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Hidden Baltic Treasures & Kiel Canal Cruise

25 May 2020 - 13 days from £499.00pp

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Baltic Bank Holiday Adventure

Explore some of Northern Europe’s least-known ports as Marco Polo cruises from Portsmouth to the Baltic. See six centuries of Germany’s finest architecture in one place on Wismar’s vast Market Square, including the intricate, copper -roofed Wasserkunst fountain that stands in its centre. Stroll the pretty streets around Ronne's lively St Torv market on the Danish island of Bornholm, and explore Visby, on Swedish Gotland, where you'll find wooden cottages and Gothic churches still protected by the town's medieval walls.

Sail south to Klaipéda in Lithuania and to Gdynia – along the bay from Gdansk, one of Poland's most unexpectedly beautiful cities – and through the Great Belt, which effectively separates Denmark into two halves, to the fortress-city of Fredericia. After Marco Polo cruises back through the tranquil waters of the Kiel Canal she’ll make one last call, at Ijmuiden in Holland, where you’ll have the chance to join an optional shore excursion through tulip fields and orchards to the spectacular medieval city of Haarlem.

What does this price include?

  • 12 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

Your Itinerary

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  • Depart: 1700hrs

    Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Marco Polo arrives in Brunsbuttel, today, to begin her first transit of the Kiel Canal.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Marco Polo's call in Germany's Wismar brings an opportunity to discover this stunning, UNESCO-listed former Hanseatic port-city. See the beautifully restored Altstadt (old town), vast Markt square and towering, red-brick Gothic cathedral. Wander streets lined with beautiful gabled buildings and look out for the Swedish Heads - colourful, moustachioed busts dotted around the city that reflect the city's 17th-century annexation by its northern neighbour.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    A second Baltic island call is made on Swedish Gotland. The island's 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 boasts some fascinating archaeological finds as well as the unique rauk: eroded rock formations that dot the landscape.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    A call at the once-secretive port of Klaipéda, Lithuania's third-largest city, affords an opportunity to explore the city's old town, with its half-timbered houses, cafés 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.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    The historic city of Gdynia, once the most important port in Poland and now one of the country's most modern-looking cities, welcomes Magellan this morning. Part of the Tricity, alongside the popular resort of Sopot and gorgeous Gdansk, Gdynia is set on the picturesque Bay of Gdansk, and provides the opportunity for some wonderful optional shore excursions.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Fredericia is a charming fortress-city dominated by the green-clad zig-zag of its ramparts, which now make up one of the biggest urban parks in Denmark. Step ashore to explore this elegant, typically Danish place, and perhaps cross the Little Belt Bridge between the mainland and the island of Funen to visit Hans Christian Andersen’s lovely birthplace, Odense.

  • Today Marco Polo will head back through the Kiel Canal from Holtenau to Brunsbuttel.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1400hrs

    This morning, Marco Polo docks in iJmuiden, and you’ll be able to head into nearby Haarlem to explore. Here, the Gothic spire of the Grote Kerk (once the Catholic cathedral of St Bavo) watches over the patterned cobbles of the Grote Markt, and the surrounding streets are lined with medieval buildings. Visit the Frans Hals Museum, which houses a collection of over 760 paintings by Dutch artists from the 15th to 20th centuries.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Portsmouth, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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0330 160 7700
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Further Information

  • British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
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