essential cruise - St Petersburg and Baltic Cities
A no-fly cruise sailing from London Tilbury
Departing from London Tilbury, discover the Baltic Sea’s picturesque destinations on a delightful voyage. We call in at elegant Amsterdam; vibrant Copenhagen with brightly-coloured houses lining the waterfront; the German seaside resort of Warnemünde; and Estonia’s charming capital, Tallinn, before we dock overnight in the grand city of St Petersburg, giving you plenty of time to explore the elaborate collection of beautiful palaces, elegant churches and spectacular architecture.
- 13 nights cruise on Columbus
- 38 meals: 13 breakfasts (days 2-14) 12 lunches (days 2-13) 13 dinners (days 1-13)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an early afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
We spend our first day relaxing on board as Columbus sails towards Denmark.
Day 3 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive in the majestic capital of Denmark, wonderful Copenhagen, a city characterised by its colourful houses. Ranked as the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen makes for a pleasant day of exploring; exciting attractions include the National Museum of Denmark, the remarkable Tivoli Gardens - a national treasure of lush gardens, beautiful architecture and collection of unforgettable historic buildings - and the city’s most famous landmark, The Little Mermaid statue. Roaming the cobblestone streets can be equally as rewarding with beautiful parks and gardens, famous townhouses, grand castles, charming 17th and 18th century buildings and elegant palaces scattered throughout the city.
Day 4 - Warnemünde, Germany
This morning we arrive in the stunning German port of Warnemünde, located on the pretty river Warnow. Originally a remote fishing village, Warnemünde is now a popular seaside resort. Relax on the beach, discover the picturesque streets lined by small fishermen’s houses, or admire the beautiful old lighthouse adored by both locals and visitors.
Day 5 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea.
Day 6 - Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki is Finland’s modern capital. Be inspired by the impeccable Senate Square, decorated with stunning neo-classical buildings and the striking Lutheran Cathedral, a breathtaking structure hosting grand white Corinthian columns and five unforgettable cupolas. Visit the elegant Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church, both of which are a piece of Helsinki’s interesting history. The Finnish capital is also not shy of museums with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ateneum Museum and Design Museum being located in the lively city centre.
Days 7-8 - St Petersburg, Russia (overnight)
We have two days to explore Russia’s world-renowned city, grand St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Today, St Petersburg is an extraordinary mix of grand palaces, ornate churches, elegant canals architectural masterpieces and delightful parks. Highlights include the magnificent State Hermitage Museum - a superb exhibition of the region’s art and culture - Catherine Palace and the beautiful Grand Palace, the grand former summer residence of the Russian monarchs.
Day 9 - Tallinn, Estonia
Explore Estonia’s fascinating Hanseatic capital, Tallinn. The historic Old Town, situated on Toompea Hill, is an intoxicating cluster of narrow cobblestone streets, picturesque turrets and striking spires. Discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a spectacular Russian Orthodox church boasting not only historic architectural style but a collection of impressive bells - the largest of which weighs a staggering 15 tonnes - beautiful mosaics and exquisite stained glass windows. Other sights include the lively Town Hall Square, Gothic Town Hall - dating back to the 13th century and recognised as the oldest city hall in North Europe - and the elegant Kadriorg Palace, a pretty baroque palace housing a fascinating museum of foreign art.
Day 10 - Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden’s unique capital, Stockholm, is built over 14 stunning islands, all of which are connected by some 50 bridges. Discover the Old Town, boasting an elaborate mix of medieval alleyways, narrow lanes and beautiful 16th century buildings. Or, Stockholm is also renowned for its marvellous parks and forest lands including the Royal Djurgården, the city’s outstanding National Park home to the beautiful Djurgårdsbrunn canal, spectacular museums and delightful landscapes.
Day 11 - At sea
Day 12 - Aarhus, Denmark
Arrive in Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, crowned European Capital of Culture for 2017. Founded as a Viking settlement in the 8th century, Aarhus now boasts a youthful ambience blended perfectly with its fascinating history such as the Old Town. Visit the world-class Moesgaard Museum, bursting with evolutionary energy and a breathtaking innovate design; the historic Latin Quarter, home to a captivating collection of half-timbered houses, fascinating galleries and courtyards; and the spectacular ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, for its spectacular 360º views over the city.
Day 13 - At sea
Spend your final day enjoying life on board as Columbus heads back to UK shores.
Day 14 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.