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BALTIC DISCOVERY

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Sample the splendors of Europe’s northern capitals of culture and traditional Baltic scenery.

A cruise around the Baltic Sea is the perfect way to sample the splendours of Europe’s northern capitals of culture and Baltic scenery. Exploring one distinctive destination after another, with an emphasis on sightseeing, wherever possible we take the opportunity to explore the local countryside beyond the historic capital cities of the Baltic’s eight proud nations.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 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, Peterhof and St Catherine’s Palace amongst many great sights.

 Copenhagen - Home to the Little Mermaid and the colourfully painted canal side houses of Nyhavn.

 Stockholm - Built across 14 islands, you are never far from the water, whether you are in the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the old town, or walking through parkland or open air museums.

 Tallinn - Capital of Estonia, Tallinn is an up and coming place, where old squares with gabled houses mingle with modern architecture and coffee culture.

 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.

Helsinki - A local guide walks us through the city including the Sibelius Monument and the Rock Church, a stunning building akin to a cross between a massive drystone wall and the O2 Arena.

 Riga - Our walking tour with a local guide 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, running for about 60 miles/100km and linking the North Sea with the Baltic.

 Gothenburg - Home to tranquil 17th century canals, we take an interesting walk with a local guide to the Botanic Gardens through Slottsskogsparken, a very rural green space close to the city centre. With luck we may see animals such as elk and deer.

Oslo - Fjord to the Norwegian capital Oslo whose museums and surrounding lakes and woodland make it a perfect stop on our Baltic cruise

 Visby - On the Swedish holiday island of Gotland. We take a short countryside walk and visit Visby’s walled town with its cobbled streets and roses with a local guide.


 

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
What's 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
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 2

  1. Day 1

    Today we board Balmoral in Rosyth and set sail for the Baltic Sea.

    Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

    At Rosyth you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. There will be a letter from your Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays’ leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group.

    Sailing time is usually from mid afternoon to early evening and will be confirmed on your travel documents.

  2. Day 2

    We have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as we sail towards Scandinavia & the Baltic Sea.

    During the day there is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on-board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

  3. Day 3

    Copenhagen is famed for the Little Mermaid, sitting on a rock in the harbor not far from where we dock. Scandinavia’s largest and most lively city, it is a great place to visit; most of the centre of the city is pedestrianized making for a relaxing city stroll. A local guide will introduce us to the city, after which there will be some free time to maybe take a cruise along the canals, visit the Tivoli Gardens or take a bohemian stroll through Christiania.

  4. Day 4

    We have a day at sea on Balmoral as we enter the Baltic and cruise east towards Latvia.

  5. Day 5

    Our groups love Riga! A local guide will show us around the city whose highlights include Riga Castle, Cathedral and Powder Tower, all dating from the Middle Ages. Other attractions include the Swedish Gate entrance to the Old Town, the gabled houses on Maza Pils Street and the Cat House.

  6. Day 6

    We have a day at sea to enjoy the facilities on board Balmoral as our cruise continues towards the easternmost reaches of the Baltic.

  7. Day 7 to 8

    We arrive in St Petersburg where, we spend a very full two days. We include a city sightseeing tour and a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress and Pushkin museum, Catherine Palace, Church of the Spilt Blood, a trip to the Peterhof and of course the world-famous Hermitage, all with an English-speaking Russian guide.

  8. Day 9

    After a morning at sea, mid-afternoon Balmoral enters the spellbinding Stockholm Archipelago. We cruise amidst some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of our smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. We are scheduled to arrive in Stockholm at 20.30.

  9. Day 10

    Overnight we dock in Stockholm and take a guided tour around Gamla Stan, the historic old centre of Stockholm, with its winding cobbled streets, medieval churches, parliament and palace. During the afternoon we may take a boat trip across to the island of Djurgården where you can stroll in the parkland by the water’s edge, visit the museum housing the Vasa ship, or stroll around the Skansen open air museum where wooden buildings from all over Sweden have been preserved.

  10. Day 11

    We come ashore in Visby, the main town on the island of Gotland. It is here that many Swedes come for their summer holidays. We visit the city with a local guide, taking in the walls and cobbled streets lined with pretty houses.

  11. Day 12

    We have another day at sea as Balmoral heads west through the Baltic Sea towards Norway.

  12. Day 13

    On arrival in the Norwegian capital we take the very efficient T-Bane subway to the city’s wooded outskirts, then walk to Lake Sognsvann. We then have a free afternoon in the city centre where attractions such as the Munch, Viking & Kontiki Museums provides fascinating viewing.

  13. Day 14

    We have a final day at sea to enjoy the comforts on board Balmoral as we make our way back towards Rosyth.

  14. Day 15

    We arrive at Rosyth at around 7.00am for disembarkation after breakfast.

Travel Details

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

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boudicca

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

View the deck plan for Boudicca

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory.  If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade 

On board facilities also 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, coffee shop, 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.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

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. Boudicca 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 Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

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.



Braemar

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on. 

View the deck plan for Braemar

Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment.  From the grand Neptune Lounge, which hosts lectures and live shows, and the Coral Club, with its resident bands and large dance floor, to the welcoming Morning Light Pub and the intimate Observatory Lounge, there's a venue to suit every occasion on board Braemar. Spend time at the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, indulge yourself at the Atlantis Spa, relax in the pools or Jacuzzi or feel the sea breeze on a walk around the ship's open promenade. 

On board facilities also 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, coffee shop, 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.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

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. Braemar 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 Braemar is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

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.