Sail under midsummer skies to Scandinavian and Baltic cities aboard an elegant three-masted barque on this classic cruise. Fly to lively Helsinki for an overnight stay before boarding the magnificent Sea Cloud II. Call at Turku, the oldest city in Finland; take in the scenery as the crew navigates the picturesque Stockholm archipelago before an overnight call in the Swedish capital, and step ashore at tiny Visby, Gotland to stroll among medieval ruins. Visit the port of Gdansk, one of Poland’s oldest cities, and continue to Lübeck, Germany, for a full day excursion to Hamburg.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Jun 27, 2020 - Jul 9, 2020
You may also select a prelude in St. Petersburg or postlude in Copenhagen.
- day 1
Saturday, June 27 DEPARTURE
Depart by air for Helsinki on an overnight flight, group flight pending.
- day 2
Sunday, June 28 HELSINKI, FINLAND
Arrive in Finland’s capital and transfer to the hotel before gathering for a welcome reception and dinner.
- day 3
Monday, June 29 HELSINKI / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II
Following breakfast, explore the bustling market, Eliel Saarinen’s striking train station, the unique Rock Church, and the great cathedral on Neoclassical Senate Square. See Finland’s finest collection of national and foreign art during a tour of the Ateneum. Enjoy lunch and time at leisure before embarking the ship in the afternoon. Set sail for Turku in the early evening.
- day 4
Tuesday, June 30 TURKU, FINLAND
This afternoon arrive in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, dating back over 800 years, and former capital. We will visit the medieval castle and the cathedral, which is almost as old as the city. We will also stop at the Aboa Vetus and Ars Art Museum before setting sail for Stockholm. Join the captain this evening for a festive welcome reception and dinner.
- day 5
Wednesday, July 1 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
After a morning lecture, come together on deck as Sea Cloud II navigates a vast archipelago on its approach to Stockholm. Disembark in Stockholm this afternoon and visit the Vasa, a magnificent 17th-century warship that was recovered from the bottom of Stockholm’s harbor. This evening, you may wish to dine ashore as Sea Cloud II remains docked in Stockholm overnight.
- day 6
Thursday, July 2 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Join a morning walking tour through Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, followed by a special tour of the newly renovated Royal Armory, the oldest museum in Sweden, which contains artifacts of Swedish military and political history. Then visit City Hall, home to the annual Nobel Prize banquet, and discover its lofty square tower bearing the golden Three Crowns, the symbol of Sweden. This afternoon tour the sculpture garden at Millesgården. In the evening Sea Cloud II sets sail, cruising past colorful summer homes and watercraft.
- day 7
Friday, July 3 VISBY, SWEDEN
This afternoon arrive in Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towers, gabled mansions, the Visborg Castle and ruins of medieval churches recall this walled town’s fascinating Hanseatic history. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria, walk in the botanical garden and visit the Gotlands Fornsal Museum before setting sail in the evening.
- day 8
Saturday, July 4 DAY AT SEA
Today, sail aboard the magnificent Sea Cloud II while she crosses the Baltic Sea to Poland. Observe the ship’s crew as they practice the ancient art of trimming the sails by hand. Gather in the lounge to hear experts speak on topics of interest. Attend an Independence Day barbeque on deck this evening.
- day 9
Sunday, July 5 GDANSK, POLAND
Call in Gdansk, one of Poland’s oldest cities. Pass through the Highland Gate, the official start of the “Royal Route”. Visit the National Museum, whose collection includes The Last Judgment by Hans Memling. Explore enchanting St. Mary’s Street, which leads from St. Mary’s Church to the Long Embankment, to discover richly ornamented houses once owned by prosperous merchants.
- day 10
Monday, July 6 DAY AT SEA
As we cruise toward the German coast, enjoy a day at sea attending lectures, meeting fellow travelers, or reading a good book in the bright light of Baltic summer.
- day 11
Tuesday, July 7 LUBECK / HAMBURG, GERMANY
Today will we have a full day excursion to Hamburg. You will have the opportunity to see the Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and most technologically advanced music halls in the world. Other highlights will include a walking tour of Speicherstadt, a Hamburg landmark, is one of the main attractions in the great harbour tour. The world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses was built in 1883 on oak piles before returning to the Sea Cloud II where it will remain in Lübeck for the night.
- day 12
Wednesday, July 8 LUBECK, GERMANY
Explore the Medieval city of Lübeck, once the ‘Queen City’ of the Hanseatic League and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the gabled houses of the rich merchant class and a marzipan shop. Explore the center of the medieval town at St Mary’s Church and the Market Square, where signs of heavy bombing during WWII can still be seen. Rejoin the ship in Lübeck and sail for Denmark. This evening the captain hosts a farewell dinner.
- day 13
Thursday, July 9 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK / DISEMBARK
Disembark Sea Cloud II this morning in Copenhagen and transfer to the airport for flights home or remain in the city for the optional postlude program.
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