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CRUISE & MARITIME: GRAND BALTIC CITIES & ST PETERSBURG 2018

15 DAYS

Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. Highlighting this cruise is an overnight stay in St Petersburg with two days to explore ornate churches and cathedrals, the magnificent Hermitage Museum and opulent palaces once home to Russian tsars.

INCLUDES

14 nights’ full board on-board Columbus cruise ship;

 

Return coach travel to London Tilbury

DURING YOUR STAY

 

Day 1 – We depart and travel to Tilbury, London, enjoy a comfort stop enroute, our cruise departs at approx.16:00.

Day 2Amsterdam (Netherlands)
With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges.  Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 3 – At Sea
Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges, two speciality coffee and tea shops plus two deck bars and six entertainment venues.  Work off a few pounds in the fully equipped gym and book yourself in for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment in the well-appointed Jade Wellness Centre. And, for a spot of retail therapy, there is a fine selection of shops at the central Atrium.  The spacious surroundings on board Columbus mean there is always a quiet corner to relax.  Out on deck there are two heated swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies and sporting events.

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.  The city is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals. Cafes and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historic Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens.

Day 5 - Warnemünde (Germany)

Day 6 – At Sea

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 historic 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.

Day 8 – 9 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. The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts.

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.

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 Djurgården 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.

Day 12 – At Sea

Day 13 - Aalborg (Denmark)
From your ship there is a perfect view the modern Utzon Center, designed by the world famous Jørn Utzon who was the architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. You may choose to visit the exhibition and marvel at its architectural designs, or continue along the harbour front to discover the new House of Music, beautifully created by the Austrian architects from Coop Himmelb(l)au

Day 14 – At Sea

Day 15 - We arrive back in Tilbury at 08:00 where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.


PLEASE NOTE SKILLS HOLIDAYS ACT PURELY AS AN AGENT FOR CRUISE & MARITIME. PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
 

ABTA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER V5570/77680

Departure DateTitleHotelDays(from) 
16 May 2018Grand Baltic Cities & St PetersburgColumbus 15 days £1,549.00 Book Now


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