Grand Baltic & British Cruise Adventure

SWAN HELLENIC DISCOVERY CRUISING

Visit fourteen European countries over 43 days on your Grand Baltic & British Adventure aboard Swan Hellenic’s luxury cruise ship the Minerva! Discover destinations such as Sweden, Russia, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland any many more.

At My Cruises we only feature the very best cruise ships and itineraries, with just 350 passengers the Minerva is small enough to visit interesting off-the-beaten-track ports, while being big enough to include all the facilities and amenities you need for your cruise. On the Grand Baltic & British Adventure join the Swan Hellenic team to celebrate the inaugural docking of the Minerva in five new ports of call!

Grand Baltic & British Cruise Adventure

Highlights

42 Night Grand Baltic & British Adventure Cruise
Your Choice of 26 INCLUDED Shore Excurions
FREE Return Economy Airfares Including Baggage and Meals
FREE Airport Transfers

$15,000 Bonus Value

Extras

Intergrated Programme of talks by Guests Speakers onboard Cruise Ship
All Gratuities to Staff onboard and shoreno tipping required
Entrance Fees to Places of Interest Featured in the Shore Excursion Programme
A Cruise Book Designed and Produced for your Cruise, with detailed destination and excursion information
A Team of Experienced Swan Hellenic Staff onboard Minerva
All Shipboard main meals, including Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties followed by Gala Dinners
Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea onboard Minerva
Port & Government Taxes Included

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The Ship

Minerva

Your cruise package includes everything you need for a fantastic sailing experience; flights, transfers, meals, entertainment, shore excursions, plus all our My Cruises bonus added value! Choose between formal dining in the Swan Restaurant or relaxed buffet dining at the Veranda. Join the Minerva’s crew for the nightly classical music performances and lectures by guest speakers, or relax in one of the onboard lounges with an after dinner drink.

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Grand Baltic & British Cruise Adventure Itinerary

Welcome to Portsmouth! Board Swan Hellenic’s luxury cruise ship the Minerva for your 42-night cruise around the Baltic Sea, the British Isles and Ireland.
With only 350 passengers on board, the atmosphere on the Minerva has been likened to an English country house. While at sea today relax in the library and enjoy one of over 5,000 fiction and non-fiction books provided for your reading pleasure.
The cruise today takes you down the Keil canal, a 98km long man made waterway linking the North and Baltic seas.
You have now arrived in Germany! Join the crew of the Minerva for a tour of medieval Rostock including the Stasi museum which displays information on the secret police in East Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall. Or take an option shore excursion to Berlin for a look around this fascinating city full of WWII historical sites (additional cost).
Among the speakers on board for this section of your Baltic cruise is Professor Christopher Andrew, author, Cambridge University lecturer and official historian of MI5. Enjoy some after dinner entertainment with one of his complimentary lectures, included in your My Cruises cruise deal.
Poland is today’s port of call, enjoy a tour of Gdansk’s Old Town included as part of your cruise package, or wander the colourful medieval quayside and find a café to relax in as you watch the world go by.
Welcome to Lithuania! A tour of Klaipeda’s historic old town awaits you, followed by a trip to Palanga and Tiskevicui’s Palace. The Palace is now a museum and houses over 25,000 exhibits.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Riga is a fascinating city. join the Swan Hellenic team for the ‘Highlights of Riga’ tour on today’s stop in Latvia.
On board the Minerva listen to a classical performance by the ships pianist or string quartet. Relax on the shady deck next to the pool. Or enjoy a long lunch while cruising towards Estonia, the next stop on your Grand Baltic & British Cruise Adventure.
You have now arrived in Tallin, Estonia’s capital city. Having been taken over by many invading countries over the years Estonia became independent in 1991. Join the crew of the Minerva to discover the cities medieval Old Town and fascinating Soviet past.
Get ready for three days in St Petersburg! The Swan Hellenic team have organised tours of the city, a visit to the State Hermitage museum, and a trip to both the Peterhof Palace and St Catherine’s Palace. Plus, optional tours to the Faberge Museum or the Marinsky Theatre, famous for its opera and ballet (additional cost).
On the itinerary in Finland today is a tour of Helsinki, a trip to Suomenlinna island the UNESCO World Heritage fort build by the Swedish, or a visit to the home of Jean Sibelius, renowned Finish composer.
Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city is spread over fourteen islands, and is home to the Swedish Royal Family. Enjoy two days here featuring a city tour of the historical sites such as Gamla Stan the 13th century old town, a trip to the Vasa museum which houses the huge 17th century warship recovered from the bottom of the sea after 300 years, and a visit to Stockholm’s Museum of National Antiquities to learn what life was like as a Viking.
Continuing your journey through Sweden, today’s port of call is Hudiksvall. Join the Minerva team for the city highlights tour and a trip to Langvind Manor and Ironworks.
Welcome to Umea, Europe’s Culture Capital 2014! A small university town in Sweden’s North, it has a great music scene and plenty to keep you entertained such as the vintage guitar museum, the sculpture park, and the open-air historic village.
Welcome to Lapland! Today’s highlight is Ranua Wildlife Park, the northern most zoo in the world! Observe artic animals including polar bears, reindeer, and arctic fox.
Today accompany the Swan Hellenic crew on a tour of Vaasa, or visit the Meteoria Söderfjärden a crater left behind on Finland’s surface by a meteorite more than 520- million years ago.
Sail through the Archipelago Sea, a vast array of over 50,000 islands and islets to visit historical Turku and nearby Naantali on today’s cruise stop.
Enjoy the next two days at sea aboard luxury cruise ship Minerva! Play a game of Bridge, take a watercolour class with the ships artists, and enjoy more of the complimentary cruise lectures with on board speakers such as Dr Peter Cattermole, a volcano expert who worked with NASA exploring the volcanoes of Mars.
Join the Minerva crew today for a tour of Copenhagen, or take the short journey to Roskilde and ancient Viking city featuring a stunning cathedral and a Viking museum. Alternatively take the optional cruise excursion to Frederiksborg Castle, this impressive Palace is well worth the visit to see the huge imposing spires, manicured formal gardens and surrounding water features (additional cost).
Half way through your epic European cruise adventure why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the on board beauty salon before enjoying another entertaining evening aboard the luxury cruise ship Minerva on the way to Oslo, Norway’s capital.
Welcome to Norway, join the Swan Hellenic cruise team for their daily excursions including a tour of Oslo, the Norwegian Explorers Museums or the Oslo Botanical Gardens. If you fancy venturing out on your own there is a lot to do in Oslo! Visit the world famous Scream, by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, learn about the history of the Nobel Peace Prize at the Nobels Fredssenter or head to the Viking Ship Museum to see genuine Viking ships!
Two days at sea as you cruise back towards England. Enjoy opera performances and musical history lectures from Andrés Hernández-Salazar, a drink with ocean views at the Orpheus lounge or a Formal dinner at Minerva’s elegant Swan Restaurant.
Welcome back to England! Enjoy a day of exploring on your own today. Take the short train ride to London, or stick closer to the ship and enjoy panoramic views of the coast from the Spinnaker tower. Portsmouth is well-known for its maritime history and is still a naval base today. Visit the Tudor warship the Mary Rose dating back to 1510, HMS Victory built in the 1700’s or the HMS Warrior built in the late 1800’s.
Cruise in luxury towards your next stop, Scotland. While on board the Minerva enjoy a talk from retired naval admiral and now author of War and Peas, a book on the Falklands War, Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB CBE.
On the itinerary for today’s visit to Lerwick in the Scottish Shetland Islands is Jarlshof, one of the most impressive prehistoric archaeological sites in the British Isles. See the site of ancient settlements dating back over 4,000 years. Alternately take a short boat trip to Mousa Island to see the unique wildlife and 2,000-year-old Iron Age tower.
In Kirkwill join the cruise team to visit Skaill House a 17th century mansion with the best preserved prehistoric village in Europe in its grounds. Whiskey fans must visit Highlands Park, the most Northerly Whiskey distillery in the world for a tasting of the unique Whiskey and a tour of the distillery.
The port of call on your cruise today is Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. Join the Swan Hellenic crew for a trip to the mysterious Standing Stones of Callanish, built 5,000 years ago in 3,000 BC the stones are thought to have been part of an astronomical calendar associated with the moon.
The Minerva will make a circumnavigation around St Kilda today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most remote part of the British Isles. Inhabited for thousands of years they have been empty since 1930 and are now used for wildlife conservation projects and research on ancient civilizations.
Accompany the Minerva team today to visit the 13th century Duart Castle set in outstanding Scottish country side, or enjoy a short boat ride to neighbouring island of Iona.
Take afternoon tea in the Veranda Restaurant today as you cruise towards Ireland.
Take a fascinating city tour of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in 914! Also on the agenda are a tour of the famous Waterford Crystal Factory established in 1783, or a visit to Woodstock Gardens to explore the wonderful flowers and plants coupled with a stop in Instioge a small charming Irish town.
Located in the Bristol Channel between England and Ireland, Lundy is a small, but breathtakingly beautiful island. During your free time today, go for a hike, explore the marine reserve underwater world while scuba diving, or take part in the English country side tradition of ‘letterboxing’. Pick up a letterboxing pack from the shop and follow the clues to find the small wooden boxes hidden throughout the countryside to collect the stamps.
Day 39 of your European cruise brings you to the Isles of Scilly, just off the coast of Cornwall, they are the most southerly point of the UK. Join the Swan Hellenic crew for a tour of the Tresco Abbey Gardens, home to thousands of exotic topical plants.
Welcome to Sark, the third largest of the five Channel Islands. Located in the English Channel the Channel Islands are actually closer to France than they are the UK. This tiny island is only just over 5km ² and boasts peaceful lanes and narrow streets as no cars are allowed on the island.
You have now come to the end of your luxury cruise aboard the Minerva, disembark and continue your journey through Britain on land.

Exclusive Upgrade

Window Cabin

The Minerva offers a range of different cabins from singles cabins for solo travellers, to balcony cabins and suites. Ask your My Cruises consultant about upgrading to the picture window cabin for ocean views on your Grand Baltic & British Cruise Adventure.

For further details regarding a Cabin Upgrade, Contact one of our Friendly My Cruises Consultants. 

Grand Baltic & British Adventure Cruise

Travel Dates

Sail Date: 20 May 2017

Surcharges may apply

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All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (21Mar16). All prices based on cash payment – credit card fees may apply.

Prices are subject availability and change at any time without notice until a booking has been made. Prices are based on per person, twin share in an Inside Cabin, unless otherwise stated.

^Free airfare based on departures from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth on flights which arrive into London on morning of cruise and are at the discretion of Cruise Traveller. Airlines/schedules will be advised approx 10 months prior.

Free transfer is seat on a scheduled coach from London airport to Portsmouth Cruise terminal and is operated on a shared basis without luggage handling. Private transfers can be arranged with a surcharge. Package does not include any accommodation or pre/post tours.

Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply.

Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia.

Offer subject to availability at time of booking.

The value of shore excursions, up to AUD $3900 per person, is based on a typical 42-day cruise with a combination of full and half day excursions in the

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