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Grand Baltic Cities and St Petersburg

Overview

Travel by Coach
  • Return travel by coach to the port of Tilbury
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s cocktail party
  • Visit wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark’s lively capital
  • Admire the castles, bastions and gabled tile-roofs of the beautifully preserved city of Tallinn
  • The Hermitage is the former Winter Palace of the Russian tsars in St Petersburg
  • Explore Helsinki’s tree-lined avenues, graceful parks and magnificent architecture
  • Stroll around Stockholm’s Old Town – the Gamla Stan, ‘the city between the bridges’, and watch the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace
  • Discover the charms of Aarhus – European Capital of Culture in 2017

A voyage to the Baltic Sea is always an enticing prospect and this summer cruise is not to be missed. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore Scandinavian kingdoms and countries once locked firmly behind the iron curtain. With eight fascinating ports of call you’ll visit culture-rich cities with awe-inspiring architecture, and also have the chance to enjoy their musical and artistic heritage.

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Itinerary

Day One: Embark London Tilbury
From London Tilbury, we’ll begin our cruise to Amsterdam on board the MV Columbus. (D) 

Day Two: Amsterdam
With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.   (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 MV Columbus’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 MV Columbus, 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
Relax and enjoy the MV Columbus’s superb facilities, as we spend the day at sea. (B,L,D) 

Day Thirteen: Aarhus, Denmark
Surrounded by forest and sea, Aarhus is Denmark's second-largest city and the capital of the Jutland Peninsula. Once called Aros by the Vikings, Aarhus was the joint European Capital of Culture in 2017. The lively city centre is full of old squares, cobbled streets and charming cafes and restaurants. View the city from a different perspective from the Your Rainbow Panorama which loops around the roof of the ARoS modern art museum.  Take a step back in time at Den Gamle By, an open-air museum that explores how Danes lived in three different decades – the 1860s, the 1920s and the 1970s. (B,L,D)

Day Fourteen: At Sea
Relax as our cruise continues across the North Sea on our return journey home. (B,L,D)

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

MV Columbus

Sail on board the impressive MV Columbus, exploring a host of exciting destinations. The MV Columbus 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, get creative in the new Crafter’s studio 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 the Dome Observatory, Nightclub and Palladium Show Lounge host nightly performances. There is even a large floor for ballroom dancing!


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