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.
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.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jul 29, 2019 - Aug 7, 2019
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 20 years. Her research and lectures on the history of Western 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 and a Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Gail also volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City’s historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians.
- day 1
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)
- day 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. (b,l,d)
- day 3
Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
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)
- day 4
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)
- day 5
Cruising the Baltic Sea
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)
- day 6
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)
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