A&K Scandinavian Cruise With Guest Speaker Lech Walessa
A special cruise with A&K and the guest speaker is none other than Lech Walessa, a Polish dissident and the first democratically elected president.
Dates or length of journey: July 15-July 24, 2023 & July 25- August 3, 2024
- JULY 15 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
- JULY 16 AT SEA | SETTING SAIL
- JULY 17 GDANSK, POLAND | HARBORSIDE HISTORY
- JULY 18 KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA | LITHUANIAN CHARM
- JUL 19 RIGA, LATVIA | ART NOUVEAU CAPITAL
- JULY 20 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | SCENIC ARCHIPELAGO
- JULY 21 STOCKHOLM | BEAUTY ON THE WATER
- JULY 22 TALLINN, ESTONIA | PICTURESQUE CAPITAL
- JULY 23 HELSINKI, FINLAND | NATURE & ARCHITECTURE
- DEPART HELSINKI
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JULY 15 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Arrive in Copenhagen and transfer to your luxury vessel this afternoon. Join fellow guests for an onboard welcome reception this evening.
JULY 16 AT SEA | SETTING SAIL
Leave Copenhagen behind and settle into your luxury small ship as it makes its way toward Poland. A&K’s enrichment program begins today with the first presentations by your guest speakers, who provide insight into the history and culture of the countries on your itinerary. You may also take advantage of the ship facilities, including relaxing lounges, panoramic fitness room and sauna.
JULY 17 GDANSK, POLAND | HARBORSIDE HISTORY
Spend the day as you wish in Gdansk, with shore excursions led by our experts on the ground. Perhaps take a guided walking tour through the Old Town, visiting the Golden Gate, Artus Court, Gdansk Town Hall, St. Mary’s Church and Neptune’s Fountain before strolling along the Moltawa River. Alternatively, visit the Museum of the Second World War, take a scenic countryside drive and pay an introspective visit to the Stutthof concentration camp. Or traverse the Brick Gothic Srodmiescie district to the European Solidarity Center, where you learn about the Solidarity Movement and see where the August Agreements were signed. Finally, choose to visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, followed by a lunch of local specialties. Back on board your luxury cruiser, attend a talk by Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, followed by cocktails and a meet-and-greet.
JULY 18 KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA | LITHUANIAN CHARM
Explore the port city of Klaipeda on an optional walking tour of Old Town, visiting the old castle grounds, German-style warehouses and Theatre Square with its Simon Dach Fountain, followed by a visit to the new Museum 39-45. Alternately, stop by the oldest Lithuanian brewery for a tour and tasting, or visit a nearby cattle farm. Return to the ship in time for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising.
JUL 19 RIGA, LATVIA | ART NOUVEAU CAPITAL
Soak up the charms of Latvia with a day trip to its quirky capital, Riga. Join a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attend an organ concert in the Dome Cathedral. Discover Riga’s famed Art Nouveau-style architecture, which encompasses about one-third of the city center buildings. Opt for a walking stroll featuring remarkable façades and visit the Art Nouveau Museum, with its authentic 1903 interior. Foodies can choose to whet their appetite with a visit to the bustling Central Market followed by a hands-on cooking class in one of Riga’s top restaurants. For a more active experience, a bike ride takes you through Riga’s Old Town as well as the park-like Great Cemetery, where you learn about Latvian family traditions.
JULY 20 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | SCENIC ARCHIPELAGO
Arriving in Stockholm this afternoon, choose from one of several excursions ashore. Perhaps take a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town), reveling at the Storkyrkan cathedral and Stortorget; then, visit the Royal Palace. Alternately, explore Stockholm City Hall, with its iconic spire featuring the Swedish national coat of arms. You may instead see a 17th-century Swedish warship and recovered artifacts at the Vasa Museum, followed by a drive through the city center. Or take a thrilling guided tour from the rooftop of the Old Parliament House. Finally, you may partake in a Nordic food experience, sampling Swedish specialties from local purveyors.
JULY 21 STOCKHOLM | BEAUTY ON THE WATER
Continue exploring Stockholm, perhaps visiting Drottningholm Palace and Theater. Art lovers can take an art tour, starting at Milles Garden and proceeding to Waldemarsudde, former home of landscape painter Prince Eugen. See his work and collection of Swedish turn-of-the-19th-century art. This afternoon, either soak up the breathtaking views of Stockholm from the city’s rooftops, visit the famous 17th-century ‘Vasa’ warship or take a guided walk through Old Town.
JULY 22 TALLINN, ESTONIA | PICTURESQUE CAPITAL
Disembark in Tallinn and take a guided walking tour of the city’s Old Town, admiring Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and vistas from atop Dome Hill. Then, see the main square, home to the Town Hall, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the oldest pharmacy in Europe. End your excursion sampling medieval dishes at a neighborhood restaurant. Opt for a taste of nature, leaving the city behind for a brisk bog walk through the enchanting Estonian forest. Or instead, drive past Tallinn’s Old Town to Lahemaa National Park — the country’s oldest national park — and a manor house, where you sample and learn about Estonian vodka.
JULY 23 HELSINKI, FINLAND | NATURE & ARCHITECTURE
Uncover the charms and traditions of Helsinki on a number of included excursions. Take a panoramic tour and see Embassy Park and Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square. Continue along Mannerheim Street — Helsinki’s main thoroughfare — and see the Parliament House, the National Museum of Finland, the new Opera House and Finlandia Hall, the stadium that hosted the 1952 Olympics. Then visit the unique underground Temppeliaukio Church and the Sibelius Monument. Alternately, explore medieval Porvoo, which includes a guided cruise along the Porvoo River and parts of the Gulf of Finland archipelago. At Haikko Manor, sit down to a waterfront lunch. Return to Helsinki for a brief city tour, stopping at Sibelius Park and Senate Square before passing the Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Others may decide to relax like a local with a Finnish sauna experience and nature walk. Your ship overnights in Helsinki, providing the opportunity to spend more time ashore.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your ship and crew