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Baltic Highlights
Cruise 592

Denmark, Sweden, Finland,
Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, UK

17 Jun-1 Jul 2001
15 days
Fares from £3300
Fares for Cruise 592
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult (£):
owner's suite Owners Suite 6660
suite Suite 6290
deluxe Deluxe 5370
superior Superior 4710
Standard two bed:
twin occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 4400
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 4090
B
deck outside B Deck outside 4005
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 3740
A
deck inside A Deck inside 3390
B
deck inside B Deck inside 3300
Standard two bed:
single occupancy
A
deck outside A Deck outside 6160
A
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 5726
B
deck outside B Deck outside 5607
B
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 5236
A
deck inside A Deck inside 4407
B
deck inside B Deck inside 4290
Minerva deck plans
for location of cabins


Themed Cruise:
MUSIC


Composers and musicians are often inspired by the landscape and environment around them. On this cruise Natalie Wheen will explore these influences from musical seascapes to St Petersburgís golden age of composers and performers.


SPEAKER'S CORNER:

Professor Christopher Andrew
Chair of the History Faculty at Cambridge University and a regular broadcaster. His most recent book is a history of the KGB based on top-secret Russian files smuggled out through the Baltic. His talks will focus on the effects of recent historical events in the region, from the Second World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Professor Peter Harbison
A classical archaeologist and art historian who will share his knowledge of the peoples who made such an impact on the Baltic: the Vikings, the Teutonic Knights and the members of the Hanseatic League.

David O'Connor
Lectures in the School of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester and for NADFAS. His interests lie mainly in the rich heritage of altarpieces, wall paintings and wooden sculptures of Denmark, Sweden and Gotland and his talks will also explore the wide influence of Carl Larsson on the arts and crafts movement of the region.

Natalie Wheen
One of Britain's best known broadcasters on music and the arts, currently heard on Classic FM. The sea has inspired countless composers and the area has also produced a collection of composers and musicians - find out more with her.




St.Petersburg



Copenhagen
First Timers Cruises, 
click for details Say hello to the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and then set sail to more of the Baltic's enthralling cities. You'll stroll around beautifully-sited Helsinki, discover why Tallinn is among Europe's best medieval old towns and see the canals, turrets and gateways that embellish the glory of Lubeck.
Sun 17 Jun    London - Copenhagen
Fly from London to Copenhagen to join Minerva. We remain in port overnight, so you might want to start your holiday this evening with a trip to Tivoli, Copenhagenís century-old amusement park.
Mon 18 Jun    Copenhagen
Denmark's capital offers the visitor elegance, culture, and history. Our city tour discovers the highlights including the Little Mermaid and the colourful waterfront of Nyhavn. Or travel to the coast to visit the impressive Viking Ships Museum at Roskilde. We sail this afternoon and our Baltic voyage begins.
Tue 19 Jun    At Sea - Stockholm
Take some time to explore Minerva's many facilities as we cruise through the Baltic Sea. Browse through the extensive Library and perhaps listen to our Guest Speakers' talks. We make a dramatic evening approach through the archipelago, to arrive in Stockholm after dinner.
Wed 20 Jun    Stockholm
A full day to enjoy Sweden's vibrant capital city. Join our informative guides for a visit to the Vasa Museum to view the oldest preserved warship and to the beautiful Town Hall. Or join our supplementary afternoon excursions to Drottningholm or the Royal Palace, still in use today. The Old Town is easily accessible from our berth - why not explore independently and be captivated by this elegant city? We sail late, so stay ashore and enjoy one of the longest days of the year.
Thu 21 Jun    At Sea
Midsummer's Day and we head northwards to enjoy the shortest night of the year. Take a dip in the pool, stroll around the Promenade Deck, or indulge yourself with a massage in our Beauty Salon.
Fri 22 Jun    Helsinki
Minerva berths in the heart of the lovely Finnish capital early this morning. Our city tour takes us to the orthodox Uspensky Cathedral, Sibelius Park and the wonderful Temppeliaukion Church, hewn into the rock-face. For music lovers there will be an excursion to Ainola, the home of Sibelius, where we attend a private concert in the summer school.
Sat 23 Jun-Sun 24 Jun    St Petersburg
A day and a half to enjoy this fascinating and enchanting city. A city tour includes visits to the richly decorated St Isaac's Cathedral, the burial place of the Tsars in the St Peter and Paul Cathedral as well as the unmissable Hermitage and glorious Peterhof Palace with its magnificent gardens that lead down to the sea. Or, you might choose our supplementary full-day excursion to the palaces of Pushkin and Pavlovsk. On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity to attend a supplementary ballet performance.
Mon 25 Jun    Tallinn
Our morning tour of Estonia's charming capital explores the Old Town, surrounded by medieval walls and turrets, cobbled streets, lively cafes and church spires. Alternatively, take a drive into the Estonian countryside to Lahemaa National Park to see some of the restored manor houses of Kolga.
Tue 26 Jun    Riga
We arrive in Riga after lunch. On our sightseeing tour we view the impressive St Peter's Church, St Jacob's Cathedral and the commanding Dome Cathedral where we enjoy an organ concert. Riga has been beautifully restored in recent years and its Old Town boasts narrow winding streets lined with fine medieval buildings.
Wed 27 Jun    Visby
In the 12th century Gotland dominated northern and western Europe's trade, and Visby was one of the world's major cities. We will visit the fascinating museum and enjoy a tour of this charismatic walled town with cobbled streets, timber framed houses and busy market square.
Thu 28 Jun    Ronne
After a morning at sea, we arrive in Ronne, on the Danish island of Bornholm. On our island drive as well as enchanting scenery, we will see beautiful wooden houses, runic stones and the famous round whitewashed churches.
Fri 29 Jun    Lubeck
Our excursion this morning is a guided walk of the Old Town, which has been designated a World Heritage site. Red rooftops, medieval bridges, city walls and the church spires of Marienkirche and St Jacob's give Lubeck its characteristic silhouette. After our tour, stop for a beer and purchase some of Lubeck's world famous marzipan.
Sat 30 Jun    Kiel Canal Transit - At Sea
Minerva transits the Kiel Canal in the early hours of the morning. A day at sea to reflect on the many sights and experiences we have encountered.
Sun 1 Jul    London
A morning transit of the River Thames and passage under Tower Bridge provides an unforgettable finale to the cruise as Minerva reaches her berth by Tower Bridge mid-morning.


WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Spend Midsummer in St Petersburg - at this northern latitude the sun may well stay up later than you
  • Be spellbound by the Hermitage, where opulent rooms and furnishings vie with world-renowned art treasures to claim your admiration
  • Enjoy the contrasts of medieval and modern cities from Stockholm to Riga and Lubeck


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