Starting points for these superb Baltic voyages include Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, Holland as well as no-fly options from a wide variety of UK ports including, Tilbury, Portsmouth, Leith, Newcastle and Hull.
The voyages into and out of Sweden's capital, Stockholm, are through a maze of islands with channels barely wider than the ship. Mooring near the centre, the Royal Palace and the Old Town are within walking distance. Don't miss the Vasa Museum, where the well preserved royal warship Vasa gives an authentic view of life on board ship 400 years ago.
Denmark's capital, Copenhagen’s main attractions include Tivoli Gardens, the Royal Palace and the 'Little Mermaid'.
Tallinn, Estonia's capital, has a fascinating old town with a central market place, city walls, and an ancient cathedral.
St Petersburg in Russia was founded by Peter the Great and has superb buildings, notably the Winter Palace housing the world famous Hermitage Museum with its extensive collections of art and artefacts. Outside the city on the Baltic coast is Peterhof Palace with its amazing water features. Inland is the Empress Catherine's Palace with its interesting gardens and sculptures. Most itineraries include an overnight stay to give time to enjoy St Petersburg's attractions.
The centre of Finland's capital, Helsinki, is very compact and easy to stroll. In its central port area are fish sellers and markets with Finnish food such as reindeer. Nearby is the Presidential residence and the cathedral.
Many voyages call at Warnemunde for the excursion to Germany's capital Berlin. This bustling port has a superb sandy beach, and fishing and yacht harbours to enjoy as an alternative the full-day Berlin trip. Other itineraries may call at ancient Visby, in Sweden's Gothland. Smaller ships may visit ports on the Lithuanian or Latvian coast. Alternative itineraries may visit Norway's capital, Oslo.
Despite its northern location, the climate in the Baltic summer can be very sunny and warm!