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Baltic Cruises - Europe's northern capitals

Visit the beautiful and historic capitals of Northern Europe on an exciting voyage through the Baltic Sea

The easy way to see these exotic capital cities is on a leisurely cruise. Most itineraries will call at Copenhagen in Denmark, Stockholm in Sweden, Tallinn in Estonia, and reach St Petersburg, Russia's second city. Other ports of call may include fascinating Warnemunde in eastern Germany, Visby island in Sweden or perhaps Oslo in Norway.

  • Typical Baltic cruise map
  • Copenhagen
  • Frederiksborg Castle, Copenhagen

About Baltic Sea Cruises

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!

Stockholm Tallinn, Estonia Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg

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  • Hidden Baltic Treasures

    9 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Transit the famous Kiel Canal on this Baltic cities no-fly cruise and discover lesser-known ports including medieval Wismar, beautiful Gdansk and picturesque Visby 2018 - Oct Save up to 35%!

    Wismar is gateway to Berlin No Fly Cruise
    From £769pp
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  • Summer in the Baltic

    13 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Experience the best of the Baltic on this 13-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at seven exciting cities including a two day stay in stunning St Petersburg 2018 - Aug

    Helsinki No Fly Cruise
    From £899pp
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  • Grand Baltic Cities

    14 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Sail from London Tilbury on board Columbus to explore the heritage and traditions of the magnificent Baltic cities, including an overnight stop in the stunning city of St Petersburg 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep Second passenger cruises FREE on 2019 departures! Now from £1099pp

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £1064pp
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  • History of the Baltic

    13 Nights - Portsmouth and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Explore the culture, history and heritage of the magnificent Baltic cities with an overnight stop in magnificent St Petersburg on this 13-night no-fly cruise from Portsmouth 2018 - Sep Save up to 40%!

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin No Fly Cruise
    From £1079pp
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  • Viking Homelands

    14 Nights - Stockholm to Bergen

    Viking Jupiter Choice of Ships

    Explore the magnificent Baltic cities of Helsinki, St Petersburg and Copenhagen and the picturesque Norwegian fjords on this voyage from Stockholm to Bergen on board brand new ships Viking Star, Sea, Sun and Sky. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep 2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save up to £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Helsinki Fly Cruise Package
    From £3690pp
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  • Hidden Baltic Treasures and the Kiel Canal

    11 Nights - Poole and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Transit the Kiel Canal and discover the lesser-known Baltic ports of medieval Wismar, picturesque Visby and tranquil Ronne on this no-fly cruise from Poole 2019 - Apr Save up to 10% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Gdansk No Fly Cruise
    From £1139pp
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  • Scandinavian Seascapes

    7 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover Scandinavian style and design as you cruise to Norway, Sweden and Denmark on this 7-night no fly cruise with visits to the beautiful cities of Stavanger and Gothenburg 2018 - Sep Save up to 35%!

    Gothenburg No Fly Cruise
    From £1159pp
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  • Baltic Discovery

    14 Nights - Hull and Back

    Astoria Astoria

    Transit the famous Kiel Canal and explore six fascinating cities including Tallinn, Helsinki and St Petersburg on this no-fly cruise from Hull on Astoria 2019 - Sep Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Tallinn No Fly Cruise
    From £1184pp
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  • St Petersburg and the Baltic cities

    14 Nights - Newcastle and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Experience the contrasting cultures of Baltic cities on this no-fly cruise from Newcastle, calling at medieval Tallinn, magnificent St Petersburg and beautiful Copenhagen. There is the option to embark in Dundee 2019 - May Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £1199pp
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  • Sophisticated Scandinavian Cities

    16 Nights - Bristol to Bristol

    Magellan Magellan

    This fantastic no-fly voyage to the Baltic from Bristol visits eight fascinating ports of call, including medieval Tallinn and beautiful Helsinki, and includes an overnight stop in the elegant city of St Petersburg 2018 - Sep 2019 - Sep Save up to 30% PLUS second passenger cruises half price on 2019 departure!

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £1214pp
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  • Baltic Capitals and St Petersburg

    14 Nights - Newcastle and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    Explore the historic kingdoms of the Baltic on this no-fly cruise from Newcastle, with highlights including the medieval city of Tallinn, delightful Copenhagen and magnificent St Petersburg. There is the option to embark in Dundee 2019 - May Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg No Fly Cruise
    From £1221pp
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  • Baltic Cities

    13 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Discover fascinating capital cities, from historic Copenhagen to enchanting Tallinn on this exciting no-fly cruise from London Tilbury to the Baltic, which includes an overnight stop in opulent St Petersburg 2018 - Sep Save up to 35%!

    Stockholm No Fly Cruise
    From £1229pp
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  • Baltic Adventures

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore the Baltic UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Old Town of Riga and magnificent St Petersburg on this no-fly cruise from Dover with a UNESCO World Heritage expert on board to enhance your experience 2018 - Aug Save up to 35%!

    Helsinki No Fly Cruise
    From £2289pp
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  • Rhythms of the Baltic

    17 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover the culture of the Baltic on this no-fly cruise to the highlights of the capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Tallinn, with an overnight stop in magnificent St Petersburg 2018 - Aug Save up to 35%!

    Helsinki No Fly Cruise
    From £2599pp
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  • A Baltic Summer

    12 Nights - London Greenwich to Stockholm

    Azamara Journey Azamara Journey

    Explore the spectacular Baltic cities of Helsinki and Tallinn, transit the fascinating Kiel Canal and enjoy three days in culture-rich St Petersburg on this luxury holiday 2019 - Jul

    Stockholm, Sweden Cruise Only
    From £3605pp
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  • Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

    8 Nights - Copenhagen to Stockholm

    Le Dumont dUrville Le Dumont dUrville

    Experience a kaleidoscope of history, heritage and culture on this luxury cruise to the best of the Baltic, visiting magnificent capital cities full of world-famous museums and art galleries, ornate churches and opulent palaces. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Aug Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Copenhagen Fly-Cruise Package
    From £4595pp
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  • Secrets of Scandinavia

    10 Nights - Copenhagen to Stockholm

    Seven Seas Explorer Seven Seas Explorer

    Join luxury ship Seven Seas Explorer exploring the gems of Northern Europe including three full days in magnificent St Petersburg. Includes return flights from the UK, a choice of shore excursions, unlimited drinks and gratuities 2018 - Aug Special offer prices!

    Copenhagen, Denmark Fly Cruise Package
    From £5899pp
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  • Scandinavian Cities

    10 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Visit three beautiful Scandinavian cities and transit the incredible Kiel Canal on this 10-night no-fly cruise from Dover Save up to 35%!

    Copenhagen View Full Details

  • The Majestic Baltic

    14 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Discover the fascinating history of the contrasting Baltic cities, including romantic Tallinn and enjoy an overnight stop in opulent St Petersburg on this fantastic no-fly discovery voyage from Dover on Saga Pearl II Save up to 35%!

    St Petersburg View Full Details

  • Treasures of the Baltic

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore enchanting Baltic cities, including an overnight stop in St Petersburg and a transit of the Kiel Canal, on this no-fly cruise from Dover and turn detective on board with a murder-mystery evening and a Casino Royale ball Save up to 35%!

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  • Islands of Bothnia

    14 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This no-fly discovery cruise from Dover explores Scandinavia in the spring visiting the Norwegian city of Arendal, German resort of Sassnitz and Sweden's beautiful Lulea archipelago Save up to 35%!

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  • The Baltic and St Petersburg

    12 Nights - Hull and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    This 12-night no-fly cruise on Marco Polo explores the history and heritage of the magnificent Baltic cities with an overnight stop in spectacular St Petersburg

    Brandenburg Gate View Full Details

  • Baltic Cities Cruise

    16 Nights - London Tilbury to Newcastle

    Sail from London Tilbury to explore the culture and heritage of the Baltic cities including medieval Tallinn and Stockholm, with an overnight stop in magnificent St Petersburg

    Amsterdam View Full Details

Baltic Sea Highlights

Aarhus

The second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus port is a 15-minute walk from the city centre. The Old Town area of Den Gamle By is an open-air museum of old buildings and townspeople dressed in period costume, whilst the modern city has some fine modern architecture, including a Town Hall designed by Arne Jacobsen. In Silkleborg Museum is the famous 2350-year-old 'Bog Man', whose body was excavated from a peat bog.

Berlin

Berlin is served by the port of Warnemunde which is one hour away by train. Berlin's landmarks include the Brandenburg Gate which was once part of the Berlin Wall, and the avenue of Unter den Linden which formed part of old Berlin's aristocratic quarter. Potsdamer Platz is an area of theatres and restaurants popular with locals, and the Reichstag's new glass dome was designed by Sir Norman Foster. Berlin's TV Tower has a rotating Telecafe for birds-eye views of the city.

Berlin (Warnemunde, Germany)

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, and its port is within walking distance of the famous statue of the Little Mermaid. Copenhagen is a picturesque city which combines traditional Danish copper-roofed buildings with cutting-edge modern architecture. Tivoli Gardens are one of the capitals highlights, along with Kronburg Castle which was the model for Shakespeare's Elsinore, the Carlsberg Brewery, the alternative cultural community of Christiana and the royal palace of Amalienborg.

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Gdansk

The port of Gdansk is in the area of Gdynia a short distance away from Gdansk city. A walk down Ulica Dluga will bring you to the shops, cafes, pubs and historical buildings of the Old Town which include the Prison Tower, Golden Gate, and the historic church of St Mary which has 50 chapels. There is also an interesting Amber Museum spread over six floors of the city's Barbican Tower.

Gdansk (Poland)

Gothenburg

There are attractions in Gothenburg to suit most tastes. Visitors can tour a submarine in the harbour at Maritiman, see the Barken Viking ship at Bommen or take the historic Ringlinjen tram to Liseberg Amusement Park and its Balder rollercoaster. The cobbled streets of old Haga have craft shops and caf's and at the time of writing, Gothenburg has four Michelin-star restaurants.

Gothenburg (Sweden)

Hamburg

The old Hanseatic port of Hamburg is a major centre of trade for northern Germany and is situated on the River Elbe. One of its key features is Alster Lake, edged with parkland and buildings painted white and copper-roofed to retain the area's beauty. The Jungfernstieg is an elegant shopping street beside the Inner Alster, and one of the city's many imposing buildings is the City Hall, an impressive Renaissance-style building fronted by a large market square.

Hamburg (Germany)

Helsinki

Helsinki port is approximately one mile from the city, which is Finland's capital. Suomenlinna Fortress is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world, built in 1748 and now a residential are with cafes and restaurants. The city is compact and easy to explore on foot, where the sights include the grand Neo-Classical architecture of Senate Squar and the Design Museum which showcases Finnish art and design.

Helsinki (Finland)

Kiel

Kiel is a wealthy Baltic town, and an important shipbuilding centre and port situated just south of the Kiel Canal which is a short-cut for vessels travelling between the Baltic and the North Sea. The town has a large shopping mall, the Holstenstrasse, and an elegant town square bordered by Schreven Lake and the rathaus. Kiel Strande beach is popular in summer, and entrance to the mature grounds of the Old Botanical Gardens is free.

Lubeck

Lubeck is visited from the port of Travemunde. This Hanseatic city has many medieval buildings and its old town is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by water and crossed by picturesque narrow alleys. Highlights include Lubeck's most famous landmark, the 15th-century turreted Holsten Gate, the convent of Burgkloster and 13th-century Castle Monastery. The city has some interesting, specialist shops and the childhood homes of Thomas Mann and Gunter Grass are open to visitors.

Riga

Riga is a Free Port and the capital of Latvia, considered one of the most beautiful of the Baltic's capitals. The outstanding Art Nouveau buildings in the old town have earned it World Heritage status, and some of the best are found on Alberta and Elizabetes Streets. The vast cathedral has a 6718-pipe organ, and there are markets in the city's old Zeppelin sheds. A pleasant canal runs through the old town and there are sandy beaches at nearby Jurmala.

Riga (Latvia)

Stockholm

Most cruise ships berth within a 20-minute walk of Stockholm's old town, Gamla Stan, giving easy access to the museums, galleries, shops and restaurants of Sweden's capital. Spread across 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, its sights include the Royal Palace of Drottningholm which can be reached by steamer boat from the City Hall, the Wasa Museum which holds an ancient ship, and the futuristic Ericcson Globe where you can take a SkyView Gondola outside its huge dome.

Stockholm (Sweden)

Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. This well-preserved medieval city is surrounded by defensive walls marked at intervals by fairytale pepper-pot towers. From the cruise port there are is a shuttle service into the old town where highlights include the cobbled artisans' area of St Catherine's Passage, Kadriorg Palace built by Peter the Great and the renovated factory quarter of Rotermann which gives a flavour of contemporary Tallinn.

Tallinn (Estonia)

Turku

Turku is probably the oldest city in Finland and an important business centre, situated alongside the mouth of the Aura River with a pleasant waterfront. Attractions include the white-painted Turku Castle; the 'Village of Living History', a 1950s farmstead; the three-masted museum ship, Swan of Finland and several spas. In the Old Great Square is the imposing cathedral, rebuilt after a fire in the 19th-century. There are plenty of shopping centres and specialist shops selling antiques.

Visby

Visby sits on the Swedish island of Gotland and is a well-preserved, medieval town and World Heritage Site with 13th-century walls known as the Visby Ringwall. The oldest structure is the powder tower of Kruttornet, one of several red-roofed towers along the walls. Modern Visby has good restaurants serving traditional Gotland lamb and asparagus dishes, and shops on Wisbystrovet and St Hans sell locally-produced ceramics and glass

Visby (Sweden)
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