Grand Baltic Cities And St Petersburg Bank Holiday Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99924
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. May 2019. From £1629.00.
2019 CRUISE LAUNCH OFFER - BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE UNTIL 4th JULY 2018*
Join Columbus as she sails north and east into the Baltic, to visit a quintet of historic capitals and to spend two unforgettable days in St Petersburg on this fascinating early summer cruise. Discover the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and Copenhagen; the towers and spires of medieval Tallinn; Helsinki, Stockholm and Warnemunde - gateway to Rostock and the iconic German capital, Berlin.
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
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Four - Copenhagen, Denmark Day Five - Warnemunde, Germany
Day Seven - Tallinn, Estonia Days Eight and Nine - St Petersburg, Russia
Day 10 - Helsinki, Finland Day 11 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 13 - Aarhus, Denmark Day 15 - Arrive London Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions14 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 taxesSingle 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 1Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2At once historic and cosmopolitan, Amsterdam is Columbus' first port of call. Get to know this delightful, friendly city of picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings, perhaps visiting its world-class museums or exploring those enchanting waterways on a canal cruise.
Day 3Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 4Stylish Copenhagen, home to the famous Tivoli Gardens and forever associated with Hans Christian Andersen, is a marvellous city. Join the optional shore excursion to discover the world famous Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the grand stores that line Stroget, the city's famous shopping street.
Day 5This morning Columbus arrives in Warnemunde. 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 6Relax on board as Columbus spends another day at sea.
Day 7Today 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.
Day 8 + 9Columbus will spend two days tied up 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. There'll be lots of time in the city, so don't miss the 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 10Step 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 11Today, Columbus will thread its 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 12Spend another day at sea, hopefully enjoying sunny skies, as Columbus heads back to the UK.
Day 13Settled 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.
Day 14Make the most of your final day on board as Columbus cruises to London and home.
Day 15Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top
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.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. *This buy-one-get-one-free offer applies to new bookings on selected 2019 cruises made between 1st March and 4th July 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top