A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Take to the Baltic Sea on an eight-day cruise and discover the rich history and culture of its cities, from the design hub of Helsinki to the imperial treasures of St. Petersburg to the medieval Old Town of Tallinn.  

Starting at: $6,580 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  Stockholm, Sweden  The fortifications of Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site near Helsinki  View of Finland's Helsinki from the water  View of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood from a canal in St. Petersburg  Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg  The magnificent interior of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg  Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum  View of St. Petersburg from the Neva River, with the dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral  The magnificent interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg  St. Catherine's Palace in Pushkin  The turrets and spires of Tallinn's Old Town, a World Heritage site, in Estonia  Port in Tallinn, Estonia

Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

From Stockholm to Copenhagen Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain

8 days from $6,580

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Take to the Baltic Sea on an eight-day cruise and discover the rich history and culture of its cities, from the design hub of Helsinki to the imperial treasures of St. Petersburg to the medieval Old Town of Tallinn.  

or Call 855-330-1542

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Ocean-going cruise that may pull into a pier for embarkation and shore excursions and may use tenders at some ports. Excursions will be at a moderately active pace during morning, afternoon, or full-day excursions and you will often spend the entire day off the ship. Some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities of three to nine hours each day. Some standing and walking (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits, often without places to sit. Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes difficult terrain, such as cobblestones in towns, some hills, and stairs without handrails. The longest transfer is approximately 40 minutes. In St. Petersburg the ship will dock for three days.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Tour Extension

Pre-Cruise Program2 Days, 1 Night

Enhance your cruise and extend your trip with a specially designed program.

Day 1 – Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. You will be met at the exit of the Arrivals hall. Look for the PONANT sign or a sign with your name on it. Transfer from the airport to the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel (or similar) and check in. Official check-in time is 3:00 p.m.

A local representative will be present at the hospitality desk in the afternoon to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

Join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception this evening. An independent dinner is at your leisure.

Sheraton Stockholm Hotel 

Day 2 – Stockholm | Embarkation

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, visit the Vasa Museum, which features the 17th-century Vasa warship, rescued from the bottom of the sea after 333 years and lovingly restored. Next, depart on an excursion that explores Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town). Visit the City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet; the 13th-century Storkyrkan, the oldest church in Stockholm; and the main square. After viewing the Royal Palace, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant and some free time to shop and explore on your own.

Transfer to the ship for embarkation and take in the views as you sail through the Stockholm Archipelago.

Your hotel:

The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is located right in the city center and overlooks Lake Mälaren. The cobblestone streets of the picturesque Gamla Stan, or Old Town, are a short stroll from the hotel. World-class shopping and City Hall, home of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony, are also within easy walking distance. The hotel boasts 465 guest rooms and suites decorated in a contemporary Scandinavian style with thoughtful modern conveniences.

Your program includes:

  • 1 night at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel (or similar), including breakfast
  • Transfer and luggage handling from the airport to the hotel on the scheduled program arrival day
  • Transfer and luggage handling to the pier on embarkation day
  • Welcome cocktail reception on Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Sightseeing and programming as noted in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Gratuities for the drivers and local guides

Your program does not include:

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel on any day other than the scheduled program arrival day
  • Personal expenses and other services and meals not mentioned as included in the program

Please note:

  • It is imperative that your flight arrival details are communicated at least 30 days prior to the beginning of your cruise in order to secure your transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • Early check-in and/or late check-out are available depending on availability and at a supplement. An additional night is possible, upon request and depending on hotel availability. Please, contact reservations or your travel agent for further details.
  • The official currency is the Swedish krona. Credit cards are largely accepted in hotels, shops, and restaurants.
  • The duration of the visits is given as a guide only, and the order of the visits may change.
  • This pre-cruise program is offered as a package. There will be no refunds for unused accommodations, meals, or excursions.
  • Program is offered on a space available basis.
  • Program is subject to change without notice.
Ship

Le Champlain

Launched in 2018, Le Champlain is among a new fleet of luxury expedition ships launched by PONANT. These ships combine revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury.

Spacious, Ocean-view Suites and Staterooms
Each of the 92 elegant suites and staterooms features a private balcony, while Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. The deluxe, air-conditioned staterooms and suites (up to 484 square feet) have two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower (bathtub in limited number of staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including individual climate control, satellite flat screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, and plush robes.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine are served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant in a single, unassigned seating; at the casual pool deck grill; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Wine is served at your table during lunch and dinner and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise.

Spacious Public Areas, Intimate Atmosphere, and World-Class Service
The warm and inviting public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy sweeping views from the Observation Lounge and Main Lounge, both of which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. For your convenience, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.

The ship also features the first luxury underwater observatory, the Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean's ecosystem. Here, you can observe fascinating marine life through the large subaquatic windows while digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sound beneath the ocean surface. 

Other amenities aboard ship are a Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa and sauna, fitness room, and two elevators. In addition, there is a three-level marina platform with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment, as well as 10 easily accessible Zodiacs. 

The highly trained, English-speaking international crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Respect for the Environment
The newest additions to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious "Clean Ship" designation, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels, these expedition ships are designed with energy efficient, advanced eco-friendly features that protect fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage. 

Le Champlain

Launched in 2018, Le Champlain is among a new fleet of luxury expedition ships launched by PONANT. These ships combine revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury.

Spacious, Ocean-view Suites and Staterooms
Each of the 92 elegant suites and staterooms features a private balcony, while Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. The deluxe, air-conditioned staterooms and suites (up to 484 square feet) have two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower (bathtub in limited number of staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including individual climate control, satellite flat screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, and plush robes.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine are served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant in a single, unassigned seating; at the casual pool deck grill; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Wine is served at your table during lunch and dinner and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise.

Spacious Public Areas, Intimate Atmosphere, and World-Class Service
The warm and inviting public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy sweeping views from the Observation Lounge and Main Lounge, both of which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. For your convenience, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.

The ship also features the first luxury underwater observatory, the Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean's ecosystem. Here, you can observe fascinating marine life through the large subaquatic windows while digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sound beneath the ocean surface. 

Other amenities aboard ship are a Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa and sauna, fitness room, and two elevators. In addition, there is a three-level marina platform with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment, as well as 10 easily accessible Zodiacs. 

The highly trained, English-speaking international crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Respect for the Environment
The newest additions to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious "Clean Ship" designation, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels, these expedition ships are designed with energy efficient, advanced eco-friendly features that protect fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage. 

Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Baltic: A History
By: North, Michael
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
By: Lincoln, Bruce
The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front
By: Naylor, Aliide
Lonely Planet Scandinavia (Multi Country Guide)
By: Ham, Anthony, Lonely Planet, Averbuck, Alexis, Bain, Carolyn, Berry, Oliver, Bonetto, Cristian, Dixon, Belinda, Elliott, Mark, Le Nevez, Catherine, Maxwell, Virginia, McLachlan, Craig, McNaughtan, Hugh, Ohlsen, Becky, Symington, Andy, Vorhees, Mara, Walke

Also Recommended

DK Eyewitness St Petersburg (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Lonely Planet Baltic Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Trei, Alan, Aras, Eva, Feldbach, Inna, Teteris, Jana, Trei, Lisa
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas)
By: Haywood, John
The Northern Crusades: Second Edition
By: Christiansen, Eric
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
By: Massie, Robert K.
Set Sail for Murder (Henrie O, 7)
By: Hart, Carolyn
City of My Dreams (Stockholm Series, Vol. 1)
By: Per Anders Fogelström
The Christening
By: Neuhaus, Denise
A Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories)
By: Kent, Neil
Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia
By: Suzanne Massie, Massie, Suzanne
The Rise and Fall of Communism
By: Brown, Archie
Among the Russians
By: Thubron, Colin
Peter the Great: His Life and World
By: Massie, Robert K.
Helsinki Noir (Akashic Noir)
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)