Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Featuring Guest Speakers Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland, and Pavel Palazhchenko, Interpreter and Advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev

Date: Sat, July 24, 2021 - Mon, August 2, 2021

Trip Status: Waiting for the brochure

Price: From $6,995

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

Arrangements: Gohagan & Co.

Join us for the opportunity to experience the lands and legacies forged by centuries of Baltic history. By special arrangement, hear from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and the interpreter and advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazhchenko. Explore the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this six-country, eight-night program. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville from Stockholm, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark, with an excursion included in every port. Tour the medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia, and the Hanseatic League town of Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; discover the storied architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland; and immerse yourself in the legacy of the Solidarity movement in Gda´nsk, Poland. Enjoy two days exploring St. Petersburg, including specially arranged entry into the State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof. Splendors of Stockholm Pre-Program and Wonders of Norway Post-Program Options.

Sweden, Finland, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland, Denmark

Day 1: Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2: Stockholm, Sweden/Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville
Day 3: Helsinki, Finland
Day 4: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 5: St. Petersburg
Day 6: Tallinn, Estonia
Day 7: Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Day 8: Gda´nsk, Poland
Day 9: Cruising the Baltic Sea
Day 10: Copenhagen, Denmark/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Itinerary subject to change.

Acclaimed Guest Speakers

  1. Lech Wałęsa, Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
  2. Pavel Palazhchenko, interpreter and advisor to former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Included Features
On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Small Ship Le Dumont-d’Urville
  1. Eight-night cruise from Stockholm, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark.
  2. Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom with a private balcony.
  3. Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  4. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
  5. All meals aboard ship.
  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  7. Tour of the storied port city of Gda´nsk, including its historic Gda´nsk Shipyard and Old Town.
  8. City tour of Helsinki, featuring a visit to Temppeliaukio Church.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Highlights
  1. Walking tour of Tallinn’s historical Old Town and 11th-century medieval quarters.
  2. Specially arranged entry to St. Petersburg’s world-renowned State Hermitage Museum.
  3. City tour of St. Petersburg, featuring a visit to the impressive Peter and Paul Fortress.
  4. Excursion to Peter the Great’s Peterhof and Catherine the Great’s palace in Pushkin, featuring the acclaimed Amber Room and including a lunch of traditional Russian specialties.
  5. View of the 18th-century Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki.
  6. Walking tour of Visby, a historic former Hanseatic city on the island of Gotland.
Splendors of Stockholm
A Royal Seaport and Capital City Pre-Program Option

Handsome Stockholm is a harmonious blend of medieval, Renaissance and modern architecture showcased across 14 small islands connected by more than 23 bridges. Visit the magnificent City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Walk through the Gamla Stan (Old Town) and visit the maritime museum built to house the Vasa, the world’s only preserved 17th-century warship. Spend two nights in the ideally located Sheraton Stockholm Hotel.

Wonders of Norway
Copenhagen u Oslo u Fjords u Bergen by Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry
Post-program Option
Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and Scandinavian culture on this unique, five-night journey from Copenhagen to Bergen. Enjoy an exclusively chartered cruise along Copenhagen’s idyllic canals, the highlights of vibrant Oslo and a private cruise into UNESCO World Heritage-designated Nærøyfjord. Travel through pristine fjordlands on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, amid the tranquil landscape of snowcapped mountains and alpine lakes. Tour the historical city of Bergen, including Bryggen (the old wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit Troldhaugen, the former home of famed composer Edvard Grieg. Spend four nights in comfortable hotels, including the historical Stalheim Hotel, and one night aboard an award-winning Seaways ferry.

Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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