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Baltic Cruise Tour on Norwegian Cruise Line September 2015

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One of the benefits of joining our all-inclusive tour packages is that it also includes our experienced Chinese tour leader which is exclusively brought to you by our office staff also known as, our travel consultants. Here we are taking a short train ride from our hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark to pick up our clients at the airport to our hotel. The airport transfers are also all-inclusive which to be honest, make traveling among elderly less stressful. Each of our client also gets a Travel Design Cruise Holiday baseball cap, whether to block the sun, the wind or even the rain. It really comes in handy I would have to say.

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We usually have clients fly out a few days earlier, so when they arrive at the cruise departure city, they can relax upon arrival, and enjoy our city tour the next day. We had some extra time to explore the city on our own after picking up our clients. We took a taxi to Amagertorv (Amager Square); the car ride was about twenty minutes away from our hotel. Everything in Copenhagen is fairly close. Amagertorv is probably the most central square in central Copenhagen. Here you can find many luxury brands, cafes and hotels.

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Here we are at Amalienborg. It is the home of the Danish royal family, with 4 identical palaces surrounding the octagon square with rococo interiors. Regardless of snowstorms and heatwaves, the Guards look after the Royal Family. Everyday at noon, they march from the barracks to Amalienborg. Their uniform consists of blue trousers which has had a history of almost 200 years and the bearskin hat with over 300 years. This is only a few of them leaving their shift, the official changing doesn’t start until noon everyday.

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I love pretty and shiny things. Instead of taking a picture of Rosenborg Castle itself, I took this picture of Crown Jewel which belonged to Christian IV. He was the the most famous King of the Danish Sovereigns, who ruled Denmark and Norway from 1588 to 1648 when he died. Rosenborg Castle was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, and used by the Danish regents as a royal residence.

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I apologize for not taking a full clear picture of the Brandenburg Gate. There was just way too many people walking across, I wanted to take a picture without all the people. The Brandenburg Gate is one of the best known landmarks of Germany with an 18th century neoclassical style. It hold great symbolic value as it represent German unity and freedom since the end of the cold war.

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For lunch, we had German pork knuckle. The inside is soft, while the outside is crispy. I personally felt it might have been hard for some to dig in. Asian pork knuckle or braised pork feet is cooked until totally soft. Each dish has its own characteristic in flavors and texture.

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Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of beer! So refreshing!

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After lunch we came to see the Berlin Cathedral, it is the largest church in this city which serves as the Protestant church. First built in 1465, this high-renaissance baroque monument is associated with the Hohenzollerns to German Protestantism and which underwent changes of architectural renovation since the Middle Ages. The building was finally completed in 1905, of course with damages during World War II, it wasn’t until 1993, that it reopened after restoration.

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Couldn’t visit Berlin without visiting the Berlin Wall. “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, is a famous graffiti painting on the Berlin Wall. It is a painting of two man kissing in 1979 which raised controversial between two world leaders; Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany President Erich Honecker.

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Our next port of call is Estonia, Tallinn. This famous photo stop was overlooking the city of Tallinn, with the utmost perfect postcard picture angel. The conical roofs with a red brick shade of color are frequently found on top of towers in medieval towns pictured here. Doesn’t this look like a scene from a fairy tale story?

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The highlight of this cruise was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens constructed by Peter the Great. Often referred to as the Russian Versailles, it is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fountain pictured is one of Russia’s most famous tourist attractions, which consists of 64 different fountains, 200 bronze statues, and other embellishing.

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Another must see in St. Petersburg is the Church of the Savior on Blood. This church was built between 1883 and 1907 on where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. To commemorate the memory of his father’s assassination, Alexander III dedicated this church to his father with construction estimating 4.5 million rubles.

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This was our awesome tour guide, Liya. She is 100% Russia who speaks perfect Mandarin. As St. Petersburg was the highlight of our trip, so was she! She was the best tour guide on this whole trip. For two days visiting this city, we were very fortune to have connected with her. She made our clients laugh and be curious about Russia. It was an awesome two days learning about Russia from her.

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In Stockholm, Sweden, we visited the interesting Vasa Museum, the only preserved 17th century ship in the world. The Vasa ship sank on its maiden voyage in the Stockholm in 1628. It took about 50 years to restore the original ship. With 13 different languages, the museum exhibits life on board the ship, the belongings of people sailing on the ship. and much more.

Overall, our Baltic Cruise sailing twice a year, is one of our most popular packaged cruise tours; once in May and once in September. For more information regarding our packaged cruise tours, please visit our website at www.traveldesigncruises.com or call us at (888) 371-3228.

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Jan. 2017