Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Cruise - All Ages
- Duration: 14 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20322
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
13 nights. August 2018. From £1399.00.
Cruise to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Russia and Estonia
Join us for two unforgettable nights in Tsarist St Petersburg. Take in the Scandinavian capitals, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki, and the Estonian capital, Tallinn, on this delightful summer Baltic cruise.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1400 hrs
Day Three - Copenhagen, Denmark
Day Four - Warnemunde (for Berlin), Germany
Day Six - Tallinn, Estonia
Day Seven - St Petersburg, Russia
Day Eight - St Petersburg, Russia
Day Nine - Helsinki, Finland
Day 10 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 12 - Aarhus, Denmark
Day 14 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0900 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes13 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
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 OneMake your way this morning to Tilbury, from where Columbus sets sail this afternoon. Get to know the ship and your fellow passengers as you begin your cruise.
Day TwoToday is spent at sea, enjoying life on board and all of the wonderful amenities that Columbus has to offer.
Day ThreeColumbus arrives in "wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen, this afternoon. Stroll Stroget, its famous shopping street, or perhaps pay a short visit to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. Alternatively, join an optional shore excursion to see the city's highlights, including the fabled bronze statuette of the Little Mermaid.
Day FourThis morning Columbus arrives in Warnemunde. Visit the charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt of nearby Rostock, or join the optional excursion to Berlin. Take in the city's fascinating history - from the Brandenburg Gate and the great 1926 Olympic Stadium to Hitler's Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
Day FiveAnother day spent at sea, hopefully cruising in the wonderful light for which the Baltic is renowned.
Day SixTallin, the Estonian capital, with its enchantingly unspoilt old town, is one of Europe's most scenic cities. Discover the winding cobbled streets, storybook houses, spectacular steepled churches, ancient buildings and famous Toompea Castle of this timeless place.
Days Seven and EightPerhaps the highlight of the cruise begins today as you dock in the glorious Russian city of St Petersburg. Discover the incomparable Hermitage Museum, the Haymarket area where you might expect to turn a corner and find yourself suddenly inside a Dostoyevsky novel, and the Mariinsky Theatre, home to the world renowned Kirov Ballet. You'll also have the opportunity discover magical Moscow on an overnight excursion, or to visit the fabled Summer Palace at Petrodvorets.
Day NineStep ashore this afternoon to explore the wonderful port of Helsinki, where the City Hall overlooks the fresh fish stalls and historic, covered Market Hall in Market Square. Stroll through Esplanade Park, and take in the panoramic views of the city and the sea beyond from the Cathedral tower. Don't miss the great neo-Classical buildings of Senate Square, which have doubled for Moscow in so many Cold War movies.
Day 10Be on deck early this morning for the stunning passage past the myriad islands that surround the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The city itself is built across 14 such islets, and is best explored on foot. One third water, one third city and one third green landscape, Stockholm offers a wonderful mix of historic sights, labyrinthine cobbled streets and fine parks.
Day 11Relax on board as Columbus cruises south.
Day 12Settled 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. It's also home to a fascinating Viking Museum.
Day 13Make the most of your final day at sea as Columbus leaves the Baltic and cruises homeward. Unwind, reminisce about the places you've seen with new friends and make the most of the ship's excellent facilities.
Day 14Enjoy a final breakfast on board, then disembark in Tilbury at the end of an unforgettable cruise to the Baltic. 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.
All Ages CruiseColumbus and Magellan operate primarily as child-free ships, but this is one of eight cruises that are being offered with a minimum age restriction of six months so that customers can take children and grandchildren on holiday. Please note that neither ship has child-specific facilities. Child fares start from just GBP99. Back to top