Gardens of St. Petersburg & the Baltic Cruise
Exclusive to Connoisseur customers
- Visit to Trompenburg Botanical Gardens
- Visit to Frederiksborg Castle Gardens
- Visit to Peterhof Gardens
- Visit to Aarhus Botanical Gardens
- On board programme including illustrated talks
- Gardeners' Question Time with your host David Hurrion
Departing from London, Tilbury on 26 July 2020
Join David Hurrion on this Summer Baltics Gardeners' cruise calling into Copenhagen, the 'Royal' city of Denmark, Tallinn whose walled old town is dominated by the fairy-tale presence of Toompea Castle, the jewel in the Baltic crown - St Petersburg, vibrant Helsinki, rich in churches and museums and Stockholm, a charming city built on 14 islands.
Combining spacious surroundings and friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine, Columbus is the perfect choice for those looking for the ultimate experience and comfort. Offering a wide range of on-board experiences including seven different lounges and bars, two speciality coffee and tea shops, and two deck bars, this ship gives guests ample choice to tailor their leisure time around their preferences. You will never be short of amusement aboard this ship cruise, as our Dome Observatory, Nightclub and Palladium Show Lounge host nightly performances by the talented Columbus show team and renowned guest stars.
There is even a large floor for ballroom dancing!
- 14 night cruise onboard Cruise & Maritimes Columbus
- Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, five-course a la carte dinner, late night buffet and self-service tea & coffee
- Varied daytime activities
- A choice of live evening entertainment, including dancing and cabaret shows
Day 1 London, Tilbury
Join Columbus in London Tilbury. Settle in and meet your host before enjoying dinner and your evening entertainment.
Day 2 Rotterdam, Netherlands
This afternoon we will spend a couple of hours at the Trompenburg Botanical Garden which David visited this year. A beautifully designed botanic garden boasting a large collection of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and tubers.
Day 3 At sea
You’ll be invited to join David for his illustrated talk today including his tips from a lifetime of gardening and a sneak preview of his own garden. Plus plenty of time for questions too!
Day 4 Copenhagen, Denmark
Today we journey through the very best Danish countryside towards the town of Hillerød to visit the most charming fairytale castle, Frederiksborg Castle and its Baroque garden and English-style romantic garden. Enjoy a guided tour.
Day 5 Warnemunde, Germany
This delightful seaside town and one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts and busiest cruise ports will be your gateway to historic Rostock and vibrant Berlin with its most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate.
Day 6 At sea
Today you will be invited to join David for his ‘Masterclass’. Look forward to a feast of creative ideas!
Day 7 Tallinn, Estonia
The historic old town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires.
Day 8 & 9 St Petersburg, Russia
Elegant St. Petersburg is home to Baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals. Our group visit will take you to Peterhof Gardens where with your host and specialist guide from the Palace, you’ll marvel at ornate fountains and parks, and the most magnificent of all the Russian Tsars’ summer residences.
Day 10 Helsinki, Finland
Known as ‘ The White City of the North’ this beautiful seaside city spread out over a large network of pretty islands is compact and easy to navigate on foot.
Day 11 Stockholm
The charming old town is a maze of medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century buildings. A delightful mix of parkland and forest, Royal Djurgarden is Stockholm’s city park.
Day 12 At sea
Cruising towards Denmark and time to indulge in the full programme of entertainment the ship has to offer. Plus a gardeners’ get-together is scheduled with question time and quiz with prizes!
Day 13 Aarhus, Denmark
This morning we visit Aarhus’s Botanical Garden sculpted into the hillside with gardens all around complete with lakes, streams, greenhouses, alpine beds, bog gardens, rose garden, and Danish Plant Society.
Day 14 At sea
Your last cruising day to enjoy all that Columbus has to offer. Plus join your host for drinks and a farewell get- together.
Day 15 London, Tilbury
Arrive early morning. Time for breakfast and farewells before continuing your journey home.