Day One: Depart London Tilbury
Join Marco Polo in Tilbury ahead of her sailing this afternoon.
Day Two: Kiel Canal Transit
Marco Polo spends the day at sea, cruising via Brunsbuttel in northern Germany and into the Kiel Canal, passing through overnight.
Day Three: Wismar, Germany
Marco Polo calls in Wismar this afternoon, giving you an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed port-city. See its beautifully restored Hanseatic Altstadt, its vast Markt square and its towering, red-brick Gothic cathedral. Wander through streets lined with beautiful gabled buildings and look out for the 'Swedish Heads' - colourful, moustachioed busts dotted around the city.
Day Four: Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark
The Danish island of Bornholm is a hugely popular destination for Scandinavian visitors. The pretty port-town of Ronne, with its traditional half-timbered and newer brick-built houses, its St Torv market place and its fascinating museum showcasing the island's history of grandfather-clock-making, is gateway to this holiday paradise. Enjoy stepping ashore to discover the town, and the countryside and beaches beyond.
Day Five: Visby, Swedish Gotland
A second Baltic island call is made on Swedish Gotland. The stunning, UNESCO-listed capital Visby is a medieval treasure chest of wooden cottages, cobbled streets and Gothic churches, encompassed by stout defensive walls. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Gotland boats some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.
Day Six: Riga, Latvia
Set on the bank of the Daugava River, Riga is a city of striking ultramodern buildings arranged around a walled, historic core. Step ashore to visit the Dutch-influenced House of the Blackheads, Riga Castle, the towering Freedom Monument and both of the city’s magnificent cathedrals. The city’s Quiet Centre district boasts some of the best-preserved Art Nouveau architecture in the world, while Dome Square beside the cathedral in the old town is a lovely spot to enjoy a drink.
Day Seven: Klaipeda, Lithuania
A call at the once-secretive port of Klaipeda, Lithuania's third-largest city, affords an opportunity to explore the city's old town, with its half-timbered houses, cafes and gift shops. Venture further afield, on optional shore excursions, to the vast sand dunes of the Curonian Spit National Park or to the fascinating Zemaitija National Park, where a top-secret Soviet base once aimed missiles at the West.
Day Eight: Gdansk, Poland
The great maritime city of Gdansk is one of New Europe's most sparkling jewels, with its lovingly restored core a medieval masterpiece, and its bustling waterfront a hive of activity. Watched over by gigantic, red-brick St Mary's Church, as well as the towering cranes of the Gdansk - formerly Lenin - Shipyards, the city is the epitome of 21st Century, yet retains a sense of its tumultuous and colourful past.
Days 9 to 11: At sea
Enjoy a leisurely two days on board as Marco Polo makes her return journey back to the Kiel Canal, through to the North Sea and back towards British waters.
Day 12: Arrive London Tilbury
Disembark Marco Polo in London Tilbury this morning after a delightful Baltic cruise.