Highlights
  • Spend three days exploring magnificent St. Petersburg, Russia, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great.
  • Examine ancient history and modern heritage in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland.
  • In Denmark, discover the setting for Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover some of the world’s most fascinating cities on this comprehensive voyage to countries along the Baltic Sea, including the Baltic States, Scandinavian capitals, and Russia. Experience the ornate domed palaces of St. Petersburg, discover the University of Rostock, explore Lithuania’s oldest city, and roam the 'Paris of the Baltics' in Latvia.

Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Baltic Sea
Ship Name
  • Oceania Marina

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
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  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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  • Value 2.0
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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive Copenhagen, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Copenhagen Strand Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 PM. If your room is not ready, the concierge will hold your luggage and you can explore the city.

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Each evening before dinner, we will review the schedule for the upcoming day with you. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are welcome to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship (most free of charge, some at extra cost) that are separate from the Road Scholar program. You will see a number of places in the daily schedule designated as free time when you can choose to do what you like and create an experience that is even more enriching, rewarding, and memorable. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. For our port in St. Petersburg, Russia, Russian visas can be obtained on board as long as you are joining the Road Scholar field trips. If you wish to leave the group and do any independent exploration, a visa must be purchased in advance. Without the proper visa, you will not be able to leave the Road Scholar group.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a three course plated meal, plus a glass of wine, water, coffee, or tea (other beverages available for purchase).

Evening: At leisure.

Day 3: Explore Copenhagen, Embark Oceania Marina, Depart

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 1/2 miles throughout the day with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a buffet breakfast that includes water, coffee, and tea.

Morning: Depart the hotel for a panoramic introduction to Copenhagen with a local expert, travel past City Hall and Tivoli Gardens, as well as the old Stock Exchange with its spire formed by entwined dragon's tails. Other sights include the colorful harbor of Nyhavn, the fairy-tale castle of Rosenborg (home of the Danish Crown Jewels), the Christiansborg Palace and the Danish Parliament Building. Stop for a short stroll and photo opportunity at Amalienborg Palace Square, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The spacious octagonal palace square is surrounded by four identical rococo palaces and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful palace squares in Northern Europe. You will also discover the tranquil and lush area around the Kastellet Citadel - a 17th-century bastioned fortification that today serves as a popular public park and home to the Gefion Fountain and the St. Alban's Anglican Church. Pause in Humlebaek to discover the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 3,000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated meal based on contemporary Danish cooking. Includes water and tea or coffee.

Afternoon: After lunch, join your Study Leader to travel to Elsinore for a view of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Later in the afternoon, transfer to the dock via private motorcoach to board the Oceania Marina, our home for the next 10 nights. Prior to dinner, join your fellow participants and Group Leader for a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party! The ship departs Copenhagen at 9:00 PM.

Dinner: Join your Study Leader for a welcome dinner aboard the Marina in the beautifully appointed Grand Dining Room. Enjoy European-inspired cuisine featuring a variety of delectable appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees, plus water, coffee, or tea.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy one of the many activities such as live performances, movies, live music, ship library and spa.

Day 4: Arrive Warnemunde, Germany, Rostock Field Trip

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship choose from a variety of breakfast dishes plus water, coffee, or tea.

Morning: Docking at Warnemunde, we’ll board a private motorcoach for a scenic drive to the Hanseatic City of Rostock with commentary from a local expert. After arriving in Rostock, explore the top sights by coach and by foot. While other towns pay homage to glass and aluminum, the buildings in this old Hanseatic city pay tribute to diverse architectural eras, from the medieval city center to the 19th century villas. Discover many of the sights of Mecklenburg Vorpommern’s largest city on foot. See the University of Rostock, founded in 1419 – the oldest and largest university in Northern Europe. You will pass Kropeliner Strasse and Gate – one of four of the 22 original city gates to survive the ravages of time. The Hanseatic trade route of the League once began here. Kroepeliner Strasse is a popular boulevard for pedestrians with many stores and cafes. It is lined with many gabled houses from the 17th and 19th centuries. Here you will also see the Fountain of Joy with its cheerful bronze sculptures.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our local expert will suggest restaurants for you to try, or choose to enjoy a leisurely lunch back onboard.

Afternoon: This time is on your own to see and do what interests you most in Rostock. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 10:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture about the Baltic ports we’ll be visiting on our journey.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After lunch join your study leader for another educational lecture. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the ship. Your daily schedule in your cabin will inform you of the various onboard activities you can choose to enjoy.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Arrive Klaipeda, Lithuania, Old Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Lithuania's third largest city, Klaipeda, has been in and out of the hands of the Russians, Swedes, and Germans. Walking into the Old Town from the port, and led by our local expert, see the intersection of cultures at the St. Mergeles Marijos Taikos Karalienes Church tower and walk through Anika Square. Afterwards learn about how East Prussia and the Klaipeda region were formed at the Lithuania Minor Historical Museum and how Klaipeda developed from the 13th to the 20th century.

Lunch: We'll return to our ship for a leisurely lunch on board.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free for you to enjoy. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Arrive Riga, Latvia, Old Town Exploration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the biggest city in the Baltic States, with a population of nearly 1 million. The last 15 years of independence and two years as a member of the European Union have brought great changes and development to the city and to the country itself. During the city exploration you will have a chance to discover the history of Riga on foot. You will get acquainted with the 13th century St. Peter's, St. George's and St. John's churches and walk through the medieval John's yard. In the Old Town you will also see the medieval dwelling houses known as the "Three Brothers" and the Large and Small Guild buildings. The excursion will take you to the center of the Old Town - the Dome Square, where you will see the magnificent Dome Cathedral. We'll travel through the boulevards of Riga's city center with its fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will pass by the symbol of Latvian independence - the Freedom Monument, which was erected in 1935 during Latvia's initial period of independence and was at the heart of the Latvian freedom movement in the late 1980s.

Lunch: After returning to port with a panoramic view of Riga en route, enjoy lunch on board the ship or choose to try a restaurant on your own in town.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 3:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Helsinki, Finland, Villa Kokkonen, Downtown Field Trip

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Arriving in Helsinki, travel by coach outside of the city to the scenic shores of Lake Tuusula. Here, visit Villa Kokkonen, the home and atelier (studio) of famous architect Alvar Aalto. Designed by Aalto to be a home for music, Villa Kokkonen offers unique architecture and stunning views of Lake Tuusula.

Lunch: With your group, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Your day continues with a guided city tour in Helsinki taking in the most important and interesting parts of this famous city such as the historical center, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. See the icebreaker fleet before passing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Parliament building, and Market Square. Afterwards, visit Temppeliaukio, also known as the Church of the Rock. Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is located in the heart of Helsinki. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 7:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Arrive St. Petersburg, Russia, City Trip, Peterhof Palace

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: VISA NOTE: Russian Visas can be obtained on board as long as participants are joining the Road Scholar excursion. If participants wish to do any independent exploring outside of the group, they MUST purchase a visa in advance. Without a visa, participants will not be able to leave the group.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Arriving in St. Petersburg, we’ll spend three days exploring one of the most unique Russian cities founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Boarding a motorcoach at the docks, we’ll have a broad city overview with onboard commentary and photo opportunities at several sites. As we ride through the country’s second largest city, we’ll gain an insight into the cultural capital of Russia. Originally settled by Swedish colonists, they built a fortress at the mouth of the Neva River that served as the center of the small town of Nyen. Czar Peter the Great captured the territory in 1703 and replaced the fortress, marking the beginning of the new city. Built by conscripted laborers, Peter wished to modernize the Russian Empire as well as create a port on the Baltic Sea. Under Peter’s vision, the city would become a center of culture and learning, hosting world class academies and museums in traditional Russian and Neoclassical architecture.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our local expert will suggest restaurants for you to try.

Afternoon: Via motorcoach we’ll travel west just outside of the city to Peterhof, the magnificent residence of Peter the Great that looks north out across the Baltic. An expert will lead us through the property, gilded with gold, royal portraits, and gifts from around the world, and the gardens, which build greatly off of French and English influences. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the “Russian Versailles” for its grandeur and extravagance and for the Palace it was inspired by.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: Catherine’s Palace, Peter and Paul Cathedral: St Petersburg

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Led by a local expert, our exploration of St. Petersburg continues with a field trip via motorcoach to Catherine’s Palace, the lavish summer palace of the imperial family until the Russian Revolution. Under the order of Peter the Greats wife Catherine I, the palace was constructed in 1717 as a summer residence on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Her daughter Empress Elizabeth found the palace outdated barely 40 years later and had it demolished and rebuilt in the flamboyant Rococo style that was popular in Western Europe – most notably, Paris. Catherine the Great further added to the palace with her passion for antiquity and Neoclassical art. The new 1,000 ft long palace was adorned with 220 pounds of gold and complimented by ornate and geometric gardens.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our local expert will suggest restaurants for you to try.

Afternoon: We’ll return to St. Petersburg via motorcoach, passing the fabulous Peter and Paul Cathedral, which was completed in 1733, making it one of the oldest landmarks in the city. Tsars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II are buried here, along with other members of the royal family. You will also pass the Aurora, the cruiser that signaled the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution, the beautiful Field of Mars, and the Marble Palace as you make your way to the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral, both excellent spots to take pictures. Returning to the ship, you will pass the famous equestrian statue of Peter the Great.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Hermitage Museum, Depart: St Petersburg

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Departing from the docks via private motorcoach with a local expert, we’ll visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and opened to the public nearly 90 years later, the Hermitage features the largest collections of paintings in the world numbering over three million, though only a small portion of that is on display. The works of art in the museum include not just paintings and artifacts but the buildings themselves, being located within six historic buildings including the Winter Palace, which was the Russian monarch’s official royal residence from 1732 until 1917. In addition to a vast collection of archeological finds from antiquity, the Hermitage has one of the largest collections of Dutch masterpieces in the world. Following the conclusion of our visit, we will return to the Oceania Marina.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our local expert will suggest restaurants for you to try.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: Arrive Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town, Free Afternoon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Oceania Marina

Activity note: Walking approximately one mile with long periods of standing on cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Making call in Tallinn, Estonia, we’ll board a motorcoach at the port and ride to the Upper Old Town, situated atop a 150 foot cliff. Disembark the coach at Tall Hermann tower and explore the town on foot. View the Parliament building, which once used to be a stronghold for the nobles living on Toompea Hill. Visit the most dominating building on the square – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church built in the style of Moscow churches of the 17th century and decorated with mosaics and icons. Peek inside and see for yourself an example of orthodox sacral building. Walk a short distance to reach a viewing point that offers a beautiful view over the Lower Old Town with its dwelling houses, towers, churches and spires rising above the cluster of red-tiled roofs. We'll continue our exploration with a visit to the Lower Old Town. Passing Long Street you will see the simple, yet eye-catching façade of the Holy Ghost Church with its only external ornament - the oldest public clock in town. Standing opposite is the building of the Great Guild of Merchants, members of which could also become members of the ruling body – the town council. Stop at the Town Hall Square which is inarguably the heart of Old Town and the center of Tallinn’s network of medieval streets. The Old Town of Tallinn is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as a living museum. View the Town Hall building, completed in 1404, and preserved almost fully intact in its original Gothic form. Here the town rulers used to gather, make important decisions, and pass legislation. On the other side stands one of the oldest drug stores in Europe, opened in 1422. Here one could purchase different kind of cures for combating diseases - from bat powder to snakeskin.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our local expert will suggest restaurants for you to try, or choose to enjoy a leisurely lunch back onboard.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do more of what interests you most. The Oceania Marina is scheduled to depart at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Arrive Stockholm, Sweden, Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Disembarkation begins. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,895

Price Per Day:

$ 530 per day
 
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Details
Ship Name

Oceania Marina

Ship Stats
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Gross Tonnage: 66,084
  • Length: 784.95 feet
  • Beam: 105.646 feet
  • Maximum Draught: 24 feet
  • Stabilizers: Yes
  • Cruising Speed: 20 knots
  • Guest Decks: 11
  • Total Decks: 16
  • Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
  • Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)
  • Staff Size: 800
  • Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.567 to 1
  • Nationality of Officers: European
  • Nationality of Staff: International
  • Country of Registry: Marshall Islands
Ship Description

Marina blends sophistication with a contemporary flair to create a casually elegant ambiance. From the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning Owner's Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, designer touches are everywhere, highlighting the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Marina personifies the Oceania Cruises experience.

Intimate and luxurious, Marina retains the same warmth and charm of her acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, Marina offers even more choice and some enticing new amenities. Designed for epicureans and travel connoisseurs, Marina offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. The Culinary Center is the only hands-on cooking school at sea, featuring a range of enriching cooking classes by master chefs. Similarly, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in arts and crafts in Artist Loft enrichment center. Baristas, our signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and coffee and freshly made pastries. Intimate lounges abound. Accommodations in every category are incredibly spacious, especially with regard to the lavish bathrooms.

Yet remarkably, with so many additions, the onboard ambiance and experience remains comfortably familiar. We have retained everything our guests adore about our ships and raised the bar even higher. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Trip Includes
  • 11 nights of accommodations
  • 2 expert-led lectures
  • 15 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 11 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Copenhagen Strand Hotel: 1 night  Copenhagen

Copenhagen Strand Hotel is a three star hotel located in one of the original warehouses on the Copenhagen harbor front. The historic buildings have been restored and the hotel’s interior design offers a rustic style with a maritime touch, some bedrooms have view of the harbor and the promenade.

Start City
Copenhagen
End City
Stockholm

Trip ID#: CelCitRoa

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