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Cruising the Baltic Sea - Northbound 2022 tour
Copenhagen St. Petersburg Cruising the Baltic Sea - Northbound 2022 Trip

Cruising the Baltic Sea - Northbound 2022

Tauck
By Tauck
4.2 . Great
80%
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Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
12 days
From: $ 9,990 $ 833 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • A warm welcome awaits... in the colorful storybook city of Copenhagen
  • in stylish Stockholm – hotbed of design and delights – and in opulent palaces and powerful places throughout the destinations of the Baltic Sea.

    Enjoy a grand sweep of history from Scandinavia to Baltic capital cities and destinations along the Baltic Sea

  • including guided visits and walking tours – with two-night stays at top hotels in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Tauck takes you inside history... in Copenhagen's Renaissance castle Rosenborg Slot... in the Viking capital of Roskilde... down cobblestone streets in ancient Tallinn... at treasured museums
  • royal retreats and palatial residences... in the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia... on Sweden's Gotland Island... with guided visits to landmark sites in Sweden's grand old capital and a Tauck Exclusive evening of cocktails and dinner for Tauck guests only at a world-famous maritime museum... an insiders look at fascinating destinations along the Baltic Sea.

Short Description

Travel through the cultural history of the Baltics, from the Vikings to the czars, aboard Le Champlain, one of Ponant's Explorer Class yachts, exploring Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga, Visby and Tallinn.

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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Copenhagen, Denmark
End City Stockholm

Destinations

Russia Sweden Denmark

Attractions & Cities Visited

Copenhagen St. Petersburg Stockholm

Activities & Interests

Culture

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Skt Petri or Radisson Collection Royal Hotel Copenhagen. Welcome to Denmark! A transfer is included from Copenhagen Airport and the Copenhagen Central Station to Skt Petri or Radisson Collection Royal Hotel Copenhagen in the heart of the Danish capital. Meet your fellow travel companions at tonight's welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Copenhagen

PORTOFCALL : Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2 Copenhagen's Rosenborg Palace, Nyhavn & more

On a Copenhagen sightseeing tour, see the Danish Crown Jewels and other treasures at Rosenborg Slot (Palace), built in Dutch Renaissance style; Amalienborg, home to the Danish royal family; the famous statue of The Little Mermaid; and visit the colorful district of Nyhavn. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the city as you please; admission is included to Tivoli Gardens; you may want to stroll along the fashionable pedestrian area of Strøget.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Copenhagen

PORTOFCALL : Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 3 From Viking ships in Roskilde to your yacht

Travel to Roskilde – Denmark's religious, cultural, and political center from the Viking times through the Middle Ages – and visit the Viking Ship Museum, featuring five ships from the 11th century that were discovered in the 1960s. Returning to Copenhagen, board your Tauck vessel and set off for your first stop on the Baltic Sea – Lübeck, Germany.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

PORTOFCALL : Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 4 Lübeck, the Hanseatic League and a canal cruise

Lübeck is noted as once being the de facto capital of the Hanseatic League, a league of market towns and merchant guilds that held a monopoly over trade in Northern Europe along the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Founded in the 12th century, Lübeck was one of Europe's most prosperous cities and a major trading center for all of Northern Europe – to this day, it is a prominent maritime center. The town retains much of its rich medieval heritage, which earned it a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – you'll get a good look at this on a canal tour that winds through Old Town. At the conclusion of your cruise, a walking tour introduces you to more of the city, followed by free time. Return to the ship and cruise this evening to Copenhagen, Denmark.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

Day 5 A full day on the Baltic Sea

Your innovative small ship sets a new standard in cruising which you'll enjoy during an entire glorious day at sea en route to Copenhagen, Denmark today. As you cruise, check out all the amenities this sleek, state-of-the-art Explorer Class yacht offers... including fine cuisine in the elegant main dining room or more casual dining in the ship's buffet restaurant... cocktails and music in three stylish lounges... informative briefings and entertainment... a workout in the fitness center, and much more.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

PORTOFCALL : Tallin, Estonia

Day 6 Historic Visby on lovely Gotland Island, Sweden

Charming Visby, capital of the Island of Gotland, enjoys a vast historic past in tandem with today's charming small city in which parks, gardens and flowers abound. History tells of the Viking Age, a flourishing medieval period and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League, but today Visby is equally as well known as the town of roses and ruins. Because of its unique cultural values, the Hanseatic Town of Visby has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the end of the 19th century, the ruins of Visby have been protected as historical monuments. The sea wall was first built in the 12th and 13th centuries; today's town wall is one of the best-preserved town walls in northern Europe, with 40+ guard towers intact. Join us for a locally guided tour of old Hanseatic Harbor, now known as Almedalen Park, with spectacular views of the medieval city. Continue along Strandgatan to see some of the medieval gabled warehouses, past Kruttornet, the Gun Powder Tower, which is the oldest preserved building in Visby. Stroll along the city´s narrow, rose scented alleys and arrive at the famed Botanical Gardens. Visit Visby Cathedral (Visby Saint Mary's Cathedral), which harkens back to German trade days of the 1300s. Travel along the narrow winding medieval streets to the pier where you'll have some time to explore as you please. Your ship departs late afternoon / early evening.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

PORTOFCALL : St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 7 Discover Riga, Latvia, a renowned center of culture

Riga, which is the capital of Latvia, lies on the banks of the River Daugava on the shores of the Gulf of Riga. Dating back to the early 1200s, the city was an important member of the Hanseatic League and became a trade and business link between the East and West. A cultural center of the Baltics, Riga's rich historic legacy is intertwined with politics. is rich in history, culture and political life. Visitors will admire buildings of remarkable Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture. In 1997, the central part of Riga was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Riga is called the City of Inspiration, drawing comparison to Paris of the 1930's. Your visit includes an orientation tour providing views of the city canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau district, the Freedom Monument, the University of Latvia, the Opera House, the Daugava River and its bridges and Passenger Terminal. A guided walking tour of the medieval Old Town of Riga along cobblestone streets is highlighted by views of Riga Castle, Dome Square and Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, Town Hall Square and the House of Blackheads, the Great and the Small Guild Halls, the fortification wall of Riga, and the Swedish Gate.
 

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

PORTOFCALL : St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 8 Exploring ancient Tallinn, Estonia

Your ship arrives this morning in the walled city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. Drive through Tallinn's suburbs, and join your local guide to stroll through narrow cobblestone streets and the main Market Square of Old Town; admire the 13th-century Toompea Castle, Estonia's traditional seat of power and visit St. Nicholas's Church. Continue cruising to Helsinki, Finland later today.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

PORTOFCALL : St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 9 A day of sightseeing in Helsinki, Finland's capital city

Helsinki – Finland's capital and "city by the sea," surrounded on three sides by water – welcomes you for a day of exploration that's sure to be among the highlights of your cruise. See historic Neoclassical Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument (dedicated to the beloved Finnish composer), colorful Market Square, Finlandia Hall, designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the extraordinary Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church, hewn from solid rock, on a guided sightseeing tour. 

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Le Champlain

Day 10 Disembark in Stockholm, Sweden, for a walking tour and canal cruise

Bid the crew of your Tauck small ship adieu as you disembark the yacht in Stockholm, strategically positioned on 14 islands. Join your local guide for a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town), where the vast Royal Palace and other sites reveal centuries of Swedish history, and discover Stockholm's islands on a cruise along the city's canals. After a visit to City Hall and more sightseeing, the rest of the day is free to spend as you please and enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Sheraton Stockholm

PORTOFCALL : Stockholm, Sweden

Day 11 Stockholm's Royal Opera & Vasa Museum evening

Your morning begins with a guided visit to Stockholm's historic Royal Swedish Opera building, opened at the turn of the 20th century, and continues with a stop at the city's Royal Palace to watch the changing of the guard. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Sweden's capital city on your own. Tonight, join us for a Tauck Exclusive: a private farewell reception and dinner at the Vasa Museum, home to the world's only preserved 17th-century warship, which sank in Stockholm Harbor following its launch in 1628 and was salvaged from the bottom in 1961.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Sheraton Stockholm

PORTOFCALL : Stockholm, Sweden

Day 12 Journey home

Tour ends: Stockholm. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Radisson Blu Waterfront or Sheraton Stockholm to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Stockholm, Sweden

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25 Tauck Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Nine Tours and Done

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Sad to see a once good tour company stumble and fall into mediocrity. That’s Tauck post-Covid. My May 2023 tour of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley was done on the cheap by Tauck, yet cost me thousands of dollars extra as a solo traveler on a special small-group tour.



5-star hotels switched to 3 and 4 (without any compensation or explanation)… many more meals “on your own”… lots of “self-guided” tours of museums and chateaux and castles we knew nothing about… airline quality “rubber chicken” dinners, not in hotel restaurants, but in sad and isolated business convention spaces… poorly-trained newer Tour Directors (like the one on this tour) with limited experience traveling outside her tiny Canadian village or dealing with people from diverse backgrounds.

She even confessed that this was a second gig job that took her away from her own business back home! You get what Tauck pays for, but unfortunately, not what YOU pay for. 

Speaking to a “Guest Relations” agent was comically pointless. She tried to make everything my fault, which I now understand is par for the course with the “new” post-Covid Tauck. Please reconsider spending huge amounts of your hard-earned money on a tour company that has lost its way and no longer delivers.
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Skip this cruise - not worth it

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My husband and I went on the Treasures of the Mediterranean Isles Trip jn October 2022. This was our third Tauck cruise with Ponnant but our first post covid and the level of food and serive on Ponnant ships has dropped alot. The food was, at best, cafeteria food at a bad high school. My husband ate salad and cheese and crackers
For dinner every night because the entrees were terrible. You could be the first person at breakfast and everything on the buffet was cold, nothing was hot. there warming trays had tea light candles underneath them.
Wine served at dinner was low quality whicj says something since it was French wine. Tours were poorly
Planned, guides were ok at best. There is no time to shop or eat on land 9 times out 10. We were in Sicily but never got a chance to eat Sicilian food. So disappointed in this ver expensive cruise. The land portions in Malta and Marseiile were better but the tours in Malta were short, limited and subpar. This was our 8th Tauck trip and we have since cancelled our next three. We are not paying Tauck prices for mediocre experiences.
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Tauck/Aon terrible travel insurance

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Tauck partners with Aon for travel insurance. We bought this insurance through Tauck specifically to cover us in case of a positive for test for Covid and could not go on the cruise. Three days before the trip, one of us tested positive with very mild symptoms. We contacted Tauck and they agreed to refund 1/2 of the tour cost and the insurance would pay for the other half. When we called the insurance they said they required a PCF test. The test was taken and came back positive. Two months later they denied the claim because we didn’t go to a doctor. That was not necessary or practical. We had proof of Covid. Tauck is not willing to help. This was the insurance they recommended and sold to customers. We have now read many reviews of terrible service from Aon. Why is Tauck a partner to this company and not willing to help their clients? BEWARE. Terrible customer service.
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Nice trip but not if you are a loyal Tauck Customer like myself

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This was my 16th Tauck Tour. I was assigned a room with a "mountain" view only to be obstructed by lawn chairs, pool covers, large plants and buildings. It was a 1st floor room. I complained to tour director who said everyone got the same (NOT TRUE). I called Tauck 800 number on Sept 3 to request a call back from Customer Service. It took them until September 8 for a call back. The person on the phone was rude, non caring and (I'm paraphrasing) and told me just because you have taken 16 tours doesn't mean you deserve a better view that a first time customer. He went on to imply Tauck doesn't respect loyalty and wants to impress first time travelers. I ended the call and wrote an email to a good person at Tauck who was very helpful in the and requested this go to the top. I included pictures of my view and one dead fly because there were flies in the room and I guess Tauck thinks that makes the room special? I'm not done with them yet. Consider my treatment by this Customer Care agent before spending the big bucks to travel with Tauck.
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Great if you like 5-star hotels and lots of food

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The tour covered most of Switzerland, with one day in Italy, which could have been eliminated. If you want to see the country from a bus or train, and you desire luxury hotels and gourmet food, then this is the tour for you. If you want to have a closer connection to the local people, and walk a bit in the mountains, or even hear the cowbells up close, then don't take this trip. While the trip was nice, I felt a disconnect from the local people and the country itself. We were always separated in a private train car, or on a private tour. I came home not really knowing what it's like to live there, other than it's very expensive.
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Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

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My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
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