BALTIC STATES WITH ST PETERSBURG CRUISE
- Visit the Palaces & ballet in St. Petersburg
- Explore the medieval old town in Tallinn
- Discover soviet landmarks in Kaliningrad
16th Jul 2022 - 13 nights - Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) - Braemar - M2221
The centrepiece of this cruise, focusing on the fascinating past and present of Russia and former Soviet states is an overnight stay in St Petersburg. After sailing in via the River Neva, viewing archetypal golden domes en route, take time to see iconic sites such as Peterhof Palace, the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and much more, plus enjoy an evening at the Russian ballet, with a chance to meet the soloist after their performance. For an alternative Russian experience, away from grandiose palaces and museums, there’s a rare visit to Baltiysk to see the imposing, typically Soviet-era monuments, gates and landmarks of Kaliningrad. There are highlights throughout this journey though; away from Russia’s shores, you’ll also get discover the historical and cultural treasures of destinations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Explore Tallinn – the picturesque Estonian capital – to discover its former Soviet prison and UNESCO-listed Old Town, where medieval castles, cathedrals and churches await. You visit the Latvian capital too, with time to visit the Museum of Occupations, see ‘Stalin’s birthday cake’ and the aviation museum in Riga, while important Soviet landmarks – including Plokštinė missile base – await in Klaipėda, Lithuania’s third-largest city. Speaking of Soviet sites, there are plenty to discover on the remote Estonian island of Saaremaa, which is also home to centuries-old monuments and landmarks such as the 14th century-built Kuressaare Castle.
- *FREE DRINKS or £200pp ONBOARD SPEND PLUS EXCLUSIVE CONNOISSEUR HOME TRANSFERS OR COACH FROM GLASGOW
- Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
- A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
- Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
- Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
*Term's & condition's apply.
Day 1 ROSYTH, (EDINBURGH)
Embark Braemar at Rosyth, (Edinburgh)
Day 4 BALTIYSK, RUSSIA
Formerly controlled by Germany and known as Konigsberg, Kaliningrad was largely destroyed by British bombing raids in World War Two and subsequently taken by the Soviet Union. Today, this historic Russian delight is a popular tourist destination, but can be tricky to visit due to Visa restrictions. Joining a tour to Kaliningrad during your call to Baltiysk is a great way to enjoy this interesting, attraction-packed city.
With its pretty parks, charming neighbourhoods and fantastic architecture, Kaliningrad is a joy to explore. Highlights to discover include the imposing Konigsberg Cathedral, which is home to one of the largest organs in Europe; historic fortifications such as Brandenberg Gate; the Bunker Museum; and one of Russia’s oldest and largest zoos. The Museum of the World Ocean is not-to-be-missed, boasting an incredible collection of displays and exhibits including a submarine, fishing boat, two scientific-research vessels and an icebreaker vessel.
Day 5 SAAREMAA, ESTONIA
Explore the beautiful Saaremaa, Estonia
Day 6 TALLINN, ESTONIA
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is unquestionably one of Europe's most magical capitals. This ancient Hanseatic city is justifiably proud of its beautiful churches, solid limestone houses and well-preserved cobbled streets.
Toompea Hill, with its medieval houses and alleyways, is the oldest part, and at its foot substantial remains of the city wall can still be seen, surrounded by well-maintained parks. The medieval town hall is one of the best preserved in northern Europe, and the weathercock, Gamle Toomas, is an enduring symbol of Tallinn.
Day 7 ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (OVERNIGHT)
The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great – immortalised by the city's iconic Bronze Horseman statue – St Petersburg remains Russia's cultural centre. The Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcases a wide collection of superb Russian art.
St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.
On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum. It is one of 125 museums and galleries, including the imposing seafront Peterhof Royal Palace and Park. The city is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.
Day 10 RIGA, LATVIA
Eight hundred years have shaped the unique appearance and rich traditions of Latvia’s capital, Riga. The Gothic spires that dominate its skyline imply a sombre heart, but the rich Art Nouveau spirit of this diverse city, the largest of all three Baltic capitals, is a delight to discover.
Set at the mouth of the River Daugava, the cultural centre of Riga has been an important centre for trade and finance over the centuries, and boasts fine examples of architecture, museums and concert halls. The city’s modern urban structures blend seamlessly with medieval castles, churches and the wooden buildings of its medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town – now a UNESCO World Heritage – has many shops and restaurants and is home to the bustling Livu Square.
Day 11 KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA
Explore the beautiful Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day 14 ROSYTH, (EDINBURGH)
Disembark the ship at Rosyth, (Edinburgh)