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Baltic cities and St Petersburg cruise - Marco Polo ex Leith
This classic 'northern waters' cruise from Leith features the stylish Danish capital Copenhagen, Scandinavian gems Helsinki and Stockholm, and medieval Tallinn, as well as an overnight stay in Tsarist St Petersburg - the glorious 'Venice of the North'.
- 12 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, 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
Marco Polo sets sail from Leith this afternoon.
Today is spent at sea. Enjoy time to relax on board ship and explore the ship's amenities and public areas.
Your first port of call will be Copenhagen. Stroll stylish streets, or enjoy an excursion to see sights such as the bronze 'Little Mermaid' statuette. Take a seat at a harbour-side bar in Nyhavn, and explore the Tivoli Gardens.
Another day at sea to enjoy, as Marco Polo sails east.
Today we'll arrive in Helsinki, where you might stroll through Esplanade Park, or take in views from the cathedral tower. City Hall overlooks the fresh fish stalls and historic, covered Market Hall in Market Square, while Senate Square's great neo-Classical buildings have doubled for Moscow in many a Cold War film.
Days six and seven
Marco Polo will spend the next two days in St Petersburg, home of the incomparable Hermitage museum and the 'Kirov' Ballet. Take in the city's vibrant 'European' atmosphere as you explore its pedestrianised, canal-side boulevards. Two whole days here give you the chance to enjoy Russia's most 'modern' city, and also to visit the Tsarist Summer Palace complex at Petrodvorets.
With its enchanting and virtually pristine old town, the Estonian capital, Tallinn, is a timeless gem. Discover winding cobbled streets, storybook houses, steepled churches and the Toompea castle.
Early this morning Marco Polo passes Stockholm's numerous surrounding islands. Best explored on foot, the Swedish capital is, itself, built across 14 such islets. Discovers its mix of historic sights, labyrinthine cobbled streets and fine parks.
Enjoy the entertainments and facilities on board.
This afternoon, a call at historic, fortified Fredrikstad on scenic Oslofjord will offer the opportunity to visit the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Highlights include the wonderful Viking Ships museum, with its trio of lovingly preserved ancient craft, and the Kon-Tiki museum, where explorer Thor Heyerdahl's fragile craft is displayed.
Arrive in Rosyth to disembark.
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.