See magnificent schooners gather in Tall Ships Race on Saga Sapphire's Baltic cruise this summer

Monday 23 January 2017

Tall Ships’ expert Amanda Butcher to present themed talks on this unique sailing

Every summer more than 100 schooners gather in Europe for the Tall Ships Race and this year Saga Sapphire’s guests can enjoy two days in Turku, Finland, where the elegant ships will be moored before they race on to Lithuania.

As part of the unique cruise, Amanda Butcher MBE, author of The Tall Ships Handbook, will present a series of fascinating talks about the magnificent schooners.

Amanda, who served in the Royal Air Force and has worked closely with security services GCHQ and MI5, is now a trustee of the UK’s Association of Sail Training Organisations.

The Tall Ships in the Baltic cruise departs from Dover on July 15, 2017 and features calls to historic ports in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia and Poland, as well as cruising through Germany's Kiel Canal to Ijmuiden for Amsterdam.

The sailing features many optional tours including visits to see the Vasa warship in Stockholm, the Viking Ship Museum in Kalunborg, Denmark, and the Solidarity Square Monument at the entrance of Gdansk shipyard which commemorates the deaths of workers shot down by the Communist regime in December 1970.

Ventspils, the sixth-largest city in Latvia, is also on the itinerary. The port grew up in the Middle Ages and became an important trading centre for the Hanseatic League.

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For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30

16 nights from £3,183 departing Dover on July 15, 2017. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free wifi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance. 

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