Explore a selection of the Baltic’s most absorbing cities in the autumn, a time of the year when this incredible part of the world is less crowded but no less rewarding. Spend days in cities with an eclectic mix of attractions – Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Tallinn and Helsinki, with beautiful gardens, attractive waterfronts and historic sites including royal palaces and the castle of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We then spend two days in St Petersburg. The city created by Peter the Great is a spectacular display of the power of Russia’s Romanov family, and still holds its grandeur today despite losing the title of Russia’s capital in 1918. We then return to Newcastle via Oslo, where art lovers may enjoy art galleries or sculpture parks and history lovers can see a medieval castle or well-preserved Viking ships.