Baltic Cruises from Southampton
The Best of the Baltic Sea
2021 & 2022 Cruises from Southampton
With Northern Europe so close to home, adventure is practically on our doorstep. Travelling to the Baltic States is an eye-opening expedition all year round, with exciting “must-see” attractions from the natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park in Estonia, to historical landmarks like the Doma Cathedral in Latvia.
With a rich cultural heritage and interesting diversity, it’s no surprise the Baltics is fast becoming one of the most popular cruise holiday choices. Whether it’s history, local life, or cuisine, this region — made up of Russia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — has something different to offer at each destination.
Occupying a unique frontier position on the European continent, a journey to the Baltics is an ideal holiday for those who want to take the road less travelled. Dominated by pretty landscapes with gothic castles and old-world cobbled streets, cities like Tallinn and Riga have a charming fairy-tale aura about them.
Wander through the impressive Art Nouveau district of Vecrīga, or explore the architectural wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Site Vanalinn. From markets to museums, every experience on your trip will be a moment to remember. If the Soviet roots of these cities have captivated you, the vista of St Petersburg will dazzle you even further. Its spectacular skyline includes lavish imperial palaces such as Tsarskoye Selo, the universally acclaimed Hermitage Museum, and the colourful onion domes of Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood.
The Nordic shores also beckon, where the trendy metropolitan landscape belies remnants of a Viking past, but only at first glance. However, it’s not all artifacts and monuments. Rock paintings make way for cutting-edge marvels — like the Löyly floating sauna or Black Diamond Royal Library — when you take in the sights of these harbour cities. Enjoy a boat ride through the waterways of Stockholm, stroll leisurely along a marina in Helsinki, or pay your respects to the Little Mermaid statue on Copenhagen’s promenade — wherever your journey takes you, you’ll discover that this part of Europe blends old and new like no other. And if you’re fortunate enough to celebrate the festive season here, you might even find out for yourself the true meaning of hygge!