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The Baltic Sea is an exotic, dreamy zone, where cold, majestic capitals full of History are awaiting you with amazing castles, culturally enriching museums and lovely landscapes.

Most cruise lines visit Copenhagen, Tallinn, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Some lines also include St Petersburg, and some others take you to Riga and Vilnius.

Besides, many cruise lines include a wonderful bonus-track: as most trips start in London, some companies include a 2-day tour in this city, before embarking in the port of Dover. Fewer cruise lines start the trip in Berlin, Germany. But if you already know London or Berlin,  and prefer a shorter trip, including only the Northern cities, other cruise lines fly directly from the USA to Vilnius.   

This voyage lasts between 8 and 12 days, depending on each cruise line. Extended trips which include visits to London, can last up to 15 or 16 days. Some lines offer the possibility of combining this trip with another cruise through the Norwegian Fjords. If you choose so, your trip will last about 17 days.

What will I find in each of these capitals?

Each and every Nordic capital is magical, with fairytale- like castles and a modern, sophisticated lifestyle.

The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn is a picturesque medieval town that dates back to the 10th century. It lies on the northern coast of Estonia on the Gulf of Finland. Its main attractions are in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea), for example, the beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Lithuania was the first Baltic nation to declare independence from the Soviet Union. It was once the largest medieval state in Europe,  now it’s a small country with a great historical value. In Vilnius, its capital, a small city with a population of about 550, 000, you’ll see feudal palaces and monumental churches.

Riga, capital of Latvia, is a kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The city is surrounded by the Daugava River, which flows into the Baltic Sea. The Dome Cathedral is an impressive place to visit, with its famous 6,768 – pipe organ,  the biggest in Europe.  In the New Town you’ll see the most amazing collection of Art Nouveau any European city can display.

Helsinki, “the daughter of the Baltic”,  is the capital of Finland, built on a peninsula and surrounded by hundreds of islands. These islands are ideal to be enjoyed in summer.

Stockholm, home of the Nobel Prize, is Sweden’s center of art and culture, filled with astonishing churches, castles and museums.

Copenhaguen, Denmark’s capital,  is a very particular city, because it’s located both in the Islands of Zealand and Amager, which are connected by several bridges. Apart from its numerous, wonderful buildings, there’s a famous statue that gives some extra spark to the trip’s fairytale climate: The Little Mermaid.

If you also visit St Petersburg, former capital of Russia (some cruises include it a port of call, some don’t) , you’ll get to know lots of historically important places. The communist revolution was born in this city, which was also scene of many czarism times stories, that include the mythical Rasputin. This city was also known as Petrograd, from 1914 to 1924, and Leningrad, from 1924 to 1991, that is, till the end of the URSS.  

Which lines sail through the Baltic Capitals?

Some of the cruise lines that sail the Baltic Sea are: Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Costa, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania, Princess and Silverseas.

What’s the best time of the year to sail the Baltic Sea?
Cruises only sail the Baltic Sea from late May to early September. Mid-June to early July is particularly interesting because of the midnight sun, which only disappears for 3-4 hours each night.

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