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Trip Characteristics

  • Destinations
    • Russia & The Baltics
      • Denmark
      • Poland
      • Estonia
      • Russia
      • Finland
      • Sweden
      • Latvia
  • Travel Themes
  • Duration
    • 8-14 days

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Landscapes, History and Botanical Insights in the Baltics

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13 Days on a Small Ship with a Botanical Guide discovering the history and gardens of this fascinating part of Europe. Visit the Linnaeus garden in Sweden. Carl Linnaeus created the biological naming system of plants and animals. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTBAL13
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships
Journey: Stockholm to Copenhagen
Meals included: 35

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Stockholm and Embark Ship

Be met at the airport and transfer to the Hebridean Sky. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and dinner on board your Small Ship.
Stay: Twelve Nights, MS Hebridean Sky
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Linnaeus Garden, Uppsala and Stockholm Sculpture Garden

This morning discover Linnaeus Garden, originally laid out in 1655 by Olof Rudbeck the elder, professor of medicine at Uppsala University. It is today arranged according to Carl Linnaeus' own plan from 1745 which defines our classification of the plant world today. Approximately 1,300 species of plants are grown here, all of which are known to have been cultivated by Linnaeus: the garden is a living complement to his writings and drawings and a haven of information for those interested in the naming of plants. Whilst in Uppsala you will also explore Dromparken Dream Park designed by renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf and discover peonies in Kolnback's Park. This afternoon visit Millesgarden Sculpture Park and Garden located on a nearby island. This afternoon, the time has come to set sail for Helsinki, before enjoying dinner on board.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Helsinki, Finland

Very much the water city, your ship will moor close to the city centre so you can explore Helsinki by foot. Visit the colourful Market Square, the President's Palace, the impressive architecture of Senate Square including the Lutheran Cathedral of Finland and Uspenski Cathedral, the Russian Orthodox Church with its striking onion domes. Enjoy a botanical walk through the central Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden with your Botanical Guide before sailing in the evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. St Petersburg, Peterhof Palace and Gardens

This morning drive out to Peterhof Palace and explore a series of terraces with bright gilded animated fountains and delightful strolling gardens. This afternoon enjoy a cruise along St Petersburg's canals, and see the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Embankment with wonderful architectural panoramas, bridges and palaces. Tonight enjoy an elegant, private ballet performance at the Hermitage.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. St. Petersburg, The Hermitage Museum

Today indulge in a cultural journey on a visit to The Hermitage with its priceless art, porcelain and museum pieces initially collected by Empress Catherine the Great. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Gold and Diamond Rooms and, of course, the Fabergé Museum with its priceless collection of Fabergé Eggs.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Tallinn, Estonia

This historic maritime city completed its city walls in the 16th century and the Old Town within these walls is one of the best-preserved from the Middle ages. Its numerous churches, guild halls and gabled merchants' residences date mainly from the 15th century. Tallinn is dominated by Toompea Castle, once a fortress, and now the seat of the Estonian parliament. It is set high on a steep hillside overlooking the city and the Baltic Sea. The annual flower festival takes place again in the grounds of Kadriorg Park and Palace. See the themed gardens here that weave together plants, sounds, colours, scents, light and shade into a perfect summer pattern. Spend the afternoon at sea.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Parnu Private Garden

Established in 1265, the Hanseatic town of Parnu has been a market town, a fortress, and a resort town. Here, set out to visit a colourful English-style private garden of a renowned Estonian horticulturist.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Riga, Latvia National Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a tour of Riga, the Latvian capital, before a visit to The National Botanic Garden of Latvia, the largest of all the Baltic States founded on an old nursery and laid out in a natural style.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Visby, Cottage Gardens, Gotland

Today visit this once important Hanseatic port. Best explored on foot, the beautifully preserved medieval town snuggles inside 13th century walls, housing 44 watchtowers. In Viking times and several centuries after, the Swedish island of Gotland and especially the city of Visby, became a centre of trade in the Baltic Sea and is a World Heritage-listed site. Walk its streets from the Middle ages and see its cottage gardens ablaze with flowers, earning the city its nickname 'the city of ruins and roses'. We also visit the splendid Botanical Gardens with our botanical guide.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Gdansk, Poland

Have a whole day to explore Gdansk, formerly known as Danzig, a leading member of the Hanseatic League. This great port has been sympathetically restored after extensive war damage and is again, one of Europe's most splendid cities. Your sightseeing includes the church of St Mary, an enormous Gothic hall church with crystal vaulting, Arthur's Hall and the Knight's Great Watermill. Gdansk is also famous as the city of 'Solidarity', where the dockers united to overthrow the Polish Communist regime. You will have the opportunity to visit the monument commemorating this struggle.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Bornholm Gardens, Denmark

Today visit the beautiful Bornholm Island with its woodland and attractive rocky coastline dotted with fishing villages. Your ship moors in the port of Gudhjem and from there we will drive to Kraemmerhust Garden, then visit Erichsens Garden filled with flowers and herbs. Both gardens are small and delightful.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Copenhagen, Sights and Gardens

Today you will have a full day in the charming Danish capital, which will include a city sightseeing tour. In the afternoon, explore independently or visit private gardens with your Botanical Guide.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Disembark Ship, Copenhagen

This morning after breakfast, disembark and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the Baltic region from our historical lecturers and local guides
  • Explore gardens with your Botanical Guide
  • Discover The Linnaeus Garden with its botanical name classifications
  • Explore a sculpture garden and delightful private gardens
  • Explore Bornholm Island with its attractive rocky coastline in the middle of the Baltic Sea
  • Discover the medieval town of Visby, a Hanseatic port located on the island of Gotland, known as ‘the city of ruins and roses’ with delightful streets lined with cottage gardens
  • Cruise the beautiful islands of the Swedish Archipelago
  • Visit Peterhof Palace, built by Peter the Great
  • Enjoy a canal cruise through St Petersburg to see the sights of the city
  • Visit The Hermitage Museum and Fabergé Egg Collection
  • Tallinn International Flower Festival
  • Visit Parnu Private Garden
  • See the sights of Helsinki, Tallinn, Parnu, Riga, Gdansk and Copenhagen

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Included Experiences

  • Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Transfers on first and last day, tipping, port taxes and porterage
  • Twelve nights on the Hebridean Sky with just 100 guests
  • Wine, beer and soft drink included with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • 35 Meals - 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

MS Hebridean Sky  

Enjoy Small Ship cruising as your discover the British Isles and Norway.  Go where larger ships can't.

 

See the deck plans for MS Heridean Sky here

Botanical Guide

Botanical Guide / Garden Historian - Dr Toby Musgrave

  • Dr Toby Musgrave has a passion for horticulture and garden history, which began at a very early age. Based in Denmark, Toby is an authority on garden history and design, and shares his enthusiasm and knowledge as an author of many garden history books and as a presenter on Monty Don’s Lost Gardens television series.

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than an hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with Hampton Court Flower Show and Gardens of Sussex (BTHC8)
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
  • Small Ship - up to 100 guests

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