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Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Featuring Guest Speakers Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa. Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg. Cruise for 10 nights under the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Le Boreal, launched in 2010. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching speeches by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa.

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June 5 - 17, 2012

$8,035 plus air

Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki; Stockholm; optional Bergen, Norway extension

Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg. Cruise for 10 nights under the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe M.S. Le Boreal, launched in 2010. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching speeches by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa. Spend a night in the cosmopolitan Swedish capital of Stockholm. Then in the tradition of ancient Viking mariners sail across the Baltic Sea. En route to the historic Hanseatic port of Bergen, Norway, discover the stunning architecture of Helsinki and Copenhagen, Denmark; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Latvia; become immersed in the cultural renaissance of Gdansk, Poland; and cruise through the fjords of Norway. This enlightening cruise features one night in regal St. Petersburg, including an early-opening tour of the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. A post-cruise option in Bergen, Norway is offered.

 

Highlights include:

  • a rare opportunity to meet two former world leaders—former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa;
  • immersion in the historical and cultural riches of the Baltic States;
  • spacious and deluxe outside accommodations aboard the exclusively chartered M.S. Le Boreal, an intimate vessel with unprecedented elegance and comfort;
  • an orientation tour in Stockholm, including visits to City Hall and the Vasa Warship Museum;
  • an excursion in Helsinki, highlighted by a visit to Temppeliaukio Church, a private concert at the Sibelius Academy, and a drive along the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site;
  • viewing one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art during a special early-opening tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg;
  • visiting St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and its impressive Baroque Cathedral, burial place of Russia’s czars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II;
  • exploring the historic and medieval quarters on a walking tour of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site;
  • discovering the beauty of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site during an architectural tour;
  • touring the historic port of Gdansk;
  • tour and canal cruise of Copenhagen;
  • cruising through the fjords of southern Norway.
  • Please note: quite a bit of walking is necessary on this trip as many excursions include visits to places with steep hills, lots of stairs, and no elevators.

 

Bergen Post-Cruise Option

Extend your journey with two nights in the Radisson SAS Norge in the historic port of Bergen. The city tour includes Bryggen, the district of colorful medieval houses, and the tour of composer Edvard Grieg’s former home features a specially arranged recital. 

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For more information contact

Thomas P. Gohagan & Company/ Ponant Cruises (M.S. Le Boreal)

Phone: 800-922-3088

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1 Travel Paw minimal walking involved, often on uneven sidewalks or paths

2 Travel Paws moderate walking required, sometimes on uneven or steep terrain; may involve traveling in small boats or other vehicles

3 Travel Paws high level of physical activity but may be optional; may involve traveling in small boats or other vehicles