Our Baltic Sea & Russia Selection...
"Cruising to St Petersburg takes away the hassle of applying for a Russian visa "
- Baltic cruises are usually port intensive and run from around May to September
- Make sure you try some classic Baltic dishes including fried rye bread, dumplings, beetroot soup and potato pancakes
One of the main ports of call on a Baltics cruise is Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. An array of red rooftops and churches pepper the skyline and the UNESCO-listed Old Town – one of the best preserved in Europe – looks much as it did when it was founded. Wander along cobbled streets lined with cafés and galleries, past medieval churches and the Gothic Town Hall, to the old city walls.
Like Tallinn, Riga, the capital of Latvia, and Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, also have Old Towns, filled with twisting alleyways and restored historic buildings in Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles.
One of the huge plusses of a Baltics cruise is the chance to visit St Petersburg, the cultural heart of Russia. The city was designed by Peter the Great as a showcase to the world, and boasts impressive 19th-century architecture, grand churches and dazzling palaces. Must sees include the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors that now houses the Hermitage Museum.
Visit in June to catch the White Lights, a yearly natural phenomenon that sees daylight last nearly 24 hours. Celebrations erupt all over the city, including fireworks, operatic and ballet performances, jazz shows and literary readings.
You may also visit Scandinavia, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands on a Baltics cruise.