Hidden Baltic Treasures Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99685
- Travel Type: Make your own way
11 nights. October 2020. From £849.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Beginning with a call in Aberdeen, the Granite City of, this autumn cruise from Newcastle 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, to 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 rounds 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 HighlightsTwo picture-book islands - Bornholm and Gotland
Calling at seven delightful ports
Enjoy life on board on three lazy days at sea
Time to explore "wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen
Klaipeda in Lithuania, once one of Europe's most secret ports
Elegant Gdansk on its sweeping bay
An optional shore excursion from Warnemunde to Berlin
A call in the historic Scottish port of Aberdeen
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 Newcastle
Depart: 1800hrs Join Marco Polo in Newcastle, settle in to your cabin and relax as she sets sail this evening.
Day 2Aberdeen, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs This morning, Marco Polo arrives in Aberdeen, the Granite City, close to the Royal Family’s summer retreat at Balmoral. Step ashore to discover the hidden charms of one of Britain’s more remote cities, or to enjoy an excursion into the surrounding countryside, or to one or more of the famous distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 4Copenhagen, 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 5Warnemunde, 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 6Ronne, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs The Danish island of Bornholm is hugely popular with 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 7Visby, 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 8Klaipeda, 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 9Gdansk, 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 10-11At sea
Spend today relaxing on board as Marco Polo cruises back to the UK.
Day 12Arrive back at Newcastle
Arrive: 0800hrs Disembark in Newcastle, after breakfast, at the end of a wonderful 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.