Sailing to Baltic cities steeped in history and the charming harbors of the north.
Stockholm has been the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden since the 13th century.
Stockholm's core, the present Old Town was built on the central island next to Helgeandsholmen between 1300 and 1500. The strategic and economic importance of the city made Stockholm an important factor in relations between the Danish Kings of the Kalmar Union and the national independence movement in the 15th century. During the latter half of the 20th century, Stockholm became a modern, technologically-advanced, and ethnically diverse city.
Stockholm is Sweden's financial centre.
Stockholm offers plenty of museums, amusement parks, theaters and festivals for tourists to enjoy.
Located at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon, Klaipeda is Lithuania's only seaport.Some of its older buildings have picturesque half-timbered construction, similar to that found in Germany, France, England, Denmark and southern Sweden.
The Soviets transformed Klaipeda, the foremost ice-free port in the Eastern Baltic, into the largest piscatorial-marine base in the European USSR.Until the 1970s, Klaipeda was only important to the USSR for its economy, while cultural and religious activity was minimal and restricted.
There are cinemas, theaters, and multiple museums for tourists to see. There are 6 major shopping centers.
It is Poland's principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is also historically the largest city of the Kashubian region.
Gdansk is an important seaport and industrial center for Poland.
In 1970, Gdansk was the scene of anti-regime demonstrations which led to the downfall of Poland's communist leader Wladyslaw Gomulka. Ten years later the Gdansk Shipyard was the birthplace of the Solidarity trade union movement, whose opposition to the Communist regime led to the end of Communist Party rule in 1989, and sparked a series of protests that successfully overturned the Communist regimes of the former Soviet bloc.
Today Gdansk is a major shipping port and tourist destination and has been the setting for a number of major open air concerts.
Most tourist attractions are located along or near Ulica Dluga (Long Street) and Dlugi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian thoroughfare surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily 17th century) style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates. This part of the city is sometimes referred to as the Royal Road as the former path of processions for visiting kings.
There are also beaches along the Baltic coast to be visited by all.
Copenhagen is a major regional center of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings. Life science, information technology and shipping are important sectors and research & development plays a major role in the city's economy. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure with the largest airport in Scandinavia located 14 minutes by train from the city center, has made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters as well as conventions.
Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbor is so clean that it can be swum in, and 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle. Every day they cycle a combined 1.2 million km.
Since the turn of the millennium, Copenhagen has seen a strong urban and cultural development and has been described as a boom town. This is partly due to massive investments in cultural facilities as well as infrastructure and a new wave of successful designers, chefs and architects. As of 2010, Copenhagen is ranked as the 10th most expensive city in the world according to Forbes.
Skagen is located on the east coast of the Skagen Odde peninsula in the far north of Jutland. With its well developed harbor Skagen is Denmark's main fishing port and also a thriving tourist industry attracting approximately 2 million people annually.
Settlement began in the Middle Ages as a fishing village. Towards the end of the 19th century Skagen became a popular place for impressionist artists. While the population expanded then declined, thanks to the artistic community, local arts and crafts trade remain important to the local economy.
Kristiansand is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. Kristiansand municipality is the 6th largest in Norway with a population of 80,109 as of 1 January 2009. The Kristiansand urban area, entirely located in the municipality, had a population of 64,930 on 1 January 2006, and is thus the 8th largest urban area in Norway.
Kristiansand is located on the southern coast of Norway and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway during the summer months.
Kristiansand has one of the biggest music festivals - Quart Festival - as well as great Salmon fishing, hunting, sailing, boat tours, helicopter tours and many other attractions.
Kristiansand is also home to a great picturesque fish market called 'Fiskebrygga'. Here you can enjoy some fresh seafood at 5 different restaurants or directly from the market. It is built next to the water and we are able to drive our small boat into this area. This is a very popular spot in the summer with boats docked everywhere.
For those who enjoy a locally brewed beer, Kristiansand just this which is called CB. it has a distinctive taste and is very popular with the locals.
Hamburg's official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Hamburg is a major transportation hub in northern Germany and has become a media and industrial center.
There are numerous museums and theaters to visit, as well as touring the architecture of the city. Visitors can tour the city by bus and take part in many of the traditional German festivals that take place throughout the year.