Unforgettable moments, spectacular views, rich entertainment and delicious food, this was my Baltic Discovery Cruise & Walk experience on board of the ship Braemar!
My amazing adventure started in Helsinki and from the very beginning I was utterly delighted by its charm and wonderful Finnish hospitality’. A two-hour guided sightseeing tour unveiled its unique character, beautiful Old Town architecture, characterful churches and tenements; the most famous being "Senate Square" where we learnt of the country’s rich history and soak in the atmosphere.Our main port of call was St. Petersburg and the place I was most impressed with. We had a full two days to explore on foot.
Words can never do justice for the days I spent discovering this intriguing and fast-paced city, which still retains its strong communist character. Formally known as Leningrad, the city was severely damaged during World War II yet still regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is layered in Rubensian art, ornate architecture and a rich soviet history that would tempt culture-vultures of all levels.
Our guided sightseeing tour was spent at the Peterhof Palace and park, visited daily by thousands of tourists from all over the world. The splendor and richness of this place was breathtaking, truly awe-inspiring, but my biggest thumbs-up was watching ‘Swan Lake’ ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre. This show favoured my own passion for dance and music and I watched it like a child with wide eyes.
The second day was spent with a guided visit to the most spectacular places in St. Petersburg including Museum Ermitaz, Palace Square and the Church of the Blood - the so-called Council of the Resurrection.
Each evening there was a choice of entertainment, games and bars, silent disco, karaoke, crew performances, magic and finally the captains farewell dinner. It helped bond the group together but also left time to speak to others on board.
The Itinerary also included an overnight stay in Denmark’s' Ronne, followed by a stop in Germany, where sadly, my time on board of Braemar came to an end.
Ramblers Walking Holidays use the tagline ‘the world is more beautiful on foot’ and there is little doubt about this. But experiencing the itinerary from both land and sea helped to bring the trip to life.
Why not enjoy spectacular walks ashore, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, but also with the benefit of a luxurious, intimate, and magical atmosphere on-board the Fred Olsen ship.
So, lace up those walking boots and come join us!