(Oslo, Bergen, Kirkenes)
Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Norway Fjords Cruise, Baltic Cruise)
Experience the lush majesty of the Norwegian Fjords before embarking on a second voyage of the Northern Europe via the Baltic Sea, bringing you from Copenhagen all the way to St. Petersburg – pride of Tsarist Russia.
Embark on an adventurous voyage by sea through the mystical natural wilds of the fabled Norwegian archipelago, into the Arctic Circle & onto the land of the Midnight Sun. Experience a vast collection of wonders on board an outstanding Art Deco ship as you tour Bergen, Geiranger Fjord, Alesund, Trondheim, the North Cape, the Arctic capital of Tromso, Kirkenes, cosmopolitan Oslo & more. Guided tours expose you to Viking lore, awe-inspiring fjords, fishing villages, bustling markets & sparkling glaciers. Head to Copenhagen and board a second cruise of the Baltics, allowing you to experience the capitals of Sweden and Estonia, and the living legacy of Peter the Great; St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Multiple departures are available during May, June, July, Aug 2014.
Meet your taxi driver for an airport transfer.
The central Scandic Edderkoppen hotel (3*) in Oslo has its own theatre and is just a 4-minute walk from the main street. The hotel features 241 air-conditioned guestrooms with modern Scandinavian-style decor and wooden floors, equipped with high standard amenities. Dine in the theatre-themed restaurant or chic bar. Enjoy a sauna or workout in the relaxation area at the Scandic Edderkoppen hotel .
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord with your private vehicle, guide and driver. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo from Holmenkollen Hill, with the famous ski kimps where the Winter Games were held in 1952. Among other high lights you will visit the Viking Ship Museum, with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome you with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to this Park. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan as well. Entrance fee to Viking Ship Museum is included in tour cost.
The Scandic Bergen City Hotel (3*) is located in the heart of the beautiful city of Bergen, the Scandic Bergen City Hotel is a neighbour with the Bergen Cinema and close to various popular Bergen attractions. The hotel has 252 guest rooms that offer many fine amenities. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms with a shower or bathtub, hair dryers, satellite television, pay movies, wireless Internet access, air conditioning and mini bars. Restaurant Amalie offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere and serves a fusion of both Norwegian and international cuisine from an á la carte menu. Opened in 2007, the City Bar serves a selection of hot and cold dishes by the fireplace or in the lounge. Recreational facilities for Scandic Bergen City Hotel include a 25-metre pool, a gym at the Nautilus Gym and Swim/Sentralbadet, which offers free weights and cardiovascular machines. The Nordnes Sjøbad public outdoor bath is also close by.
Discover the picturesque city of Bergen on a private 3 hour tour with vehicle, guide and driver. You will be picked up from hotel and drive out to Edv Grieg home, Troldhaugen, Norway`s greatest composer. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Return to Old Bergen, then Bryggen. The tenements in the Bryggen area each consists of several smaller trade houses, each run by a merchant with a journeyman and apprentices. The places along your route include the Hanseatic Museum which is housed in the oldest and best preserved wooden buildings in Bergen. The interiors date from the 18th and 19th centuries. In times past, the Hanseatic merchants traded mainly with stockfish from Northern Norway and grain from the Baltic countries. Only German merchants were allowed to live at Bryggen during the period of the Hanseatic Office. The Hanseatics were unmarried and had to live in celibacy as long as they lived in the area. Take a funicular ride up to the top of Fløyen mountain (320 metres above sea level). The ride itself is spectacular and the views of Bergen only improve the closer you get to the top. Entrance fees to Edv Grieg Home, Hanseatic and Funicular included.
Enjoy a trip on MS Polarlys from the comfort of your own home. Built in 1996 the ship combine small ship atmosphere with space, style and comfort. Choose from their wide range of comfortable cabins. They vary in size and location, sometimes within the same grade. As a general rule, outside accommodation on the higher decks has a picture window while lower decks have portholes. Meals are served at set times in the dining room. Open seating, buffet-style for breakfast and lunch. Early or late seating for dinner – three course sit-down menu. The ship has a centrally placed bar on the top deck. Large windows ensure best possible view.
Today, you may enjoy a trip by coach and boat from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geiranger, to the pretty town of Alesund. A visit to Geiranger Fjord Centre is included.
Today, you may enjoy an enchanting tour that will take you to the medieval Nidaros Cathedral and the Ringve Museum of Musical History. Here, you will absorb a collection of some 2,000 musical instruments many housed in a beautiful manor home.
Board a boat south of Ørnes and sail through the narrow straits, passing small islands and skerries en route to the Svartisen Tourist Centre and a fantastic view of the glacier or travel by RIB-boats to witness the world's strongest tidal current, where millions of gallons of water are forced through the 492 ft wide strait. Overhead we hope to see sea eagles, Europe's largest predatory bird.
Today, you may explore the gateway to the Arctic on this tour which takes in the modern Arctic Cathedral, whose eastern wall is a fabulous strained glass window and visits Polaria, an iterpretive center about the Arctic.
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point of the continent. Visit the North Cape Hall where you can see an impressive 180 degree panoramic film about Finnmark and the North Cape.Travel across the dramatic landscape of Mageroya Island to the tiny fishing village of Gjesvaer. Here you board a boat to Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, an archipelago of islands that is home to three million nesting birds.Other optional excursions can be offered on request.
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and the Sami communities of Northern Finland. At longitude 30°E, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. In spring you may still be able to participate in our winter activities and excursions.
This afternoon as we turn south, the northbound ports previously visited at night can now be seen by day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean! Local divers will display and lecture about the life in the ocean out on deck.
Rica Hotel Kirkenes hotel lies by the city entrance, within a half-mile of the center. It offers rooms with underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi. Each room at Rica Kirkenes has a TV and bathroom with shower. Many rooms offer views of Kirkenes and the Bøkfjord. A number of rooms have parquet floors. Less than a 10-minute walk from Rica Hotel Kirkenes lies Sør-Varanger Museum/Border Country Museum (Grenselandsmuseet).
Take a flight from Kirkenes to Olso (not included in the cost).
Nordic Sea Hotel (4*) is the Stockholm hotel with the unbeatable location. This hotel is right beside the Arlanda Express train and Central Station, the arrival point for many first-time visitors to Stockholm. Just twenty minutes from Arlanda Airport, it offers you a perfect starting point for your visit to Stockholm.
You will be picked up from the hotel for a drive through the Stockholm city center out to the lush island of Lidingo, where you will visit the home of Carl Milles. Millesgarden covers 194,000 sq ft in a series of terraces and includes studios with originals and replicas of his work. It has a magnificent garden – a work of art in itself with a fine view over the water. Carl Miles (1875-1955) was one of the 20th century’s greatest Swedish sculptors and known internationally. Return to Stockholm’s oldest and coziest quarter, the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Witness the historic elegance of the exterior of the dominating Royal Palace combined with the possibility to stroll along the narrow cobble stone streets. Wander with your guide and savour the bohemian atmosphere in houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries with Baroque historical monuments of international renown. You will see the Grand Square, scene of brutal political murders in 1520, and the old Stock exchange building, now home of the Swedish Academy. Entrance fee included.
Take a train ride from Stockholm to Copenhagen. Train ride will take approximately 5.5 hours.
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.
Depart from Copenhagen and head north, for almost a whole hour, the coastline of Sweden follows us. We drive through the magnificent Danish countryside and pass the coastline to Elsinore and Kronborg Castle. It is quite easy to understand why William Shakespeare chose Elsinore Castle as the setting for his famous play 'Hamlet.' Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and feel the atmosphere taken through the Chapel and the Knights' Hall (the longest room in Northern Europe) and the dark casemates. Lunch en route (not included). After the break, continue to Fredensborg (photo stop). The Queen's summer residence of Fredensborg Palace is attractively located in the middle of a lovely park, bordering the idyllic Esrom Lake. The next of many highlights is Frederiksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV. This pearl of history, built in magnificent Renaissance style, is now a national historical museum. It contains paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture of great historical value. This tour is the classic amongst all the excursions while visiting Denmark. Entrance fees to Kronburg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle included.
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.
The MSC Poesia offers the latest eco-technology to safeguard the environment, without compromising comfort and luxury. The beautiful ship is built to the highest and most demanding ecological standards, resulting in a truly modern cruise ship. Onboard you will discover luxury cruising at its best. Then imagine yourself on a private balcony stateroom overlooking the ocean and a star-filled sky. Designed with the hallmark Italian flair and elegance that guests associate with the MSC Cruises, staterooms onboard MSC Poesia are spacious and elegant and most have private balconies. Guests can stimulate the palate in a wine-tasting bar or relax in the casual Mojito bar.
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.
Escorted by your private english-speaking guide and driver, take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St Petersburg, ride along its main streets and prospects, and enjoy its splendid parks and gardens. Drive along world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with most fashionable boutiques. View Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried. Visit St. Peter and St. Paul's fortress, view St. Isaac Cathedral with "The Bronze Horseman". Drive by Summer Garden with the oldest royal stone palace and breathtaking collection of Italian statues and sculpture set in a natural surrounding. Stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame lit in the centre of the monument to victims of revolutions and wars, at the Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood at its background, one of the most unusual monuments of Russian Orthodox. Drive through the Square of Arts which is a perfect classical ensemble of the city, enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Entrance fee to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included in the tour price.
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.
Enjoy a transfer from port to the airport with private vehicle and driver.
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