Explore the delights of the Baltic Sea sailing from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and back to Stockholm with the luxury of the Regent Seven Seas Voyager - the all inclusive 6 star cruising experience
Departs Copenhagen on Sun 26th Jul 2015

Destination Ports include; Warnemünde (Germany), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn (Estonia) and Stockholm.

Excursions include; Plokstine Forest and Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site in Lithuania, Jewish Heritage Tour of Riga, Art & Architecture Highlights of Helsinki, an Evening of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s Grand Palace in Peterhof, Yusupov Palace and Canal Cruise in St. Petersberg, Chocolate Making Workshop with Master Pierre (one of the best-known confectioners in Estonia) and Soviet Navy & the KGB tour in Tallin.

call-our-advisors

Itinerary
Regent Seven Seas Voyager Copenhagen to Stockholm 10 itinerary

Regent Seven Seas Voyager

A trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony ships, Seven Seas Voyager exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury.

Route Map
Regent Seven Seas Voyager Copenhagen to Stockholm 10 nights 500 x 400

Suite Prices from £5,409 pp
for a Deluxe Veranda Suite – G, based on 2 persons sharing, including return air fares.

FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package in Concierge Suites and Higher.

FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits

FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily

FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

FREE Ground Transfers

FREE 24-Hour Room Service

NO Charge for Specialty Restaurants and much more.

call-our-advisors

About the Ship, Cruise Highlights, Ports of Call & Excursions

A trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony ships, Seven Seas Voyager exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury. Considering her size, the amenities are surprisingly plentiful and include four main dining venues where you can dine wherever, whenever and with whomever you choose. With 447 international crew members attending to a maximum of but 700 guests, personal service is exceedingly indulgent throughout.

Dine whenever, wherever and with whomever you choose in any of our open-seating restaurants. Simply request a table when the mood strikes and the Maître D’ will happily seat your party.

Using fresh local produce, dry-aged prime meats, fish and seafood sourced from international markets, delicious artisan cheeses and scrumptious baked goods crafted from the finest imported French flour, combined with all the skills and imagination of our celebrated chefs to put it all together — cruising has never tasted so good. Menus change daily in Compass Rose as a multitude of Continental-inspired dishes are offered during the course of your voyage. Indulge in a Sunday champagne and caviar brunch at La Veranda or at Compass Rose. Dine in elegant surroundings including the iconic Prime 7, the premier steakhouse at sea, and delight in mouth watering entrées paired with distinctive complimentary wines and spirits.

Voyager Compass Rose RestaurantAs the flagship restaurant aboard each of our ships, the wonderfully spacious Compass Rose serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features an exceptional variety of European-inspired Continental cuisine, as well as flavourful vegetarian and kosher dishes and nutritious Canyon Ranch SpaClub® specialties. Elegantly decorated in warm golden and maroon hues, Compass Rose delights with a beautifully refined atmosphere blessed with natural light during the day. Whenever you decide to whet your appetite, your Maître D’ will guide you to a quiet, romantic table for two or a festive larger table — reservations are not necessary.

Serving breakfast and lunch, La Veranda is exceedingly popular any time of the day. Spacious and comfortably casual, La Veranda offers regional specialties that often reflect the cuisines of the countries called on, such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Spanish Sherry Sauce or pan-sautéed Mediterranean Sea Bass. Dishes are presented in a buffet style that displays the diversity of the menu. La Veranda also features an authentic pizzeria and a shaded, open-air veranda for dining al fresco.

Voyager Sette Mari at La VerandaEach evening, La Veranda transforms into Sette Mari at La Veranda, a casual, intimate dining experience. Enjoy an extensive menu of authentic antipasti and Italian specialties served á la carte and paired with fine Italian wines — complimentary of course. Delectable dishes are prepared á la minute by our talented chefs using only the freshest gourmet ingredients and served by our attentive waiters. Sette Mari at La Veranda is open for dinner only.

Voyager Pool GrillThe ultimate come-as-you-are dining venue, the Pool Grill couldn’t be more casual. Walk over straight from sunbathing or swimming in the pool. Drop by before or after a shore excursion. Enjoy a snack between activities. The Pool Grill is open air, yet abundantly shaded for comfortable dining. Enjoy grilled-to-order burgers, grilled seafood, sandwiches and fresh salads. Treat yourself to milk shakes, malts, and hand-dipped ice cream desserts sprinkled with all your favourite toppings.

Voyager Prime 7 RestaurantA true classic in every sense, Prime 7 sets a new standard in steakhouse fare with its contemporary interpretation of an American favourite. Handsomely decorated with supple leather wing-back chairs, burnished woods and rich earth-toned fabrics, Prime 7 exudes a distinct, intimate elegance. This is glamour redefined, a luxurious setting to enjoy classic steakhouse cuisine with a modern flair.

All the traditional starters are here, including Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, and French Onion Soup Gratinée. Of course, beef is the undisputed star, as it is all USD A Prime and Dry-Aged at least 28 days to ensure the ultimate tenderness, juiciness and flavour. “Côte de Boeuf” Bone-in Rib Steak, Porterhouse Steak and succulent Filet Mignon only touch upon the selections. Mouth watering alternatives include Colorado Double-Cut Lamb Chops and Oven-Roasted Organic Free-Range Chicken. Prime 7 is open for dinner only and reservations are required.

Click here for Prime 7 Dinner Menu

Voyager Signatures RestaurantSignatures is one of two restaurants at sea (the other is aboard Seven Seas Voyager). Preparing authentic, decadent French cuisine is an art form and is the raison d’être of our French restaurant, Signatures. Capturing the diversity of French fare, our seasoned chefs offer an exquisite dining experience with tantalizing tastes and enticing presentation. Consequently, each and every dish served in Signatures is absolutely sublime and purely French.

Classics like Quiche au Camembert and Foie Gras Terrine with Plum Marmalade tease the palate. Main courses such as Rack of Lamb with Morel Mushrooms and Melted Potato Garnishes and Magret Duck Fillet with Raspberry Vinaigrette excite the senses, especially when perfectly paired with a delightful French vintage carefully selected by the sommelier. The experience is so authentically French that it rivals that of the finest Parisian restaurants. Open for dinner only, reservations are required for Signatures.

Click here for Signatures Restaurant Sample Menu

A trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony ships, Seven Seas Voyager exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury.

Layout:
Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 306 ft2 (28 m2)
Balcony: 50 ft2 (5 m2)

Highlights:
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
L’Occitane® Amenities
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max number of passengers: Up to 3

Dimensions:
Suite: 306 ft2 (28 m2)
Balcony: 50 ft2 (5 m2)

Highlights:
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast, & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Welcome bottle of champagne
Stocked refrigerator
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
L’Occitane® Amenities
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max number of passengers: Up to 3

Dimensions:
Suite: 306 ft2 (28 m2)
Balcony: 80-137 ft2 (7.4 – 12.7 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal Butler committed to fulfilling your wishes
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® Docking Station to accommodate all iPhone® models
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
Marble bathroom
Private balcony
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 320 ft2 (30 m2)
Balcony: 50 ft2 (5 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal Butler committed to fulfilling your wishes
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Welcome bottle of champagne
Stocked refrigerator
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® Docking Station to accommodate all iPhone® models
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
1 1/2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Sitting area
Walk-in closet with safe
Max number of passengers: Up to 4

Dimensions:
Suite: 495 ft2 (46 m2)
Balcony: 50 ft2 (5 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship (One FREE WiFi package, from; 30 minutes to FREE Unlimited depending on voyage selected)
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal Butler committed to fulfilling your wishes
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily Canapés
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® Docking Station to accommodate all iPhone® models
Complimentary use of iPad®
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
1 1/2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Expansive living room
Walk-in closet with safe
Max number of passengers: Up to 4

Dimensions:
Suite: 554 ft2 (52 m2)
Balcony: 50 ft2 (5 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship (One FREE WiFi package, from; 30 minutes to FREE unlimited depending on voyage selected)
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal Butler committed to fulfilling your wishes
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily canapés & upgraded bar set-up
Complimentary cocktail party
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® Docking Station to accommodate all iPhone® models
Complimentary use of iPad®
Daily newspaper
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Nespresso coffee & Tea Forté set-up
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

Layout:
1 1/2 marble bathrooms
Private balcony
Spacious bedroom
Expansive living room
Walk-in closet with safe
Max number of passenger: Up to 4

Dimensions:
Suite: 753 ft2 (70 m2)
Balcony: 123 ft2 (11 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship (One FREE WiFi package, from; 30 minutes to FREE unlimited depending on voyage selected)
FREE Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Programme on selected sailings
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including: FREE Ground Transfers, FREE Breakfast & FREE Porterage
15 minutes of FREE ship-to-shore phone time
Priority online shore excursion reservations
Priority online Prime 7 and Signatures dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
5% discount on pre- or post-cruise Hotel or Land Programs
Personal Butler committed to fulfilling your wishes
European King-Size Suite Slumber Bed®
Interactive Flat-Screen Television & Direct-Dial Satellite Phone
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up
Daily canapés & upgraded bar set-up
Complimentary cocktail party
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
A variety of L’Occitane® and Hermès® soaps, shampoos and lotions
iPhone® Docking Station to accommodate all iPhone® models
Complimentary use of iPad®
Daily newspaper
Binoculars, illy® espresso maker and cashmere blanket
Nespresso coffee & Tea Forté set-up
Welcome bottle of champagne
24-hour room service with dinner served course-by-course

RSS CopenhagenCopenhagen, the royal capital of Denmark, is one of Europe’s oldest capitals. It was a fishing village until the middle of the 12th century, but then grew in importance after being fortified in 1167. Because of its harbor, it soon became a place of commercial importance. Copenhagen has a long history well-integrated with today’s modern life. Theaters, museums, art galleries and musical entertainment are among the attractions that make Copenhagen memorable.

Warnemünde is a sea resort and district of Rostock in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, situated at the Baltic Sea in the Northeast of Germany at the estuary of the river Warnow. Being a center of maritime traffic, the district of Warnemünde comprises numerous navigational aids, the oldest of which is the lighthouse located near the beach promenade. The lighthouse, which is currently still in use, was built in 1897. Warnemunde is also our gateway to nearby Berlin.

Free excursion

The lively harbor city of Rostock was founded nearly 800 years ago and has a rich shipbuilding and fishing history. Walking through the city center, you will observe its wonderful old towers, looming fortifications, gabled houses from the 15th century, lovely churches and abbeys. During your free time, you might shop in the New Market Square or visit the 13th century monastery. Then, it’s on to a brewery complex, where you can sample freshly made German beer and a pretzel.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate, flat walking – at times over cobblestone surfaces and some steps to negotiate. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is suggested to bring local currency; EURO.

Free excursion

As you will see while strolling through the market square, Warnemünde is a classic Baltic seaside resort town. As a special treat, in the Gothic Warnemünde Church, a local musician will perform exclusively for your group on the church’s organ. Then, while exploring the town further, you can enjoy a hearty German beer and pretzel at a local restaurant. A relaxing ride on a tram follows, during which you will see even more of this picturesque town on the Warnow River.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of moderate, walking – at times over cobblestone surfaces and some steps to negotiate. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is suggested to bring local currency; EURO.

Excursion fee £119 pp

From the port, Berlin lies to the southeast, a drive that is exceptionally scenic. Upon arriving in Germany’s capital city, you will see one of its most poignant symbols, the restored Brandenburg Gate, which was once part of the Berlin Wall. Another icon is the Unter den Linden, the fashionable avenue of aristocratic old Berlin, which extends from the Brandenburg Gate to Alexanderplatz, once the heart of socialist East Germany. Continuing on, you will stop at the East Side Gallery to contemplate a section of the Berlin Wall on which artists, both famous and obscure, were encouraged to express themselves in paint. Although Germany has been reunified for more than 15 years, many of the most noteworthy sites are reminders of its earlier divisiveness and war years. For instance, there is Checkpoint Charlie, a Cold War crossing point between East and West Berlin, the Tempelhof Airlift Memorial, and the Allied Museum, where the Allied presence in post-war Berlin comes alive. Following free time for lunch on your own, you will see attractions such as the Reichstag, which once again houses Germany’s parliament, and the new Memorial for the Victims of War and Dictatorship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of travel on the coach to Berlin. There is little walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are steps to be taken in and out of the coach. The order of sites visited may vary. Guide service only in Berlin; an official escort will be in the coach and will provide some information. While not recommended, the tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair who can board the coach (3 steps) on their own. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is suggested to bring local currency; EURO.

Klaipeda, or Memel, in Lithuania is situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. During World War II, the city was captured by the Soviet Red Army. Unlike the rest of East Prussia, the Memel Territory was not considered part of the Soviet occupation zone, and was incorporated into the Lithuanian SSR. The city began to develop cultural activities in the 1970s and 1980s, such as the introduction of the Sea Festival cultural tradition.

Free excursion

Explore Lithuania’s natural beauty, and the former nuclear threat imposed by its Soviet neighbors, during this visit to the Plokstine Forest and Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site.

A stark reminder of the Cold War, the Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site was constructed in Zemaitija National Park under great secrecy in 1960, and became operational in 1963. Soldiers working around-the-clock excavated the silos by hand. Four silos housed the R 12 surface-to-surface missiles. The nuclear missiles were targeted towards the biggest European cities, including Berlin, London, Madrid and Paris. In 1962, similar missiles were deployed to Cuba from this site, creating what became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Nuclear Weapons Site was closed in 1979. Today, four silos and the central control complex remain.

Depart the pier for the drive to Zemaitija National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the Plokstine Forest, and home to the Soviet Nuclear Weapons Site. Upon arrival at the site, you will begin your guided tour of the 88.5-foot-deep corridors, mineshaft and underground tunnels of this old Soviet launch site. Along the way, you will see some of the symbols of the Soviet Army, and have an opportunity to climb through the narrow hatch and view one of the silos.

In sharp contrast to this apocalyptic site, the Plokstine Forest is filled with an abundance of scenic vistas. On the return drive, you will view the most beautiful sites of the national park, including the crystal-clear waters of Plateliai Lake, and three spectacular islands. A stop will then be made at a Lithuanian cafe to sample some national dishes before returning to the pier and ship.

Please note: If you are claustrophobic, do not enter the tunnels. The Soviet Nuclear Weapon site has not been reconstructed, and there are some uncomfortable areas in the underground tunnels. Following your visit, you may opt to rejoin your coach and proceed directly back to the pier and ship, or remain a bit longer in the Old Town of Klaipeda, and find your own way back to the ship. Lunch includes a choice of two beverages: local beer, soda or water.

Free excursion

Klaipeda’s world of fairy tales and legends awaits your arrival during this scenic visit to the Black Shore, and a stop at Witches Hill.

Depart the pier for the brief drive through Klaipeda, then a 5-minute journey by ferry across the Curonian lagoon to the Curonian Spit, which captivates visitors with its unique natural beauty. From here, you will proceed to the Black Shore, or Juodkrante, the oldest fishing village on the Curonian Spit. Now a resort, it still retains its Old World charm. Upon arrival, you will see Amber Bay, a 19th-century amber-mining site, along with the quay of the lagoon, which is adorned by modern sculptures. You will also view the traditional fishermen’s houses decorated with ornaments.

The highlight of your visit to Juodkrante is Witches Hill, which features 80 sculptures carved from oak along the edge of a forest path. Here, you will observe the giant Neringa and Egle, the queen of grass-snakes, a dragon slain by the prince, the thunder, poacher and many witches performing their devilry. You will also hear some of the stories and legends related to them, and understand why Lithuania is renowned as Europe’s last pagan state.

Next, a visit will be made at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Situated opposite the church is a gallery of weather vanes, in a separate building that will also be visited. In the 19th century, weather vanes were used as a special marking system on the top of the flat fishing boats, or kurenas. Later, weather vanes became particularly colorful and artistic symbols of the Curonian Spit.

Your tour concludes with a stop to view the impressive nesting site of one of the largest cormorant and Grey heron colonies. Thousands of these birds arrive in March, then migrate south in August.

Please note: This tour involves a significant amount of moderate to strenuous walking. The Hill of Witches requires navigating an uphill dirt track through a dense forest. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellent; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, athletic or hiking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. At the conclusion of your guided tour, you may opt to rejoin your coach and proceed directly back to the pier and ship, or remain a bit longer in the Old Town of Klaipeda, and find your own way back to the ship.

Free excursion

Depart the pier for the drive to the Old Town of Klaipeda. Upon arrival, you will visit the Theater Square, and view its symbol; a sculpture of Annchen von Tharau. A family folklore band will greet your arrival with the song, Annchen von Tharau. You will then walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Along the way, you will see the old Fachwerk construction buildings, along with the houses where shoemakers, blacksmiths, bakers and other craftsmen lived.

Next, you will re-board your coach, and drive through the central part of Klaipeda to Palanga. Upon arrival, a stop will be made at the Botanical Park. Inside the park, a 19th-century Neo-Renaissance-styled mansion now houses the Amber Museum. During your visit, the Amber Museum will reveal the marvel of its Baltic gold; amber’s origins, places where it can be found, and amber processing and jewelry-making. You will also have an opportunity to stroll through the gardens, and observe the swans and other birds in the ponds.

Your tour concludes with a visit to Palanga’s Basanavicius Promenade, which has recently been refurbished, and is now the highlight of the area. Here, you will find cafes, bars and restaurants on both sides of the street. The Basanavicius Promenade leads on to the pier, and juts out over 1,500 feet into the Baltic Sea.

Please note: Following your visit, you may opt to re-board your coach and proceed directly back to the pier and ship, or remain a bit longer in the Old Town of Klaipeda, and find your own way back to the ship. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, and may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties. The Amber Museum is currently under renovation and not all areas will be available to visit. A theatrical presentation will be added to the tour to compensate for the reduction in time at the Amber Museum.

Riga, the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. After more than 700 years of German, Swedish, Russian rule, Latvia, with Riga as its capital city, thus declared its independence on November 18, 1918. Soviet occupation and annexation occurred in 1940, but then Latvia declared its full de facto independence in 1991. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture.

Free excursion

This tour will introduce you to the cultural and national diversity of Riga, which has always been a multi-national city.

Jewish heritage occupies a very important role in the history of Riga. During the tour you will become acquainted with the most important sites and memorial places. The tour starts with a visit to the site of the former Great Synagogue, which was built in 1868 and was the biggest and most beautiful synagogue in Riga. However, on July 4, 1941 it was deliberately burned down, with hundreds of Jewish refugees from Lithuania and local Latvian Jews inside. On July 4, 1988 a memorial was established and now a large, gray stone with the inscription “Magen David” stands on the site of the former place of worship.

The tour will take you further to the Jewish Hospital “Bikur Holim”, which was built in 1924. People of different nationalities were and still are treated here. Afterwards you will visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, which was used from 1725 until 1941 when it was included in the territory of the ghetto and became a vast communal grave for many Jewish people killed in 1941. After World War II the cemetery was destroyed and it is now a memorial park.

The bus will take you to the outskirts of Riga to a memorial place in Rumbula. During the Nazi regime thousands of Jewish people from all over Europe were massacred here. In the late 1960s a tombstone was placed here in honor of the victims of the Nazi terror.

On your return to the city center you will have a chance to visit the New Ghetto Museum . At the end of the tour you will visit the only synagogue in Riga that still functions, built in 1905 and located in the Old Town.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking on mostly flat ground – at times over cobblestone surfaces. The order of sites visited may vary. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair.

Free excursion

Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the biggest city in the Baltic States, with a population of nearly 1 million. The last 15 years of independence and two years as a member of the European Union have brought great changes and development to the city and to the country itself.

During the city tour you will have a chance to discover the history of Riga on foot. You will get acquainted with the 13th century St. Peter’s, St. George’s and St. John’s churches and walk through the medieval John’s yard. In the Old Town you will also see the medieval dwelling houses known as the “Three Brothers” and the Large and Small Guild buildings. The tour will take you to the center of the Old Town – the Dome Square, where you will see the magnificent Dome Cathedral.

The bus will take you through the boulevards of Riga’s city center with its fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will pass by the symbol of Latvian independence – the Freedom Monument, which was erected in 1935 during Latvia’s initial period of independence and was at the heart of the Latvian freedom movement in the late 1980s. During the tour you will also have a chance to see the architecture and lifestyle of contemporary Riga.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 miles of moderate walking at times over cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

The capital of Finland, Helsinki is also the cultural, commercial and political center of Finland. Helsinki is an easily-navigated city and an architectural delight. Helsinki is laid out with spacious streets interspersed with many gardens and parks. Wide streets and nearby islands add to Helsinki’s visual appeal. Beautiful neo-classical buildings surround town squares and the cathedral is probably the most recognized of all Helsinki landmarks.

Free excursion

Helsinki is an architectural delight, where many fine and impressive buildings, designed by eminent Finnish architects, wide streets and graceful squares. With an open and spacious feel, the city is in complete harmony with the surrounding countryside. This tour provides an introduction to Finland’s charming rural landscapes as you visit Hvittrask, once home to three of Finland’s leading architects whose work can also be admired during a panoramic tour of the city.

From the pier depart along the coastal road passing the city center towards Hvitträsk. In the heart of the surrounding countryside, amidst a magnificent backdrop of deep forests, majestic rocks and crystal clear waters, you visit Hvittrask. The former home of famous Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius, built in 1902 of natural stone and logs on a hill overlooking a lake, it is an outstanding example of Finnish residential architecture. Hvitträsk is also the birthplace of Eliel’s son Eero Saarinen, his best-known architectural works are the Arch of St. Louise, the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as well as the Dulles Airport in Washington, and of course the plastic tulip armchair.

After a tour of Saarinen’s magnificent home, now an exhibition center for Finnish art and handicrafts, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of its delightful grounds. Your tour then continues to Tarvaspaa, the former home and studio of Finland’s national painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Located in a charming park at the edge of the sea, the house was built around 1912 and designed by the artist himself. Gallen-Kallela’s works and the story of his colorful life are on display here, together with exhibits by other famous artists depicting the Finnish way of life. After complimentary refreshments, you return for a panoramic tour of the capital with its unique charm and elegance created by Finland’s most celebrated architects.

Please note: This tour involves moderate walking, at both Hvittrask and Tarvaspaa, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

Free excursion

Helsinki harbour is a delightful maze of islands, as you will see on this boat cruise through its beautiful natural surroundings, which are dotted with historical sites.

As you sail the waters, you will have the opportunity to take in landmarks such as Suomenlinna, an 18th century fortress so impressive that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built during the Swedish rule of Finland, it spans several small islands. This unique urban archipelago boasts waterfront saunas and many old villas. Keep an eye out for the zoo and giant icebreakers as your guide explains the vibrant history of Helsinki and the city’s long-standing relationship with the sea.

Your harbour tour ends at an open-air market, where you will have time to wander and shop, perhaps sampling some delicious fresh berries or other locally grown produce before it’s time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking during free time at the market; however, to enter and exit the tour boat requires negotiating approximately 3-5 narrow steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing to include a water/wind proof jacket; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Excursion fee £69 pp

This very special tour begins from the pier with a panoramic tour of Helsinki, passing some of the most interesting sights in the capital, such as Mannerheim Street, the Parliament House, The National Museum, the Olympic Stadium and the New Opera House. You’ll then leave Helsinki behind and travel to the beautiful Haikko Manor and Sauna.

The history of Haikko Manor dates back to 1362 when it was owned by a Dominican Monastery of Vyborg (Russia). Its fascinating past has not surprisingly, been linked with royal and imperial splendor. During the Russian rule at the turn of the century, several members of the Russian imperial family would visit Haikko during the summers. Purchased by the Vuoristo family in 1965, Haikko was converted into a hotel in 1966. Today, it consists of three major areas: the Manor, the Spa and the Congress Center.

During your time at Haikko Manor, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to experience the uniqueness of the Finnish national sport of Nordic walking. Conducted within the surrounding environs of the beautiful park and accompanied by an instructor, you may choose an easy Nordic walk or one with more strenuous activity, such as walking a hill. After your exhilarating walk, you can relax in the traditional cottage sauna by the sea, or stroll around the lovely grounds. Here, enjoy some light refreshments in the cottage.

Upon your return to Helsinki you will make a short visit to the unique Rock Church, a thrilling work of modern architecture in Helsinki. Completed in 1969, it is built entirely underground and has a ceiling made of copper wire.

There will be a 15 minute walk each way to the Rock Church from the coach parking lot. Then a photo stop will be made at the Senate Square where you can remain shopping and return to the ship under your own arrangements if you wish to stay in downtown Helsinki .

Following your visit, you will then return back to the ship.

Please note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. The Nordic walking portion of the tour covers approximately 1 mile and the Nordic hill climb is approximately 500 feet. Those guests who wish to use the sauna should bring along a swimsuit. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

RSS St PetersburgSt. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for over 200 years. Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” is known as Russia’s artistic and intellectual center. Tour the many cathedrals, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with floors of different-colored marble and a remarkable array of frescoes; and the iconic Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood. Noteworthy historic sites include The Peter and Paul Fortress, the first edifice built in the city and final resting place of the Romanovs; and, further afield, the remarkable Peterhof palace. For cultural perspective, take in a ballet and the world-class Hermitage Museum. To complete your Russian experience, take a day trip to Moscow or a half-day trip to Catherine’s Palace in the countryside.

This cruise ports in St Petersburg for 2 nights, so passengers have 3 full days to explore this lovely city.

RSS St Petersburg St Isaac's Cathedral

Free excursion

The ultimate overview of St. Petersburg, the city founded by Peter the Great in 1703, this tour takes in all the great landmarks.

Leaving from the pier by coach, one of the first sites you will pass is the stunning, pale blue and white Baroque façade of St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theater, the home of Russia’s most fabled ballet company. After a brief stop to photograph St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose gleaming dome is covered with 200 pounds of gold, you will drive through resplendent Palace Square, a vast open space surrounded by Italianate buildings that once housed the Tsarist ministries. From here, you can easily see the soaring golden spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which lies within a fortress across the Neva River. While stopping at the cathedral, be sure to notice the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.

Next, you will pass the Aurora, the cruiser that signaled the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution by firing a single round from its bow gun. Soon, the beautiful Field of Mars and the Marble Palace will come into sight, en route to the extraordinary Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the magnificent Smolny Cathedral, both offer wonderful settings for more picture taking. Returning to the ship, you will drive along the famed Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, where you can glimpse the neoclassical Kazan Cathedral.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of walking standing at the Peter and Paul Cathedral. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in the walking portion of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.The streets and squares in the city center are subject to unexpected closures due to high-level visits, road repair works, etc. The tour route and the order of sights visited may change depending on the traffic situation on the day of the tour.

Excursion fee £94 pp

St. Petersburg is very famous for its rich theatrical life. Like the city itself, the art of Russian classical ballet having absorbed foreign traditions, created its own prominent world-renowned style. Russian rulers and aristocracy took a deep interest in ballet, encouraging and supporting construction of theaters in St. Petersburg. In old times, the nobility often used to have their own private theaters in their estates. Today, this northern capital has a large number of exquisite 19th century theatrical buildings. There are more than 100 theaters in the city, and every day dozens of them give performances. Several theaters in St. Petersburg are world famous, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, Imperial Theater on the Fontanka River, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Musorgsky Opera and Ballet Theater and many others. Prestigious theatrical festivals are held regularly in St. Petersburg.

Ballet is an integral part of Russian cultural tradition. The development of Russian choreographic art began more than two and a half centuries ago. Brilliant choreographers such as Marius Petipa and Mikhail Fokin staged here the best of world ballets. The talents of many generations of ballet dancers were revealed in St. Petersburg theaters – Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinskij, Mathilde Kschessinska and Olga Spesivtseva, Galina Ulanova and Rydolph Nureyev, George Balanchin and Mikhail Baryshnikov to mention just a few. The World-famous composers such as Tchaikovksy, Glinka, Mussorgsky and others wrote heavenly music to accompany ballet performances.

This wonderful tour affords you the opportunity to experience the marvelous theatrical world of St. Petersburg. Few cities in the world can boast such an incredible cultural heritage.

Arriving at the theater, you will be provided with a ballet program and escorted to your seats. Soon the curtain will go up and you will enjoy one of the greatest romantic ballets of all times. The repertoire of St. Petersburg theaters consists mostly of world recognized outstanding ballets like Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty. All of these ballets have enjoyed an enduring popularity for over a century and half and can be found in the repertoire of virtually every classical ballet company in the world. During the performance, you will no doubt be deeply moved by a timeless love story told in the mysterious language of classical dance.

Russian sparkling wine and mineral water will be served during the intermission. Following the performance, you will be transferred directly back to the ship.

Please note: While every attempt will be made to secure lower level, center seats or seats together with your traveling companion(s), seating location is not guaranteed.

Free excursion

The Yusupov family line goes back at least as far as the Romanovs’. Crimean merchants of Tartar extraction, the family’s wealth rivaled that of the Tsar himself, with some believing the Yusupovs to be richer. Fortunately there was always an heir apparent in the family dynasty, and the palace was almost continuously expanded and reconstructed during the family’s ownership. As a favorite of Felix Yusupov, the palace was decorated lavishly exemplifying his wealth and eccentric lifestyle. It was in the Yusupov Palace that Prince Felix conspired to kill Rasputin, a man whom he regarded as a threat to the future of the Russian Empire. A peasant who had gained extraordinary control over the tsar’s family through his alleged supernatural powers, Rasputin was killed at the Yusupov Palace and as part of this tour, the murder will be recreated in the cellar.

Following your visit at the Palace, you will board a local boat for a relaxing cruise along some of St. Petersburg’s loveliest waterways, passing under several beautiful, ornate bridges. One of the most spectacular sights along the way is the onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, a church so elaborate it took almost 25 years to build. A cruise along the Moika and the Fontanka Rivers is another chance to appreciate history and splendid architecture of this beautiful city. In the beginning the city’s bridges were usually known by their color: Red, Blue, Green. The Blue Bridge at 328 ft. wide is the widest.

The area around the Moika River boasted a number of riverside mansions and was one of the city’s most fashionable addresses. Your cruise along the Moika has you passing such notable landmarks as St. Isaac Cathedral, a famous gambling club that Pushkin, the eminent Russian poet, described the club in his novel “The Queen of Spades”. Also seen is a group of yellow buildings that form the Teachers’ Training University. At the time of Catherine the Great it used to house the orphanage instituted by the empress. Before leaving the Moika, you’ll pass by the Stroganov Palace, a baroque masterpiece of Rastrelli. Count Stroganov who owned the palace in the late 18th century was the president of the Academy of Arts and a noted collector. The Stroganovs amassed their huge fortune through the monopoly they held on salt, which came from mines in their vast territories in the north.

Your boat cruises under the Choir Bridge, which takes its name from the Choir Hall located nearby and then turns onto the Fontanka or Fountain River. Its name goes back to the early 18th century when the water of the river used to feed the fountains of the Summer Gardens. On the right bank of the Fontanka stands the Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Peter had his rooms on the ground floor and his wife’s rooms on the first floor. The Summer Gardens and the Summer Palace used to be the center of the city’s social life. On the left bank you’ll see the former Law School which counts Peter Tchaikovsky as one of its first graduates.

Continuing on, you’ll pass the “Salt Town” – a former warehouse for storing salt which dates back to the 18th century. The present day building was erected in 1870 for an All-Russia industrial exhibition. Further along, St. Panteleimon’s Bridge across the Fontanka is Russia’s first chain bridge. It is decorated with double-headed eagles perched on laurel wreaths. At this point, your boat turns back onto the Moika River where you will the Engineers’ Castle built for Paul I. The castle originally had drawbridges and moats since Paul was afraid of assassination. Unfortunately, soon after moving in he was killed by a group of his courtiers. On the right is the Swan Canal leading into the Neva. It is named after swans that were once drawn to its peaceful waters. Next is the Field of Mars square. It used to be a military parade ground for Russian troops.

One of the last landmarks you will see is considered one of the most beautiful churches in St. Petersburg – the Church of the Spilled Blood. This marvelous Old Russian-style church was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1, 1881. Built in 1883-1907, the church is designed in the spirit of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Russian architecture, inspired particularly by St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. The best Russian painters, masters of stone carving, ceramic and enamel took part in the decoration of the Church and it is truly magnificent.

Following your canal ride, you’ll transfer by coach directly back to the pier.

Please note: Dependent upon tidal rise and fall, there are times when guests may have to walk across duckboards to embark the boat. The boat’s route may vary due to technical reasons, e.g. high water level, bridge repairs etc. Due to the security reasons it is necessary to remain seated when on the upper deck of of boat while passing under the bridges.

Excursion fee £125 pp

Relive the luxury of the 18th-century Imperial Russian court on an evening visit to one of the most amazing Royal Palaces.

Following a 17-mile journey south, you will be greeted by Royal Guards in front of the lavish Catherine Palace. The palace’s stunning aqua blue and white facade that stretches 984 ft. in length,is adorned with a profusion of atlantes, columns, pilasters and ornamental window framing. This summer residence is renowned for its splendid interior with the finest of furnishings and china.

Once inside the palace you will view an exhibition of the Romanovs’ portraits and private rooms before entering the Golden Suite of Rooms where the world famous Amber Room is located. The Amber Room of the palace was once considered to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The amber wall panels were presented to Peter the Great in 1717 by King Friedrich Wilhelm. The original panels were too short for the high ceilings in the Catherine Palace but Rastrelli found a simple solution. He set 24 narrow pilasters faced with mirrors between the panels and installed a canvas frieze above them painted to match the amber. The panels were made of small pieces of amber, decorated with moldings in amber and weighed 800 kg. The panels were too heavy to dismantle and evacuate to safety when the Second World War broke out and they were looted by the Nazi army, dispatched to Germany and never seen again. Preserved photographs and archives from the time helped Russian art experts to fashion thin amber pieces so that they exactly match the original in shape and color, thus recreating the legendary work of art. Once again, the eye is mesmerized and blinded by the wealth and warmth of the amber tones, from lemony yellow to a deep red.

You will then proceed to the Grand Hall where you will be served a glass of Russian sparkling wine to the sounds of classical music. The arrangement of large windows and mirrors in the spaces of wall between them, as well as the multiple reflections in the mirrors, gilded carvings and the vast ceiling painting – all combine to create the illusion of infinite space. As in days gone by, Catherine II will mix with her honored guests while the orchestra provides musical accompaniment.

Following the reception you will descend the Main staircase with your fellow Regent guests to the courtyard where the pageantry continues. The Imperial Guards will parade to the music and a carriage will arrive with a courtly couple that will dance one last time before departing. Next, a short transfer by coach will take you to the Imperial Carriage Museum. Here, enjoy a guided inspection of the 23 coaches by well-known Russian and Western European masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, that once carried Russia’s highest nobility.

Afterwards, you will proceed to a local restaurant, where you will be treated to traditional Russian cuisine and a performance by a Russia folkloric group. When your exciting and magical evening comes to a close, you will return to the pier where your ship awaits.

Please note: The dinner is a set meal dependent upon the restaurant venue used. Vegetarian meal requests should be made with the Destination Services Desk.

RSS St Petersburg Peterhof Palace

Free excursion

Peterhof, the magnificent residence of Peter the Great, lies in the flat, forested countryside outside of St. Petersburg. It features a commanding view of the sea down a Marine Canal that allowed the tsars to sail between Peterhof and the Gulf of Finland. Inside the main palace, you will see a wealth of spectacular sights, such as the intricately gilded main staircase, the opulent Throne Room adorned with royal portraits, a fabulous exhibit of Russian porcelain, the royal bedchamber, furnished with a huge Turkish sofa from Catherine the Great, and Peter’s oak study, which has survived unaltered from the original design. Lavish period furniture, chandeliers and paintings are found throughout the residence. After touring the palace, a guide will escort you through the gorgeous Peterhof Gardens, which features both French and English influences, and is punctuated with ornamental ponds and cascading fountains.

Excursion fee £825 pp

This amazing trip provides a unique opportunity to see the highlights of the Russian capital in one day.

Accompanied by a St. Petersburg guide, you will transfer from the cruise ship pier to the St. Petersburg railway station for a 4-hour ride on a “Sapsan” high-speed train. Your train may reach speeds as high as 160 miles per hour as you travel through the Russian countryside. During your train ride, relax and enjoy a boxed breakfast on board.

Arriving at the railway station in Moscow, you will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you during your visit of the city. Your sightseeing begins with a drive to Red Square, traveling via the city center. En route, you will see how the years of communism have affected peoples’ lives and the architecture of the city. From Red Square you will have an excellent view of the world-famous St. Basil Cathedral with its multi-colored, onion-shaped domes. This location also provides a perfect opportunity for photos of the Kremlin towers and Lenin’s Tomb (on occasion, time constraints or activities taking place in Red Square may prevent an up-close view of the tomb). During your tour, you will also take a short ride on the Moscow metro. Muscovites are justifiably proud of their metro system. Not only is it an efficient and reliable means of public transport, it is also recognized as a museum of sorts, as many of its stations are richly decorated with mosaics, crystal chandeliers and marble columns and walls.

Mid-day, you will make your way to one of Moscow’s best hotels for a refreshing coffee break. This short rest period will give you a boost of energy to continue exploring the very heart of Moscow – the Kremlin. Arriving at the Kremlin, a 15th-century fortress complex located in the center of the city, you will tour the Armory Chamber. The Armory holds an amazing collection of Russian treasures, including court regalia, jewelry, coronation gowns, armor, golden carriages and some of the fabulous Easter Eggs created for the tsars by Karl Faberge. During your time here, you will also visit the stunning 15th-century Byzantine-style Assumption Cathedral, the oldest and most important church in the Kremlin. It was in this revered Cathedral that tsars were selected and crowned, decrees were read, and solemn rites celebrated.

Leaving the Kremlin, you’ll enjoy a relaxing panoramic drive through Moscow as you make your way up to Sparrow Hills. From this wonderful vantage point you’ll be treated to some marvelous views of the entire city. Afterwards, a lavish dinner, complete with sparkling wine and Russian vodka awaits you. Following dinner, your fantastic day in Moscow ends with a transfer to the train station where you’ll board your high speed train for the return journey to St. Petersburg.

Please note: This tour includes extensive walking, at times over cobblestone surfaces and there are steps to negotiate at the venues. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. All guests who wish to participate in the tour should carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The most convenient restrooms available will be on the train, at the Armory Museum and at the dining venue. You may wish to obtain some rubles in St. Petersburg the day before (via bank or ATM) to make purchases in Moscow. There is also an ATM inside the G.U.M. store. Bring small denomination bills for bargaining, if desired, with street vendors. Shoulders and legs should be covered for entry into the cathedrals in Moscow. A visa for Moscow is included in the price of the tour and is valid only for Moscow. The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays and calls on this day of the week will not include visits to the Armory Chamber or Assumption Cathedral. A visit to the New Maiden Convent and a boat ride along the Moskva River will be substituted. This tour has a limited capacity; therefore, it is recommended that guests pre-book this tour as early as possible. The tour departure time and duration may vary dependent upon train schedules.

Cancellations received within 7 days of the tour’s scheduled departure are subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received within 36 hours of the scheduled departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

Free excursion

The summer residence of the imperial family, Catherine’s Palace was extensively expanded and renovated over the years, first by Peter’s daughter Elizabeth and then by Catherine the Great. Today, the palace is one of St. Petersburg’s top attractions and for good reason. Its opulent rooms and galleries are covered in gilt and carved plaster, and the rooms are filled with original furniture, chandeliers and marvelous paintings. Some of the highlights on this tour include the superb white marble Grand Staircase and the spectacular baroque Great Hall, designed by esteemed Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Be sure to admire the china made for Catherine the Great in the Cavalier’s Dining Room, and the original panels from 1709 in the lavish Amber Room. The amazing and aptly named Picture Gallery contains more than 100 paintings by French, Italian, Dutch and Flemish masters, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries. After touring the palace interior, feel free to stroll through Catherine Park, formal gardens decorated with Italian marble statues and baroque pavilions.

On the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland lies Tallinn, the capital and main seaport of Estonia. Though the city has been bombed and pillaged many times throughout the ages, much of the town as it was in medieval times remains. Atmospheric streets serve as home to the palaces of Castle Hill. Ancient convents, steepled churches and handsome guild houses are all preserved as they were in Tallinn’s Old Town area, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Free excursion

Drive from the port directly to Tallinn’s Upper Town, passing ancient walls and tower gateways and disembark the coach at Tall Hermann Tower from which flies the national blue, black and white flag. Walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. View the baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament and visit the lovely Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a dominating feature of Upper Town’s city skyline, and home to numerous golden icons and mosaics. Continuing along Tallinn’s medieval cobbled streets you will visit the gothic Dome Church, also known as St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Continue to the scenic viewpoint over the Lower Town where you will have a brief opportunity for shopping. Re-board your coach at Tall Hermann and drive to Rocca al Mare to visit the Museum’s 18th and 19th century village buildings including a windmill, a church and farms, all situated in a pleasantly wooded park. Local performers in national costume will present a folkloric show and refreshments (tea or coffee and a traditional pastry) will be served at the local inn. Browse the museum’s gift shop before the return drive to the port.

Please note there are cobbled streets and uneven paths in the old town, plus some steps to climb. At Rocca al Mare, the paths are flat but uneven. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cafés and shops may insist on Euro currency.

Free excursion

Depart from the port for a scenic sightseeing drive to Kadriorg Park, founded by Peter the Great in honor of his empress wife Catherine I. Its magnificent scale is enhanced by its setting in tiered gardens in contrasting styles. The Swan Pond, with its picturesque island and the grottos in the upper garden, is a visual delight. Kadriorg means “Catherine’s Valley” in Estonian, though the palace was seldom visited by the Tsarina. Since the Russian Revolution the ornate palace rooms have been used as an art museum and, following closure in recent years, Kadriorg has reopened in its former glory.

After viewing highlights of the European art on display inside the palace, take a stroll through the Lower Garden and walk along the scenic park avenue. View the President’s residence and the house of Peter the Great, before arriving at Russalka monument. The monument depicts an angel with a cross and commemorates the many Russian sailors who lost their lives on the ship Russalka. Here you can enjoy a pleasant view over the bay and the towers of old Tallinn before rejoining your coach. Enjoy a scenic drive through the residential areas of Kose and Pirita before returning to the port.

Please note: This tour emphasizes art painting and is for art lovers. It also involves approximately 2 hours of walking, mostly on gravel paths. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cafés and shops may insist on Euro currency.

Excursion fee £125 pp

If you love chocolate, you’ll simply adore this chocolate workshop and walking tour in Old Tallin.

Master Pierre is one of the best-known confectioners in Estonia, going from a single chocolate recipe to over 60 recipes and two popular retail establishments frequented by chocolate lovers from near and far. The secret of his success is a pursuit of perfection, delicate sense of taste and sensitive hands. He has shared his ideas and knowledge with his good colleague Kaspar, who is now also one of the best-known confectioners in Estonia.

Depart from the pier via coach to the main railway station to begin your walking tour. You will pass by the Old Town wall and Long Leg Gate, or Pikk Jalg Gate. Continue walking along narrow cobblestone streets to the Town Hall Square. There, you’ll view picturesque old buildings that include the Town Hall, built in 1404, and the Town Council’s Apothecary, built in 1422.

Next, you will proceed through Pharmacy Lane, or Apteegi Lane, then on to Vene Street and the Medieval Master’s Courtyard, location of the famous Café & Chocolaterie Pierre. Over the next two hours, you will learn how to make delicious fillings for your truffles, and cover them with chocolate. You’ll enjoy making your own truffles with different flavors, ingredients and spices while being serenaded by the sounds of good music. After the chocolate workshop, you’ll visit the handicraft workshops at Catherine’s Passage. A brief stop will then be made to shop for wool and linen products at the street market on Müürivahe Lane.

Following your walking tour in Old Tallinn, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return drive to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 miles of moderate walking, over cobblestone surfaces, gravel path and some steps to negotiate, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Cafés and shops may insist on Euro currency.

Free excursion

Relive Estonia’s turbulent past and fight for freedom from Soviet oppression during this memorable tour of Tallinn.

Depart the pier for the drive to the seaplane harbor, where you will view Estonian navigational exhibits. Next, you will drive to the Old Town for an exterior visit to the KGB House. The memorial tablet on the wall still evokes the tragedies that began here.

Next, you will drive to the eastern part of Tallinn, and a visit to the Forest Cemetery. Here, you will see the grave of Estonia’s first president, Konstantin Päts, perhaps the best-known victim of Soviet repression. Next to the cemetery soars the TV tower, which stands as a memorial to the demonstrations against Soviet power during the Moscow uprisings in the early 1990’s. You will then have an opportunity to explore the everyday life of Soviet people during a drive through the vast apartment district of Lasnamäe on the return drive to the city.

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Estonian Museum of Occupation, where articles from the everyday lives of Soviet people are displayed. You will see a phone box, Soviet car, vouchers for buying food, etc., and learn about Soviet repression from one of the victims who suffered at the hands of the KGB.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.

Please note: This tour involves negotiating numerous steps (approximately 60) and some uneven ground. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Cafés and shops may insist on Euro currency.

RSS StockholmThe “Venice of the North,” spanning 14 small islands at the outflow of Lake Mälar into the Baltic, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia and architecturally one of the finest in the world, with broad streets, waterside parks and many pedestrian walkways. For a taste of the city, take a walking tour of Old Town, and particularly the Royal Palace and beautiful Riddarholm Church; take in the views from the observation deck in the Town Hall; or visit one of the Skeppsholmen Museums, including Skeppsholm Church (1842), the Museum of Architecture, the Museum of East Asian Art and the Modern Museum. A main attraction near the center of town is the Vasa Museum, on the island of Djurgården, displaying the almost fully intact 64-gun warship Vasa, that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.


Contact Us to Book

Your Email (required)

API - Advanced Passenger information Submission:

Passenger 1

Full Name as per Passport

Passport Number:

Date of Birth:

Place of Birth

Date Passport Issued:

Date Passport Expires:

Nationality:

Country of Residence:


Passenger 2 (If applicable)

Full Name as per Passport

Passport Number:

Date of Birth:

Place of Birth

Date Passport Issued:

Date Passport Expires:

Nationality:

Country of Residence:

Send an email for more information or a personalised quote.

Remember, we don’t pressure sell – We’re here to help not to annoy!
Visit Us in Person at our Offices:

The Steam Mill, Steam Mill Street, Chester, CH3 5AN

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 09:00-17:00 Saturdays 09:00-13:00

ready_to_help_
Not seen exactly what you were looking for? – We have access to nearly 500,000 holidays in over 100 countries so let us know if we haven’t managed to show you what you were after…..