Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Jun. 14-23, 2018

Tour Details

Type: 
Cruise
Number of days: 
10
Cost: 
$7,495 [and up]
Activity Level: 
Mild to Moderately Active
Tour Operator: 
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Tour Brochure 
Tour Description 
  • Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise.
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the Soviet Union.
  • Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star M.S. LE BORÉAL, carrying only 110 passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port.
  • Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda´nsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland.
  • Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including a specially arranged early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendors of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.

EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED, FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP M.S. LE BORÉAL State-of-the-Art Design: The exclusively chartered M.S. LE BORÉAL represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication. Elegantly appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies: Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five‑Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat‑screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers. Chic and Casual Dining: International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual indoor-outdoor restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complementary wine is served with lunch and dinner. Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities: In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service. Respect for the Environment: The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, each ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders. INCLUDED FEATURES ON BOARD THE EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED, FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP M.S. LE BORÉAL

  • Eight-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with port calls at Gda´nsk, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Visby, Sweden.
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.
  • All meals—continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complementary wine is served with lunch and dinner.
  • Tour of the storied port city of Gda´nsk, including its historic Lenin Shipyard and Old Town.
  • Walking tour of Tallinn’s historic and medieval quarters, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Specially arranged, early entry to St. Petersburg’s world-renowned State Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • City tour of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring a visit to the impressive Peter and Paul Fortress.
  • Excursion to two UNESCO World Heritage sites—Peter the Great’s Petrodvorets and Catherine the Great’s Palace in Pushkin, featuring the acclaimed Amber Room—including a lunch of traditional Russian specialties.
  • City tour of Helsinki featuring a visit to Temppeliaukio Church and a view of the old fortifications of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Suomenlinna.
  • Walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Visby, a historic former Hanseatic city on the island of Gotland.