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Fly overnight to Copenhagen, Denmark
This evening, you’ll fly overnight to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Arrive in Copenhagen for a day at leisure
Arrive today and transfer to your hotel. You’ll check into your hotel for a Welcome Briefing, reception. Enjoy the remainder of your day in this delightful city at leisure. Later, join your fellow travelers at the hotel for a Welcome Drink and an informative briefing about the days ahead. Dinner will be on your own. (If you reserve our Copenhagen pre-extension, you’ll depart home three days earlier.)
See the best of Copenhagen, visit the Carlsberg Brewery, then welcome on board
Why do Danes consistently rank as “the happiest people in the world,” according to the UN’s World Happiness Report? Your panoramic tour of charming, friendly Copenhagen may give you a clue, as you view the famed Little Mermaid statue on her watery perch, visit the Nyhavn canal district, swing by towered and turreted Rosenborg Castle, and contrast that with the more-dignified Amalienborg Castle where Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II resides today. Cultural Connection: We’ll also stop by Carlsberg Brewery for a tasting of the iconic Danish beer.
Afterwards, enjoy a lunch on your own and a few hours to stroll around. Board your elegant small ship later in the afternoon. Get settled in your cabin, then gather for a briefing by the Captain and ship’s staff, followed by your first dinner on board. We get underway later in the evening.
Clifftop castles and medieval Danish heritage in Bornholm and Rønne
This morning finds us at Bornholm Island, where the open fields and granite headlands get more days of sunshine than anywhere else in Denmark, drawing summer tourists to the sandy beaches. On your island tour, you’ll see the dramatic clifftop ruins of Hammershus, a medieval castle, stop into the quaint fishing village of Svaneke, and visit one of the island’s 12th-century round churches. You’ll have the afternoon free to stroll around the port of Rønne. Be sure to look for galleries that display the island’s famous glass and ceramic creations.
Follow the Solidarity Route through historic Gdansk, Poland
The great shipyards of Gdansk were the incubator for the legendary Solidarity movement of 1980, the first crack in what would ultimately be the crumbling of the entire Soviet Union. You’ll follow the Solidarity Route through this historic seaport, including the charming Old Town and massive St. Mary’s Church. Cultural Connection: A visit to the European Solidarity Centre reveals the Solidarity story in impressive detail, as you follow an English-language audio-guided tour through the captivating exhibits. Enjoy free time in Old Town this afternoon.
See the Hanseatic gem of Visby, Sweden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
A morning of scenic cruising brings us to Visby, located on the large Swedish island of Gotland. Rightfully declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the extraordinary preservation of its medieval port area, Visby was a key link in the powerful Hanseatic League. On your walking tour of the Old Town’s winding streets, you’ll see Almedalen Park, the Powder Tower, Fish Alley, and Visby Cathedral.
Discover Riga, Latvia, another UNESCO treasure
When you awake this morning, you’ll be in the scenic Gulf of Riga, headed for the Latvian capital of the same name. Afterwards, discover this surprising city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a tour, as you visit the extensive and amazingly well-kept Art Nouveau District and take a walk through the picturesque and lively Old Town. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: During your city tour, we’ll stop into Riga Cathedral, largest medieval church in the Baltic States, to hear a stirring performance on the massive pipe organ. Later this evening, enjoy an energetic performance by Latvian folk musicians and dancers who come aboard ship to entertain us.
Celebrate the Jewish heritage of Riga, Latvia
Cultural Connection: In a lecture aboard ship this morning, learn about the amazing Singing Revolution, carried out by protestors in the Baltic States of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, sparked the Baltic States' independence from the Soviet Revolution. You’ll have the morning free to Riga on your own. Riga was also the home of a large and thriving Jewish population, from which many Americans of Jewish descent trace their ancestry. Join our Riga Jewish District optional tour to learn about this fascinating history. Enjoy scenic sailing as we depart Riga in the afternoon.
Medieval walled Talinn, Estonia
Tallinn, another one of the Hanseatic League’s trading centers, has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two-level city has an enchantment all its own, which you’ll discover on our tour from the winding streets of the Lower Town to the fortified Upper Town on Toompea Hill, where you can take in the amazing view. You’ll also see the Dome Church and the Opera House. Tallin has a thriving high-tech economy, too, which has earned it a reputation as Europe’s Silicon Valley. The young, entrepreneurial population supports a lively cultural and dining scene. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own, although you may find yourself tempted by our optional Marzipan Painting Workshop.
Discover glittering St. Petersburg and the palace at Peterhof
Peter the Great broke ground for his gilded capital city in 1703, intending to emulate and surpass the best of Western Europe. He came close to succeeding, because no matter how often you’ve been, you simply cannot get enough of this magnificent city. Unforgettable Moment: Today’s full day of exploring takes us first on a panoramic tour to see the palaces, canals, and churches in the heart of the city. Then, following lunch in a local restaurant, we travel to Peterhof, the spectacular “Russian Versailles” that Peter designed and built on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The gardens and Grand Cascade of fountains are a marvel in themselves. Cultural Connection: Back aboard ship this evening, Russian entertainers come aboard ship for a lively performance.
An art lover’s milestone: visiting the Hermitage Museum
This morning, enjoy an early, “pre-rush” visit to what is widely considered the world’s most comprehensive collection of Western European art. The amazing Hermitage Museum was started by Catherine the Great, expanded under subsequent czars, then grew exponentially as the Soviets seized scores of private collections. You’ll be introduced to the cream of the collection as you wind through the spectacular exhibition halls of the gilded Winter Palace. We cast off again later this afternoon.
Visit Helsinki, Finland and sail to Stockholm, Sweden
Whether you’re viewing Helsinki’s 1852 cathedral, crossing one of its many parks or squares, or seeing yourself reflected in the glass of a brand new building, you'll find that there’s an appealing orderliness and grace to this northern capital. Your panoramic city tour includes bustling Market Square and Old Market Hall, elegant Helsinki Cathedral, and the stately government buildings of Senate Square. Afterwards, we sail west along Finland’s scenic coast enroute to Stockholm, our final port of call. Raise a glass tonight at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as we toast our shipmates and our memorable voyage on the Baltic Sea.
Explore the Stockholm archipelago and Vasa Museum
We’ll disembark this morning to spend our final night ashore. Unforgettable Moment: On your tour of this “Venice of the North” — Stockholm spreads across 14 islands knit together by some 57 bridges — you’ll walk through the narrow streets of the delightful Gamla Stan, or Old Town, and enjoy views of Stockholm City Hall and the city’s equally attractive newer sections. Cultural Connection: On an included tour, visit the fascinating Vasa Museum, where you’ll see the amazing “ghost ship” of the same name — the world’s only fully intact 17th century warship. The massive vessel sank just offshore on its maiden voyage in 1628. It lay preserved in the mud for three centuries, before being recovered and displayed in its full glory. Afterwards, enjoy your last afternoon and evening free.
Fly home or stay on for your Stockholm, Sweden post-trip extension
Transfer to the airport for you flight home, unless you’ve signed on for the Stockholm extension.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise Director or regional expert.