St. Petersburg, Russia

The Baltic

For centuries the Baltic region was fought over by Vikings, Slavs, and Teutons who sought dominance over this strategic, thousand-mile-long trade route. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, the German-based Hanseatic League established and maintained a trade monopoly in the Baltic and throughout northern Europe, ensuring the sage passage of goods for every member country. Among the more than 100 alliance participants were major port cities and towns that evolved into magnificent architectural and cultural centers. This Hanseatic heyday is revealed in the old towns of Gdansk, Riga, Tallinn, and Stockholm on our Baltic cruise, and you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Visby, the ‘city of roses and ruins,’ and discover the natural beauty of Germany’s Sylt Island. 

Upcoming The Baltic Expeditions

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    Best of the Baltic

    July 4July 18, 2019

    Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin.

Past The Baltic Expeditions

  • Sylt Island, Germany

    Best of the Baltic

    July 14July 30, 2017

    Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin; and enjoy a daylight transit of the 61-mile Kiel Canal.

Related Blog Posts

  • Sylt, Germany
    Field Report

    Best of the Baltic, 2017 Field Report

    August 29, 2017 | Field Report

    Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017 - London, England / Embark Island Sky

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    Visby, Sweden
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    Even Our Staff Agrees - You Don't Want to Miss the Baltic!

    May 2, 2017 | Blog Post

    We’ve been traveling to the Baltic region for nearly a decade; in that time, we’ve honed an incredible itinerary, filled with natural delights, stunning architecture, and rich history. Even our expedition staff is eager to return! Find out why, below:

     

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    Sylt Island, Germany
    Blog Post

    When You Think of the Baltic...

    April 5, 2017 | Blog Post

    When you think of the Baltic, you likely picture stunning architecture and rich history; but did you know this region is also home to surprising natural beauty? Read on for some of our favorite natural highlights:

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  • Island Sky
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    Kyoto, Japan
    Infographics

    2017: 34 Countries, 90 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    February 14, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2017, Zegrahm will be visiting 90 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 30 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or histroical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

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    Gdansk, Poland
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    What a Wreck - Baltic History on the Sea Floor

    February 7, 2017 | Blog Post

    In 1961, the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa was recovered from the Baltic Sea. King Gustavus Adolphus had spared no expense in building what was to be one of the most powerful warships of its day, carrying more than 60 cannons on two gun decks and decorated with exquisite sculptures of mythic gods and mermaids.

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  • Kiel Canal, Germany
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    Channel This - 5 of the World's Most Important Canals

    January 11, 2017 | Blog Post

    With all the gridlock on our roadways, we forget that some of the world’s busiest transportation routes aren’t even on dry land. The oldest-known canals date back to 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, where they were used for irrigation. Yet these artificial waterways have played an even more crucial economic role in the development of civilization.

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    Bornholm Island, Denmark
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    Top Reasons to Travel to the Baltic with Zegrahm Expeditions

    December 28, 2016 | Blog Post

    For centuries, various groups sought dominance over the lucrative trade route in the Baltic region. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, the German-based Hanseatic League established and maintained a trade monopoly in the Baltic and throughout northern Europe, ensuring the safe passage of goods for every member country.

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    Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
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    A Better Way to See the Baltic

    December 19, 2016 | Blog Post

    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.

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  • Tallinn, Estonia
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    Set Your Sites on the Baltic

    December 19, 2016 | Blog Post

    For many, a European cruise evokes images of Greco-Roman ruins and sun-soaked rivieras. Yet more adventurous travelers are now turning to the Baltic region, and for good reason. Few destinations boast such a concentration of history, heritage, cultures, and natural phenomena, as evidenced by its vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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    St. Petersburg, Russia
    Field Report

    Best of the Baltic

    December 16, 2016 | Field Report

    Wednesday & Thursday, July 3 & 4, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden / Embark Island Sky

    Today we arrived in Stockholm from all corners of the globe to begin our journey together. A brief introduction to the majority of the expedition staff was provided before dinner at the hotel, and guests soon sought the welcome comfort of their beds.

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    Klaipeda, Lithuania
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    Amber Alert - On the Lookout for "Baltic Gold"

    November 16, 2016 | Blog Post

    Like silk, amber was once considered so valuable that it earned a namesake trade route. Stretching from the Baltic coast across Bohemia to the Danube—then forking on to Greece, Italy, the Black Sea, and beyond to Asia Minor—the Amber Route dates from the Bronze Age, when merchants exchanged the semi-precious stone for ceramics, glassware, copper, and coins of silver and gold.

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More Options for Exploration

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