Explore the magnificent cities of the Baltic as you sail on board Golden Horizon in the company of the former VTA cruise director

The Baltic is home to some of the finest cities in Europe and you will discover three of the greatest - St Petersburg, Stockholm and Helsinki - on this unforgettable trip on board the stylish Golden Horizon.

What is more, this trip is a chance to rekindle the friendship, fun, informative lectures and fascinating itineraries that made the VTA experience so special. Added to which, you will be joined by the ever-popular cruise director and performer, Richard Sykes, for a week as you sail back from Stockholm - a chance not only the chance to get together with fellow VTA companions but join Richard in the piano bar.

In Helsinki, the charming Finnish capital, you will appreciate the city's superb architecture while enjoying its lively atmosphere, coffee shops and cocktail bars. There will also be time to savour the delicious seafood and locally-sourced produce for which Helsinki is famous.

In St Petersburg, you will have time to explore the amazing city - from the spectacular Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and impressive Peterhof Palace, to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Alexander Park. You will also enjoy a very special included excursion to the wonderful Hermitage, away from all the crowds. You will admire the staterooms, the small throne room and the Emblem Hall and the Old Hermitage with its amazing art collection including two from Leonardo Da Vinci.
The experiencecomes to a fitting end as you enjoy a glass of Champagne as you listen to the sounds from the State Hermitage Orchestra.

After two days in St Petersburg is is on to Sweden's two two major cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Both offer world-class shopping, fascinating histories, a friendly atmosphere and an outstanding selection of restaurants and bars - all set amid beautiful Scandinavian scenery.

You will also be sailing at the perfect time of year to explore the Baltic: when the summer weather and long hours of daylight bring this delightful part of northern Europe to life.

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Richard Sykes
Cruise Director and entertainer
Richard is a veteran Cruise Director, having been at sea for 20 years and a Cruise Director since 2004. Voyages to Antiquity provided his last permanent position between 2016 and 2018. Since then, he’s worked as a relief CD for Fred. Olsen and as a consultant. His career has taken him from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Galapagos Islands and the Gulf of Thailand. Far from retired or retiring, he now works as a writer and performer throughout the UK.

Price includes

  • 21 nights' luxury accommodation on Golden Horizon, the world's largest square-rigged sailing ship in a choice of three cabin grades (all with outside views)
  • All on-board meals, plus selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner when served in the main restaurant
  • 12 port visits, including Gothenburg, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm​, Visby and Kristiansand plus optional excursions†
  • Enjoy a special out-of-hours tour of the Hermitage, glass of Champagne and performance from the Hermitage State Orchestra

  • Talk, Q&A session and drinks with Richard Sykes

  • Performance(s) in the Piano Bar with Richard Sykes

  • Free Wi-Fi, entertainment and activities on board
  • Gratuities and service charges
  • Choice of five bars/cafes
  • Fitness classes and gym access
  • Use of the watersports and marina
  • Room service
  • Pre- and post-cruise hotel options available in Harwich

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Jul 3, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Duration
22 Days
Price per person
£4,599*
* Prices are based on two sharing a D2 cabin. Subject to availability. Deposit: 15% at time of booking. All cabins have outside view. Upgrades are available at a supplement. Single supplement applies. Call for pre and post-cruise hotel options. **For full deposit and cancellation information, visit tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. †Optional excursions are available at a supplement. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health requirements. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Harwich
    Harwich, United Kingdom

    Historic Harwich is more than just the starting point of your magical cruise around the Baltic. It has a character and history of its own, and is thought to be the place from which the Mayflower took the first Puritan settlers to America. Indeed, the 16th-century Landguard Fort still overlooks the harbour entrance.

    If you arrive early, you can choose to take a foot-ferry tour of the harbour or head out on a seal-spotting voyage from the pier, where sightings are extremely likely. Alternatively, borrow a bicycle to explore the ancient oak woods and nearby country villages or, if the sun is shining, relax on Dovercourt Bay, a sand-and-shingle beach with Blue Flag eco-certification. Entertainments to enjoy here range from a cooling ice cream on the beach to two cast-iron lighthouses, plus there is a fun boating lake just behind. You will set sail on the Golden Horizon feeling refreshed and ready for your trip.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    At Sea
    North Sea, United Kingdom

    Relax in your stylish, sea-view cabin and dine with fellow adventurers in the Golden Horizon's elegant, wood-panelled, two-level dining room.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Skagen
    Skagen, Denmark

    After a day at sea, you will arrive in Denmark and the charming town for Skagen, known for its craft shops, galleries and distinctive yellow houses. But before reaching Skagen itself you'll have the chance to enjoy an unusual natural wilderness known as the Råbjerg Mile. Moved 18 metres northeast each year by prevailing winds, it is Northern Europe's largest migrating sand dune - a perfect place for a stroll along the coast to enjoy the fresh air and dramatic views.

    To the north, on the other side of Skagen, lies Grenen, whose long spit is also Denmark's northernmost point. It's easily reached by the Sandormen or 'Sand Worm' bus, which is pulled along by a tractor through the sands. As well as looking out for seals and porpoises, other ways to spend your day here include a scenic cycling tour, enjoying coastal views on Skagensbanen's narrow-gauge train line, visiting a teddybear museum, and taking a guided culinary walk to get a first-hand introduction to the local cheeses and sweets.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Kalundborg
    Kalundborg, Denmark

    An attractive coastal city of church spires and smart red roofs, Kalundborg is a happy, welcoming place on the northwestern coast of Denmark's largest island, Zealand, which dates back to 1200. Its standout highlight is undoubtedly the enchanting medieval town, where the most impressive buildings include the Church of Our Lady and former Bishop's Palace. You will also find pretty gardens and bustling flea markets to explore, with enticing cafés never too far away offering the chance for a well-earned rest and slice of cake.

    Close to Kalundborg is the 10-mile long Røsnæs peninsula, which as well as offering dramatic scenic landscapes also features a group of prehistoric tombs known as dolmens, an 18-hole golf course, a lighthouse and, perhaps surprisingly, Denmark's largest vineyard.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    At Sea
    Baltic Sea,

    Relax onboard the magnificent Golden Horizon, walk around the beautiful deck, find a quiet corner in the stylish library, book a treatment in the spa, and enjoy the on-board entertainment.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Liepaja
    Liepaja, Latvia

    When you first spot Liepāja, which lies on a long sandy stretch of Latvia's west coast, it looks every inch a pretty holiday resort. Beyond its enticing sandy beach, however, there are more unexpected and interesting historical attractions, including a group of torpedo boats and a notorious Nazi prison from the Second World War.

    The city is also known for its music: the park beside Liepāja Beach contains a monument to famous Latvian rockers Līvi, while the Alley of Fame celebrates other successful local acts. Not far from Liepāja is the castle town of Grobina, where you have the chance to ride on a Baltic Viking barge or visit family-run wineries that make alcoholic drinks from local produce such as strawberries and rhubarb.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    At Sea
    Baltic Sea,

    Relax onboard the magnificent Golden Horizon, try your hand at the sailing experience, enjoy shows from talented local performers and taste the world's finest whisky and gin in Debeljak's premium on-board bar.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Helsinki
    Helsinki (Helsingfors), Finland

    Today, you will arrive in a city offering one of the highlights of your Baltic adventure: Finland's buzzy capital, Helsinki. The place thrums with life during the summer, as everyone savours the mild temperatures and long, light-filled days. Full of lively cocktail bars and busy coffee houses, Helsinki is a wonderfully-designed city, easy to navigate and yet also stylish, artistic and boasting an infectious atmosphere.

    A good place to start your visit are the pioneering glassware and textile boutiques near the Design Museum. But keep looking around you as you explore because the city's architecture is superb, with the art nouveau and modernist schools both represented. The 'New Nordic' food served in the many highly-rated restaurants is also excellent: expect fresh foraged mushrooms and berries to feature on the menu alongside delicious locally-sourced meats such as snow grouse and salmon. For a day-trip, nearby Porvoo has a splendid cobbled old town. And if you're feeling active, why not hike to the Nuuksio National Park's gorges or kayak around Helsinki's archipelago of islands.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Kotka
    Kotka, Finland

    The seaside port of Kotka is only a short distance north of Helsinki but it feels part of a much quieter and slower-paced world. Found on the estuary of the River Kymi, it has a rich history - celebrated in the Maritime Museum of Finland - and lots of delightful green spaces, including Sapokka Water Garden, which has been established in an old sea bay, and the stately Sibelius Park.

    You will stop for a full day here, allowing plenty of time to explore inland. You could choose to go rafting along Kymi's rapids or stroll along raised boardwalks around the Valkmusa National Park's marshes and bird-rich wetlands. There are also lots of local cycling trails (and city bikes to borrow) plus a two-kilometre contemporary Sculpture Promenade in Kotka itself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Days
    10-11
    St Petersburg
    St Petersburg, Russia

    Unquestionably one of Europe's greatest cities, St Petersburg was built by Peter the Great to be an awesome display of imperial Russia's growing power and influence during the 18th century. Its city centre is home to a stunning collection of palaces, plazas, cathedrals, spires and canals. When you see its breathtaking architecture for the first time, you will instantly appreciate why it is often known as the 'Venice of the North'.
    Lke Venice it is best explored on foot and you will have plenty of time to take in the spectacular Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and impressive Peterhof Palace, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Alexander Park. You will also enjoy a very special included excursion to the wonderful Hermitage out of hours and away from all the crowds. You will admire the staterooms, the small throne room and the Emblem Hall and the Old Hermitage with its amazing art collection including two from Leonardo Da Vinci. To end this unique experience you will enjoy a glass of champagne as you listen to the sounds from the State Hermitage Orchestra.

    Summer in St Petersburg - including its famous White Nights festival celebrating the near-midnight sun - is a vibrant, joyful time of almost 24-hour light and all-day opening hours. It's a fantastic time of year to discover this exciting and enchanting city.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    12
    At Sea
    Baltic Sea,

    Relax onboard the magnificent Golden Horizon, enjoying meals on board or even complimentary room service* for lazy mornings with breakfast in bed or a private dinner on your own balcony. You can organise optional culinary activities on request such as wine tastings, relax in the spa, or perhaps enjoy a movie under the stars.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    13
    Mariehamn
    Mariehamn (Maarianhamina), Åland Islands

    More than 6,000 individual islands make up the beautiful Åland Islands where, despite being officially part of Finland, the locals often speak Swedish (and English as a second language) but no Finnish at all. On the main island, Fasta Åland, the regional capital Mariehamn is the perfect base from which to explore the region. Culinary delights are the main draw: Michael Björklund and his Smakbyn Restaurant, which sells creative, locally-sourced dishes, is the standout performer, but it also well worth dropping in on the artisan apple juice, chocolate, beer and cheese producers also based here.

    As you tour the area - on a borrowed bike if you choose - look out for unspoilt areas of forest, old windmills and beautiful coastal views, and even one of the ruined Russian fortresses that pepper the coastline.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Days
    14-15
    Stockholm
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Smart, stylish and beautiful, the Swedish capital is one of the gems of the Baltic and one of the must-see destinations on your trip. Sometimes known as the 'city of islands', the city is stretched across 14 different islands, with each offering visitors its own distinctive neighbourhood and atmosphere. Choose your favourites from the cobbles and grand yellow buildings of old town Gamla Stan, trendy Södermalm, and Norrmalm's shops and bars. There's a rich history to discover, too, from Viking relics to a celebration of one of Sweden's more recent cultural conquests at the ABBA Museum.

    Our main excursion pairs a drive with panoramic views with a tour of the Vasa Museum's almost fully intact 17th-century gunship, followed by an evening cruise. Alternatively, you might prefer to look for stylish homeware and handbags in one of Stockholm's fashionable boutiques, or enjoy a guided tour of a local food market. One Stockholm highlight is nigh on compulsory: fika, the Swedish social tradition of enjoying a coffee accompanied by something sweet, ideally a warm cinnamon bun.

    Tonight, Richard Sykes joins you and will be there to welcome you back on board with drinks this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day
    16
    Visby
    Visby, Sweden

    Famous for its flowers and the remains of a medieval church, red-roofed Visby is sometimes known as 'the city of roses and ruins'. Found on the west coast of Sweden's largest island, Gotland, it is a town that changed considerably over the years, evolving from a historic trading port to a popular and lively summer resort. However, signs of Visby's distinguished history remain, including some of the defensive walls and 12th-century towers that circle its UNESCO-listed old town. There are also botanical gardens to visit and local beers to sample at the Hop Shed Brew Pub. Those choosing to explore Visby by bicycle can combine the town's highlights with the sights, sounds and smells of the pretty surrounding countryside.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day
    17
    Karlskrona
    Karlskrona, Sweden

    Part of Sweden's southernmost archipelago of islands, the attractive coastal town of Karlskrona was formed in 1680 when Karl XI decided to build a naval base here to deter Danish invaders. The base remains in operation today, while Karlskrona's charming 17th- and 18th-century baroque architecture has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

    A welcoming, easy-going place, Karlskrona boasts museums displaying everything from submarines and sunken treasure to classic cars and ornate porcelain, plus an impressive old shipyard and fortress. In the unspoilt surrounding countryside, you can also choose to go snorkelling with seals or follow kayaking or cycling routes through the Blekinge Arkipelag biosphere reserve.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day
    18
    At Sea
    Baltic Sea,

    On board, you can choose from a selection of insightful talks from experts on maritime history, astronomy and geography in addition to the engaging insights you can pick up from resident destination speakers, related to the voyage and ports of call.

    Richard Sykes, the former VTA cruise director, will be giving an exclusive talk and Q&A session today in the lecture theatre before joining you for a performance in the Piano Bar.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day
    19
    Gothenburg
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Happy in its position as Sweden's perennially underrated second city, Gothenburg has an appeal and an atmosphere all of its own. Its highlights include impressive examples of neoclassical architecture, a historic tram network, 18th-century ships, 17th-century canals and the leafy Kungsparken (King's Park). Water divides Gothenburg's various islands, which is one of the reasons it is a fantastic place to find and eat deliciously prepared fresh fish. There are also shopping and bar scenes to rival, if not quite eclipse, Stockholm's, and, as this is the craft beer capital of Sweden, many an ale to choose from. 'Sea safaris' on RIB boats look out for seals swimming in the harbour, while excursions to the city's beautiful northern archipelago will lead you to charming fishing huts and pretty Arctic flora.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day
    20
    Kristiansand
    Kristiansand, Norway

    Norway's fifth largest city is also thought to be the country's number one holiday destination. It is certainly a place that native Swedes flock to in the summer. Most then use Kristiansand as a base, venturing further afield to explore the waterfalls and mountains of Setesdal's fjord, with its grassy slopes and attractive thatched villages. Others choose to stay in Kristiansand itself to sunbathe on the small, Blue Flag eco-certified Bystranda beach or take photos of the distinctive white-washed timber walls in the old Posebyen neighbourhood. Your excursion options include enjoying a vintage steamboat cruise up Setesdal, and a high-speed RIB adventure between islands and skerries along the equally spectacular coastline.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day
    21
    At Sea
    North Sea, United Kingdom

    Relax onboard the magnificent Golden Horizon, walk around the beautiful deck, find a quiet corner in the stylish library, book a treatment in the spa and enjoy the on-board entertainment. Richard Sykes will be joining you for a final evening around the piano as you toast a journey that will live long in the memory.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day
    22
    Harwich
    Harwich, United Kingdom

    Your unforgettable Baltic adventure comes to an end as you disembark the Golden Horizon in Harwich.

    Meals - Breakfast

Golden Horizon

Golden Horizon

The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.

Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.

All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.

Style & Character

Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.

The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.

With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.

Facilities & Services

Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.

There are three pools to choose from, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.

Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.

Cabins

All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.

Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living & dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed & guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and canapes.

Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.

Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.

Food & Drink

Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.

Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.

There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.

Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.

Sustainability

Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.

Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Jul 3, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Duration
22 Days
Price per person
£4,599*
* Prices are based on two sharing a D2 cabin. Subject to availability. Deposit: 15% at time of booking. All cabins have outside view. Upgrades are available at a supplement. Single supplement applies. Call for pre and post-cruise hotel options. **For full deposit and cancellation information, visit tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. †Optional excursions are available at a supplement. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health requirements. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Call now to book +442081311583
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