Amsterdam, Berlin, Gdansk, Tallinn, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Paris - all this and more make for an exciting cruise of the Baltic and Scandinavia.
Presented by Travelrite International and The Senior, the 19-night tour onboard Celebrity Silhouette from August 13, 2024, begins in the city of canals and bicycles, Amsterdam.
Travellers will have free time in Amsterdam to explore its major art or historical attractions before boarding their floating home-away-from-home.
The ship then begins its route into the Baltic Sea, known for its low salinity and abundant sea life.
Germany is the first of many countries on the itinerary. A quick trip inland to Berlin to visit the Brandenburg Gate, Check Point Charlie, the Reichstag and other notable landmarks is well worth the effort.
After a day at sea, the ship arrives at Gdansk, Poland, a city lovingly restored after being devastated during World War II. Rebuilt to replicate its former glory, a must see is St Mary's Church, the world's largest brick temple.
Next stop is Visby in Sweden, capital of the island of Gotland and the major medieval town in Scandinavia, known for its quaint cobblestone streets, quaint houses and its intact 13th century city walls.
The Estonian capital of Tallinn also has cobblestone streets and enchanting gingerbread-style architecture. The group will visit the Toompea (Old Town), The Viru Gate, which dates back to the 14th century, and Raekoja Plats, the beautiful town square.
Stockholm, Sweden, is the next port of call. Its many waterways and an archipelago to the east has given rise to its title as the Venice of the North. The city's 750-year history has produced many beautiful buildings and cultural treasures.
The group will spend two days in Copenhagen, Denmark. There'll be a guided tour of the city and see Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family since 1794.
Of course, no visit to Copenhagen would be complete without seeing the Little Mermaid statue - and there will also be a stop in Nyhaven, known for its old sailing ships.
Outside of Copenhagen, Frederiksborg Castle, now the National History Museum, sits in the centre of Hillerod. Set on three islets and surrounded by a large lake, Baroque Garden and landscaped gardens, it is a marvellous way to spend a morning.
Having looped the Baltic, the ship returns to Amsterdam, where the group disembark and travel south to Bruges in Belgium. Along the way there will be a stop in Antwerp, a port city on the River Scheldt.
Renowned for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bruges is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Departing Bruges, the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France, is a late highlight of the tour, as is the grave from which the Unknown Soldier was exhumed, the Australian National Memorial and the new Sir John Monash Centre.
The group will enjoy a farewell dinner in the quaint town of Amiens before transferring to Paris for the flight home.
The Senior Baltic and Scandinavian Cruise - August 13-September 1, 2024 - is priced from $10,390 per person twin share (from $14,890 single).
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