1513|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Drottningholm Palace*, the historic centre of St. Petersburg*, the old towns of Tallinn* and Visby*, the historic centre of Riga* and Malbork Castle in Gdansk*
- Two full days in St. Petersburg – the city of the tsars on the Neva River
- ABBA revival show on board
- Russian folklore on board
A stroll down Neuer Wall, a walk along the Alster or a coffee on the Elbe: explore Hamburg at your own pace* before joining us on board in Kiel.
In the morning light, the EUROPA will reach the Swedish seat of royal power, and you will have time to explore this multifaceted metropolis. A city tour* will take you to the Vasa Museum*. The old warship sank more than 300 years ago on its maiden voyage and has now, after being lovingly restored, been returned to its former glory. The residence of the royal family is located on an island in Lake Maelar: take a walk through the baroque Drottningholm Palace* and its picturesque gardens. Those looking for adventure can take a fast-paced trip in a rigid inflatable boat* (or RIB) through the archipelago. The agile inflatable boats reach a speed of up to 40 knots.
Illustriously enthroned, the white cathedral sits just behind the port and forms the focus of Senate Square – a classical masterpiece. The distinctive Finlandia Hall, the abstract Sibelius Monument and the rock-hewn church are further highlights of the charming city of Helsinki*. Travelling by bike*, you will discover the beautiful Nordic city and the wonderful natural surroundings of the adjoining lake district.
With two whole days, you will have ample time to explore the legacy of Peter the Great. Discover the countless artistic and cultural treasures of the Russian metropolis – for instance, on the city tour* with a visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral or on a panoramic trip*. In nearby Pushkin, the blue-and-white Catherine Palace* is enchanting with its reconstruction of the legendary Amber Room. In the evening, one of the most prominent museums in the world awaits you: on an exclusive visit to Hermitage*, you will see a selection of the most beautiful works of great European masters. The summer residence of the tsars is situated on the Gulf of Finland: Peterhof* with its plush, furnished palatial rooms, the Grand Cascade and the magnificent parks. You will also pass numerous palaces on the canal trip* through St. Petersburg. Afterwards, be impressed by Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the largest domed churches in the world, with a breathtaking interior. Even the metro of the city of the tsars is a work of art with its magnificent stations. Climb aboard and travel to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery*. Famous figures such as Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky rest in Tikhvin cemetery.
Guildhalls, medieval churches and the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic States: The side streets in Tallinn’s old town seem to come from another era. A highlight of your tour* is the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on the Toompea limestone hill. Enjoy the beauty of the Estonian scenery on a jeep tour to the Pakri Peninsula*, where you will go off-road and explore coastline and cliffs.
There is much in the picturesque old town* to remind you of the days when Riga was part of the powerful Hanseatic League: for example the tower of St Peter’s Cathedral, the “Three Brothers” trade houses and the Small Guild Hall and Great Guild Hall. Or would you like to discover the sights such as the Riga castle and the cathedral on two wheels? Go on a Segway tour* through the old town.
Thanks to the Hanseatic League, Visby* developed into a key trade centre. It is not only the superbly preserved city walls that will remind you of its heyday: half-timbered houses, the cathedral and even the “Galgbacken” make it an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set out on the trail of pirates and fantastic island scenery with the hike to Gotland* to the Hoegklint rock plateau.
You will be impressed by the legacy of the powerful Hanseatic League and the German Order in Gdansk and at Malbork Castle*: the largest Gothic brick castle in Europe was the seat of power of the crusaders in East Prussia and is now a museum. Paddle along the Motlava River and enjoy Gdansk* on a sporty kayaking adventure. The day culminates in a relaxed stroll through the old town.
Stay for a while longer in the Hanseatic city and explore Hamburg at your own pace*.
* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT