Viking lore and vivacious cities, opulent palaces and onion-dome churches, fairytale castles and fantastical natural wonders—it’s easy to see why nearly every major cruise line offers a Baltic itinerary. On our upcoming Best of the Baltic expedition, we take more curious travelers beyond the usual ports of call to places oft overlooked, yet equally deserving of discovery. Here are just a few reasons why we believe our voyage is the best way to explore this timeless region.
We Think Small
Many of the Baltic’s great city centers are practically built on the water, and the recently refurbished Island Sky is the perfect expedition ship to navigate their many straits, bays, and canals. Despite her small size, the Island Sky is big on amenities including all ocean-view suites, spa pool, piano bar, and sun deck with al fresco dining. And with just 100 guests, ports are never overwhelmed.
Living on Island Time
Beyond the Baltic’s major hubs are literally thousands of islands with unspoiled beaches, bucolic countrysides, and a more traditional way of life. Our Best of the Baltic expedition spends a full day on Denmark’s Bornholm Island, known for its round churches and Hammershus Castle ruins; as well as Germany’s windswept Sylt Island with its distinctive thick reed roof houses.
Tours de Force
While optional shore excursions can add thousands to the cost of a typical cruise, every Zegrahm excursion is included in your fare. Far from the typical bus sightseeing tour, our guests enjoy such unique experiences as bicycling and birding on Sylt Island; a Zodiac cruise through the scenic Turku archipelago; and advanced entry and special guided tour of the Hermitage and its glittering Gold Room.
No Cobblestone Unturned
Because megaships are limited to the ports they can visit, they miss a lot of hidden gems. Our voyage offers the chance to explore such oft-missed sites as the ancient amber center of Palanga and Turku, Finland’s oldest city and one-time capital.
It’s always good to travel with an insider. Our lecturer Olga Eggert is an accomplished pianist and music instructor from Crimea, Ukraine. She has performed in numerous cities across Russia and the Baltic States, and adds invaluable insight and clarity to our voyage.
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