Grand Baltic Cities And St Petersburg Autumn Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99913
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. September 2019. From £1279.00.
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Make the most of the last of summer's warmth and join Columbus as she cruises across the Channel to Amsterdam, and then north and east into the Baltic. Discover the cosmopolitan Danish cities of Aarhus and Copenhagen, Talinn's towers and spires, and the fascinating capitals of Sweden and Finland. Spend two unforgettable days in Russia's most elegant city - magnificent, historic St Petersburg, and perhaps join an unforgettable excursion from Rostock to the iconic German capital, 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 HighlightsCalling at eight unforgettable ports
Five contrasting but delightful European captials
Lazy days relaxing on board
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 London Tilbury
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs At once historic and cosmopolitan, Rotterdam is Columbus's first port of call.
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: 0800hrs Depart: 2130hrs This morning Columbus arrives in Rostock. Seat of northern Europe’s oldest university, Rostock retains much of its medieval charm in the gabled houses and preserved warehouses surrounding Neuer Markt, the city’s main square. However, for many the main attraction of this stop will be the optional excursion to Berlin. See the arch of the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the former East German sector and the shops on the 'Ku'damm', and visit the reminders of 20th-century conflict - from Hitler’s Bunker to Checkpoint Charlie.
Day 6At sea
Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.
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. 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 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: 1700hrs Today, Columbus will call at Nynashamn, 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, modern culture 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: 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 city's fascinating Viking Museum!
Day 14At sea
Make the most of your final day on board as Columbus cruises to London and home.
Day 15Arrive London Tilbury
Arrive: 0900hrs 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.