Combining some of the most interesting Scandinavian cities, European Capitals, Baltic jewels and places of historical significance, this journey truly is the sum of its very best parts. From the opulent Palace of Peterhof in St Petersburg to the sobering sight of the Berlin Wall and alluring statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, we’ve created an itinerary rich in diversity, spending time in the places that matter most. Enjoy the ever changing seascape as we cruise aboard the Island Princess in beautifully appointed Balcony Staterooms, with every amenity conveniently at your disposal and many ‘optional’ city tours included. Relax, with longer stays in London, Hamburg and Berlin, offering the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time to indulge personal passions. If comfort and convenience are important to you, there’s no better way than this coach and cruise combination to discover the places you once only dreamt of seeing.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world ” - Gustav Flaubert
21 JUNE - 18 JULY • 27 DAYS
NEW ZEALAND – SINGAPORE transit Singapore
Day 1 We depart New Zealand this morning, bound for the UK with an overnight stay at Singapore’s Changi airport to assist us in arriving in the best condition possible.
SINGAPORE – LONDON three nights London
Days 2-4 During our stay in London we’ll experience the highlights of this great city on our city sights tour featuring many of the iconic landmarks and historical buildings. We’ll also take you away from the city for a day, when we visit the very beautiful medieval market town of Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
LONDON – SOUTHAMPTON
Day 5 Today we head to the southern coast of Britain and the city of Southampton to join our Princess Cruise ship, which will be our home for the next fourteen nights.
PRINCESS SCANDINAVIAN AND RUSSIAN COLLECTION CRUISE fourteen nights Princess
Days 5-19 The beautiful Island Princess offers a plethora of excellent services and facilities catering to every whim. Whether at sea or at one of the many fascinating ports of call featured in the itinerary, there’s plenty to keep you occupied from first light until your head hits the pillow on your welcoming bed in your luxuriously appointed Balcony Stateroom. Carrying a maximum 2,200 passengers and last refurbished in December 2017, the Island Princess provides the perfect platform to explore the Scandinavian and Baltic region by arguably the best, most comfortable and convenient means of travel available.
Days 5-6 Cruising from Southampton late afternoon we settle in to our Balcony Staterooms and begin familiarising ourselves with the ships layout, exploring the many lounges, restaurants and guest services on offer. Our rst full day is at sea as we cross the North Sea and make our way to Skagen.
Day 7 This peaceful little town with a population of around 8,200 residents enjoys a very unique position at the very northern tip of Denmark, punctuated by a sandy beach popular with tourists and locals alike. Once an artist’s colony, the town today is still home to many. History buffs and art lovers will enjoy a visit to the museum.
Day 8 We’re at sea today. Time to explore the ship a little more, join in a game with other guests, attend a seminar, watch a movie, partake in some retail therapy, burn off breakfast at the gym or maybe relax with a specialty coffee and a local paper in the café. Regardless, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
Day9 Arriving in port today our private coach and local guide will meet us to show us some of the highlights of this city, including the fascinating former Soviet Union Nuclear Weapons site at Zemaitija National Park. Klaipeda also boasts many interesting sculptures ... see if you can find the Golden Mouse!
Day 10 One of only two ports where we utilise tenders to reach the shore. Once on dry land you’ll walk in the footsteps of Vikings, in a settlement surrounded by walls dating back to the 13th century. Adorned with tall towers, turrets and spires, explore the town of ‘Roses and Ruins’ at your leisure along winding cobblestone streets.
Day 11 A perennial favourite with our guests. The splendor begins well before we berth, as our ship winds its way amongst just a few of the 30,000 or so island archipelago dotted around this region. There’s much to see, most easily reached by foot, including Gamla Stan (the colourful old town). Be sure to see the changing of the Royal Palace guards at midday, and a visit to the Vasa Museum if time permits, won’t disappoint.
Day 12 The rst sights of this Finnish delight will be seen from your stateroom balcony for the early risers. Onshore, a must see is the incredible Temppeliaukio (Rock Church) built into solid rock and lit by sun streaming through the glazed dome roof. Market Square will draw in shoppers seeking authentic local goods and photo-op’s for photographers, or take an optional excursion to the 14th century town of Porvoo.
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Days 13-14 We’ve contracted our own private coach and guide to show us the highlights of this historic city, including the magnificent gardens and elaborately decorated Peterhof Palace. We’ll see the ornate Christ the Saviour on Spilled Blood church, the Fortress of Peter and Paul, and the impressive Alexander Column amongst other things. We’ll visit a museum to match the standard of the Louvre, at the Hermitage, boasting over three million artworks, and one evening we’ll be guests at a performance of traditional dance and music followed by dinner in an opulent setting.
Day 15 There are a number of ‘optional’ things to do in Tallinn, Estonia today, but for many the 15 minute walk from the port to the centre of Old City, will offer all the rewards of any day trip on a coach. The labyrinth tiny streets and narrow alleyways will enthral you, and shopping is both interesting and plentiful. You’ll find idyllic sidewalk cafés and restaurants all over Tallinn, tempting you around lunchtime, after which you may like to join a city overview tour on the Hop-On Hop-Off buses that circumnavigate Tallinn frequently.
Day 16 Once again we have our own private coach and local guide to show us the highlights of this capital city. Riga is known for its architecture, especially its well preserved collection of Art Nouveau buildings. Much of the Old Town is best experienced on foot, and thanks to its compact nature, exploration is not tiring.
Day 17 We’re all at sea today, in the best way possible. Leaving the Baltic Sea, we enter the Oresund Strait, separating Sweden from Denmark, passing beneath the Oresund Bridge, spanning over 19 kilometres, as we do.
Day18 Our coach and local guide meet us as we berth this morning to show us around Helsingborg,featuring some spectacular castles and Sofiero, once the Royal summer residence. We’ll explore outside the city centre as far south as Lund, boasting a 12th century cathedral with imposing twin towers and an eerie crypt.
COPENHAGEN – HAMBURG two nights Hamburg
Days 18-19 After a very short sail from Helsingborg we arrive in Copenhagen late evening. The next morning we disembark the ship and are met by our guide and touring coach for a highlight sightseeing tour including the expansive Christiansborg Palace, the third manifestation of a Palace that has stood since 1167. We’ll also see the world renowned Tivoli Gardens, the Ge on Fountain and of course the iconic Little Mermaid. For lunch we’ll stop at the beautiful district of Nyhavn where you can eat, drink and browse at leisure.
Just after midday we make our way via a fascinating and ever changing landscape to Hamburg, home for the next two nights.
Day 20 This morning our guide will join us at our hotel as we go exploring this wonderful pedestrian friendly city. Among other things our sightseeing will include historic St Michaels Church, the beautiful Inner Alster Lake, City Hall and impressive Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest, most interesting, acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. The afternoon’s yours to wander. Perhaps a visit to the expansive Miniature World, or a spot of retail therapy.
HAMBURG – BERLIN three nights Berlin
Day 21 After a leisurely start we make our way to Berlin, a city that needs no introduction. On arrival our guide will give us a brief overview of the city.
Day 22 There’s so much to do in Berlin and we want to ensure you see the best bits! Our sightseeing includes the instantly recognisable Checkpoint Charlie and a colourful section of the infamous ‘Wall’, better known as the East Side Gallery, as well as the Wall Museum. We’ll see Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag (Parliament) and stop for reflection at the Jewish Memorial.
Day 23 Today’s completely free for you to do as you please. We’ll be on hand to offer suggestions, but mostly we want to leave it open for you to do the things that appeal most to you. Tonight we’ve got something special planned for our final dinner together in Europe.
BERLIN – MUNICH – SINGAPORE one night Singapore
Days 24-25 We bid farewell to Berlin this morning as we embark on our homeward journey via Munich, arriving in Singapore early the following morning. Our hotel is ideally positioned to take full advantage of a host of attractions, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing available in this fascinating city. The whole day is yours to do as you please.
SINGAPORE – NEW ZEALAND
Days 26-27 You have the best part of the day to complete any unfinished sightseeing or other activity before we make our way early evening to Changi airport to board our flight to New Zealand. We arrive early next morning in New Zealand, and although the journey may have concluded, the wonderful memories and experiences shared will never leave us.