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: $5,880 * Price includes special offer 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 $5,880

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 served almost four decades as a U.S career diplomat with much of her career spent working in or on the former Soviet Union. She also served multiple assignments in Geneva and Vienna on multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation  (conventional, nuclear and biological) as well as a number of temporary assignments at the United Nations in New York. Laura Kennedy’s assignments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus 2004-5, Ambassador to Turkmenistan 2001-3, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva 2010-13 with concurrent service as U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention issues, Deputy Commandant of the National War College where she also taught for two years 2007-9, Charge d’Affaires in Armenia, and Deputy Political section chief in Moscow and Ankara.

At the outset of her career, Laura was detailed to serve with an official US exchange exhibit in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, an assignment which left her with a deep appreciation for public diplomacy as well as an abiding interest in Central Asia.  She retired in 2013 but was recalled to service in 2014 to head the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan and then the U.S. Mission in Vienna where she served as the U.S. Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency. She retired again in 2015.
 
Laura is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council in DC, the Arms Control Association, Foreign Policy for America and the Advisory Council of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation. She has lectured at various U.S. and international civilian and military institutions and universities and has previously accompanied a Silk Road tour.
 
After receiving her B.A. from Vassar College, Kennedy did graduate work at Stanford and American University (M.A.).  She is married to a fellow former U.S. diplomat and has two sons.

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.