Northern Europe
Seaside Capitals of the Baltic
Discover great cities of the Baltic, diving deep into the region’s history as you explore ancient neighborhoods, modern museums, grand architecture and World Heritage Sites.
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Program No. 21520RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

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 seven beautiful and deeply historic cities that reflect and carry on the Baltic’s fascinating story.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain and stairs without railings.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover and compare the cosmopolitan capital cities of Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm.
  • Explore the palaces of the tsars in Saint Petersburg and examine the treasures of the State Hermitage Museum.
  • Learn about the powerful Hanseatic League of cities and merchant guilds in the German seaport of Rostock.

General Notes

This voyage combines Road Scholar’s trademark education and camaraderie with access to Holland America Cruise Line’s wide variety of activities and dining and entertainment options.
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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 He also founded a society that was dedicated to the preservation of Estonian historical documents.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.
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