6 Baltic Capitals Exclusive Shore Excursion

Maximum Group Size – varies, see below
Activity Level – medium

This package includes: Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen & St Petersburg Group Tours.

Please Note:  You can design your own package of ports, just contact us and we will build your vacation to suit.  We have our own guides in each city if you wish to hire and create your own tour in a particular port.  We can also help you with buses, vans and cars while vacationing.

 
THE BEST OF TALLINN
Group size: 16 max
Duration: 3 hours of walking tour + 2 hours of free time

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.

The guide will be meeting you right at the cruise ship pier and the bus transfer takes you to Upper Old Town. During this 15 minute drive you can admire beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and have a look to the 13th century medieval Toompea Castle standing high above the ground at Toompea Hill.

Our walking tour starts from the Upper Old Town. You will see the Estonian Parliament and make a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to meet the oldest church in Tallinn – Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform.

From Upper Old Town, you will descend to much livelier Lower Old Town. There you will see gothic style merchant houses and Town Wall with its beautiful towers, St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues to the historical city center – Town Hall Square where 15th century Town Hall and one the oldest pharmacies in the world can be seen.

A walk through St Catherine’s Passage allows you to admire the private studios of the local artists. Tour ends at Viru Gate and after that, you will have 2 hours of free time to have lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, bus will take you back from the city center to the cruise port.

PRICE INCLUDES:
– Tour Guide services for 3 hours
– Two transfers
– Company’s representative in cruise port to help with customer registration and payments (when payments are done in Tallinn)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Lunch

THE BEST OF HELSINKI
Group size: 26 people max
Duration: 3.5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
Helsinki City Sightseeing tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. The tour starts from the port and 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 sight, Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Then you are going to visit Rock Church**. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors of 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 acoustics. 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.

PRICE INCLUDES:
– The cost of the tour includes the service of the guide and driver

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Lunch

THE BEST OF BERLIN
Group size:  26 people max
Duration:  12 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
7:00 am – Pick-up by your driver. 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 former West Berlin by your private guide, who will lead you to highlights of the German capital. You’ll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace, dating from 1695.

Your will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop). Along the way you’ll see, among other sites the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined “Unter den Linden” boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and of course some notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War, such as Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Hitler’s Bunker.

Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the place where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial).

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Time for a typical hearty Berlin 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 former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall and the Humbold University. Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlins Champs Elysees, West Berlins former Showcase of the West.

7:00 pm – Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:
– Transfer Warnemunde-Berlin Warnemunde in an a/c vehicle
– Private A/c vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours
– English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. The entrance to some of the museums is free of charge.

THE BEST OF STOCKHOLM
Group size:  26 people max
Duration:  5 hours

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
Our first stop is at the most popular viewpoint, from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the city.  Overlooking a few of the 14 islands, which Stockholm is located on, Old Town Hall (you will see the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall) as well as Vasa Museum.

The Vasa Museum is located on an island referred to as Royal Djurgården. 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 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.

At the end of the tour we will take a guided tour in Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.

And last but not least, you will also get free time to buy souvenirs or treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee. When the 5 hour Essential Stockholm Tour is over, you will return to your ship with unforgettable memories of Stockholm.

Note, the tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions and overcrowding at venues.

PRICE INCLUDES:
– Service of the guide and driver
– Entrance to the Vasa Museum and Town hall

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Lunch

THE BEST OF COPENHAGEN
Group size:  26 people max
Duration:  4 HOURS

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
Your introduction to the old Viking nations capital 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 cafés and restaurants.

Your day in Copenhagen will end with a short drive back to the cruise harbor. If wished, you can also stay in the city center.

PRICE INCLUDES:
– The service of the guide and driver
– Entrance to Christiansborg Palace

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Lunch

TWO DAY EXCLUSIVE FABERGE ST PETERSBURG TOUR WITH THE FABERGE MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR
Group size:  12 people max
Duration:
Day 1 – 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Day 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOUR SCHEDULE:
Day 1
8:00 am – Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time).  City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. Photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral.
10:00 am – 10:30 am – Travel to Peterhof by hydrofoil
10:30 am – 12:00 pm  – Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Driving to Pushkin
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (included)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Driving to the city. A visit to the subway station.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Guided tour of the Faberge Museum (At this point you will be joined to a small group tour up to 16 people to lower expenses. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour please contact us for more details)
6:30 pm – Return to the ship or optional evening program (theatre / folk show / boat trip)

Day 2
9:00 am – Meeting by the ship. Payment for the tour. Shopping
9:30 am – 1:00 pm – Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Traditional Russian lunch (optional)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Inside guided tour of Peter and Paul Cathedral
4:00 pm – Return to the ship

PRICE INCLUDES:
– Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
– Faberge tour is held in the group up to 16 people.
– Guide’s services for 2 days
– One  lunch in traditional Russian style
– Driver’s services for 2 days (Comfortable car(Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
– A Permit for photo/video at the museums per person
– Metro ride
– Hydrofoil ride
– All port fees
– All local taxes
– Blanket visa
– Bottled water
– Headsets for the group of 10 and more

If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to the unfavorable weather conditions it is not refunded: we use our van instead to get to/from Peterhof.

**If you would like to have a private Exclusive Standard tour, please contact us and we will give you the price quote.

***Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason.

Package starts at $750.00 US dollars per person.

 

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