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: $7,240 * 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 $7,240

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

Experts

May 18 - 25, 2022 Departure
Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy’s diplomatic career began in Russia when the old imperial capital of St. Petersburg was known as Leningrad. When flying to Russia for her first assignment, she stopped in Denmark to soak up the joie de vivre of Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Gardens to prepare for the grim Russian winter. She has visited Finland’s beautiful capital of Helsinki many times over the years and rowed in the Gulf of Finland from the Baltic port city of Tallin when Estonia was still a “Captive Nation” of the Soviet Union. Her multiple postings dealing with Russia led her to focus on arms control and nonproliferation in Geneva, Vienna and New York where Sweden has often been an active participant. A two-time Ambassador, she also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the European Bureau of the State Department. Since leaving government in 2015, Ambassador Kennedy was elected to the American Academy of Diplomacy, serves as a Director on a number of Boards dealing with arms control and foreign affairs and writes and lectures on international topics from her home in Washington DC.

May 18 - 25, 2022 Departure
Glenn Kranking

Glenn Kranking

Glenn Kranking is Associate Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. He received his Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University, and has lived and researched in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia. His area of research includes Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, nationalism, and minorities. One of his more recent courses looks at Nordic Explorers, from the Vikings to the Polar explorers.