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Baltic Heritage Cruise, August 13 - 26 2000
Please click on the links below for a summary of our activities and what there is to do and see in each port of call.
There were a variety of excursions available in each port, reasonably priced, but the only ones we went on were those in St Petersburg, as we felt it wasn't fair to either Howard [or the other passengers] to drag him around on organised trips. We split the tours between us in St Petersburg, so he wasn't taken to the Hermitage/Winter Palace, but he did go on the city tour and canal trips, both fine for young children with plenty of stops.
Overall, my impressions gained of the cities, in few hours visit, are that, Oslo is dirty, but has interesting museums and is crowded. Copenhagen is nicer, fun and enjoyable, for younger people. Stockholm, more 'refined. Airey, spacious and clean but expensive. Helsinki - a bustling city, but full of rubbish. Cheaper than the others. If it had been clean, it would have been my favourite. The glass is everywhere underfoot:( St Petersburg is just different, diverse, fascinating, full of history, and definitely worth another visit. Tallinn - delightful, pretty medieval buildings, clean and friendly. Travemunde - a very pleasant bustling seaside resort, just right for winding down after a busy schedule.