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Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Featuring Guest Speakers Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland, and Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev

Date: Thu, June 14, 2018 - Sat, June 23, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: from approximately $7,995 per person

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous “White Nights of Summer” on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the Soviet Union. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star m.s. Le Soléal, carrying only 110 passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, with an excursion included in every port. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda´nsk, Poland; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; and discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including a specially arranged early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine’s Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendors of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.

Itinerary*

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

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Copenhagen, Denmark/Embark
  3. Gdansk, Poland
  4. Cruising the Baltic Sea
  5. Tallinn, Estonia
  6. St. Petersburg, Russia
  7. St. Petersburg
  8. Helsinki, Finland
  9. Visby, Gotland, Sweden
  10. Stockholm/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary is subject to change.

 

Highlights      

A rare private opportunity featuring

Lech Wał˛esa, former President of Poland and Leader of Poland’s Solidarity Movement

and

Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, noted author and award-winning scholar

  • Enriching individual presentations with time for questions and answers.
  • Tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  • Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship m.s. Le Soléal, with access to ports unavailable to larger ships.
  • Spectacular eight-night, six-country Baltic Sea program visiting Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden.
  • Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • A shore excursion included in every port—Gda´nsk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Visby.
  • Two full days docked in the heart of St. Petersburg.
  • Visits to Peter the Great’s Petrodvorets and Catherine the Great’s palace in Pushkin.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.

Wonders of Norway Pre-Cruise and Splendors of Stockholm Post-Cruise Options.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

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

Duke Leaders

Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise: M.S. Le Soléal

Small Ship, State-of-the-Art Design

The exclusively chartered m.s. Le Soléal represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms, distinctive French sophistication and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies

Each air-conditioned, deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five‑Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat‑screen television, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining

International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious L’Eclipse dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Pytheas Restaurant; or from 24‑hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four‑course dinner are served daily. Wine is served with lunch and dinner.

Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities

In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting, and they can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge; nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge; and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck with open-air bar, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath‑style steam room, full range of fitness equipment, two elevators and an infirmary staffed with a doctor and a nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment

The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders.

Acclaimed Guest Speakers

Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Wałęsa.

Scholar and author Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Included Features

On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Small Ship m.s. Le Soléal

Eight-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, featuring port calls at Gda´nsk, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Visby, Sweden.

Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.

Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.

All meals—early continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.

Wine is served with lunch and dinner.

Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Tour of the storied port city of Gda´nsk, including its historic Lenin Shipyard and Old Town.

Walking tour of Tallinn’s historic and medieval quarters, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Specially arranged, early entry to St. Petersburg’s world-renowned State Hermitage Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

City tour of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring a visit to the impressive
Peter and Paul Fortress.

Excursion to two UNESCO World Heritage sites—Peter the Great’s Petrodvorets and Catherine the Great’s Palace in Pushkin, featuring the acclaimed Amber Room—including a lunch of traditional Russian specialties.

City tour of Helsinki featuring a visit to Temppeliaukio Church and a view of the old fortifications of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Suomenlinna.

Walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Visby, a historic former Hanseatic city on the island of Gotland.

Wonders of Norway

Bergen u Fjords u Oslo u Copenhagen

By Flåm Mountain Railway and Coastal Ferry

Pre-Cruise Option

Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and traditional Scandinavian culture on this unique and exclusive five-night journey from Bergen to Copenhagen. Tour the historic city of Bergen, including Bryggen (the old wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit Troldhaugen, the home of famed composer Edvard Grieg. Travel on the legendary Flåm Railway, one of the “most scenic train rides in the world,” through pristine fjordlands, passing snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls and alpine lakes. Cruise by private ship on spectacular Nærøy Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, see the highlights of vibrant Oslo and enjoy a panoramic tour of Copenhagen during an exclusively chartered cruise along the city’s idyllic canals. Accommodations are for four nights in comfortable hotels, including the historic Stalheim Hotel, and one night aboard an award-winning Seaways ferry.

Splendors of Stockholm

A Royal and Nobel City

Post-Cruise Option

One of the most handsome Scandinavian cities, Stockholm is a harmonious blend of medieval and modern architecture showcased on 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 historic Gamla Stan (Old Town) and visit the maritime museum built to house the Vasa, the only preserved
17th-century war ship in the world. Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located Sheraton Stockholm Hotel.

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