Set Sail on a Baltic Voyage of a Lifetime
The Baltic Sea is called the miracle of Mother Nature. The title is well-earned.
Relatively young at just 12,000 or so years old, the inland sea was formed by a retreating glacier during the last ice age. Its water sources come from a mix of the North Sea’s saltwater and freshwater tributaries. As a result, marine species and freshwater species live side-by-side in this beautiful part of the world.
Beyond its natural attractions, the Baltic Sea has played a central role throughout history. From a Scandinavian trade hub in the Middle Ages to a battleground in World War I, the traditions are rich, and the stories plentiful.
The trip begins in Oslo
You’re invited to join our epic journey, which starts in Oslo, Norway, and winds through seven countries, including three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. As with all of Cruise Dreams’ Trips of a Lifetime, the August 2021 trip will be hosted by Kim Gibbons and filled with truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Here’s a preview of what’s in store.
The trip kicks off with two days in Oslo, a thriving Scandinavian metropolis that neatly combines history, culture, and natural beauty. Take advantage of the hop-on/hop-off bus tour to get a feel for the city, where there’s a museum to suit every taste. Tour the Viking Ship Museum or the Norwegian National Gallery (where you’ll find the original painting, The Scream by Edward Munch). Or, stroll through Frogner Park to see 212 original sculptures in bronze and granite. There’s even a ski museum dedicated to sharing the 4,000-year history of Norway’s favorite sport.
Day two features an exclusive tour of the fjord region of Norway. All along the way, the breathtaking scenery is beyond compare, including mountains, canyons, and waterfalls.
Next stops: Denmark and Estonia
On the third day, it will be time to set sail aboard the Azamara Journey, a mid-sized cruise ship that offers world-class amenities – including a spa, fitness center, pool, and delicious dining options, all in a luxe, intimate setting. And there are views everywhere you turn, which makes it the perfect vessel for taking in the Baltic region’s charms.
Our first destination will be Skagen, Denmark, a fishing port known for its lovely beaches. Then, it’s on to Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s largest city. The architecture here is an inspiring mix of fairy-tale and avant-garde. You’ll have plenty of time to explore – on foot along Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping area; via boat or even floating hot tubs along the city’s intricate canal system; or by bicycle, the locals’ preferred method of transportation.
After a restful day at sea, we’ll next arrive in Tallinn, Estonia, with its winding cobblestone streets and colorful terracotta roofs. Must-sees include the Old Town area, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into medieval times, and St. Olav’s Church, which offers a rich history and magnificent views of the city.
Discover St. Petersburg
The centerpiece of this trip will be three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Known as Russia’s cultural center, the city offers impressive architecture, opulent palaces, and expansive museums. Take it all in, including the Winter Palace, the former royal residence that’s now part of the Hermitage complex, which houses an impressive museum featuring more than three million works of art and artifacts – with galleries dedicated to Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
Sail on to Finland and Germany
From Russia, our trip continues with a visit to Helsinki, Finland. This beautiful and eclectic city seamlessly blends traditional and modern elements. Tour Suomenlinna, the fortress of Finland, and stroll through Esplanade Park, located in the heart of Helsinki. You’ll also want to make stops at the charming boutiques in the Design District as well as the Temppeliaukio Church, which is excavated directly into solid rock.
Following a day at sea, we’ll make our way to Warnemünde, a seaside town near Rostock, Germany. Enjoy one of the broadest beaches along the Baltic Sea, and wander along der Alte Strom, a promenade of pubs, restaurants, and shops. Top off the visit at Warnemünde Lighthouse for an incredible scenic view.
An Amsterdam finale
Even Trips of a Lifetime have to end. This one will do it in rare style. We’ll travel through Kiel Canal, and arrive in Amsterdam for an overnight stay. Known for its artistic heritage, windmills, and narrow houses, Amsterdam has more canals than Venice. Whether you opt to see the sights by boat, foot, or bike, there’s never a shortage of things to do in this bustling city. Tops on our list? The Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and Vondelpark.
Won’t you join us for this Baltic Voyage, August 13 - 28, 2021? With its amazing itinerary, the limited spots on this exclusive, hosted Trip of a Lifetime will book up quickly. For more information and answers to any questions, call us at (877) 999-4533 or email us at email@example.com today.
Waves to you and smooth sailings ahead!