Opera OdysseyTM

BALTIC SEA • JUNE 23rd – JULY 3rd, 2007

   Ready for the Hermitage?

Destination Photos




Saturday, June 23

Denmark's capital is sophisticated, saucy and friendly. Stroll the fairytale world of Tivoli Gardens to take in bright lights, castles that out-Disney Disney. See the city's 200-year-old Royal Palace, the lively Old Harbor — Hans Christian Andersen lived here. Salute the Little Mermaid, symbol of this light-hearted city.

»» Copenhagen Excursion Details »»

Monday, June 25

Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Tallinn's Old Town. Stroll and shop along cobblestone streets, walk up to the Baroque palace in the Upper Town, look out over the red roofs to the Baltic below, drop in at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to find inspiration in the gleaming mosaics and icons. Crisp, gorgeous linen is a local specialty — find yours at a small store near the town hall square.

»» Tallinn Excursion Details »»

Tuesday, June 26 through
Wednesday, June 27

Peter the Great called St. Petersburg his "Window on Europe." For openers, there's the fabulous Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace, with its renowned art collection from Raphael to Rembrandt, Titian to Tintoretto. Other musts are the babbling fountains of Peterhof, and the Amber Room at Catherine's Palace which words cannot capture.

»» St. Petersburg Excursion Details »»

Thursday, June 28

Shaped by its bays and off-shore islands, Helsinki is one of Europe's most scenic capitals.

Friday, June 29

There's so much to see in charming Stockholm, sprawled on 18 islands, often called the "Venice of the North." Cruise the sparkling waterways and navigate narrow, medieval streets. Watch the snappy changing of the guard at the Baroque Royal Palace and sail into Viking history with a visit to the awesome Vasa Museum. Work up an appetite so you can do justice to a lavish smorgasbord.

»» Stockholm Excursion Details »»

Sunday, July 1

Step back to the Middle Ages in Old Town Arhus with its cobblestone streets and faultless renditions of half-timbered houses. Shop for unique Danish handcrafts near the port, explore the ruggedly beautiful Jutland Peninsula and its heathery hills, or indulge your inner child with a trip to the original (and still the best) Legoland.

»» Arhus Excursion Details »»

Monday, July 2

At the head of Oslofjord, Norway's handsome capital is the logical first stop in Scandinavia. Visit Anthropoligist Thor Heyerdahl's raft, the Kon Tiki which recalls a voyage between Easter Island and Tahiti to prove a theory about the earliest colonization of Oceania. Watch the changing of the palace guard; ferry to the open-air Folke Museum with its 12th-century stave church.

»» Oslo Excursion Details »»


small bullet Hermitage Museum (more pictures)
(June 26, 9am – 11:30am)

small bullet Two one-hour Lectures with F. Paul Driscoll:
Ten Essential Scandinavian Divas
Ten Essential Russian Singers
Audio Preview with F. Paul

small bullet Two Onboard Recitals: Classical & Cabaret

small bullet Two Cocktail Receptions

small bullet Two Afternoon High Teas (including Champagne) with Christine Brewer and F. Paul Driscoll

small bullet Interview and Q & A

small bullet Two Movie Presentations with Introductions from F. Paul Driscoll

small bullet Two Land-Based Musical Excursions:
• St. Petersburg, incl. the Hermitage

Except for our two land excursions, our program is offered when we're at sea. Our program is subject to change, though these web pages will be kept up to date.


Cruise prices vary from $1,849 for an Inside Stateroom to $5,399 for a Full Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change. Geek Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing offered at the Holland America website at the time of booking.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is a $1,475 fee. Taxes are $353 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary please review our ITINERARY page.

For questions, please don't hestitate in calling Michael Snider at the Metropolitan Opera Guild (212-769-7062) or Neil Bauman at GeekCruises.com (650-787-5665) or emailing Michael or Neil.


»» Christine Brewer bio »»
      Audio Preview with Christine 
»» F. Paul Driscoll bio »»
»» Craig Rutenberg bio »»

Speaker and Artist have confirmed their intent to participate; however, scheduling conflicts may arise.


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