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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

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019 / 2020

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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 2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save £500pp PLUS free gratuities!

    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

    Gdansk No Fly Cruise
    From £1139pp
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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 2019 - Sep

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £1214pp
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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 Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger half price!

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £1221pp
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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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  • Scandinavian Vistas

    8 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Dover - Kristiansand (Norway) - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Aarhus (Denmark) - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Dover 2020 - Mar

    Gothenburg No Fly Cruise
    From £1377pp
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  • Fjord Adventurer

    7 Nights - Dover and Back

    Spirit of Discovery Spirit of Discovery

    Dover - Bergen (Norway) - Geiranger (Norway) - Stavanger (Norway) - Dover 2019 - Sep

    Stavanger No Fly Cruise
    From £1554pp
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  • Baltic Hidden Treasures

    11 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Explore the lesser-visited treasures of the Baltic Sea on this unique 11-night no-fly cruise from London. Discover medieval towns in Germany, admire the spectacular architecture in Lithuania, delve into the tumultuous history of Poland and transit the mighty Kiel Canal 2019 - Oct

    Gdansk old waterfront (Poland) No Fly Cruise
    From £1649pp
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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

    Tallinn No Fly Cruise
    From £2099pp
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  • Stylish Scandinavia

    12 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Dover - Skagen (Denmark) - Fredericia (Denmark) - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Aalborg (Denmark) - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Oslo (Norway) - Kristiansand (Norway) - Dover 2019 - Sep

    Copenhagen No Fly Cruise
    From £2143pp
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  • Secrets of the Baltic

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Dover - Stockholm (Sweden) - Helsinki (Finland) - St Petersburg (Russia) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Klaipeda (Lithuania) - Skagen (Denmark) - Dover 2019 - Aug

    St Petersburg No Fly Cruise
    From £2577pp
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  • Sounds of the Baltic

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Dover - Visby (Sweden) - Riga (Latvia) - St Petersburg (Russia) - Kotka (Finland) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Stockholm (Sweden) - Dover 2019 - Apr

    Tallinn No Fly Cruise
    From £2761pp
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  • Grand Baltic

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Dover - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Gdansk (Poland) - Stockholm (Sweden) - Helsinki (Finland) - St Petersburg (Russia) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Dover 2019 - Jun

    Helsinki No Fly Cruise
    From £2761pp
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  • Russia and the Baltic Sea

    10 Nights - Copenhagen to Stockholm

    Viking Sky Viking Sky

    Discover the jewels of the Baltic including Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Copenhagen on this 10-night cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and overseas transfers. 2019 - Apr, May 2020 - May, Jul Save up to £500pp!

    Tallinn, Estonia Fly Cruise Package
    From £3190pp
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  • Baltic Capitals and St Petersburg Discovery Cruise

    13 Nights - Copenhagen and Back

    Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Entering the waters of the Baltic for the very first time, the Aegean Odyssey will sail to seven countries on this magnificent 14-day cruise, exploring Scandinavian capitals and historic ports. Includes return flights, guided excursions and a two-night stop in St. Petersburg 2019 - Jul Limited cabins remaining!

    Copenhagen, Denmark Fly Cruise Package
    From £3195pp
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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 Second passenger cruises half price PLUS complimentary Wi-Fi!

    Stockholm, Sweden Cruise Only
    From £4169pp
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  • Myths and Legends of the Baltic

    14 Nights - Dover and Back

    Spirit of Discovery Spirit of Discovery

    Dover - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Stockholm (Sweden) - Helsinki (Finland) - St Petersburg (Russia) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Kalundborg (Denmark) - Aalborg (Denmark) - Dover 2019 - Sep

    Tallinn No Fly Cruise
    From £4436pp
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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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  • Natural Scandinavia

    15 Nights - Dover and Back

    Spirit of Discovery Spirit of Discovery

    Dover - Skagen (Denmark) - Stockholm (Sweden) - Lulea (Sweden) - Kemi (Finland) - Pori (Finland) - Fredrikstad (Norway) - Dover 2019 - Aug

    Stockholm No Fly Cruise
    From £4984pp
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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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