The Baltic Sea is the gateway to the enchanted natural beauty of Northern Europe. Our luxury tour and cruise combination offers a unique opportunity to explore the cities and towns of some of the countries that line the Baltic: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Germany. Our sumptuous kosher cruise to this fascinating part of our planet promises a wealth of experiences: from the palaces of powerful emperors and magnificent architecture to one of the world’s oldest museums, St. Petersburg will captivate your imagination. From Tallinn’s Upper Town, view red gabled roofs and spires of Lower Town where you can browse St. Catherine’s Arts and Crafts Centre. Cruise the Stockholm Archipelago – 30,000 islands of dramatic cliffs, tranquil beaches and secluded forests – discover Stockholm’s enchanting cobblestone streets leading to the Royal Palace and into the hub of Old Town. We disembark to discover a new destination daily, leaving you with a profounder understanding of the fascinating places and the charming people that you visit.
Day 1: Monday July 30, 2018: Arrival to Copenhagen
Arrivall to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark till 12:00PM. Meet the tour guide at the hotel. The tour starts at 2:00PM. We will tour the beautiful and largest city in Denmark. During the tour we will see the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, the Stock Exchange and the pedestrian mall that leads from the city center to the port area where the world’s most famous mermaid is located; the Emilianburg palace used by the Queen and her family, and the Gaffon Fountain depicting the creation of Sjealand Island.
Day 2: Tuesday July 31, 2018; Copenhagen – All Aboard
After breakfast we will complete our tour of the city. In the afternoon, we will go to the port and board our luxury vessel, NCL’s Norwegian Beakaway. The ship will serve as our luxurious floating hotel, an opulent and friendly home with multiple luxurious features as well as shows, lectures, recreation and entertainment. The cruise sails at 17:00.
The luxury ship Norwegian Beakaway was launched in 2013. The ship was awarded by USA TODAY The title of the best cruise ship for families.
Features Of The Norwegian Breakaway
* Restaurants * Bars/Cafes
Health and Fitness
* Pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 Jacuzzis * Gym * Greenhouse Spa * Aerobics Studio * Beauty Salon * Thermal Suite * Basketball Court * Practice Tennis Court * Lower Promenade Deck Walk
* Theater * Casino Crow’s Nest Lounge/Nightclub * Explorations Library/Internet Cafe * Explorer’s Lounge * Culinary Arts Center * Neptune Lounge * Hudson Card Room * Club HAL Kids Club * Club HAL Games Room * The Loft Teens Club * The Oasis Teens Deck Area
* Shopping Arcade * Art Gallery * Launderette * Meeting Room * Medical Center
Day 3: Wednesday August 1, 2018: Berlin
The ship will dock at Warnemund Harbor. We will leave the ship and go to Berlin, where we can see historical sites alongside futuristic buildings. Today’s Berlin is a city of Skyscrapers, luxurious shopping centers and a vibrant atmosphere of tens of thousands of tourists. We’ll see the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the city. Next to it is the Reichstag building, the Parliament House of Germany. We will visit the Holocaust Memorial, a large square spread with 2700 concrete blocks of various sizes. We will visit the underground museum displaying the names of the Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. We will continue to visit the Jewish Museum built in the shape of a broken Star of David. We will also visit the new synagogue, which no longer functions as a synagogue but as a Judaica Center. We will stop at Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point between East and West which became a symbol of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. We will see the innovative high-tech design of Potsdam Square before continuing to the remains of the infamous Berlin Wall, the most visible sign of forced separation and the Cold War between East and West. Today, more than twenty years after the fall of the wall, residents still note the victory of freedom and the unification of Germany’s people.
Day 4: Thursday August 2, 2018: At Sea
An opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along to Baltic Sea towards its eastern shores. Today too, we’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers.
Day 5: Friday August 3, 2018: Tallinn, Estonia
We will visit Tallin’s Old Town, and then walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. The Baroque palace at the top is now the seat of the Estonian Parliament. We will continue to a look out over the rooftops of the Lower Town from a scenic viewpoint before returning to our ship to prepare for Shabbat
Day 6: Shabbat August 4, 2018: St. Petersburg, Russia
Today the ship will dock in St. Petersburg, known as the “Venice of the North”. It is the second largest city in Russia. We will not be disembarking, but will spend Shabbat aboard ship. After Shabbat services and Shabbat meals, we’ll enjoy lectures and shiurim, and be able to enjoy the ship’s wonderful, pampering facilities.
Day 7: Sunday August 5, 2018: St. Petersburg, Russia
Today we will tour the city and admire the magnificent squares, the palaces, the sculptures and the monumental architecture. We will visit the Hermitage – the largest museum in the world. The museum once served as the Tsar’s winter palace in Russia and now houses more than 3 million works of art from all over the world. At the end of the visit, we’ll see the warship “Aurora”, which, with a single cannon shot, gave the signal for the outbreak of the October 1917 revolution.
Day 8: Monday August 6, 2018: Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki’s tree-lined avenues, graceful parks, and distinctive architecture make the city a wonderful venue for walking. A coach will take us from the pier to Senate Square, where the Lutheran Church stands near the Senate Building, and the University boasts a neo-Classical style. Along the way we will see the formidable buildings that dominate Helsinki’s skyline—the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and Parliament House. From here, we will begin our walking tour past the central railway station, Eliel Saarinen, to the National Theater and Sanoma Talo. We will return to the pier by coach, and set sail through the night for Stockholm, Sweden.
Day 9: Tuesday August 7, 2018: Stockholm, Sweden
Today we will visit Stockholm, capital of Sweden, a city spread across 14 islands. We will see the imposing City Hall—a magnificent red brick building that was the result of a 12-year effort by combined elite of Swedish construction workers, sculptors, artists and craftsmen. It is renowned for its architecture, murals and mosaics, and as the site of the Nobel Prize Banquet. We will pass through the city center to reach Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) dominated by the Royal Palace. We will continue to stroll along the narrow, twisting alleys and cobblestone streets of this living historical monument, savoring the romantic atmosphere of the buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, with Baroque doorways and regal Coats of Arms. We will also visit the Stortorget (Great Square)—the hub of the Old Town on which the Stock Exchange stands—now the home to the Swedish Academy.
Day 10: Wednesday August 8, 2018: At Sea
An opportunity to truly enjoy ALL the ship has to offer as we sail along to Baltic Sea towards its eastern shores. Today too, we’ll be able to enjoy lectures, movies, shows and entertainment in the ships numerous theaters and entertainment centers. How about some Baccarat in the Casino? Or some last-minute duty free shopping? An Art auction, maybe?
Day 11: Thursday August 9, 2018: Copenhagen, Denmark – Back home
This morning we’ll anchor in Copenhagen. We’ll disembark and bid farewell to Northern Europe. It’s been fantastic!
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* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.
- Air-conditioned tourist coach
- 4* hotel base on half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
- Kosher full board during the cruise
- Professional experienced English-speaking guide
- Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for local service providers
- International flights
- Personal expenses and services
- Travel Insurance
- Tips during the cruise ($126 per person)
- Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Important to Know:
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
- The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Kashrut on Tours
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-89 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-59 days prior to departure: $1500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.