Burgh to Burg Tour/Cruise - FBC
Number of Days: 16
16 day Baltic – Burg to Burg tour and cruise. Explore Edinburgh then sail from “Burgh” to “Burg” with calls to six stunning cities in five different countries, including Scandinavian capitals and the spectacular Russian gem of St Petersburg, plus scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways and memorable sights and experiences.
After enjoying a night in Edinburgh we transfer to nearby Rosyth to board Balmoral. After departing from Rosyth and enjoying a relaxing day at sea as you sail east, a call into Copenhagen kicks-off your rewarding journey of discovery. Thanks to Balmoral’s convenient docking location close to the city centre, you won’t be far from the many delights of the Danish capital. The enchanting Nyhavn waterfront district, legendary Tivoli Gardens and the famous Little Mermaid statue are just a few of the attractions within easy reach. Don’t miss the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces, too. Then there’s Tallinn, with it’s UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town and architectural gems including the striking Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace. Your time in Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital is sure to whet your appetite for the next stop on your itinerary, St Petersburg. This stylish Russian city is renowned for its treasure trove of iconic landmarks, such as Peterhof Palace, the elaborate Church on the Spilled Blood, and the magnificent Catherine Palace. An overnight stay affords time to marvel at St Petersburg’s spectacular sights; stop-by world-renowned museums such as the Hermitage; and even enjoy an evening at the magical Russian ballet.
Returning to Scandinavia, a wonderful weekend in Sweden will begin with scenic cruising of the Stockholm Archipelago, passing between a collection of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets en route to the capital, Stockholm. Here you could explore the historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the magnificent Royal Palace; visit a number of interesting museums including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum; and even enjoy a drink with a difference at the unique Ice Bar. You’ll then head to UNESCO-listed Visby, a living medieval museum of centuries-old buildings and magnificent churches, on the beautiful island of Gotland, before a day in Fred. Olsen’s homeland brings a fitting finalé to your adventure. In Oslo – the Norwegian capital – you’ll find artistic and aesthetic attractions at every turn; be sure to pay particular attention to Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the Akershus Fortress and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
Wed 10 Jul – Edinburgh
Overnight accommodation in Edinburgh. Explore the city, grab a traditional meal. Scotland is famous for it’s game and Salmon, the national dish is haggis and neeps. Visit the castle or just wander the streets and take in the atmosphere. Tomorrow join your cruise to the Baltics!
Thu 11 Jul - Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital, is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.
From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.
To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.
Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay.
Sat 13 Jul - Copenhagen, Denmark
With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe's oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience.
The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too.
Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is home to a number of wooden ships and many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants.
Mon 15 & Tues 16 Jul - Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is unquestionably one of Europe's most magical capitals. This ancient Hanseatic city is justifiably proud of its beautiful churches, solid limestone houses and well-preserved cobbled streets.
Toompea Hill, with its medieval houses and alleyways, is the oldest part, and at its foot substantial remains of the city wall can still be seen, surrounded by well-maintained parks. The medieval town hall is one of the best preserved in northern Europe, and the weathercock, Gamle Toomas, is an enduring symbol of Tallinn.
The astonishing, ornate, 19th century Alexander Nevskij Cathedral was built when Estonia was part of Tsarist Russia. Kadriorg’s Castle was built by an earlier Tsar, Peter the Great, and now houses part of the Estonian Museum of Art. The “Peek into the Kitchen” tower has an exhibition of Tallinn’s military history.
Wed 17 & Thurs 18 Jul - St. Petersburg, Russia
The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great – immortalised by the city's iconic Bronze Horseman statue – St Petersburg remains Russia's cultural centre. The Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcases a wide collection of superb Russian art.
St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.
On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum. It is one of 125 museums and galleries, including the imposing seafront Peterhof Royal Palace and Park. The city is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.
Fri 19 Jul - Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
A cruise through the mesmerising Stockholm Archipelago is always a memorable experience. En route to Stockholm you'll pass by and between some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of your smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. This ensures that there's always something new to see, whichever way you look.
Fri 19 & Sat 20 Jul - Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the head of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm’s swathe of parks, gardens and canals are a joy to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.
Founded over 700 years ago, the city’s harbour is the epitome of elegance and Stockholm’s history is writ large across its wide boulevards. Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming Old Town district, is home to historic, ochre-coloured buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views. Along its divine cobbled streets, the 13th century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the gorgeous Riddarholm Church and the Nobel Prize Museum can all be found and appreciated.
The choice of museums is extensive and includes the Vasa Maritime Museum, the unique Skansen Open Air Museum and of course, the ABBA Museum. The stunning Royal Palace and the Drottningholm Palace are also well worth seeing.
The vibrant Norrmalm and Östermalm districts in the city centre are ideal for those looking for a more modern cultural experience. Here, an array of upmarket shops sell goods from globally-known brands, and there are trendy cafes next to the Science and Technology Museum. Stockholm’s beauty and fashion sense are legendary, and its no-fuss functional, minimalistic approach to style provides the city with an unmistakable look.
Given its bountiful seas and farmland, Stockholm is a city of foodies and food trends. From açai breakfast bowls to truffle cheeseburgers, trying the cuisine is an exploration all of its own. Traditional Swedish cooking still holds its own, though: fried herring, meatballs and toast skagen remain menu classics.
Sun 21 Jul - Visby, Sweden
Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, this former Hanseatic City has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The “City of Roses and Ruins” is like a living museum, and is renowned for its well-preserved medieval wall and defensive towers. Uncovering the 12th century Gunpowder Tower, Love Gate and Långa Lisa – the wall’s tallest tower, is highly recommended. Visby’s wonderful Old Town is home to 15 of Visby’s 17 medieval churches, and the Burmeister House – the town’s oldest merchant house – St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a beautiful botanical garden can also be found within its ancient walls. The main square, Stora Torget, has cobblestone streets lined with charming cafés and restaurants.
Tue 23 Jul - Oslo, Norway
Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.
Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.
Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland.
Oslo is an overwhelmingly green city. It has recently been awarded European Green Capital for 2019, and boasts one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The city has excellent public transport, and the city planning has put pedestrians first. Most noticeable in the city, is Oslo’s commitment to sustainable food production and green space. From hotdogs to Michelin-starred restaurants, the dining is always of a high-quality, as is the city nightlife.
Outside of the city centre, the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord await discovery. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo, has lush green valleys and diverse fauna such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the impressive, photogenic Oslofjord stretches over 120 kilometres.
Thu 25 Jul - Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom
Conclusion of Cruise / Tour in the morning. Continue your adventure in Europe or head home.
- 1 nights Accommodation in Edinburgh
- 14 nights aboard Balmoral
- Comfortable, stylish rooms and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air
- A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night
snacks and much more
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complementary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches
- A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
- Full use of onboard leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of engaging onboard activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
- Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
- 1 nights Accommodation in Edinburgh
- From: interior cabin $5,875 pp twin share OR single interior cabin $6,929 pp. (Subject to availability at the time of booking)