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Baltic cities and St Petersburg cruise 2014 - Marco Polo ex Tilbury
This 'northern waters' cruise features of call at Discover Danish Copenhagen, medieval Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, and Warnemunde - gateway to historic Rostock and Berlin.
- 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
Embark Marco Polo for our afternoon sailing from Tilbury, and your first evening aboard.
Today is spent at sea, cruising north beneath the early summer sun.
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.
This morning Marco Polo arrives in the Baltic port of Warnemunde, gateway to the city of Rostock. Seat of northern Europe's oldest university, Rostock retains much of its medieval charm in the gabled houses and preserved warehouses surrounding Neuer Markt, the city's main square. For many the main attraction of this stop will be our optional excursion to Berlin. Stroll from the arch of the Brandenburg Gate down Unter den Linden to explore the former East German sector, browse the shops on the 'Ku'damm' and take in the various remnants of 20th Century conflict - from Hitler's Bunker to Checkpoint Charlie.
Today is spent at sea.
The Estonian capital, Tallinn, with its virtually pristine Old Town, is one of Europe's most scenic cities. Discover the winding cobbled streets, storybook houses, steepled churches, ancient buildings and Toompea castle.
Days seven and eight
Perhaps the highlight of our cruise is our visit to St Petersburg. We'll spend two days in the city, giving you the chance to explore the world-famous Hermitage museum and stroll the wide canal-side boulevards. Don't miss the chance to explore the city's Haymarket, see the home to the world renowned Kirov Ballet and visit the fabled summer palace at Petrodvorets.
This morning'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 before we set sail once more in the afternoon.
Be on deck early this morning for the stunning passage through the islands that surround the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Best explored on foot, the city spans 14 islets and boasts a mix of historic sights and fine city parks. Its ancient heart is Gamla Stan, a labyrinth of cobbled streets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Today is spent at sea, before Marco Polo arrives in Holtenau to begin her transit of the famous Kiel canal.
It's worth rising early to catch the last stages of Marco Polo's passage back through the Kiel Canal to Brunsbuttel, today. The rest of the day is spent at sea.
Marco Polo arrives back in Tilbury, and you 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.