Hidden Baltic Treasures Cruise
11 nights. October 2020. From £849.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
This autumn cruise from Aberdeen gives you the chance to explore some rarely visited Baltic ports, including two picture-book Scandinavian islands, Klaipéda Lithuania’s third-largest city and Poland’s great maritime city, Gdansk.
Rest and relax on board Marco Polo, as she cruises, first, Aberdeen, before crossing the North Sea to the delightful Danish capital Copenhagen. Here you might step ashore to see the Royal Palace and the famous harbour-side Little Mermaid, browse the elegant shops and stores along Stroget or enjoy a drink in a Nyhavn bar. In Warnemünde you'll have time to visit Rostock, seat of northern Europe’s oldest university, and have the chance to take an optional excursion to the German capital, Berlin. Two idyllic isles follow. Wander the pretty streets past 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. Klaipéda offers up opportunities to explore its unspoilt old town or venture further afield on shore excursions, before elegant Gdansk, on its beautiful bay and lively, historic Newcastle upon Tyne back in the UK round off your autumn Baltic cruise.
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 HighlightsThe Scandinavian islands of Bornholm and Gotland
Calling at seven delightful ports
Three days at sea relaxing and enjoying life on board
Time to explore "wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen
Lithuanian Klaipeda - once a secretive Cold War port
Poland’s great maritime city, Gdansk
Newcastle's exciting mix of modern bustle and industrial heritage
An optional shore excursion from Warnemunde to Berlin
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 Aberdeen
Depart: 1600hrs Join Marco Polo in Aberdeen, settle in to your cabin and relax as she sets sail this afternoon.
Day 2At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 3Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Stylish Copenhagen, home to the famous Tivoli Gardens and forever associated with Hans Christian Andersen, is a marvellous city. Join an optional shore excursion to discover the world famous Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the grand stores that line the famous shopping street, Stroget.
Day 4Warnemunde, Germany
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 2200hrs This morning Marco Polo arrives in Warnemunde. Discover the port's charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt, or join an optional excursion to Berlin to explore the city's highlights - from the Brandenburg Gate and the 1926 Olympic Stadium to Hitler's Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
Day 5Ronne, 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 6Visby, Sweden
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1730hrs 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 7Klaipeda, Lithuania
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs 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 8Gdansk, Poland
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1600hrs 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 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 Poland, but retains a sense of its tumultuous and colourful past.
Days 9-10At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 11Newcastle, England
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Newcastle was once among the most vibrant centres of the British Industrial Revolution, and has now evolved into one of England's most energetic and exciting cities. Some of your newfound friends will disembark and finish their journey here, and you'll have some time to explore before beginning the final leg of your cruise.
Day 12Arrive back at Aberdeen
Arrive: 0800hrs 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.