Be it Scandinavia’s idyllic skerry landscape or visiting cities more than 1,000 years old: the coasts of the Baltic Sea await you with diverse views and a great cultural heritage. One of the numerous highlights is the former royal city of the tsars: spend a full three days exploring the magnificent palaces, churches and cultural treasures of St. Petersburg, and marvel as the evening light illuminates the golden domes – a unique experience.
from Kiel to Kiel
|Cruise dates:||from 22.05.2016 to 04.06.2016 (13 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1610|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of St. Petersburg*, the old town of Tallinn*, the historic centre of Riga*, Malbork Castle* and the Curonian Spit*
- Overland and day excursion to Moscow*
- Three full days in St. Petersburg
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and Alster: explore Hamburg* before beginning your cruise.
There is much in the fabulous 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 splendid facade of the House of Blackheads. You can also enjoy an extended panoramic view of the art nouveau and historicist periods from the waterway*.
Guildhalls, medieval churches and the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic States: Tallinn’s old town seems to come from another era. A highlight of your tour* is the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on the Toompea limestone hill. Alternatively, mount a Segway to discover the historic streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site*.
With three whole days, you will have ample time to explore the legacy of the tsars. Many of the artistic and cultural treasures in the Russian metropolis can be explored during a walk*: from Decembrists’ Square, your route will take you to Palace Square, considered one of the most beautiful in the world with its magnificent Winter Palace. You will also pass numerous palaces on a canal trip*. Afterwards, be impressed by Saint Isaac’s Cathedral*, one of the largest domed churches in the world, with its breathtaking interior. On a visit to the Hermitage*, you will marvel at some of the most famous works of great European masters. Its international renown is also due to the legendary Amber Room – see for yourself by peeking behind the blue-and-white facade of Catherine Palace* in nearby Pushkin, and boost these impressions by taking a city tour* and paying a visit to the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. Even the metro is a work of art with its magnificent stations. The Peterhof* summer residence deserves equal attention with its plush, decorated palace interior, and the wonderful park on the Gulf of Finland is perfect for a stroll. Or would you prefer to experience the capital, Moscow*, on a day or an overland excursion?
Get to know the friendly capital from an unfamiliar perspective: in good weather, you can sail in a traditional two-mast schooner* through the skerry landscape. Fancy a journey back in time? With its colourful wooden houses and network of winding alleys, Porvoo* has a history stretching back around 800 years.
Enjoy a fantastic initial impression from the roof of the old Parliament building*. The history of the Vasa warship* goes back to 1628 – its restored wreckage another highlight of your city tour*. The residence of the royal family is located slightly further out: stroll through the baroque Drottningholm Palace* and the island’s beautiful gardens before returning to Stockholm via the picturesque Lake Maelar. The Moderna Museet* will introduce you to an outstanding collection of great masters. Those looking for adventure can take a fast-paced trip in a rigid inflatable boat* (or RIB) through the archipelago.
From the city once known in German as “Memel”, unique natural beauties entice visitors to the “Sahara of Lithuania”: the Curonian Spit* separates the flat lagoon from the open sea, and your ride in a traditional Curonian barge* will provide wonderful views of the endless sand dunes. Even Thomas Mann could not resist its charms, and his residence* now houses a small museum. A bicycle tour* through secluded bays and picturesque fishing villages will lead you along the peninsula.
The bubbling fountains in front of Artus Court, richly decorated houses and the imposing St Mary’s Basilica – Gdansk will show you more than 1,000 years of history as you take a tour of the city*. Located on the outskirts of the city, Malbork Castle* delights its visitors: where the German Order once had its base, Europe’s largest and most magnificent knights’ castle now remembers the days of the Crusaders. During a short organ concert*, the 7,876 pipes of Oliwa* will thrill you with their spellbinding tones.
The north has plenty more to offer: why not visit Hamburg*, for example?
* The shore activities 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