Braemar, Sailing to the Heart of the Baltic ex Southampton Return

EU Scandinavia & Baltic

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14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

By docking closer to the heart of historic, culture-rich cities, Braemar puts you within easy reach of the greatest sights and attractions the Baltic has to offer. Ornate architectural treasures, iconic museums, legendary landmarks and much more awaits your discovery, all on an immersive, in-depth summertime exploration of one of the world’s most absorbing regions.

Before the Baltic reveals its rich rewards, you’re sure to be captivated by views of verdant German countryside as your smaller ship navigates the size-restricted Kiel Canal en route to Latvia. A visit to Riga, the enchanting Latvian capital, provides your first opportunity for enriching exploration ashore: wander a short distance from Braemar’s city centre docking location and you’ll discover many highlights, such as the striking art-nouveau architecture of the awe-inspiring Old Town and the iconic Freedom Monument. It is then on to Finland where, after a visit to Mariehamn – capital of the picturesque Åland archipelago, another beautiful Baltic capital is yours to explore. In Helsinki, Braemar heads into the heart of the action once again, bringing the city’s diverse attractions closer to you. You can delight in the impressive exhibits of insightful museums and galleries, the tranquillity of the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence and the unmissable photo opportunities on offer at Senate Square. Alternatively, for an altogether authentic experience, you could opt to unwind at a quintessential Finnish sauna. Show less
Your Baltic exploration kicks into high gear in Russia, where an overnight stay in spectacular St Petersburg will be an undoubted highlight to savour. Glistening golden-domed structures will come into view as you sail the River Neva into the city, hinting at the gems awaiting discovery ashore in the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’. Peterhof Palace, the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaacs Cathedral are among star attractions to admire on a guided walking tour by day, perhaps before seeing, hearing and feeling the emotion of a spine-tingling evening at the Russian ballet – a remarkable cultural experience. As your incredible holiday nears its conclusion, two contrasting destinations will then provide a welcome taste of Scandinavia. There’s UNESCO-listed Visby on the pretty Swedish island of Gotland, with its beautifully preserved Old City, hanseatic-era merchants houses and medieval ruins; and Copenhagen, the delightful Danish capital, where highlights include the Little Mermaid statue, colourful Nyhavn district and the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces within easy reach. You’ll also experience scenic cruising of the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago, and – as you head for home – enjoy a return journey along the Kiel Canal.

Highlights of this cruise:

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.

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.

Mariehamn, Finland
The port of Mariehamn is situated in the heart of the Baltic Sea, halfway between Finland and Sweden. It is the capital of the Åland Islands, a breath-taking amalgam of nearly 7000 islands which boasts a unique archipelago culture, maritime heritage and natural beauty.

Åland is an autonomous Swedish-speaking, demilitarized region. Its capital was founded in 1861 by Tzar Alexander II at a time when Åland and Finland were a part of the Russian Empire. Mariehamn is named after Tzar Alexander’s wife, Maria Alexandrovna.

Also known as The Town of a Thousand Linden Trees, Mariehamn is a small town with a big personality. The small, easily navigable town centre provides a rich variety of shopping experiences, restaurants and cultural landmarks. These days, music festivals and cultural fairs pack the city calendar, and folks stay out all night soaking up the midnight sun.

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.

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.

Cruising 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.

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.

Pricing (per person)

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Quad Triple Twin Single

I - Twin Inside

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H - Twin Inside

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G - Twin Inside

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F - Twin Outside

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E - Twin Outside

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D - Twin Outside

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C - Twin Outside

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B - Superior Twin Outside

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A - Superior Twin Outside

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BC - Balcony

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BA - Superior Balcony

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DC - Deluxe Balcony

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BS - Balcony Suite

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SS - Superior Suite

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J - Superior Single Balcony

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N - Single Inside

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M - Single Inside

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L - Single Outside

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K - Single Outside

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