Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the lands and legacies forged by centuries of Baltic history and hear firsthand from historic world leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, Lech Wałesa, and noted author and award-winning scholar Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. One of the great cruise itineraries of the world, this unique Baltic Sea voyage features six Baltic countries and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is scheduled during the best time of year when you can experience the luminous “White Nights” of the summer solstice.
Complementary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
Encounter the lands and legacies forged by centuries of Baltic history and hear firsthand from a participant in pivotal 20th-century moments—former President of Poland, Lech Wałesa, and Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate
School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 17 years.
Her research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece,
France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of
New York University and Hunter College. A resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time
as an architectural historian at Ellis Island and New York City’s historic City Hall.
Friday, August 2
Enjoy a specially arranged, early‑entry
guided tour of the incomparable
State Hermitage Museum. One of the world’s
greatest art repositories, the UNESCO World
Heritage‑designated museum was the former
palace of Catherine the Great. Its prestigious
collections are rivaled only by the museum’s
lavish interior. Savor a lunch of local
Russian specialties and vodka while enjoying
a traditional Cossack dance performance.
Visit the imperial compound of Pushkin and
Catherine Palace, an elaborate rococo UNESCO
World Heritage Site, highlighted by the
jewel-encrusted Amber Room, said to be the
“Eighth Wonder of the World.” (b,l,d)
Saturday, August 3
Discover Tallinn’s UNESCO World
Heritage‑designated Old Town, which
largely escaped the ravages of World War II,
remaining virtually unchanged for 600 years.
During the walking tour, see the landmark
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 13th‑century
Church of St. Nicholas and Toompea Castle,
the seat of Estonia’s Parliament. Visit the
medieval Town Hall, the only intact
Gothic‑style hall in Northern Europe.
During leisure time, wander Tallinn’s incredibly
preserved Old Town before returning to the ship.
Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Sunday, August 4
Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, rich with Swedish
history and abundant Viking and medieval sites.
The UNESCO World Heritage‑designated
Old Town of Visby, the former Baltic center of the
Hanseatic League, is arguably the best preserved
medieval city in Scandinavia. On the walking tour
through the cobbled streets of this “city of roses,”
see 13th‑century walls and original medieval
architecture, tour the Gotlands Historical Museum
and view the interior of the Cathedral of St. Mary;
then enjoy leisure time in the Market Square. (b,l,d)
Monday, August 5
A former flourishing Hanseatic League port,
today Gdańsk showcases its restored, late
Renaissance and Baroque patrician mansions in
the Stare Miasto (Old Town). Stroll along the
pedestrian‑only Droga Królewska
(the Royal Route) and the Long Wharf to see
the magnificient Neptune’s Fountain and the
14th‑century Artus Court, a Gothic guildhall
inspired by Britain’s legendary King Arthur.
In 1980, shipyard workers led by
Lech Wałęsa founded the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union in
Eastern Europe and key to winning the Polish
struggle against Communism. Visit the historic
Lenin Shipyard, where the movement began, see
its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers
and meet the leader of the Solidarity movement,
former President of Poland and Nobel Peace
Prize Laureate Lech Wałęsa on board the
ship this evening, where he will present his
perspective on Solidarity, globalization and
progress in the region. (b,l,d)
Cruising the Baltic Sea
Tuesday, August 6
Spend the day at leisure cruising the Baltic Sea
while enjoying a series of enriching lectures and the
Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (b,l,r,d)
Wednesday, August 7
Arrive in colorful Copenhagen, Denmark’s
world‑class capital. Disembark and continue on
the Wonders of Norway Post‑Cruise Option or
depart for the U.S. (b)