Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states, the magnificent imperial riches of St. Petersburg and the luminous "White Nights of Summer" on this remarkable six-country, eight-night Baltic Sea cruise. Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear enriching presentations by former President of Poland Lech Walesa and noted author and scholar Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Cruise the Baltic Sea aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star LE DUMONT D'URVILLE, from Stockholm, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark, with an excursion included in every port. Revel in the medieval charms of Tallinn, Estonia, and Visby, Sweden, both UNESCO World Heritage sites; discover the stunning architecture of cosmopolitan Helsinki, Finland; and immerse yourself in the historic epicenter of the Solidarity movement in Gda'nsk, Poland. Enjoy two days exploring regal St. Petersburg, including a specially arranged early entry into the world-acclaimed State Hermitage Museum, a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and an excursion to Catherine's Palace and Petrodvorets, two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 1: Depart US for Stockholm, Sweden
Day 2: Stockholm / Embark LE DUMONT D'URVILLE
Day 3: Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Day 4: Helsinki, Finland
Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 6: St. Petersburg
Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia
Day 8: Cruising the Baltic Sea
Day 9: Gda'nsk, Poland
Day 10: Copenhagen / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional five night pre-cruise: Wonders of Norway
Optional two night post-cruise: Stockholm, Sweden
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Lynn Patyk is Associate Professor of Russian at Dartmouth College. Prof. Patyk received both her PhD and her M.A. from Stanford University, in Slavic Languages and Literature and Russian and Eastern European Studies, respectively. She received her A.B. from Middlebury College. The long-standing focus of Prof. Patyk's work has been on terrorism as a strategy for political violence and the role played by the imagination in lending terrorism its power. Her research examines the ways in which modern terrorism, which arose in Russia in the mid-nineteenth century, was profoundly shaped by the Russian literary imagination. More generally, Prof. Patyk is interested in the intersection of political and literary narratives, political paranoia, and conspiracy theories. She is the author of Written in Blood: Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture (2017), Provokator: The Paranoid Style in Russian History, Politics, and Culture (2018, manuscript), and has two other works in progress.