PONANT
Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea CRUISE ONLY: Discover St Petersburg and other cities steeped in history of the Black Sea

  • Departs: Thursday, 15th August 2019
  • Ship: Le Dumont D'Urville
  • Cruise line: Ponant
  • Special is valid from: 27th November 2018
  • Book by: 31st December 2018

Special Inclusions

WHY CHOOSE PONANT?
Discover the treasures of the land by sea on board luxurious yachts that are built on an intimate, human scale. French crew, expertise, attentive service, gastronomy: set sail in a five-star environment and enjoy a travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and sophisticated.
Especially for you, Ponant have designed itineraries that are rich in encounters and discovery all over the world: mooring in the heart of secret bays in the Mediterranean, sailing between the majestic icebergs of Antarctica, expeditions to the remote lands of Alaska, or island-hopping in the Caribbean Sea.

Always included onboard Ponant:
• Superb dining, with all meals onboard included
• Open bar throughout the ship – enjoy fine wines, beers, champagne, spirits, mineral waters, coffee tea wherever, whenever you wish
• 24 hour room service
• Entertainment onboard
• Hermes bath products in all staterooms and suites
• Butler service available in suites
• Port Taxes and Government Fees

Cruise Highlights:
* From Stockholm to Copenhagen, discovering the most precious treasures of the Baltic Sea.
* Unesco World Heritage Sites: from Helsinki, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna, the historic centre of Saint Petersburg and its many monuments, the old town of Tallinn, the Hanseatic town of Visby.
* Discover four European capitals on the same cruise: Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia) and Copenhagen (Denmark).
* Visit the colourful and opulent city of St Petersburg, where the atmosphere is still rich with the splendour of the Tsars and the traces of the Russian Enlightenment.

Price includes:
* 10 night cruise Stockholm to Copenhagen onboard Le Dumont-D'Urville
* Port Taxes and Government Fees
* Inclusions as above

TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Unless otherwise stated, prices are NZ$, cruise only, based on share twin/double. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt. Fees. Gratuities additional unless specified. Price includes all discounts. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply, contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 27 November 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply. Sales to 31 December 2018 unless sold prior.

Cruise Description

10 Night Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea cruise departing from Stockholm to Copenhagen onboard Le Dumont D'Urville.

PONANT invites you to discover St Petersburg and other cities steeped in history of the Baltic Sea.
From Stockholm, embark aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 11-day cruise, including 3 exceptional days in the former capital of the Tsars.

Your first port of call will be Helsinki. Located on a peninsula surrounded by almost 300 islands, the verdant capital of Finland will charm you with its Art Nouveau architecture.

Your ship will then head to St Petersburg. Architectural gems in the Baroque style, churches with domes so elaborate they seem otherworldly, palaces, gardens, canals, and the famous "perspectives" that criss-cross the city: at each street corner a new theatrical decor is revealed. We invite you to visit this colourful city where the atmosphere is rich with the splendour of the Tsars and the traces of the Russian Enlightenment.

You will then visit two sites that were important for the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea around the 13th century: Tallinn and Visby. UNESCO Heritage Sites, these once opulent cities still have remarkably well-preserved ramparts, public buildings, merchant houses and warehouses.

After a final port of call in Gdansk in Poland, Le Dumont-d’Urville will head for Copenhagen, your disembarkation port.

Highlights of this cruise:

STOCKHOLM
The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centres: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.

HELSINKI
Seated in the southern peninsula of Finland, Helsinki offers the buzz of a cosmopolitan city that has opted for both elegance and beauty. Explore its historical centre where the soft hues of neoclassical buildings are juxtaposed with spectacular modern constructions. The bustling Kallio district is teeming with boutiques and restaurants where you can taste some local specialities like graavilohi - a sweet, marinated, aromatic salmon dish. Keskuspuisto park, a stone’s throw from the centre, is a good place to sit and unwind.

ST PETERSBURG
Founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg has kept its original aura and is still one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bathed by the waters of the Neva, the “Venice of the North” boasts an impressive wealth of historic and artistic features. From the emblematic Nevsky Propect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theatres and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals though the ancient capital of the Czars.

TALLINN
Opening onto the Baltic sea, to the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallin will win you over with the picturesque charm of its architecture. You can meander through its little streets in the heart of the medieval centre where its gothic town hall has been standing since 1404. To get a taste of this town’s rich past, you can also visit the Kiek in de Kök tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, or Toompea castle. Try some of the local dishes, such as the smoked herring, roast elk and salmon with wild berries.

VISBY
This old Hanseatic city lies to the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications at Dalmans gate and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll discover the grand Visby homes of rich merchants as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little cobbled streets. Don’t miss Saint Mary’s cathedral with its octagonal steeples, as well as Powder tower along the fortifications. Make sure you stop over in one of the rose-adorned cafés; indeed roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialities, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.

GDANSK
This ravishing city on the Baltic sea is nicknamed “the golden door of Poland”, and you’ll understand why when you see its beautiful Hanseatic architecture. You’ll be charmed by the mouldings and gables that enhance the colourful façades of the houses. Along the Vistula Quays, you can take a pleasant stroll among the crafts shops. In elegant Mariacka street, the amber jewellers will most certainly tempt you into their boutiques. You can visit the church of Saint-Mary and its astronomic clock. Not far, the majestic Long Market square offers the famous Artus Court and the rich Gda?sk History Museum.

COPENHAGEN
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $30799

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
15/08 Stockholm Sweden 06:00 PM
16/08 At sea - -
17/08 Helsinki, Finland 07:00 AM 01:30 PM
18/08 St Petersburg, Russia 07:00 AM overnight
19/08 St Petersburg, Russia overnight
20/08 St Petersburg, Russia 06:15 PM
21/08 Tallinn, Estonia 12:00 PM 06:30 PM
22/08 Visby Sweden 02:00 PM 07:00 PM
23/08 Gdansk, Poland 01:15 PM 07:00 PM
24/08 Copenhagen, Denmark 07:00 PM overnight
25/08 Copenhagen, Denmark
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.