The power is in your hands on this very special sailing, offering you the unique opportunity to ‘steer the ship’ and guide Braemar on an exciting itinerary of your own choosing. You and your fellow guests will have a few tricky decisions to make, although you’re sure to be captivated no matter where you decide to go as we head towards the Baltic Sea, with opportunities to explore intriguing cultural and historical destinations along the coastlines of Holland, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Germany.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Braemar (3T+) in preparation for the ship’s departure.
Days 2-14 - The North Sea - The Baltic Sea
The fun begins as you get to choose our first destination - a choice between two Dutch destinations. Opt for Amsterdam and you won’t be disappointed by the array attractions on offer, including Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, the Rijksmuseum and the flower market. Alternatively you could divert to Rotterdam and marvel at the Erasmusbrug Bridge as you glide into port, then take time to discover diverse architectural wonders, such as the modern Markthal and 1970s Cube Houses. Then in Denmark, perhaps take in Copenhagen and all of the capital’s highlights, from the Little Mermaid Statue and vibrant Nyhavn district to the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces and world-famous Tivoli Gardens. Or, for something a little less hectic, visit the charming Viking town of Hundested for the chance to tour Kronborg Castle - a formidable Renaissance and Baroque tollhouse considered the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet - and the medieval city of Helsingør. Tallinn - Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital - could be your next stop, offering you the chance to explore the magnificent, UNESCO-listed medieval old town; while the island of Saaremaa - home of Kuressaare Episcopal Castle and the legendary Kaali meteorite craters - is an enticing Estonian option too.
We then sail to Russia for the chance to discover the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, the elaborate Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, the magnificent Catherine Palace and much more during an overnight stay in stunning St Petersburg. Although you won’t have two Russian ports to choose from, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your cruise.
Up next is Finland. Will you choose to visit Helsinki and take in the capital’s collection of museums, galleries and landmarks such as the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence? Or perhaps you would prefer to direct Braemar to the undiscovered island city of Kotka to uncover enchanting parks and gardens, and visit Langinkoski Imperial Lodge - the understated former summer retreat and fishing lodge of Alexander III, set in a beautiful natural landscape. Your final decision is over two UNESCO-listed Hanseatic centres of Germany. You could visit the pretty seaside resort of Travemünde for tours to thriving Lübeck, a former Hanseatic capital; or take in one of the country’s most photogenic destinations, Wismar, with its preserved medieval harbour and important, Brick Gothic cathedral. Whichever port you choose, a scenic cruise along the Kiel Canal will ensure a memorable end to your time in Germany.
Day 15 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.