Featuring lectures and discussions with former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis, former Ambassador to Russia and current President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace William Burns, and journalist and author Robin Wright, this voyage offers an extraordinary opportunity to talk with these leading thinkers and actors on the world stage about the current state of U.S. relations with the wider world.
The Baltic Sea has been a thoroughfare of trade since the days of the Vikings. We will visit the great cities that ring its shores and experience a comingling of cosmopolitan life with centuries of rich history. Two full days are spent in St. Petersburg—arguably the most magnificent city on the Baltic where virtually the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stockholm offers a chance to see the stunning Royal Palace and to visit the Vasa Museum, which features the 17th-century Vasa warship, rescued from the bottom of the sea after 333 years and lovingly restored. Helsinki is internationally recognized for its striking modern architecture, while Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. On Gotland—the largest island in the Baltic Sea—an included walking tour of the beautifully preserved medieval town of Visby, once a stronghold of the Hanseatic League, is followed by a specially arranged private choral performance at the St. Clemens Church Ruin and a reception with canapes and sparkling wines. Szczecin, a city nearly destroyed during World War II, is home to the Castle of the Dukes of Pomerania, which was completely rebuilt and its interior restored following the war as a testament to the city’s resilience.