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Copenhagen , Denmark | Aarhus , Denmark | Berlin (Warnemunde) , Germany | Helsinki , Finland | St. Petersburg , Russia | St. Petersburg , Russia | St. Petersburg , Russia | Tallinn , Estonia | Stockholm , Sweden | Stockholm , Sweden

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Copenhagen, Denmark

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DANE TO DISCOVER

Pick up a Danish pastry from Conditori La Glace, the city’s oldest confectioner’s shop. Then see where writer Hans Christian Andersen lived and worked in Nyhavn’s brightly hued quay district. Meander around Frederiksberg Gardens’ leafy pathways. Meet exotic animals at the National Aquarium. And if you go roaming the royal palaces, don’t miss Amalienborg’s changing of the Royal Guard.

Scenic Summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederik's Church in Copenhagen, Denmark

Pick up a Danish pastry from Conditori La Glace, the city’s oldest confectioner’s shop. Then see where writer Hans Christian Andersen lived and worked in Nyhavn’s brightly hued quay district. Meander around Frederiksberg Gardens’ leafy pathways. Meet exotic animals at the National Aquarium. And if you go roaming the royal palaces, don’t miss Amalienborg’s changing of the Royal Guard.

Scenic Summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederik's Church in Copenhagen, Denmark
Things To Do

in Copenhagen

A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.

Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbor, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.

The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.

Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named “Best Restaurant in the World” for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savor Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market— or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.

Fun, colorful toy soldier figurines on display at a souvenir shop in Copenhagen, Denmark

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Aarhus, Denmark

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
A CULTURAL FEAST

FIT FOR A VIKING

Denmark's second largest city dates back to the Viking Age. Explore the Latin Quarter, the Old Town and the many museums before enjoying a world-class meal. Stroll through the Tivoli or the Botanical Gardens. Or hop on a bike with the wind in your hair and discover why this city routinely crops up as one of the happiest in the world.

St. Pauls Church in Aarhus, Denmark
Red and yellow waterfront buildings in Aarhus, Denmark
Aerial view of the Aarhus, Denmark cityscape

Denmark's second largest city dates back to the Viking Age. Explore the Latin Quarter, the Old Town and the many museums before enjoying a world-class meal. Stroll through the Tivoli or the Botanical Gardens. Or hop on a bike with the wind in your hair and discover why this city routinely crops up as one of the happiest in the world.

St. Pauls Church in Aarhus, Denmark
Red and yellow waterfront buildings in Aarhus, Denmark
Aerial view of the Aarhus, Denmark cityscape
Things To Do

in Aarhus

Historical buildings in Aarhus, Denmark

Medieval Town With Modern Cool

The oldest section of Aarhus is the Latin Quarter, dating back to the 14th century. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets filled with chic shops, galleries and some of the city's best eateries. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, you'll find the cozy square Puservig Torv — its many cafes are the perfect place for a midday break.

An old town plaza at Aarhus, Denmark

Old Ways of Life Preserved

Lined with traditional timber houses, Den Gamle By — "the Old Town" — is Denmark's national open-air museum of urban history and culture. Experience how people lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. Interested in more recent history? Check out the street that brings Denmark in 1974 back to life.

View of the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark

Futuristic Facade, Ancient Artifacts

In a city bursting with great museums, Moesgaard stands out from the rest. Interactive exhibitions take you from Stone Age artifacts, through Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present. The hyper-modern architecture, with its unique climbable exterior, is worth the visit alone. Grab lunch in the cafe, which gets rave reviews.

A fresh smorrebrod sandwich in Aarhus, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Grab one of Denmark's traditional smorrebrod — an open-faced sandwich, often served with smoked salmon, horseradish sour cream and fresh radishes — from one of the cafes and food markets of the Latin Quarter. If you're a true foodie, head to one of the city's four Michelin-starred restaurants, where the New Nordic Food Manifesto elevates local products — like cold-water Skrei cod and spicy plants and herbs such as ramsons and woodruff — to new heights of sophisticated simplicity.

Souvenir toy soldier figurines in Denmark

Shopping

Stop into the chic boutiques of the Latin Quarter and the high-end luxury department stores like Magasin and Salling to find out why Aarhus is one of the best shopping cities in Northern Europe. Explore the period shops of Den Gamle By for unique items that reflect Danish tradition, like glazed earthenware bowls and kitchen items, as well as traditional woolen knitwear.

INSIDER TIP

If you want picture-perfect photos, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more quaint than colorful Mollestien Lane.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
9:30 PM

FIND YOUR CANOPIED CALM

Unwind in Warnemunde, a German fishing town along the Baltic Sea with a relaxed pace of living. Walk down stretches of white sandy beaches, or take a stroll down the promenade. Enjoy fresh seafood that was probably caught hours earlier. Check out the distinctive lighthouse, and stroll the seaside Alte Strom promenade with its quaint shops and beer gardens perfect for a sunny afternoon.

Aerial view of buildings in Warnemunde, Germany
A beach at Berlin Warnemunde, Germany lined with beach chairs
View of the harbor at Warnemunde, Germany with lighthouse in distance

Unwind in Warnemunde, a German fishing town along the Baltic Sea with a relaxed pace of living. Walk down stretches of white sandy beaches, or take a stroll down the promenade. Enjoy fresh seafood that was probably caught hours earlier. Check out the distinctive lighthouse, and stroll the seaside Alte Strom promenade with its quaint shops and beer gardens perfect for a sunny afternoon.

Aerial view of buildings in Warnemunde, Germany
A beach at Berlin Warnemunde, Germany lined with beach chairs
View of the harbor at Warnemunde, Germany with lighthouse in distance
Things To Do

in Berlin (Warnemunde)

Beach chairs on a beach in Warnemunde, Germany

Get Sandy

Fancy a dip in the Baltic Sea? Warnemunde is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the sun. Feel the fine grain of the distinctive white sand, and dip your toes in the cool, northern waters. Or hunker down in one of the many distinctive, canopied wicker chairs and enjoy the view.

A green and white lighthouse with waves crashing against the rock jetty

Lighthouse Climb

You'll get the best view of the beach and town from the top of the Warnemunde Lighthouse. Climb to the top and pretend you're an explorer surveying the area to spot ships coming into the harbor from the Baltic Sea.

Boats docked at a river in Warnemunde, Germany

Seaside Stroll

Cruise to Germany and indulge yourself with some deliciously fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants along the Alter Strom. The streets are lined with charming old fishermen's houses. Along the quay, you can even grab a bite at one of the floating snack bars.

A fischbrotchen sandwich

Local Cuisine

In Warnemunde, you'll find plenty of freshly caught seafood. The distinctive dish is Fischbrotchen, a tasty, often fried fish sandwich. You can find it everywhere from food trucks to floating snack bars and restaurants. Choose from halibut, mackerel, butterfish, flapper, Bismarck and herring. You won't be disappointed.

Various shops lining a street in Warnemunde, Germany

Shopping

Head to the old channel for your pick of shops and boutiques. Alter Strom is lined with stores inside of old fisherman houses selling souvenirs, food, clothing and more. Nearby Rostock's Market Square is an easy drive — head there for designer fashions as well as local purveyors of handmade goods.

INSIDER TIP

Time your trip to Warnemunde for mid-August if you want to catch the Hanse Sail Festival.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Girl Learning to Play Mini Golf with her Father
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

THINGS TO DO

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Helsinki, Finland

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

SCANDINAVIA IN STYLE

There's no shortage of things to do and see in this stylish historical capital. After you've explored Helsinki's center, head to Punavuori, with its Design District, the superb Design Museum and many attractive shops and galleries. Join the Finns for a sauna, or relax in a trendy cafe in the Kallio district, which has recently undergone a facelift.

Coastal city view of Helsinki, Finland
View of the Helsinki, Finland from the harbor where a vintage ship is docked
Exterior of the Upsenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland

There's no shortage of things to do and see in this stylish historical capital. After you've explored Helsinki's center, head to Punavuori, with its Design District, the superb Design Museum and many attractive shops and galleries. Join the Finns for a sauna, or relax in a trendy cafe in the Kallio district, which has recently undergone a facelift.

Coastal city view of Helsinki, Finland
View of the Helsinki, Finland from the harbor where a vintage ship is docked
Exterior of the Upsenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland
Things To Do

in Helsinki

A grass covered building in Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Back in Time

Take the ferry 15 minutes to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular sights. Visit the museums, bunkers and fortress walls, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. Then, enjoy a picnic and hike along the cluster of car-free islands that are all connected by walking bridges.

View of the front of the Finish Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Innovative Designs

The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the city center, with its quirky metallic design by Steven Holl, is a symbol of Helsinki's modernization. Inside is an eclectic collection of Finnish and international contemporary art. There are excellent facilities for kids and a popular glass-sided cafe and terrace. Check out more of Helsinki's aesthetic history at the Finnish Design Museum.

The interior of a wooden sauna

Sweat It Out

Saunas are immensely popular in Finland — the nation claims to have about 3.5 million of them. In Helsinki, you can go to Kotiharjun, the city's only original public wood-fired sauna, dating from 1928. Cruise to Finland and try Loyly Sauna, a traditional smoke sauna set in a charming art deco complex.

A fish sandwich paired with a glass on wine in Finland

Local Cuisine

Helsinki has a wide choice of restaurants, from chic Michelin-starred spots to creative bistros and even food trucks. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are the norm here. Famous Finnish dishes you should try during your Finland cruise include salmon stew, forest mushrooms, and reindeer. Smorgasbord is a popular buffet, with hot and cold dishes featuring plenty of seafood. Enjoy a piece of lingonberry pie or some cloudberries for dessert.

An outdoor market in Helsinki, Finland

Shopping

Helsinki is a design mecca. Head to the Stockmann department store in the art nouveau building at Esplanade Park, and stop by Finnish designers like Markimekko, Iittala and Artek. Head to the Helsinki Design District or Toriquarters for unique pieces of clothing, design objects, art, antiques, books and homeware.

INSIDER TIP

Many sights are within walking distance here, but in case of snow or rain, a DIY tram tour is a great alternative.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

St. Petersburg, Russia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
BAROQUE BEAUTY

ON THE BALTIC

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia
Things To Do

in St. Petersburg

Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Czars and Saviors

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.

View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the Unusual

St. Petersburg's city center is overflowing with history — why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.

Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city center. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St. Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace — can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?

A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St. Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beet root soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff — yes, that's a Russian dish!

Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

Shopping

St. Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor mall is an essential stop with your St. Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

INSIDER TIP

Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

St. Petersburg, Russia

BAROQUE BEAUTY

ON THE BALTIC

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia
Things To Do

in St. Petersburg

Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Czars and Saviors

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.

View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the Unusual

St. Petersburg's city center is overflowing with history — why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.

Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city center. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St. Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace — can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?

A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St. Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beet root soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff — yes, that's a Russian dish!

Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

Shopping

St. Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor mall is an essential stop with your St. Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

INSIDER TIP

Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

St. Petersburg, Russia

DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
BAROQUE BEAUTY

ON THE BALTIC

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the countless sites of St. Petersburg's UNESCO World Heritage city center, from former royal residences to opulent Orthodox cathedrals. Take an excursion to the picturesque palace of Peter the Great. Or hop a quick ferry ride out to Kronstadt, a small island in the Gulf of Finland, where you can explore the ornate Naval Cathedral and walk along the fortress walls.

View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
View of the Peterhof Palace and fountains in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia
Things To Do

in St. Petersburg

Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Czars and Saviors

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.

View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the Unusual

St. Petersburg's city center is overflowing with history — why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.

Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city center. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St. Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace — can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?

A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St. Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beet root soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff — yes, that's a Russian dish!

Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

Shopping

St. Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor mall is an essential stop with your St. Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

INSIDER TIP

Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Tallinn, Estonia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

TALLINN A DAY'S WORK

Get to know the fairy-tale castles and cobbled streets of Tallinn's medieval Old Town. Or take a rejuvenating escape to one of the idyllic Baltic Sea beaches just outside the city center. Visit the Kunstimuuseum — Kumu, for short — the largest art museum in the Baltics, with Estonian art dating from the 18th century through the Soviet era. Check out Tallinn's two great churches: the ornate St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary the Virgin, with its 14th-century medieval foundations and 18th-century Baroque tower.

Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia
The twin towers of the Viru Gate in Tallinn, Estonia

Get to know the fairy-tale castles and cobbled streets of Tallinn's medieval Old Town. Or take a rejuvenating escape to one of the idyllic Baltic Sea beaches just outside the city center. Visit the Kunstimuuseum — Kumu, for short — the largest art museum in the Baltics, with Estonian art dating from the 18th century through the Soviet era. Check out Tallinn's two great churches: the ornate St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary the Virgin, with its 14th-century medieval foundations and 18th-century Baroque tower.

Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia
The twin towers of the Viru Gate in Tallinn, Estonia
Things To Do

in Tallinn

Close up view of buildings in Tallinn. Estonia

Medieval Roots

From the red-roofted towers of its Town Walls, to the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the smoky pink Riigikogu parliament house, Tallinn's medieval Old Town looks straight out of a fairy tale. Make sure to stop in central Raejoka Plats, a charming square filled with cafes and restaurants.

Aerial view of the business district in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's New-School Side

Estonia was the birthplace of tech giant Skype, after all, and Tallinn's modern central business district reflects this futurism. Meanwhile, the Rotterdam District hearkens back to the pre-Russian Art Nouveau period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A man and a woman walking on a beach in Tallinn, Estonia

Baltic Beaches

Tallinn's beaches are the perfect opportunity to escape the not-so-hectic city center. Pirita Beach in particular is a big draw, with its broad expanse of sand and unique architecture, which dates back to when the USSR hosted the Olympics in 1991.

A herring sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Estonian food mixes Baltic and Russian influences — pickled herring is a common sight on Estonian tables, as is hearty black rye bread. Check out one of the cool cellar restaurants, which are situated on the garden level of warehouse buildings. Try buckwheat blinis with whitefish roe, red onion and sour cream, or pea soup with smoked pork hock. Wash it down with a pint of the local favorite Pohjala beer.

A variety of wooden souvenir viking dolls for sale in Estonia

Shopping

If you want to shop a range of souvenirs, local items and just about anything else you can think of, wander through the outdoor market stalls just outside Viru Gate, in the Old Town. Tallinn's most famous souvenirs include wooden crafts made with Estonian Junpier trees and local chocolates and spirits by brands like Kalev and Vana Tallinn.

INSIDER TIP

Tallinn's Old Town is compact and easily explored by foot, but if you do take a taxi, make sure to negotiate a rate before you start moving.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Stockholm, Sweden

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM

HISTORICALLY HIP

Situated in the middle of an archipelago, Stockholm is Sweden's cultural and political center. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets in the oldest part of Stockholm and along the Skeppsbron dock. Take your time to shop in the cool boutiques, art galleries and antique shops. In summer, join the locals for a swim in Stockholm's clean inner-city waterways.

View of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
View of the Stockholm City Hall in Sweden
Colorful buildings in Stockholm, Sweden

Situated in the middle of an archipelago, Stockholm is Sweden's cultural and political center. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets in the oldest part of Stockholm and along the Skeppsbron dock. Take your time to shop in the cool boutiques, art galleries and antique shops. In summer, join the locals for a swim in Stockholm's clean inner-city waterways.

View of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
View of the Stockholm City Hall in Sweden
Colorful buildings in Stockholm, Sweden
Things To Do

in Stockholm

A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Admire the colorful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.

A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.

Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.

Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood for some top-class husmanskost — traditional Swedish fare — in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upscale spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.

An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

INSIDER TIP

Some museums have free admission, including the Moderna Museet and Historiska Museet.

DAY 11 - Arrival Day

Stockholm, Sweden

HISTORICALLY HIP

A pleasant mishmash of history and modernity, Stockholm offers endless attractions. Visit the Vasa Ship Museum, where you'll see the only preserved 17th-century warship in the world. Or check out the Kungliga Slottet, a baroque palace that serves as the Swedish Royal Residence. In Designtorget at Sergels Torg, you'll find a large choice of household design and functional objects created by up and coming Nordic designers.

View of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
A lion statue near the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
View of the Stockholm City Hall in Sweden

A pleasant mishmash of history and modernity, Stockholm offers endless attractions. Visit the Vasa Ship Museum, where you'll see the only preserved 17th-century warship in the world. Or check out the Kungliga Slottet, a baroque palace that serves as the Swedish Royal Residence. In Designtorget at Sergels Torg, you'll find a large choice of household design and functional objects created by up and coming Nordic designers.

View of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
A lion statue near the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
View of the Stockholm City Hall in Sweden
Things To Do

in Stockholm

A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Admire the colorful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.

A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.

Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.

Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood for some top-class husmanskost — traditional Swedish fare — in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upscale spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.

An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

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