Exploring one distinctive destination after another, you’ll uncover timehonoured
than in Estonia, where you’ll experience part of the annual Medieval Days
celebrations in Tallinn. Meanwhile, other quintessential highlights include
Stockholm’s fascinating Old Town; jewelled palaces and museums in
St Petersburg; and the Hanseatic heritage of Lübeck, available on a tour.
traditions and engrossing history in five countries, none more so
St Petersburg Stockholm
Tallinn Medieval Days
©Toomas Volmer/Visit Estonia The chance to really get under the skin of six diverse
destinations starts in the attractive seaside resort of
Travemünde. Here the Fred. Olsen size difference
really comes into its own; from the favourable
Ostpreussenkai pier simply cross the road and you’ll
be immersed in charming streets laden with
traditional German shops and cafés. It’s also the start
point for boat tours to nearby Lübeck, which is ideal
for an authentic slice of history as leading city of the
medieval Hanseatic League.
Next on your itinerary is Rønne on the Danish island
of Bornholm. The cobblestone streets lined with halftimbered
houses make for the perfect leisurely stroll.
It’s also gateway to the Medieval Centre of Bornholm
nestled in the hills close by to the village of Østerlars.
Here you’ll experience a reconstruction of rustic daily
life in the Middle Ages, set over 14 hectares.
After a day at sea, the delights of stylish St Petersburg
will unfold before you. The city is home to an
assortment of attractions, including fascinating
museums and quintessential embellished Russian
palaces, such as Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin
famously met his fate. Staying overnight allows time
for an evening ballet performance too.
It’s then on to the main event in fairytale Tallinn; your
visit coincides perfectly with a part of the annual
Medieval Days festival. Boudicca will be in port for a
full day to enjoy the many celebratory events in the
Old Town, including jousting displays, theatre
performances, dancers, musicians, travelling actors,
parades and a market in Town Hall Square filled with
craft stalls and workshops.
Your adventure concludes with an evening sailing of
the Kiel Canal after three days in Sweden. Following a
scenic cruise through the unique Stockholm
Archipelago, an extended call into Stockholm
provides plenty of time for authentic exploration. It’s
a great spot for taking to the waters in a sightseeing
boat, delving into Swedish pop culture at ABBA The
Museum, or observing the changing of the guard at
the Royal Palace in the Old Town. In the charming
island town of Visby meanwhile, the highlight is
surely the well-preserved medieval churches, ruins
and old merchants’ houses behind 13th century walls.
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