Odyssey at Sea: Tales of Baltic Capitals

On this voyage aboard our floating campus, experience five historic cities that reflect and carry on the Baltic’s fascinating story.
Program No. 23985RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

With fish-filled waters and resource-rich shores, the Baltic Sea was the object of many nations’ economic and political desires. From the trade empire built around it to the wars fought over it, follow the fascinating story of this mighty sea on a voyage aboard our favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey. Starting and ending in Copenhagen, you’ll uncover history and culture alike as you sail from Stockholm to Helsinki, St. Petersburg to Tallin alongside our experts. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, as well as two hotel nights in Copenhagen bookending your voyage — the perfect opportunity for deeper exploration.

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Copenhagen

Discover the modern wonders of Copenhagen before your Odyssey at Sea voyage, complete with a hotel night.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Set off to discover the highlights of Copenhagen, from the City Hall and the Tivoli Gardens to the Nyhavn harbor and the fairy-tale Rosenborg Castle.
  • Explore Stockholm’s highlights by motorcoach with a local expert, complete with a visit to the architecturally remarkable City Hall.
  • Enjoy a docent-led field trip through the iconic State Hermitage Museum, home to a magnificent collection of painting, sculpture, and jewelry.
  • Sail exclusively with shipmates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
The story of Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia
by Suzanne Massie
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.
The Baltic, A History
by Michael North
In his erudite history of the "Nordic Mediterranean," North covers over 1,000 years of trade, politics, architecture, cultural exchange and conflict in the Baltic. His main point: the Baltic's coastal nations have always been an interconnected economic unit.
Winter's Tales
by Isak Dinesen
A collection of 11 haunting short stories by the Danish writer most famous as Karen Blixen. With their Nordic settings, the Gothic tales draw upon the folk tradition and myths of Denmark. Originally published in 1942.
The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen, Diana Crone Frank, Jeffrey Frank
A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.
Baltic Sea States Map
by Freytag & Berndt
his detailed (1:800,000), double-sided map covers the entire Baltic region from Copenhagen across to Gdansk, St. Petersburg, Oslo and Stockholm.
Baltic Lenin: A Journey Into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's Soviet Past
by Keith Ruffles
Travel journalist Ruffles recounts his first hand experiences traversing the little known countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The non-fiction work is meant to convey what life is like in the Baltic states today and how Soviet rule has had a profound impact on the region. Furthermore, a broader viewpoint is taken on the future of the region as prior tensions between Russia and the West resurface.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A fictional tale, of a poor Russian man's premeditated murder and the ensuing misery to follow. Dostoyevsky largely draws upon his own experiences of poverty in St. Petersburg, painting a vivid picture of social and psychological causes of crimes.
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
by W. Bruce Lincoln
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.

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