BALTIC SEA • JUNE 23rd – JULY 3rd, 2007
Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200-year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor — Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.
Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Tallinn's Old Town. Stroll and shop along cobblestone streets, walk up to the Baroque palace in the Upper Town, look out over the red roofs to the Baltic below, drop in at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to find inspiration in the gleaming mosaics and icons. Crisp, gorgeous linen is a local specialty — find yours at a small store near the town hall square.
Peter the Great called St. Petersburg his "Window on Europe." For openers, there's the fabulous Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, with its renowned art collection from Raphael to Rembrandt, Titian to Tintoretto. Other musts are the babbling fountains of Peterhof, and the Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which words cannot capture.
There's so much to see in charming Stockholm, sprawled on 18 islands, often called the "Venice of the North." Cruise the sparkling waterways and navigate narrow, medieval streets. Watch the snappy changing of the guard at the Baroque Royal Palace and sail into Viking history with a visit to the awesome Vasa Museum. Work up an appetite so you can do justice to a lavish smorgasbord.
Step back to the Middle Ages in Old Town Arhus with its cobblestone streets and faultless renditions of half-timbered houses. Shop for unique Danish handcrafts near the port, explore the ruggedly beautiful Jutland Peninsula and its heathery hills, or indulge your inner child with a trip to the original (and still the best) Legoland.
At the head of Oslofjord, Norway's handsome capital is the logical first stop in Scandinavia. Visit Anthropoligist Thor Heyerdahl's raft, the Kon Tiki which recalls a voyage between Easter Island and Tahiti to prove a theory about the earliest colonization of Oceania. Watch the changing of the palace guard; ferry to the open-air Folke Museum with its 12th-century stave church.
Hermitage Museum (more pictures)
(June 26, 9am – 11:30am)
Two one-hour Lectures with F. Paul Driscoll:
• Ten Essential Scandinavian Divas
• Ten Essential Russian Singers
Audio Preview with F. Paul
Two Onboard Recitals: Classical & Cabaret
Two Cocktail Receptions
Two Afternoon High Teas (including Champagne) with Christine Brewer and F. Paul Driscoll
Interview and Q & A
Two Movie Presentations with Introductions from F. Paul Driscoll
Two Land-Based Musical Excursions:
• St. Petersburg, incl. the Hermitage
Cruise prices vary from $1,849 for an Inside Stateroom to $5,399 for a Full Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change. Geek Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing offered at the Holland America website at the time of booking.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is a $1,475 fee. Taxes are $353 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.
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