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Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise Bike Tour

Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden & Estonia

From $10,299 - $13,399 pp dbl. occ. | Trip length varies per departure date. Please see the Dates & Prices tab for complete details.

(+$1,400 to $2,200 for sgl. occ.)

The Baltic Sea is a fascinating region steeped in history. Copenhagen. Tallinn. St. Petersburg. Helsinki. Visby. Stockholm. Colorful modern port cities rich in cultural heritage, overflowing with magnificent architecture and bathed in the ethereal glow of the midnight sun. Navigate the trade routes of ancient seafarers. Then bike alongside locals on urban and rural cycling routes for the perfect blend of exploration on land and sea. Five unique countries, one incredible Backroads voyage.

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Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland & Sweden

Start Copenhagen, Denmark / End Stockholm, Sweden

Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise Map

Highlights

  • Dive into an enriching blend of activity and cultural exploration set against the timeless beauty of the Baltic Sea
  • Ride amid quiet towns and villages, epic World Heritage sites and pristine countryside on Backroads custom titanium bikes
  • Expand your connection to five countries and captivating capital cities alongside our local friends and dynamic Trip Leaders
  • Indulge in luxuries wrapped in chic French style aboard Ponant's Le Dumont-d'Urville—an elegant flourish to our active days
Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland & Sweden

Start Copenhagen, Denmark / End Stockholm, Sweden

Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Copenhagen sets the stage for this remarkable journey on the Baltic Sea | Travel the Danish Riviera by bike, passing white‐sand beaches and beautiful summer homes | Serene cycling paths lead to the Frederiksborg Castle, a noble display of Renaissance architecture perched in the middle of a lake | Enjoy plush amenities and Backroads camaraderie as our ship takes to the open sea | Partake in yoga or just sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Day 3 Our first port of call is UNESCO-designated Tallinn, Estonia—one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities | A scenic spin along the Baltic coast takes you through lovely woodland and returns you to Tallinn's historic center via the sandy beaches of the Pirita Riviera | Our ship departs for Russia, arriving in St. Petersburg as the picturesque city awakens.

Days 4-7 Thanks to two centuries as an imperial capital, St. Petersburg is a treasure trove of history, art and cultural relics | Discover the city's grand avenues and intriguing side streets by bike, then stroll world-class museums, palaces and galleries | Pedal through the countryside to Pushkin and marvel at Catherine the Great's magnificent summer palace | Explore the city's canals and waterways by kayak | Sail to Helsinki, where tree-lined bike paths lead away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Helsinki to the Finnish coast.

Days 8-9 The Swedish island of Gotland is renowned as a cyclist's paradise—from the port in Visby, a delightful bike route follows coastal roads through quaint villages and farmland | Set sail for cosmopolitan Stockholm, a perfect place to extend your stay.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

PORTS OF CALL Copenhagen | Tallinn | St. Petersburg | Helsinki | Visby | Stockholm

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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C Couples, Friends & Solos Tours

Prices

From $10,299 - $13,399 pp dbl. occ.
Trip length varies per departure date. Please see the Dates & Prices tab for complete details.

(+$1,400 to $2,200 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Ponant Ocean Ship
Ponant Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville (8 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in

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Premiere Ship

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Ponant Ocean Ship

Ponant Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville (8 nights)

Contemporary design, personalized service and five-star luxury are integral to the onboard experience aboard this elegant vessel. 

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20 900 25 1000
2 Onboard Activities at Sea
3 24 600
31 900
4 St. Petersburg Bike Tour (3 Hours)
5 19 400
6 St. Petersburg Kayaking (3 Hours)
7 19* 600 31 1000
8 21 400
9 Disembarkation in Stockholm
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 dinners, 7 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Cannondale Pro Carbon Upgrade ($400 rental fee) – Available 7/1/19

We’re excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2019, we’ll offer the new and much-anticipated Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD pro carbon upgrade on Biking Trips in Europe, United States and Canada. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package, the Synapse is built for experienced cyclists, men and women alike, who are looking for a high-performance bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The Synapse will be offered in a complete range of sizes; detailed bike specifications will be announced in February 2019.

Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private tastings to partake in the region's best
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Local Bikes & Support in Russia

Due to government regulations, a local cycling company in St. Petersburg supplies us with bikes and route support for our rides in Russia. Your Trip Leaders will accompany you on the routes but Backroads vans and bikes are not permitted to enter Russia. Rest assured, these quality bikes are ideal for urban maneuverability and you'll find the same high level of support along our routes.

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Lounge on Ponant Cruise Ship - Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise Bike Tour

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Local Bikes & Support in Russia

Due to government regulations, a local cycling company in St. Petersburg supplies us with bikes and route support for our rides in Russia. Your Trip Leaders will accompany you on the routes but Backroads vans and bikes are not permitted to enter Russia. Rest assured, these quality bikes are ideal for urban maneuverability and you'll find the same high level of support along our routes.
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