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Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic..from £2249pp

Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic..from £2249pp

Wednesday 31st July to Wednesday 14th August 2019 - Experience the very best of the captivating Baltic region, visiting the heart highlights of five diverse destinations in five different countries.

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  • Refurbished in 2017, 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.

     

    A timeless style flows throughout Braemar's  interiors. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views, and the polished wooden fixtures, decadent fabrics and elegant décor assume the feel of a traditional country house hotel. One of the focal points on Braemar  is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on.

     

    Capable of comfortably accomodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar  has a uncrowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff providing a fantastic level personal, attentive service and catering to your every need. On board, guests can enjoy an unforgettable cruise holiday in the comfort and ample space of recently refreshed rooms and suites, and updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, and fantastic daily entertainment from talented performers. What's more, as Braemar  is the shortest of the four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet, it is perfect for cruising rivers and bringing you closer to the heart and highlights of towns and cities across Europe and beyond

Cruise highlights

  • Visit Copenhagen, for impressive palaces and the famous Tivoli Gardens, in Denmark; enjoy a day in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, with its iconic squares, art-nouveau architecture and fantastic museums; explore Riga, Latvia’s capital; and in Germany, be charmed by Travemünde before cruising the Kiel Canal.

  • An overnight stay in the stunning Russian city of St Petersburg – the ‘Jewel in the Baltic’s Crown’ – is sure to delight; take in ‘must-visit’ landmarks such as the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and the Hermitage on guided tours, and perhaps spend a magical night at the Russian Ballet.

  • In Denmark, the highlights of the cosmopolitan capital will be within easy reach of your ship’s convenient docking location near to the centre of Copenhagen. The colourful, 17th century Nyhavn waterfront district, famous Little Mermaid statue and the legendary Tivoli Gardens – among the oldest amusement parks on earth – are among the delights found close-by. Don’t miss the chance to delve into Copenhagen’s rich Royal heritage too, at Rosenburg Castle and the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces. Another enticing capital city will then await your exploration in Finland, with Braemar  once again bringing you closer to the heart of it all in Helsinki. An abundance of attractions, including several insightful galleries and museums, the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence and iconic Senate Square – one of Finland’s most photographed locations – via for your attention here, simply head ashore and explore to uncover your pick of the highlights. You can also delight in Helsinki’s stunning natural beauty and even treat yourself to an authentic Finnish sauna experience.

  • Cost includes All inclusive Drinks Package, on board gratuities and door to port transfer

Wednesday 31 July

We collect you from your doorstep and transfer you to Southampton, for an afternoon departure.

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Saturday 3 August

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. 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

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Monday 5 August

Helsinki, Finland
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.

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Tuesday 6 August

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.

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.

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Friday 9 August

Riga, Latvia
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.

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Sunday 11 August

Travemünde, Germany
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.

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Monday 12 August

Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
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.

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Wednesday 14 August

Return to Southampton where we will meet you and take you home

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D=Dinner, L=Lunch, FE=Full English Breakfast

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons
Totnes KEVICC Totnes KEVICC
Wembury Wembury Odd Wheel Pub
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31 Jul 2019 £2,249.00

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