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

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 OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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

Norway Pre-Cruise Option — 6 Days, 5 Nights

This unique five-night journey from Bergen “Across the Roof of Norway” features the snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls, alpine lakes and spectacular fjordland as seen from aboard the Bergen Line, Northern Europe’s highest railroad, and the Flåm Railway, a modern engineering marvel. Tour the city of Bergen, including Bryggen, a World Heritage site. Enjoy an overnight stay in the historic Hotel Stalheim and a scenic cruise on Sognefjord and Nærøey Fjord, a World Heritage site. Afterward, embark the Crown Seaways ferry for an overnight cruise to Copenhagen. Accommodations are for four nights in comfortable hotels and one night aboard the Crown Seaways ferry.

Stockholm Post-Cruise Option 3 Days, 2 Nights

One of the most handsome Scandinavian cities, Stockholm is an attractive and harmonious mixture of medieval and modern structures built on 14 small islands scattered among open bays and narrow channels. Visit the City Hall, a 20th-century architectural masterpiece, where the majority of Nobel Prizes are awarded. Walk through the historic old town and visit the Vasa Museum, exhibiting a perfectly preserved 17th-century Swedish warship. Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located Sheraton Stockholm Hotel.

Pre- and post-program options and optional excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.

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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2016 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2 — Copenhagen

Upon arrival in Copenhagen, embark the deluxe Le Boréal and set sail. (D)

Day 3 — Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden

Call at the Baltic island of Gotlandone of Sweden’s richest historical regions with more than 100 medieval churches. The marvelous Old Town of Visby, the Baltic hub of the Hanseatic League, is a World Heritage Site and arguably the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. See the 13th-century walls; the original medieval gates, towers, and stone warehouses; the iconic Cathedral of St. Mary (the only one of Visby’s Gothic churches not in ruins today); and the small but spectacular botanical gardens that have drawn garden enthusiasts to this “city of roses” since 1855. This evening, gather for the captain's festive welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Gdansk, Poland, Special Guest Speaker Lech Walesa

The historic city of Gdansk features several examples of Poland’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture. Walk past elegant patrician mansions featuring late Renaissance and Baroque façades in the Old Town and see the famous Neptune’s Fountain. Visit the 14th-century Artus Court, a meticulously restored Gothic guildhall that houses a fascinating collection of Polish art.

In 1980, workers led by Lech Walesa founded the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe and the key factor in winning the Polish struggle against Communism. See the historic Lenin Shipyard and its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. By special arrangement, meet the leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa on board the ship this afternoon. Mr. Walesa will discuss his perspective on Solidarity, globalization, and progress in the region with time for questions and answers. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Cruising the Baltic Sea

Cruise the Baltic Sea and enjoy a series of enriching lectures. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — 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 the past 600 years. During the walking tour, see Toompea Castle, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter the Great founded the majestic city of St. Petersburg in 1703 as his “Window on the West.” Explore the city’s historic center, a World Heritage site whose legendary landmarks are scattered across more than 100 islands 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 beautiful 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. See the impressive baroque Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, containing the tombs of 32 czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

Later, see one of the world's greatest art repositories at the incomparable State Hermitage Museum, former palace of Catherine the Great and a World Heritage site. The spectuacular collections are rivaled only by the museum's lavish interior.

The evening is at leisure. Attend an optional Russian folklore show performed in the Nikolaevsky Art Centre. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — St. Petersburg

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. Then enjoy a lunch of traditional Russian specialties.

This afternoon, visit the extravagant parklands and Grand Palace of Peterhof, a World Heritage site, commissioned by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. The elaborately landscaped grounds feature formal gardens and cascading fountains. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil, skimming over the Gulf of Finland. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki was named the 2012 World Design Capital for its use of innovative design as an effective tool for social, cultural, and economic development in the city. On the morning tour of Finland’s dynamic capital, see the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site, the stately Senate Square, lively Market Square, and the diplomatic quarter of Kaivopuisto. Visit the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock, then enjoy free time to explore Helsinki's lively Market Square before reboarding the ship.

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

Day 10 — Depart Stockholm for the U.S.

Be on deck as you cruise through the scenic Stockholm archipelago, the gateway to the magnificent "Venice of the North." Disembark and continue to explore the historic splendor and dramatic beauty of Stockholm on the Post-Cruise Option or depart for the U.S. (B)

2017 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 100 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.