There are so many cultures and countries to experience in the Baltic, the potential activities seem limitless. Each new day might start at a different port and often in a different country. Even seven-day itineraries frequently visit three or four countries, giving travelers a variety of languages, tastes and shore excursions.
Baltic countries have rich histories that stretch back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Venture to Tallinn to see buildings dating back to the 13th century, then on to St. Petersburg to experience famous masterpieces at the Hermitage Museum. Travel to Kiel and the Molfsee, an open-air museum that replicates rural life in this part of Germany during the last 150 years. In Stockholm, tour Gamla Stan, or old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and buildings that date to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Besides snapping shots of the relics of the past, there's plenty of culture to experience in the present. Have a day of thrills at Copenhagen’s world-famous amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Stop by a smokehouse in Ronne to sample the herring and enjoy a Danish beer. Wander the crooked streets in Riga and enjoy a unique mix of medieval and modern architecture.
Shoppers won't be disappointed by the offerings around the Baltic. Hand-knit sweaters, fine crystal, antiques, silver and porcelain are among items that passengers seek in these ports. Find amber, embroidered linens and nice arts and crafts such as wood carvings and painted wood articles in the historic center of Gdansk. Shop for handicrafts in Storatorget Square in Visby. Buy fresh Finnish pastries and souvenirs in Helsinki’s market square.