The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
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.
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. The Baltic Sea is an extraordinary place. Surely there is nowhere else on earth where such stunning cities, the product of centuries of culture and enterprise, are just a stone’s throw from spectacular scenery, some of it virtual wilderness. The staggeringly beautiful city of St Petersburg is the jewel in the crown, but the canal banks in Copenhagen and the narrow waterway of the Kiel Canal are sights that will live long in the memory.
Our first port of call is Copenhagen, where we walk from the ship passing the Little Mermaid and the painted canal side houses of Nyhavn to the cathedral and city hall. It is Scandinavia’s most affordable city, ideal for walking around, and renowned for its summer street entertainment. We next weigh anchor in Riga, a real favourite with our groups. The city often comes as a great surprise to many people. In spite of being bombed in World War II it has been lovingly rebuilt and has the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe - the centre of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For many St Petersburg will be the most eagerly anticipated visit on our voyage. It has been said that if beauty were a commodity, St Petersburg would be the wealthiest place on earth. The Hermitage and Peterhof Palace are the two star attractions, but we hope to also see Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, and many stunning baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings. After a day at sea we cruise through the Swedish Archipelago, the second largest of its kind in the Baltic Sea and the largest in Sweden, before arriving overnight in the capital city – Stockholm. The city is built over 14 islands, and water and parks intermingle with the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the old town. Next up is Visby, which is one of those places you would normally only visit through happy circumstance. It is the main town on the Swedish island of Gotland. Finally, we cruise along Oslo Fjord to the Norwegian capital Oslo whose museums and surrounding lakes and woodland make it a perfect final stop on our Baltic cruise.
In most of our ports of call we will spend time with local guides whose knowledge of both major historical events and quirky local customs brings greater insights and enjoyment to our forays ashore. Equally we allow some free time in each port for you to explore at leisure, and your Ramblers Cruise & Walk tour leaders is always able to offer interesting suggestions. And after each day ashore we will be able to return to the comfort, great food and entertainment on board Balmoral.
Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.
On this tour we also sail to the following ports of call: Ronne, Travemunde and Helsinki
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Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.