Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals with architectural influences from both east and west. A highlight of this cruise is an overnight stay in St. Petersburg with two full days to explore ornate churches and cathedrals, the magnificent Hermitage Museum with its world-renowned art collection and opulent palaces once home to Russian Tsars.
After a visit to Rotterdam, relax on board MV Columbus as you cruise towards the Baltic Sea. Charming Copenhagen is the first of seven superb ports of call. Explore this welcoming city including enchanting Tivoli Gardens. Warnemunde offers an optional tour to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Rostock or to discover highlights of historical Berlin. In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, exploring the Old Town reveals a wonderful medieval gem of castles, turrets, spires and winding cobbled streets. In contrast St. Petersburg is a city of imperial splendour with grand cathedrals, palaces, gilded domes, minarets and soaring fountains.
An overnight stay here enables you to discover the Russian city of the tsars through a selection of carefully chosen day and evening excursions. Known as the ‘White City of the North’, Finland’s capital Helsinki is always a delight with its Uspensky Cathedral and Sibelius Park dedicated to the great composer, and in beautiful Stockholm opt to visit the Vasa Museum and atmospheric old quarter Gamla Stan. Leaving the Swedish capital you sail through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago before enjoying a relaxing day at sea and a final call at delightful Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and a hidden gem, with a mix of impressive art galleries, attractive architecture, world-class gastronomy and laid-back atmosphere.
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Day 1: Embark London Tilbury
Travel by coach via the interchange to London Tilbury, where we’ll begin our cruise to Rotterdam on board the MV Columbus. (Dinner)
Day 2: Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the second-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands. A major logistic and economic centre, Rotterdam is Europe's largest port and is known for its Erasmus University, its riverside setting, lively cultural life and maritime heritage. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: At Sea
Relax at sea as we make our way to the ancient city of Copenhagen, famous for its heritage and beautiful architecture. Make the most of the ship facilities, enjoying the daytime activities, leisure facilities and great entertainment on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Copenhagen, Denmark
The largest city in Scandinavia, capital of Denmark for over 600 years and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is the most charming of Baltic cities. Beautiful parks and gardens, attractive 17th and 18th century buildings, grand castles and the elegant Amalienborg Palace – home to the reigning Queen Margrethe II, grace the city that is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals. Cafes and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historical Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Warnemunde for Berlin
We will arrive in seaside Warnemunde early this morning and will have the day to explore. This coastal town in Germany is known for its naval history. Some of the town’s best sights include its old lighthouse, dating from 1897, as well as its charming fishermen’s houses found in the Old Town, and its large, sandy beaches. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: At Sea
Spend the day admiring views from the sun deck today, or relax in your cabin. There will be plenty to do on board the MV Columbus, from shopping to enjoying time with your fellow passengers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia’s capital is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city. Tumbling down Toompea Hill, the historical Old Town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires. Wrapped within the original medieval wall, which is studded with imaginatively named towers, the Castle, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Town Hall Square and Gothic Town Hall survive along with the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries. Just outside the city Rocca al Mare is an open-air museum of Estonia’s rural architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: St Petersburg, Russia
Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 as his ‘Window on the West’. Drawing inspiration from Europe, the Russian Tsar and his successors created an extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and splendid parks all part of the supremely elegant architectural ensemble. The magnificent Hermitage and its priceless treasures of art, grandeur of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and gilded fountains in the gardens at Peterhof illustrate the lavish lifestyle of Russia’s former ruling elite. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: St Petersburg, Russia
Spend another day exploring St. Petersburg - why not see the city’s many sights at leisure? The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts, and it’s also home to some truly stunning architecture. Admire the Smolny Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Trinity Cathedral, and bustling Senate Square, on which we’ll find the Bronze Horseman statue. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Helsinki, Finland
Finland’s capital is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in harmony with the surrounding nature. Its centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square lined with elegant neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas. A striking exception to Helsinki’s general architectural style is the Russian Orthodox, onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral, which stands on a hill at the end of Market Square and dominates the city skyline. Built into solid rock Temppeliaukio Church is also somewhat unusual. Museums are plentiful with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Museum amongst the most notable. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Stockholm, Sweden
Approached through an archipelago of some 24,000 islands and islets, Sweden’s stately and spacious capital is itself built on 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges. Founded in 1252, Stockholm grew up around Gamla Stan. The charming Old Town is a maze of medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century buildings some of which feature wrought-iron signs symbolising ancient craft workers’ guilds. A delightful mix of parkland and forest, Royal Djurgarden is Stockholm’s city park. The island is home to the magnificent Vasa Museum housing a salvaged 17th century Swedish warship that sunk on its maiden voyage. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: At Sea
Cruise along the Great Belt between the islands of Zealand and Funen on our way to Aarhus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Aarhus, Denmark
Discover Denmark’s second largest city with an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city life but has retained its quaint small-town charm. Boasting a thriving art, culture and food scene, other unmissable highlights are ARoS, the gallery known for its ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’ floor with a kaleidoscopic view of the city; the Moesgaard Museum, dedicated to cultural history; a concert hall, home to the Danish National Opera; the ‘Iceberg’ - a striking residential building on the water; and three Michelin-starred restaurants. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14: At Sea
Another day to relax and enjoy the MV Columbus’s superb facilities, as we spend the day at sea. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15: Disembark London Tilbury
We’ll arrive in London Tilbury today, ready to return home by coach after a wonderful cruise. (Breakfast)
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