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Fly overnight to Stockholm, Sweden
Tonight, your overnight flight is bound for Stockholm, Sweden.
Arrive in Stockholm for a day at leisure
After you clear Swedish customs and
immigration, transfer to your hotel, located in the heart
of the city. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage,
you’ll be met outside the customs area by a Vantage
representative and transfer to your hotel is included.
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 the Stockholm pre-extension, you’ll depart
home three days earlier.)
Explore the Stockholm archipelago and Vasa Museum, then come aboard
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 newer 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 Vasa sank just offshore on its maiden voyage in 1628 and lay preserved in mud for three centuries before being recovered and displayed in its full glory.
Afterwards, enjoy 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 this evening.
Cruise the Gulf of Finland to the Finnish capital, Helsinki
By the time you awake, your ship will have crossed the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia and be sailing west along Finland’s coast, Helsinki, our first port call. We’ll arrive midday, then disembark for a city tour. 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.
See the best of glittering St. Petersburg, Russia, 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 morning excursion takes us on a panoramic tour to see the palaces, canals, and churches in the heart of the city. Unforgettable Moment: After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we'll travel just outside the city to Peterhof, the spectacular “Russian Versailles” that Peter the Great designed and built on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The gardens and Grand Cascade of fountains are a marvel in themselves. Peterhof, together with the great palaces of the city proper, have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cultural Connection: This evening, Russian entertainers come aboard ship for a lively performance.
Achieve an art lover’s milestone when you visit the Hermitage Museum
Medieval walled Tallinn, 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.
Marzipan, the delicious sweet almond confection, was originally made for its medicinal qualities. Enjoy an afternoon workshop during which you’ll learn how to make a colorful marzipan figure to take home with you.
Discover Riga, Latvia, another UNESCO treasure
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
Today your day is at leisure. Perhaps you'll explore Riga's Art Nouveau gems, or join our optional tour on Riga's Jewish Heritage.
Cultural Connection and
Unforgettable Moment: During your city tour, you'll enjoy a photo stop at Riga Cathedral, the largest medieval church in the Baltic States. Then you'll listen to a stirring organ concert at St. John's Church.
Riga was home to a thriving Jewish population, from which many Americans of Jewish descent trace their ancestry. Join our optional tour to learn the history of Jewish Riga, and their fate under the Nazi occupation. Includes a visit to the Ghetto & Holocaust Museum, Riga Synagogue, and the Janis Lipke Memorial.
Celebrate the Jewish heritage of Riga, Latvia
When you awake this morning, you’ll be sailing in the Gulf of Riga, headed for the Latvian capital of the same name. You’ll have the afternoon free to stretch your legs and start exploring this picturesque and vibrant UNESCO World Heritage Site 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. You'll drop into Riga Cathedral, largest
medieval church in the Baltic States, then be treated to an exclusive organ concert at another local church.
Cultural Connection: Enjoy an energetic performance by Latvian folk musicians and dancers aboard ship this evening. We'll overnight in Riga.
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.
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 or sign up for our OT to the first european concentration camp outside of Germany, Stutthof.
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. Later, as we depart for our final port of call, toast our shipmates and our memorable voyage on the Baltic Sea at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Disembark to explore the best of Copenhagen
We’ll disembark this morning to spend our final night ashore in Copenhagen. Why does the UN’s World Happiness Report consistently rank the Danes as “the happiest people in the world?” Your panoramic tour of this charming, friendly city 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. Part of your tour includes a scenic canal boat ride.
Fly home or stay on for your Copenhagen, Denmark post-trip extension
Transfer to the airport for you flight home, unless you’ve signed on for the Copenhagen 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.