5 Days of Baltic Capitals
This tour covers the most requested sights of the Baltic port calls
Tallinn Tour Details
Duration – 3 hours (walking)
Accompanied by a friendly and highly professional English speaking guide you will see the best sights of the Old Town. Your guide will tell you the stories and legends about the best preserved medieval town in the Northern Europe.
Your guide will meet you right at the cruise ship pier or the lobby of your hotel. From there you will walk to Old Town which is divided into Lower and Upper Old Town. During the Tour you will see Great Coastal Gate with the famous Fat Margaret Tower (15th century), city wall with defensive towers, merchant houses, St Olaf church, one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in the world (don’t miss the chance to buy the best claret in Europe made from the 15th century original recipe), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Three Sisters Houses, which is today a modern five-star hotel with medieval charm. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to the Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral). Experience the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.You will have an opportunity to discover not only its history during this splendid walk but also the everyday life of Estonians. After the tour you will have about 3-4 hours to do extra shopping, sightseeing and dining in Old Town before returning to your ship or hotel. It takes only 20 minutes to walk back to port.
• Tour Guide services for 3 hours
• Company's representative in cruise port to help with customer registration
Helsinki Tour Details
Duration – 3 hours
Please note: the tour order may vary; a visit to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.
Our tour covers the most interesting sights of the city. You will drive along Esplanadi Street , down famous Mannerheim Street , the main boulevard , passing by the Presidential Palace, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall (designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto), the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, and the Parliament Building .
You won’t miss the Olympic Stadium, site of the 1952 Olympic. There will be a great photo opportunity in Sibelius Park, and the Sibelius Monument constructed from hundreds of steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
We will continue and visit the Rock Church. This unique church is a highlight for most visitors to Helsinki and is considered to be one of the Europe’s most interesting churches. It was carved out of solid rock from the side of a mountain and is topped by a copper dome. The interior was excavated and built into the rock but is bathed in natural light entering through the glazed dome. The church is used frequently as a concert venue due to its excellent acoustic characteristics. The acoustic quality is ensured by the rough, rock surfaces.
You will also pass by Uspensky Cathedral, Market Square and the heart of Helsinki: Central Station.
You will have an opportunity either to stay in the city center for lunch, shopping, or to return to the ship or hotel.
The tour includes:
- Guide and driver services
- comfortable a/c bus during the tour
Berlin Tour Details
Duration - 12 hours
Activity level: low to medium; some walking is involved.
Pick-up by group motor coach right after arrival Warenmunde
After a scenic ride of about 3 hours through the idyllic flatlands of North Germany with its hundreds of lakes, you will be met in West Berlin by your private guide who will escort you to highlights of the German capital.
You'll start with Charlottenburg Castle (Photo Stop) a splendid baroque palace dating from 1695.
You will then continue to the Reichstag, the German Parliament (Photo Stop) and the Brandenburg Gate (Photo Stop).
Along the way you'll see the Berlin Cathedral, the tree-lined "Unter den Linden" Boulevard, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace, Victory Column, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Of course you will see a few notorious sights of the Third Reich and Cold War including Hermann Göring’s Aviation Ministry and the former site of Adolph Hitler's Bunker. Marvel at Potsdamer Platz, the spot where modern architecture and lively metropolitan ambience meet Berlin history.
Lunch (not included in the tour price).
Take a unique picture of one of the only remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall (Photo Stop) and walk through former Checkpoint Charlie (Photo Stop and time for souvenir shopping).
Other highlights of the former East Berlin will include the Alexanderplatz Square, Red City Hall, and the Humbold University.
Before heading back to Warnemunde you will drive along popular Kurfurstendamm Avenue, Berlin’s Champs Elysees, West Berlin’s former Showcase of the West.
Arrival in Warnemunde, return to the ship
The tour includes:
1. Transfer Warnemunde to Berlin and back to Warnemunde in an A/C vehicle
2. A/C vehicle in Berlin for 6 hours
3. English-speaking guide in Berlin for 6 hours
Cost of lunches and entrance fees to the museums are not included in to the price. Entrance fees to some museums are no charge.
Times and locations may vary depending on your ship arrival and departure times, as well as interests of the group and traffic in Berlin.
Stockholm Highlights plus Vasa Museum
Duration - 5 hours
We’ll start the tour at Fjällgatan with an unforgettable view of Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands, scattered between the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren, yet connected by more than 50 bridges. Then we will take a panoramic drive through Södermalm, Stockholm’s biggest island enjoying scenic views of the Lake Mälaren and the western districts of the city. We will see Heleneborg, the house in which Alfred Nobel was experimenting with explosives. On Kungsholmen Island we will visit Stockholm’s landmark, City Hall, the venue of the glamorous Nobel Banquet. After the guided tour in the City Hall, only a few minutes later, we will see the Concert Hall, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded each year on 10th December. Then driving through the fashionable district of Östermalm we will get to Djurgården Island to visit Vasa Museum with its well preserved war ship from the 17th century which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 after few hundred meters and was salvaged in 1961.
Then we will invite you for a guided tour in the Old Town. History will come alive with the historical sights and authentic stories told as we make our way through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards and charming squares.
- Explore Stockholm on a five-hour tour
- Visit Stockholm’s must-see attractions: the City Hall, and the Vasa Museum – Due to time limits you will get to see only the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall
- Find out about Nobel Prize winners, IKEA, ABBA, characters from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and much more
- Enjoy scenic views of the city on the water
- Walk through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and soak in its historic atmosphere
- Due to time limits you will get to see only the Golden Hall and the Blue Hall
Included: A/C vehicle, English speaking guide, Guided visits to Vasa Museum and the City Hall, a guided tour in the Old Town entrance tickets to Vasa Museum and the City Hall
St Petersburg Tour Details
St Petersburg Portion of Itinerary Includes
- "Russian Cruise Visa"
- All Local Taxes
- All admission tickets to below listed places
- All photo and video permits inside venues where allowed
- English speaking highest rated guide
- Free Time for shopping, lunches, exploring
- Free use of local Cell Phone during Free-Time to keep in touch with your guide
- Bottled water
- Rain coats if needed
- Audio system with personal headsets (provided for groups of minimum 7 persons)
This unique 2 full day program was created after years of experience creating tours for cruise ship passengers, created by an American who knows the sorts of activities and approach Canadian, American and UK tour members would enjoy. It is intended for those who want to see the most St. Petersburg has to offer during a 2 day port call. The design and conduct of the tour is unlike any of the others offered by conventional tour operators. It is focused on local culture, people, activities and history in a fun active engagement with the city. There is more walking in non-tourist filled areas, talking with locals about life here and culture, free time to explore in interesting, accessible and safe environments.
There are many 2 day tours, almost all focus on groups listening to a history lecture that spans the time of 1703 to 1917 with a million facts and dates but this is the only one that includes contemporary life and times, and interactive conversation about topics you are interested in. Sure, our guides are experts in the details of history but we all feel that reciting memorized lists of dates is not a good way to help visitors to understand the context or how the facts relate to real life. So expect more interactive conversation than a dry history lecture. You will return to the ship with a better understanding of what you experienced and the people and places.
On the first day the tour returns back to the ship at 5:30 PM (17:30), and on the day of your departure one hour before your ship is scheduled to sail. That gives you the opportunity to participate in Tickets and Tours unique evening programs, such as fun interactive Russian home cooking Master Class($50), a river/canal cruise party with included drinks ($79), 4 hours of free time to explore, shop, pub hop, photography, attend a jazz cafe or just sit in an outdoor cafe and people watch and meet social friendly locals doing the same things ($40).
St Petersburg Itinerary
Day of Arrival
A 60-minute journey by small open-air boats travels the Fontanka River, the Kryukov Canal, the Moika River and the Neva River.
Peter the Great conceived the Neva as the main thoroughfare of the city, and from the beginning the river was considered a vital part of the whole architectural ensemble. During the journey you pass under numerous picturesque bridges, and admire the exteriors of the many old beautiful buildings in St Petersburg. Also to view the low silhouette of the city from the wide Neva offers many unique photo opportunities. Your guide will provide a map so you can follow your route as you motor along. - 1-hour cruise included.
This has been one of the most popular and interesting activities, seeing real neighborhoods, interacting with locals, away from the tourist traps in a very safe and interesting block radius. Food choices in neighborhood restaurants, about 60, range from Indian, Mexican, Thai, Georgian, French, Italian, Cuban, Fusion, Russian, Subway Sandwiches, English or Irish pubs and more. Many with lovely outdoor dining, and all with English menus.
Tsarskoe Selo (in English: "The Tsar's Village") is located about 27 kilometers (17 miles) south of St. Petersburg and it has a long history connected with generations of Romanov Tsars. Catherine Palace exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size and unique decorations. The stunning facade of the palace extends for almost 300 meters (1000 feet), and gives the first impression what to expect inside. Our tour will visit all the major halls and rooms, including the Great Hall, the Blue Room, the Picture Gallery, many of the private studies and bed rooms.
One of the many highlights will be the Amber Room with its walls decorated with real amber of different hues. The palace was practically destroyed during the Second World War, and all the amber from the walls of the Amber Room was taken away from the country by the invaders. After the tour you will also view parts of the surrounding park's and gardens consisting of almost 600 hectares (1.500 acres) and filled with marble statues. Inside visit.
Important Tour Ticket Information
Please note: Booking a visa-free shore excursion requires some basic informationfor each memberofyour party to be sent to Russian passport control before your arrive. Soon after we confirm your booking we will send an email which contains a link to a secure form that allows entering passport details for each member covered by this order. Soon after the passport is entered we will send your tour tickets by email which you can print and present to the passport control officer when exiting your ship.
Your printed ticket, along with your passport is presented to the passport control officer when disembarking and your Tickets and Tours ticket is your visa to enter Russia so be sure to print it and have with with you before leaving the ship.
Shopping for gifts to remember your visit by, or present as gifts back home, we offer several opportunities to shop in regular gift stores and avoid the overpriced tourist shops as a company philosophy. Shopping can be during your 3 different "Free Time" periods. Your guide can offer suggestions of which stores have the better offerings and prices. Traditional Russian crafts as lacquered boxes, jewelry, pins, hand painted nesting dolls, usually called “Matryoshka dolls”, handicrafts, china and porcelain, Russian delicacies like Caviar, military memorabilia of the Soviet Union, beautiful coffee table books about Russian topics, and many others.
What other sites you will see along the way: you will see some of the city's residential and suburban districts en route to Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. Among other things you shall pass the St. Nicholas Cathedral, and the nearby Theater Square with the world famous Mariinski Theatre (of such world famous ballet dancers like Vaslav Nijinski, Rudolf Nurejev, Mikhail Barishnikov) the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and the monuments to the distinguished composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Glinka.
You will pass by the Yusupov Palace (once the wealthiest person in Russia), and the symbol of St Petersburg - the Bronze Horseman in the Decembrists' Square. Across the Neva River are the oldest buildings of St Petersburg, including the Menshikov Palace (the mansion of the first governor of St Petersburg), the St Petersburg University, which are lined up one after another, and they never fail to impress a visitor every time you drive around this "museum in the open air." On the opposite side of the Neva there stands the Admiralty with its sharp and high golden spire, which is a compositional center of the entire city, and will never allow you to get lost.
You shall also naturally drive along the Nevskij Prospekt, the fashionable main street of St. Petersburg. It is the center of business, fashion, boutiques, major shops, restaurants, hotels, but also some famous sites like the Kazan Cathedral, the Gostinni Dvor 18th century department store, the Alexandriinski Theatre, the Anichkov Bridge and many others.