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 Pavel Palazhchenko, Interpreter and Advisor to former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.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. Grace Gary is the study leader on the July 7-16, 2020 departure.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 8, 2020
Jul 7, 2020 - Jul 16, 2020
Splendors of Stockholm
A Royal Seaport and Capital City Extend your Baltic experience with a Post‑Cruise Option in handsome Stockholm, a harmonious blend of medieval Renaissance and modern architecture showcased across 14 small islands connected by more than 23 bridges. Visit the magnificent City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Walk through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and visit the maritime museum built to house the Vasa, the world’s only preserved 17th‑century warship. Spend two nights in the ideally located Sheraton Stockholm Hotel.
Wonders of Norway
Bergen ◆ Fjords ◆ Oslo ◆ Copenhagen
via Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry
The Pre-Cruise Option immerses you in majestic Norwegian landscapes and Scandinavian culture on this unique five-night journey from Bergen to Copenhagen. Tour the historic city of Bergen, including Bryggen (the old wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Troldhaugen, the historic home of famed composer Edvard Grieg. Travel through pristine fjordlands on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides. Enjoy a private cruise into UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Nærøyfjord, the highlights of vibrant Oslo and an exclusively chartered cruise along Copenhagen’s idyllic canals. Spend four nights in comfortable hotels, including the historic Stalheim Hotel, and one night aboard an award‑winning Seaways ferry.
> Grace Gary’s relationship with the National Trust began when, while in graduate school, she was chosen as a National Trust Maritime Intern. She’s hard to pin down on how many years ago that was, but she admits to having served as a lecturer on more-than fifty Trust tours over a span of more-than thirty years. She is also the author of two titles in the Trust’s “Information” series and served as director of the Trust’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. She also served as executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg’s Tourism Leadership Program, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens. While at Nemours she oversaw an $80 million restoration program, which received the highest award from the AIA ever bestowed on a restoration project. She and fellow National Trust Tours lecturer Dwight Young also co-authored “Nemours: A Portrait of Alfred I. DuPont’s Home,” which was published by Rizzoli. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and has a Master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia, where she had the privilege of living on the Range in one of the original, Thomas Jefferson-designed rooms.
- day 1
Depart the U.S.
Please note that the July 7, 2020, departure will operate in the reverse direction.
- day 2
Copenhagen, Denmark/Embark Le Dumont D’urville
From Denmark’s world‑class capital of Copenhagen, embark the Five‑Star Le Dumont-d’Urville and begin your cruise across the Baltic Sea.
- day 3
A former flourishing Hanseatic League port, today Gdańsk proudly displays restored, late Renaissance and Baroque patrician mansions in its Stare Miasto (Old Town). Stroll along the
pedestrian‑only Droga Królewska (Royal Route) and the Long Wharf to see the magnificent Neptune’s Fountain and the 14th‑century Artus Court, a Gothic guildhall inspired by
Britain’s legendary King Arthur. Visit the historic Gdańsk Shipyard, where Eastern Europe’s first independent trade union—the Solidarity movement—began in 1980, and see its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers. 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.
- day 4
Cruising the Baltic Sea
Spend the day at leisure cruising the Baltic Sea while enjoying a series of enriching lectures and the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.
- day 5
Tallinn’s UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years. See the landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 13th‑century Church of
St. Nicholas and Toompea Castle, the seat of Estonia’s Parliament. Visit the intricate chambers of the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic‑style hall in Northern Europe, which
dominates the Town Hall Square and its ring of pastel-hued buildings.
- day 6
St. Petersburg, Russia
Founded in 1703 as his “Window on the West,” St. Petersburg is Peter the Great’s remarkable vision. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated palaces and gardens of Peterhof, commissioned by Peter the Great to rival the Palace of Versailles, and its elaborately landscaped grounds, encompassing two centuries of imperial style, executed to perfection. Return to the ship by hydrofoil. See exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture along the main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt, and view the iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on Emperor Alexander II’s assassination site. Enjoy specially arranged entry and a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. One of the world’s greatest art repositories, this UNESCO World Heritage‑designated museum was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Its prestigious collections are rivaled only by the museum’s lavish interior.
- day 7
St. Petersburg, Russia
Visit the elaborate rococo Catherine Palace in the imperial town of Pushkin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, highlighted by the jewel-encrusted Amber Room, is said to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Savor a lunch of local Russian specialties and vodka while enjoying a traditional Cossack music performance. Enjoy a panoramic tour of St. Petersburg’s UNESCO World Heritage‑inscribed historic center, where landmarks are scattered across over 40 islands and linked by more than 300 bridges. See the 19th‑century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose striking golden dome crowns the city’s skyline. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to secure the country’s access to the sea, and the Baroque Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, where 32 tsars—from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs—are interred.
- day 8
Helsinki merges the influence of Classicism and the Finnish National Romantic Movement with Functionalism, establishing design as a permanent and significant component of the city.
Cruise past the 18th‑century maritime fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s boulevards, overflowing with magnificent architecture, including Europe’s greatest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings. See stately Senate Square, University of Helsinki, Helsinki Cathedral and the Parliament Building—paradigms of neoclassical style—along with the Modernist Finlandia Hall. Discover idyllic Sibelius Park, an artistic homage to Finland’s most famed composer. Visit the subterranean Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn into solid natural bedrock in 1969. Explore the lively Market Square with some time at leisure before reboarding the ship.
- day 9
Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Call at the Baltic island of Gotland, rich with Swedish history and abundant Viking and medieval sites. The UNESCO World the former Baltic center of the Hanseatic League, is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Scandinavia. On the walking tour through the cobbled streets of this “city of roses and ruins,” see 13th‑century walls and original medieval architecture, tour the Gotlands Historical Museum and view the striking interior of the Cathedral of St. Mary. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.
- day 10
Stockholm/Disembark ship/ Return to the U.S
Arrive in Sweden’s “Venice of the North.” Disembark and continue on the Splendors of Stockholm Post‑Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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