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BALTIC DISCOVERY

from £2195
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

Guided Walking Holidays - Baltic Discovery

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
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 program, 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.



  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

Travel Details

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

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Balmoral

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities. Balmoral retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, which have been recently extensively refitted and improved, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and enjoy the facilities on board.  

There is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to enjoy on sea days as well as shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board. Whether it's watching the evening show at the beautifully refurbished Neptune Lounge; taking in stunning views over a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge; sampling premium gins at the Lido Bar; or having a refreshing pint at the Morning Light Pub, you'll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board ship. 

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, gelato bar, 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. 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).

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.


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.

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.