Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20354
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
9 nights. April 2018. From £789.00.
SAVER FARES AVAILABLE ON SELECTED CRUISES!*
A unique spring cruise
Bookended with transits of the Kiel Canal, this spring cruise from Tilbury features a collection of rarely visited Baltic ports. Cruise to stunning Wismar, the picture-book islands of Bornholm and Gotland, Lithuanian Klaipeda and the great Polish maritime city of Gdansk.
Beautiful, 550-passenger Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
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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 1400 hrs
Day Two - Kiel Canal Transit (overnight)
Day Three - Wismar, Germany
Day Four - Ronne, Bornholm
Day Five - Visby, Gotland
Day Six - Klaipeda, Lithuania
Day Seven - Gdansk, Poland
Day Eight - Kiel Canal Transit (late afternoon)
Day Nine - Brunsbuttel, Germany
Day 10 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0800 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. 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 OneMake your way to Tilbury for embarkation and Astoria's afternoon sailing.
Day TwoToday is spent at sea before Astoria arrives in Brunsbuttel, early this evening, to begin her transit of the Kiel Canal.
Day ThreeAstoria's rare call in Germany's Wismar brings an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed former Hanseatic port-city. See the beautifully restored altstadt (old town), vast Markt square and towering, red-brick Gothic cathedral. Wander streets lined with beautiful gabled buildings and look out for the Swedish Heads - colourful, moustachioed busts dotted around the city that reflect the city's 17th-century annexation by its northern neighbour.
Day FourThe Danish island of Bornholm is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. Discover the half-timbered and newer brick-built houses, and St Torv market place of the pretty port-town of Ronne. Visit the fascinating museum that showcases the island's history of grandfather-clock-making, or perhaps head into the countryside or beaches beyond.
Day FiveAstoria's second Baltic island call is to Swedish Gotland. The island's UNESCO-listed capital, Visby, is a medieval treasure trove of wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches, encompassed by stout defensive walls. Beyond the town, a pristine land of tranquil countryside and fine beaches dotted with fascinating weathered rock formations known as 'rauks', awaits.
Day SixThe once-secretive port of Klaipeda, Lithuania's third-largest city, boasts an unspoilt old town of half-timbered houses, cafes and gift shops. Choose to venture further afield and you might see the vast sand dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park, or fascinating Zemaitija National Park (home to a once top-secret Cold War missile base and beautiful Lake Plateliai).
Day SevenThe historic port city of Gdynia, once the mightiest in Poland, welcomes Astoria this morning. Part of the 'Tri-City', alongside elegant Sopot and fabled Gdansk, Gdynia is set on the picturesque Bay of Gdansk, and provides the opportunity for some wonderful optional shore excursions.
Day EightToday is spent at sea, hopefully enjoying sunny skies, before Astoria arrives in Holtenau to begin her late afternoon transit of the famous Kiel Canal.
Day NineShortly after midnight, Astoria will complete her passage back through the Kiel Canal to Brunsbuttel. The rest of the day is spent at sea, relaxing and reliving the adventures of your Baltic islands cruise.
Day 10Arrive in Tilbury, and bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers as you disembark this morning. Back to top
Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
The cabins on board Astoria offer accommodation to suit a range of pockets and preferences. Each passenger cabin offers private facilities with shower and bath, a TV, a hairdryer and personal safe. Superior and Deluxe cabins and Suites offer extra touches such as mini-bars fridges, bathrobes and slippers and even champagne to toast your arrival on board. Outside cabins offer picture windows and portholes. Passengers who book a Junior Suite will also enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, and a special 'At Your Leisure' disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper on the day they disembark. In addition, passengers who choose to book Astoria's Owners Presidential Suite will receive a complimentary laundry service, will be served pre-dinner hors-d'oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship's library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship's restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations (on tours with at least 40 participants).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 offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
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