Visit great cities and enjoy magnificent scenery on a Baltic cruise
A luxury Baltic cruise offers the opportunity to visit a mixture of intriguing countries. With selected cruise itineraries stopping at Russia, Denmark, Estonia and Sweden you will combine sightseeing, with trips to art galleries, walks through historic parks and sample some local cuisine. Where baroque meets modern and against reddening night skies cityscapes rise up with elegance and austerity; this cruise is a truly magnificent way to see what the Baltic has to offer.
Ever wanted to see where the world-renowned Fyodor Dostoyevsky lived in Saint Petersburg? Or wished you could wander through ancient cobbled streets, sipping beer in rustic taverns and admire royal palaces? The Baltic is awash with architectural gems, important and prevalent history which is etched into the face of these cities and not-to-miss galleries and museums.
From the iconic Saint Petersburg skyline and vistas of the stretching navy blue sea to the adorable multi-coloured façades of the old buildings in Stockholm's centre, the ever-changing landscape will never disappoint.
When to visit the Baltic on a cruise
The optimum season to cruise through the Baltic Sea is during the summer when temperatures are warm, the air is pleasantly refreshing and, most importantly, the ocean generally calm. Any time from early spring until autumn is perfect for exploring this area. This is not to say winter is a total no-go, however from November to February high winds, rains and storms descend upon the area, which isn't the ideal cruise weather. Having said this, moving into late winter as the storms subside can result in enchanting frozen landscapes, enlivening icy mornings and relatively few crowds.
The local delicacies are not to everyone's taste but are a great way to sample a little authenticity in these now ever-more expanding cities. How about a smorgasborg in Stockholm? This table spread of cold meats, cheeses, breads and pickled vegetables is a Swedish classic and the buffet-style means every diner can tuck in. Danish pastries are some of the sweetest, flakiest and best in Europe and the myriad of different rye breads; each dark, oaty and denser than regular white-flour bread, is just incredible.
Baltic cruise highlights
Saint Petersburg houses more than two hundred museums, and amazingly most of them are sequestered in historic buildings. The largest is the Hermitage Museum but for Russian fine art through the ages visit the Russian Museum. This city is peppered with spacious, leafy parks which are often highlighted by monumental statues, ornate iron work and curvy, glassy lakes; try the Summer Garden as it is the oldest one within the city limits.
Nestled on one of Stockholm's original small islands is the oldest section 'Gamla Stan' where the streets still retain their medieval layout. There are several mansions and palaces here as well as the notable and august German Church.
When walking around the centre of Copenhagen pass through the freetown of Christiania, set up by hippies who wished to live outside the rule of the government; the area is bright, colourful and unique.
Lastly if you imagined this trip to include picturesque views of rolling hills, fairytale turrets and spiky soaring church spires then Estonia will not disappoint; though a lesser known country in Northern Europe its beauty and appeal is evident as soon as you arrive.
Book Baltic cruises with The Cruise Line
At The Cruise Line we offer a variety of luxury Baltic cruises with lines including Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises and Silversea. To enhance your experience further, why not combine your cruise with a pre or post-cruise hotel stay in one of the region’s top capitals such as St Petersburg or Stockholm? We offer great Baltic cruise and stay packages which include flights, hotel stays and transfers for an extremely competitive price.
To find out more about our Baltic cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677 or simply select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an enquiry.