Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic

Stretch your summer into September on this incredible two week escape to the beautiful Baltic. You’ll experience the very best that this breathtaking part of the world has to offer with calls into a string of stunning cities including Copenhagen, Denmark’s cultural capital; Riga, the enchanting Latvian capital; and the spectacular Russian gem of St Petersburg. And, as smaller-sized Braemar can take you closer to heart of each destination, an extensive list of highlights await every time you step ashore.

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Cruising from Southampton you will visit the beautiful cities of Copenhagen and Helsinki before an overnight stay in St. Petersburg. You’ll then visit Riga and  Travemünde before cruising through the Kiel Canal and back to Southampton. This cruise is a perfect blend of time to explore and time to enjoy the facilities on board.

FROM Dublin / Southampton, UK
DATE 14 September 2018
DURATION 14 Nights
PRICE Was €2,839 now €1,669

Cruise to the heart of the Baltic aboard Braemar and immerse yourself in the diverse cultures and outstanding beauty of this incredible part of world. In two weeks you’ll experience the very best of the region, visiting a string of stunning cities in Denmark, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Germany.

In Copenhagen you’ll be closer the many highlights of the Danish capital, thanks to your smaller ship’s ability to dock near the very centre of the city. The iconic Little Mermaid statue, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and the famous Tivoli Gardens will all be within easy reach when you step ashore. Further afield it’s possible to tour to Kronborg Castle – the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – too. The enticing Finnish capital will then await your exploration. An abundance of attractions vie for your attention in Helsinki, including the Neoclassical structures of Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed locations; several captivating museums and galleries; and the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There’s even a chance to delight in an authentic Finnish sauna experience before continuing your unforgettable journey of Baltic discovery in Russia.

As your ship sails into St Petersburg via the River Neva, be sure to take your place on deck to savour views of the city’s legendary golden domes and magnificent architecture. Once docked, you could see the sights up-close on a fascinating guided tour of the city, taking in ‘must-visit’ landmarks such as Peterhof Palace and The Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood. You could also stop by the remarkable Hermitage; or perhaps marvel at the jewelled eggs on display at the Fabergé Museum. An overnight stay here offers you the chance to experience an evening at the Russian ballet too. From Russia its on to Riga, Latvia’s enchanting capital. A wander around the awe-inspiring medieval Old Town is always rewarding, so be sure to take time to admire the striking castles, houses and churches; and stop for photos at the iconic Freedom Monument. Finally your tour of the Baltic concludes with two days in Germany, calling into Travemünde – your gateway to the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic city of Lübeck – before Braemar navigates the size-restricted Kiel Canal.

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM

Following a flight from Dublin to Liverpool, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Braemar where you will begin your journey.

Day 2-3: At Sea

Day 4: Copenhagen, Denmark: Early AM to Late PM

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe’s oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience.

The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too.

Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is home to a number of wooden ships and many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants.

Day 5: At Sea: 

Day 6: Helsinki, Finland: Early AM to Late PM

Finland’s capital since 1812, built on a peninsula amid a cluster of islands, stately Helsinki is The Daughter of the Baltic. This striking seaside port is surrounded by uplifting natural landscapes that are easily accessible from each area of the city. The opportunities to get out and about includes boating around the archipelago islands, hiking Helsinki’s forests or strolling its beaches, smart parks and gardens.

The port also boasts a UNESCO-listed sea fortress just a short distance from the shore, which is worth the short ferry journey to explore its historic walls and gates.

Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed places, is home to fine examples of neoclassical architecture, including unique designs from renowned architect, Carl Ludvig Engel. Other architectural delights include the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the imposing concert hall, Musiikkitalo, and the Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Helsinki’s stunning train station built in 1919, also demands discovery.

Finnish cuisine can be found across the city, from the historic kauppahalli (covered market) to popular, creative bistros. Locally-sourced reindeer, elk, bear, Arctic char and snow grouse, often find their way onto the menu.

Day 7-8: St. Petersburg, Russia: Early AM OVERNIGHT Late PM

The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia’s most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great’s ‘Window on the West’. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great – immortalised by the city’s iconic Bronze Horseman statue – St Petersburg remains Russia’s cultural centre. The Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcases a wide collection of superb Russian art.

St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.

On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum. It is one of 125 museums and galleries, including the imposing seafront Peterhof Royal Palace and Park. The city is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.

Day 9: At Sea: 

Day 10: Riga, Latvia: Early AM to Late PM

Eight hundred years have shaped the unique appearance and rich traditions of Latvia’s capital, Riga. The Gothic spires that dominate its skyline imply a sombre heart, but the rich Art Nouveau spirit of this diverse city, the largest of all three Baltic capitals, is a delight to discover.

Set at the mouth of the River Daugava, the cultural centre of Riga has been an important centre for trade and finance over the centuries, and boasts fine examples of architecture, museums and concert halls. The city’s modern urban structures blend seamlessly with medieval castles, churches and the wooden buildings of its medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town – now a UNESCO World Heritage – has many shops and restaurants and is home to the bustling Livu Square.

Day 11: At Sea: 

Day 12: Travemünde, Germany: Early AM to Late Night

Beautiful and historic Travemünde is a short journey from the centre of this magnificent Lübeck, the former capital of the Hanseatic League.

Travemünde is a coastal suburb of Lübeck – a magnificent UNESCO-listed town steeped in history and former capital of the Hanseatic League. Home to many wealthy merchants during the Hanseatic era, an array of wonderful gabled houses, stunning churches and public buildings with huge gates, vast towers and gilded steeples were built in Lübeck. These monuments of a by-gone era have to be seen to be believed and all are within easy reach of Travemünde.

If you wish to stay in Travemünde to see what this delightful coastal resort has to offer, you won’t be disappointed. An appealing tourist attraction in its own right, Travemünde is more than just a gateway to Lübeck. With a beautiful beach – famous for its roofed wicker beach chairs and many cafes and restaurants, Travemünde is a great place to relax. Be sure to visit the borough’s lighthouse – the oldest on the German Baltic coast.

Day 13:  Kiel Canal Transit, Germany: Early AM to Late PM

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

As picturesque as it is important, the Kiel Canal is a popular route for ‘pleasure’ crafts and smaller-sized cruise ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters, and marvel at several impressive bridges. Maritime enthusiasts will delight at the various shapes, sizes and sheer volume of the ships and vessels navigating this busy waterway too.

Day 14: At Sea: 

Day 15: Southampton, UK: Early AM

Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your return flight to Dublin.

14 Nights accommodation aboard the Braemar, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Braemar)

4* Fred Olsen – Braemar

Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen’s four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship’s comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

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Price Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Southampton
  • Return Transfers airport – port
  • 14 nights accommodation aboard the Fred. Olsen Braemar
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 20kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Full payment due at time of booking
    • 100% Cancellation charges apply
  • Optional Insurance available on request (conditions apply)
  • Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Braemar
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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