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The 13 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia from Stockholm, Sweden visits Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Fredericia, Denmark; Aarhus, Denmark; Copenhagen, Denmark. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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13 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia
Itinerary Overview
Explore Jewel of the Seas
Day 1 - 2 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 3 - Helsinki, Finland
Day 4 - 6 - St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 7 - Tallinn, Estonia
Day 8 - Riga, Latvia
Day 9 - Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Fredericia, Denmark
Day 12 - Aarhus, Denmark
Day 13 - 14 - Copenhagen, Denmark
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Riga, Latvia, House of Blackheads Statue
A close up view of the statue in front of the House of the Blackheads
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13 Night Ultimate Scandinavia & Russia

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Leaving from
Stockholm, Sweden
Onboard
Jewel of the Seas
Day Port
1 - 2
Stockholm, Sweden
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:00 PM
3
Helsinki, Finland
From 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
4 - 6
St. Petersburg, Russia
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 6:00 PM
7
Tallinn, Estonia
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8
Riga, Latvia
From 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
9
Klaipeda, Lithuania
From 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Fredericia, Denmark
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
12
Aarhus, Denmark
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
13 - 14
Copenhagen, Denmark
From Day 13, 7:00 AM - Day 14,
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Your ship Jewel of the Seas

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Jewel of the Seas, Exterior View, Caribbean and European Cruise Destinations
Exterior view of Jewel of the Seas Cruise With Destinations in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, and more
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Jewel of the Seas
After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DECKED OUT FOR ADVENTURE

Discover countless ways to spend your days between ports, like fueling friendly competition in a round of mini golf and taking adventure to new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. If you're after laid back lounging, catch a movie on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center.

DIG INTO DARING

Whether you're sipping wines from around the world at Vintages, savoring fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, indulging in prime steaks at Chops Grille℠ or sitting down to a five-course epicurean adventure at Chef's Table, you're bound to find flavors as thrilling as the shores you'll explore.

NOT THE SAME OLD SONG & DANCE

Travel from London's West End to New York City in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theater production. And journey from ancient Atlantis to colorful India in the celestial show City of Dreams. On this ship, every show's a hit.

Day 1 - 2: Stockholm, Sweden

Day 1 - 2
Stockholm
Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden, Coastal old town
Coastal view of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden
Things to do in
Stockholm
From Day 1, - Day 2, 4:00 PM
As you explore Stockholm — the stylish Swedish capital, built across 14 islands connected by 57 bridges — you'll notice water and green space are never far away. Stroll through Gamla Stan, the colorful medieval Old Town, with its imposing royal palace and looming cathedrals. Browse the little shops and art galleries that line the narrow streets, or take a break in one of the many trendy cafes. Visit the large City Hall, the site of the Nobel Prize banquet, with its austere brick exterior accented by playful Venetian turrets and decorated balconies. Don't miss the grand Vasa Ship Museum — you'll see an almost-intact 17th-century warship — and Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, both located on the island of Djurgarden.
Stockholm, Sweden, Narrow cobblestone street
A narrow cobblestone street in Stockholm, Sweden

Living Museum

Stroll around Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen. The Old Town of Stockholm is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Admire the colorful buildings in the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, or visit some of the old churches and museums. And don't miss the baroque Royal Palace.
Stockholm, Sweden, Traditional house
A traditional house in Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden in Miniature

Visit Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. The around 150 traditional houses provide a glimpse of how Swedes once lived. Highlights include the glass-blowers' cottage and the Nordic Zoo. Staff in costume create handicrafts or play music. Enjoy lunch or a coffee in the bakery.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful architecture
Colorful architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Stylish Stockholm

Head to Moderna Museet, the city's modern-art museum. Highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, plus several key figures from the Scandinavian and Russian art worlds. The museum also stages well-conceived temporary exhibits. There's a very popular restaurant with a great view over the water too.
Stockholm, Sweden, Pickled fried herring on crispbread
Pickled fried herring on crispbread

Local Cuisine

Head to the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood for some top-class husmanskost — traditional Swedish fare — in one of the hip beer halls. Pair your brew of choice with meatballs served with lingonberry jam or pickled herring served on crispbread. Or check into an upscale spot serving modern Nordic dishes like lobster with slow-cooked carrots and cauliflower shoots or pork belly with artichoke puree.
Stockholm, Sweden, Colorful swedish toy horses
An assortment of colorful toy horses for sale in Sweden

Shopping

Stockholm is a shopper's paradise. For big-name Swedish and international retail outlets, hit the Biblioteksgatan from Ostermalm to Norrmalmstorg. For artier stores and galleries, head to Sodermalm. For souvenirs browse the narrow streets of Gamla Stan, as well as a great collection of design objects arranged chronologically and by theme, head to Nordiska Museet.

Day 3: Helsinki, Finland

Day 3
Helsinki
Finland
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Helsinki, Finland, Coastal City View
Coastal city view of Helsinki, Finland
Things to do in
Helsinki
From 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Finland's capital is a laid-back but vibrant seaside city, surrounded on three sides by sea and tiny islands. Stroll to the heart of Helsinki to its bustling kauppatori, or market square. Admire the graceful 19th-century buildings and Havis Amanda, the lovely mermaid statue commonly regarded as the symbol of Finland. Continue to Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Finish the day at a local restaurant with a dish of fresh-caught white fish with new potatoes. Join a Helsinki cruise and head to the hip Kallio neighborhood to explore Helsinki's nightlife — you'll discover a host of spots ranging from cocktail lounges to rock music venues all within walking distance from each other.
Helsinki, Finland, Grass Covered Buildings Suomenlinna Fortress
A grass covered building in Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Back in Time

Take the ferry 15 minutes to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular sights. Visit the museums, bunkers and fortress walls, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. Then, enjoy a picnic and hike along the cluster of car-free islands that are all connected by walking bridges.
Insider tip
Many sights are within walking distance here, but in case of snow or rain, a DIY tram tour is a great alternative.
Helsinki, Finland, Finnish Design Museum
View of the front of the Finish Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Innovative Designs

The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the city center, with its quirky metallic design by Steven Holl, is a symbol of Helsinki's modernization. Inside is an eclectic collection of Finnish and international contemporary art. There are excellent facilities for kids and a popular glass-sided cafe and terrace. Check out more of Helsinki's aesthetic history at the Finnish Design Museum.
Insider tip
Some cafes and restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for a fixed price that's cheaper than dining a la carte.
Helsinki, Finland, Wooden Sauna Interior
The interior of a wooden sauna

Sweat It Out

Saunas are immensely popular in Finland — the nation claims to have about 3.5 million of them. In Helsinki, you can go to Kotiharjun, the city's only original public wood-fired sauna, dating from 1928. Cruise to Finland and try Loyly Sauna, a traditional smoke sauna set in a charming art deco complex.
Insider tip
Purchase a Helsinki Card if you plan to be visiting a lot of museums; it also includes free city transport.
Helsinki, Finland, Fish Sandwich
A fish sandwich paired with a glass on wine in Finland

Local Cuisine

Helsinki has a wide choice of restaurants, from chic Michelin-starred spots to creative bistros and even food trucks. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are the norm here. Famous Finnish dishes you should try during your Finland cruise include salmon stew, forest mushrooms, and reindeer. Smorgasbord is a popular buffet, with hot and cold dishes featuring plenty of seafood. Enjoy a piece of lingonberry pie or some cloudberries for dessert.
Helsinki, Finland, Outdoor Market
An outdoor market in Helsinki, Finland

Shopping

Helsinki is a design mecca. Head to the Stockmann department store in the art nouveau building at Esplanade Park, and stop by Finnish designers like Markimekko, Iittala and Artek. Head to the Helsinki Design District or Toriquarters for unique pieces of clothing, design objects, art, antiques, books and homeware.

Day 4 - 6: St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 4 - 6
St. Petersburg
Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
View of the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia
Things to do in
St. Petersburg
From Day 4, 7:00 AM - Day 5, 6:00 PM
Since its founding by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been one of the most impressive cities in Russia, Europe and the world. Marvel at the Baroque and neoclassical architecture on display within its UNESCO World Heritage historical center. Enjoy the relaxing charm of the Baltic Sea as you stroll along it. Cruise to St. Petersburg and hop on a boat and see the colorful variety of the city's sights and architecture on a canal tour. Or spend the day meandering the action-packed 3.5-mile stretch of Nevsky Prospect, where you'll find the can't-miss Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and plenty of cafes where you can fuel up on cured sausage and thick rye bread.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Winter Palace
Front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Czars and Saviors

Located near the waterfront and housed in the former Romanov Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum sits due north along Nevsky Prospekt from the Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg's other most iconic attraction.
Insider tip
Keep your cruise documents with you. Being on a cruise (and stopping for 72 hours or less) is all that exempts you from needing a visa, so you'll want to have your papers in case authorities ask for them.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Saint Isaac's Square
View of Saint Isaac's square in St. Petersburg, Russia

Discover the Unusual

St. Petersburg's city center is overflowing with history — why not choose museums that offer something a little different? Visit the quirky Faberge Museum, dedicated to the work of Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Or enjoy an interactive experience at the Museum of Emotions.
Insider tip
Dress in layers even in the summer, when it go can from cool to hot in the course of a morning and afternoon.
St. Petersburg, Russia, Peterhof Palace fountains
Close up of the fountains at the front of the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

Imperial Excursion

Take a drive to some imperial palaces outside the city center. Under an hour away by car lies exquisite Peterhof, whose fountains alone are worth the price of admission. Cruise to St. Petersburg and go by train to the Baroque-style Catherine Palace — can you guess which Russian ruler often stayed here?
St. Petersburg, Russia, Boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing
A bowl of boiled vareniki with cherry stuffing

Local Cuisine

Russians flock to St. Petersburg because of its cosmopolitan vibe, but use your stop here to discover local cuisine. Head to the restaurant-rich Nevsky Prospect to sample borscht beet root soup (the cold version in summer), dumplings of meat (plmeni) and sour cherries (vareniki) or hearty beef stroganoff — yes, that's a Russian dish!
St. Petersburg, Russia, Wooden Dolls
Wooden dolls in St. Petersburg, Russia

Shopping

St. Petersburg's shopping options are as grand as its architecture. The luxurious Gostiny Dvor mall is an essential stop with your St. Petersburg cruise. If you're looking for a more down-to-earth experience, try your luck (and your Russian language skills) at Udelnaya Flea Market and bargain for one-of-a-kind antique samovars or imperial porcelain.

Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia

Day 7
Tallinn
Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia, Old Town
Things to do in
Tallinn
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tallinn's fairy-tale castles, cobbled streets and warm hospitality remain one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Head to the city's Old Town, where you can see medieval Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) and wander hidden passageways between 17th- and 18th-century earthwork forts. Tour the ornate Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, full of detailed mosaics and traditional icons. Take a foray to the unspoiled Baltic coastline just outside Tallinn — check out popular Pirita or quiet Kakumae. Later, stop into one of Tallinn's iconic cellar restaurants to fuel up on hearty Estonian fare like mulgipuder, a porridge of barley and potatoes flavored with smoky bacon.
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral
Estonia Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

Medieval Roots

From the red-roofted towers of its Town Walls, to the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the smoky pink Riigikogu parliament house, Tallinn's medieval Old Town looks straight out of a fairy tale. Make sure to stop in central Raejoka Plats, a charming square filled with cafes and restaurants.
Insider tip
Tallinn's Old Town is compact and easily explored by foot, but if you do take a taxi, make sure to negotiate a rate before you start moving.
Tallinn, Estonia, Aerial view of business district
Aerial view of the business district in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's New-School Side

Estonia was the birthplace of tech giant Skype, after all, and Tallinn's modern central business district reflects this futurism. Meanwhile, the Rotterdam District hearkens back to the pre-Russian Art Nouveau period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Insider tip
If you don't have a lot of time, make the quick hike up Toompea Hill: From here, you'll enjoy a picture-perfect panorama of the medieval part of Tallinn.
Tallinn, Estonia, Man and woman walking on a beach
A man and a woman walking on a beach in Tallinn, Estonia

Baltic Beaches

Tallinn's beaches are the perfect opportunity to escape the not-so-hectic city center. Pirita Beach in particular is a big draw, with its broad expanse of sand and unique architecture, which dates back to when the USSR hosted the Olympics in 1991.
Tallinn, Estonia, Herring sanwich
A herring sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Estonian food mixes Baltic and Russian influences — pickled herring is a common sight on Estonian tables, as is hearty black rye bread. Check out one of the cool cellar restaurants, which are situated on the garden level of warehouse buildings. Try buckwheat blinis with whitefish roe, red onion and sour cream, or pea soup with smoked pork hock. Wash it down with a pint of the local favorite Pohjala beer.
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop
Estonia Tallinn Local Shopping Souvenir Gift Shop

Shopping

If you want to shop a range of souvenirs, local items and just about anything else you can think of, wander through the outdoor market stalls just outside Viru Gate, in the Old Town. Tallinn's most famous souvenirs include wooden crafts made with Estonian Junpier trees and local chocolates and spirits by brands like Kalev and Vana Tallinn.

Day 8: Riga, Latvia

Day 8
Riga
Latvia
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Riga, Latvia, House of the Blackheads
The House of the Blackheads in Riga, Latvia
Things to do in
Riga
From 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Latvia's historical capital is an architecture buff's dream come true. The Gothic structures in the Old Town and the Art Nouveau buildings scattered around the city meld together to create a modern-day fairy tale. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets, and step back into the 14th century. Stroll into the bustling Riga Central Market and sample the bright, colorful produce and local products like hemp butter and amber jewelry. Or wander through the street stalls to taste some traditional Latvian cuisine — fried lampreys, a prehistoric jawless fish that's flavor is less scary than it looks. Cruise to Riga and don't miss the city's iconic site, the House of the Blackheads, the former home of a merchant's guild and expression of Riga's medieval roots.
Riga, Latvia, Autumn Park
A walkway in a park during autumn in Riga, Latvia

Get Charmed

Step into a real-life fairy tale when you visit the Old Town. Climb to the top of the tower at St. Peter's Church for views that stretch to the River Daugava and the Moscow District. Explore the House of Blackheads, a 14th-century building, before wandering down the enchanting cobblestone streets.
Insider tip
The quickest way to get around Riga is by Tram. Purchase a 24-hour ticket for 5 Euros so you can use the same ticket all day.
Riga, Latvia, Art Nouveau Architecture
The side of a building that displays art nouveau architecture in Riga, Latvia

Expand Your Architectural Palette

With over 800 existing Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, you could spend the whole day admiring the intricate architecture. Instead, take a leisurely stroll down Elizabetes street to marvel at the ornately decorated buildings.
Insider tip
Old Town is where most of Riga's hot spots are located, so try to plan most of your day in this area.
Riga, Latvia, Aerial of city and Daugava river
Aerial view of Riga, Latvia and the Daugava river

Savor the Magic

If you need to rest your feet after a few hours spent wandering the Old Town, find a bench in one of the many parks and squares around Riga and relax. Watch as the locals and tourists walk by. Grab a local burger and a cold beer from a street stall, and bask in the ambience of this magical town.
Riga, Latvia, Female holding a jar of sprats
A female holding a jar of sprats

Local Cuisine

There's no shortage of street food stalls around Riga. Expect them to be serving up speka piragi, small bacon-and-onion rolls. You can also take an afternoon to browse the Central Market and snack on sauerkraut, pickles and the local smoked fish called sprats. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with rye bread pudding topped with cinnamon, raisins, apples, plums, cranberries and whipped cream.
Riga, Latvia, Street Market
A street market in Riga, Latvia selling many different items

Shopping

Head to the Old Town to find boutiques offering up handmade traditional Latvian wooden and glass souvenirs, including the distinctive decorative lanterns. Jump onboard a Riga cruise and head to the Central Market for local, organic produce and wines made from apples, chokeberries and sea buckthorn. There, you can also find handmade knitwear, wickerwork and amber jewelry.

Day 9: Klaipeda, Lithuania

Day 9
Klaipeda
Lithuania
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Klaipeda, Lithuania, Aerial View
Aerial view of Klaipeda, Lithuania
Things to do in
Klaipeda
From 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
When your cruise docks Klaipeda, on Lithuania's Curoanian coast, you might feel as if you've stepped into another world. One of Europe's best-kept beach secrets, Klapeida is as much about pristine scenery as it is the intricate Fachwerk architecture of its charming Old Town. Here you'll find the Curonian Spit sandbar and the sparkling Curoanian Lagoon just behind it. The smell of fresh sea air will invigorate you as you ascend the 13th-century remains of Klaipeda Castle with Baltic cruises. Later, dig into a plate of fish dumplings at a charming portside restaurant.
Klaipeda, Lithuania, Buildings In Old Town
Buildings in Klaipeda, Lithuania's Old Town

"Timber!"

The overarching architectural feature of Old Town Klaipeda is half-timbered Fachwerk, but the smaller details are just as fascinating. See the Klaipeda Castle ruins, which recall the Teutonic period of medieval Lithuania, and check out the famous statue of Lithuanian folk hero Anike in Theater Square.
Insider tip
Klaipeda's Old Town is a living museum, but you can also visit the History Museum of Lithuania Minor to learn the full history of Klaipeda.
Klaipeda, Lithuania, Sculpture
A sculpture in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Surreal Stroll

Head to Martynas Mazvydas Sculpture Park, adjacent to the city's main bus station. Here, you'll find more than 100 stone sculptures, many of which are in a surrealist style, and all of which make great backdrops for an afternoon stroll or picnic.
Insider tip
Enjoy a swim at Smiltyne beach, a two-minute ferry ride from the Old Town, if you don't have time to travel to the Curonian Spit.
Klaipeda, Lithuania, Bicycle
A bicycle resting on a pole at a beach in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Spitting Distance

Although it's just 10 minutes by ferry from central Klaipeda, the idyllic Curonian Spit feels like another world. Stroll or bike along white-sand beaches, dip your toes into the refreshing waters of both the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon or visit with local fishermen.
Insider tip
Nthuaniao time for lunch? Sample iconic Cheese Fingers at Senamiestis Bar, and wash them down with a refreshing Lin Kalnapilis beer.
Klaipeda, Lithuania, Fried Cepelinai
A plate of fried cepelinai

Local Cuisine

Klaipeda's cuisine brings sophistication to the traditional, blending the hearty fare of Eastern Europe with the light, refreshing flavors of the sea. Head to the Old Town to taste savory Cepelinai potato dumplings and borscht served with dark rye bread. Or head to the waterfront area and share a whole roasted sea bass or a generous plate of mussels, often served with French fries, at a harborside restaurant.
Klaipeda, Lithuania, Traditional Bell Souvenir
An assortment of traditional souvenir bells

Shopping

The Baltic cruise region is home to one of the world's largest amber deposits, and Klaipeda's Autentic sells one-of-a-kind jewelry and keepsake pieces made from it. Or take a piece of the town's handmade history with you after sifting through the impressive collection at Klaipeda Antique Shop. Decorative clay bells are one of the region's signature trinkets.

Day 10: Cruising

Day 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Family Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Allure of the Seas Mini Golf Course
Allure of the seas, Dunes, golf, games,

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 11: Fredericia, Denmark

Day 11
Fredericia
Denmark
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Fredericia, Denmark Aerial View
An aerial view of Fredericia, Denmark
Things to do in
Fredericia
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Step into the heart of Denmark's Jutland peninsula. Founded as a fortress town in 1650 by Frederick III, Fredericia is home to one of Europe's largest best-preserved ramparts, complete with bastions, moats and cannons. Head to the historic town center to find cozy shops, restaurants and a traditional market. Denmark cruises give you the opportunity to learn more about Danish history at Egeskov Castle and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Later, walk the Lillebaelt ("Little Belt") bridge for 360-degree views of the bay. Up for a maritime adventure? Suit up for some stand-up paddleboarding, or go whale-watching to catch a glimpse of the creatures that call these northern waters home.
Fredericia Denmark Little Belt Bridge
Fredericia Denmark Little Belt Bridge

Walk Over Water

If adventure is your thing, Europe's only bridge walk on the old Little Belt bridge takes you to heart-stopping heights. Take in the unimpeded views across the fjord — you'll see not only Fredericia but also Middelfart to the south. Trained guides join you on the 60-meter ascent, filling you in on the history of the area.
Insider tip
The Historical Mini Town shows Fredericia's market town from 1849, with everything from houses, streets and the fortress accurately recreated in 1:10 size.
Fredericia, Denmark Cannon
A zoomed in view of a cannon barrel

War and Peace

Built as a fortress town, Fredericia offers history around every corner. Take a guided tour of the ramparts to learn how the Thirty Years' War led to the creation of this key defensive town. Walk along the moats, and run your hands along the original cannons.
Insider tip
Middelfart is just a few minutes away; head there to see the Culture Island, part of the new seafront.
Fredericia, Denmark Kayaking In Bay
A person kayaking in the bay in Demark

Paddle for a Porpoise

Fredericia is a playground for water sports enthusiasts. View the town from the calm waters of the Little Belt strait, paddling along in a kayak or canoe. You may even come across seals or a porpoise on your journey.
Fredericia, Denmark Wienerbrod Pastry
A wienerbrod pastry

Local Cuisine

Fredericia runs the culinary spectrum. Stop into a local cafe for open-faced sandwiches — classic combos include roast beef with horseradish and herring with pickled onion and dill. Try freshly baked wienerbrod, a multilayered puff pastry filled with jam, marzipan or custard. Higher-end options present modern interpretations of the land's bounty — think snow crab with pickled celery and apple, or pan-fried local monkfish with Jerusalem artichokes.
Fredericia, Denmark Soldier Figurines
Fun, colorful toy soldier figurines on display at a souvenir shop in Denmark

Shopping

Fredericia's town center is filled with a wide range of specialty shops focused on Danish design — a modern, minimalist look that brings a feeling of space to your home. Both shops and markets offer local ceramics and other handicrafts. Head home with some authentic Danish knitwear, with its earth tones and classic geometric patterns. Or pick up a handmade work of art from one of the many galleries just across the bridge in Middelfart.

Day 12: Aarhus, Denmark

Day 12
Aarhus
Denmark
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Aarhus, Denmark St. Pauls Church
St. Pauls Church in Aarhus, Denmark
Things to do in
Aarhus
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Founded during the Viking Age, Aarhus is a compact and vibrant city perfect for history buffs and lovers of the arts and culture. Head to the bustling Latin Quarter, lined with cafes, boutique shops and cutting-edge restaurants on your next Denmark cruise. Take a short walk to Aarhus Cathedral to see the tallest church in Denmark. Can't get enough art and history? You're in luck: Aarhus was recently named European Capital of Culture. Its myriad museums include the Moesgaard History Museum, Aros Aarhus Art Museum and Den Gamle By, nestled in an open-air botanical garden.
Aarhus, Denmark Historical Buildings
Historical buildings in Aarhus, Denmark

Medieval Town With Modern Cool

The oldest section of Aarhus is the Latin Quarter, dating back to the 14th century. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets filled with chic shops, galleries and some of the city's best eateries. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, you'll find the cozy square Puservig Torv — its many cafes are the perfect place for a midday break.
Insider tip
If you want picture-perfect photos, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more quaint than colorful Mollestien Lane.
Aarhus, Denmark Old Town Plaza
An old town plaza at Aarhus, Denmark

Old Ways of Life Preserved

Lined with traditional timber houses, Den Gamle By — "the Old Town" — is Denmark's national open-air museum of urban history and culture. Experience how people lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. Interested in more recent history? Check out the street that brings Denmark in 1974 back to life.
Insider tip
Take the time to explore the waterfront and the forest — they're a 15-minute bike ride away from one another.
Aarhus, Denmark, Moesgaard Museum
View of the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark

Futuristic Facade, Ancient Artifacts

In a city bursting with great museums, Moesgaard stands out from the rest. Interactive exhibitions take you from Stone Age artifacts, through Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present. The hyper-modern architecture, with its unique climbable exterior, is worth the visit alone. Grab lunch in the cafe, which gets rave reviews.
Aarhus, Denmark Fresh Smorrebrod Sandwich
A fresh smorrebrod sandwich in Aarhus, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Grab one of Denmark's traditional smorrebrod — an open-faced sandwich, often served with smoked salmon, horseradish sour cream and fresh radishes — from one of the cafes and food markets of the Latin Quarter. If you're a true foodie, head to one of the city's four Michelin-starred restaurants, where the New Nordic Food Manifesto elevates local products — like cold-water Skrei cod and spicy plants and herbs such as ramsons and woodruff — to new heights of sophisticated simplicity.
Aarhus, Denmark Souvenir Figurines
Souvenir toy soldier figurines in Denmark

Shopping

Stop into the chic boutiques of the Latin Quarter and the high-end luxury department stores like Magasin and Salling to find out why Aarhus is one of the best shopping cities in Northern Europe. Explore the period shops of Den Gamle By for unique items that reflect Danish tradition, like glazed earthenware bowls and kitchen items, as well as traditional woolen knitwear.

Day 13 - 14: Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 13 - 14
Copenhagen
Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark Nyhavn Pier Sunset
Scenic Summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark
Things to do in
Copenhagen
From Day 13, 7:00 AM - Day 14,
Copenhagen has come a long way from its early Viking days. Its historic center of Frederiksstaden has its share of castles and royal-era palaces— but it’s the modern, sleek Scandinavian design and playful, hygge spirit that sets Denmark’s capital apart today. Each neighborhood offers its own unique, exciting adventures. Explore the city’s seafaring past with a canal cruise under a network of bridges, or take a stroll along Nyhavn’s colorful quay. Peek in Kødbyen’s trendy art galleries and savor world-renowned Nordic cuisine in Christiania’s quirky cafes. Adventure comes in many forms in Copenhagen, from Baltic beaches to famous fairytales.
Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli Garden Palace
A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.
Insider tip
The best way to explore Copenhagen is on bike, although taxis and Uber are widely available.
Copenhagen, Denmark Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbor, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.
Insider tip
Restaurant bills usually include a service charge, and tipping isn’t expected.
Copenhagen, Denmark National Museum
The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.
Copenhagen, Denmark Smorrebrod
Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named “Best Restaurant in the World” for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savor Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market— or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons
Denmark Copenhagen Mini Hot Air Balloons

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

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