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Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

Overview

Travel by Coach
  • Return travel by coach to the port of Newcastle
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s cocktail party
  • Discover historical kingdoms and rich cultures
  • Discover the capital cities of Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden
  • Admire incredible architecture in magnificent destinations
  • Cruise along Denmark’s Great Belt

Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. A highlight of this cruise is an overnight stay in St. Petersburg with two full days to explore ornate churches and cathedrals, the magnificent Hermitage Museum with its world-renowned art collection and opulent palaces once home to Russian Tsars.

After a visit to Dundee, relax on board MS Magellan as you cruise towards the Baltic Sea. Charming Copenhagen is the first of seven fascinating ports of call. Explore this warm, welcoming city, or perhaps visit the enchanting Tivoli Gardens. Warnemunde offers an optional tour to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Rostock or to discover highlights of historical Berlin. In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, exploring the Old Town reveals a wonderful medieval gem of castles, turrets, spires and winding cobbled streets. In contrast St. Petersburg is a city of imperial splendour with grand cathedrals, palaces, gilded domes, minarets and soaring fountains.

An overnight stay here enables you to discover the Russian city of the tsars through a selection of carefully chosen day and evening excursions. Known as the ‘White City of the North’, Finland’s capital Helsinki is always a delight with its Uspensky Cathedral and Sibelius Park dedicated to the great composer, and in beautiful Stockholm opt to visit the Vasa Museum and atmospheric old quarter Gamla Stan. Leaving the Swedish capital you sail through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago before enjoying a relaxing day at sea and a final call at delightful Aalborg, one of Denmark’s oldest cities where the MS Magellan was originally built.

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Itinerary

Day One: Embark Newcastle
Travel via the interchange to Newcastle, from where we begin our cruise to Dundee on board the MS Magellan. (D) 

Day Two: Dundee
Spend the day exploring Dundee, Scotland’s fourth-largest city. This city is often referred to as 'one city, many discoveries', and it’s easy to see why - there’s something for everyone here. Go shopping, take in some of the city’s many museums, or admire excellent architecture. (B,L,D)

Day Three: At Sea
Relax at sea as we make our way to the ancient city of Copenhagen, famous for its heritage and beautiful architecture. Make the most of the MS Magellan’s facilities, enjoying the daytime activities, leisure facilities and great entertainment on board. (B,L,D) 

Day Four: Copenhagen, Denmark
The largest city in Scandinavia, capital of Denmark for over 600 years and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is the most charming of Baltic cities. Beautiful parks and gardens, attractive 17th and 18th century buildings, grand castles and the elegant Amalienborg Palace – home to the reigning Queen Margrethe II, grace the city that is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals. Cafes and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historical Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens. (B,L,D)

Day Five: Warnemunde for Berlin
We will arrive in seaside Warnemunde early this morning and will have the day to explore. This coastal town in Germany is known for its naval history. Some of the town’s best sights include its old lighthouse, dating from 1897, as well as its charming fishermen’s houses found in the Old Town, and its large, sandy beaches. (B,L,D)

Day Six: At Sea
Spend the day admiring views from the sun deck today, or relax in your cabin. There will be plenty to do on board the MS Magellan, from shopping to enjoying time with your fellow passengers. (B,L,D) 

Day Seven: Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia’s capital is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city. Tumbling down Toompea Hill, the historical Old Town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires. Wrapped within the original medieval wall, which is studded with imaginatively named towers, the Castle, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Town Hall Square and Gothic Town Hall survive along with the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries. Just outside the city Rocca al Mare is an open-air museum of Estonia’s rural architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries. (B,L,D)

Day Eight: St Petersburg, Russia
Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 as his ‘Window on the West’. Drawing inspiration from Europe, the Russian Tsar and his successors created an extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and splendid parks all part of the supremely elegant architectural ensemble. The magnificent Hermitage and its priceless treasures of art, grandeur of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and gilded fountains in the gardens at Peterhof illustrate the lavish lifestyle of Russia’s former ruling elite. (B,L,D)

Day Nine: St Petersburg, Russia
Spend another day exploring St. Petersburg - why not see the city’s many sights at leisure? The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts, and it’s also home to some truly stunning architecture. Admire the Smolny Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Trinity Cathedral, and bustling Senate Square, on which we’ll find the Bronze Horseman statue. (B,L,D)

Day Ten: Helsinki, Finland
Finland’s capital is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in harmony with the surrounding nature. Its centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square lined with elegant neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas. A striking exception to Helsinki’s general architectural style is the Russian Orthodox, onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral, which stands on a hill at the end of Market Square and dominates the city skyline. Built into solid rock Temppeliaukio Church is also somewhat unusual. Museums are plentiful with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Museum amongst the most notable. (B,L,D)

Day Eleven: Stockholm, Sweden
Approached through an archipelago of some 24,000 islands and islets, Sweden’s stately and spacious capital is itself built on 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges. Founded in 1252, Stockholm grew up around Gamla Stan. The charming Old Town is a maze of medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century buildings some of which feature wrought-iron signs symbolising ancient craft workers’ guilds. A delightful mix of parkland and forest, Royal Djurgarden is Stockholm’s city park. The island is home to the magnificent Vasa Museum housing a salvaged 17th century Swedish warship that sunk on its maiden voyage. (B,L,D)

Day Twelve: At Sea
Cruise along the Great Belt between the islands of Zealand and Funen on our way to Aalborg. (B,L,D)

Day Thirteen: Aarlborg, Denmark
From your ship there is a perfect view the modern Utzon Center, designed by the world famous Jørn Utzon who was the architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. You may choose to visit the exhibition and marvel at its architectural designs, or continue along the harbour front to discover the new House of Music, beautifully created by the Austrian architects from Coop Himmelb(l)au. (B,L,D)

Day Fourteen: At Sea
Another day to relax and enjoy the MS Magellan’s superb facilities, as we spend the day at sea. (B,L,D) 

Day Fifteen: Disembark Newcastle
We’ll arrive in Newcastle today, ready to return home after a wonderful cruise. (B)

MS Magellan

Sail on board the impressive MS Magellan, exploring a host of exciting destinations. The MS Magellan is ideal for couples, friends and solo travellers, boasting 150 superior inner and ocean view twin cabins for single occupancy.

Sample sumptuous cuisine while on board, and enjoy excellent daytime activities - why not workout in the gym, get a makeover at the beauty salon, or simply sit down with a good book in the library? Be wowed by glittering evening entertainment in the Show Lounge with West- End style cabaret acts. For a more relaxing evening, enjoy the sounds of the ship’s resident pianist and violinist, or dance into the early hours at the nightclub - the choice is yours!

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