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Tall Ships in the Baltic

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See the elegant Tall Ships…

On this unique Baltic voyage you can experience the excitement of the Tall Ships Race as the famed schooners make their incredible journey across Europe. Spend two days in the port of Turku with these magnificent vessels before they continue their race to Lithuania. You'll go on to explore some of the best ports in Latvia and Poland before cruising through Germany's Kiel Canal to soak up Amsterdam's lively atmosphere.

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Destination 1

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

Graced with canals reminiscent of Amsterdam, Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic countries. A university town that’s also Sweden’s second-biggest city, Gothenburg has a rich industrial past and one that has long been tied to the surrounding sea, with generations of residents who’ve made their living from or on the water. That’s not to say that culture is absent. Gothenburg boasts a notable museum of art, a very comprehensive design museum, and another dedicated to the history and manufacture of the Volvo automobile. There’s also a vibrant live music scene here and plenty of spectator sports to enjoy. For those who love nature, the city is dotted with numerous parks and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden has often been lauded as one of the most beautiful in Europe. And when it’s time to eat, there are five Michelin-starred restaurants from which to choose as well as hundreds of others.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 2

Kalundborg (for Copenhagen), Denmark

Kalunborg, Denmark

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 3

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

The most populous city in Scandinavia, spread out over 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, Stockholm sparkles from end to end. With a history that dates to the Stone Age, Sweden’s capital city is the economic and political center of Scandinavia and a cultural mecca for those looking to immerse themselves in history and the arts. With architecture that ranges from medieval 13th century offerings to internationally-acclaimed Modernist structures, the city is a joy to photograph. Museum lovers will be kept busy visiting attractions such as the popular maritime-themed Vasa Museum, the Moderna (Modern Art) Museet, the spectacular Nationalmuseum - with its massive art collection, and – for something a bit more lighthearted – the ABBA! Museum, dedicated to the famous Swedish pop ensemble. When you’re hungry, Stockholm gives you about 1,000 restaurants from which to choose, including many with Michelin stars. The nightlife in the capital city is quite bustling as well, with activities ranging from orchestra concerts and operas to a live music scene that offers everything from smooth jazz to indie rock.

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Destination 4

Turku, Finland

Turku, Finland

The coastal Finnish town of Turku is quintessential medieval Europe. Turku has its own castle; a stunning yet understated early 14th century cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St Henry, first bishop of Finland; and a much-lauded museum that educates visitors as to the history and culture of Turku but also functions as a gallery for contemporary art. There’s also a museum dedicated to the life of native composer Jan Sibelius, a unique handicrafts museum, and the small but interesting Pharmacy Museum, with intriguing displays on 19th century medicine. Visitors can enjoy exploring the Turku Archipelago on foot, by bike, or via the very convenient and fun-to-ride waterbus. Head to the waterfront for great cafes!

Arrive 1300 on July 22. Depart 1600 on July 23.

Destination 5

Ventspils, Latvia

Ventspils, Latvia

Situated where the Venta River flows into the Baltic Sea, Ventspils takes its name from the castle built along the river (Ventspils literally means “Castle on the Venta).  Chartered in 1314, it has long been an important mercantile city and most of the 40,000 or so residents in Ventspils continue to make their living working at the port, though technology companies have recently taken up residence here. Visit the Ventspils Museum for a quick lesson on the town’s history and explore Old Town, where the 19th century Lutheran Church of Nicolas is the centerpiece.

Arrive 0900. Depart 1600.

Destination 6

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 7

Gdynia, Poland

Gdynia, Poland

Poland’s Baltic Coast port city, Gdynia is a young city, having been formed just about a century ago by the Treaty of Versailles. As a matter of fact, the port was constructed first and the city afterwards, with houses built to accommodate those who worked for public utilities, like the railway, as well as employees of private companies. As a German naval base and location of a small Nazi concentration camp, the city suffered a dark period during World War II and took some time to recover. Today, it’s known for its modernist architecture and is home to several small but notable museums. For shopping, head to the Market Place, where you can purchase local handicrafts and sample culinary delights. For food, check out busy Swietojanska Street, the main drag through town and the location of some of Gdynia’s best eateries.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 8

IJmuiden (for Amsterdam), Netherlands

Ijmuiden, The Netherlands

Arrive 1000. Depart 2000.

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