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Baltic Explorer: In the Draft of the Hanseatic League

Program Number: 18320RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/30/2013 - 6/17/2013;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: Netherlands/Estonia/Russia/Finland/Sweden/Germany/Denmark
Price starting at: $7,548.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 50; 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Investigate the murky parameters and uneasy alliances of the powerful Hanseatic League of merchant cities. Membership in the league was often semi-secret and spanned the most prosperous cities of the Baltic and North Seas. Examine the mutual desire for commercial prosperity that led to this cooperation and between nation-states that often mistrusted each other and visit the fortresses built to house and propel the armies that protected these valuable trade routes.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day and standing for up to 90 minutes; some unpaved paths, uneven roads and stairs without railings. Program cost excludes one lunch to enjoy on your own.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

London (England), 1 night; aboard ms Prinsendam, 15 nights



Days 1-3:
Arrival London (England) / Embark MS Prinsendam

Delve into London’s royal past with visits to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace.



Days 4-6:
At Sea / Copenhagen (Denmark)

Enjoy an expert led visit into the Royal Reception rooms and the Parliament Chambers at Christianborg Palace.



Days 7-9:
At Sea / Warnemunde (Germany) / Tallinn (Estonia)

Journey into the city of Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city. See the vestiges of the Hanseatic League in Tallinn’s guild houses, warehouses and Gothic-style Town Hall.



Days 10-11:
St. Petersburg (Russia)

Let the architectural masterpiece of Catherine the Great’s Palace take your breath away, and examine the treasures of the Hermitage Museum.



Day 12:
Helsinki (Finland)

Experience the contrast of the modern Finnish capital, Helsinki, and the medieval riverside town of Porvoo.



Days 13-14:
Stockholm (Sweden) / At Sea

Visit Drottningham Palace, the summer residence of the royal family, and walk through the narrow streets of Stockholm’s Old Town.



Days 15-17:
Transit the Kiel Canal / Hamburg, Germany

Transit the Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest artificial waterway. Explore the port city of Hamburg and the charming Old Town of Lubeck.



Days 18-19:
At Sea / Tillbury (England) / Disembark / Departure (London)

Disembark in London



ms Prinsendam

Designed expressly to explore the rare corners of the world, the Prinsendam accommodates fewer than 800 guests, offering the intimate feel of a yacht with the spaciousness of a large cruise ship


Meals and Lodgings
   Tower Hotel
  At Sea, Germany 1 night
   MS Prinsendam
  At Sea ., Netherlands
At Sea, Germany
At Sea - Copenhagen, Denmark
At Sea - Warnemunde, Germany
At Sea, Germany
At Sea - Tallinn, Estonia
At Sea - St. Petersburg, Russia
At Sea - Tallinn, Estonia
At Sea - Stockholm, Sweden
At Sea, Germany
16 nights
 Tower Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located on the River Thames in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.
  Contact info: St Katharine's Way
London,  E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MS Prinsendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Designed to explore the remote corners of the world in elegance and style, the ms Prinsendam is our most intimate ship. Accommodating just 835 passengers, she gives guests the feel of a classic yacht with the spaciousness of a cruise ship. The ms Prinsendam offers many cozy areas in which to find your favorite spot, most of her staterooms feature commanding ocean views and many have private verandahs. A special signature sculpture dominates the three-story atrium featuring etched fish, turtles and dolphins climbing a stunning cylinder of Bolle glass and lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics. Other works of art include a remarkable abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship by contemporary Norwegian artist Nicholas Widerberg, a series of paintings by impressionist painter Neil Pinkett, and an outstanding collection of Roman Amphorae from 50 - 150 AD. The ms Prinsendam, or "Princes" ship, is truly a classic ship worthy of her name.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 835 Crew members: 470 Gross Tonnage: 37,983 grt. Length: 669 feet Beam: 106 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots
  Contact info: 300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Prinsendam
  Room amenities: With 25 percent more living space than any other ship in its category, enjoy elegant and refined details such as fine linens, fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes, massage showerheads and flat-screen televisions.
  Facility amenities: The ms Prinsendam boasts 22 spacious public rooms, features commanding ocean views in 93 percent of her staterooms and private verandahs in 67 percent of her staterooms. The two-tier La Fontaine Dining Room features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options. The intimate reservations-only Pinnacle Grill offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience and features premium hand-selected cuts of Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens. The Lido Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties. The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes. The Queen's Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins at 4:00 pm with orientation at the program hotel in London, England You will be staying at Tower Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. in London, England. Avoid return flights prior to 1 PM. You will be staying at MS Prinsendam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Holland America requires that you register online in order to receive your cruise documents. Please go to www.hollandamerica.com to register and click on the Register button at the top right of the page.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation to site: Arrival Transfers from Heathrow Airport to the program hotel are organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Upon your arrival at Heathrow a Road Scholar representative will meet you outside the arrival hall holding a Road Scholar sign. You will then be guided to the motor coach for your transfer to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location: At Sea
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. This transfer will take place at 8:00am
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Fly to London, England
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from North America to London

Day 2: Arrival in London from North America
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Morning: Flights arrive in London from North America. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Excursion: Orientation to London -- Tower of London, Parliament, Buckingham Palace. Then join your group for a group orientation at the Tower Hotel.
 Dinner: Group Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Tower Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Tower of London / Embark MS Prinsendam
(Saturday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Excursion: Road Scholar excursion The Tower of London.
 Lunch: Enjoy a group Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The motor coach will depart London for Tillbury where you will board the ship and check in.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship
 Morning: Lecture:Enjoy the first presentation of your program by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
 Evening: Enjoy a Road Scholar cocktail party for you and your fellow travelers.
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities
 Lunch: Lunch on Board
 Afternoon: See the Little Mermaid and continue through the heart of the city, passing Tivoli Gardens, the Town Hall Square and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Then pass the world‘s oldest Royal Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. Continue along Nyhavn, which was noisy taverns and tattoo parlors for the sailors in the old days, but is now equally noisy outdoor cafes and trendy restaurants. Enjoy a guided visit to the Royal Reception Rooms and the Parliament Chambers at Christiansborg Palace. If available, meet with a Member of Parliament to learn about the system of government in Denmark. Tours of Parliament Chambers are conducted by Parliament Custodians – outside guides are not allowed to guide within the Parliament Chambers. The guided tour goes through the main Parliamentary Chamber, the Prime Ministers Gallery, the Constitution Exhibit, the Long Hall, the Landsting Chamber and meeting an MP.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Copenhagen, Denmark
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Free time to explore Copenhagen on one's own
 Lunch: Lunch onboard or in town
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Copenhagen
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wamemude (Berlin) Germany
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Your field trip beings with a narrated 30-minute to teh Hanseatic City of Rostock. After you arrive in Rostock, you will explore the top sights by coach and by foot. While other towns pay homage to glass and aluminum, the buildings in this old Hanseatic city pay tribute to diverse architectural eras, from medieval to the 1950's in the center, and from 19th century villas in the suburbs to modern housing blocks. You will cover many of the signts of Mecklenburg Vorpommern's largest city on foot. See the University of Rostock, foudned in 1419 - the oldest and largest university in Northern Europe. You will pass Kropeliner Strasse and Gate - one of four of the 22 original city gates to survive the ravages of time. The Hanseatic trade route of teh League once began here. Kroepeliner Strasse is a popular boulevard for pedestrians with many stores and cafes. It is lined with many gabled houses from the 17th and 19th centuries. Here you will also see teh fountain of joy with its cheerful bronze scuptures. Even though the city center was largely destroyed during World War II, you will still find many historical buildings in this district such as the New Market Square. This medieval square is lined with six original carefully-preserved, gabled houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Town Hall is probably one of the most astounding buildings - it dates back to the 13th century and features seven pointed towers, a Gothic ornamental facade and a Baroque front structure. St. Mary's is an imposing brick Gothic church built in the 13th century - its amazing astronomical clock is still in working condition with its completely accurate calendar up to the year 2017. Step inside to view the interior. The Convent of the Holy Cross was founded around 1270 as a convent for Cistercian nuns and the monastery complex still conveys an impression of its original seclusion.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard the ship
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tallinn, Estonia
(Friday, June 7)

Note: This walk includes cobblestone streets and many steps to access the churches.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: One of the finest medieval Old Towns in all of northern Europe is right here in Tallinn. Explore this marvelous living relic on foot as you disembark your motor coach near the walls and towers that once guarded the town from invasion. Walk up Toompea Hill to the wide Palace Square. At the top stands Toompea Palace - a Baroque structure used by the Estonian parliament. Step into the amazing Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, whose glorious mosiacs and icons will impress and inspire you. The massive cathedral dominates the entire skyline of teh Upper Town. The Dome Church, formerly St. Mary's Cathedral, is your next destination, as you wander down narrow cobblestone streets to the church where more than one hundred Coats of Arms are on display. For a true orientation overview of teh town, look out over the rooftops of the Lower Town from a scenic viewpoint. Shop at street stalls and small stores, then head down Short Leg Street to the Town Hall Square. You will have some free time to take in the Gothic Town Hall or stroll through handicraft stalls. A medieval concert is performed at St. Nicholas Church before you walk back to your motor coach in Tallinn.
 Lunch: Snack lunch in Old Tallinn
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Tallinn independently
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: St. Petersburg Cathedrals and the Hermitage
(Saturday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives St. Petersburg (docks overnight). Drive to the city center with an introduction to the history of St. Petersburg. The first stop is at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded in 1703 to defend the city, and is considered to be the birth place of St. Petersburg. The cathedral, designed by Trezini, features a gilded spire stretching more than 380 feet into the sky, and is a distinctive, majestic landmark. This is the burial ground for many members of the Romanov royal family. Continue past the 18th-century buildings of the university and across the bridge over the Neva River to the mainland. The next photo stop is at St. Isaac's Square behind St. Isaac's Cathedral. The cathedral, designed by the French architect Montferrand in 1818-1858, is the largest church in St. Petersburg with the capacity of 10,000 people. The interior of the cathedral is richly decorated with different kinds of marble, malachite and other semi-precious stones. From the square you drive to the Church on the Spilled Blood, built in memory of Alexander I on the spot where he was assassinated. Combining the artistic styles of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the church is a kaleidoscope of decorative elements. The interior collection of mosaics covers over 8,400 square yards with jeweler's enamel. The cupolas were modeled after Moscow's famous St. Basil's Cathedral. During the tour you will have an opportunity to see from the outside the Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant to sample popular local dishes.
 Afternoon: Free time to rest on board the ship. If you wish to explore St. Petersburg on your own you must have a Russian visa, obtained in advance.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
 Evening: Enjoy an an exclusive evening opening of the Hermitage Museum which ranks among the world's finest museums. Czarina Catherine the Great created the Hermitage in 1764. Her original purchase of 225 canvasses by Dutch and Flemish masters provided the nucleus of today's collection, which consists of almost three million exhibits and represents many cultures. The museum boasts 353 rooms, filled with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and others. Located within the Winter Palace on the banks of the Neva River, the Hermitage Museum is a work of art in itself. As you marvel at the wonderful paintings and tapestries that adorn the museum walls, pay special attention to the spectacular staircases, marble structures, malachite columns and highly decorated floors and ceilings in this former residence of the mighty Russian Czars. PLEASE NOTE: The Hermitage requires considerable walking and stair climbing, and there may be lines and delays between galleries. Photography and video filming are permitted only upon possession of a special permit. The ticket for non-professional photography and video filming is provided with a sticker. It is recommended to fasten the sticker to some item of your clothes and keep it till the end of your visit to the museum. Flash photography or use of illumination devices not allowed.
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: St. Petersburg: Catherine's Palace & Pavlovsk (Paul's Palace)
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: It is about a 50-minute drive from St. Petersburg to reach Catherine's Palace--truly an architectural masterpiece and a magnificent museum. Its 978-foot facade is an ornate masterpiece in white, gold and blue. Within the palace is a series of magnificent rooms, including the famous Picture Gallery and the Great Hall. You will also see the amazing Amber Room, stolen by the Nazis during the war, smuggled to Paraguay (legend holds) and lost forever. Now, Russian craftsmen have piece-by-piece reconstructed the dazzling panels of semi-precious stone, amassing a stunning, multi-hued collection designed to leave the observer breathless. The richly ornamented exterior of the palace is enhanced by splendid gardens and "small" pavilions.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant to sample popular local dishes.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a tour of Paul's Palace--a gift from Catherine the Great to her son Paul on the occasion of the birth of his son, Alexander. The palace's Grecian hall is adorned with green fluted Corinthian columns, making the ballroom the most elegant room of the Palace. Maria's rooms gave Pavlovsk a distinct charm rather than grandeur. Paul's rooms are richly adorned with mahogany and heavy gilding. Pavlovsk Park is one of the largest in Europe with ponds, valleys, waterfalls and statues.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Discover Helsinki, Finland
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Experience Finland in a day. See the city life, enjoy the views of the countryside and experience the hospitality of a Finnish family. You will pass the market square, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, with a brief stop at Senate Square. Your guide will point out the new Opera House, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and the Parliament House. Then, your motor coach heads out of town towards the Sipoo region. Arrive at Savijarvi Homestead, where the family greets you with traditional Finnish refreshments. They'll show you the horses they have bred and trained for three generations - the equestrian industry at its finest.
 Lunch: In a family dining room, a homemade, three-course luncheon will be served, and weather permitting, you can enjoy your coffee and dessert on the terrace.
 Afternoon: Porvoo Excursion: Walk the cobblestone streets of this old wooden town, stop for photos at the Old Bridge of Porvoo, which offers magnificent views of the town and enjoy its unique waterfront red ochre sheds, medieval cobblestone streets, and the charming boutiques in Old Porvoo.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Stockholm/ Cruising Stockholm
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: From the pier, you'll drive up to Fjallgatan for a splendid panoramic view of the city and the inner harbor of Stockholm. Descending, you'll cross to the island of Gamla Stan, the enchanting, medieval Old Town. Enjoy the historic elegance of the exterior of teh dominating Royal Palace and stroll along the narrow twisting alleys and cobblestone streets of Stockholm's oldest quarter. Savor the romantic atmostphere and the sense of antiquity of buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, with Baroque doorways and regal Coats of Arms. You will also see the Stortorget (Great Square), which is the hub of the Old Town and the old Stock Exchange - now home to the Swedish Academy. Passing through the city center, continue to the nearby island of Djurgarden, once the royal family's private hunting grounds. Here you will visit the stunning Vasa Museum. In its day, the early 17th century, the Swedish battleship Vasa was the pride of Sweden's mighty navy. While preparing to set out on her maiden voyage in 1628, she capsized and sank in Stockholm's inner harbor. In 1961, 333 years after the mishap, a Swedish team succeeded in salvaging the great ship, which was astonishingly well preserved. Painstakingly restored to much of its original magnificence, the resurrected Vasa today is the dramatic centerpiece of the Vasa Museum
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Leaving Stockholm, continue approximately 45 minutes through the northern outskirts of the city into the scenic countryside en route to Sigtuna, an idyllic little town with wooden houses, narrow alleys and the smallest Town Hall in Scandinavia, dating from 1744 and made of wood. Sigtuna is situated on the shores of Lake Malaren. It was founded about 1000 years ago by the first Christian king of Sweden and, even today, the real strength of Sigtuna lies in its religious and educational foundations which flourish on the heights above the town. During your visit, tour the major points of interest including the oldest street in Sweden, the Stora Gatan. The town is surrounded by historic landmarks, which bear countless traces of old cultural traditions.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Enter Keil Canal/Hamburg
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Experience a daylight transit of the Kiel Canal, the world's busiest artificial waterway. The Kiel Canal links the North Sea with the Baltic. An average of 250 nautical miles are saved by using the Kiel Canal instead of going around the Jutland peninsula, not only saving time but also avoiding the storm-prone seas. Naval strategies were initially the inspiration for its building; today the canal is used for trade between the countries of the Baltic with the rest of the world. The ms Prinsendam is one of the few modern cruise ships that can transit the canal due to clearance limits under bridges.
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Hamburg, Germany
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: On board
 Morning: Drive through the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany to teh Hanseatic City of Lubeck. Upon arrival in Lubeck meet your local guide and start your exciting tour of the charming Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a two-hour guided walking tour, you'll discover the historic alleyways and courtyards - remnants of late 19th century, when the Hanseatic League of Merchants was in full bloom. See the world famous Holsten Gate, the seven spires, the Hospital of the Holy Ghost dating back to 1280, the historic Town Hall and St. Mary's Church. The latter houses the world's largest mechanical organ. Take a look at Buddenbrook House, former home of the Lubeck-born authors, Heinrich and Thomas Mann. And don't miss the famous marzipan selection at the Cafe Neideregger Store.
 Lunch: Sit down to a true German lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Lubeck before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Hamburg, Germnay/Scenic cruising Elbe River
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a day of scenic cruising of the Elbe River. The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It rises in the Krkonose Mountains of the northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia (Czech Republic), then Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg. Its total length is 1,094 kilometres (680 mi).
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy the last presentation by your study leader and the Program Wrap Up.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Disembark Tilbury (London), England
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board
 Morning: Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights back to the US.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe


Author: Bill Bryson


Description: Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.



Northern Europe Scandinavia Map


Author: Freytag & Berndt


Description: A colorful shaded relief map showing the Baltic region from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and Hammerfest at a scale of 1:2,000,000.



Northern Europe by Cruise Ship


Author: Anne Vipond


Description: This excellent guide to cruises and ports from Scandinavia and the Baltic to the British Isles, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin includes city maps, excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of Northern Europe.



Peter the Great, His Life and World


Author: Robert Massie


Description: In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire.



Racundra's First Cruise


Author: Arthur Ransome


Description: A new edition of Ransome's delightful 1923 account the eventful maiden voyage of his 30-foot ketch, Racundra, built for the Baltic, with the original maps, photographs and annotations.



Russian Short Stories


Author: Robert Chandler (Editor)


Description: This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats.



Set Sail for Murder


Author: Carolyn G. Hart


Description: Retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O' Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, joins her dear old friend Jimmy Lennox on a Baltic cruise in this seventh installment in the cozy series.



Stockholm Map


Author: itmb


Description: A convenient, detailed map of Stockholm and surroundings at a scale of 1:12,000.



Stockholm, City of My Dreams


Author: Pers Anders Fogelstrom


Description: Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life, in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation.



Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


Author: W. Bruce Lincoln


Description: A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments.



Teutonic Knight


Author: David Nicolle


Description: This slim history of the Teutonic Knights (1190-1561) includes an excellent overview of towers, castles and settlements from this period scattered throughout the Baltic. With paintings of the knights and their daily life in the region.



The Baltic


Author: Alan Palmer


Description: Palmer chronicles the Baltic region from the Viking era and Byzantine Empire through wars, uprisings and other political conflicts of the twentieth century, and on to modern times, where he finds a group of nations and peoples poised to emerge as some of Europe's most vital democracies. In addition to the prolific British historian's considerable learning, he provides some rather entertaining anecdotes.



The Baltic Revolution


Author: Anatol Lieven


Description: A Latvian correspondent for the London Times, Lieven weaves history, interviews and analysis into a vivid cultural portrait of post-Glasnost Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.



The Christening


Author: Denise Neuhaus


Description: This accomplished novel, set against a backdrop of the last days of the Soviet Union, follows three Estonian women in Tallinn and Stockholm.



The Dogs of Riga


Author: Henning Mankell


Description: Swedish detective Kurt Wallander travels from Ystad to Latvia on the shadowy trail of a grisly murder in this second book, steeped in Baltic ambiance.



The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Author: Stieg Larsson


Description: Larsson combines murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel set in Stockholm and the snowy landscapes of northern Sweden.



The Letter of Marque


Author: Patrick O'Brian


Description: The 12th (and perhaps the most satisfying) of O'Brian's series combines the personal and geopolitical as Aubrey comes to Maturin's rescue in the Baltics.



The Northern Crusades


Author: Eric Christiansen


Description: The wilder-than-fiction story of the conquest and conversion of the pagan tribes of the Baltic coasts by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order from the 13th to the 15th centuries.



The Singing Revolution


Author: James Tusty (Director)


Description: Alive with images of Estonia's beauty, history and interviews, this powerful film focuses on the role of song in Estonia's independence.



The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


Author: Hans Christian Andersen, Diana Crone Frank, Jeffrey Frank


Description: A newly refurbished collection of twenty-two tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.



The Vikings, Lords of the Seas


Author: Yves Cohat


Description: An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs, and illustrations. It tells of the Norse homeland, discoveries and settlements, and also features a useful chronology and excerpts from the Viking Sagas. Part of the "Discoveries" series.



The Winter Queen


Author: Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield (Translator)


Description: Akunin sets a suspected murder among the glitterati of late 19th-century Moscow in this first book in the series of clever detective novels starring the rascal Erast Fandorin, wildly popular in Russia. The series continues with: The Turkish Gambit (RUS263), set during the 1877 Russo-Turkish War; Murder on the Leviathan (RUS225), an homage to Christie; and The Death of Achilles (RUS291), back in Moscow. Fandorin is deputy to the governor-general of czarist Moscow in Special Assignments (RUS371), facing a serial murder and a swindler.





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