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Travelmarvel

Norwegian & Baltic Shores

Trip Code: EUTCBNC23
0 Days
62 Meals
9 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 22 nights cruising aboard the MS Serenissima
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Expedition Team and local guides
  • 62 meals – 22 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 20 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore 29 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

Travel & Accommodation

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Aboard the MS Serenissima

Sail aboard the the charming MS Serenissima, where an age of exploration lives on

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Village lining a waterway, Poland

Cross the Baltic Sea

Cross the Baltic Sea to discover the Baltic, Scandinavian and Russian cultures that add charm to this part of the world

Aerial view across tranquil village set on a lake, Norway

Sail around the Lofoten Islands

Sail through the picturesque Lofoten Islands and make landfall to discover quaint villages and spectacular landscapes

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Group transfers are at set times
  • Weather conditions may cause disruption or necessary changes to itineraries
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Fly into the Swedish capital of Stockholm this afternoon and transfer as a group to your ship - please enquire for timing. Settle into your cabin before enjoying a Welcome Dinner on board tonight.

Stay: 22 Nights, MS Serenissima

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Set sail from Sweden across the Baltic Sea, arriving in the Finnish capital of Helsinki around midday, docking right in the heart of the city at the Market Square berth. Step ashore for an afternoon of exploration of Helsinki with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit the open-air market of Senate Square to see the elegant Lutheran Cathedral. Continue to the famous shipyards and waterfront boulevard of the Mannerheimintie, where the Parliament House, the National Museum, and the new Opera House are located. Continue on to the Olympic Stadium to see where the Olympic Games were held in 1952. Stop at Sibelius Park to see the extraordinary Passio Musicae, a sculpture dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Return to the ship after a panoramic drive taking in views over the city and coastline.

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Cruise into Russia’s Neva River today, where you dock in colourful St Petersburg. The MS Serenissima is expected to berth at the English Embankment, a berth on the River Neva that is only accessible to smaller vessels. Board a coach for the scenic trip into the heart of the city where your first stop is Peterhof Palace. Upon arrival at Peterhof take a stroll through the Upper Park, designed as a French formal garden. Enjoy a tour of the Grand Palace, built for Peter the Great between 1714 and 1725 then remodelled in 1755 to its present baroque glory by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the favourite architect of Empress Elizabeth. Ascend the Main Staircase, which leads to stunning halls and staterooms. See the Dancing Hall, the Audience Hall and a suite of drawing rooms designed by Rastrelli. Continue to the superb Lower Garden, a magical 300-acre fountain park which features 150 fountains including four cascades decorated with gilded statues. This afternoon, visit the Hermitage Museum, Russia’s largest art museum. Tonight perhaps step out and enjoy an optional evening at the Russian ballet.

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Your second day in stunning St Petersburg sees you visit a masterpiece of Russian baroque architecture, Catherine Palace, built to rival the Palace of Versailles. This lavish and imperial building, with its 300-metre-long baroque facade, was gilded with 100 kilograms of pure gold that glittered so powerfully in the summer sun that visitors once complained it blinded their eyes. Later, embark on a tour seeing the Peter and Paul Fortress on a small island in the Neva River delta, as well as Peter and Paul Cathedral which boasts an ornate gilded interior and 18th-century paintings. Later ride a boat along the Neva, Fontanka and Moika rivers, and a selection of canals, to admire the city's beautiful building as you pass under a number of picturesque bridges.

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Arrive this morning in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and enjoy a free morning before lunch back on board your ship. This afternoon discover the charm of Tallinn’s medieval Old Town on a walking tour. Once inside the city walls, explore the winding cobblestone streets and climb a watchtower for fantastic views over the Dome Church and countless red-gabled roofs. Wind your way down to the Lower Town to see the Town Hall, old apothecary, the Great Guild House and the Holy Ghost Church. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner, or enjoy free time to further explore the city, with a regular shuttle available to take you back to the ship, which departs later this evening.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Mihkli Farm, an open-air museum that tells of a simpler way of life. Here, enjoy a folk performance and refreshments.


This morning, dock in the port village of Veere on the nature-lover’s haven of Saaremaa Island. This beautiful island is known for its wide-open spaces and fresh air. Today you’ll discover why it is so loved by the Estonian people. Continue to Kuressaare where you will view the House of Knighthood, Town Hall, St Nicholas Church, Weigh House, and the Bishop Castle. Alternatively take a Nordic walking tour to Tagaranna village and the Mustjala cliffs. This six-kilometre-long hike starts in the fishing village of Tagaranna and explores the woodlands that line the Baltic coastline of Saaremaa Island, visiting a former military camp that is now a bird-watching station.

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Make landfall today in the Latvian capital of Rīga. Join a local guide to get to know this charming city, full of winding cobblestone streets, inviting parks and church spires. Drive through the city’s art nouveau district, and take a walk along Alberta Street. Embark on a tour of the Old City, taking in the Town Hall Square, Dome Square, Dome Cathedral, Livu Square, Guild Houses and Rīga Castle.

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Take a tour to learn about the legends of Witches Hill. Take a short scenic ferry ride from the pier to the Curonian Spit where you will uncover fables of witches, devils and fairytale monsters, all exquisitely carved from oak.


Arriving in Lithuania today, embark on your Insider Experience. Alternatively, go for a hike to Nagliai Nature Reserve, a bird-lovers paradise. Sample locally smoked fish and traditional cheeses, and enjoy a glass of Lithuanian beer. Return to town for a free afternoon, or perhaps visit the Lighthouse Brewery.

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Join a guide for a tour of the Polish port city of Gdańsk. Take in the Old Town, Artus Court and Red Hall. Stroll along St Mary’s Street and admire the 17th-century houses and shops before stopping at St Mary’s Church. Continue to see the beautifully decorated chapels, astronomical clock and an ornate baroque organ. As you return to the port, look for the 5th-century Gdańsk Crane – once the largest crane in medieval Europe. After lunch enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps return to the city centre on an included shuttle bus, or take a walk from the port to the Westerplatte memorial, site of the first battle of World War II.

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Arrive in Rønne today and embark on a captivating tour around Bornholm, Denmark’s easternmost island. Visit Hammershus Slotsruin, a 13th century castle erected by the arch bishop of Lund. This historic castle sits high on a hill overlooking the Baltic Sea. Discover local life in the small northern fishing village of Gudhjem then stop to appreciate the fortified Romanesque-style Østerlars Church. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This is a good location for cycling as the island is quite flat and bikes can be hired near the pier.

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Enjoy a full day at leisure in Copenhagen. During dinner this evening, meet the Expedition Crew who have come aboard to lead you through Norway.

Stay: 12 Nights: MS Serenissima

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover one of the most important ancient monuments in Scandinavia, Lindholm Høje, where 700 graves from the Iron Age and Viking Age are set on a hill overlooking the nearby fjord. Walk through a reconstructed Viking settlement and museum, then taste authentic Viking cuisine.


Dock in Aalborg, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century, and enjoy your Insider Experience. Return to Aalborg for an afternoon of free time. Perhaps explore the nearby shopping area or take part in the optional Aalborg Beerlover’s Walk. Strolling from pub to pub your guide will show you through the old town of Aalborg and share stories from the colourful history of this fascinating northern town.

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Surrounded by nearly 500 islands and skerries, Kragerø is a charming town in the region of Telemark and a popular summer retreat. Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the downtown area, walking through the narrow streets and alleyways among the old wooden houses. Alternatively, join a cruise through the hundreds of large and small islands that line the coast, home to wildflowers, seabirds and lighthouses. After lunch back on board your ship, travel through the Norwegian countryside of Vestfold arriving at the historic Telemark Canal where a nostalgic cruise awaits. Enjoy a free afternoon to further explore picturesque Kragerø.

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Join a guide for a walk through the village of Lillesand to discover a town frozen in time. The streets of this unique Norwegian village, home to just 9,500 residents, are completely vehicle free, lined with quaint white-timbered houses that are surrounded by roses and geraniums, just how they were in the 19th century. Your visit would not be complete without seeing the Carl Knudsen-gården.


Enjoy your Insider Experience today.

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Arriving at Tau this morning, there is a chance to conquer the iconic Pulpit Rock for spectacular views of the 42-kilometre-long Lysefjord below. This is a strenuous hike that is worth the effort for the views. Guests wanting a more relaxed start to the day can stay on board the MS Serenissima for a lovely cruise on Lysefjord. Arrive in Stavanger later this afternoon and enjoy free time to explore as your ship remains docked an easy walk from the heart of town until late tonight. Dine on your ship or perhaps explore the local restaurants.

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Board a coach to explore the city sights of Bergen as you make your way to the Fløibanen funicular for a scenic ride to the top of Mt Fløyen to indulge in a famous Bergen cinnamon bun. Enjoy the afternoon to yourself to spend as you please with your ship docked right in the middle of town until late tonight.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit Eldalstunet farm to taste some delicacies of the region and see the rose painted handicrafts made exclusively from local materials.


Today, experience the mountains and countless waterfalls of Sunnfjord on a coach tour leaving in the morning from Bygstad. Step inside buildings dating from the 1500s to the 1800s on a tour of the open-air Sunnfjord Museum. Later, make a stop at the picturesque Huldefossen waterfall. As you continue along the Rørvik Mountain Road, you'll soon discover why this region is nicknamed “the waterfall country”. Continue along the shores of Viksdalsvatnet lake to the Hestadfjord where the Hestad Chapel awaits before returning to Bygstad to rejoin your ship.

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Today board a smaller boat for a scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Loen. On arrival at the small lakeside village of Kjenndalsbre Fjellstove, a morning tea of homemade waffles and tea or coffee awaits. Afterwards, a short coach ride will take you to the Kjenndalen Glacier. Return by coach to Loen to re-board your ship.

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Today you'll fall in love with the art nouveau-styling of Ålesund. Learn how a fire levelled the town in 1904, and how the lovely architectural beauty you see today literally rose out of the ashes of this disaster. Stroll through the Jugend quarters and the town centre back to the pier where your ship awaits. The more active can enjoy a walk up Mount Aksla for magnificent views of the town, islands and Sunnmore Alps. An optional wildlife sea safari or culinary tour are also on offer this afternoon.

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Arrive this morning in Trondheim. Founded in 997 by Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim was Norway’s first capital city. From colourful buildings to lush parks and serene waterways, you’ll quickly discover why the city is also one of Norway’s most photographed locations. Your first stop on a tour of town will be Nidaros Cathedral. As Europe’s most northern Gothic structure, the first church on this historic site was built in the 11th century. After a guided tour of the cathedral, continue on to the Ringve Manor, a typical estate house of the Trøndelag district. Here you will see a unique collection of musical instruments from all over the world.

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Should you be feeling adventurous today, there's an opportunity to join a guided hike to the unique tunnel-like hole that runs through Torghatten, a granite mountain that towers over the island of Torget. Alternatively, remain on board your ship for a day of relaxation. With all guests back on board, this evening your ship will cruise past the island of Vikingen and cross the Arctic Circle.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to The Viking Museum at Borg. Here we will enjoy a guided walk around this World Heritage-listed site, seeing the restored fishing cabins as well as a number of local stores, before indulging in a traditional Viking lunch.


Our final morning of exploration sees us in the Lofoten Archipelago, an enchanting area of picturesque villages with jagged granite mountain peaks forming a dramatic backdrop. Step ashore on the Lofoten Islands at the sleepy fishing village of Reine before a drive to the World Heritage-listed fishing hamlet of Nusfjord. Visit a glass blower’s studio in Vikten. Later, travel by coach to Svolvær and rejoin your ship.

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After breakfast disembark your ship and transfer to the airport.

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Travelmarvel's program runs smoothly from go to whoa, with great guides, perfectly paced excursions.