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2023 kicks off another year of adventure for Ponant and Smithsonian Journeys. Among their 21 co-branded journeys led by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts is a 9-day excursion through the Baltic Sea. This adventure will span seven countries—Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Denmark—and five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your clients will be accompanied on the sailing by the former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa, as well as Baltic historian Glenn Kranking and foreign affairs journalist Robin Wright, who will engage them in presentations and discussions.

Travelers aboard Le Champlain will depart from Stockholm and head to Helsinki, eventually making their way to Estonia and the capital city of Tallin, a treasure trove of historical landmarks and medieval beauties. The voyage moves on to Riga, the capital of Latvia, where your clients will continue their Instagram-worthy trip in what was once known as the “Paris of the North.”

Ponant and Smithsonian Journeys Make this Baltic Journey Unforgettable

Le Champlain continues to the island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea, whose capital, Visby, looks like it was plucked straight out of a fairy tale, complete with medieval ruins and seaside landscapes. After that, Lithuania and Klaipeda which was founded in the 13th century.

The last few stops are no less spectacular: the “golden door of Poland,” the nickname for Gdansk, is up next, where your clients’ credit cards will get a good workout at the crafts shops, amber jewelry and chic boutiques. Then this ship takes them to the tiny Danish island of Bornholm, where they’ll visit the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe, among other treats. The trip wraps up in Copenhagen, a magical city that enamored the world through the writings of Hans Christian Andersen.

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