Hidden Baltic Treasures
11 nights. October 2019. From £899.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join Marco Polo as she sets sail on a unique cruise into the Baltic Sea. You'll visit a collection of rarely-visited ports in Danish Bornholm, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland, and enjoy a journey along the Kiel Canal, which links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea.
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 exquisite, little-known islands of Bornholm & Gotland
Glorious Gdansk, on its sweeping bay
Autumn cruising in beautiful waters
Lithuanian Klaipeda, once a secretive Cold War port
Latvian Riga's mix of Art Nouveau and ultra-modern
Sail through the Kiel Canal
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 London Tilbury
Depart: 1500hrs Join Marco Polo in Tilbury ahead of her sailing this afternoon.
Day 2Kiel Canal Transit
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 3Wismar, Germany
Arrive: 1330hrs Depart: 2000hrs Marco Polo calls in Wismar this afternoon, giving you an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed port-city. See its beautifully restored Hanseatic 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, Bornholm, 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, Swedish Gotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1400hrs A second Baltic island call is made on Swedish Gotland. The 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 boats some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.
Day 6Riga, Latvia
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1500hrs Set on the bank of the Daugava River, Riga is a city of striking ultramodern buildings arranged around a walled, historic core. Step ashore to visit the Dutch-influenced House of the Blackheads, Riga Castle, the towering Freedom Monument and both of the city’s magnificent cathedrals. The city’s Quiet Centre district boasts some of the best-preserved Art Nouveau architecture in the world, while Dome Square beside the cathedral in the old town is a lovely spot to enjoy a drink.
Day 7Klaipeda, Lithuania
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs 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: 1500hrs 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, yet retains a sense of its tumultuous and colourful past.
Days 9 to 11At sea
Spend three days relaxing on board.
Day 12Arrive London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Disembark Marco Polo 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.