Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99681
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. March 2020. From £929.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Including two transits of the famous Kiel Canal, this spring cruise from Poole features several rarely visited Baltic ports. See the stunning Hanseatic port-city of Wismar; two picture-book Scandinavian islands; Lithuania’s historic third city, Klaipéda; and the great Polish maritime city of Gdansk. It also includes a scenic cruise through the Dutch waterways to Ijmuiden, gateway to the lovely, colourful city of Haarlem.
Rest and relax aboard Astoria as she makes a daytime passage through the Kiel Canal to Wismar where you'll discover an old town and market square watched over by a towering red-brick cathedral. Two idyllic isles – Danish Bornholm and Swedish Gotland – are followed by a visit to Klaipéda, where you'll be able to explore the city’s unspoiled old town or join some fascinating shore excursions. Next comes Gdansk, on its beautiful bay, and its lovingly restored medieval heart. Charming, Danish Fredericia, gateway to Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace of Odense, a second passage through the Kiel Canal and the last Dutch call in Ijmuiden, complete your wonderful spring voyage.
What's Included12 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 HighlightsSpringtime cruising in beautiful waters
Call at unspoilt islands and fascinating cities
The stunning Hanseatic port-city of Wismar
Two transits of the Kiel Canal
Calls at the exquisite Baltic islands of Bornholm and Gotland
Lithuanian Klaipeda - once a secretive Cold War port
Gdansk, the Polish jewel, on its sweeping bay
Danish Fredericia, close to historic Odense
The chance to visit Haarlem from the Dutch port of Ijmuiden
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 Poole
Depart: 1800hrs Make your way to Poole and board Astoria before she sets sail in the afternoon.
Day 2At sea
Enjoy a first restful day at sea, using the time to discover the ship's facilities and getting to know your fellow passengers.
Day 3Transit Kiel Canal
Astoria arrives in Brunsbuttel this morning to begin her transit of the Kiel Canal.
Day 4Wismar, Germany
Depart: 1800hrs The German city of Wismar is a stunning, UNESCO-listed former Hanseatic port-city. Head out to explore the pretty streets lined with gabled buildings. See the beautifully restored altstadt (old town), vast Markt square and the towering, red-brick Gothic cathedral, and look out for the Swedish Heads - colourful, moustachioed busts that are dotted around the city to symbolise its annexation by Sweden in the 17th Century.
Day 5Ronne, Denmark
Depart: 1600hrs Today we visit the pretty port-town of Ronne, situated on the Danish island of Bornholm. This attractive town is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. Discover St Torv market and the half-timbered and newer brick-built houses, or visit the fascinating museum that showcases the island’s history of grandfather-clock-making.
Day 6Visby, Sweden
Depart: 1600hrs Astoria's second Baltic island call is at the Swedish island of Gotland. Discover its UNESCO-listed capital, Visby, a medieval treasure trove of wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches, or head out of the town to explore a pristine land of tranquil countryside and fine beaches.
Day 7Klaipeda, Lithuania
Depart: 1900hrs Today Astoria reaches Klaipeda, Lithuania's third-largest city. Discover its unspoilt old town of half-timbered houses, cafes and gift shops, or choose to venture further afield to see the vast sand dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park.
Day 8Gdansk, Poland
Depart: 2000hrs Step ashore in Gdansk, one of New Europe’s most sparkling jewels, to see its medieval centre and its bustling waterfront. See towering, red-brick St Mary’s Church and explore the shops and cafes along colourful Long Market.
Day 9At sea
Relax on board as Astoria heads west towards Denmark.
Day 10Fredericia, Denmark
Depart: 1800hrs Fredericia is a charming fortress-city dominated by the green-clad zig-zag of its ramparts, which now make up one of the biggest urban parks in Denmark. Step ashore to explore this elegant, typically Danish place, and perhaps cross the Little Belt Bridge between the mainland and the island of Funen to visit Hans Christian Andersen’s lovely birthplace, Odense.
Day 11Day at Sea and Kiel Canal Transit
Astoria arrives in Holtenau to begin her evening transit of the Kiel Canal.
Day 12Ijmuiden, Netherlands
Depart: 1400hrs This morning, Astoria docks in Ijmuiden, and you’ll be able to head into nearby Haarlem to explore. Here, the Gothic spire of the Grote Kerk (once the Catholic cathedral of St Bavo) watches over the patterned cobbles of the Grote Markt, and the surrounding streets are lined with medieval buildings. Visit the Frans Hals Museum, which houses a collection of over 760 paintings by Dutch artists from the 15th to 20th centuries.
Day 13Arrive back at Poole
Arrive: 1100hrs Arrive back in Poole, and bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers. 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.