9 Jul - 22 Jul 1998, 14 Days, visiting UK, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia & Russia

Cruise no: 515

A voyage in the clean, fresh light of the North, from the spectacular fjords of Norway's Atlantic coast to the high civic culture of the Hanseatic towns. You will visit Sognefjord, Visby on the island of Gotland, with its extraordinary concentration of medieval churches in the Baltic-gothic style, and of course St Petersburg where you explore the Winter Palace, the cathedral of St Isaac and the Hermitage with its perhaps unrivalled collection.


Thu 9 Jul Embark on Minerva by Tower Bridge in the Pool of London and sail down the Thames estuary into the open sea.
Fri 10 Jul-
Sat 11 Jul
Enjoy two days at sea settling in on board Minerva. Meet fellow passengers at our Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner.
Sun 12 Jul From the port of Bergen we drive to Troldhaugen where we have the opportunity to enjoy the music of Edvard Grieg and view the Fantoft Stave Church. Alternative drive along the Hardanger Fjord, viewing the dramatic Steinsdalsfossen waterfall.
Mon 13 Jul Today we take the famous Flam railway which climbs over 2,800 feet on its 12.5 mile journey. Alternative excursion to Voss continuing after lunch by coach through magnificent mountain scenery and rejoining the ship at Gudvangen.
Tue 14 Jul A full day at sea to relax on deck.
Wed 15 Jul A full day to explore the main sites of Copenhagen. There are alternative excursions to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek or Roskilde with its cathedral and Viking ship museum. We spend the evening in port.
Thu 16 Jul A day at sea to enjoy Minerva's many facilities.
Fri 17 Jul A morning call to the attractive Hanseatic town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. Sail at lunch time.
Sat 18 Jul This morning we call at the Estonian capital of Tallinn where we take a sightseeing walking tour through the attractive Old Town. Alternatively visit the restored Manor Houses in the Lahemaa National Park.
Sun 19 Jul-
Mon 20 Jul
Arrive early morning in St Petersburg. During our time in this historic city we visit a number of the most famous sites including the magnificent Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Palace.
Tue 21 Jul Our final day at sea with time to reflect with our lecturers on all that we have seen on our voyage. We arrive in Stockholm in the early evening.
Wed 22 Jul We view some of the highlights of Stockholm this morning, the medieval Old Town, the majestic Royal Palace and the City Hall. Continue to the airport for our return flight to London.


DR ALAN BORG: Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and formerly Director General of the Imperial War Museum.
THE REVEREND MARK OAKLEY: Chaplain to the Bishop of London and Deputy Priest in Ordinary to the Queen.
PETER UNWIN: Author of 'Baltic Approaches' (1996), an overview of the Baltic Sea Regions. Before his retirement he was Ambassador to Denmark and Hungary.
SVETLANA K LLOYD: Lecturer in History of Costume at Ravensbourne and Croydon Colleges of Art.

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