Baltic & Scandinavia Cruise

Day 01

Paris, France

Night in Paris

Take your departure flight in the morning from Colombo to Paris from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Paris’ monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros and boutiques are enhanced by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, design shops and tech start-ups. The Eiffel Tower, broad Arc de Triomphe guarding the glamorous avenue des Champs-Élysées, lamp lit bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes’ wicker-chair-lined terraces are enduring Parisian emblems. There are some stunning modern and contemporary icons, too, from the inside-out, industrial-style Centre Pompidou to the murvégétal (vertical garden) gracing the Musée du Quai Branly, the glass sails of the Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary-art centre, and the gleaming steel egg-shaped concert venue La Seine Musicale.

Arrive at the airport in Paris, France during late evening 2000hrs and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02

Helsinki, Finland

Breakfast at hotel, after the breakfast transfer to Paris airport and take your flight to Helsinki, Finland.

Arrive in Helsinki, Finland. After clearing immigration, commence on a 04 hour city tour of Helsinki with guide.

Helsinki is known as the daughter of the Baltic and is the capital of Finland. The city is located at the south of the peninsula, in a natural environment with a lot of small islands. Its downtown is growing faster than other cities in Europe, and it has low-rise buildings, open spaces and many parks. The capital of Finland, towards the east of the Scandinavia region is where the sauna was first introduced to the world. This city is steeped in both Russian and Scandinavian culture.

The view of the Sibelius Park is a must see site of Helsinki. This park was named after Finland’s greatest composer Jean Sibelius on his 80th birthday in 1945.The park was meant to reflect the rugged natural beauty of Finland, as inspired by Sibelius’s work Finlandia. At one side of the park is the monumental sculpture, Eila Hiltunen’s tribute to Sibelius, the genius whose music is believed to embody the soul of Finland. The monument was unveiled in 1967, a decade after the composer’s death; Sibelius is depicted at the peak of his powers and his career. Other sites include the Presidential Palace and Parliament House; Finland’s imposing parliament building was designed by Finnish architect Johan SigfridSirén and inaugurated in 1931. Its pared-back neoclassicism combined with early 20th-century modernism gives it a serious, even somewhat mausoleum-like appearance.

Transfer to port of Helsinki at 1500hrs to embark your cruise ship MONARCH of Pullmantur Cruise Liner.

Ship will depart Helsinki at 2100hrs.

Sibelius Park

Day 03

St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Versailles

Ship will dock in St. Petersburg at 1030hrs and remain docked at this port till the next evening.

* Shore excursions are available & optional

Saint Petersburg is a fascinating place that captivates at the visitor. You will visit this spectacular city which is the second largest city in Russia. It is situated at the delta of the Neva River and it is surrounded by 42 islands. It was the capital of Russia for many years. It was founded by Tsar Peter the Great and the name of the city was changed several times because of the political changes the city suffered. Saint Petersburg was named Petrograd and Leningrad. The Russian city of St Petersburg is known as “the Empress of the Baltic” and features an array of stunning architecture; all split up by a series of canals. Visit the enormous Palace Square, which was laid out in 1829. This prominent square is steeped in Russian history and has played its part in many revolutions in 20th century.

One of St. Petersburg’s most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as “the Russian Versailles”, although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic estate.

The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France.While Peter’s palace was relatively modest, Rastrelli grossly enlarged the building for Empress Elizabeth. Later, Catherine the Great toned things down a little with a redecoration, although that’s not really apparent from the glittering halls and art-filled galleries that are visible today. All the paintings, furniture and chandeliers are original, as everything was removed from the premises before the Germans arrived in WWII. The Chesme Hall is full of huge paintings of Russia’s destruction of the Turkish fleet at Çesme in 1770. Other highlights include the exquisite East and West Chinese Cabinets, the Picture Hall and Peter’s Study. The Throne Room is the biggest in the palace, with Peter’s red velvet throne as centerpiece, while the Picture Hall lives up to its name, with hundreds of portraits crowding its walls.What you see today is largely a reconstruction; the main palace was completely gutted and only a few of its walls were left standing.

The Hermitage fully lives up to its sterling reputation. You can be absorbed by its treasures for days and still come out wanting more. The enormous collection (over three million items, only a fraction of which are on display in 360 rooms) almost amounts to a comprehensive history of Western European art. Catherine the Great, one of the greatest art collectors of all time, began the collection. Nicholas I also greatly enriched it and opened the galleries to the public for the first time in 1852.

Overnight on board.

Day 04

St. Petersburg, Russia

Wake up to breakfast on board the MONARCH.

You can explore the ship and its fascinating entertainment varieties as you please or wander the streets of St. Petersburg once again to pick on the spots the missed on the earlier day!

* Shore excursions are available & optional

Try to discover more about Saint Petersburg (OPTIONAL) by making a visit to Pushkin Palace and Park. The summer Palace is the heart of TsarskoeSelo – one of the most picturesque parks among the former residences of the Russian Emperors. Here you may touch the atmosphere of the Royal way of life in its entire splendor. It is hard to believe but almost everything inside the palace is a result of a careful restoration which had been finished just 8 years ago when works on the legendary Amber Room were finally finished after the mysterious disappearance during the World War II. Today tourists from all over the world come to the Pushkin to see the marvelous park and Catherine’s Palace.

It would be a shame to miss the Saint-Isaac Cathedral; the golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the St Petersburg skyline. Its obscenely lavish interior is open as a museum, although services are held in the cathedral throughout the year. French designer Auguste de Montferrand began designing the cathedral in 1818, despite the fact that he was no architect. The cathedral took so long to build (until 1858) that Nicholas I was able to insist on an even more grandiose structure than Montferrand had originally planned. More than 100kg of gold leaf was used to cover the 21.8m-high dome alone.

Ship will set sail at 1800hrs and you will spend over night on board.

Saint Isaac Cathedral

Day 05

Tallinn, Estonia

Toompea Castle

Ship will arrive in Tallinn, Estonia at 09.00am.

* Shore excursions are available & optional

Discover one of the most important ports in the Baltic Sea: the capital of Estonia, Tallinn, which is known as the Jewel of Northern Europe and the Baltic. After the Second World War, the damages of the war, the city was rebuilt to recover the spectacular city which it had been in the past. You will feel in this city like in a medieval story due to the unforgettable medieval ambiance that is breathed in Tallinn. It’s lively yet peaceful, absurdly photogenic and bursting with wonderful sights – ancient churches, medieval streetscapes and noble merchants’ houses.

One of the symbols not just of Sofia but of Bulgaria itself, the massive, awe-inspiring church, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral , was built between 1882 and 1912 in memory of the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died fighting for Bulgaria’s independence during the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78). It is named in honor of a 13th-century Russian warrior-prince. Designed by Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev, the church was built in the neo-Byzantine style favored in Russia at the time and is adorned with mosaics and gold-laden domes. The cavernous, incense-scented interior is decorated with naturalistic (though now rather faded) murals, pendulous chandeliers and elaborate onyx and alabaster thrones.

The Toompea Castle, Home of Estonia’s Parliament is yet another pride of Tallinn. This Janus-faced pile turns a sugar-pink baroque facade towards Toompea, and a stern 14th-century Livonian visage to the sea and intervening suburbs. In the 18th century the fortress underwent an extreme makeover at the hands of Russian empress Catherine the Great, converting it into the pretty-in-pink baroque palace that now houses Estonia’s Riigikogu (National Council). Other splendid sites to fill in your day include view of the Herman Tower, visiting the Old Town and Town Hall Square.

Ship will depart Tallinn at 04.00pm.

Day 06

Stockholm (Nynäshamn), Sweden

Ship will arrive at your next port, Nynäshamn in Sweden, at 09.00am.

* Shore excursions are available & optional

Offering everything from deep-blue archipelagos and Northern Lights, to killer fashion, food and design, Sweden is a Nordic dream date. Located on the southern tip of the Stockholm archipelago, Nynäshamn is a lovely spot to relax and sample local Swedish cuisine The Port of Nynäshamn is a modern passenger and ro-ro port. Today this is one of the two mainland ports from which Destination Gotland ferries operate services to Visby. Nynäshamn, which lies about 60 km south of Stockholm, is well known for being one of the places on the Swedish mainland from where ferries to the island Gotland depart. This is a hugely popular destination for Swedes of all ages in the summer months. For a tiny town with only 13,000 inhabitants, at the jumping off point of the Swedish Archipelago, Nynäshamn is known throughout the country as a food-lovers paradise. It’s a sweet village with an amazing view of the sea. Some of the best culinary delights produced in Sweden come out of this little seaside port. One shop cum restaurant Nynäshamn in particular was worth the trip alone!

The Vasa Ship Museum holds a grand story – the Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged and the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world’s only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. It is a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.

Overnight on board.

Ship will depart at 08.00pm in the evening.

Vasa Ship Museum

Day 07

At Sea

Pullmantur Cruise Liner

While you are merrily drifting on board the Pullmantur Cruise Liner, engage yourself in the many entertainment facilities and leisure activities available on board.

Overnight on board the cruise ship.

Day 08

Rostock, Germany

Ship will dock in Rostock early in the morning at 08.00am.

* Shore excursions are available & optional

The large port city of Rostock will never win a beauty contest and for good reason – the town was devastated in WWII and later pummelled by socialist architectural ‘ideals’. Its biggest drawcard – Warnemünde, which has one of Germany’s most appealing beaches – is 13km northwest, where the Warnow River flows into the Baltic Sea.

Ship will remain docked at port till the next day.

Overnight on board.

Rostock City

Day 09

Rostock, Germany - Hamburg, Germany

Mauerpark Wall memorial

After breakfast, proceed for disembarkation. Drive to Berlin, and proceed for Berlin Guided city tour along with the Berlin Wall.

Dive right into the history of Berlin. Take a walking tour of the Berlin Wall, starting from Bornholmer Straße, a place steeped in history: it was here that the first Berliners from East and West met and rejoiced together on the day the wall fell and the unified German nation was reborn.

Walking along the former death strip, you will see traces of the wall, sometimes only detectable by experts. Discover how these traces are being documented, and learn the strange history of the cherry trees that grew the length of the wall.

Visit the wall memorials, and the Mauerpark – today one of the capital’s liveliest cultural and social centers. Relax over coffee along the way and make tracks finally to the Nordbahnhof, a former ghost station, where the tour ends.

After the city tour Proceed to Hamburg Airport by 1800hrs for your departure flight. Your flight will be on 2130hrs.

Day 10

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive back at home in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the afternoon.

Bandaranaike International Airport

Cost of Tour

  • Package per person : Rs. 479, 000/- per person
  • Child rate per person : Rs. 469, 000/- per person
  • Port charges + taxes : EUR 279 per person
  • Single supplement : EUR 750 per person
  • Outside Cabin : Rs. 479, 000/- + EURO 300 Per Person + Port Charges & Taxes

Child (Max 02 sharing Parents Room) Rs. 439, 000/- per child + Port Charges & Taxes. Single Supplement (additional) EUR 850 per person.

Tour Package includes:

• 07 night cruise ticket
• All meals, beverages and cocktails on board
• Economy class air ticket
• Hotel accommodations with bed and breakfast basis
• Half day city tours wherever mentioned
• Airport transfers
• Transfers to Ship

Payment Terms:

To be strictly followed – Rs. 200,000/- Deposit per Person at the time of booking. Balance to be paid in 60 Days prior to departure. Late payments are subject to an additional levy to cover exchange fluctuations. We have the right to change package price if deposit/final payments are not effected as per above deadlines. If deposits and final payment are made on due dates no price changes will be applicable for increases in the exchange Rate & Airfares. If availing any special discounts during a Promotion, stipulated deposits must be paid.

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