Spectacular scenery awaits visitors throughout the Baltic region, with cruise ships sailing past lush landscapes and travelling to the gateway to Norway’s fjords. Fantastic sights can also be found on the many shore excursions on offer on a Baltic cruise, with a range of countries to visit - each one offering visitors a glimpse into its unique culture and history. Copenhagen is a popular destination for shore excursions and has a wealth of fantastic architectural treasures to explore, with many buildings boasting royal connections. Major attractions include the Little Mermaid Statue, Christianborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal Family until the late 18th century, Amalienborg Palace, the home of Queen Margrethe II, and Rosenborg Castle, built by King Christian IV in the 17th century and the home of the Danish crown jewels.
As the cruise ship passes Latvia, another interesting city can be discovered on excursions to Riga, with a variety of historical and cultural attractions to explore in the oldest parts of the city. Highlights of a Riga excursion include Riga Castle, the official residence of Latvia’s President which dates back to the 14th century, and the Dome Cathedral. The cathedral features a variety of architectural styles that reflect changing cultural influences throughout the city’s history and houses an elaborate organ that is comprised of more than 6,000 pipes.
Another city that should not be missed on a cruise of the Baltic is St. Petersburg, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. St. Petersburg’s rich and turbulent history can be discovered through its architecture and museums, best seen on foot on a day excursion from the ship. One of the most imposing sights in St. Petersburg is St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with a gold-covered dome that is amongst the largest in the world. Amongst other must-see buildings in St. Petersburg, the city’s Hermitage Museum houses many of its historical treasures and provides an insight into St. Petersburg’s past while a number of monuments mark momentous historical figures and events, including the monument to Nicholas I and the Bronze Horseman statue which is a tribute to the city’s founder, Peter the Great.
With such a variety of other cities and cultures to explore on a Baltic cruise, including Helsinki, Berge, Stockholm and Oslo, visitors are treated to a journey into the past as well as the chance to shop, dine and be entertained in the more contemporary parts of the city. Beautiful scenery provides a wonderful setting to relax on board while there is a wealth of attractions to discover on shore. Visiting the areas on a cruise is ideal for those looking for active holidays and relaxing holidays alike.