Baltic Cities & St Petersburg Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99455
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. September 2021. From £2519.00.
Great cities of Northern Europe
This late-summer sailing from London Tilbury features a handful of fascinating ports-of-call, including medieval Tallinn, an overnight stay at Tsarist St Petersburg, stylish Scandinavian capitals Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm, and Danish seaside gem Aarhus. After a call at Dutch capital Amsterdam, sail north to wonderful Copenhagen, followed by a stop at the German port town of Warnemünde, which brings the opportunity to visit Berlin. A call at Estonia’s majestic capital Tallinn, which is overlooked by Toompea Castle, is followed by an overnight stay in gilded St Petersburg. Turning toward home, Columbus calls next at pretty Helsinki and island-dotted Stockholm. A final call at Danish former Viking stronghold Aarhus, on the Jutland Peninsula, rounds off this wonderful cruise.
What's Included14 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsTwo days to discover St Petersburg
Five glorious, historic European capitals
Lazy days at sea, cruising across the Baltic
"Wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen
The exquisite Estonian capital, Tallinn
The elegant cities of Stockholm and Helsinki
Exploring Denmark's second city, Aarhus
Amsterdam's canals and cobbled streets
The chance to visit Berlin on an optional excursion from Warnemünde
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, UK
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail this afternoon.
Day 2Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1630hrs At once historic and cosmopolitan, Amsterdam is Columbus's next port of call. Spend the morning exploring this delightful, friendly city of picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings, perhaps visiting its world-class museums or drifting along those enchanting waterways on a canal cruise.
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, Strøget.
Day 5Warnemünde, Germany
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2130hrs This morning Columbus arrives in Warnemünde. 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 7Tallinn, Estonia
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1700hrs Today we'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. You'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 Step ashore to explore Helsinki, Finland's elegant capital. 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: 1000hrs Depart: 1430hrs 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 13Aarhus, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs 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 15Arrive in London Tilbury, UK
Arrive: 0900hrs Disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise around the Baltic as Columbus arrives back in Tilbury, today. 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. Back to top