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A week long holiday cruising the Baltic by night and exploring 4 of its most beautiful capitals by day: Stockholm with its medieval Old Town and beyond chic restaurants, Saint Petersburg one time capital of Czarist Russia, Helsinki where Russian and Finnish influences merge and Tallinn the chocolate box Hanseatic capital of Estonia. 

What’s Special

The Baltic and Scandinavian capitals literally spring to life in the summer months and there’s probably nowhere else in the world where cities are linked by sea routes joining up the parts others can’t reach. Go to sleep at one end of the Baltic and wake up at the other; take Fika in Gamla Stan and drink mead in Tallinn; wander the Czarist Gardens of Pushkin and Helsinki's boulevards. We know everywhere like the back of our hand so can make certain you have the best of times which we do by giving you a detailed timed itinerary and a personal viva briefing on the ‘must sees’ in each city. 

Elite Plaza

on Birger Jarlsgatan just across from Humlegården and close to Stureplan the Elite Plaza is an eclectic design mix of original 19th century features and classy contemporary ones. Fabrics and furnishing in all the rooms have a snazzy feel to them pairing cerise and grey, primrose yellow and beige, turqoise and walnut. The bathrooms have vessels sinks, designer tiling and wet showers. There are 5 room categories with the standard category all being on the second floor and having double beds, private WC/shower, mini bar, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes & Penhaligon toiletries.

Outside Cabin on Princess Anastasia Visa Free Cruise | ScanAdventures
Restaurant on Princess Anastasia Visa Free Cruise | ScanAdventures
The Seven Seas Restaurant on MS Princess Anastasia | ScanAdventures
Ms Anastasia in her Moby SPL livery | ScanAdventures

MS Princess Anastasia

The ship has 7 different restaurants, cafes and bars including one focused on traditional Russian cuisine including beluga caviar, Siberian Pelmeni (dumplings), Kotleta po-Kievski (Chicken Kiev) and borsch. There’s also a ’sweet & sour’ experience of a different sort: a hot sauna and chilling plunge pool as well as a beauty salon and Russian dance entertainment. Your air conditioned cabin is 8.5sqm with twin beds and private shower, W/C and hand basin and outside sea facing on either deck 4 or 6 (that’s above the water line). The ship is British Lloyd Registered, owned by Moby spl and managed by DFDS (familiar to us as Scandinavian Seaways) an AAA Nordic certified ship Management Company operating one of the largest ferry fleets in Europe. PS Bear in mind the Anastasia is 30 years old!! A lot of the decor must have come from Soviet era movies; here and there a lick of paint might not go amiss and whoever designed the English Pub clearly had never been in one. But think of the ship as an experience. 

Foyer of Hotel Ambassador in St Petersburg | Russia Holidays by ScanAdventures
Twin room in Hotel Ambassador St Petersburg | ScanAdventures
Fitness Center in Hotel Ambassador St Petersburg | Holidays to Russia
View of the Grand Cascade at Peterhoff by St Petersburg | Russia Holidays

Hotel Ambassador

Just off Sadovaya street, the Ambassador is opposite the Yusupof Gardens and within walking distance of St Isaac's cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt and Sadovaya (Sennaya Ploschad’) Metro station, so you couldn’t be more central. The chandelier overhanging the lobby and marbled staircase leading up from it are both auguries of what the hotel offers: modern standards with a genuflection to Russian opulence. The buffet/restaurant on the 9th floor has a panorama view of the St Petersburg cityscape & St Isaac's Golden Dome. The décor in our allocation of standard rooms is more Scandinavian than Russian with light pine bed heads and furniture, fawn and red fabrics and marbled bathrooms. Each has a coffee table & chairs, a desk with mirror, TV, telephone, WI-FI and wardrobe.

Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg double room| Russia Holidays by ScanAdventures
Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg | ScanAdventures
Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg bathroom | Holidays to Russia
Dostoevsky Hotel St Petersburg resturant | Russia Holidays

Dostoevsky Hotel

The hotel, built in 1783, combines the charm of its history with modern comfort and service. Located in the Vladimirskaya square, the unique historical area of the city, the Dostoevsky faces the Cathedral of Our Lady of Vladimir. The superior rooms are from 21 to 24 m2 and the amenities include 24/7 room service, television with satellite reception, telephone with international direct dial, bathroom with WC/shower, hair dryer, safety box and a mini-bar.

1st Day UK – Stockholm

fly scheduled airline to the Swedish capital Stockholm and transfer to the city centre and your hotel. Once described by author Selma Lagerlöf as floating on water, the city with its intricate lattice of canals, Hanseatic buildings piled up on Gamla Stan, futuristic Eriksson Globe and every architectural style in between is Scandi perfect. Overnight at the Elite Plaza or similar.

2nd Day Stockholm - Overnight to Helsinki

take the bulk of the day to explore the city. The Old Town is a must see as is the Vasa warship museum for a dose of maritime culture, and Vetakatten for the cinnamon bun to end all cinnamon buns. If you need some retail therapy Ostermalm is designer label country and Södermalm the Camden Market of Stockholm. In the late afternoon board the MS Anastasia and sail out through the 24.000 island archipelago en passage to Helsinki. Overnight in an A class outside cabin with buffet dinner.

3rd Day Helsinki - St Petersburg

Early morning arrival in Helsinki. Finland's capital is an eclectic mix of east and west set on a peninsula jutting out in to the Baltic: a neo-classical gem with an art nouveau quarter laced with Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture; smart pavement cafés on Esplanade; gourmet restaurants at less than London prices and retail therapy for iconic design brands like Arabia and Iittala. Re-board your ship for evening departure to St Petersburg Overnight in an A class outside cabin with buffet dinner.

4th, 5th & 6th Days St Petersburg, Pushkin & Peterhof Options

after breakfast on board ship disembark at 10.00 am for a guided city tour featuring some of St Petersburg’s most iconic sights (and sites) including the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Check in at your hotel and afterwards explore the city on your own. In the evening you can take dinner in one of our recommended restaurants or take in a folklore, ballet or opera performance. As much a work of art as a city, Russia’s one time capital is a captivating cocktail of experiences which you can discover on your own or on our optional guided tours: the Hermitage (Day 4); Yusopov Place (Day 4), Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin (Day 5) or Peterhof Summer Palace ( Day 5). Begun by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage's art collection has an unimaginable store of over 3 million works of art; Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, otherwise known as Tsarskoe Selo, was Peter the Great’s wife’s summer holiday home, a staggering kilometre in circumference with blue-and-white facades decorated with gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters. Peterhof Summer Palace on the Gulf of Finland, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Russian czars has as its centerpiece the Grand cascade of 64 fountains. On Day 6 transfer by private car to the ferry terminal for re-embarkation and departure at 19.00. Make a note: if you take a guided tour on Day 6 it will end at the ferry terminal.

Day 7 Helsinki - Tallinn

After breakfast, the ship disembarks passengers in Helsinki before sailing across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia’s capital, whose near 25 year renaissance since the end of its Soviet domination has been transformative. Elegantly restored, this one time Hanseatic Port with its Old Town is a jumble of medieval walls, turrets, spires, winding cobbled streets with numerous cafes and bars nestling in side streets all imperiously overlooked by Toompea Castle and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Overnight in Schlössle Hotel or similar.

8th Day Tallinn - UK

take breakfast in your hotel and catch a bit more of the city before transferring to the airport and flying back to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Stockholm/Tallinn
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Overnight passage(s) Stockholm -Helsinki -St Petersburg - Helsinki - Tallin
On board ship accommodation in A class outside cabin with private WC/Shower.
Overnight hotel accommodation in Stockholm (1),St Petersburg (2) & Tallinn (1)
Lodgings in twin room(s) with private WC/Shower
7 Buffet breakfasts & 2 Suppers (on board ship)
Private guided tour of Stockholm's Old Town
Private St Petersburg orientation city tour
Self guided Tallin tour
St Petersburg hotel/quayside private departure transfer
Pre departure information pack


Departure Dates & Prices:

March 24th; April 7th & 29th; May 19th; June 2nd,16th & 30th; July14th & 28th; Aug 11th & 25th; Sep 8th & 22nd; Oct 6th & 22nd; Nov 3rd & 17th 2020
Guide* All March, April, Oct & Nov deps 1439pp. All May, June & Sep deps £1559. All July & August deps £1669. 
*Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

The Hermitage Museum Exterior | Visa Free St Petersburg Cruise
The Hermitage Museum Main Hall | Visa Free St Petersburg Cruise
Grand Masters at The Hermitage Museum | St Petersburg Visa Free
Grand Masters at The Hermitage Museum | St Petersburg Visa Free

The Hermitage Museum

With its genesis as Catherine's the Great's astonishing stash of loot, the Hermitage has a mind boggling collection of 3 million cultural artefacts, paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects. The collection includes Western European art with works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael; Spanish art comporable to that in Madrid's Prado; the largest collection of French Art outside France displaying works by Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Matisse. The largest museum collection in the world is spread throughout four buildings. You enter the Winter Palace from the Neva Embankment; the next building to the east is the Small Hermitage; further east lies the Old Hermitage (facing the river) and the New Hermitage (facing Palace Square). An arched gallery spans the Winter Canal and leads to the Hermitage theatre. There are literally a billion things to see in the Hermitage and it is well worth making more than one visit. The overwhelming richness of the museum is all the more enhanced by the incredible splendour of the buildings, inside and out: ornate and regal facades, huge frescoed halls; marble, wood and mosaic floors; and statuettes, figurines, and antique furniture all on such a grand scale that it fascinates the mind.

Exterior view of St Catherine's Palace | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
 Amber Room at St Catherine's Palace | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
Imperial Hall at St Catherine's Palace | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
Dining Room at St Catherine's Palace | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise

Catherine's Palace

Catherine the Great's Baroque Palace at Pushkin is both a gob smacking example of Baroque architecture, a giant Czarist museum and a park garden the like of which is only matched at Versailles. The star attraction is the recreated Amber Room, a chamber decorated with amber panels, gold leaf, and mirrors, originally created in the 18th century but whose panels went AWOL during WW2. Tsarskoye Selo Palace and Park are together like a tribute to world-ranking architecture and garden/park design dating from the 18th century, the work of leading architects, sculptors and painters bent to the will of their czarist masters (and mistresses) fancies. Tsarskoye Selo is a cluster of very fine examples of Baroque and Classical architecture and it was also the first place in the Russian capital where interiors decorated in the Moderne (Art Nouveau) style appeared. This is the world of the Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine where you can their walk through gilded ballrooms, imperial halls , granting your own imaginary audiences, holding diplomatic receptions, gala balls, and masquerades. 

Grand Cascade at Peterhof | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
Grand Cascade at Peterhof | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
Grand Palace at Peterhof | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise
Monplaiser Palace & Gardens | St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise

Peterhof (Petrodverts)

Fiercely jealous of Versailles and anxious for Russia not to be seen behind the European Renaissance curve Peter the Great's planned an imperial palace  to rival the Sun King’s and, after an aborted attempt at Strelna, Peterhof (Peter's Court) became the site for the Tsar's Monplaisir Palace, and later of the original Grand Palace. The estate was equally popular with Peter's daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade. Like almost all St. Petersburg's suburban estates, Peterhof was all but destroyed by the Germans troops in WW2 but was one of the first to be restored and amazingly the Lower Park re-opened in 1945 and the facades of the Grand Palace restored in 1952.


Cathedral Onion domes | Holidays in St Petersburg

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