Cruising the Baltic Sea: Copenhagen to St. Petersburg (2022)

​Set out on a sweeping Baltic cruise and experience the traditions of Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia.

Journey Overview

Set out on a sweeping Baltic cruise and discover the charm and traditions of Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia. Experience presentations with renowned cultural experts and daily shore excursions that include a bog walk in Estonia and a culinary tour in Stockholm. Disembark in St. Petersburg, enjoying three nights in this opulent city with visits to the Hermitage Museum and Catherine’s Palace.

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 eight countries and fascinating cities that include Copenhagen, Gdansk, Klaipeda, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki and St. Petersburg
  • Enjoy early access to magnificent Catherine Palace and a special evening visit to the famed Hermitage Museum
  • 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 former interpreter to USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko


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Featured Experts

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Mr 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.

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Mr Pavel Palazchenko, Guest Speaker
The primary English interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev, Mr. Palazchenko participated in meetings relating to the end of the Cold War. He joins the cruise for several days, giving lectures and sharing stories of his career.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Jun 8: 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

Jun 9: At Sea | Setting Sail

Leave Copenhagen behind and settle into your luxury small ship as it makes its way toward Poland. The enrichment program begins today with the first presentations by your guest speakers, who provide insight on 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

Jun 10: Gdansk, Poland | Harborside 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 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 Srodmiscie 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 Mr. Lech Walesa, followed by cocktails and a meet-and-greet.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Jun 11: Klaipeda, Lithuania | Lithuanian Charm

Explore the port city of Klaipeda on an optional walking tour of Old Town, visiting the old castle grounds, Germanstyle 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

Jun 12: 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 some of the most 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

Jun 13: 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

Jun 14: 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

Jun 15: 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

Jun 16: 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; Finlandia Hall, the stadium that hosted the 1952 Olympics; and the new Opera House. 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.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Jun 17-19: St. Petersburg, Russia | City of the Tsars

Bid farewell to your ship and disembark for three days of exploration in St. Petersburg. Each day, join a curated excursion of your choosing, including the following options:

Catherine Palace, Peterhof & More: Gain special access to the famed Rococo-style palace and its storied Amber Room. Continue to Peterhof, viewing the breathtaking Grand Cascade; stroll the park; and witness the palace of Monplaisir. Later, return to the city by private hydrofoil.

Culinary Immersion: Choose to explore a local fresh market followed by a hands-on cooking class, where you prepare brilliantly hued Russian borscht with a local chef.

Canal Cruise: Glide through the city, discovering its grand palaces and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

Peter and Paul Fortress & Fabergé Museum: Visit this legendary fortress and resting place of many Russian Tsars, as well as the exquisite Fabergé Museum.

Impressionism & St. Isaac’s Cathedral: For art lovers, there is nothing as breathtaking as the famous post-Impressionist collection at the Hermitage General Staff Building, a separate museum from the main Hermitage that showcases works from Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse. Additionally, tour St. Isaac’s Cathedral, adorned with ornate mosaics, icons and columns of malachite and lapis lazuli.

At the conclusion of your first day in the city, check in to your luxurious hotel, where your luggage awaits, then gather in the evening to pay an after-hours visit to the opulent Hermitage Museum, seeing its collection of artworks from the Stone Age to modern times. On the evening of your second day, enjoy a private farewell dinner with live entertainment at the grand and historic Yusupov Palace.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BL (Jun 17), BD (Jun 18), B (Jun 19)

Jun 20: Depart St. Petersburg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on A&K’s group extension to Moscow.
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 due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: embarkation between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Jun 8.

Last group event: excursions on Jun 19.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Le Champlain

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 8, 2022 - Jun 20, 2022
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$22,290pp Single Supplement AU$16,725 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$24,995pp Single Supplement AU$18,750 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$26,345pp Single Supplement AU$19,765 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Suite - Category 4 Price AU$37,155pp Single Supplement AU$32,735 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Privilege Suite - Category 5 Price AU$40,535pp Single Supplement AU$35,940 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Two-Room Suite - Category 6 Price AU$47,290pp Single Supplement AU$42,360 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7 Price AU$55,400pp Single Supplement AU$50,060 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Owner's Suite - Category 8 Price AU$59,455pp Single Supplement AU$53,910 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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