Europe & Baltic Cruises
Explore Copenhagen on a shared tour before you embark on this Baltic Cruise. Set sail on a Baltic exploration from Copenhagen. Cruise the waters of the Baltic Sea from Scandinavia to mainland Europe and back. Your cruise vessel will make calls to port along the way, including the striking city of Stockholm, Sweden's capital, spread across 14 interconnected islands. Stop in Germany's Warnemunde, port city and gateway for the nation's capital, Berlin. You'll make landfall at the medieval Hanseatic city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed walled Old Town. You'll spend time exploring the "Venice of the North", St. Petersburg, a magnificent remnant of Tsarist Russia. Start and end your voyage in Copenhagen, the 15th century capital of Denmark, rapidly becoming a cultural hotspot of Northern Europe. There is much on display here as you cruise through, and explore, the history and culture of the Baltic Sea. The trip Includes; private shore excursions & Tours in Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg and premium accommodation.
Cruise Departure Dates (2015):
May 23, Jun 6,20, Jul 4,18, Aug 1,15,29
Meet your English speaking driver for a private airport transfer.
Enjoy a private Panoramic Tour of Copenhagen where you will pass by the most important monuments & sights of the city such as Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament, The Old Stock Exchange building, and Kongens Nytorv, where you can see the Royal Theatre - world famous for its Royal Ballet. The tour continues past the colourful harbour district of Nyhavn to Amalienborg palace - Residence of the Royal Family. Here you have the opportunity of seeing the changing of the Guard at 12.00 hrs. This is followed by a visit to the Gefion Fountain and the Little Mermaid, inspired by H.C Andersens fairytale. During the tour you will be able to appreciate the magnificent buildings of The New Carlsberg Glyptotek, City Hall, Frederiks Church, The Tivoli Gardens and the Rosenborg Palace where the Crown Jewels are protected by the Royal Guard. Entrance fees are not included.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in and explore your ship's facilities. At your welcome dinner tonight, you'll have an opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Warnemünde is a sea resort situated on the Baltic Sea in the northeast of Germany. In the summer, a 37m high lighthouse built in 1897 allows visitors to enjoy an impressive view over the Baltic Sea and the northern districts of Rostock. Warnemünde’s broad, sandy beaches are the largest on the German Baltic Sea coast and stretch out over a length of 3 kilometres. Cruise visitors to Warnemünde often use this port city as a starting point for a day trip to the nation's capital, Berlin.
Today is a relaxing day spent at sea as you cruise onward toward tomorrow's destination, Stockholm. Sit back with a drink in hand, or if you're feeling lucky, make your way to the onboard casino for some fun.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Strikingly pretty, it is arguably one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. The city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Malaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea and passes an archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets). The city is a very lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture including lots of brass and steel, along with fairy tale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and lots of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air and widest lungs of any European capital. Most attractions in Stockholm are found in what Stockholmers call "innerstaden", the inner city - historically the zone within the city tolls. The geography of Stockholm, with its islands and bodies of water, makes for a natural division of the inner city into three major zones. Outside the inner city, the city has a mainly suburban character.
Tallinn is an ancient Hanseatic city and the capital of Estonia, Tallinn has a wealth of historical and architectural monuments, particularly in the old town center which is dominated by the soaring steeple of the medieval Town Hall (14th to 15th centuries), the oldest in northern Europe. More than two-thirds of the original City Wall still stands and a superb view of the narrow streets, the gabled roofs and the towers and spires of old Tallinn is afforded from Toompea Castle, situated on a cliff top. A favorite recreation spot is Kadriorg Park, which contains the palace built for Peter the Great. The Open Air Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the way of rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Take a transfer from the port with your own private guide, to the intruiging medieval quarter of Tallinn. Upon arrival at Upper Old Town, begin your walking tour of the narrow cobblestone streets, passing Tall Hermann Tower on your way to the 17th century Russian Orthodox Church of St. Alexander Nevesky for an interior visit. Continue with a visit of the famous 13th century St. Mary's Cathedral before coming up to a wonderful panoramic view of Lower Old Town, with steeples and towers rising above the tiled roofs. Head to Lower Old Town and pass by the Church of the Holy Spirit, completed in 1316. Admire the Town Hall Square, completed in 1404, and centre of the network of streets in the medieval quarter. Return transfer to ship.
St Petersburg is known as a cultural center and for its elegant buildings, and is spread over 42 islands in the delta of the River Neva. In comparison to Moscow, which tended to be more Eastern in character, St Petersburg has always retained a European flavor and was intended as a ‘Window to the West’. It was built by Peter the Great in 1703 and remained the capital of Tsarist Russia for 200 years. Wide boulevards, tranquil canals, bridges and some of the best examples of tsarist architecture gave rise to the epithet the ‘Venice of the North’. The Palace Square and the Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum) are among the most popular attractions for enthusiasts of Russian history.
Explore St.Peter and Paul's Cathedral, which symbolize the main goals of Peter's ruling: enlightenment, trading and military power. The fortress was the first building of St. Petersburg. Wonder through grim cells of what used to be the main political prison of tsarist regime and a Russian Bastilles. Have an invigorating walk along the bastions and fortification walls of the citadel where every stone belongs to history. View the granite Commanders’ pier, one of the most impressive places on the banks of the Neva River- a realm of water and stone. The Church of Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated on March 1, 1881 when a bomb was thrown at his feet. Inside the church you will see the original part of the sidewalk where the Alexander II's blood spilled on the cobblestone. The temple is one of the finest examples of the Russian Revival Style. With its golden domes, colored spirals, textured cupolas, it is a structure, which bewilders and enchants the eye. Return to the ship afterward.
Today is a full day spent at sea as your vessel continues back to where your voyage began, Copenhagen. Spend some time at one of the many bars and lounges aboard MSC Poesia, or if you're looking for more relaxation, visit the onboard Aurea Spa.
This morning you'll bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates and disembark your cruise ship in Copenhagen as your Baltic Sea voyage has come to its conclusion.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your airport.
Scandic Palace Hotel (4*) is situated in Copenhagen's historic Town Hall Square, right in the heart of the city and only 15 minutes from the airport. Don't miss a visit to the nearby Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen's popular shopping street Strøget. The hotel was renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. Scandic Palace Hotel offer 161 comfortable standard rooms. Enjoy a tasty meal in their hotel restaurant with views over Rådhuspladsen, the heart of Copenhagen.
MSC Sinfonia is a ship that will surprise you, offering you an extensive range of onboard facilities in a contemporary environment. You will find the very best highly qualified staff, five star cuisine and a comprehensive array of fitness equipment and spa treatments. And for the very first time onboard the MSC Sinfonia ship boasts a state-of-the art Virtual Golf Simulator that allows players, especially beginners, to practice their swing while sailing. Other state-of-the art amenities are found in the video games room and Teen Area. Take advantage of their well-equipped internet café! Treat yourself in the hair salon, beauty centre or gym. With an array of shows, music, discotheques, casinos, and more, MSC Sinfonia offers a ‘symphony’ of sumptuous activities to do. Sun, sea and heaps of fun, a cruise holiday onboard MSC Sinfonia will truly be music to your ears.
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