Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99698
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. May 2020. From £1029.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Explore some of Northern Europe’s least-known ports as Marco Polo cruises from Portsmouth to the Baltic. See six centuries of Germany’s finest architecture in one place on Wismar’s vast Market Square, including the intricate, copper -roofed Wasserkunst fountain that stands in its centre. Stroll the pretty streets around Ronne's lively St Torv market on the Danish island of Bornholm, and explore Visby, on Swedish Gotland, where you'll find wooden cottages and Gothic churches still protected by the town's medieval walls.
Sail south to Klaipeda in Lithuania and to Gdynia – along the bay from Gdansk, one of Poland's most unexpectedly beautiful cities – and through the Great Belt, which effectively separates Denmark into two halves, to the fortress-city of Fredericia. After Marco Polo cruises back through the tranquil waters of the Kiel Canal she’ll make one last call, at Ijmuiden in Holland, where you’ll have the chance to join an optional shore excursion through tulip fields and orchards to the spectacular medieval city of Haarlem.
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 HighlightsThe clear summer sunlight of the Baltic
Calls at the exquisite Baltic islands of Bornholm and Gotland
Discover unspoilt islands and fascinating cities
The stunning Hanseatic port-city of Wismar
Two transits of the Kiel Canal
Lithuanian Klaipeda - once a secretive Cold War port
The striking, modern Polish port of Gdynia
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 Portsmouth
Depart: 1700hrs Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Transit Kiel Canal
Marco Polo arrives in Brunsbuttel, today, to begin her first transit of the Kiel Canal.
Day 3Wismar, Germany
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Marco Polo's 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 4Ronne, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs The Danish island of Bornholm is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. The pretty port-town of Ronne, with its traditional 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 5Visby, Sweden
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs A second Baltic island call is made on Swedish Gotland. The island's 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 boasts some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk: eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.
Day 6Klaipeda, Lithuania
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs A 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, 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 7Gdynia, Poland
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2000hrs The historic city of Gdynia, once the most important port in Poland and now one of the country's most modern-looking cities, welcomes Magellan this morning. Part of the Tricity, alongside the popular resort of Sopot and gorgeous Gdansk, Gdynia is set on the picturesque Bay of Gdansk, and provides the opportunity for some wonderful optional shore excursions.
Day 8At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 9Fredericia, Denmark
Arrive: 0600hrs 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 10At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 11Transit Kiel Canal
Today Marco Polo will head back through the Kiel Canal from Holtenau to Brunsbuttel.
Day 12Ijmuiden, Netherlands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1400hrs This morning, Marco Polo 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 in Portsmouth
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Portsmouth, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful 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.