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Seaside Capitals of the Baltic

Program Number: 21520RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/10/2014 - 9/22/2014; 8/16/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/15/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/24/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Denmark/Germany/Estonia/Russia/Finland/Sweden
Price starting at: $3,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A sea teeming with cod and herring, on whose shores could be found rich supplies of lumber, iron and salt — it’s no wonder the Baltic was the object of many nations’ economic and political desires. The Vikings built a trade empire around it, the Hanseatic League grew wealthy from it and Denmark and Sweden fought wars for “dominium maris baltici,” control of the Baltic. On this voyage, experience six beautiful and deeply historic cities that reflect and carry on the Baltic’s fascinating story.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Copenhagen (Denmark), 2 nights; aboard Norwegian Star, 9 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Copenhagen (Denmark) / embark Norwegian Star:

Excursions led by a local expert bring you to City Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid statue. Venture out of the city to visit the outstanding Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 5: Warnemünde (Germany):

Take a field trip to Rostock, a powerful Hanseatic League port during the era when the league dominated Baltic trade. Discover the University of Rostock — founded in 1419, it’s the oldest and largest in Northern Europe.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Tallinn (Estonia):

In this coastal capital, experience the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find the castle where Estonia’s parliament sits, the lovely Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Gothic-style Town Hall.



Days 8-9: Saint Petersburg (Russia):

Spend two days exploring this magnificent city founded by the Peter the Great. Enjoy field trips to the grandiose Catherine Palace, the summer residence of the tsars, and Peterhof Palace, the “Russian Versailles.” Examine the cultural treasures on display at the State Hermitage Museum.



Day 10: Helsinki (Finland):

Go ashore in the Finnish capital to discover landmarks like the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Government Palace. See the state-owned fleet of icebreaker ships that keeps Finland’s ports open during the winter.



Day 11: Stockholm (Sweden):

“Island hop” your way through this city built on 14 different isles, exploring areas like Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Riddarholmen (Knights’ Islet). Admire the 17th-century warship Vasa, recovered from the ocean floor in 1961.



Days 12-13: At Sea / Copenhagen (Denmark) / disembark / departure


Norwegian Star

Launched in 1998 and fully refurbished in 2008, this 881-foot ocean liner can accommodate up to 2,018 passengers. Its 13 passenger decks boast elegant, Asian-inspired decor. Amenities include two main dining rooms and many other dining options, two swimming pools, hot tubs, spa and fitness center, walking track, art gallery, library and more.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Haywood

Born and brought up in the north of England, Dr. John Haywood studied medieval history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge (UK), and Copenhagen (Denmark). The author of over 20 books, Dr. Haywood has written on a wide range of historical topics, but his main interests are the Vikings, the Celts, and the mapping of history. His most recent publication is “The New Atlas of World History,” and he is currently working on a book about Viking warfare. Dr. Haywood formerly taught medieval history at Lancaster University, but since 2002 has been a full-time writer and editor. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. In his leisure time, Dr. Haywood enjoys hiking and cycling, cooking and folk music. Dr. Haywood lives in Lancaster, near to the castle where, in 1612, one of his reputed ancestors was hanged for witchcraft.
 
Trivimi Velliste

Born in 1947, Trivimi Velliste faced great personal risk by encouraging Estonia’s drive for national and political freedom. Initially, he struggled against the Russians for Estonia’s identity, and later fought for his country’s independence. He also founded a society that was dedicated to the preservation of Estonian historical documents. Trivimi served as Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992-1994, and as the Estonian Ambassador to the United Nations from 1994-1998. Due to his contributions as one of the leading forces behind the independence of the Baltic States, he was awarded the Rafto Prize for Human Rights in 1998. Walking along the cobblestone streets with Trivimi, you will get a real sense of Tallinn’s fascinating story and an insider’s perspective on Estonia’s capital city.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Scandic Copenhagen
  Copenhagen, Denmark 2 nights
   Norwegian Star
  At Sea, At Sea 10 nights
 Scandic Copenhagen
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Scandic Copenhagen is located in central Copenhagen, with stunning views over the water and Copenhagen city, and close to attractions such as Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Vester Soegade 6
Copenhagen,  1601 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 35 35
web: www.scandichotels.com/Hotels/Denmark/Copenhagen/Scandic-Copenhagen/
  Room amenities: Standard rooms are between 15 and 26 square meters and have wooden floors. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub or a shower. All standard rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, safe deposit box, iron, ironing board, aircondition, TV, wireless internet access, desk and an chaise lounge or chair for relaxing. The standard rooms are available with a queen size bed (140 cm) or twin beds. Sleeps 1-2 persons.
  Facility amenities: When staying with us at hotel Scandic Copenhagen, you can relax with a drink and a light meal in our atmospheric lobby bar with its mirrors and contemporary design. You can also stop by our relaxation area and unwind in the sauna, enjoy a massage and work out in the gym. Wireless internet access throughout the whole hotel is available at no extra charge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org

 Norwegian Star
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: - Passenger Capacity: 2,348 (double occupancy) - Gross Register Tonnage: 91,740 - Overall Length: 965 feet - Max Beam: 105 feet - Draft: 27 feet - Engines: Diesel Electric - Cruise Speed: 22.5 knots - Crew: 1,083
  Contact info: 7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 186-623-4735 x0
web: www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/star/overview
  Room amenities: Room amenities will vary by category
  Facility amenities: - 5 complimentary dining options, from three-course dining to endless buffets with action stations. - Entertainment day & night. Spectacular stage shows, The Second City® comedy, dance clubs, bars & lounges, piano bars and live music. - Fitness center, sports court, pools, and hot tubs. - Attentive room steward and complementary room service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program starts at 6:00 pm with a program orientation at the hotel. You will be staying at Scandic Copenhagen that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends upon disembarking the ship. All guests must disembark the ship before 9:00 am. You will be staying at Norwegian Star the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. ONLINE REGISTRATION: All participants are required to register online with Norwegian Cruise Lines. After accepting the terms and conditions, you'll be given access to your personal electronic documents (eDocs). Your eDocs serve as your boarding pass, and will include key information about your cruise. Cruise refunds will not be issued if you are denied boarding due to lack of proper documents. Please see the instructions at the back of this packet. NOTE: If you enrolled in roommate matching, your check-in will be completed for you and your e-docs will be mailed to you approximately 60 days from departure. Your Road Scholar Participant Information form must be submitted for your online check-in to be completed. Please contact Road Scholar at (503) 723-2886 or brooke.myrman@roadscholar.org if you need assistance.
  Parking availability:
Parking not available
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Copenhagen
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
Travel Details
 

Black Falcon Cruise Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$12.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the airport and will take you to the cruise terminal for $12.00 (price is subject to change without notice)

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: Departures
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Depart From: Flights depart the U.S. for Copenhagen.

Day 2: Arrive to Copenhagen
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark. Transfer to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Meet your study leader in the hotel lobby at 6:00PM for the program orientation.
 Dinner: Enjoy a three course welcome dinner featuring Scandinavian cuisine at the hotel following orientation.
   
Accommodations: Scandic Copenhagen
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Copenhagen
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart the hotel for a panoramic introduction to Copenhagen with a local expert. Travel past City Hall and Tivoli Gardens, as well as the old Stock Exchange with its spire formed by entwined dragon’s tails. Other sights include the colorful harbor of Nyhavn, the fairy-tale castle of Rosenborg (home of the Danish Crown Jewels), the Christiansborg Palace and the Danish Parliament Building. Stop for a short stroll and photo opportunity at Amalienborg Palace Square, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The spacious octagonal palace square is surrounded by four identical rococo palaces and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful palace squares in Northern Europe. You will also discover the tranquil and lush area around the Kastellet Citadel – a 17th-century bastioned fortification that today serves as a popular public park and home to the Gefion Fountain, the Museum of Danish Resistance (1940-1945) and the St. Alban’s Anglican Church. Perhaps your warmest memories will be your first sight of the cherished symbol of Copenhagen, the beguiling Little Mermaid, a petite bronze figure inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore Copenhagen independently.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel and take this opportunity to try some specialty dishes from Denmark.
   
Accommodations: Scandic Copenhagen
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Copenhagen / Embark Norwegian Star
(Saturday, September 13)

Note: While we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, please note that weather conditions and current events may alter the sailing itinerary.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Join your Study Leader to travel to Helsingør (Elsinore) for a view of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Pause in Humlebaek to discover the Louisana Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the port for embarkation on the Norwegian Star.
 Dinner: Welcome group dinner aboard the ship in the Aqua Main Dining Room.
 Evening: Each evening you will be free to enjoy one of the many onboard activities including: live performances, movies and live music.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Warnemuende, Germany
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Today's field trip begins with a narrated 30 minute drive to the Hanseatic City of Rostock. After arriving in Rostock, 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 city center, and from 19th century villas to modern housing blocks in the suburbs. Discover many of the sights of Mecklenburg Vorpommern's largest city on foot. See the University of Rostock, founded 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 the 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. Also see the Fountain of Joy with its cheerful bronze sculptures.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Days at sea will be a mix of independent and group activities. In addition to private lectures by your group leader, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the activities, amenities and entertainment options aboard the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Gather with your study leader for an on board presentation. This morning's topic is "Scandinavia and the Baltic States".
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Gather with your study leader for an on board presentation. This afternoon's topic is "Russia and the West".
Afterwards enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party in the Star Bar aboard the ship.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: From the port drive to the Upper Old Town of Tallinn, situated on a 50m high cliff. Disembark the coach at Tall Hermann tower and explore the town on foot. View the Parliament building, which once used to be a stronghold for the nobles living on Toompea Hill. Visit the most dominating building on the square – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church built in the style of Moscow churches of the 17th century and decorated with mosaics and icons. Peek inside and see an example of an orthodox sacral building. Walk a short distance to reach a viewing point that offers a beautiful view over the Lower Old Town with its dwelling houses, towers, churches and spires rising above the cluster of red-tiled roofs. The tour will continue by taking you to the Lower Old Town. Passing to the Long Street you will see the simple, yet eye-catching façade of the Holy Ghost Church with its only external ornament - the oldest public clock in town. Opposite stands the building of the Great Guild of Merchants, members of which could also become members of the ruling body – the town council. Stop at the Town Hall Square which is inarguably the heart of the old town and the center of Tallinn’s network of medieval streets. The old town of Tallinn is on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites as a living museum. View the Town Hall building, completed in 1404, and preserved almost fully intact in its original Gothic form. Here the town rulers used to gather, make important decisions, and pass legislation. On the other side stands one of the oldest drug stores in Europe, opened in 1422. Here one could purchase different kind of cures for combating diseases, from bat powder to snakeskin.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore independently.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: St. Petersburg, Russia
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: There are long walking distances through the Gardens of Pushkin and Peterhof Park. Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Grand Palace is not wheelchair accessible due to the steep staircase and no elevators. There is extensive walking between different parts of the Hermitage. Expect congestion and waiting at attractions. Visit to inside of Peterhof Palace is approximately one hour and interior rooms only, fountains can be seen from a distance. Photos are prohibited inside the Grand Peterhof Palace.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Venture outside of the city to the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsar's Village) where you’ll visit Catherine’s Palace. Peter the Great presented this estate to his wife Catherine in 1710. It was used as the summer residence of the Royal Family. Its grandiose white-and-gold facade stretches 978 feet. Walk through a series of magnificent rooms, including the famous Great Hall and the Amber Room. The town of Pushkin is famous for the man it was named after – Alexander Pushkin, the most celebrated poet in the country.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local dining venue.
 Afternoon: After lunch drive to the Hermitage Museum, the largest art museum in Russia and the most prestigious museum in the world. The Hermitage Museum occupies the Winter Palace, the winter residence of the Russian Tsars, and four more buildings.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: St. Petersburg, Russia
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Begin with a transfer to Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, which was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. It lies on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. The Grand Palace is known as the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars. The layout of the 300-acre park and spectacular fountains was designed by Peter himself. The Grand Cascade consists of three waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains, and 37 gilded statues.
 Lunch: After your visit of the palace interior, continue with a one hour drive back to the city to enjoy lunch.
 Afternoon: The next stop is the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, where you'll enjoy views of the city. Then you'll have a tour of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where you'll be surrounded by marble columns and glittering chandeliers. The tour continues along the Neva embankment and drives along the Nevsky Prospect towards your ship.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Helsinki, Finland
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Your day starts with a guided city tour in Helsinki taking in the most important and interesting sights, such as the historical centre, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. See the icebreaker fleet before passing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Parliament Building and Market Square. Travel by coach outside of the city to the scenic shores of Lake Tuusula. Here you will visit Ainoa, the former home of Jean Sibelius.
 Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to Helsinki where you will stop to visit Temppeliaukio, also known as the Church of the Rock. Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. The interior walls are made of rugged rock and rubble. Following your visit you will have some free time in Helsinki before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Stockholm, Sweden
(Saturday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship
 Morning: Depart the pier for Fjällgatan. From this street, you will have a splendid panoramic view over the capital of Sweden, including the older parts as well as the more modern. Stockholm was built on 14 islands beginning more than a thousand years ago. Gamla Stan, where the first stockholmers settled, is situated between the Baltic Sea on the east and Lake Mälaren on the west. You will then cross Lake Mälaren on Västerbron, which is one of the major bridges in Stockholm. You leave the island of Södermalm, and enter the island of Kungsholmen. On the drive we pass the City Hall, renowned for its architecture and for being the site of the annual Nobel Prize Banquet in December. Our next stop will be the historic island of Riddarholmen, where you have a stunning view over Lake Mälaren and the City Hall. Next you will embark on a narrated walking tour of Gamla Stan, strolling the narrow, cobbled streets. You will witness buildings from medieval times and hear of the people who long ago lived in this part of Stockholm, which today is considered a very fashionable place. Now the Vasa Museum awaits us, specifically built to house the oldest fully preserved ship in the world. The warship Vasa was the pride of ancient Sweden’s navy, although it sailed for less than 30 minutes on her maiden trip on August 10th, 1628. The ship was so tall and thin that the wind caught her sails and toppled the ship, which sank almost immediately and then stayed in the mud of the Stockholm harbor for 333 years before she was raised in 1961. After a guided tour of the museum, you will have time to explore the museum’s other exhibits and displays of historic items. Over 12,000 artifacts were recovered together with the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Sunday, September 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Gather with your study leader for an on board presentation. This morning's topic is "Viking Seafaring".
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Gather with your study leader for an on board presentation. This afternoon's topic is "The Hanseatic League". Following your lecture there will be a brief program wrap up.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Copenhagen / Disembark / Departures
(Monday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: Allow time for an early breakfast today before disembarking at approximately 8:00AM.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to the U.S.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Star
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.

Suggested Reading List


A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland


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A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg


Author: Laurence Kelly (Editor)


Description: This illuminating selection of readings, enhanced by maps and engravings, covers the city from its founding to the fall of the Tsars. Includes chapters on early days, palaces and museums, politics, and iconic places throughout the city.



Baltic Sea States Map


Author: Freytag & Berndt


Description: This detailed (1:800,000), double-sided map covers the entire Baltic region from Copenhagen across to Gdansk, St. Petersburg, Oslo and Stockholm.



Birds of Europe


Author: Lars Svensson


Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps.



Eyewitness Guide Denmark


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Description: This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.



Eyewitness Guide Stockholm


Author: Kaj Sandell


Description: This superb, fully illustrated guide to Stockholm and surrounding islands features dozens of local maps and site diagrams.



Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History


Author: Neil Kent


Description: A literary guide to Helsinki, its history and culture, organized into three sections: city of architects and engineers; city of music and arts; and city of hospitality. With maps and black-and-white illustrations.



Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia


Author: Suzanne Massie


Description: Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture.



Lenin's Tomb


Author: David Remnick


Description: A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling.



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.



Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen


Author: Lone Mouritsen, Andrew Spooner


Description: With information on key sights and a full-color, pull-out map, this is the guide to take along.



St. Petersburg Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A detailed, laminated city plan.



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.



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.



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 20th century and on to modern times, where he finds a group of nations 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 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


Author: Else Roesdahl


Description: This well-written look at Norse civilization goes beyond the limited view of the ruthless Viking invaders, creating a full picture of the vibrant, artistic, agricultural and exploratory culture



Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga


Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)


Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.





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