2020 Baltic Cruise with Tim Taggart

Dates August 22 - September 4, 2020
Destination Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Baltic Sea; Berlin, Germany; Tallin, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
Price From 3,599
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Come join favorite tour leader, Tim Taggart on this scenic Baltic cruise next summer.

Do you want to explore the wonders of far-off lands, where Vikings and czars reigned/  Come travel back in time to medieval Tallinn, and stand in awe of Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace and the spectacular onion-domed churches of St. Petersburg. Walk the medieval streets in Stockholm's Gamla Stan, and have your breath taken away by the pristine beauty of the Norwegian Fjords on a cruise to Scandinavia & Russia.Our cruise tour package is a great mix of history and art while visiting interesting countries, cultures and breathtaking scenery.

This cruise is on the Sky Princess, the newest addition to the Princess fleet making her first sailing in February of 2020 - you will be one of the her inaugural guest on a breathtaking dream cruise.  Tours planned for this cruise include several LDS Temples as well as much history you can handle!

Don't miss this opportunity to really experience the Baltics!

Day 1/2: Saturday - Sunday: August 22-23, 2020

Depart US - Arrive in Copenhagen, 1/2 day city tour

Arrive 11a, pick up at airport for city tour with walking stop before being taken to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: Monday, August 24, 2020

Copenhagen - Board Ship

This morning leave the hotel and travel to Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle before being dropped off at the ship by 1p.

Day 4: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Oslo, Norway

Forest-clad slopes plummet to an island-studded fjord. Welcome to Oslo, Scandinavia's oldest capital city. The commercial center of Norway, Oslo has been a major trading port for over a millennium. Its harbor is crowded with shipping that ranges from cruise ships to workaday shrimp boats. Though a relatively modest city in size - some 550,000 Norwegians call it home - Oslo is one of the largest capital cities in the world in terms of area. The hills and lakes of its outlying countryside are a paradise for lovers of winter sports. And the city itself boasts a sophisticated, yet cozy charm, with a blend of 19th- and 20th-century buildings, many decorated with woodcarvings and bright frescoes, and wide avenues dotted with public squares and parks.

Oslo is the least populous capital in Scandinavia. The city offers excellent theater, great cafés and quality shopping.

Day 5: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Sea Day

Day 6: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Berlin

Berlin is a worthy rival to London or Paris in terms of history, art and culture. The city's highlights include the restored Reichstag Building with its magnificent glass dome, the Brandenburg Gate and the stunning Museum Island. Explore the old Cold War hot spots and view the Brandenburg Gate, restored to its original magnificence. Or, stroll along the Kurfurstendamm and take coffee in a local café.

Warnemünde is a seaside resort near the harbor entrance to Rostock, one of the city-states that formed the medieval Hanseatic League. Originally a fishing village before it became a spa and resort in the 19th century. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Mecklenburg and the German countryside.

Day 7: Friday, August 28, 2020

Sea Day

Day 8: Saturday, August 29, 2020

Tallinn, Estonia

Like Latvia and Lithuania, the Baltic republic of Estonia has survived a turbulent history. The small nation was conquered and ruled by the likes of Teutonic Knights, Polish princes and Russian Tsars. For 51 years, Estonia remained a pawn in the Soviet empire, until the burgeoning freedom movement led to independence for the Baltic Republics in 1991. Like its sister republics, Estonia maintained its ties to the Western tradition, retaining the Latin alphabet and Catholic and Protestant faiths. Once a member of the historic Hanseatic League, Tallinn is the political, commercial and cultural center of Estonia.

Shore Excursion

  • Our Tallinn Panoramic Tour is a perfect introduction to the city with minimal walking involved. On this tour we will visit to the heart of the upper Old Town as we begin our day of local discoveries with picturesque views from the Toompea hill. Continuing with a drive down to the lower Old Town to admire the 15th century townhouses and legendary sights around the Town Hall Square. Old Town is also the ideal location for a brief shopping break.  This is followed by a journey through the more modern business district in the city center towards the historic Kadriorg Park & Palace ensemble. We will take the time to make stops along the way as you are introduced to the fascinating founder of the palace- Czar Peter the Great. You are also able to observe outstanding venues nearby, the Presidential Residence and KUMU Art Museum, Olympic Yachting Marina and the ruins of the St. Brigit's Convent.  Any visit to Tallinn would not be complete without experiencing the iconic Song Festival Grounds, where thousands of Estonians have expressed their hearts desires by singing over the last 120- years.
Day 9: Sunday, August 30, 2020

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg has provided a historic stage since the day Peter the Great ordained its construction on the banks of the Neva. In its relatively short history - the city is younger than New York - St. Petersburg has witnessed the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, three shattering revolutions, and civil war. The city survived a long and tragic siege during World War II - indeed St. Petersburg became a symbol of Russian resistance to Nazi invasion.

Russia's "Window on the West," St. Petersburg remains one of the world's most beautiful metropolises. Perched on the banks of the Neva, the city is crisscrossed by canals. Two great architects helped bring Peter the Great's vision of St. Petersburg to life: Rastrelli and Carlo Rossi. The rich architecture that resulted features a mixture of styles from ornate Russian Baroque churches to neo-classical palaces. St. Petersburg has also been the cultural soul of Russia, a repository of priceless art and a home to poets, musicians and composers ranging from Pushkin to Shostakovich.

Peter the Great instilled his near-mania for architecture and building in his successors, making the then capital of Imperial Russia one of the architectural treasures of the world.

Shore Excursion

  • Meet at the port
  • City sightseeing tour – Get the taste of the city, see the highlights of the historical downtown as we drive through and stop to take as many photos as you’d like.
  • A visit to the Church on the spilled blood – the most ornate Church, decorated with over 70000 square feet of mosaics. Build on the place of the murder of the Russian Tsar – Alexander II. 
  • Hermitage museum (Winter palace) – The biggest museum in Russia with over 3 000 000 items from around the world. Beautiful building with masterpieces of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo. 
  • Theater/ Folk show (optional)
  • Back to the port
Day 10: Monday, August 31, 2020

St. Petersburg

Shore Excursion:

  • Meet at the port
  • Pushkin - Catherine’s palace – one of the most outstanding palaces of the country, built by the daughter of Peter the Great in the mid 18th century as her summer residence. One of the rooms is the world known Amber room.
  • Peterhof – Russian Versailles or the capital of the fountains. The park itself has 150 fountains on the territory of 250 acres and it’s located right on the Gulf of Finland.
  • Back to the port

Day 11: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Helsinki

Perhaps their country's harsh climate encouraged the Finns' love and respect for design and the arts. Whatever the cause, there's no denying that Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Hailed as the "Daughter of the Baltic," Finland's capital is a city of graceful neoclassical buildings, striking modern architecture and spacious boulevards dotted with squares and parks. In the past century, Finland has nurtured some of the major creative talents of Western culture, from the composer Sibelius to architects Eliel & Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto.

The center of Finnish commerce and culture, Helsinki is home to some 616.000 people. Much of the city's neoclassical architecture dates from the period of Tsarist rule, which began in 1809 after political control of Finland passed from Sweden to Russia, Finland gained its independence in 1917.

Shore Excursion

  • We begin our tour with a drive through the countryside to the idyllic town of Porvoo. During the thirty-minute drive, our English-speaking guide will tell us about the unique qualities of the Finnish people as we will marvel at the well-preserved wooden houses, red warehouses along the river, the medieval cathedral and a town plan from the Middle Ages with its low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets which form a historically unique wooden town milieu.
  • We then head back to Helsinki where we enjoy free time for lunch at the Market Square. After our lunch break, we begin our walking tour that will take in the most important and interesting sites of this beautiful city. We will see the historical center and the diplomatic quarters, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. We will stop at Senate Square, the Sibelius Monument, and Temppeliaukio Church (known as the “Rock Church”). This incredible church is unique and is a photographic site not to be missed.
  • On our way back, we will have the opportunity for a quick stop at the LDS Helsinki Temple before our return through the scenic countryside to the pier

Day 12: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stockhom

The small rocky harbor of Nynashamn is your gateway port to Stockholm, the "Capital of Scandinavia." The city began life over seven centuries ago as a Viking stronghold built on the island of Gamla Stan. Today, Stockholm covers 14 separate islands and is interwoven with bays, channels and inlets. The city skyline is a sea of copper roofs grown green with patina, towers, spires and graceful cupolas stand sentinel over the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan). A city of nearly a million people, Stockholm is one of the world's most beautiful, clean, and orderly metropolises.

With a history stretching over seven centuries, Stockholm is not just a beautiful city but also Sweden's center of art and culture.

Note: Your ship will anchor in Nynashamn and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.

Day 13: Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sea Day

Day 14: Friday, September 4, 2020

Copenhagen - Disembark back to US

Transfer to airport for flights home.

Optional Post Tour - Day 1: Friday, September 4, 2020

Pick up at the pier and travel to Roskilde for Footsteps of the Vikings tour

“Explore the important Viking history site of Roskilde without the hassle of renting a car on this full-day tour from Copenhagen. With a guide providing insightful commentary and all transportation included, exploring multiple sites in a single day will be a breeze. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed ROskilde Cathedral, the Lejre Museum in Skjoldungernes Land, and the Viking Ship Museum".

Optional Post Tour - Day 2: Saturday, September 5, 2020

Free day to explore or Optional LDS temple excursion which will p/u at hotel and transfer to the LDS TEMPLE, bus wait for 3hr and then return to temple.

Optional Post Tour - Day 3: Sunday, September 6, 2020

Transfer to the airport for flights home

Included:

-11 night cruise on the BRAND NEW Sky Princess

-All taxes and fees for cruise

-1 night Pre Cruise Hotel package in Copenhagen included transfers and tours

-All meals and entertainment on board

-Multiple onboard group activities

-Tour Audio hearing Sets on land tours

-Tour book & travel document package

Not Included:

-Round trip airfare to Copenhagen - Group air from --Salt Lake City will be available

-Optional Group Shore excursion 

-Trip cancellation and Travel insurance 

-Gratuities for tours and cruise 

Optional Pricing:

Inside Cabins - $3599 starting per person/based on double

Obstructed View Balcony Cabin - $4499 starting per person/based on double

Balcony Cabin -  $5089 starting per person/based on double

Note: Single/triple/quad cabins are based on availability and are subject to change.  Rates will be quoted based on availability.

Cruise Tour Add On Options 

$75 per person CASH DISCOUNT for making final payment by check ** Please advise at booking

$500 pp deposit due at the time of booking

Final Payment due April 20, 2020

** This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers and a max of 75 passengers.

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