Highlights of the Baltic Nations
While Sovereign and Horizon will be positioned in the Mediterranean for the summer, Zenith will be operating alternative experiences throughout the continent. The 1,800-capacity vessel will take operate two sailings to the Baltic nations, offering passengers a chance to soak in the delights of a number of iconic cities throughout Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia.
Departing out of the German port of Rostock, each of these seven-night sailings offers a unique sightseeing opportunity. This week, we take a closer look at some of the highlights you can expect to enjoy aboard one of these mesmerising ‘Baltic Capitals’ cruises.
Malmo can be defined by three large squares – all of which are worth visiting and all are located within the centre of the city. Stortoget – the Big Square – is home to a statue of King Karl X Gustav, who was responsible for taking the city from Danish dominion. Connected directly to this by one corner is Lilla Torg – Little Square – which is much more modern and is a popular meeting space for locals to socialise. The other square is Gustav Adolf’s Torg, which is accessible from the other two squares via a pedestrianised street, is a popular place for a spot of retail therapy, with three of the four sides lined with shops.
The impressive medieval landmarks of the Estonian capital are synonymous of a fairy tale, with colourful towering spires, historic castles and red-tiled roofs. Much of this impressive architecture can be seen on a walking tour of the Medieval Old Town, which is home to some fantastic buildings that date back to between the 15-17th centuries. Other impressive buildings include the 19th century domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the historic Toomkirik cathedral, which dates back to 13th century.
St Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city and is known around the worlds for its cultural icons and impressive collection of colourful architecture. If you are looking to catch a glimpse of traditional opera or ballet performance, your best bet may be to head to the blue-coloured Mariinsky Theatre. There are many iconic landmarks St Petersburg, but among the most impressive are the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. In addition to this, the green, blue, yellow and golden colours of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is well worth a visit.
Referred to as the “Daughter of the Baltic”, Helsinki was originally founded in 1550 and was subsequently moulded by the Russian Tsars in 19th century – giving it the feel of a mini St. Petersburg. Surrounded by sea, Helsinki offers a fine mixture of urban and natural elements, with an eclectic range of churches combining with a number of lush green parks. One of the most fascinating landmarks to visit during your call into the Finnish capital is the Church in the Rock. As the name suggests, this church, also known as Temple Square Church, has been literally dug out of solid rock and has a unique design that resembles a UFO.
Wherever you decide to travel on your holidays, Pullmantur Cruises offers a unique all-inclusive atmosphere, where all drinks, meals and on board entertainment is included in the price of your fare. For more information about the range of great-value sailings available or to make a booking, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.