Join Guest Speaker The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PH.D. on this 9-Day Baltic Capitals Cruise. Making stops in Estonia, Russia and Finland. Prices start at $5,998 from New York, departing on June 17, 2020.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare from NY
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- Beverage Package
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart the USA on your international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Stockholm
Arrive in Stockholm today. Time permitting enjoy a panoramic tour of the city on your way to the pier. Embark on the Azamara Quest this afternoon and prepare to journey through the Baltic Capitals of Europe.
Day 3 Tallinn, Estonia
Walk through the medieval maze that is Old Town Tallinn on your tour today. Drive past ancient ramparts and soaring towers into Upper Old Town. Then, continue on foot up Toompea Hill to Palace Square, where the baroque fortress of Toompea Castle still dominates the city. Follow narrow ways to reach the Russian Orthodox Nevsky Cathedral. A short walk from here lies St. Mary’s Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece also known as the Dome Church. Enjoy an inside visit before continuing to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the rustic medieval rooftops of Lower Old Town. Stroll to Town Hall Square, home to the oldest surviving Town Hall in the Baltic countries. Shop among the many local merchants and stop for coffee and pastries at a local café before a short drive takes you back to the port.
Day 4 St. Petersburg, Russia Day One
Rise early to enjoy a scenic cruise along the city’s waterways, passing magnificent palaces, sumptuous mansions, and stunning cathedrals. Then, visit the Yusupov Palace, one of Europe’s most lavish estates. Explore the estate’s grand halls, view its art collection, and learn about the 1916 palace murder of Grigori Rasputin. Then, journey to the famous St. Isaac’s Square in the heart of the city. St. Isaac’s Cathedral was designed by the French architect Auguste Montferrand and features a vast and opulent interior. Afterward, savor lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the famous Hermitage Museum. The museum boasts the world’s largest painting collection. Finish your thrilling day of discovery with a visit to the beautiful Church of the Resurrection of the Spilled Blood, a traditional Russian-style multicolored onion-domed church.
Day 5 St. Petersburg, Russia Day Two
On your second day in the city, visit both Pushkin and Peterhof. Your day begins with a visit to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin. Wander through the palace’s grand halls and discover the stunning Amber Room, once named the "Eighth wonder of the world." Step outside and stroll the palace’s lush gardens, boasting 1400 acres and pavilions surrounding a central lake. Then, sit back and relax over a traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a journey to the Peterhof. The Peterhof is known for its breathtaking fountains, cascades, gardens, and intricate footbridges. Enjoy a scenic drive across the Neva River to visit Vasilyevsky Island. Admire the island’s rostral columns and explore the 18th century Peter and Paul’s Fortress, the revered burial site of the Russian Tsars.
Day 6 St. Petersburg Russia (On Own)
Spend your on own day luxuriating onboard the Azamara Quest or purchase a shore excursion* from Azamara today to see more of St. Petersburg.
*You will not be able to disembark the ship unless you purchase an excursion. Cruise Guests are not allowed to enter Russia unless they are on an escorted tour.
Day 7 Helsinki, Finland
Begin your adventure with a drive along the harbor, getting a glimpse of the fleet of Finnish icebreakers. Continue along down the famous Mannerheim Street, snapping photos of Parliament House, the National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, Helsinki’s opera and concert venue designed by legendary architect Alvar Aalto. View the Olympic Stadium which hosted the games in 1952 and then stroll the serene and lush grounds of Sibelius Park. Marvel at the monument dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Then, step foot inside the stunning Temppeliaukio Rock Church, a one-of-a-kind church blasted out of solid rock. Finally, journey to Senate Square where you can snap photos before returning to the ship.
Day 8 Helsinki, Finland (On Own)
Spend your on own day luxuriating onboard the Azamara Quest or purchase a shore excursion from Azamara today to see more of Helsinki.
Day 9 Mariehamn, Aland, Finland (On Own)
Spend your on own day luxuriating onboard the Azamara Quest or purchase a shore excursion from Azamara today to see Mariehamn. The capital of Åland, Mariehamn was named by Alexander II after the Empress Maria, and its broad streets lined with linden trees recall its Russian heritage. Nowadays it’s a bustling, touristry place – home to parks, museums, restaurants, shops, galleries and more.
Day 10 Return to USA
This morning your ship returns to Stockholm. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.A.
Enhance Your Journey
Norwegian Fjords $1498
June 14 – Depart USA
June 15 – Arrive in Oslo
Arrive in Oslo and transfer to your hotel in central Oslo.
June 16 – Norwegian Fjords
Get an early start for your scenic journey on the Bergen Railway. This train ride, voted as one of the best in the world, takes you over the "mountainous rooftop" of Norway and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. At Myrdal, switch to the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful town of Flåm. Here, you have about 45 minutes of free time. From Flåm, continue by boat through the Aurlandsfjord and into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe. This is perhaps the most beautiful part of the Sognefjord with its mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. At Gudvangen, a bus takes you through the magnificent Nærøy Valley to Voss, the connection point for the final train ride to Bergen. Spend the night in Bergen.
June 17 – Bergen
Spend the first half of the day as you wish in Bergen. Though this is Norway’s second largest city, it still has the charming atmosphere of a small town. Here you’ll find the old wharf of Bryggen—a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with well preserved old houses, the vibrant fish and flower market, the Fløibanen funicular with great views and many museums. In the afternoon, make your way to the central station for your return train ride to Oslo, where you’ll spend the night.
June 18 – Depart Oslo & Arrive in Stockholm
Depart Oslo this morning and arrive in Stockholm this afternoon. Time permitting enjoy a panoramic tour of the city on your way to the pier.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
Guests taking a pre-tour may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Moscow & St. Petersburg 3-Day Adventure Excursion Upgrade $899
June 20 – St. Petersburg
Explore St. Petersburg’s rich history, culture, and unique treasures on this grand journey through the heart of this iconic city. See Palace Square, cross the Neva River, and view the magnificent rostral columns of the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, passing Peter and Paul’s Fortress. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the Winter Palace. In the Old Hermitage, you’ll view a splendid collection of Italian Renaissance masters, including paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael. After a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll visit the iconic Russian masterpiece - the Church of the Spilled Blood.
June 21 – Moscow
Board Russia’s "Sapsan" train and zoom to bustling Moscow. Visit Red Square and gaze out at the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil Cathedral. Embark on an interior tour of the Kremlin. Explore the Armory Chamber, home to court regalia, golden carriages and priceless Faberge Eggs. Stroll into Cathedral Square. Enter the Archangel Michael Cathedral, once the private chapel of Russian Czars. Leaving the Kremlin, take a ride on the Moscow Metro. Created during the Stalin era, its opulence is more palatial than public transportation. Marble, mosaics and grand chandeliers abound at every turn. During your tour, you will be invited to have lunch in one of the top Moscow restaurants.
June 22 – St. Petersburg
Journey to the "Town of the Tsars" and enter a realm of palaces, fountains and gardens that once served as the summer home of Russian royalty. Begin with a drive through St. Petersburg past historic landmarks. Upon arrival in Peterhof, head to the Grand Palace of Peter the Great for a guided exploration. Stroll among the Lower Gardens, a 300-acre park replete with fountains and offering panoramic views of the Gulf of Finland. Leave the ghosts of the past behind and head to the pier where a state-of-the-art hydrofoil is waiting. Climb aboard for an adrenaline-pumping voyage back to St. Petersburg. Take in one last view of the Grand Palace looking back from the water and bid farewell to the summer home of Russian tsars.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
Guests taking a post-tour may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
June 17, 2020