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Keith Maynard's - Top Tips on the Baltic Coast

17 Sep 2015 | by Myles Johnson

The beautiful Baltic Coast is the charm of Northern Europe. Its picturesque coastlines are home to Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, Russia, Poland and the Baltic nations. This vibrant region is steeped in history and natural wonders that are unique to anywhere else in the world. Travelling through the Baltic's is the perfect way to discover rich history, pristine nature and delightful cities. A Baltic Sea cruise is an excellent voyage for all those seeking new adventures, exciting cultures and a new insight into the north of Europe.

The coast of the Baltic Sea is lined with some of the world’s most inviting cities, onboard a Baltic Cruise you’ll feel like an explorer discovering world treasures for the first time. Experience the Nordic charm of Copenhagen; see Viking treasures in Oslo, wander through the pristine forests and a vast archipelago in Stockholm, or visit the Venice of the north in the colourful St Petersburg home to over 342 bridges and elegant canals.

Onboard a stunning  Baltic Cruise guests will take in the scenic beauty of the coastlines which differ in appearance much like its cities and towns which call this part of the world home. From sandy beaches to vast chalk cliffs, and quaint fishing villages to historic city capitals, this part of the world offers the perfect combination of natural wonders, unique cultures and northern charm. 


In today's Baltic Coast feature, World Cruise Expert and Planet Cruise TV host Keith Maynard brings you his essential travel tips to four marvellous destinations on a Baltic Sea Cruise itinerary. St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo will be explored in this feature. Our expert tips will give you insights into some of the best places to visit on your Baltic cruise holiday.

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is Russia’s window to Europe, and no trip here is complete without visiting its many masterpieces. From the world famous Hermitage museum, home to historical artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt, to the uniquely designed church on Spilled Blood. St Petersburg is a fantastic city; with so much to see and try you have your work cut out to fit it all into your stay.



Copenhagen is a Royal capital with a twist. While most European cities are dotted with high rise buildings, Copenhagen has maintained its fishing village charm. Her river banks are aligned with colourful storefronts, next to sailing boats docked in her waters. Copenhagen is perfect for sightseeing on foot, on the saddle of a bike and onboard a river boat. Pastry lovers will be in their element, Kanelbullar is a must try.



Set on the banks of the Oslofjord is the oldest city in Scandinavia whose roots trace back over a thousand years. Oslo is a cosmopolitan metropolis with breath-taking natural wonders and great cultural sites to explore. Oslo isn’t all rugged and unrefined; the city is home to a wonderful culture that can be experienced by discovering the incredible Oseberg ship at the Viking museum, the National Gallery and Sculpture Park plus many more.



The furthest port on a Baltic Sea cruise is the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Spread across 14 different islands and canals this idyllic archipelago is home to a vibrant city that effortlessly blends the old with the new. Each district in Stockholm has its own personality and hidden treasures. Take in all of the delights of Gamla Stan, the largest medieval city centre in the world, visit one of the many fantastic weekend markets and savour the popular Swedish cuisine of köttbullar (Swedish meatballs).


Planet Cruise Weekly - Baltic Destination Special

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