Holland America Cruise - Baltic Adventure

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Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden

Best time to go: May to August

13 Nights | from £1,895pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend two days exploring the grand palaces, museums and cathedrals of St Petersburg
  • Dive into the charming medieval streets of Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan 
  • Nearly 70% of the cabins on the spacious, mid-sized MS Zuiderdam feature a balcony
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  • Abercrombie & Kent are proud to collaborate with Holland America and can offer exciting pre and post cruise experiences >

Day 1 UK/Copenhagen 
On arrival at Copenhagen a member of the A&K team will whisk you to the Hotel Scenic. You have the rest of the day free to explore this city which combines the whimsical rides and attractions of the famous Tivoli Gardens with the hip bars and chic shops showcasing the latest cool Danish designs. Copenhagen’s most famous draw is arguably its most enduring – the statue of the Little Mermaid that sits on a rock in Copenhagen Harbour. She could have swum straight out of the fairytales penned by the city’s famous son Hans Christian Andersen.  
Hotel D’Angleterre | Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Copenhagen/Embarkation  
Today you embark your ship, but squeeze in last-minute sightseeing as this city is so easy to explore on foot. Discover Copenhagen’s royal heritage at the majestic Amalienborg Palace, the royal family’s winter residence and one of many palaces and grand buildings scattered through the city. Copenhagen’s island setting means the waterfront is never far away. Boat trips are an integral part of any city tour and some start in Nyhavn, the lively heart of Copenhagen not far from the main shopping street of Strøget.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 3 Kiel (Hamburg) Germany    
The Baltic port of Kiel is noted for its naval history and the world’s busiest canal which cuts through the Jutland Peninsula. However, a main attraction is as a jumping off point to explore the cosmopolitan German city of Hamburg, a 56-mile drive away, set on the banks of the Elbe River. As a maritime powerhouse from centuries past, Hamburg has become one of Germany’s wealthiest cities and is also famed for its vibrant neighbourhoods and attractive architecture along with the former reputation of its notorious Reeperbahn Red Light district and lively music scene from which the Beatles famously emerged in the 1960s. 
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 4 At Sea
Cruising through the Baltic Sea to Estonia.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 5 Tallinn, Estonia   
The fairytale appeal of Tallinn’s old town, with its charming collection of ochre-roofed baroque palaces, church spires and pointed towers make this city a high point of any Baltic cruise. As you stroll the cobbled streets and alleyways of this medieval quarter, look out for the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Estonia’s oldest church, Toomkirk. And if this proves to be thirsty work, try a glass of the local brew in the Town Hall Square. Shoppers can browse for art and antiques, while Muurivahe Street, along the city wall, is noted for its colourful knitwear.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 6-7  St Petersburg, Russia     
This Russian city puts the grand into grandeur with its aw-inspiring collection of grand palaces, museums and cathedrals that rose to royal glory under the Russian tsars and survived the subsequent Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and, more recently, decades of Communist rule. The top draw is undoubtedly the Hermitage Museum, housed in the 18th-century Baroque Winter Palace. With more than three million exhibits housed in at least 1,000 rooms, it could take days to explore on its own. Catherine Palace, near the town of Pushkin is another unmissable sight as is the Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg’s answer to Versailles.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 8 Helsinki, Finland    
The quirky Finnish capital is a captivating combination of classic heritage and hip modernist design. The city is one of spacious elegance with its stately boulevards, striking modish architecture and graceful neo-classical buildings. Highlights include the distinctive Helsinki Cathedral, regarded as the symbol of the city; the Church in the Rock and Uspensky Cathedral, built in 1868 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Being surrounded on three sides by the Baltic Sea gives the city an open feel, heightened by the prolific green spaces, cycle routes and sea views.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 9-10 Stockholm, Sweden  
This island city is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the Baltic and even though it is spread across 14 islands, connected by bridges, it is easy to get around with several distinctive neighbourhoods. Don’t miss Gamla Stan, the oldest part of the city dating from the 13th century with its narrow cobbled streets, and tall brightly-painted buildings housing restaurants, cafes and shops. For something different, visit the Vasa Museum, built around a 17th-century warship that sank in Stockholm Harbour or take a high-speed boat ride through the archipelago. Music fans can even visit the ABBA Museum.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 11 At Sea
Cruising the Baltic Sea to Germany
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 12 Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany   
This popular German fishing port and seaside resort dates from medieval times and is a charming place to explore with its timber-framed houses, pretty marina and beachfront of sand-dunes. From here, visitors can also explore nearby Rostock, another medieval stronghold with its historic buildings and atmospheric streets. Don’t miss the 13th-century St Mary’s Church and its working astronomical clock which dates from 1472. However, for cruise visitors, Warnemunde is also the gateway to explore Berlin. The German capital is a three-hour drive away with notable sights including the Brandenberg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and popular Ku’damm shopping street.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 13  Copenhagen, Denmark  
As the MS Zuiderdam arrives back in Copenhagen, it is time to disembark for a final time, where a member of the A&K team will transfer you to the airport. If you would like to extend your journey, we would be happy to suggest ideas and make arrangements.
MS Zuiderdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 14 Disembark to return home or extend your stay.

Pricing 
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 14-day cruise will cost from £1,895 per person, based on two sharing a Veranda cabin, including international flights and pre night stay in Copenhagen. 

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Schedule of travel 

  • We are happy to arrange pre and post travel for you for this sailing
  • The cruise has multiple sailings including, 05th May, 29th May, 10th Jun, 04th Jul, 11th Aug 2017
  • Other similar cruises are available 
May 4th 2017 UK / Copenhagen
May 5th 2017 Copenhagen
May 6th 2017 Kiel (Hamburg), Germany
May 7th 2017 At Sea
May 8th 2017 Tallinn, Estonia
May 9th 2017 St Petersburg, Russia
May 10th 2017 St Petersburg, Russia
May 11th 2017 Helsinki, Finland
May 12th 2017 Stockholm, Sweden
May 13th 2017 Stockholm, Sweden
May 14th 2017 At Sea
May 15th 2017 Warneunde, Germany
May 16th 2017 Copenhagen
May 17th 2017 Copenhagen / UK 

 


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Useful info

Best time to be there

Germany is a year-round destination. While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the two cities have broadly comparable summers due to altitude of Munich. May through to September are the most popular months and best for getting outdoors. Spring and Autumn hold real attraction as they are quieter and the weather is still pleasant. Winter is Christmas market time in the main cities.

Fly to

Berlin - British Airways, easyJet
Munich - British Airways, easyJet
Cologne / Bonn - easyJet
Dusseldorf - British Airways, easyJet
Dortmund - easyJet
Frankfurt - British Airways
Hamburg - British Airways, easyJet
Stuttgart - British Airways

Flying time

Berlin - 1 hour 50 minutes
Munich - 1 hour 50 minutes
Cologne / Bonn -1 hour 20 minutes
Dusseldorf - 1 hour 20 minutes
Dortmund - 1 hour 15 minutes
Frankfurt - 1 hour 45 minutes
Hamburg - 1 hour 35 minutes
Stuttgart - 1 hour 35 minutes
Time difference

GMT +1 hour


Best time to be there
May through to September offers the mildest weather and the highest number of travellers. This is the time of the long, long summer days in the land of the midnight sun. Further north in Lapland, October to March are good times to visit to enjoy winter activities, such as ice swimming and dog sledding and it is the best time to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Helsinki is great to visit all year round.

Fly to
Helsinki

Flying time
2 hours 45 minutes

Time difference
GMT + 2


Best time to be there

May to October is the best time to enjoy the summer days. Russian winters can be extremely cold, but if well protected against the elements, is a romantic time to visit.

Fly to

St Petersburg (British Airways) or Moscow (British Airways and easyJet)

flying time

3.5 to 4 hours

time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Yes, obtainable in advance


Best time to be there
Best visited during the long summer days from May to September when the midnight sun brings 24 hours of daylight, ideal if you are planning to spend much of your time outdoors.
Despite the very cold winters, there is still a great deal to do and see, from husky sledding to ice hotel stays and, between November and March, the chance to witness the Northern Lights.

Fly to
Stockholm, Malmo & Gothenburg

Flying time
2 hours

Time difference
GMT + 2


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