Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this six-country cruise aboard Le Boréal featuring a presentation by the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa.

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  Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg  Sweden's former Hanseatic city of Visby, with its well-preserved 13-th century walls  Medieval buildings along the water of Gdansk  The turrets and spires of Tallinn's Old Town, a World Heritage site, in Estonia  View of St. Petersburg from the Neva River, with the dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral  Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum  The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  St. Catherine's Palace in Pushkin  View of Finland's Helsinki from the water  The fortifications of Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site near Helsinki  Stockholm, Sweden

Cruising the Baltic Sea

From Copenhagen to Stockholm Aboard the 220-guest Le Boréal

10 days from $6,195

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this six-country cruise aboard Le Boréal featuring a presentation by the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa.

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What an incredible journey! The Baltic Sea in surrounding countries have a rich history few of us realize. My eyes have been opened to the experiences of the peoples of this region through Smithsonian. 

- Jay D.

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Overview

Discover the rich history and culture of the Baltic States, including the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg, on this spectacular six-country Baltic Sea program. You’ll also gain special insight into the region’s modern history from Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, and Sergei Khrushchev, author, scholar, and son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. 

Highlights Include:

  • “White Nights of Summer”: Beginning in Copenhagen, cruise for eight nights in Scandinavia during near-constant daylight.
  • Gdańsk: Explore the many cultural sites—both past and contemporary—of Poland’s historic city, from a walking tour featuring medieval guildhalls and Renaissance and baroque mansions to the historic Lenin Shipyard and its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers.
  • Tallinn: Revel in the medieval charms of Estonia’s Tallinn, a World Heritage site that has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. See historic churches and Toompea Castle and visit the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic-style hall in northern Europe.
  • St. Petersburg: Spend two days exploring the treasures of Russia’s St. Petersburg, including visits to the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Outside the city, tour the World Heritage sites of Catherine the Great’s rococo palace at Pushkin (including the extraordinary Amber Room), and the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof.
  • Helsinki: Discover Finland’s stunning architecture and modern design aesthetic as reflected in Temppeliaukio Church, plus the old fortifications and World Heritage site of Suomenlinna during a morning tour, then explore lively Market Square at leisure.
  • Visby: Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, one of Sweden’s richest historical regions with more than 90 medieval churches. Visit the well-preserved walled city of Visby, evocative of the Viking era, the Baltic hub of the Hanseatic League, and a World Heritage site.
  • Stockholm: Cruise through the scenic Stockholm archipelago as your voyage concludes in Sweden’s capital. 

What an incredible journey! The Baltic Sea in surrounding countries have a rich history few of us realize. My eyes have been opened to the experiences of the peoples of this region through Smithsonian. 

- Jay D.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and embark the deluxe Le Boréal and set sail. (D)

Day 3 — Gdańsk, Poland / Lech Wałesa

Once a flourishing Hanseatic League port, today Gdańsk showcases its glorious architectural heritage in the meticulously restored, elegant patrician mansions featuring late Renaissance and Baroque façades in the Stare Miasto (Old Town). Stroll along the pedestrian-only Droga Królewska (the Royal Route) to see the iconic Neptune’s Fountain and visit the 14th-century Artus Court, a Gothic guildhall inspired by the ideals of Britain’s legendary King Arthur; it now houses a fascinating collection of Polish artifacts.

In 1980, workers led by Lech Wałesa founded the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe and the key factor in winning the Polish struggle against Communism. Visit the historic Lenin Shipyard, where the movement began, and its monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. Enjoy time to explore Gdańsk’s lovely Old Town at your own pace.

By special arrangement, meet the leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Wałesa, on board the ship this evening. Mr. Wałesa will discuss his perspective on Solidarity, globalization and progress in the region, with time for questions and answers. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cruising the Baltic Sea

Spend the day at leisure cruising the Baltic Sea while enjoying a series of enriching lectures. This evening, attend the captain’s welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 5 — Tallinn, Estonia

Having largely escaped the ravages of World War II, Tallinn’s Old Town, now a World Heritage site, has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. During the walking tour, see Toompea Castle—the seat of Estonia’s Parliament—the landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the 13th-century Church of St. Nicholas. Visit the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic-style hall in Northern Europe. Enjoy free time to explore Tallinn’s Old Town before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter the Great founded majestic St. Petersburg in 1703 as his “Window on the West.” After cruising into the heart of the city, enjoy a specially arranged early-entry guided tour of one of the world’s greatest art repositories, the incomparable State Hermitage Museum. Former czarist palace of Catherine the Great and a World Heritage site, its spectacular collections are rivaled only by the museum’s lavish interior.

This afternoon’s panoramic tour of the city’s historic center, a World Heritage site, features legendary landmarks scattered across more than 100 islands and linked by more than three times as many bridges. St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt, showcases exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture. See the ornate Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on the site of Emperor Alexander II’s assassination, and the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with a striking golden dome that is one of the glories of the city’s skyline. Visit St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to secure the country’s access to the sea, and the impressive Baroque Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, containing the tombs of 32 czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

The evening is at leisure. An optional opportunity to attend a Russian folklore show performed in the Nikolaevsky Art Centre is offered. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — St. Petersburg

This morning, visit the imperial compound of Pushkin and Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, a World Heritage site, highlighted by a special visit to the extraordinary Amber Room, said to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Then, savor a lunch of traditional Russian specialties.

Enjoy a guided tour of the splendid parklands and extravagant Grand Palace of Petrodvorets, a World Heritage site, commissioned by Peter the Great to rival the palace of Versailles. The elaborately landscaped grounds feature magnificent formal gardens and cascading fountains. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil, skimming over the Gulf of Finland. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki was named the 2012 World Design Capital for its innovative use of design in stimulating an urban environment. Stand on deck as the ship approaches the city for the best view of the 18th-century maritime fortress of Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site. On a panoramic city tour, see the stately Senate Square and the diplomatic quarter of Kaivopuisto. Visit the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock. Enjoy free time to explore Helsinki’s lively Market Square before reboarding the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden

Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, rich in Swedish history with abundant ancient sites and more than 90 medieval churches. The marvelous Old Town of Visby, the former Baltic center of the Hanseatic League, is a World Heritage site and arguably the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. On the walking tour of this “city of roses,” see the 13th-century walls, the original medieval gates, towers and stone warehouses. Tour the iconic Cathedral of St. Mary—the only one of Visby’s Gothic churches not in ruins today—and the Gotlands Historical Museum. Enjoy time at leisure before returning to the ship.

This evening, attend the captain’s farewell reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Stockholm / U.S.

Be on deck as you cruise through the scenic Stockholm archipelago, the gateway to the magnificent “Venice of the North.” Disembark and depart for the U.S. or continue on to explore the historic splendor and dramatic beauty of Stockholm on the post-cruise option.