Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20342
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
9 nights. October 2018. From £809.00.
Explore remote corners of the Baltic
Join Marco Polo as she sets sail on a unique cruise into the Baltic Sea. You'll visit a collection of rarely-visited ports in Danish Bornholm, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland, and enjoy a journey along the Kiel Canal, which links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.
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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, England 1500hrs
Day Three - Wismar, Germany
Day Four - *Ronne, Bornholm
Day Five - Visby, Sweden
Day Six - Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day Seven - Gdansk, Poland
Day 10 - Arrive London Tilbury, England 0800hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes9 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 taxes Single and upgrade 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 OneJoin Marco Polo in Tilbury ahead of her sailing this afternoon.
Day TwoMarco Polo spends the day at sea, cruising via Brunsbuttel in northern Germany and into the Kiel Canal, passing through overnight.
Day ThreeMarco Polo's rare call in Germany's Wismar this afternoon brings an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed former Hanseatic port-city. See its beautifully restored Altstadt, its vast Markt square and its towering, red-brick Gothic cathedral. Wander through streets lined with beautiful gabled buildings and look out for the 'Swedish Heads' - colourful, moustachioed busts dotted around the city.
Day FourThe Danish island of Bornholm is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. The pretty port-town of Ronne, with its half-timbered and newer brick-built houses, its St Torv market place and its fascinating museum showcasing the island's history of grandfather-clock-making, is gateway to this holiday paradise. Enjoy stepping ashore to discover the town, and the countryside and beaches beyond.
Day FiveA second Baltic island call is made on Swedish Gotland. The stunning, UNESCO-listed capital Visby is a medieval treasure chest of wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches, encompassed by stout defensive walls. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Gotland boats some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.
Day SixA call at the once-secretive port of Klaipeda, Lithuania's third-largest city, affords an opportunity to explore the city's old town, with its half-timbered houses, cafes and gift shops. Venture further afield on optional shore excursions, perhaps to the vast sand dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park, or to the fascinating Zemaitija National Park, where a top-secret Soviet base once aimed missiles at the West.
Day SevenThe great maritime city of Gdansk is one of New Europe's most sparkling jewels, with its lovingly restored core a medieval masterpiece, and its bustling waterfront a hive of activity. Watched over by gigantic, red-brick St Mary's Church, as well as the towering cranes of the Gdansk - formerly Lenin - Shipyards, the city is the epitome of 21st Century, yet retains a sense of its tumultuous and colourful past.
Days Eight to NineEnjoy a leisurely two days on board as Marco Polo makes her return journey along the Kiel Canal.
Day 10Disembark Marco Polo in London Tilbury this morning after a delightful 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