About the tour: Grand Baltic Cities & St. Petersburg Cruise

A voyage to the Baltic Sea is always an enticing prospect and this late summer cruise is not to be missed. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore Scandinavian kingdoms and countries once locked firmly behind the iron curtain. This fascinating holiday features seven ports of call: Copenhagen, Rostock, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Combined with the on board comforts of Columbus, join us as we visit culture-rich cities with awe-inspiring architecture. What’s more, with big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, we have the chance to enjoy their musical and artistic heritage.

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights with full board on board the Columbus
  • Coach travel from selected joining points
  • Delicious full board cuisine.
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks.
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Self service tea & coffee
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes.
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities.
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin.
  • Port Taxes.

14 days from £1,499 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Depart 14:00.

Regional departure by coach then to London Tilbury to join your cruise ship.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Enjoy the impressive facilities onboard Columbus.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 11:00. Depart 17:00.

The largest city in Scandinavia, capital of Denmark for over 600 years and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is the most charming of Baltic cities. Beautiful parks and gardens, attractive 17th and 18th century buildings, grand castles and the elegant Amalienborg Palace, home to the reigning Queen Margrethe II, grace the city that is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals. Cafés and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historic Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place, along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Included highlights

  • Copenhagen

Arrive 09:30. Depart 23:00.

Dock at Rostock. Why not join an optional excursion to the cosmopolitan city of Berlin. Take in the sights such as the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional highlights

  • Berlin

Relax and unwind as we spend the day sailing.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 11:00. Depart 17:00.

Estonia’s capital is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city. Tumbling down Toompea Hill, the historic Old Town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires. Wrapped within the original medieval wall which is studded with imaginatively named towers, the castle, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Town Hall Square and Gothic Town Hall survive along with the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries. Just outside the city, Rocca al Mare is an open-air museum of Estonia’s rural architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included highlights

  • Tallinn

(Day 7) Arrive 07:30. (Day 8) Depart 19:00.

Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 as his ‘Window on the West’. Drawing inspiration from Europe, the Russian Tsar and his successors created an extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and splendid parks all part of the supremely elegant architectural ensemble. The magnificent Hermitage and its priceless treasures of art, the grandeur of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and the gilded fountains in the gardens at Peterhof illustrate the lavish lifestyle of Russia’s former ruling elite. The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg

Included highlights

  • St. Petersburg

Arrive 08:00. Depart 16:00.

Finland’s capital is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in harmony with the surrounding nature. Its centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square, lined with elegant neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral, with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas. A striking exception to Helsinki’s general architectural style is the Russian Orthodox, onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral, which stands on a hill at the end of Market Square and dominates the city skyline. Built into solid rock, Temppeliaukio Church is also somewhat unusual. Museums are plentiful with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Museum amongst the most notable.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Helsinki
Helsinki

Included highlights

  • Helsinki

Arrive 10:00. Depart 16:00.

Approached through an archipelago of 24,000 islands and islets, Sweden’s stately and spacious capital is itself built on 14 islands connected by 50 bridges. Founded in 1252, Stockholm grew up around Gamla Stan. The charming Old Town is a maze of medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century buildings, some of which feature wrought-iron signs symbolising ancient craft workers’ guilds. A delightful mix of parkland and forest, Royal Djurgården is Stockholm’s city park. The island is home to the magnificent Vasa Museum, housing a salvaged 17th century Swedish warship that sunk on its maiden voyage.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stockholm
Stockholm

Included highlights

  • Stockholm

Relax and enjoy a day at sea.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 08:00. Depart 14:00.

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark. Aarhus began as a fortified Viking settlement founded in the 8th century with the first written records stemming from the bishopric seated here from at least 948. The city was founded on the northern shores of a fjord at a natural harbour and, for centuries, seaborne trade in agricultural products was the primary cause for growth. Aarhus has developed in stages, from the Viking age to modern times and, as such, many architectural styles are represented in different parts of the city such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, National Romantic, Nordic classicism, Neoclassical, Empire and Functionalism.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included highlights

  • Aarhus

Enjoy your last day onboard Columbus as we head back towards the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 09:00.

Arrive in London Tilbury and join your coach for the transfer back to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Extras: optional shore excursions.

Guests who pre-book shore excursions through the ship do not require individual tourist visas to enter Russia.

Guests who choose to arrange their own sightseeing in Russia must be in possession of an individual tourist visa prior to embarkation.

The Russian Embassy now require all visa applicants to personally visit London, Manchester or Edinburgh to submit a visa application and have biometric fingerprint data collected. You will be required to pay for your Russian Visa by cash, debit or credit card, cheques are not accepted.

Visa application fee is at additional cost. The Consular fee is currently £108.40 per person. There is also a fee to have your passports returned by mail (£9.80 per person).

Please advise at the time of booking or at least 6 months before departure if you intend to arrange your own sightseeing in Russia so that we can send detailed instructions of how to apply. Please do not apply for your visas before we send this information. Please note: Consular, processing and postage fees are subject to change.

Please note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions preventing the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made, where possible.

Please note, a gratuities charge of approximately £7 per person, per day will be added to your on-board account

Cruise and Maritime is an adult only cruise line – passengers must be aged 16 years or over at the date of travel.

Please note that due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary in some ports to land by launch or tender.




 

Travel Insurance from £68.00 (14 days), £68.00 (15 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person).

Depart 14:00.

Regional departure by coach then to London Tilbury to join your cruise ship.

If you would rather drive to the port yourself, you can take advantage of our free parking offer at London Tilbury.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Arrive 09:00. Depart 17:00

With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky.

Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges.

The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city.

Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Included highlights

  • Amsterdam

Enjoy the impressive facilities onboard Columbus.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 08:00. Depart 16:00.

The largest city in Scandinavia, capital of Denmark for over 600 years and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is the most charming of Baltic cities.

Beautiful parks and gardens, attractive 17th and 18th century buildings, grand castles and the elegant Amalienborg Palace, home to the reigning Queen Margrethe II, grace the city that is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals.

Cafés and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historic Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place, along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Included highlights

  • Copenhagen

Arrive 08:00. Depart 21:30.

Warnemuende is a pretty seaside resort in Mecklenburg, Germany.

Discover the charm of the port's gabled houses and historic Neuer Markt.

Why not join an optional excursion to the cosmopolitan city of Berlin? Take in the sights such as the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Warnemuende
Warnemuende

Included highlights

  • Warnemuende

Optional highlights

  • Berlin

Relax and unwind as we spend the day sailing.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 10:00. Depart 17:00.

Estonia’s capital is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city. Tumbling down Toompea Hill, the historic Old Town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires. Wrapped within the original medieval wall which is studded with imaginatively named towers, the castle, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Town Hall Square and Gothic Town Hall survive along with the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries. Just outside the city, Rocca al Mare is an open-air museum of Estonia’s rural architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included highlights

  • Tallinn

(Day 7) Arrive 07:30. (Day 8) Depart 19:00.

Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 as his ‘Window on the West’. Drawing inspiration from Europe, the Russian Tsar and his successors created an extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and splendid parks all part of the supremely elegant architectural ensemble. The magnificent Hermitage and its priceless treasures of art, the grandeur of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and the gilded fountains in the gardens at Peterhof illustrate the lavish lifestyle of Russia’s former ruling elite. The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg

Included highlights

  • St. Petersburg

Arrive 08:00. Depart 16:00.

Finland’s capital is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in harmony with the surrounding nature. Its centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square, lined with elegant neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral, with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas.

A striking exception to Helsinki’s general architectural style is the Russian Orthodox, onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral, which stands on a hill at the end of Market Square and dominates the city skyline.

Built into solid rock, Temppeliaukio Church is also somewhat unusual. Museums are plentiful with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Museum amongst the most notable.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Helsinki
Helsinki

Included highlights

  • Helsinki

Arrive 09:00. Depart 16:00.

Approached through an archipelago of 24,000 islands and islets, Sweden’s stately and spacious capital is itself built on 14 islands connected by 50 bridges. Founded in 1252, Stockholm grew up around Gamla Stan.

The charming Old Town is a maze of medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century buildings, some of which feature wrought-iron signs symbolising ancient craft workers’ guilds. A delightful mix of parkland and forest, Royal Djurgården is Stockholm’s city park.

The island is home to the magnificent Vasa Museum, housing a salvaged 17th century Swedish warship that sunk on its maiden voyage.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stockholm
Stockholm

Included highlights

  • Stockholm

Relax and enjoy a day at sea.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 08:00. Depart 14:00.

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark. Aarhus began as a fortified Viking settlement founded in the 8th century with the first written records stemming from the bishopric seated here from at least 948. The city was founded on the northern shores of a fjord at a natural harbour and, for centuries, seaborne trade in agricultural products was the primary cause for growth. Aarhus has developed in stages, from the Viking age to modern times and, as such, many architectural styles are represented in different parts of the city such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, National Romantic, Nordic classicism, Neoclassical, Empire and Functionalism.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included highlights

  • Aarhus

Enjoy your last day onboard Columbus as we head back towards the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 09:00.

Arrive in London Tilbury and join your coach for the transfer back to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Extras: optional shore excursions.

Guests who pre-book shore excursions through the ship do not require individual tourist visas to enter Russia.

Guests who choose to arrange their own sightseeing in Russia must be in possession of an individual tourist visa prior to embarkation.

The Russian Embassy now require all visa applicants to personally visit London, Manchester or Edinburgh to submit a visa application and have biometric fingerprint data collected. You will be required to pay for your Russian Visa by cash, debit or credit card, cheques are not accepted.

Visa application fee is at additional cost. The Consular fee is currently £108.40 per person. There is also a fee to have your passports returned by mail (£9.80 per person).

Please advise at the time of booking or at least 6 months before departure if you intend to arrange your own sightseeing in Russia so that we can send detailed instructions of how to apply. Please do not apply for your visas before we send this information. Please note: Consular, processing and postage fees are subject to change.

Please note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions preventing the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made, where possible.

Please note, a gratuities charge of approximately £7 per person, per day will be added to your on-board account

Cruise and Maritime is an adult only cruise line – passengers must be aged 16 years or over at the date of travel.

Please note that due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary in some ports to land by launch or tender.




 

Travel Insurance from £68.00 (14 days), £68.00 (15 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person).

Grand Baltic Cities & St. Petersburg Cruise 14 days from £1,499pp

Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
01709 787 463

Accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

Your Cruise Ship - Columbus
Cruise and Maritime's new flagship, Columbus, was purposely built for deep sea ocean cruising. She carries around 1400 guests and is the perfect choice for those looking for comfort and a wide range of facilities but who still prefer a feeling of intimacy and personal attention.

Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges and bars including the Captain's Club, Connexions, Raffles and Taverner's Pub and Casino. There are six entertainment venues including the impressive three-decked central Atrium, Dome Observatory and Palladium show Lounge. With two swimming pools and two whirlpools for fine weather days, expansive deck areas with traditional wooden decking, a gym, a wellness centre and a fine selection of shops at the central Atrium.

Cabins
Your cabin is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing ashore and your cabin steward will ensure that you enjoy a high degree of comfort and service, whichever grade of accommodation you decide best suits your holiday requirements. There are twenty categories of cabins and suites, primarily graded according to deck position and, even in the most economical cabins, the standard features are impressive. Ocean View Cabin describes a cabin which has natural light from a window, Inner Cabin describes a cabin which has artificial light only.

Columbus

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower

Travel Options

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

Find your nearest pickup point

You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

    *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

    Travel Extras

    Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

    You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

    To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

    On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

    On Single Traveller holidays and coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is from £35 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

    If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

    Customer Reviews

    Travelled on this tour? You can submit your review to: feedback@leger.co.uk