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Ballet, the Baltic and beyond…

Unravel the diverse history of the Baltic, from Hanseatic ports and former Soviet republics to grandiose echoes of the Russian Empire. The romantic turrets and spires of Tallinn beckon before a night in St Petersburg gives you the chance to watch the world-famous Russian ballet. You’ll also discover the maritime feel of Kotka – a new port for Saga – and the unique baroque flair of Karlskrona.

Inspiring experiences to enjoy…watching the ballet in St Petersburg, appreciating the unique Swedish baroque architecture of Karlskrona, seeing ships come and go from Kiel’s waterfront.

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Destination 1

Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

The Baltic Coast city of Gdansk is Poland's premiere seaport and also an important industrial center. A visually-stunning city with breathtaking waterfront scenes along the Motlawa River, Gdansk is a joy to explore and is often described as very un-Polish; it bears little resemblance to the country’s other major cities, including Warsaw. As visitors make their way through the elaborate city gates, they’ll be greeted with a diverse collection of architectural styles including grand Dutch-style buildings rebuilt after World War II, as well as beautiful fountains, narrow cobblestoned streets, huge brick churches, enticing museums, and plenty of places to shop or enjoy a snack or meal. (Don’t miss the potato dumplings and stuffed cabbage rolls!)

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 2

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Discover the magic of Tallinn, where graceful watchtowers and spires overlook gabled red roofs and cobbled lanes. Though the spires and turrets paint a fairy-tale picture, the city’s 20th-century history is marked by Soviet occupation and you can still see echoes of this period in the remaining Communist tenement buildings, the Viru Hotel and the KGB Museum. Alternatively, test your nerves with a walk around the rim of Tallinn’s TV Tower roof!

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 3

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

Truly Russia’s cultural center, stunning St. Petersburg exudes the beauty and majesty of days gone by. Home to architectural treasures, like the Kazan Cathedral and the amazing Winter Palace, the city brings visitors face-to-face with world-class attractions such as The Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, founded in 1764 and home to a three million-piece collection of artifacts including the world’s largest assortment of paintings. Numerous other museums dot the landscape of this city of about 5 million as do many other notable cultural institutions, including the Mariinsky Theater (formerly the Kirov Theater) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where the likes of Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov studied and taught. In addition, the so-called Historic Centre of St. Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite its rich history, however, St. Petersburg is much more “westernized” than most Russian cities, with many younger residents embracing American and European pop culture and ways of life.

Arrive 0800 on May 28. Depart 1800 on May 29.

Destination 4

Kotka, Finland

Kotka, Finland

As Finland’s only island city, Kotka has a real maritime feel to it – it was from here that the Vikings launched their expeditions into Russia. Perhaps pay a visit to the Maretarium aquarium or the Maritime Centre Vellamo, a modern complex of museums and interactive exhibitions that reveal the local heritage and natural history, or opt for a thrilling rafting trip on the River Kymijoki rapids.

Arrive 0830. Depart 1900.

Destination 5

Visby, Sweden

Visby, Sweden

Beginning as a Viking outpost on the island of Gotland, Visby developed into a Baltic hub for the Hanseatic League and its rich history has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. A two-mile-long wall dating from the 13th century encircles the beautifully preserved medieval streets, and they’re perfect for exploring on foot.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 6

Karlskrona ⚓, Sweden

Karlskrona, Sweden

 Land by launch or tender.

Karlskrona is sprawled across 30 small islands linked together by bridges and canals. Famous for its baroque architecture, unique in Sweden, Karlskrona is the country’s only naval base – perhaps learn more at the Naval museum.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Destination 7

Kiel, Germany

Kiel, Germany

Kiel is dominated by its grand harbor. Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, perhaps pausing in a cafe to enjoy views of ships of all types and sizes. Being the eastern entry point of the Kiel Canal, the 60-mile waterway that links the North Sea to the Baltic, there’ll be plenty of ship traffic to observe.

Arrive 1000. Depart 1700.

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