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We will be doing a Baltic cruise on Brilliance of the Seas in late August.  We’ve been checking out our stops and feel we can do some of them on our own (Skagen, Tallin, maybe Helsinki).  We have booked a two-day St. Petersburg tour with Best Guides.  I’m wondering if it would be best to book a ship or private tour for Stockholm and Copenhagen or maybe use a HOHO bus?  We do like to explore on our own but feel these places might be too big and busy for us to do that.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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23 minutes ago, Ginlyn said:

We will be doing a Baltic cruise on Brilliance of the Seas in late August.  We’ve been checking out our stops and feel we can do some of them on our own (Skagen, Tallin, maybe Helsinki).  We have booked a two-day St. Petersburg tour with Best Guides.  I’m wondering if it would be best to book a ship or private tour for Stockholm and Copenhagen or maybe use a HOHO bus?  We do like to explore on our own but feel these places might be too big and busy for us to do that.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Nope, not too big or busy to DIY in either Stockholm or Copenhagen. For Stockholm, I would recommend the HOHO boat rather than the bus (don't miss the fabulous Vasa).

Tallinn, Helsinki and Skagen are all easily done on your own. Tallinn & Helsinki have excellent online TI portals - check them out. Also recommend Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports - great tips/instructions for DIY in your ports of call.

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The centres of Stockholm and Copenhagen aren't too big or too busy to wander, esp if you incorporate the ho-ho boats in Stockholm and mebbe (we've not used them) the ho-ho buses in Copenhagen.

 

I'm pretty confident your ship will berth in Stockholm itself (be up and about early for the magnificent three to four hour sail-in thro' the archipelago of islands), but it might be berthed at very convenient Stadsgarden or at Frihamnen, which requires a shortish bus or taxi ride. 

 

For Copenhagen........

- if you berth at Nordre Toldbod, it's just a 15 min walk to Nyhavn for a welcome beer or coffee in pleasant harbourside surroundings, then 20 mins or less to the centre

- if you berth at Langelinie there'll be ho-ho buses at the pier, not too sure about local buses. But it's well worth walking at least one way, past the Little Mermaid, the Castelet and Amelienborg Palace to Nyhavn. It's about a 30 minute walk so you'll have earned that beer / coffee, but it's all attractive and interesting waterside.

- but many ships now use Copenhagen's new cruise terminal at Oceankaj (Ocean Quay), which is 3 to 4 miles from the city centre and you'll need a transfer of some sort. 

www.visitcopenhagen.com/cruisecopenhagen/copenhagen/transportation-and-cruise-terminals

 

JB :classic_smile:

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Thank you everyone for your great suggestions.  We will definitely check everything out and make our plan.  No mobility issues and we walk daily for exercise so I don’t foresee any problem for us in that regard.  

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In Copenhagen we found the city walkable.  You can break for lunch and also a canal boat ride.  It becomes less walkable if you go to Tivoli (not that Tivoli is so far away, but it does add to the walking).

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On 4/11/2019 at 2:40 PM, Ginlyn said:

We will be doing a Baltic cruise on Brilliance of the Seas in late August.  We’ve been checking out our stops and feel we can do some of them on our own (Skagen, Tallin, maybe Helsinki).  We have booked a two-day St. Petersburg tour with Best Guides.  I’m wondering if it would be best to book a ship or private tour for Stockholm and Copenhagen or maybe use a HOHO bus?  We do like to explore on our own but feel these places might be too big and busy for us to do that.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

 

If your port is in Stockholm and not Nynäshamn I think that you shall do Stockholm on your own.

 

If it's Nynäshamn I recommend a ship tour.

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2 hours ago, cansas.piligrim said:

Why don't you  want to book these tours with Best Guides? They offer discounts for those who book Baltic tours together with a St. Petersburg itinerary.

 

I didn’t realize Best Guides did tours in other places.  Thanks for the info. I will check them out.

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On 4/11/2019 at 2:03 PM, dogs4fun said:

 

Tallinn, Helsinki and Skagen are all easily done on your own. Tallinn & Helsinki have excellent online TI portals - check them out. 

 

Can I ask what TI portals are - I have googled the term and not found anything?  We will be in Helsinki and Skagan in August so could be of interest to us.

 

Just realised it probably means tourist information, so will see if I can get my post deleted - bad day today 🙂

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Thanks for the reply and links - will put them on favorites.  That was and incredibly quick response.

 

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Except for Russia, we have always done the ports on our own.  One of our favorites was taking the ferry in Helsinki from Market Square to nearby Suomenlinna Island. We were there in early July and  lilac trees were in full bloom everywhere. Plus, there are all these rocky overlooks and secluded coves to explore.  Bring a picnic and join the locals enjoying this unique spot.

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On 4/12/2019 at 3:55 AM, GradUT said:

Unless you have mobility issues, I recommend doing walking tours in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. I think you get a much better feel for the city when you see it by foot as opposed to seeing it from a bus.  

 

For Copenhagen, see:  http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/

 

For Stockholm, see:  http://www.stockholmfreetour.com/

 

I agree that one will see more on foot then from a bus window. Getting around can be done by public transport.

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We did most of the port on our own except for Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Berlin. In Tallin you can take a taxi or a bus to get to the Old Town. From there it's easy to walk the streets and explore the magical Old Town. If you get hungry, please do yourself a favor and find this place called Old Hansa. It's in the very centre of the town and you won't regret it. As for Helsinki the ferry from the Market Square to the Suomenlinna island is also easy to do on your own and it was the highlight of our day.

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Thanks for all the great info! Looking forward to using this info on our cruise in THREE WEEKS!!!

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Perhaps you could come back on here after your cruise and give any suggestions, etc.  It would be appreciated!!

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While in Tallin, you may want to check out the Midieval restaurant, Olde Hansa. Awesome ambiance, no electricity, really different. We did Tallin on our own, very easy.

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2 hours ago, crusingnut said:

While in Tallin, you may want to check out the Midieval restaurant, Olde Hansa. Awesome ambiance, no electricity, really different. We did Tallin on our own, very easy.

If anyone is interested in Olde Hansa, reservations are recommended. Info here:  https://www.oldehansa.ee/

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On 4/11/2019 at 3:03 PM, dogs4fun said:

Nope, not too big or busy to DIY in either Stockholm or Copenhagen. For Stockholm, I would recommend the HOHO boat rather than the bus (don't miss the fabulous Vasa).

Tallinn, Helsinki and Skagen are all easily done on your own. Tallinn & Helsinki have excellent online TI portals - check them out. Also recommend Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports - great tips/instructions for DIY in your ports of call.

 

About Vasa. It is 391 years since she sank today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0-ZWIsJ_Hy/?igshid=15t58i7pxrppz

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On 4/11/2019 at 9:55 PM, GradUT said:

Unless you have mobility issues, I recommend doing walking tours in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. I think you get a much better feel for the city when you see it by foot as opposed to seeing it from a bus.  

 

For Copenhagen, see:  http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/

 

For Stockholm, see:  http://www.stockholmfreetour.com/

How far from the ship dock to the free walking tour of stockholm

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1 hour ago, 12531 said:

How far from the ship dock to the free walking tour of stockholm

 

Depends on where your ship berth. 

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