• Duration

    16 Day Cruise Tour

    02 – 17 September 2017

  • Location

    Amsterdam – Copenhagen – Berlin  Talinn – St Petersburg – Helsinki – Stockholm – Hamburg – Arhus

  • Price Starting From

    2,599 in double per person

  • Sailing

    On Board MS Koningsdam

Discover the Beautiful Baltics – what a great combination!

Holland America Line’s newest ship, the ms Koningsdam – Fluid curves. – A sophisticated interplay of high technology and elegance. Beautiful architectural elements inspired by music. All woven together in a forward-thinking design approach to create an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with Holland America’s renowned classic elegance. Koningsdam carries 2,650 passengers, the largest ever built by the company. Her 12 decks feature four performance venues including the 1000-seat live entertainment theatre, five lounges, casino, shopping arcade, movie theatre, beauty shop, library, games room, 12 elevators, internet centre, spa and fitness centre, and two swimming pools (one with sliding dome cover).

Saturday, Septmber 2

Amsterdam – Holland | Morning Departure to fun & exciting Amsterdam – transfer to our hotel in the centre of Amsterdam – walking distance to the famous Dam Square – Enjoy a day exploring the city – take a canal cruise – relax & have fun!

Sunday, Septmber 3

Amsterdam & Sail Away | In late morning, we drive to the cruise terminal and board the Koningsdam. An embarkation lunch is served in the Lido Market. The rest of the day is free time to explore this beautiful new ship and get acquainted with its many facilities. We cast off at 4 pm and sail away from Amsterdam into the North Sea. Afterwards, savour your first sumptuous dinner, followed by a lively “welcome” performance at the World Stage.

Monday, Septmber 4

Relax at Sea  |  Enjoy a leisurely day at sea while we cruise around the Danish peninsula.

Tuesday, Septmeber 5

Copenhagen, Denmark  |  The Koningsdam is docked in Copenhagen from 7 am to 4 pm. During the morning, a guided city tour passes all the major attractions of this wonderful city — Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Danish Opera House with its panoramic view, the Danish Parliament Christiansborg, Islands Brygge, the renowned Little Mermaid, and many statues and landmarks. We also experience the Changing of the Royal Guards at the Amalien- borg Palace. This afternoon, we drive north of Copenhagen to Frederiksborg Castle. This impressive and unrivalled Renaissance castle was built in the early 17th century by the legendary Danish King Christtian IV and incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship.

Wednesday, September 6

Warnemunde (Berlin) & Germany  |  We dock in Warnemunde, Germany, at 7 am and meet our guide and coach. It is a three-hour drive south to Berlin, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Berlin has many layers of dynamic history, and there is no better place to experience them than the city centre Berlin Mitte. Largely hidden behind the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, Mitte provides a window into the city’s medieval origins, its Prussian and Nazi past, its legacy as a divided city, and the constant change that is New Berlin. During a city tour, we see the government district, contemporary culture and art, and architecture, plus Berlin’s best known highlights: the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, remains of the Berlin Wall, the broad boulevard of Kurfürsten- dam, and the Jewish Memorial. This is a long day to see everything, returning to the ship about 8 pm, with departure at 10 pm.

Thursday, September 7

Fun at Sea  |  The Koningsdam is at sea today while we cruise east into the Baltic Sea.

Friday, September 8

Tallinn, Estonia  |  We arrive in Tallinn, Estonia at 9 am. We start with a walking tour through Old Town, seeing the marvelous Dome Church and Alexander Nevsky’s Ca- thedral, then enjoy the panoramic view from Toompea viewing platform. During the coach tour, we see the modern city centre with skyscrapers, Freedom Square, National Library, Opera House, and romantic Kadriorg Park with its baroque palace. Contrasting with the beautiful architecture are the block buildings from the Soviet era in the Lasnamäe district. Along the waterfront, we ad- mire the view from Pirita Beach and see the ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent, the Estonian Song Festival Grounds, and the 1980 Olympic Village where the Moscow Sailing Regatta took place. The ship sails at 5 pm.

Saturday, September 9

St. Petersburg, Russia  |  The Koningsdam arrives in St. Petersburg at 7 am and we stay overnight at the dock. Welcome to Russia! Sometimes called the City of 300 Bridges, St. Petersburg is one of the world’s most splendid cities and two days of touring are included. Today, we travel to the Pushkin area to visit the elegant Catherine’s Palace, a UNESCO site. Once the summer residence for the Russian Czars, the palace is named for Catherine I, Peter the Great’s widow, and is a masterpiece of Russian Rococo architecture unrivalled in luxury and scale. We tour the opulent halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms. A traditional borscht lunch is included. Afterwards, during a tour of St. Petersburg landmarks, we visit Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral which was built between 1712 and 1733 and has a 123-metre tall spire. Most of Russia’s czars are buried in this ornate cathedral.

Sunday, September 10

St. Petersburg, Russia  |  One of the world’s most famous institutions, the Hermitage Museum has over three million items, and houses a prestigious collection of art, antiqui- ties, jewellery, and sculptures. It has been said that it could take 11 years to view every piece, so we take a guided tour that features some of the more famous works, including artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo The city tour continues with a visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood which resembles St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The ship’s departure is 6 pm.

Monday, September 11

Helsinki, Finland  |  During a city tour of Helsinki, Finland, we see the Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, and the Temppeliaukio Church, built d rectly into solid rock. (An inside visit to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed in the event of religious services.) Afterwards, we take the ferry to Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) Sea Fortress, built 21⁄2 centuries ago and known as the Gibraltar of the North. It is the largest fortress in the Baltic Sea and one of the most popular attractions in Finland. The Koningsdam is docked from 8 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday, September 12

Stockholm, Sweden  |  The ship arrives in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, at 8 am. Our city tour visits the districts of Södermalm, Gamla Stan, Norrmalm, Óstermalm and Djurgarden. In Södermalm we see the small wooden houses from the 1700s and fantastic views of the city. Gamla Stan or Old Town offers narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets that are full of history. Norrmalm is Stockholm’s modern city cen- tre where we visit City Hall Tower, one of its most impressive buildings. Next we go to the fascinating Vasa Museum which houses the Vasa ship. She was built between 1625 and 1628 as the pride of the Swedish navy. As she embarked on her maid- en voyage, she fired a gun salute, sailed for 20 minutes, and sank. She stayed perfectly preserved at the bottom of the sea for 333 years, then was salvaged and is now one of Stockholm’s major attractions.  – Enjoy the spectacular sailout along Stockholm’s Archipelago.

Wednesday, September 13

Day at Sea  |  Today is at sea while we cruise south to Germany

Thursday, September 14

Kiel Canal, Germany  |  The Koningsdam docks at Kiel, Germany, and we board the paddle steamer “Freya” for a cruise on the Kiel Canal. Built in 1914, the 98-km waterway connects the Baltic Sea with the North Sea and saves the long journey around the Jutland or Danish Peninsula. It is one of the world’s busiest canals utilized by more than 100 ships per day, but most cruise ships are too large to use it. A brunch buffet is served on board while we view the passing sights and vessels. We cruise the canal as far as Rendsburg, then return to Kiel by coach. A tour of Kiel highlights is provided, then we are back on board the Koningsdam for sailing at 5 pm.

Friday, September 15

Arhus, Denmark  |  Arhus –  Denmark’s second largest city  -0800-1700. Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive through Aarhus. Your tour takes you past Aarhus Town Hall on the south side of the busy Rådhus Plads, the hub of the traffic of Aarhus. You’ll continue past Aarhus University, the Botanical Gardens, the Music Hall, and the ARoS Art Museum with its rainbow panorama gangway on top, one of the largest museums in Europe. At the rim of the forest, your bus will pass by the Queen’s summer residence Marselisborg Palace, where you will enjoy a peek into the Royal family’s private land. You’ll continue to Aarhus Cathedral .It is the longest and tallest church in Denmark, and one of the oldest redbrick buildings in Jutland. Its construction began in the year 1190. Today, its restored bell tower stands over 310 feet high while the church is over 300 feet long. The interior boasts over 200 frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries, as well as a 16th-century altar carved by the Lübeck master, Bernt Notke. After this visit, you will enjoy some free time in the City Centre. Before returning to the pier, you’ll make a stop at Den Gamle By open-air Museum, where you’ll witness the recreation of a traditional Danish village, featuring 75 original historic structures.

Saturday, September 16

Last day at Sea  |  On our last day at sea, we cruise southwest across the North Sea.

Sunday, September 17

Holland Highlights  |  We arrive back in Amsterdam and say goodbye to the beautiful ship Koningsdam. Enjoy a full day tour of beautiful Holland.  We head out of Amsterdam for a visit to Delft and a tour of the famous Royal Delft Blue Porcelain exhibition. Next is the picturesque UNESCO Village of Zaanse Schans where we visit a cheese farm, paint mill, and oil mill, and view traditional crafts of cheese- and clog-making. The third village is Volendam which has a bustling harbour on the Zuiderzee and is known for traditional costumes of ancient clothing, the klederdracht. Early evening transfer to the airport for our return flight to Malta.

Package rate in euros per person based on a double cabin

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Non- Refundable Deposit per person:   €750
Balance due: 30 JUNE 2016

Your package includes

  • Return flights to Amsterdam on AirMalta incl Luggage
  • 14 Nts shipboard accommodation, ocena transportation, fabulous entertainment abd daily activities, on-board meals and beverages and… loads more aboard the MS Koningsdam
  • 1 Nt 4-Star central Accommodation in Amsterdam on BB
  • All transfers  •  Airport & Port Taxes (E500 incl)
  • Tour Manager: Ms Marisa Caruana Lauri ITC DDS

Package does not include

  • Excursions & Shore Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Tips (payable onboard US$12.50pp/day)
  • Visa to Russia : Euros 40 approx

Excursions Rates

BerlinFull Day€100
TalinnHalf Day€35
St Petersburg (including 2 lunches)2 Full Days€190
Swan Lake BalletNight€110
HelsinkiFull Day€60
StockholmHalf Day€45
Kiel Canal / Paddle Steamer Freya incl. BrunchFull Day€90
ArhusHalf Day€50

Shore Excursions – rates -subject to minimum 25 pax

This tour is subject to our general conditions.  Please read them carefully before booking.

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