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Sample the splendors of Europe’s northern capitals of culture and traditional Baltic scenery.
  • Product Code 81000
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Leisurely, Grade 2
  • Holiday Duration 13, 14 Nights

The beguiling architecture of the Baltic capitals provides you with a fairy-tale setting in which to roam. From strolling around buzzing cities and quaint cobbled streets to exploring resplendent castles and crumbling fortresses; discovering world-class museums and little-known gems; this remarkable concoction of the old and the new only adds to the magic of this mesmerising region.

A cruise around the Baltic Sea is the perfect way to sample the splendors of Europe’s northern capitals of culture and the Baltic scenery. With an emphasis on sightseeing, wherever possible we take the opportunity to explore the local countryside beyond the historic cities.

Our unique shore walks and excursions include:

St Petersburg: A city whose golden buildings and treasures leave many people speechless. The view from the Peter and Paul Fortress over the river to The Hermitage is one of the greatest in any city in the world. We visit The Hermitage, Church of The Spilt Blood and St Catherine’s Palace amongst many great sights.

Copenhagen: Home to the Little Mermaid, with colourfully painted canal side houses of Nyhavn and the town of Helsingor, home to the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Stockholm: Built on fourteen islands, Stockholm is the perfect place to spend time in the cobbled streets of the old town and the magnificent parklands.

Tallinn: Capital of Estonia, Tallinn is an up and coming place, but has a medieval old quarter which is everyone’s idea of the Middle Ages.

Helsinki: A local guide walks us through the city and the Toolonlahti Bay Park. We can also visit the fortress island of Suomenlinna.

Klaipeda: Situated on the west coast, Klaipeda in Lithuania has an interesting history, having changed hands several times over the years. We explore the diverse range of museums and the UNESCO-Listed Curonian Spit with a local guide.

Travemünde: We travel inland to the ancient town of Lübeck and with a local guide spend time exploring this 12th-century gem boasting more than 1000 historical buildings.

Riga: Our tour includes Riga Castle, Cathedral and the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate entrance to the Old Town, gabled houses on Maza Pils Street and the Cat House.

Kiel Canal: We sail through the world’s busiest artificial waterway, flowing for about 60 miles/100km and linking the North Sea with the Baltic.

Holiday Highlights

  • Europe’s northern capitals of culture
  • St Petersburg - the jewel in the crown 
  • The fourteen islands of Stockholm
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under Dates & Prices tab)

  1. Date: 09/06/2018
    Embarkation at Rosyth Port
  2. Date: 10/06/2018
    Day at sea
  3. Date: 11/06/2018
    Kiel Canal Transit
  4. Date: 12/06/2018
    Copenhagen, Denmark Shore Walking Excursion
  5. Date: 13/06/2018
    Day at sea
  6. Date: 14/06/2018
    Tallin, Estonia Shore Walking Excursion
  7. Date: 15/06/2018
    St Petersburg, Russia Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 16/06/2018
    St Petersburg, Russia Shore Walking Excursion
  9. Date: 17/06/2018
    Day at sea
  10. Date: 18/06/2018
    Stockholm, Sweden Shore Walking Excursion
  11. Date: 19/06/2018
    Day at sea
  12. Date: 20/06/2018
    Gothenburg, Sweden Shore Walking Excursion
  13. Date: 21/06/2018
    Oslo, Norway Shore Walking Excursion
  14. Date: 22/06/2018
    Day at sea
  15. Date: 23/06/2018
    Disembarkation at Rosyth Port

Travel Details

 UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

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Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1,350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the newest and largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred.’s renowned personal, attentive service. The comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and on board facilities are second to none. On board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board. After dinner there are always shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Choose from the Neptune Lounge for an evening show or perhaps head to the Lido bar for an after dinner drink and to enjoy the resident band. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino! Our accommodation is in twin and single cabins with shower and wc. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy for all areas of the ship. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use. Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Balmoral operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop. Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise – see the Currency section for more details. Deck plans for the Balmoral can be viewed at the following address:


Boudicca oozes a sense of class, style and elegance not seen or experienced on modern megaships and floating theme parks. On this sister ship to Black Watch, the emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise in pure comfort and with a crew of 329 on board you will enjoy a personal, attentive service, catering to your every want and need. Enjoy ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities. Indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge; simply relax on the Sun Deck; enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill and much more without ever feeling overcrowded. Boudicca has a range of shops where you can indulge in some duty free retail therapy, or stock up on the essentials. Lectures and classes are available in the bars and lounges, which change to the best in entertainment at night. Live shows, stand up-comedy and musician and singers entertain through the evenings and into the night. For blissful relaxation there is a spa (may be an extra charge) and a library where you can enjoy a good book. Or if you’re feeling more vigorous, take a work out at the ships own gym or use the golf nets.