Itinerary | 7 Nights - Scandinavia & Russia Cruise from Copenhagen


7 Nights - Scandinavia & Russia Cruise from Copenhagen

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Departs from Copenhagen, Denmark on June 25, 2018 returning July 04, 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Breakaway

Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin, Warnemunde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg Russia; Helsinki Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Disembark Copenhagen, Denmark

Day
Ports of Call
Arrival
Departure
Day:1
Port:Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrival:---
Departure:4:00 PM

Copenhagen, Denmark

Wonderful Copenhagen is a city of bridge-spanned canals, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks. This famous Baltic seaport is one of Europe’s loveliest capitals and the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world. Home to a quarter of Denmark’s population, Copenhagen is a focus for commerce, culture, industry and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Although Vikings and fishermen knew this site for years as Havn (Harbor), the founding of Copenhagen dates from 1167, when the warrior-bishop Absalon established a citadel here. As commerce flourished, the name was changed to Køpmannæhafn (Merchants’ Harbor); in 1443 the city became capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. A century later, Christian IV began the building program that was the basis of the modern city; in 1669 Frederik III graced the city with its first royal palace, Amalienborg, for his queen, Sophie Amalie. Many of these structures still exist; the taller ones remain the dominant features on what is a refreshingly low skyline.

Copenhagen was attacked by Britain and Sweden between the 17th and 19th centuries; it was invaded by Germany in 1940 and occupied until 1945. It has been a crossroads for northern Europe throughout its history.

Visitors to Copenhagen are impressed by the magnitude of attractions that await. The locale of Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting tale of The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen is known as Denmark’s fairy-tale city. Its impressive theaters, museums and churches are of interest to many visitors; the best-loved attractions include the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, the Langelinie Harbor with its Little Mermaid statue and the busy shopping promenade known as Strøget. Shopping and dining opportunities are endless. Tours of the Tuborg and Carlsberg Breweries as well as the Royal Copenhagen china factory are equally popular with visitors. It’s an easy city to get around. You are unlikely to need to venture far from the central section, where most of the activity and sights are contained.

Day:2
Port:Berlin, Germany
Arrival:7:30 AM
Departure:10:00 PM

Berlin, Germany

Warnemünde boasts one of the most charming ports on the Baltic coast, with her quaint harbor opening into a delightful beach resort area. The old town, within walking distance from the pier, warmly welcomes you to window-shop, stroll along the twisting streets or pause for a lingering cup of coffee in a local café.

Warnemünde is also a gateway to the old Hanseatic town of Rostock, as well as one of Europe's most historic and bustling cities, Berlin.

Day:3
Port:At Sea
Arrival:---
Departure:---

At Sea

Enjoy the whole day at sea.

Day:4
Port:Tallinn, Estonia
Arrival:9:00 AM
Departure:4:30 PM

Tallinn, Estonia

With preserved medieval walls, cobbled squares and towering spires, Tallinn is a fairytale city. Walk the walls and view the towers with fanciful names like "Fat Margaret"" and ""Peek in the Kitchen."" See a colorful folk dance and perhaps shop for fine leather-bound books Ð a specialty."

Day:5
Port:St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrival:7:00 AM
Departure:---

St. Petersburg, Russia

Founded by Peter I in 1703, this beautiful city became the designated capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914. The Tsar’s brainchild was built according to his plans after draining swampland on the Gulf of Finland. His friends were required to construct their palaces along these newly created canals. The result was a gateway to the West and a distinctly European metropolis with Baroque and neo-classical mansions. St. Petersburg’s new cultural life attracted such great figures as Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy.

At the start of World War I, the city’s name was changed to Petrograd; in 1924, it was renamed Leningrad in honor of the USSR’s first premier, Vladimir Lenin. During World War II, Leningrad heroically endured a siege by the Nazis for 900 days and lost nearly one million people. The brave but battered population did not fully recover until the 1960s.

Following 75 years of communist rule, the political upheaval and subsequent changes in 1991 truly astonished the world and brought a new outlook to this city. In the wake of the ensuing events, Leningrad reclaimed its original name, St. Petersburg; it is being restored to its former glory.

The second-largest city in Russia and the country’s principal seaport, St. Petersburg boasts some of the world’s finest art museums, opulent palaces and one of the world’s most talented ballet companies. Many monuments and palaces in and around St. Petersburg are being carefully restored; they represent an important facet of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures are housed in the famous Hermitage; several other museums boast fine collections by Russian and international artists.

Strolling down Nevsky Prospect, you will realize the pride of St. Petersburg’s stoic citizens as the former glamour and opulence of its stately buildings begin to emerge once again.

Day:6
Port:St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrival:---
Departure:7:00 PM

St. Petersburg, Russia

Founded by Peter I in 1703, this beautiful city became the designated capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914. The Tsar’s brainchild was built according to his plans after draining swampland on the Gulf of Finland. His friends were required to construct their palaces along these newly created canals. The result was a gateway to the West and a distinctly European metropolis with Baroque and neo-classical mansions. St. Petersburg’s new cultural life attracted such great figures as Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy.

At the start of World War I, the city’s name was changed to Petrograd; in 1924, it was renamed Leningrad in honor of the USSR’s first premier, Vladimir Lenin. During World War II, Leningrad heroically endured a siege by the Nazis for 900 days and lost nearly one million people. The brave but battered population did not fully recover until the 1960s.

Following 75 years of communist rule, the political upheaval and subsequent changes in 1991 truly astonished the world and brought a new outlook to this city. In the wake of the ensuing events, Leningrad reclaimed its original name, St. Petersburg; it is being restored to its former glory.

The second-largest city in Russia and the country’s principal seaport, St. Petersburg boasts some of the world’s finest art museums, opulent palaces and one of the world’s most talented ballet companies. Many monuments and palaces in and around St. Petersburg are being carefully restored; they represent an important facet of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures are housed in the famous Hermitage; several other museums boast fine collections by Russian and international artists.

Strolling down Nevsky Prospect, you will realize the pride of St. Petersburg’s stoic citizens as the former glamour and opulence of its stately buildings begin to emerge once again.

Day:7
Port:Helsinki, Finland
Arrival:7:00 AM
Departure:4:00 PM

Helsinki, Finland

Sail in past the island fortress of Suomenolinna to Finland's clean, bustling capital. Gaze at the neo-classical architecture of Senate Square and the copper dome of Rock Church. Shop along the Esplanade for Finnish crafts. Or visit architect Saarinen's studio.

Day:8
Port:Stockholm, Sweden
Arrival:8:00 AM
Departure:4:00 PM

Stockholm, Sweden

Founded in the 13th century, Stockholm is Sweden’s strikingly elegant and beautiful capital, spread out over many islands at the meeting point of the Baltic with Lake Mälaren. Stockholm, noted for its outstanding architecture, is one of Scandinavia’s most attractive cities. In addition to its many man-made monuments, Stockholm boasts a world of natural beauty. One-third of the city’s total land area is devoted to parks.

Guided by a strong belief in individual freedom, Sweden is governed by a constitution that is the oldest in use in Europe. The country’s neutrality has allowed it to avoid wars for more than 150 years. Its cities and industry remained intact during both World Wars. A distinct political philosophy has also added significantly to the nation’s success. Many of the country’s social achievements can be attributed to the development of the “welfare state” early in the 20th century. This provides its citizens with excellent medical care and substantial retirement benefits. Sweden is recognized as one of the world leaders in matters of health care and life expectancy. Education standards are high, accounting for the country’s 100% literacy rate.

The Swedes are proud of their country and take great care to preserve its great natural beauty. As the country’s major city, Stockholm offers a wealth of monuments and sites, fine museums, and a rich culture. There are also hundreds of excellent restaurants, as well as a great selection of trendy
boutiques and exciting nightclubs.

Visitors should start their exploration of Stockholm with the Gamla Stan, the Old Town on Stadsholmen; an island in the center of the city, it has retained its medieval charm. The maze of narrow, cobbled streets, full of art studios, boutiques, antique shops, nightclubs and bars, is best explored on foot.

Every year in August the colorful, ten-day Stockholm Water Festival is held. During this time the central part of the city is transformed into an array of temporary restaurants, bars, theaters and art exhibitions, providing activities 24 hours a day. The World Fireworks Championships, swimming races, a midnight marathon, music and dancing are just a few of the endless list of events that highlight this gigantic festival.

Day:9
Port:At Sea
Arrival:---
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At Sea

Enjoy the whole day at sea.

Day:10
Port:Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrival:8:00 AM
Departure:---

Copenhagen, Denmark

Wonderful Copenhagen is a city of bridge-spanned canals, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks. This famous Baltic seaport is one of Europe’s loveliest capitals and the seat of the oldest monarchy in the world. Home to a quarter of Denmark’s population, Copenhagen is a focus for commerce, culture, industry and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Although Vikings and fishermen knew this site for years as Havn (Harbor), the founding of Copenhagen dates from 1167, when the warrior-bishop Absalon established a citadel here. As commerce flourished, the name was changed to Køpmannæhafn (Merchants’ Harbor); in 1443 the city became capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. A century later, Christian IV began the building program that was the basis of the modern city; in 1669 Frederik III graced the city with its first royal palace, Amalienborg, for his queen, Sophie Amalie. Many of these structures still exist; the taller ones remain the dominant features on what is a refreshingly low skyline.

Copenhagen was attacked by Britain and Sweden between the 17th and 19th centuries; it was invaded by Germany in 1940 and occupied until 1945. It has been a crossroads for northern Europe throughout its history.

Visitors to Copenhagen are impressed by the magnitude of attractions that await. The locale of Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting tale of The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen is known as Denmark’s fairy-tale city. Its impressive theaters, museums and churches are of interest to many visitors; the best-loved attractions include the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, the Langelinie Harbor with its Little Mermaid statue and the busy shopping promenade known as Strøget. Shopping and dining opportunities are endless. Tours of the Tuborg and Carlsberg Breweries as well as the Royal Copenhagen china factory are equally popular with visitors. It’s an easy city to get around. You are unlikely to need to venture far from the central section, where most of the activity and sights are contained.

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