Hidden Baltic Treasures Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99722
- Travel Type: Make your own way
12 nights. October 2020. From £919.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Discover some of the Baltic's most charming but little-known destinations. Wander the pretty streets of half-timbered houses around St Torv market in Ronne on Danish Bornholm, see the wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches that shelter behind Visby's city walls on Swedish Gotland, and stroll around the unspoilt old town of Klaipeda in Lithuania - once one of the Cold War's most secretive ports. Step ashore in Gdynia, on the Polish coast just a few miles from elegant Gdansk and one of Poland's most striking modern cities.
As Columbus cruises east and north from Tilbury you'll also have opportunities to step ashore in Rotterdam, Copenhagen and the idyllic artists' haven of Skagen at Denmark's northernmost point. There's even the chance to head inland from the German port of Warnemunde on an unforgettable optional shore excursion to Berlin.
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 HighlightsTwo unspoilt Baltic islands - Bornholm and Gotland
Delightful autumn cruising
Enjoy life aboard on three lazy days at sea
Time to explore "wonderful, wonderful" Copenhagen
The once-secretive Lithuanian Cold War port of Klapeida
The magnificent Polish city of Gdynia
Jutland’s Skagen – a remote artists’ haven
A call in the historic Dutch port of Rotterdam
Take an optional shore excursion to Berlin from Warnemunde
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 Make your way to Tilbury and board Columbus before she sets sail in the afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Day 3At sea
Relax into the leisurely pace of life on board. As Columbus cruises north and east, you'll have time to discover the ship's facilities and to get to know your fellow passengers.
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: 0800hrs Depart: 2100hrs This morning, Columbus arrives in Warnemunde. Discover the port's charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt, or join the 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: 1700hrs 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 7Visby, Sweden
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1800hrs Columbus'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 8Klaipeda, Lithuania
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Today Columbus 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 9Gdynia, Poland
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1500hrs 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 elegant Sopot and gorgeous Gdansk, Gdynia is set on the picturesque Bay of Gdansk, and provides the opportunity for some wonderful optional shore excursions.
Day 10At sea
Relax on board as Columbus heads west towards Denmark.
Day 11Skagen, Denmark
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Skagen, at the remote, beautiful northern tip of Denmark’s Jutland is Columbus' final call. Here, where the two seas of Skagerrak and Kattegat meet off the ever-shifting spit of white-sand dunes known as Grenen, a colourful, artistic community has grown. It's home to several fascinating museums and galleries, and to a number of delightful crafts stores and cafes.
Day 12At sea
Make the most of your final day on board as Columbus cruises back to Tilbury.
Day 13Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0700hrs Arrive back in Tilbury, 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.