5* Baltic Heritage

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Tour the beautiful & historic Baltic & Scandinavian regions on this 14-night cruise on board 5* Sapphire Princess including an overnight stay in stunning Saint Petersburg.

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Following your short flight to Southampton, your cruise departs first to Bruges before heading north for the Baltic Sea. Next up are visits to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn, capital cities of Denmark, Sweden and Estonia respectively. You then enjoy an overnight stay in stunning St. Petersburg followed by a visit to Helsinki, Finland’s funky capital. The final stop is Gdansk, Poland, on your way back to Southampton.

Inclusions

  • Flights from Dublin to Southampton
  • Airport transfers to the port
  • 14 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flights from Southampton to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 15kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1 Southampton, UK

On arrival in Southampton, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Sapphire Princess.

Day 2 Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Zeebrugge is your gateway to Brussels. The capital of Belgium, Brussels is really two cities in one. Old Brussels is a city of superb Baroque architecture with ornate guildhalls, cobbled lanes and one of the finest squares in Europe. New Brussels is the modern city, the capital of the European Union, the home of NATO and the seat of the European Atomic Energy Community. It is a city of fascinating contrasts.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen was founded during the 12th century. The city owes much of its charm to the buildings erected by Denmark’s monarchs, and boasts a treasure trove of late-Renaissance and Rococo architecture. Copenhagen deserves its accolade as the Venice of the North. Founded on a series of islands and islets, the city today is laced with graceful canals and boasts some of the most delightful architecture in Northern Europe. See the fabled statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, a symbol of the city. Stroll along the old harbor of Nyhavn, lined with cafés, restaurants and 500-year-old gabled houses. Browse the superb shops on the world-famous Stroget or view the Rococo palaces lining Amalienborg Square. Best of all, savor the taste of local delicacies while wandering the paths of Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe’s most celebrated pleasure gardens.

Day 5 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 6 Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden

The small rocky harbour 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 centre of art and culture.

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

Day 7 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 centre of Estonia.

Day 8-9 St. Petersburg, Russia

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.

Day 10 Helsinki, Finland

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 centre 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.

Day 11 At Sea

Cruising.

Accommodation

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

  • Last Refurbished: February 2012

  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 1,100

  • Tonnage: 115,875

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
    • Balance due 14 weeks prior to departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,699pp
  Number of nights: 14

04 May 2019 €1,699 Inside Cabin
04 May 2019 €2,249 Oceanview Cabin
04 May 2019 €2,249 Balcony Cabin

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