07/26 - 08/08/2020

14-Day Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

  • Day 1
    STOCKHOLM - JEWEL OF THE SEAS
  • Day 2
    STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
  • Day 3
    HELSINKI - FINLAND
  • Day 4
    ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
  • Day 5
    MOSCOW - RUSSIA
  • Day 6
    ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
  • Day 7
    TALLINN - ESTONIA
  • Day 8
    RIGA - LATVIA
  • Day 9
    KLAIPEDA - LITHUANIA
  • Day 10
    AT SEA
  • Day 11
    FREDERICIA - DENMARK
  • Day 12
    AARHUS - DENMARK
  • Day 13-14
    COPENHAGEN - DENMARK

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • One cruise visiting 6 capitals of 7 countries
  • See the venue of the Nobel Prize Award in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Visit Helsinki, Finland’s largest surviving military defense fortress in the world
  • Includes Russia landing visa; and explore St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Visit Tallinn, known as the crossroads of Europe
  • Explore the medieval architecture of Old Town in Riga, the capital of Latvia
  • See the famous Kursiu Nerija National Park in Lithuania
  • Learn about the Vikings at the Ribe Vikinge Center
  • Visit the open-air Old Town Museum in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city
  • Explore Danish Capital, Copenhagen, and learn about the origins of beautiful tales

OFFER ID: 1358589

Jewel of the Seas
Year Built: 2004
Refurbished: 2016
Tonnage: 90,090
Passenger Capacity: 2,501

Itinerary

  • 1
    7/26 STOCKHOLM - JEWEL OF THE SEAS
    Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden today and head over to the port to board Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
  • 2
    7/27 STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
    Today we will tour Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden. The inner city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Malaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea. Visit (City Hall), famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held each year in December. The (Nobel Prize Museum), which was launched at the 100th anniversary of the 2001 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, holds information about Nobel Prize winners and their life. Tour through (Vasa Museum), a maritime museum displaying the almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged; the 64-gun warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The collections include more than 40,000 of equipment, decorative elements, and personal belongings of the crew, along with weapons, tools, and coins that were found around the ship. We will board back on the ship and our cruise will set sail today.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 3
    7/28 HELSINKI - FINLAND
    Our cruise ship arrives in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. Often referred to as “Daughter of the Baltic” because of how modern, fun and friendly this city can be. First we will visit (Suomenlinna Fortress), a fortification built more than 250 years ago and is one of the largest sea defense military fortresses in the world. See the (White Cathedral), built as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. The neoclassical church is part of the Empire era centre and has become the symbol of the whole of Helsinki. Enjoy the sounds of (Temppeliaukio Church), a Lutheran church built directly into solid rock, also known as the Church of the Rock. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. Its special architecture makes it a popular location for concerts and weddings. Last but not least visit, visit (Sibelius Park), a steel monument dedicated to the national composer Jean Sibelius. The cluster of steel pipes is said to represent the forest. The pipes create its own music with the movement of the wind.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 4
    7/29 ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
    Welcome to St. Petersburg, a city with a rich history and culture, a world class destination known as Russia’s Window to the West. We will first visit (Peterhof Palace), a series of palaces and gardens laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, opening onto the Baltic Sea. (The Great Cascade) is one of the biggest fountain ensembles in the world, which includes more than sixty fountains, in a grand staircase design. Perhaps the greatest technological achievement of Peterhof is that all of the fountains operate without the use of pumps. Water is supplied from natural springs and collects in reservoirs in the Upper Gardens. See (Hermitage Museum), which is housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov dynasty, one of the world’s greatest as well as the oldest collection of treasure, art and antiquities. The green and white three story palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
  • 5
    7/30 MOSCOW - RUSSIA
    In the early morning today, we will take a train to Moscow, the capital and the largest city of Russia. The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business center of Russia, Moscow displays the country’s contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern are juxtaposed side by side in this city of 10 million. Visit (Red Square), most famous as the site of official military parades demonstrating to the world the might of the Soviet armed forces. Red square is often considered the central square since most major highways and streets originate from the square. See (St. Basil’s Cathedral), an Orthodoc church here at the Red Square and definitely the symbol in the this Russian capital. After lunch, we will visit the (Kremlin), a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Garden, and Alexander Garden. It includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers, and is currently the official resident of the President of the Russian Federation. Next explore the (Armoury Museum) and see over 4,000 treasures of the Tsarist era, including the world’s richest diamond collection, exquisite workmanship of the crowns and jewels, and famous amazing Faberge eggs. We will take a train back to St. Petersburg and stay overnight onboard the ship.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
  • 6
    7/31 ST. PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
    We will visit (The Catherine Palace) named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death. Originally, a modest two story building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth. The (Spas Na Krovi), is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. This church was built by Alexander III, a dedication to be a memorial to his father Emperor Alexander II who was fatally wounded here when he was thrown a grenade by an anarchist conspirator. This church architecture differs from others in that it harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism, containing over 7500 square meters of mosaics. See (Kazan Cathedral), a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church built between 1801-1811. As this cathedral is dedicated to the iconic Lady of Kazan, there is usually a queue of believers waiting to kiss her.
    Amount of walking: Long
    (Lunch included)
    The order of tours may change depending on time and traffic
  • 7
    8/1 TALLINN - ESTONIA
    Our cruise ship arrives in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Tallinn's many occupations over the centuries have resulted in a cultural mix and unique ambiance of this maritime city. It was once the traffic hub of Europe and was hailed as “the crossroads of Europe”. The city of Tallinn is divided into the upper city and the lower city. The upper city is a gathering place for the upper class, such as the religious class and the feudal dignitaries. The (Old Town) of Tallinn has been included in the World Heritage by the United Nations. The most striking building nearby is (Alexander Nevsky Cathedral) and the Church of Our Lady (Toomkirik), built in 1219. Next we visit (Song Festival Grounds) , the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city in 1960. This musical venue demonstrates against Soviet rule which sets the nation on a road towards re-independence. Last but not least, stroll through (Kadriorg Park), a beautiful park surrounding Kadriorg Palace, with symmetrical gardens, flowerbeds and fountains. It was constructed on the orders of Russian tsar Peter I in 1718.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 8
    8/2 RIGA - LATVIA
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Riga, Latvia, also known as “Little Paris”. It is the fastest-growing economy in the three smallest countries in the Baltic Sea. We will explore (Old Town) Riga, a historical and city center of the capital of Latvia, a World Heritage Site featuring cobble-stone streets and medieval of architectural gems such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, creating a unique blend throughout town. See (Riga Cathedral), the largest and oldest place of worship in the Baltics. The cathedral also holds the largest organ in the world with 6,768 pipes. Visit the (Freedom Monument), a memorial honoring the soldiers that were killed during the Larvian War of Independence. It is an important symbol of freedom, independence, and sovereignty of this country.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 9
    8/3 KLAIPEDA - LITHUANIA
    Our cruise ship arrives in Klaipeda, the third largest city in Lithuania. We will first journey to (Kursiu Nerija National Park), the longest sandbank in the world, with a total length of 98 kilometers, separating the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It also contains 90% of the world’s amber reserves and is part of the World Heritage Site. Here you can also see (Witches Hill), which displays wooden statues of mythical heroes in a natural forested area. Here you can learn how and why the Curonian Spit was created. We will then return to Old town Klaipeda and see different statues of various sizes in Theater Square, the most famous being (Ann of Tharau Fountain). A girl with whom the famous poet (Simon Dach) fell in love with at first sight.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 10
    8/4 AT SEA
  • 11
    8/5 FREDERICIA - DENMARK
    Today our cruise ship arrives in Fredericia, Denmark. We will make our way to Ribe, the oldest surviving town in Denmark. The city center has been preserved since the medieval period. VIsit the (Ribe Vikinge Center), where you can see real life reconstruction of the Viking settlements, including markets, farmhouses, and residences, allowing to experience how the Vikings lived. In the afternoon, we will return to Fredericia and stroll through the historic Old Town of 17th century military ruins. (Fredericia Vold) is home to one of the largest and most well-preserved ramparts with complete bastions, ravelins, moats and cannons.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 12
    8/6 AARHUS - DENMARK
    Our cruise ship arrives in Aarhus, Denmark, the second largest city in Denmark. First we will head over to (ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum), which holds works of Danish art from the 19th to the 20 century. Here you can enjoy a city view of Aarhus in many colors through (My Rainbow Panorama), which is a 360 degree view with rainbow-toned glass. Next visit the (Botanical Garden), where they have carefully selected the native plants from all over Denmark. You can see the greenhouse with a transparent dome in the park looks like a huge snail. Last but not least, visit the Museum of the Old City (Den Gamle By) an open air museum built in 1914. It holds 75 buildings from all over Denmark. It is built on the basis of the original appearance, so you can admire the different historical periods of the buildings with different architectural styles.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 13-14
    8/7-8/8 COPENHAGEN - DENMARK
    Today our cruise ships arrives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Visit the famous (The Little Mermaid) statue which was unveiled at Langelinie in 1913. During this time era, classical and historical figures were used as decorations in the city’s parks and public areas. The small and unimposing Little Mermaid statue continues to remain as Copenhagen’s icon and major tourist attraction. Tour the exquisite architecture of (Amalienborg Palace), constructed in the 1700’s by Danish Rococo which was considered one of his greatest works. The palace complex consists of 4 rococo palaces placed around an octagonal square with a statue of King Frederik V, standing prominently in the square. This monumental palace was built for noble families, where various kings and their families resided in. Explore (Rosenborg Castle) located in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Dutch Renaissance style castle was originally built as a summerhouse in 1606. The castle has been expanded and renovated several times, finally evolving into its present design and condition by the year 1624. Enjoy the (brewery), here you can learn about the history, the beer brewing process and taste freshly brewed draft beer.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    We will disembark on our second day in Copenhagen, Denmark. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.