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Best of the Baltics: Cities and Islands from Tallinn to Copenhagen

Baltics Adventure Cruise

  • National Geographic Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 102 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
    • 2016
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  • Price from
  • $7,191

Summary : Choose from an expertly curated menu of experiences and explore the beauty of the Baltics your way. The windmills and meteoric craters on Estonia’s Muhu Island, a medieval castle or cycling tour on Saaremaa, and UNESCO World Heritage Site Art Nouveau Center in Riga, Latvia are just some of the offerings of this voyage. In Lithuania venture onto Curonian Spit, climb the “Hill of Witches,” or visit the 100 year-old lighthouse of Vente Horn. Savor the art and architecture of Gdansk, Poland; visit the National Museum, Town Hall, and the Westerplatte where WWII first broke out. Hike to the cliff-top ruins of Hammershus Castle or explore the fishing port and white beaches of Bornholm Island, Denmark.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
Tallinn, Estonia / Embark

Embark the National Geographic Orion in Tallinn. This evening, sail to two of Estonia’s most beautiful islands.

Day 2
Kuressaare, Saaremaa Island, Estonia

Land on Saaremaa Island and travel across the countryside, looking out for windmills, moose and deer. Visit the Kaali Meteoric Craters for a morning walk followed by a traditional Estonian lunch. In the port of Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa Island, you can spend the afternoon on a guided city walk to see the well-preserved medieval Kuresaare Castle. Or venture out on a cycling and walking tour of the Loode Oak Forest and the Bird Bay. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric show by local artists with live music and dancing.

Day 3
Riga, Latvia

There are many different ways to experience Riga, the largest city in the Baltics. Take a guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage site, the Art Nouveau center, visit wooden houses, antique stores and funky cafes, and climb to the top of St. Peter’s Church tower for 360 degree views of the city. Or peruse the Central Market with a local guide and National Geographic Orion’s head chef, tasting local specialties. Or you may want to bike across the mighty Daugava River to explore the island of Kpsala and cycle through its green parks, past the Citadel. The ship will anchor here overnight, allowing time to explore Riga’s nightlife after dinner.

Day 4
Riga

This morning take a private boat ride or venture out on one of Orion's kayaks through the canals of Riga then spend time exploring on your own. After lunch on board, attend a lecture by staff as you set sail for Lithuania.

Day 5
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Arrive in Klaipeda and spend the afternoon exploring the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose to explore this 62-mile-long sand dune peninsula that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Visit the seaside resort of Juodkrante with its Amber Bay, stone sculptures and heron and cormorant colonies. Then visit the Hill of Witches, the Grey Dunes and the Parnidis Dune. Or choose to visit Vente Horn and the Ornithological Station. From the observation deck of the 100-year-old lighthouse you’ll have a stunning view across the lagoon to the sand dunes of the Curonian Spit. One of the first bird ringing stations in Europe was opened here in 1929 and these days up to 80,000 birds per year are caught in huge nets, ringed and then set free to continue their journeys.

Day 6
Gdansk, Poland

This morning take in the brilliance of the Gdansk’s art and architecture including the National Museum and Town Hall, the Westerplatte where World War II broke out on September 1, 1939, and the Post Office Museum that is still marked with bullet holes and grenade impacts. After lunch on board, explore the city at your own pace, then visit the Solidarity Museum, followed by an authentic Polish dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7
Gudhjem, Denmark

Explore this small fishing port on the island of Bornholm. Hike up to the cliff-top ruins of Hammershus Castle, or explore the island's round churches and white sandy beaches by motor coach or bicycle. Taste some of the town’s famous smoked herring accompanied by a cold beer. Enjoy a farewell dinner on board the National Geographic Orion.

Day 8
Copenhagen, Denmark / Disembark

Disembark today in Copenhagen for flights home or remain in Copenhagen for an added stay.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Expedition Photography:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

Included:
All accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks; services of expedition leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guide; services of a ship physician; all gratuities; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport; visa; immigration fees; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature including internet, laundry, etc.