North Cape, The White Sea & Murmansk Cruise
- Duration: 18 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20236
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
17 nights. August 2018. From £1409.00.
A scenic journey beyond the Arctic Circle
This memorable journey to Norway and Russia will take you north beyond the Arctic Circle to a region of perpetual summer sunlight. Travelling on board Marco Polo you'll make calls at a collection of fascinating towns and cities in this beautiful northern region, and see breathtaking fjords, glaciers and off-shore islands.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, England 1700hrs
Day Three - *Kirkwall, Scotland
Day Five - Trondheim, Norway
Day Seven - Tromso, Norway
Day Eight - Honningsvaag, Norway
Day 10 - Archangel, Russia
Day 12 - Murmansk, Russia
Day 14 - Sortland, Norway
Day 16 - Bergen, Norway
Day 18 - Arrive in London Tilbury, England 0800hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes17 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
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 OneTravel to London Tilbury to board Marco Polo.
Day TwoToday is spent at sea, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers.
Day ThreeMarco Polo's first call is ancient Orkney capital, Kirkwall. Explore this gateway into the island's rugged landscape with its magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, meandering streets and excellent museum, and discover a land where history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife all play their part.
Day FourToday is spent at sea as Marco Polo begins her cruise north to the stunning Norwegian coast.
Day FiveBeautiful Trondheim, picturesquely set between a loop in the River Nid and pretty Trondheimsfjord, welcomes us this morning. Dominated by the imposing Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim is a fine place in which to wander, soaking up the atmosphere of a city that was once the capital of Viking Norway. Explore the cathedral and the nearby restored Archbishop's Palace, and don't miss the Stiftsgarden, northern Europe's largest wooden building, now a royal residence.
Day SixEnjoy another relaxing day at sea.
Day SevenThe largest settlement beyond the Arctic Circle, Tromso, with its magnificent cathedral rising grandly from its bustling centre, is our port of call this morning. Step ashore to explore the market, and the Polarmuseum, which pays tribute to Arctic pioneers. East of the city centre is the strikingly modern Arctic Cathedral, or Ishavskatedralen, while close by, a cable car climbs to the summit of Mount Storsteinen for unsurpassed views.
Day EightMarco Polo cruises way beyond the Arctic Circle, close to the coast of Finnmark, where the Sami people still lead nomadic lives herding reindeer. Marco Polo docks in remote Honningsvaag, and you can join an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp (North Cape), almost at Europe's northernmost point.
Day NineRelax on board as Marco Polo cruises towards Russia.
Day 10Peter the Great's northern shipbuilding city of Arkhangelsk, or Archangel, has been much modernised, but remains a welcoming riverfront settlement. It has strong ties to Scandinavia, forged over centuries through the Pomor (literally 'by sea') traders who plied the waters of Northern Norway during the long days of each short summer. Step ashore to discover one of Russia's most fascinating northern outposts, with its colourful promenade overlooking the river.
Day 11Enjoy another leisurely day at sea.
Day 12The formerly 'top-secret' city of Murmansk, close to the headquarters of Russia's Northern Fleet and its submarine bases, suffered terribly during WWII - a fact commemorated with a giant hill-top memorial overlooking the remote settlement. Optional shore excursions will include the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of the Northern Fleet, before you re-board Marco Polo to sail back into Norwegian waters.
Day 13Marco Polo spends the day at sea as she returns to Norway.
Day 14Reaching the wild and beautiful Lofoten Islands, Marco Polo enters some of Europe's most spectacular waters. Here, tiny fishing villages shelter beneath the towering peaks, cliffs and rock formations that rise out of the water. Calling at Sortland, there'll be an opportunity to explore this beautiful corner of the world on an overland excursion.
Day 15Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 16A final call is made in Bergen - an ancient Hanseatic city of cobbled streets and medieval houses, and birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the vibrant harbour and fish market, stroll past the wooden warehouses of Bryggen and take the Floibanen funicular to the summit of 'Mount' Floyen.
Day 17Enjoy a final day at sea as Marco Polo returns to the UK, reliving the memories of a wonderful holiday.
Day 18Marco Polo arrives back in London Tilbury at the end of your cruise. Back to top
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.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. Back to top