Explore some of northern Europe’s finest jewels. Two wonderful days give you time to delve into the history of the great St. Petersburg— so wander the gorgeous Winter Palace, the famed Hermitage Museum and the many charms of this regal city at your leisure. Fall under the spell of Tallinn’s Old Town, taste the delicacies of Bornholm and enjoy the cutting edge design of Copenhagen.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to Stockholm after relaxing in your included airport lounge. Upon arrival, take your private transfer to the 5-star Hotel Diplomat for an overnight stay.
Relax in the hotel or explore the city.
Stockholm is a city in the flush of its second youth. In the last 15 years Sweden's capital has emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow to take the stage as a truly international city. What started with entry into the European Union in 1995, gained pace with the extraordinary IT boom of the late 1990s (strengthened with the Skype-led IT second-wave of 2003), and solidified with the hedge fund invasion of the mid-nineties continues today.
Check out of the hotel and take your private transfer to the port and embark Silver Wind for your 10 night cruise.
While we're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes.
Commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725) as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city whose elegance is reminiscent of Europe's most alluring capitals. Little wonder it's the darling of fashion photographers and travel essayists today: built on more than a hundred islands in the Neva Delta linked by canals and arched bridges, it was called the "Venice of the North" by Goethe, and its stately embankments are reminiscent of those in Paris.
Estonia's history is sprinkled liberally with long stretches of foreign domination, beginning in 1219 with the Danes, followed without interruption by the Germans, Swedes, and Russians. Only after World War I, with Russia in revolutionary wreckage, was Estonia able to declare its independence. Shortly before World War II, in 1940, that independence was usurped by the Soviets, who—save for a brief three-year occupation by Hitler's Nazis—proceeded to suppress all forms of national Estonian pride for the next 50 years
Joint European Capital of Culture in 2011 (with Talinn, Estonia), Turku is the oldest town in Finland. Founded at the end of the 13th century, the town was the capital of Finland until 1809, and is still considered to be the cultural focus of Finland. Turku enjoys the splendid status of being Finland’s “official Christmas city” with the traditional Christmas peace blessing being declared from the town square every 24th December at noon. In the summer months, Turku is a lively city with a perfect fusion of historical tradition and contemporary life.
Although much nearer to Sweden, the island of Bornholm has been a Danish possession since 1522 and was once an important Baltic trading port. Today, the islanders make their livelihood from fishing, farming and, increasingly, tourism. Visitors from Scandinavia and Germany flock to Bornholm and the town of Rønne each summer to enjoy the scenic beauty. The south features a coastline of white sand beaches, while the north boasts rugged cliffs; the wooded interior is crisscrossed by hiking trails.
Warnemunde (Rostock) Berlin
Warnemünde, officially a suburb of Rostock, is a quaint seaside resort town with the best hotels and restaurants in the area, as well as 20 km (12 miles) of beautiful white-sand beach. It's been a popular summer getaway for families in eastern Germany for years.There is little to do in Warnemünde except relax, and the town excels brilliantly at that. However, Warnemünde is a major cruise-ship terminal. Whenever there is more than one ship at dock, the town explodes with a county fair–like atmosphere, and shops and restaurants stay open until the ships leave at midnight. Warnemünde is the port for Berlin.
Debark the ship and take your shared transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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