During your Baltic cruise the visit to St Petersburg will definitely become the highlight of your entire trip. There, however, some other interesting cities you may explore as well. In order to save more of your travel funds we would recommend you to combine a private St. Petersburg tour with some of the group shore excursions in the mentioned Baltic Capitals.
If $$ is not an issue, you may book private version of these tours choosing among the most popular samples or we can offer you a tailor-made private tour, customized especially for you.
Duration - 3 hours (walking)
Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of the Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.
Your guide will meet you right at the cruise ship pier or the lobby of your hotel. From there you will walk to Old Town which is divided into Lower and Upper Old Town. During the Tour you will see Great Coastal Gate with the famous Fat Margaret Tower (15th century), city wall with defensive towers, merchant houses, St Olaf church, one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in the world (don't miss the chance to buy the best claret in Europe made from the 15th century original recipe), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Three Sisters Houses, which is today a modern five-star hotel with medieval charm. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to the Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral).
Experience the magnificent panoramic views from ToompeaHill.You will have an opportunity to discover not only its history during this splendid walk but also the everyday life of Estonians. After the tour you will have about 3-4 hours to do extra shopping, sightseeing and dining in Old Town before returning to your ship. It takes only 20 minutes to walk back to port.
Duration - 5 hours (walking + driving)
Your guide will pick you up from the cruise port or the lobby of your hotel by private car/bus and take you to the Upper Old Town to see St. Olav's Church, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.
The old city with its romantic cobblestone streets, charming red roofs, and ancient looking but well-tended homes is considered the best-preserved old town in Northern Europe. The Lower Town with its daily hustle - bustle resembles the times of old with people still rushing around and merchants trying to offer you the best piece of their goods. Your tour guide will give you the best advice for the most authentic souvenirs. There is also some time reserved for a shopping break in the wonderful Masters Courtyard where you can enjoy the wares of local artisans.
The best landmarks of the Old Town walk include the fortified Town Wall with its many towers, the Town Hall, and one of the oldest continuously functioningpharmacies in the world. Our friendly and well-informed guide will provide you with much more than just the tour information. Feel free to inquire about life in the 21st century here in Estonia, a certain contrast to its "old world" landmarks.
The second part of the tour will provide you with a broader view of Tallinn. The enjoyable drive will include many interesting sights and amazingly beautiful places. You will see the baroque style Kadriorg Art Museum and gardens, built by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine I, the current Presidential Palace, modern and fashionable KUMU Estonian Art Museum, Song Festival Grounds, St. Bridget's Convent Ruins and Viimsi Open Air museum. This part of the journey also includes a lovely coffee break in a seaside caf?, where you will enjoy the views of the bay and open-air museum. The tour ends back at the harbor where you will re-board your ship
Accompanied by a highly professional tour guide you will see the best sights of the Old Town and Albert street in the Art Nouveau district.
Your guide will meet you right at the cruise ship pier or the lobby of your hotel. From there you will walk (about 10-15 minutes from the harbor) to the Old city.
Discover the big sights of the Latvian capital, from the architecture to the history. Head down to the Old Town, stopping to visit the Riga Powder Tower, where your guide will give you a short insight in the history of Riga then explore the wealth of sights to find around the Old Town, including St Peter's Church, the Riga Dome Square, Riga Cathedral and Town Hall Square. Take a step back in time on Skarnu Street, calling into Convent's Yard where the Castle of Sword-Beaers Order stood in the 13th-centurth and John's Yard with its section of reconstructed medieval wall. There is also plenty of things to see nearby major sights,for example: National Opera, Livu Square, Cats' House and 'The Three Brother' ensemble.
Back on street level, you will walk with your local guide into the Art Nouveau district. Often called the capital of Art Nouveau, the city boasts some of the world's best-preserved Art Nouveau buildings, and was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997.
This route covers Riga Old Town, Boulevards, Art Nouveau and the Wooden Architecture in P?rdaugava( Left Bank of Daugava River)
Your guide will pick you up from the cruise port or your hotel by private car/van/bus and take you to the Pardaugava to enjoy the greenest part of Riga, wooden architecture and the wonderful panorama view of the Old City. Driving through the boulevards directly to the Art Nouveau district to discover the impressive Albert Street . After that the heart of the city Old Town where you will see the Riga Powder Tower, the Swedish Gates , the Three Brother ensemble, the Dome Square, Livu Square, Cats' House, St Peter's Church, Town Hall Square. Take a step back in time in Convent's Yard, where the Castle of Sword-Beaers Order stood in the 13th-centurth and John's Yard with its section of reconstructed medieval wall
Your tour guide will give you the best advice for the most authentic souvenirs. There is also some time reserved for a shopping and for a lovely coffee break in one of the many cozy street cafes
Please note: the tour order may vary; a visit to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events. Our tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. You will drive along EsplanadiStreet , down famous Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard , passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building.
You won't miss the Olympic Stadium, site of the 1952 Olympic. There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, and the Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
We will continue and visit the Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe's most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustic characteristics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces.
You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki: Central Station.
You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship or hotel.
The Tour includes:
Please note: the tour involves a lot of walking so comfortable shoes are recommended. Tour begins and ends in Helsinki at cruise ship harbor or your hotel lobby.
Tour includes: a sightseeing tour in Helsinki by bus and visit to Porvoo.
Historical Porvoo is a charming little town with well-preserved wooden houses. It is located 30 miles from Helsinki and dates from the 14th century. The tour includes Porvoo Old Church, Town Hall Square,delightful little shops, and craftsmen' workshops. There will be some free time for a walk in the Old Town. Your guide will recommend a small charming place to have lunch. Enjoy the walk by the cobblestone streets and the Old Bridge from which you can take unique pictures of the old town.
The town plan is from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo - the red warehouses on the riverbanks - tell the story of seafaring and trading.
After your visit to Porvoo you will return to Helsinki for the city tour. You are going to drive along Esplanadi Street, down famous Mannerheim street, which is the main boulevard, passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto) Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall and the Parliament Building.
You won't miss the Olympic Stadium (1952 Olympics were held here). There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, a famous Helsinki's sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Lean Sibelius.
Then you are going to visit the Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe's most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustic. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces. You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki- Central Station.
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Stockholm city, the Vasa Museum & the City Hall
Over the centuries, Stockholm has transformed from a fortress to a town, from a town to a city and is today the capital of Sweden, some say, the capital of Scandinavia, but we will let you decide on that.
Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city. We have a splendid view of a few of the 14 islands which Stockholm is founded upon, the Old Town as well as the Vasa Museum and City Hall.
The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgarden. It is the Stockholmers most beloved recreational area and home to the city's amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, the playhouse of Astrid Lindgren "Junibacken" and much, much more. The Vasa Museum displays the Swedish warship Vasa, which could be considered Sweden's greatest failure but is today instead one of our greatest success stories. Vasa sank on her maiden voyage, in Stockholm's inner harbour, in 1628. After 333 years at the bottom of the sea the Vasa was salvaged and stands before us 95% intact.
The City Hall is renowned for its architecture, the Blue Hall and Golden Hall, and for being the site of the Nobel Prize Banquet. As we wonder through this very important building many fun and interesting facts are presented: like why it took 12 years to complete and who was the most important man throughout the construction are revealed.
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Your introduction the City starts with a panoramic drive along the harbor front with stops at all of the legendary symbols of the world's oldest monarchy. We will admire the Residence of the Danish Royal Family at the impressive Amalienborg Castle, boasting wonderful views of the Opera House and the Marble Church nearby. The charming fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen become alive when paying a visit to the statue created by the famous fables himself. The Little Mermaid, who is elegantly watching over her waterfront home, has become a must-see symbol of the city.
Towards the old town center, we will enjoy a walk on the celebrated pedestrian street, Stroget. The world's longest strolling lane begins with the lively Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens next door and will lead us to the splendid Kings New Square. Half way down the street, we will delight ourselves with a visit to the magnificent Christiansborg Castle. This is considered home for both by Danish Parliament, Prime Ministers Offices as well as the Royal Reception Rooms regularly used for official dinners & banquets. You are able to revel in the royal atmosphere of the Great Hall upgraded by the modern tapestries helping to bring alive the Danish heritage & history.
Afterwards we will take some time to take in the charming area of Nyhavn. The graceful swans and stunning old boats lining the canal are a perfect balance to the colorful townhouses up on the street level. This is the perfect location to enjoy a short coffee break or stroll along the harbor filled with inviting caf?s and restaurants.
Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the harbor.
Pick-up by your private safe driver at Warnemunde. After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in West Berlin by your private guide who will escort you to highlights of the German capital.
You'll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace dating from 1695.
You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop).
Along the way you'll see the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined "Unter den Linden" Boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Of course you will see a few notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War including Hermann G?ring's Aviation Ministry and the former site of Adolph Hitler's Bunker. Marvel at PotsdamerPlatz, the spot where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history.
Lunch (not included in the tour price).
Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping). Other highlights of the former East Berlin will include theAlexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall, and the Humbold University.
Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlin's Champs Elysees, West Berlin's former Showcase of the West. Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship
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Our introduction to Oslo starts with an enjoyable guided stroll around the city center highlights located a right along the scenic Oslo coastline. We will see such historic sites as the Parliament, National Theatre, Royal Residence and the new modern Opera House & Ballet building along the way. The celebrated Karl Johans Gateis also found a stone throw away on the main pedestrian street of the city, famously named after Norwegian king Karl III Johan.
Thereafter, we will take a short break to enjoy some free time for coffee or shopping before continuing on a sightseeing drive towards the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. We will enjoy a guided walk in the imaginative world of the artist Gustav Vigeland and more than 200 of his creations of human figures in bronze, iron and stone. Leaving the inspiring park of expressive statues behind, we will now experience something entirely different. The Viking Ship Museum is a surprising collection of well-preserved magnificent burial ships from the times of these ancient Nordic rulers. The delicate craftsmanship and astounding findings of the three ships exhibited make it a unique visit and a must-see when in this part of the world.
Our day ends with a return transfer to the cruise harbor, where you can board your ship in comfort.