World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic

Le Dumont-d'Urville

July 15 - 25, 2021

from $6,990 from Stockholm, Sweden


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Our latest World Affairs cruise offers another extraordinary opportunity to talk with leading thinkers about U.S. relations with the wider world, this time as we sail between several ports on the Baltic Sea. Joining us on the Le Dumont-d'Urville will be James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral; Bill Burns, former ambassador to Russia and president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Robin Wright, The New Yorker foreign affairs analyst. With our days dedicated to exploring St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, evenings will be spent listening to our esteemed guests in the ship's state- of-the-art theater and engaging in informal discussions over an elegant meal in the French restaurant.

There could be no more peaceful backdrop to these thoughtful talks. The cities that ring the Baltic present a delightful blend of cosmopolitan life with centuries of rich history. Two full days are spent in St. Petersburg, where virtually the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stockholm offers a chance to see the stunning Royal Palace. 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, a walking tour of Visby is followed by a specially arranged, private choral performance at the St. Clement Church Ruin and a reception with canapes and sparkling wines.

Our floating lecture hall, Le Dumont-d'Urville, entered into service in 2019. This new ship features 92 staterooms and suites for just 184 guests. Onboard ambiance is discreetly luxurious, with five-star service, deluxe amenities, refined cuisine and a robust selection of fine wines. W&L's faculty escort will be Rob Straughan, dean of the School of Commerce, Economics and Politics.

Beau Dudley '74, '79L, executive director of Alumni Engagement and his wife Julie, will serve as W&L hosts.

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Office of Lifelong Learning
Washington and Lee University
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Lexington, Virginia 24450