Cruising Scandinavia & the Baltic Sea (2023)

Set out on a sweeping Baltic Sea cruise and discover the charm and traditions of Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia and Finland.

Journey Overview

Set out on a sweeping Baltic Sea cruise and discover the charm and traditions of Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia and Finland. Experience presentations with cultural experts and daily shore excursions that include a bog walk in Estonia and a culinary tour in Stockholm. Spend a day and disembark in Helsinki, Finland, the country that boasts the happiest people on earth.

Journey Highlights

  • Design your days ashore with an array of included excursions, such as Nordic food experience in Stockholm, a nature bog walk in Estonia and moving visits to World War II remembrance sites
  • Discover seven countries and fascinating cities that include Copenhagen, Gdansk, Klaipeda, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki
  • Benefit from enriching discussions with guest speakers that include Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, as well as writer and professor Ron Wixman

Featured Experts

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa, Guest Speaker

Mr. Walesa, former Polish president and Nobel laureate, is known for his work in the Strike Committee and Free Trade Unions in Poland. He meets guests on this voyage for a presentation and reception on board.


Ron Wixman

Ron Wixman, History & Cultural Lecturer

Professor Wixman has studied the cultures of the Baltic region for the past 50 years, and offers stimulating lectures on a range of topics such the cultural legacy of the Vikings and the rise of the Baltic nations as distinct peoples.

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Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Jul 15: Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and transfer to your luxury vessel this afternoon. Join fellow guests for an onboard welcome reception this evening.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: D

Jul 16: At Sea | Setting Sail

Leave Copenhagen behind and settle into your luxury small ship as it makes its way toward Poland. A&K’s enrichment program begins today with the first presentations by your guest speakers, who provide insight into the history and culture of the countries on your itinerary. You may also take advantage of the ship facilities, including relaxing lounges, panoramic fitness room and sauna.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 17: Gdansk, Poland | Harbourside History

Spend the day as you wish in Gdansk, with shore excursions led by our experts on the ground. Perhaps take a guided walking tour through the Old Town, visiting the Golden Gate, Artus Court, Gdansk Town Hall, St. Mary’s Church and Neptune’s Fountain before strolling along the Moltawa River. Alternately, visit the Museum of the Second World War, take a scenic countryside drive and pay an introspective visit to the Stutthof concentration camp. Or traverse the Brick Gothic Srodmiescie district to the European Solidarity Centre, where you learn about the Solidarity Movement and see where the August Agreements were signed. Finally, choose to visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, followed by a lunch of local specialties. Back on board your luxury cruiser, attend a talk by Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, followed by cocktails and a meet-and-greet.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 18: Klaipeda, Lithuania | Lithuanian Charm

Explore the port city of Klaipeda on an optional walking tour of Old Town, visiting the old castle grounds, German-style warehouses and Theatre Square with its Simon Dach Fountain, followed by a visit to the new Museum 39-45. Alternately, stop by the oldest Lithuanian brewery for a tour and tasting, or visit a nearby cattle farm. Return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 19: Riga, Latvia | Art Nouveau Capital

Soak up the charms of Latvia with a day trip to its quirky capital, Riga. Join a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attend an organ concert in the Dome Cathedral. Discover Riga’s famed Art Nouveau-style architecture, which encompasses about one-third of the city centre buildings. Opt for a walking stroll featuring remarkable façades and visit the Art Nouveau Museum, with its authentic 1903 interior. Foodies can choose to whet their appetite with a visit to the bustling Central Market followed by a hands-on cooking class in one of Riga’s top restaurants. For a more active experience, a bike ride takes you through Riga’s Old Town as well as the park-like Great Cemetery, where you learn about Latvian family traditions.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 20: Stockholm, Sweden | Scenic Archipelago

Arriving in Stockholm this afternoon, choose from one of several excursions ashore. Perhaps take a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town), revelling at the Storkyrkan cathedral and Stortorget; then, visit the Royal Palace. Alternately, explore Stockholm City Hall, with its iconic spire featuring the Swedish national coat of arms. You may instead see a 17th-century Swedish warship and recovered artifacts at the Vasa Museum, followed by a drive through the city centre. Or take a thrilling guided tour from the rooftop of the Old Parliament House. Finally, you may partake in a Nordic food experience, sampling Swedish specialties from local purveyors.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 21: Stockholm | Beauty on the Water

Continue exploring Stockholm, perhaps visiting Drottningholm Palace and Theatre. Art lovers can take an art tour, starting at Milles Garden and proceeding to Waldemarsudde, former home of landscape painter Prince Eugen. See his work and collection of Swedish turn-of-the-19th-century art. This afternoon, either soak up the breathtaking views of Stockholm from the city’s rooftops, visit the famous 17th-century ‘Vasa’ warship or take a guided walk through Old Town.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 22: Tallinn, Estonia | Picturesque Capital

Disembark in Tallinn and take a guided walking tour of the city’s Old Town, admiring Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and vistas from atop Dome Hill. Then, see the main square, home to the Town Hall, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the oldest pharmacy in Europe. End your excursion sampling medieval dishes at a neighbourhood restaurant. Opt for a taste of nature, leaving the city behind for a brisk bog walk through the enchanting Estonian forest. Or instead, drive past Tallinn’s Old Town to Lahemaa National Park — the country’s oldest national park — and a manor house, where you sample and learn about Estonian vodka.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 23: Helsinki, Finland | Nature & Architecture

Uncover the charms and traditions of Helsinki on a number of included excursions. Take a panoramic tour and see Embassy Park and Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square. Continue along Mannerheim Street — Helsinki’s main thoroughfare — and see the Parliament House, the National Museum of Finland, the new Opera House and Finlandia Hall, the stadium that hosted the 1952 Olympics. Then visit the unique underground Temppeliaukio Church and the Sibelius Monument. Alternately, explore medieval Porvoo, which includes a guided cruise along the Porvoo River and parts of the Gulf of Finland archipelago. At Haikko Manor, sit down to a waterfront lunch. Return to Helsinki for a brief city tour, stopping at Sibelius Park and Senate Square before passing the Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Others may decide to relax like a local with a Finnish sauna experience and nature walk. Your ship overnights in Helsinki, providing the opportunity to spend more time ashore.

'Le Champlain' | Meals: BLD

Jul 24: Depart Helsinki

After breakfast, bid farewell to your ship and crew, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Journey Details:

This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted at the sole discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions, medical emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances beyond A&K’s control.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: embarkation between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Jul 15.

Last group event: disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on Jul 24

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team and Local Guides
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Choice of Curated, All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jul 15, 2023 - Jul 24, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$16,895pp was AU$19,710 Single Supplement AU$14,780 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$19,715pp was AU$22,530 Single Supplement AU$16,895 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$21,825pp was AU$24,640 Single Supplement AU$18,485 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Suite - Category 4 Price AU$32,390pp was AU$35,205 Single Supplement AU$30,770 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Privilege Suite - Category 5 Price AU$35,910pp was AU$38,725 Single Supplement AU$34,120 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Two-Room Suite - Category 6 Price AU$43,655pp was AU$46,470 Single Supplement AU$41,470 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7 Price AU$49,290pp was AU$52,105 Single Supplement AU$46,825 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Owner's Suite - Category 8 Price AU$53,515pp was AU$56,330 Single Supplement AU$50,840 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
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