This Soft Expedition cruise will dock in ports where active and gentle pace excursions will be offered, with Zodiac landings in select locations. This cruise will appeal to guests who:

Wish to discover the very best of the Baltic region
Would like to explore unique coastal destinations from aboard the exclusivity of a small ship
Have a passion for food and wine, and want to savour Europe’s most authentic and divine gastronomic delights
Want to discover some of Europe’s most famous cities

Please Note: Prices in AUD$ are available, please contact us for more details.

Highlights


• Enjoy a night of Russian ballet at the Hermitage Theatre

• Cruise along the Baltic Sea coastline and stop to explore the major port cities of Tallinn, Riga and Klaipeda

• Sample a series of gourmet delights including wine, sausages and beer on Bornholm Island

• Sample fine wines of the Bordeaux region during a tasting at the famous Chateau Lanessan

• Explore a Portuguese family estate, where you will enjoy a local wine tasting and an authentic lunch

• Freedom of Choice Sightseeing™ in Mariehamn, Helsinki, Tallinn, on Saaremaa Island, in Klaipeda, on Christianso Island, in Faaborg, Guernsey, Saint Malo, Bordeaux, A Coruna, Lisbon and Portimao

Be met at the airport and be transferred to your small ship. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
In the Finnish town of Mariehamn, you may like to embark on a historic tour, seeing the 18th-century wooden houses, the open-air Jan Karlsgården Museum and the fortress ruins of Bomarsund. Alternatively, take a coastal nature walk, admiring the wildflowers along the way. Later, sail through the 20,000 islands of the Turku archipelago.
Perhaps enjoy a tour of Helsinki, including Senate Square and Mannerheimintie as well as a photo stop at the Olympic Stadium. Otherwise, explore Suomelinna, a World Heritage-listed sea fortress that occupies six small islands.
Embark upon a city tour, including the impressive 18th-century Peter and Paul Cathedral and St Isaac’s Cathedral. Discover the wonders of the Baroque-style State Hermitage Museum. Tonight, be treated to an elegant evening at the Russian ballet at the prestigious Hermitage Theatre.
Visit the opulent Catherine Palace before boarding a hydrofoil for a journey down the Neva River to Peterhof Park and Palace. Stroll the Lower Park, and see the Grand Cascade and the Grand Palace.
In Tallinn, visit Dome Hill, the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Town Hall Square, the Rotermann Quarter and Freedom Square. Otherwise, perhaps embark on a more active hike with your Expedition Team, or partake in a bicycle tour.
Today on Saaremaa Island, enjoy a visit to an Estonian farmhouse for a cooking lesson and lunch with local wine. Alternatively, visit the town of Kuressaare or take a guided nature tour of the island.
Select from two options in Riga, the Latvian capital. Perhaps wander the streets of the historic centre, where the architecture reflects styles from all periods. Visit the Gothic-style St Peter’s Church and admire the stunning views from the observation platform. Alternatively, embark on a kayaking journey through the city’s stunning network of canals.
Arrive on Gotland Island today and be greeted by the World Heritage-listed walled town of Visby. Perhaps enjoy a tour taking in the Kruttornet, a 12th-century tower, as well as the Botanical Gardens. Or head to Graute Farm to learn about life on a local sheep farm. Then sample saffron pancakes and visit the Old Town.
Founded in 1252, Klaipeda was almost destroyed during World War II. Here, perhaps set off on a sightseeing tour including the Martynas Mazvydas Sculpture Park, home to more than 180 works of art. Alternatively, discover the Plokstine nuclear missile launch site and visit the Cold War Museum.
Today visit Christianso Island and choose from three walking tours. Perhaps learn about everyday life on the island; discover the history of the island’s fortress; or embark on a nature walk. Later, arrive on Bornholm Island and traverse the lush countryside for an afternoon of gourmet delights. Taste strawberry wine at Lille Gadegaard Vineyard, visit a beautiful farm to sample some sausages and enjoy a beer tasting at a local brewery located in an old merchant’s house dating back to 1750.
Enjoy a tour in the medieval German city of Wismar, before setting out for Schwerin to visit one of Germany’s most decorative castles. Following a relaxing lake cruise, visit the grand residence of the former Dukes of Mecklenburg. Take in the lovely paintings and admire intricate wooden carvings. After lunch, enjoy free time to further explore the cobbled streets and old harbour.
Begin your transit of the Kiel Canal this morning. Finished in 1914, this 98-kilometre canal cuts through the German state of Schleswig-Holstein linking the Baltic Sea to the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Kiel-Holtenau. Cruising from the North Sea to the Baltic, the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps attend a lecture on the region from your Expedition Team, or enjoy a cocktail on the Sun Deck.
Arrive in the Belgian port of Ostend for your excursion to Bruges. Enjoy a tour of this delightful canal-crossed city before returning to your vessel.
Cruise to Tilbury, where you will disembark for a day taking in the iconic highlights of London.
During a walking tour, take in Guernsey’s highlights including Castle Cornet, an ancient harbour fortress. Alternatively, visit the German Occupation Museum and see its amazing exhibits including a life-size street and bunker rooms.
Journey to the island of Mont Saint-Michel for an energetic walk up the steep path to the exquisite abbey. Continue to Cancale and visit an oyster farm for a tasting. Or perhaps discover Saint Malo’s colourful history on a tour of the old city, including a tasting of local cider and biscuits.
Travel to Locronan, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France. Traces of its Golden age are to be found in its houses built during the Renaissance period. See the 15th-century church and learn about Saint Ronan.
Travel to Bordeaux and enjoy a splendid panoramic tour, followed by a guided walk through Old Bordeaux, including the Place de la Bourse. Alternatively, head to the wine-growing region of Medoc and absorb stunning vistas along the way. Visit Chateau Lanessan estate for a wine tasting and visit its sophisticated Horse Museum.
Today you will dock in Bilbao, where you will enjoy a tour of this fascinating city. Afterwards, visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, taking in its unique blend of exquisite art and architecture. The Guggenheim in Bilbao focuses on postwar painting and sculpture.
Perhaps discover A Coruna’s food scene with a tour from the pier to the local markets, savouring local tapas with fine local wines. Those feeling more active might alternatively like to set off on a bicycle tour, passing by the Galleries, San Anton Castle and the Tower of Hercules.
Head to the spectacular wine country of the Douro Valley. Along the way, stop at Amarante, a small town with charming 16th-century houses. Visit a Portuguese family estate, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, be treated to a traditional lunch with the family, as you learn about their culture and daily life.
Perhaps board Lisbon’s iconic tramcars for a ride through the city’s old quarters, sampling pastries and Port on the way. Or savour the flavours of Lisbon on a guided market tour, sampling treats selected by acclaimed chef Marlene Vieira. Alternatively, take a guided city tour to historic Alfama.
Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of Portimao, including the Old Town and the Portimao Museum. Or ride through the mountains by jeep for a safari to the unexplored Algarve, including a visit to a local firewater (medronho) distillery.
From Cadiz, enjoy a full day to explore Seville. Your tour includes the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palace), and the Christian Cathedral. At the famous bullring, Plaza de la Maestranza and Museum, enjoy a private tour of one of the 18th-century bullrings. Dine at Abades Restaurant for lunch, before a private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show.
Today, embark on a full-day tour to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. See the 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife, before re-boarding your ship in Motril.
Sail into Cartagena and explore the Roman Theatre Museum, with its exhibit items discovered in excavations around the Cathago Nova that explain the theatre’s restoration. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this port city.
Enjoy a trip to Albufera Natural Park, one of the most important wetlands of the Spanish peninsula. Set off to explore by ‘albufarenc’, a rustic small canoe that has been used to sail the area for generations. You might then like to embark on a birdwatching tour through the park, exploring one of Spain’s most interesting birding areas, before lunch. Alternatively, take in an authentic paella cooking demonstration and learn about the local Valencian origins of this classic dish.
Be transferred to the airport upon disembarkation.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change

Superior Suite

$ 40280 NZD pp
Superior Suite
Suites measure approximately 22 m2. Suites feature a large window.

Premium Suite

$ 42480 NZD pp
Premium Suite
Suites measure approximately 20.9m2-22m2. Suites feature private balcony.

Corner Suite

$ 44780 NZD pp
Corner Suite
Suites measure approximately 22m2. Suites feature large dual aspect windows.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

$ 46080 NZD pp
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Suites measure approximately 24.9m2. Suites feature a private balcony.

Island Sky

Vessel Type:  Luxury Small Ship

Length:  90 metres

Passenger Capacity:  116 

Built / refurbished:  1992 / 2010 / 2017

Sister ship to Hebridean Sky. Island Sky and Hebridean Sky are truly sisters. Built in the same Italian Shipyard, both boast spacious, well-appointed suites, stylish common areas, and redundant core technology that allows them to operate smoothly, even under the most challenging of conditions. Both ships are all-suite, all-inclusive small expedition vessels with touches of elegance throughout. The Island Sky is scheduled for additional upgrades in 2017, including the addition of tinted sliding glass doors to all cabins on the Promenade Deck.

Services:

World-Class Cuisine

Complimentary Wine or Beer with Dinner

Live Entertainment

Complimentary Coffee/Tea station

Voyage Photographer

On-board MD and Facilities

Dedicated Passenger Service Manager

Pre-voyage hotel night

Complimentary Expedition Jacket

Facilities:

Elevator serving all passenger decks

Upgraded WIFI Internet

Library with computers

Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform

Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment

Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities

DVD Movie Library

Tinted sliding glass doors in all cabins on the Promenade Deck

World-Class Cuisine:

Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

Accommodations:

All Suites Feature:

Exterior views

Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds

Sitting area with sofa and side chair

Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player

Telephone

Independent temperature controls

Mini-Bar

Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries

Hair dryer

220 square feet or more

Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

Owner's, Penthouse & Veranda Suites:

INCLUDE ALL STANDARD FEATURES PLUS:

En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival

Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)

En suite Nespresso machine

Promenade & Deluxe Suites:

INCLUDE ALL STANDARD FEATURES PLUS:

Tinted sliding glass doors, bringing Antarctica into your suite and giving easy access to the outer deck

En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival

Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)

En suite Nespresso machine available on request

 

Cabin layout for Island Sky
Island Sky

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