Baltic Treasures & St Petersburg Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99687
- Travel Type: Make your own way
14 nights. September 2020. From £1309.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
This wonderful cruise from Newcastle sees Marco Polo visit eight fascinating ports, where opportunities to explore abound. Your voyage will include an overnight stay in glorious St Petersburg, and four relaxed days at sea enjoying life on board, the clear air of the Baltic and (hopefully) some late-summer sun.
Step ashore in Aberdeen, the Granite City, for the chance to join a shore excursion, then cross the North Sea to Copenhagen. See the world-famous Little Mermaid statue, the colourful bars and restaurants of Nyhavn and the city's stylish streets. Your next port, Rostock, brings the chance to visit iconic German capital, Berlin, before you sail on to Tallinn in Estonia to explore its gorgeous, enchanting old town. Spend two days in St Petersburg discovering its Hermitage Museum, canal-side boulevards and vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Don’t miss the Haymarket area or the Marinsky Theatre, and perhaps visit the world-famous Summer Palace at Petrodvorets on an optional shore excursion. Turning for home, Marco Polo calls at Helsinki, Finland’s delightfully compact, walkabout capital, the Swedish port of Nynashamn close to the majestic island-city of Stockholm, and Jutland’s Aalborg, with its old town and castle.
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 HighlightsSpending two fascinating days in St Petersburg
Calling at eight unforgettable ports
Lazy days at sea to relax
The cosmopolitan Danish capital, Copenhagen
Tallinn, Estonia's fairy-tale capital
Wander Helsinki's elegant streets and squares
A call in the historic Scottish port of Aberdeen
The chance to visit the Aquavit distillery in Aalborg
Take an excursion to Stockholm from Nynashamn
An optional shore excursion from Rostock to Berlin
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 Newcastle
Depart: 1800hrs Board Marco Polo in Newcastle, today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2Aberdeen, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs This morning, Marco Polo arrives in Aberdeen, the Granite City, close to the Royal Family’s summer retreat at Balmoral. Step ashore to discover the hidden charms of one of Britain’s more remote cities, or to enjoy an excursion into the surrounding countryside, or to one or more of the famous distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 4Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1530hrs 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 5Rostock, Germany
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 2130hrs This morning Marco Polo arrives in Rostock. Discover the Botanical Gardens, 15th-century Gothic church and astronomical clock and cobbled Neuer Markt of this historic university city, 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 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 8s and 9St Petersburg, Russia
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day Eight) Depart: 1800hrs (Day Nine) Marco Polo 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: 1500hrs 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 11Nynashamn, Sweden
Arrive: 0730hrs Depart: 1600hrs Marco Polo will call at Nynashamn, this morning, and you’ll have the chance to head 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
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 13Aalborg, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Our final Danish port is Aalborg. Explore the old town's 17th-century castle and painted buildings, or join an optional excursion to the Viking burial site at Lindholm Hoje. Aalborg is also the home of Aquavit, and a visit to the distillery and museum provides another enjoyable diversion.
Day 14At sea
Make the most of your final day on board as Marco Polo cruises back to Newcastle.
Day 15Arrive back at Newcastle
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, this morning, 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.