Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99695
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
11 nights. June 2020. From £969.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join us on board Marco Polo as she cruises through the Baltic to some of Northern Europe’s least-known ports. See the copper -roofed Wasserkunst fountain that stands at the heart of Wismar’s vast Market Square surrounded by six centuries -worthof Germany’s finest architecture. Wander the pretty streets of half-timbered houses around Ronne’s St Torv market on Danish Bornholm, and see the wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches that shelter behind Visby's city walls on Swedish Gotland. Cross to mainland Sweden for the chance to see Karlskrona's beautiful churches and magnificent squares, and sail south to Baltisyk on the Russian coast - one of the Cold War's most secretive ports - and Gdansk - one of Poland's most unexpectedly beautiful cities.
As Marco Polo cruises back towards the tranquil waters of the Kiel Canal you’ll have plenty of time to relax on board and to discover one final beautiful Baltic island as Marco Polo follows the chalk cliffs of the Jasmund Peninsula to Sassnitz on the German island of Rugen.
What's Included11 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 HighlightsSpend the long midsummer evenings relaxing
Three exquisite Baltic isles - Bornholm, Gotland and Rugen
Discover unspoilt islands and fascinating cities
The stunning Hanseatic port-city of Wismar
Lithuanian Klaipeda - once a secretive Cold War port
The lovely, historic Polish port of Gdansk
The chance to visit the pristine dunes of the Curonian Spit as Marco Polo calls in Baltisyk
Two transits of the Kiel Canal
Karlskrona's elegant Baroque architecture
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 London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Join Marco Polo in Tilbury, and relax on board as she begins here voyage north this afternoon.
Day 2Transit Kiel Canal
Marco Polo spends today at sea, cruising into the Kiel Canal via Brunsbuttel in northern Germany.
Day 3Wismar, Germany
Arrive: 1400hrs Depart: 1900hrs Today's call in the German port of Wismar, today, brings an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed former Hanseatic 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 4Ronne, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2300hrs Today Marco Polo calls at the pretty port of Ronne, on the Danish island of Bornholm. This attractive town is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. Discover its St Torv market and the charming mix of half-timbered and newer brick-built houses that surround it, or visit the fascinating museum that showcases the island’s history of grandfather-clock-making.
Day 5Karlskrona, Sweden
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Set on Sweden’s beautiful southern coast, in the midst of a myriad offshore islands and islets, the port-city of of Karlskrona is home to the country’s only naval base, and boasts a beautiful, UNESCO-listed, Baroque old town.
Day 6Visby, Sweden
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Marco Polo's next Baltic island stop is Swedish Gotland. Here, the stunning, UNESCO-listed capital, Visby, is a medieval treasure chest of wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches, all surrounded by well-preserved defensive walls. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Gotland boasts some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk: eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.
Day 7Baltisyk, Russia
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 2359hrs This rarely visited Russian port is your gateway to the vast sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, one of the Baltic coast’s most striking natural wonders.
Day 8Gdansk, Poland
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1700hrs The 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. 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.
Day 9Mukran, Germany
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Mukran, the port of Sassnitz on the Baltic island of Rugen, has been one of northern Germany's most celebrated holiday playgrounds since the 19th Century. Step ashore to discover a delightful landscape of beaches, tree-covered chalk cliffs and ancient woodlands, as well as several classic holiday resorts that have welcomed the German nobility through the ages, and between which steam-hauled trains make their scenic journeys.
Days 10-11Transit Kiel Canal
Enjoy a leisurely two days on board as Marco Polo makes her return journey along the Kiel Canal.
Day 12Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0600hrs Disembark 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.