Magnificent Baltic Capitals

This 7 night cruise takes you from the stunning Copenhagen archipelago to the Baltic Capitals – the magnificent cities of Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn and calling at Warnemünde (for Berlin).

DESTINATION Denmark, Germany, Finland, Russia, Estonia
FROM Dublin / Copenhagen
DATE 05 August 2017
PRICE From only €1,589 pp

Relax aboard the 4-star MSC Magnifica, while you make your way from beautiful Copenhagen to the stunning cities of the Baltic Sea.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 09:30 Copenhagen 12:40
RETURN Copenhagen 13:05 Dublin 14:20

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark: Depart 18:00

On arrival in Copenhagen, you will be transferred to the port to board the 4 star MSC Magnifica.  The ship departs in the early evening.

Day 2: Warnemünde, Germany: Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

The Warnemünde quarter in Rostock is a famous German seaside resort that you can visit when you reach the German coasts on your cruise of northern Europe.
At the mouth of the river Warnow, in the Baltic Sea, Warnemünde will surprise you with its villas, hotels and the large white and silver beach. Its heart is Am Strom, next to the port, where the homes of old captains and fishermen have been turned into coffee shops and boutiques. With an excursion during the cruise, you can continue towards Schwerin.

Surrounded by lakes and with a fairytale Schloss that tickles the imagination, the town represents a pleasant surprise, given by the architecture and spirit of a historic capital. Continuing the excursion you can admire Lubecca, one of the few cities along Europe’s northern coasts that preserves the glory of medieval times.

For more than two centuries the standard bearer of the Hanseatic League, this was one of the wealthiest and most powerful of European cities, the Venice of the Baltic. The commercial opulence is best expressed in its architecture: from the oldest Rathaus in Germany to the churches with the tallest bell-towers to the merchants’ mansions.

Lubecca is the first city in Northern Europe to be included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1987. Finally, you should not leave out a visit to the cosmopolitan Berlin, the largest and liveliest city in Germany. Amongst the monuments to visit are the Brandebourgh Gate. Situated close to the Reichstag, the seat of the German parliament, the monument, designed on the model of Athens’ Acropolis, was built as the city’s arch of triumph in 1791 and soon became the symbol of unified Germany.

Day 3: At Sea

Day 4: Helsinki, Finland: Arrive 09:00 Depart 16:00

Instantly loveable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer.

Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streets and Neoclassical brick buildings modelled on the then Russian capital, St Petersburg.

Esplanadi, a wide, tree-lined boulevard across a mishmash of tramlines from the harbour, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, is Helsinki at its most charming. At its eastern end, the City Museum at Sofiankatu 4 offers a record of 450 years of Helsinki life in an impressive permanent exhibition called “Helsinki Horizons”.

Day 5: St Petersburg, RussiaArrive 07:00 Depart 19:30

A sophisticated capital of the tsarist Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia.

Many of the city’s top sights are located on and around Nevsky prospekt, the backbone and heart of the city for the last three centuries, stretching from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery to Palace Square. Sited on the banks of the River Neva, the 200m-long Baroque Winter Palace is the city’s largest and most opulent, and was the official residence of the tsars, their court and 1500 servants until the revolution of 1917.

Day 6: Tallinn, Estonia: Arrive 09:00 Depart 16:00

Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence.
A cruise of the Baltic Sea can take you to visit the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its centre is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages.

Raekoja plats, the cobbled market square at the heart of the Old Town, is as old as the city itself. On its southern side stands the fifteenth-century Town Hall (Raekoda), boasting elegant Gothic arches at ground level, and a delicate steeple at its northern end.

Near the summit of the steeple, Vana Toomas, a sixteenth-century weather vane depicting a medieval town guard, is Tallinn’s city emblem. The well-labelled and informative museum inside the cellar hall depicts Tallinn town life through the ages, and there is a good view from the belfry. For an even better view of the town square, climb the spiral staircase of the Town Hall Tower.

Day 7: At Sea

Day 8: Copenhagen, DenmarkArrive 09:00

Your cruise ends today as you disembark the ship to be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

7 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Magnifica, operated by MSC Cruise Lines. (See ship info tab for more information on MSC Magnifica)

MSC Magnifica:

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Dates & Prices

05 August 2017 €1,589 Inside Book Now
05 August 2017 €1,729 Oceanview Book Now
05 August 2017 €1,969 Balcony Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Copenhagen
  • Airport transfer to the port
  • 7 nights onboard MSC Magnifica, based on 2 sharing an inside stateroom
  • Meals onboard on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Copenhagen to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges of €130
  • One check in bag of 15kg
  • Single occupancy on request

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €200 per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance from €31 (conditions apply)
  • Drinks onboard not included
  • Gratuities of €8.50 per person per day onboard are not included
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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