Best of the Baltic

St. Petersburg, Russia
July 14, 2017
17 Days
Aboard the Island Sky
100 Guests
From $13,480
Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden

Expedition Highlights

  • Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island, graced with rolling countryside, charming villages, unique round churches, and the impressive ruins of Hammershus Castle.
  • Step ashore in beautiful Visby; a World Heritage Site, this city of ‘roses and ruins’ was once the trading center of the Hanseatic League.
  • Tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallinn, which feature a treasure-trove of architectural styles.
  • Spend two days in St. Petersburg—the Venice of the North—and enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and other important sites.
  • Enjoy a daylight transit of the 61-mile Kiel Canal, a fascinating example of 19th-century engineering.

This trip made history come alive—excellent lectures covering the Hanseatic and Viking periods with opportunities to visit the cities involved. This type of 'learning' is typical of Zegrahm Expeditions!

Kay G. & Lois G.

Expedition Team

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, spa pool, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

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