Baltic Cities, St Petersburg & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99388
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. September 2021. From £2269.00.
Captivating Cosmopolitan Cities
Several historic Baltic cities and an overnight stay at Tsarist St Petersburg are among the many the highlights of this fascinating cruise to the clear air of the Baltic Sea. Sail from Portsmouth to lively Amsterdam via Harwich, then continue east for the 61-mile journey through the Kiel Canal to tranquil Nynäshamn, for the chance to visit Sweden’s island-dotted capital, Stockholm. A call at elegant Helsinki is followed by an overnight visit to gilded St Petersburg, before Marco Polo heads to Estonia’s fairy-tale capital, Tallinn. Continue to Warnemünde, for the chance to visit fascinating Berlin, before heading home via the Kiel Canal.
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 in glorious St Petersburg
Visits to two spectacular Scandinavian capitals
Tallinn, the exquisite capital of Estonia
Passage through the famous Kiel Canal
Take an excursion to Stockholm from Nynäshamn
The delightful Dutch capital, Amsterdam
The chance to visit Berlin, Germany's historic capital
Enjoy cruising in the Baltic’s clear light
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 Portsmouth, UK
Depart: 1530hrs Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today. Settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail, and later enjoy your first dinner and evening's entertainment on board.
Day 2Harwich, UK
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs This morning, Marco Polo calls in the Essex port of Harwich. As some more cruise passengers join you on board, you'll have time to discover the long military and naval history of the town, whose very name comes from the Old English for "army settlement", or perhaps head to the charming market town of Colchester.
Day 3Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0730hrs Depart: 1300hrs At once historic and cosmopolitan, Amsterdam is Marco Polo'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. Marco Polo will cruise away from Amsterdam after lunch, heading north.
Day 4Transit Kiel Canal
Relax as Marco Polo makes her way through the Kiel Canal from the North Sea to the Baltic.
Day 6Nynäshamn, Sweden
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1500hrs As Marco Polo calls at Nynäshamn you’ll have the chance to head to Stockholm on an optional shore excursion. 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 7Helsinki, Finland
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1700hrs Step ashore, today, to discover 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 so many Cold War movies.
Days 8 and 9St Petersburg, Russia
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day Eight) Depart: 1800hrs (Day Nine) Marco Polo will spend two days in 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 10Tallinn, Estonia
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Today you 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.
Day 12Warnemünde, Germany
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs This morning, Marco Polo 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 14Transit Kiel Canal
Today, Marco Polo arrives in Holtenau to begin her second transit of the Kiel Canal.
Day 15Arrive Portsmouth, UK
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your Baltic 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. Back to top