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Fred. Olsen – L2213 – Baltic States with St Petersburg – 2022

  • Savior on the Blood, SPB, Russia St Petersburg

    St Petersburg
  • Latvia - Riga © Courtesy of Latvia Travel

    Latvia - Riga 1
  • Helsinki Cathedral © Niko Soveri.Tourist & Convention Bureau's Material Bank

    Helsinki Cathedral ©Niko Soveri.Tourist & Convention Bureau's Material Bank
  • Balmoral ©Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

    Balmoral
  • Ballindalloch on Balmoral ©Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

    Ballindalloch on Balmoral © Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Balmoral ©Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

    Balmoral Ship Information ©
Balmoral - L2213 - Wednesday 18 May 2022 - 14 nights
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Sails from Newcastle

Discover a collection of classic cities in the Baltic, including captivating capitals and the ‘jewel in the region’s crown’ and experience their beauty, diverse cultures and unique histories. An overnight stay in St Petersburg is an outstanding highlight of this itinerary. After sailing in via the River Neva, viewing archetypal golden domes en route, have 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. After St Petersburg, there’s a memorable visit to Oslo; enjoy a momentous sailing past the Olsen family home on the Oslofjord, and then seek-out the attractions of Norway’s capital from the Opera House and the National Gallery – home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream – to Vigeland Sculpture Park.

In Denmark, another attraction-packed Scandinavian capital awaits your exploration. Balmoral will dock close to the centre of Copenhagen, so you can simply step foot off the gangway and wander off to find the sights of the Nyhavn district, Tivoli Gardens, the famous Little Mermaid and more. Perhaps visit the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces to learn Danish Royal heritage. There are also visits to the Latvian capital of Riga, where the symbolic Freedom Movement and the Old Town are not-to-be-missed, and Tallinn – Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital, where you’re sure to be enchanted by the preserved Old Town and centuries-old wonders such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle. Enjoy a taste of Finnish culture in Helsinki too; you’ll get to appreciate the art and architecture of this pretty city and sample some of traditional cuisine, while you could even relax like a local at a sauna spa.

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Dates

Wednesday 18 May 2022


Cruise Itinerary

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Departure from Newcastle, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.

Thursday 19 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

 

Friday 20 May 2022

Copenhagen, Denmark

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe’s oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience.

The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens and is the home of the Danish crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too.

Saturday 21 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Sunday 22 May 2022

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.

 

Monday 23 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Tuesday 24 May 2022

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. The astonishing, ornate, 19th century Alexander Nevskij Cathedral was built when Estonia was part of Tsarist Russia. Kadriorg’s Castle was built by an earlier Tsar, Peter the Great, and now houses part of the Estonian Museum of Art. The “Peek into the Kitchen” tower has an exhibition of Tallinn’s military history.

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s capital since 1812, built on a peninsula amid a cluster of islands, stately Helsinki is The Daughter of the Baltic.This striking seaside port is surrounded by uplifting natural landscapes that are easily accessible from each area of the city. The opportunities to get out and about includes boating around the archipelago islands, hiking Helsinki’s forests or strolling its beaches, smart parks and gardens.

The port also boasts a UNESCO-listed sea fortress just a short distance from the shore, which is worth the short ferry journey to explore its historic walls and gates.  Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed places, is home to fine examples of neoclassical architecture, including unique designs from renowned architect, Carl Ludvig Engel. Other architectural delights include the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the imposing concert hall, Musiikkitalo, and the Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Helsinki’s stunning train station built in 1919, also demands discovery.

Thursday 26 May 2022

St Petersburg, Russia

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.

 

Friday 27 May 2022

St Petersburg, Russia

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.

Saturday 28 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Sunday 29 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Monday 30 May 2022

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.

Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland.

Tuesday 31 May 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Wednesday 01 June 2022

Arrival at Newcastle, United Kingdom

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.


Balmoral Ship information

Balmoral is the largest of Fred Olsen’s cruise ships, on board there are nine decks two of which are for the sole purpose of leisure and relaxation.

The ship’s facilities include swimming pools & Jacuzzis, Fitness centre, Sundeck & golf nets, Atlantic Spa & Salon, library and card room. There are also boutiques, fine jewellery and Port shop. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included and provided by a wide range of restaurants, cafés, grill and lounges on board.

During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place, while in the evening fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.

All of the 710 rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite shower (some may have a bathtub also), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: single, interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites.


Date  Arrival Departure Port of Call

Wed 18 May 2022

Late PM Newcastle, United Kingdom
Thu 19 May 2022 Cruising
Fri 20 May 2022 Early AM Early PM Copenhagen, Denmark
Sat 21 May 2022 Cruising
Sun 22 May 2022 Early AM Early PM Riga, Latvia
Mon 23 May 2022 Cruising
Tue 24 May 2022 Early AM Late PM Tallinn, Estonia
Wed 25 May 2022 Early AM Late PM Helsinki, Finland
Thu 26 May 2022 Early AM St Petersburg, Russia
Fri 27 May 2022 Early PM St Petersburg, Russia
Sat 28 May 2022 Cruising
Sun 29 May 2022 Cruising
Mon 30 May 2022 Late AM Early PM Oslo, Norway
Tue 31 May 2022 Cruising
Wed 01 June 2022 Early AM Southampton, United Kingdom

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