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Locations: Stockholm,Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Klaipėda, Lithuania; Gdańsk, Poland; Berlin (with an optional visit to Warnemünde), Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark  
Trip Leader: Professor John W. Williams, JD
Dates: June 13–24, 2019
Cost: Starting at $3,899/person for a double-occupancy (shared) room
Trip Capacity: 20 minimum
Registration Deadline: Based on availability
Final Payment Deadline: February 14, 2019

Trip Overview

Three Scandinavian capitals—Stockholm, Helsinki, and Copenhagen—tell tales of this fascinating region. Your journey between them will take you to other storied cities along the Baltic Sea as well. You'll experience St. Petersburg’s astounding Hermitage Museum, originally a private collection of Catherine the Great and now Russia’s largest art museum. You'll also discover the variety among Helsinki’s dramatic churches, from the green-domed Lutheran Cathedral dominating Senate Square to the modern Church in the Rock, blasted out of native granite and capped with a copper dome. In Gdańsk, you'll soak in the wonderful medieval atmosphere of the Old Town area, which was lovingly restored after being nearly destroyed in World War II. And in Germany, you can walk through Brandenburg Gate, the iconic symbol of Berlin that marks the beginning of the broad boulevard Unter den Linden in the city center.

The trip includes the following:

  • Informative and engaging lectures by Principia Lifelong Learning faculty member John Williams
  • Free airfare from major U.S. and Canadian cities*
  • 6 free shore excursions OR $600 in shipboard credit, per cabin. Note: Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same free amenity.
  • Gourmet, open-seating restaurants at no additional charge
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea, and juice
  • Entertainment and use of the facilities aboard the ship
  • Enrichment programs, guest lecturers, and the Artist Loft, featuring hands-on instruction from artists-in-residence
  • The Culinary Center—the only hands-on cooking school at sea
  • Air and cruise-related government taxes, surcharges, and fees
  • Unlimited internet
  • Attentive service from an experienced Go Next Program Manager throughout the voyage
  • A Welcome Reception to meet your fellow Principia Lifelong Learning passengers

*Free airfare does not include ground transfers and applies to coach, roundtrip flights only from select gateways. Gateways are subject to change at any time, and some gateways may require an additional charge. 

The following are not included:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Any checked baggage fees imposed by the airlines
  • Travel Protection Insurance, which may be purchased from Go Next and is provided by Trip Mates 
  • Upgrades, supplements, and personal expenses

Meet Your Trip Leader

John Williams has taught at Principia College for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include American government and politics, political communications, comparative politics (post-communist and third world nations), law (legal process, constitutional law, media law), and communication. He has also directed numerous study abroad programs to China, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. In addition to his teaching duties, John has written for The Telegraph (Alton, IL), managed a dozen local political campaigns (for mayors and judges), and been a columnist for the Jersey County Journal. Before joining the faculty, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced law. John serves as President of the College's Faculty Senate.