"Jewels of the Baltic" Cruise with Sabine Lippert!
July 25 – August 5, 2021
Copenhagen ~ Hamburg & Berlin Germany ~ Klaipeda Lithuania ~ Riga Latvia ~ Helsinki Finland ~ St. Petersburg Russia ~ Tallinn Estonia ~ Stockholm Sweden
Join internationally-acclaimed bead artist Sabine Lippert on a cruise in Northern Europe on Holland America's Nieuw Statendam. You’ll arrive in Copenhagen Denmark and depart from Stockholm, Sweeden. The itinerary includes two days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Along the route, we’ll experience the charm of Finland, Sweden; and the history of Germany, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—and a bead workshop with Sabine on a project inspired by this journey.
This Beadventure will be a great way to see places you've only read about and make new friends that will share your memories. It really is what Beadventures is all about--inspire, create, and play!
Day 1. Sunday, July 25. Arrive in Copenhagen.
Today you’ll arrive in Copenhagen (airport code CPH). Some say Copenhagen is one of the easiest European capitals to fall in love with. The sights of old buildings, cobbled streets, and the tower- and turret-dotted skyline lend fairy-tale charm (after all, this was the home of author Hans Christian Andersen). But at the same time Copenhagen is a thoroughly modern city with international clout. Restaurants around the world draw inspiration from the New Nordic cuisine pioneered by Noma and other Copenhagen restaurants, while Danish design from this century and the last is universally admired and coveted. Urban planners visit to try to work out just how the city remains so livable and yet so functional, and despite its wealth of old buildings, Copenhagen’s not locked in the past with incredible examples of modern architecture. If you arrive early, it will be easy to find things to do in Copenhagen where you can explore on foot or by excellent public transport; everyone speaks perfect English; and the food is fresh and innovative.
Because your fellow travelers will be arriving at different times throughout the day, no “official” dinner is planned; however there will be an informal gathering to get together for dinner.
Day 2. Monday, July 26. Set Sail!
In the morning you will have free to see more of the city. We’ll board the ship in early afternoon (transportation from the hotel to the ship is included) where you’ll settle in your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship (the Nieuw Statendam was launched in December 2018). We’ll meet up on deck for a send-off as the ship sets sail at 5 p.m.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Day 3. Tuesday, July 27. Kiel (Hamburg), Germany.
Arrive at 8 a.m.; depart at 5 p.m.
Located a short 90-kilometer (about 60 miles) drive or train journey from the seaside port of Kiel, Hamburg is one of Germany’s most cosmopolitan cities. The city’s character is powered by the mighty River Elbe, which passes by Hamburg’s stylish neighborhoods on its way to the North Sea. Often referred to as Germany’s “Gateway to the World” due to its position as the biggest commercial port in the country, the city is filled with an air of maritime mystique and excitement. As a newly named UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hamburg has upscale shopping districts and a distinct European flavor and retains an energetic and eclectic atmosphere where historic and modern charm meet.
Day 4. Wednesday, July 28. Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany.
Arrive 6 a.m.; depart 11 p.m.
We’ll arrive at the Port of Rostock at Warnemunde where you’ll be able to visit the small town (population of 35,000) located at the mouth of the river Warnow or visit Berlin, which is a 3-hour drive one way. Berlin can feel like the exception among Europe’s capitals. While Rome, London, and Paris emerged as important cities under the Roman Empire, Berlin wasn’t established until the thirteenth century and only became a significant commercial center in the nineteenth.
During the century and a half that it has been on the world stage, its history is almost unbelievable. This was a city that was synonymous with the glittering excesses of the Weimar Republic and then served as the capital of the Nazi regime. For 45 years, it was divided by an infamous wall, with half its citizens living in communist East Germany while West Berlin was an island of capitalist and western values located behind the Iron Curtain. In 1990, Berlin resumed its role as the capital of a unified Germany. Today’s visitors will see an intriguing, vibrant city. While devastated by bombings in World War II, its museums are still filled with cultural treasures. Thoughtful memorials and museums acknowledged the darker moments of its history, though it is the city’s restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries that tend to impress most visitors. Berlin enthusiastically embraces its artists and entrepreneurs, creating an exciting atmosphere of possibility.
Day 5. Thursday, July 29. At Sea & Workshop.
Today the ship is at sea as it makes its way to Lithuania. We will take advantage of the “free” time and have a workshop with Sabine.
Day 6. Friday, July 30. Klaipeda, Lithuania & Workshop.
Arrive 7 a.m.; depart 4 p.m.
The distinctly German-style timber-frame buildings that line the cobbled streets of Klaipėda's Old Town hint at its past life as the former capital of Prussia. Controlled on and off by Germany well into the 20th century, the city went by the name Memel until 1945, when it formally adopted the Lithuanian name Klaipėda. Now the country's third-largest metropolis, Klaipėda retains much of its historic and maritime flavor, but there’s also a growing arts scene, with lively exhibition spaces and modern sculptures scattered around the city. The most popular gathering place for locals and visitors is Old Town’s Theatre Square, which features the city’s famed sculpture of a young girl, Taravos Anikė. Nearby, the “Crafts Yard” is home to timber-frame buildings dating from the 18th century; here you can visit various workshops and see how crafts, art and home goods are made. A short ferry ride across a narrow strait takes you to Smiltynė, where you’ll find the Maritime Museum and Aquarium, which hosts Black Sea bottlenose dolphin shows.
Once back on ship we'll continue our workshop with Sabine for a few hours.
Day 7. Saturday, July 31. Riga, Latvia & Workshop.
Arrive 7 a.m.; depart 3 p.m.
The capital of Latvia, Riga is an Art Nouveau gem, rich in fun, flamboyant architecture that somewhat belies the many centuries of war and changes of power in its long history. Founded in 1201 by German traders, the port city was a powerful member of the Hanseatic League for several hundred years until it came under Swedish rule; in the 1800s, the Russian empire assumed control, with turbulent periods of uprisings, followed by Nazi and Soviet occupation. In 1990, Latvia regained its independence and Riga quickly became a popular tourist destination thanks to the beauty of its Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and flourishing restaurant and nightlife scenes. Among the top attractions are Riga Castle; the 13th-century Riga Cathedral, with one of the largest organs in the world; Alberta Iela (Alberta Street), a stunning Art Nouveau street; and the Central Market, housed in former zeppelin hangars. The city also has a booming bohemian quarter, centered around Miera Iela, or “Peace Street,” where you’ll find hipster bars, cafés, galleries, and quirky boutiques. For a sobering look at the hardships endured by Latvians under Nazi and Soviet regimes, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is a must-visit; it includes a tour of the Corner House, the former headquarters of the KGB.
Once back on board the ship we'll continue our workshop.
Day 8. Sunday, August 1. Helsinki, Finland.
Arrive 11 a.m.; depart 8 p.m.
While Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is sometimes overshadowed by its larger Scandinavian counterparts, Copenhagen and Stockholm, it definitely has its own style and appeal. A lively arts and music scene thrives amid splendid Art Nouveau buildings; then there’s the classic cafés, and the city's exciting modern architecture. For a taste of Finland’s design, you can wander into the shops in the city’s Design District or check out the exhibits at the Design Museum (Designmuseo).
Day 9 & 10. Monday & Tuesday. August 1 & 2. St. Petersburg Russia.
Arrive 7 a.m.; overnight; depart 6 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Russia, emerged from the vision of one man, Czar Peter the Great, at the beginning of the 18th century and was the country’s capital for 200 years, until the Russian Revolution. Pushkin called it Russia's "window to Europe," and like Venice and Amsterdam, two cities that ins pired Peter, the city was built on a network of canals.
Among the city's tourist attractions, the Hermitage is its most famous. It is one of the world’s greatest art museums, and the largest museum in the world—with almost three million objects collected in five buildings. Performing arts, too, abound: Many of Russia’s greatest ballets, plays and operas have premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre. Nearby, the summer residences of the czars, including Peterhof, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are dazzling gilded Baroque palaces for sightseeing in St. Petersburg. You also might want to visit the Faberge Museum!
St. Petersburg is at its most beautiful during the famous White Nights, when summer days stretch late into evening hours (which is when we will be there). Residents make the most of the period with festivals and concerts and fun things to do, and the city’s many pastel-colored buildings and neoclassical palaces glow in the warm light of the long days.
Day 11. Wednesday, Aug 4. Tallinn, Estonia.
Arrive 8 a.m.; depart 4 p.m.
Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and combines the comforts of modern world, luxurious adventures, and a rich cultural scene in a local historical setting. First established in the early medieval era, today’s Tallinn is an exciting mix of old and new. Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centers in the world (Hanseatic was a trading alliance in northern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries). The city retains its walled, cobblestoned Old Town as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Its Gothic Town Hall, built in the 13th century and with a 64m-high tower, sits in historic Tallinn’s main square. St. Nicholas Church is a 13th-century landmark exhibiting ecclesiastical art.
Day 12. Thursday, August 5. Stockholm, Sweden & Disembark.
The ship will arrive in port at 8 a.m. and you’ll disembark mid-morning; HAL transportation to the airport will be provided; please book a flight that departs after 11:30 a.m.
About Sabine’s Project . . .
Sabine is designing a project inspired by her Baltic-roots . . . check back for details!
About Your Teacher, Sabine Lippert . . .
Sabine has been a passionate crafter and needle worker since childhood. She grew up with a father that challenged her with the sentence "you can try to repair everything as long as you remember the steps to reassemble it." Her stumble into a bead shop in her hometown was a life-changing moment, as she finally found her perfect "canvas.“
Some years ago she gave up her first profession as a physician and became a full time beader--and she has been teaching nationally and internationally ever since. She also has published three books (Beaders Cookbook, Beaded Fantasies, and Beadwork Evolution). Her designs often are inspired by historical costumes or architecture and include all different beading techniques such as Peyote, Herringbone, Right Angle Weave, and Netting. Learn more about Sabine's work on her website Try to Bead.
About Your Tour Leader . . . Cheryl Frasca, Owner, Beadventures
In January 2009 Cheryl Frasca of Anchorage, Alaska took ownership of Beadventures from Cheryl Cobern-Browne, who now spends more time at the wonderful retreat center that she built in Ireland.
Cheryl F. had been on several Beadventures, prior to her taking over the company. She serves as tour leader for Beadventures to her home state of Alaska. The fun of these experiences--and the great friends she has made--is what convinced Cheryl F. to take on Beadventures. Cheryl has been beading since the late 1990s. While she occasionally dabbled in fiber and other mediums, seed beads are her favorite--especially free form bead embroidery. She retired from public service in 2012 after 30+ years working for elected officials on Alaska budget/fiscal policy. She continues to do consulting and volunteer work so she can maintain "flexibility of schedule" that allows her to travel here and there!
- Shared hotel in Amsterdam and shared inside ship cabin (Category L); cabin can be upgraded at additional cost.
- Single supplement: $1,850
Trip Cost includes:
- Pre-cruise hotel (one night) in Copenhagen
- Transportation from the hotel to the ship
- 10-day cruise aboard Holland America's Nieuw Statendam (shared Interior Cabin)
- All meals aboard the ship
- Transportation from the ship to the airport
- Bead workshop tuition
Trip Cost Does Not Include:
- Airfare to Copenhagen and from Stockholm
- Shore excursions while on cruise
- Trip insurance
- Kit/other supplies for workshop project
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Trip Notes . . .
About your activities while in port
Beadventures will not be arranging separate shore excursions or tours while on the cruise. Holland America will have shore excursions from which you can select. Other tour options also can be found at by searching the Internet, such www.viator.com.
About Visiting St. Petersburg
You will not be able to tour St. Petersburg on your own unless you have a Russian visa, for which you must apply and receive approval by the Russian government. If you take one of Holland America’s tours, no visa will be necessary (they have an approved “group visa”)--but you will be required to depart and return to the port with the tour. If you sign up for a tour with another company, get confirmation from the company that you won't need a visa; otherwise you will not be able to go ashore without this documentation.
Bead Workshop Gear
Remember to bring your customary bead supplies (beading mat, needles, thread, scissors, magnification). If you need a task light, it must be battery-powered because we will not have electric cords available. Your best option is to have a rechargeable power source for your light (so you don’t have to pack lots and lots and lots of extra batteries!).