Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Autumn Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99725
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. September 2020. From £1309.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
This delightful two-week autumn cruise begins on a high with a day in Amsterdam, the first of eight wonderful ports you'll visit as Columbus sails from Tilbury, around the Danish coast and into the Baltic. Step ashore to see the Little Mermaid statue, world-famous Tivoli Gardens and stylish streets and stores in Copenhagen; the winding cobblestone streets, ornate towers and storybook houses of Tallinn; Helsinki's monumental neo-Classical buildings; and the parks, palaces, cobbled squares and labyrinthine old town that cover Stockholm's 14 interlinked islands.
Spend two days exploring St Petersburg's famous sights - from the Haymarket to the Hermitage, the Mariinsky Theatre and the historic Summer Palace at Petrodvorets - and perhaps take the opportunity to head inland from the German port of Warnemunde on an unforgettable optional shore excursion to Berlin.
What's Included14 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsThe cosmopolitan Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus
Calls at eight unforgettable ports
Lazy days at sea, cruising through the Baltic's cool waters
Bustling maritime Rotterdam
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Discover Tallinn, the exquisite capital of Estonia
Wander Helsinki's elegant streets and squares
Stockholm - a historic city spread across 14 islands
Explore Denmark's second city, Aarhus
The chance to visit Berlin, Germany's historic capital on an excursion from Warnemunde
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Your first port of call is the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 4Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Stylish Copenhagen, home to the famous Tivoli Gardens and forever associated with Hans Christian Andersen, is a marvellous city. Join an optional shore excursion to discover the world-famous Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the grand stores that line the famous shopping street, Stroget.
Day 5Warnemunde, Germany
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2100hrs This morning Columbus arrives in Warnemunde. Discover the port's charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt, or join the optional excursion to Berlin to explore the city's highlights - from the Brandenburg Gate and the 1926 Olympic Stadium to Hitler's Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
Day 6At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 7Tallinn, Estonia
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1700hrs Today you'll arrive in beautiful Tallinn. Step back in time as you explore the enchanting Estonian capital and its perfectly preserved old town, winding cobblestone streets full of storybook houses, steepled churches and ancient buildings, all watched over by Toompea Castle.
Days 8 and 9St Petersburg Russia
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day Eight) Depart: 1900hrs (Day Nine) Columbus will spend two days at the docks of St Petersburg, one of the world's most startling and glorious cities, with its world-renowned Hermitage Museum, its wide canal-side boulevards and its modern cosmopolitan atmosphere. We'll have lots of time in the city, so don't miss our optional excursion to the Tsars' Summer Palace at Petrodvorets, the chance to explore the city's Haymarket, or the opportunity to see the opulence of the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the world-renowned Kirov Ballet.
Day 10Helsinki, Finland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Finland's elegant capital, Helsinki, is your next stop. Explore the harbour-side fish market, take a stroll in nearby Esplanade Park, and don't miss the monumental neo-Classical buildings of stunning Senate Square, which have played the part of Moscow in many Cold War movies.
Day 11Stockholm, Sweden
Arrive: 0950hrs Depart: 1515hrs Today, Columbus will thread her way between the countless islands of Sweden's eastern coast to Stockholm. Best explored on foot, the Swedish capital spans 14 islets and boasts a wonderful mix of historic sights and fine city parks. Its ancient heart is Gamla Stan, a beguiling labyrinth of cobbled streets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Day 12At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 13Aarhus, Denmark
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1330hrs Settled for over 1000 years, Denmark's lively second city, Aarhus, is a delightful university seat boasting a cobbled old town of colourful shops, bars and cafes, all watched over by the imposing Gothic Domkirke cathedral. Don't miss the fascinating Viking Museum as Columbus spends the morning here.
Day 14At sea
Make the most of your final day on board as Columbus cruises to the mouth of the Thames and home.
Day 15Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0900hrs Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.