August 2, 2020 | 15 days / 14 nights
With visits to four charismatic capital cities, an overnight stay in the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’ and scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways all packed into one immersive two-week itinerary, you’ll have opportunities to revel in an extensive list of unforgettable sights and experiences on this incredible cruise adventure.
|02/Aug||Late PM||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
|04/Aug||Early PM||Late Night||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|06/Aug||Early AM||Late PM||Riga, Latvia|
|08/Aug||Early AM||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|09/Aug||Late PM||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|10/Aug||Late PM||Late Night||Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden|
|11/Aug||Early AM||Late PM||Stockholm, Sweden|
|12/Aug||Early AM||Late PM||Visby, Sweden|
|14/Aug||Early AM||Late PM||Oslo, Norway|
|16/Aug||Early AM||–||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Board the ship in the late afternoon. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. Overnight at sea to Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.
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.
St. Petersburg, Russia
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.
Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
A cruise through the mesmerising Stockholm Archipelago is always a memorable experience. En route to Stockholm you’ll pass by and between some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of your smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. This ensures that there’s always something new to see, whichever way you look.
Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the head of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm’s swathe of parks, gardens and canals are a joy to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.
Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, this former Hanseatic City has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The “City of Roses and Ruins” is like a living museum, and is renowned for its well-preserved medieval wall and defensive towers. Uncovering the 12th century Gunpowder Tower, Love Gate and Långa Lisa – the wall’s tallest tower, is highly recommended. Visby’s wonderful Old Town is home to 15 of Visby’s 17 medieval churches, and the Burmeister House – the town’s oldest merchant house – St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a beautiful botanical garden can also be found within its ancient walls. The main square, Stora Torget, has cobblestone streets lined with charming cafés and restaurants.
Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Late morning arrival in Newcastle, UK. Disembark and prepare for your onward journey.
Dates & Prices
|Start/End||Nights||Sailing Schedule||Starting From|
|Newcastle, UK / Newcastle UK||14||August 2, 2020||$3,500|
|Southampton, UK / Southampton, UK (revised itinerary: Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Travemünde)||13||June 1, 2020||$3,150 |
*Price per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.
Comfortable, stylish rooms and/or suites at your choice
All meals throughout your cruise (breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks, etc.)
Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues
Complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes
In-room sandwiches and snacks
A full programme of evening entertainment
Full use of on board leisure facilities
On board activities and lectures throughout the day
All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
Balmoral is the largest of our ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs.