Best of the Baltic
July 4 – 18, 2019

Overview:

Tour the historic districts of Tallinn, Riga, and Gdansk, which feature a treasure-trove of architectural styles. Spend two days in St. Petersburg – the Venice of the North – and enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and other important sites. Visit the vibrant capital cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, and Copenhagen. Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island, graced with rolling countryside, charming villages, unique round churches, and the impressive ruins of Hammershus Castle. Step ashore in beautiful Visby; a World Heritage Site, this city of ‘roses and ruins’ was once the trading center of the Hanseatic League.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1 & 2: Depart USA / Stockholm, Sweden
Day 3: Stockholm / Embark Serenissima
Day 4: Turku, Finland
Day 5: Helsinki
Day 6 & 7: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 8 & 9: Tallinn, Estonia
Day 10: Riga, Latvia
Day 11: Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Day 12: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day 13: Gdansk, Poland
Day 14: Bornholm Island, Denmark
Day 15: Copenhagen / Disembark / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Best of the Baltic
July 4 – 18, 2019

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1 & 2 – Thursday & Friday, July 4 & 5, 2019 – Depart USA / Stockholm, Sweden
Board your independent overnight flight to Stockholm. Transfer to our hotel, and gather Friday evening for a welcome dinner and briefing.

Day 3 – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – Stockholm / Embark Serenissima
Join a half-day tour of this dynamic city with lunch at a local restaurant. Board the Serenissima this afternoon.

Day 4 – Sunday, July 7, 2019 – Turku, Finland
Today visit Turku, the oldest city in Finland and its one-time capital. Your tour includes the 13th-century castle and cathedral, the handicrafts museum, and lively market. Conditions permitting, board Zodiacs to cruise among verdant islands and rocky outcroppings of the scenic Turku archipelago.

Day 5 – Monday, July 8, 2019 – Helsinki
The capital of Finland since 1812, Helsinki is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. A city tour reveals the beautiful neoclassical architecture of Senate Square and allows you the opportunity to stroll through picturesque Market Square, where numerous vendors offer a variety of Finnish foods and souvenirs. Or choose to tour Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Sweden in 1748 to protect Helsinki’s harbor.

Day 6 & 7 – Tuesday, July 9 & 10, 2019 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrive in splendid St. Petersburg in the late morning and enjoy two days of exploration. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace which houses Catherine the Great’s incomparable Hermitage Museum. Enjoy an advanced entry and special guided tour which includes the Gold Room—a dazzling display of jewelry, as well as the famous Scythian and Greek gold. Drive across the Neva River to the burial place of the tsars, Peter and Paul Cathedral; its 18th-century spire dominates the skyline. Visit the spectacular Church of the Resurrection and drive along Russia’s most famous street, the Nevsky Prospect, lined with magnificent palaces, churches, and theaters. A scenic drive takes you to the palace and gardens of Peterhof, a grand summertime residence built by Peter the Great.

Day 8 & 9 – Wednesday, July 11 & 12, 2019 – Tallinn, Estonia
Spend two days exploring Tallinn. The old town is a visual feast of soaring spires, towers, and turrets. After a renaissance in restoration and reconstruction, Tallinn proudly proclaims itself the finest preserved city in the Baltic. In the upper Old Town, visit Palace Square and the magnificent cupola-crowned Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In the lower Old Town, visit the Town Hall Square, once a medieval marketplace; one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, founded in 1422; and stroll along St. Catherine’s Passage in the Latin Quarter. You will also visit Kadriorg Palace and Park, built by Peter the Great as a summer residence.

Day 10 – Thursday, July 13, 2019 – Riga, Latvia
Your day in Latvia showcases the riches of this 800-year-old Hanseatic river port. A walking tour takes you to multiple landmarks, including the Blackheads House, one of the oldest buildings in Riga; St. Peter’s Church, a superb Gothic masterpiece; the 15th-century Three Brothers merchant houses; and both St. Jacob and St. John churches. Also visit the 13th-century Dome Cathedral, whose organ concerts are legendary. Continue your exploration by motorcoach, driving past lovely parks along the City Canal lined with the stunning Art Nouveau architecture built in 1899 during the Jugendstil movement. There is free time this afternoon to explore Riga on your own.

Day 11 – Friday, July 14, 2019 – Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Disembark this morning at Gotland Island, the largest island in the Baltic. The splendid city of Visby, a World Heritage Site, is famous for its intact medieval architecture, especially the 44 guard towers built as part of the city walls in the 11th and 12th centuries. Drive to Almedalen, a green oasis in the city center, then walk past lovely medieval granaries and the city’s oldest building, the Powder Tower. Visit the Botanical Garden, known for its exotic plant collection, and take a ride up to a splendid panoramic viewpoint of the city and its spires. Continue your tour on foot along charming cobblestone streets, to visit the impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Gotland Museum with its excellent medieval collections.

Day 12 – Saturday, July 15, 2019 – Klaipeda, Lithuania
Today, drive to the amber center of Palanga. A stroll through the Botanical Park with its 500 varieties of trees and bushes takes you to the Amber Museum, housed in a 19th-century neo-Renaissance-style mansion. Afterward drive to the Old Town for a walking tour. From beautiful Theater Square, explore the narrow streets that meander between the charming half-timbered houses and shops.

Day 13 – Sunday, July 16, 2019 – Gdansk, Poland
Enjoy a full day in this city whose history spans nearly 1,000 years. Stop at the Solidarity Monument in front of the Gdansk shipyard, then view the exhibition, Roads to Freedom, a fascinating audio-visual portrayal of those important and world-changing events. A walking tour through lively Old Town reveals a magnificent collection of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings and monuments. Pass through the Golden Gate and walk down Long Street to the 15th-century Palace of Artus, where Neptune’s Fountain commemorates Gdansk’s Hanseatic past. Also visit medieval St. Mary’s Church, the world’s largest brick church. After lunch onboard, there is time at leisure for further exploration.

Day 14 – Monday, July 17, 2019 – Bornholm Island, Denmark
After breakfast step ashore on serene Bornholm Island, endowed with sugar-white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, thick forests, and heather-clad hills. Visit the ruins of Hammershus Castle, Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortress; the unique, round 12th-century churches, Osterlars and Nylars; and the charming half-timbered fishing hamlet of Gudhjem. You may also choose to visit art studios renowned for their glass blowing and pottery.

Day 15 – Tuesday, July 18, 2019 – Copenhagen / Disembark / USA
Arrive in Copenhagen and disembark the Serenissima. Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Best of the Baltic
July 4 – 18, 2019

Rates:

July 4 – 18, 2019
Trip Package Rate:
Category 1: Approx. $13,480 per person sharing
Category 1 Special Single Rate (limited): Approx. $13,480 per person
Category 2: Approx. $14,380 per person sharing
Category 3: Approx. $15,480 per person sharing
Category 3 Special Single Rate (limited): Approx. $15,480 per person
Category 4: Approx. $16,880 per person sharing
Category 5: Approx. $18,480 per person sharing
Category 6: Approx. $20,780 per person sharing

– Rates are per person and are based on shared accommodations
– Rates are approximate until the time of booking
– Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice
– Rates are based on availability at the time of booking

Flights:

International Airfare:
Expedition easy does not make international air reservations and international air is not included in your quote. However, please do let us know if you would like assistance with booking your international air. We would be happy to put you in touch with our airline partner, Exito Travel to assist you with your international air reservation.

Included:

– Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
– All gratuities
– All accommodations
– World-class lecture and expedition team
– All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
– All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
– Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
– Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
– Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included:

– Airfare from your home city/Stockholm and Copenhagen/home city
– Excess baggage charges
– Airport arrival and departure taxes
– Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
– Passport and/or visa fees
– Travel insurance
– Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, and alcoholic beverages (other than listed above)
– Email/internet/fax/telephone charges

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Expedition Leader -Nadia Eckhardt

Nadia Eckhardt

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia now calls Seattle her home. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and is well versed in many adventure destinations, including Central and South America, Indonesia, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, the South Pacific, and more. She spent much of her youth exploring southern Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Nadia has been working with Zegrahm since 1992 and is an experienced cruise director and Zodiac driver. Currently Nadia divides her time among her home in Seattle, her family in South Africa, and leading expeditions throughout the world.

Best of the Baltic
July 4 – 18, 2019

Serenissima

Built in 1960 and scheduled to be refurbished in 2018, the Serenissima is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include two lounges (one with a library and games), a single-seating dining room, and elegant bar. Outside decks feature a small gym, Jacuzzi, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, en suite bathroom, wardrobe, vanity table, television, and personal safe.

Ship Details & Deck Plan

Tonnage:2,632
Year Refurbished: 2018
Number of Guests: 95
Number of Crew: 52
Registry: St. Vincent

July 4 - 18, 2019