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Baltic cities and St Petersburg cruise - From Newcastle
- 12 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
Board Marco Polo in Newcastle, settle into your cabin and explore the ship's elegant public areas before it sets sail this afternoon.
Today is spent at sea, before tonight's passage through the famous Kiel Canal, which connects the North Sea with the Baltic, and which has become the world's busiest artificial waterway, saving over 250 miles' sailing.
This morning Marco Polo arrives in Warnemunde, gateway to the city of Rostock. Discover the port's charming gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt, or join the optional excursion to Berlin. Take in the city's fascinating history - from the Brandenburg Gate and the great 1926 Olympic Stadium to Hitler's Bunker and Checkpoint Charlie - before returning to Marco Polo, ready to sail, this evening.
Another day spent at sea, cruising ever eastwards through the Baltic.
The Estonian capital Tallinn, with its enchanting and virtually pristine Old Town, is one of Europe's most scenic cities. Discover this timeless gem, with its winding cobbled streets of storybook houses, spectacular steepled churches, ancient buildings and Toompea Castle.
Days six and seven
Marco Polo will spend the next two days in St Petersburg. Home to the incomparable Hermitage Museum, this city of wide, pedestrianised canal-side boulevards has a vibrant 'European' atmosphere and begs to be explored. Don't miss the Haymarket area of the city, familiar from scenes in Dostoyevsky's novels, or the opulent Marinsky Theatre, home to the world renowned 'Kirov' Ballet.Two whole days here give you the chance to enjoy Russia's most 'modern' city, as well as visiting the Tsarist Summer Palace complex at Petrodvorets.
Today's destination is the port of Helsinki, where the City Hall overlooks the fresh fish stalls and historic, covered Market Hall in Market Square. Stroll through Esplanade Park, and take in the panoramic views of the city and the sea beyond from the Cathedral tower. Don't miss stunning Senate Square, whose great neo-Classical buildings doubled for Moscow's in many a Cold War movie.
Early this morning Marco Polo passes the myriad islands surrounding the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The city itself is built across 14 such islets, and is best explored on foot. One third water, one third city and one third green landscape, Stockholm offers a wonderful mix of historic sights, labyrinthine cobbled streets and fine parks.
Enjoy life on board as Marco Polo spends the day cruising south and west.
Today Marco Polo docks in Copenhagen. Stroll the stylish streets, or enjoy an excursion taking in the sights including the famous bronze statuette of the 'Little Mermaid'. Watch the world go by from a harbour-side bar in Nyhavn, and don't miss the sculpted walkways of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.
Today is spent at sea, relaxing as Marco Polo heads for home.
Marco Polo docks in Newcastle this morning, and you'll disembark and make your way home.
MV Marco Polo
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.
Fully stabilised and air-conditioned, 'Marco Polo' boasts eight passenger decks, which are serviced by four lifts and three wide stairwells. Out on deck a vast amount of space ensures plenty of viewing opportunities when cruising through scenic waters, and more-than-ample room for sunbathers to top up their tans, while belowdecks you'll find facilities to cater to all your cruising pleasures by day and night. In addition to the comfortable lounges and bars, beautiful main dining room and light and airy bistro there's a shopping arcade, a library, a card room and an internet room. The Spa, Beauty and Fitness Centre spoils the body-conscious with a gym, a hair and beauty salon, a table-tennis room, a massage and sauna area, and even deck-top Jacuzzis.'Marco Polo"s 15 categories of cabins and suites all offer private facilities with showers or bath/showers, TV with satellite, 'view from the bridge' and in-house movie channels, telephones, hairdryers and personal safes. Cabins have a variety of twin and double beds, with upper berths for third and fourth sharing passengers. Outside cabins offer porthole or larger windows. Your cabin will be looked after your steward/stewardess and housekeeper, who will ensure that beds are made, towels are changed and toiletries replenished. All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket. Even in the most economical cabins, the standard features are impressive.