Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this spectacular 11-night, seven-country Baltic Sea program. By special arrangement, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former President of Poland Lech Walesa. Cruise for nine nights under the spectacular “White Nights of Summer” aboard the deluxe m.s. Le Boréal and spend one night in a deluxe hotel in Norway’s beautiful capital, Oslo. Cruise the Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway. En route, discover the stunning architecture of Helsinki, Finland, and Copenhagen, Denmark; revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia; and immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of Gda‘nsk, Poland. This enlightening cruise also features two days in regal St. Petersburg including an early-opening tour of the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet two former world leaders:
    •Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
    •Former President of Poland Lech Walesa.
  • Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural riches of the Baltic States on this enlightening nine-night cruise during the fabled “White Nights of Summer.”
  • Cruise aboard the m.s. Le Bor&ecute;al, an intimate vessel combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the spacious and deluxe outside suites and staterooms.
  • Spend one night in a deluxe, centrally located hotel in Oslo, Norway’s beautiful and sophisticated capital city.
  • Enjoy an excursion in Helsinki, highlighted by a visit to Temppeliaukio Church, a private concert at the Sibelius Academy, and a drive along the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Admire one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art during a special early-opening tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
  • Visit St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and its impressive Baroque Cathedral, burial place of Russia’s czars from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
  • Marvel at the expansive gardens and palace of Peter the Great during a visit to Petrodvorets.  Travel to the historic property by hydrofoil.
  • Enjoy a visit to the opulent home of Catherine the Great in Pushkin.   Specially arranged is the visit to the Amber Room
  • Explore the historic and medieval quarters on a walking tour of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Tour of the historic port of Gda‘nsk with a visit to the 14th century Artus Court
  • See Copenhagen’s stunning architecture during an exclusive city tour and canal cruise.
  • Complement your journey with the two-night Pre-Program Option in Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital of Stockholm.
  • Enjoy the three-night Post-Program Option featuring two rail journeys, a fjord cruise, one overnight in the heart of Norway’s fjord country and two nights in the Hanseatic city of Bergen.


Ernest H. Ern, Senior Vice President

Ernie and his wife, Petie, came to Charlottesville in 1962 and Ernie taught in the Department of Geology, later the Department of Environmental Sciences, for 39 years. Concurrently, he held administrative positions as Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Student Affairs and from 1993 to 2001, Senior Vice President of the University. From 1989 to 2001 the Erns lived on the Lawn in Pavilion X. His scholarly work includes analyses of geological conditions related to mining in the Appalachian region, as well as detailed analyses of rock formations in central Virginia and the Appalachian region. In 1998, Ern received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity. (Greece ’07, Dalmatian Coast ’08, Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps ’10, America the Beautiful: National Parks ’11, Canadian Rockies ’12)


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Depart US

Depart from the U.S.

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Stockholm, Sweden/Embark the M.S. le Boréal

Arrive and transfer to the deluxe M.S. le Boréal and depart for Helsinki, Finland.

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Helsinki, Finland

On the afternoon tour of Finland’s dynamic capital, see the old fortifications of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stately Senate Square, lively Market Square and the diplomatic quarter of Kaivopuisto. Tour the modernistic Temppeliaukio Church, or “Church of the Rock,” impressively hewn out of natural bedrock. Then, visit Sibelius Park, where Eila Hiltunen’s remarkable sculpture honors Finland’s most beloved composer, Jean Sibelius. Enjoy a private concert in the prestigious Sibelius Academy. This evening, join the Captain for a special welcome reception and dinner.

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter the Great founded the majestic city of St. Petersburg in 1703 as his “Window on the West.” Enjoy exploring the city’s legendary landmarks, which are scattered across more than 100 islands linked by six times as many bridges. St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospect, showcases exquisite examples of Russian Baroque and neoclassical architecture. On the morning tour, see the beautiful Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on the site of Emperor Alexander II’s assassination, and the 19th century St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with a striking golden dome that is one of the glories of the city’s skyline. Visit St. Petersburg’s first building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, constructed to secure the country’s access to the sea. See the impressive Baroque Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, containing the tombs of 32 czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs.

This afternoon, experience the splendid parklands and palace of Petrodvorets, a UNESCO World Heritage site, commissioned by Peter the Great. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil, skimming over the Gulf of Finland.

The evening is at leisure. Optional opportunities are offered to attend a ballet performance held in the Hermitage or Palace Theater or a Russian folklore show performed in the Nikolaevsky Art Center.

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St. Petersburg

Today, see one of the world’s greatest art repositories on the specially arranged, early opening tour of the incomparable State Hermitage Museum, former czarist palace of Catherine the Great. The spectacular collection is rivaled only by the museum’s ornate interiors.

The afternoon thrill to the majesty of the imperial compound of Pushkin and Catherine the Great’s elaborate rococo palace, highlighted by a special visit to the extraordinary Amber Room.

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Tallinn, Estonia

Having largely escaped the ravages of World War II, Tallinn’s Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, has remained virtually unchanged for the past 600 years. During the walking tour, see Toompea Castle, the landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the 13th-century Church of St. Nicholas, and visit the medieval Town Hall, the only intact Gothic style hall in Northern Europe. The afternoon is at leisure in Tallinn.

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At Sea

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Gda‘nsk, Poland/Lech Walesa

The historic city of Gda‘nsk features some of Poland’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture. Walk past elegant patrician mansions featuring late Renaissance and Baroque façades in the Old Town and see the famous Neptune’s Fountain. Visit the 14th century Artus Court, a meticulously restored Gothic guildhall that houses a fascinating collection of Polish art. In 1980, workers led by Lech Walesa founded the Solidarity movement, the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe and the key factor in the Polish struggle against Communism. See the historic Lenin Shipyard and its Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers.

On board the ship this evening, by special arrangement, meet the leader of the Solidarity movement, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. President Walesa will discuss his perspective on globalization and progress in the region.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street “Stroget” begins. Pass Tivoli Gardens, the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. At Christiansborg, see the library garden and the courtyards of the castle. Photo stop at the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, then pass by the King’s Garden on your way back to the ship.
(We are planning to have a shuttle to Tivoli from 6 p.m. – around 11 p.m.)

This evening, attend the Captain’s farewell reception.

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Copenhagen, Denmark/Oslo Fjord

Drive to the old fish market Gammel Strand to embark on a 50-minute sightseeing cruise through the old canals and the port of Copenhagen. We pass the major buildings such as Christiansborg Palace, the Naval Church and the Old Stock Exchange before entering the harbor where you will see the ancient Battery Sixtus and the fortress Three Crowns. Also pass the Little Mermaid and the Amalienborg Palace before entering into the canal of Christianshavn, with its fine mixture of ancient warehouses, houseboats and modern architecture

Ship departs Copenenhagen around noon for a cruise to Oslo.

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Oslo, Norway/Disembark the M.S. le Boréal/Mikhail Gorbachev

Disembark the M.S. le Boréal for a tour of the capital city of Norway, and experience the rich history and exquisite modern style of this city set on its spectacular harbor. Check into a deluxe, centrally located hotel.

By exclusive arrangement this afternoon, meet with former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev. Attend a meet-and-greet reception with Mr. Gorbachev, who will speak about the Soviet Union’s evolution into modern Russia, with time for questions.

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Oslo, Norway/U.S.

Continue on the Norway Post Program Option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.

*Optional excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


Pre-Tour: two-nights in the centrally located Sheraton Stockholm
Main-Tour: Nine-night cruise from Stockholm on the deluxe m.s. Le Boréal & One night in the centrally located Radisson Blu Scandinavia
Post-Tour: One-night in the centrally located Hotel Stalheim: Stalheim, Norway and three-nights in Bergen, Norway at the Radisson Blu Royal


28 meals: 10 breakfast, 9 lunch, 9 diner, 2 receptions

Program Fees

From $7795 per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. A limited number of single rooms are available from $16,695, double occupancy rates in all cabin categories; singles only available in categories 4 and 6 cabins only.

Baltic Cruise
Click to view ship deck plan.

Pricing is land/cruise only including gratuities to drivers and guides.
Pricing is per person double occupancy
Cat 8 $7795
Cat 7 $9195
Cat 6 $9595
Cat 5 $9795
Cat 4 $10395
Cat 3 $10795
Cat 2 $11195
Cat 1 $11495
Cat Deluxe Suites $12295
Cat Prestige Suite II $13295
Cat Prestige Suite I $14295
Cat Owners Suite $16295
Cat 6 $16695
Cat 4 $18095

Taxes: $295 per person and subject to change

Price includes:
Land/cruise, nearly all excursions, all transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s). Gratuities to local guides and drivers. Hospitality desk aboard the expedition cruiser and in the hotels.

Experienced Travel Director to accompany you throughout the travel program. Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information

Price does not include:
International or internal air fare; taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you have not purchased your international air arrangements through Gohagan or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

Stockholm Pre-Program

June 11 to 14, 2013

$895 per person, double occupancy.
$1495 per person, single occupancy.

Prior to boarding the m.s. Le Boréal, explore regal Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and the cultural center of the country since the 13th century.

Tuesday, June 11- Depart the U.S. to Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, June 12- Arrive in Stockholm and transfer to the deluxe Radisson Blu Strand Hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Wonders of Norway- Post-Program Option

June 24 to 27, 2013

$1495 per person, double occupancy.
$1895 per person, single occupancy.

Following your cruise aboard the m.s. Le Boréal, discover beautiful Norway with rail travel through the breathtaking fjordland, a scenic fjord cruise and a tour of the historic Hanseatic town of Bergen, Norway’s medieval capital. Spend one night in the family-owned Hotel Stalheim, overlooking the dramatic scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøydalen Valley, and two nights in the deluxe Radisson Blu Royal Bergen Hotel, located in the center of Bergen, within easy walking distance of the shopping district and many sites, including the historic Bryggen wharf and its famed fish market.

Both Pre- and Post- trip options should be booked by March 8, 2013.

A minimum number of participants per program is required in order for the Stockholm Pre-Program Option and the Wonders of Norway Post-Program Option to operate.

General Terms & Conditions

Contract: Terms & Conditions
Responsibility: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity of any third party.

In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, sickness, illness, the lack of availability of or access to appropriate medical attention, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time.

If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant on these trips at any time. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel/cruise line.

Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefore and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

Not Included: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you have not purchased your international air arrangements through Gohagan or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

Airfare: Airfare is subject to change and availability and is subject to the terms and conditions of the air carrier, and the economy class Group Airfare is non-refundable within 95 days of departure. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.

Luggage: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.

Physical Accessibility: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

Cancellations: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

Trip Insurance: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

Rates: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in airfares, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases.

Registration: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666,
OST#: TA 0905.

Arbitration Agreement: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent.

The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.

Acceptance of Contract: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BY:  Thomas P. Gohagan & Company.