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Tall Ships in the Baltic

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

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  • Full Board Full board
  • Chauffeur service Chauffeur service
  • No fly No fly

See the elegant Tall Ships…

On this unique Baltic voyage you can experience the excitement of the Tall Ships Race as the famed schooners make their incredible journey across Europe. Spend two days in the port of Turku with these magnificent vessels before they continue their race to Lithuania. You'll go on to explore some of the best ports in Latvia and Poland before cruising through Germany's Kiel Canal to soak up Amsterdam's lively atmosphere.

Saga price includes...

  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Dover


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Dover

Embark Saga Sapphire. Depart 1600.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

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Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

At sea.

At sea.

Gothenburg

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Gothenburg, founded in 1621 after King Gustav II, tiring of Danish raids, ordered a strong fortress built to secure Sweden's only western port. Gothenburg grew rapidly into the trading and maritime city envisioned by the King, and the East India Company became Sweden's first international trading company during the 18th century. Silk, tea, spices and porcelain, the luxury items of the era, were imported to Sweden from countries such as China, despite journeys often lasting more than a year. Discover quaint canals, the cobbled streets of historical Haga and countless green open spaces. Immerse yourself in the Swedish lifestyle, soaking up the buzzing outdoor café culture with ‘fika’ (a drink, usually coffee, and a bite) or indulge in food markets, impressive museums and fine restaurants - five with Michelin stars.

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Population approximately 550.000
Language Swedish
Currency Swedish Krona
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Cool and temperate with frequent rain.
Ship berths at Arendal 751
Distance from Centre Approximately 8 miles
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Nordstan shopping centre located on Hamngatan Street. Nordstan is Scandinavias largest shopping centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Generally open from 1000 to 1800.
Post Office Located at Nordstan Shopping Centre on Norra Hamngatan 26
Tourist Office Tourist info is available at the pier as well as in the city centre in Nordstan Shopping Centre.
How to Phone Home To dial the UK dial 00 44 followed by the STD number, omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks Banks are located in Nordstan Shopping Centre. Generally open 1000 to 1700.

Excursions

Kalundborg

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The industrial town of Kalundborg is renowned for being the summer residence of a large broadcasting facility, yet it is the elegant five-spired Church of Our Lady and enchanting Rococo architecture that will captivate the visitor. Capital of the Kalundborg municipality on the West Zealand coast of Denmark, the town is also the perfect base for exploring further afield. Travel to the Danish capital of Copenhagen or perhaps visit the spectacular Viking Ship Museum.

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Population 17,000
Language Danish
Currency Danish Kroner (DKr)
Time Difference UK + 1
Climate Temperate coastal climate and cool summers averaging 20°C
Ship berths at The Cruise Pier
Distance from Centre 1,000 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping Shops are located at the Town Square.
Shopping Opening Hours Generally open from 1000 to 1800.
Post Office The Post Office is located at Elmegade 11. Open from 1000 to 1700.
Tourist Office Located at the Town Square.
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks Located at Pedestrian Street. Generally open from 1000 to 1600.

Excursions

At sea.

Stockholm

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Gracefully set on 14 islands and connected by 40 bridges, Stockholm is the Baltic’s largest seaport. Surrounded by clear waters and unspoilt countryside, it is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The city’s rich and fascinating history is reflected in the ornate architecture of its churches, castles, bridges and elegant open squares. The Old Town (Gamla Stan) is located on the island of Stadsholmen, and is characterised by narrow medieval streets. Here you can see the majestic exterior of the 18th-century Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral.

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Population 807,000 (city), 1,300.000 (urban area)
Language Swedish
Currency Swedish Krona
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Cool and temperate with frequent rain, with an average of 9 hours' daily sunshine from May to July.
Ship berths at Frihamnen 634
Distance from Centre Approximately 2 miles
Distance from gangway to coach Up to 120 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area is in the city centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Shops are open from Monday to Friday between 1000-1800, Saturday between 1000-1700 and Sunday between 1100-1600.
Post Office The Post Office is at 57 Master Samuelsgatan and is open from Monday to Friday between 0900-1900, Saturday between 1000-1600 and Sunday between 1000-1600
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located at Stadsgarden or in the city centre Sverigehuset, 27 Hamngatan and is open from Monday to Friday between 0900-1900, Saturday between 1000-1700 and Sunday between 1000-1600.
How to Phone Home To call the UK, dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks Swedbank at 3 Stureplan is open from Monday to Friday between 1000-1500.

Excursions

Turku

Arrive 1300 on July 22. Depart 1600 on July 23.

The name Turku derives from the word for marketplace and this historic city in southwest Finland was the country’s first capital city and the oldest. Site of the first university in Finland, Turku is home to a fine medieval cathedral, 13th-century castle and fascinating museums, together with one of the country’s oldest music festivals. The only Finnish member of the modern Hanseatic League, you can discover this fascinating and historic city on the following exciting excursions.

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Population 175,000 (approximate)
Language Finnish
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+2
Climate Cold and temperate
Ship berths at Castle Harbour or Cargo Harbour
Distance from Centre 880 yards (approximate)
Distance from gangway to coach 90 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping The shopping area is located downtown in Yliopistonkatu
Shopping Opening Hours Department stores are open from Monday to Friday between 0900-2000 and on Sunday between 1200-1800
Post Office The post office is situated at 1 Humalistonkatu and is open from Monday to Friday between 0800-2000 and on Saturday between 1000-1400. Closed on Sunday
Tourist Office The tourist office is located at 4 Aurakatu. Open from Monday to Friday between 0830-1800, and at weekends between 0900-1600
How to Phone Home To call the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks The nearest 24-hour ATM is located in Patterihaka

Excursions

Ventspils

Arrive 0900. Depart 1600.

Ventspils is the sixth-largest city of Latvia and is located in the north-west of the country at the estuary where the river Venta flows into the Baltic Sea. It is 120 miles from the capital, Riga. It grew up in the Middle Ages around a castle built by the order of Knights known as the Livonian Brothers of the Sword. It became an important trading centre for the Hanseatic League, and was one of the major cargo ports in the former USSR. Today Ventspils is considered a city with a promising future, and is one of the fastest growing towns in Latvia. Over the last decade, it has become one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Much of the revenue from the port has been invested in the city's tourist infrastructure. In 2002 Ventspils was the host of the annual Cow Parade, and many of the cow sculptures exhibited that year have been retained as permanent outdoor works of art: it is great fun seeing how many you can spot on a walk through the town!

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Population 42.000 (approximate)
Language Latvian
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+2
Climate Ventspils enjoys warm summers and mild spring and autumn weather, with a risk of rain at any time of the year.
Ship berths at Pier 37
Distance from Centre Approximately 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach Less than 100 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The best shops are on Ostas Street, in the town centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shopping centres are open daily from 1000-2000.
Post Office The Post Office is located on Plata Street in the town centre.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is on Tirgus Street, and is normally open daily from 1000-1500.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services For all emergencies dial 112.
Banks There are banks on Tirgus Street, open from Monday to Friday from 0900-1700. They are closed at weekends.

Excursions

Riga

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the biggest and most exciting city in the Baltic states. Located on the Daugava River, Riga’s history dates back to the 13th century, and by the 18th and 19th centuries it had become one of the leading European trading ports. The last 22 years of independence and nine years as a member of the European Union have brought about great changes and today you will encounter a cosmopolitan city divided into two distinct parts by a charming canal. The Old Town is easily navigable on foot and offers a wonderful array of historic buildings, among them the 13th-century churches of St Peter, St George and St John and the magnificent Dome Cathedral. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is well known for its Art Nouveau architecture. The New Town provides a wonderful contrast, with its modern shops, office blocks and sophisticated eateries. The city is also a recognised cultural centre and the Latvia National Opera has a comprehensive programme of opera, ballets and recitals throughout the year. During 2014, Riga is the European Capital of Culture.

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Population 800,000 (approximate)
Language Latvian
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+2
Climate Cold winters, warm summers, mild spring and autumn
Ship berths at Riga Passenger Terminal, pier near MK4 or MK3
Distance from Centre 1 mile (approximate)
Distance from gangway to coach 50 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping The best shopping malls are: Stokmann at Central Station, Origo at Central Station and Gallery 'Centra' in Old Riga
Shopping Opening Hours Shopping malls are open every day usually between 0800-2200
Post Office The main Post Office is situated in Elizabettes 41/43, and is open from Monday to Friday between 0700-2100, Saturday between 0800-2200 and Sunday between 1000-1800
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is situated in the Toen Hall Square, Old Riga Open daily between 0900-1700; closed on Sunday
How to Phone Home Dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 0900-1700

Excursions

At sea.

Gdynia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Gdynia is a major Polish port and ship building centre, lying along Gdansk Bay on the Baltic. A naval port was constructed here in the 1920s and in 1970 Gdynia, along with Gdansk, was the scene of tragic rioting. Made a city in 1926 and therefore one of Poland’s youngest cities, Gdynia lies in close proximity to sandy beaches and the forested hills surrounding the city. Winner of the 2002 Europe Prize for promoting the idea of European unity, you can discover Gdansk and the surrounding area from this convenient port.

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Population 255,000 (approximate)
Language Polish
Currency Polish Zloty (PLN)
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Temperate with warm summers and rain throughout the year
Ship berths at Either Pomorskie, Francuskie or Polskie
Distance from Centre 1 mile (approximate)
Distance from gangway to coach 15 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping Shops can be found on Lutego Street and Swietojanska Street
Shopping Opening Hours Open from Monday to Friday between 1000-1800 and on Saturday between 1000-1400
Post Office Located at 10 Lutego Street and is open from Monday to Friday between 0800-1900 and Saturday between 0800-1400
Tourist Office Located at Al. Jana Pawla II and is open from Monday to Sunday between 1000-1600
How to Phone Home Dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Ambulance: 0048 999; police: 0048 997
Banks 34/36 Waszyngtona Street open from Monday to Friday between 0800-1900. 23/25 Slaska Street open Saturday between 1000-1400

Excursions

At sea.

Cruise the Kiel Canal.

IJmuiden

Arrive 1000. Depart 2000.

North Holland’s ‘Gate to the North Sea’, IJmuiden has four harbours: the Vissershaven, Haringhaven, IJmondhaven and the Seaport Marina - the latter used by pleasure craft. It is the largest Dutch fishing port, but is a relatively young town: it grew up in the 1870s when the North Sea Canal was opened. During World War II, the German Navy demolished much of the town and built huge fortified concrete bunkers for their torpedo boats and submarines. After 1945, the town was rebuilt by the architect Willem Marinus Dudok. He designed IJmuiden’s most impressive building, the Stadhuis van Velsen, which houses local government offices. For cruise passengers IJmuiden is the gateway to Amsterdam, the Dutch capital and one of Europe’s truly great cities, where elegant canals are lined by old brick gabled houses, and superb art galleries and museums are home to some of the world’s best-known paintings. Please note that complimentary shuttle buses operate from the port to the centre of IJmuiden, not to Amsterdam.

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Population 48,320 (2009)
Language Dutch
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK +1
Climate Temperate
Ship berths at Felison Terminal, IJmuiden
Distance from Centre 2 miles (IJmuiden), 16 miles (Amsterdam)
Distance from gangway to coach 100 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping IJmuiden's main shops are located on Lange Nieuwstraat. Amsterdam offers greater shopping opportunities.
Shopping Opening Hours Generally open Monday 1300-1800, Tuesday to Friday 1000-1800, Saturday 1000-1700 and Sunday 1200-1800.
Post Office IJmuiden Post Office is at Kennemerlaan 49. Amsterdam's main Post Office is at Singel 250. Open Monday to Friday 0900-1800, Saturday 1000-1330.
Tourist Office There is an information desk in the Passenger Terminal.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks There are numerous banks with 24-hour ATMs throughout IJmuiden and Amsterdam.

Excursions

Dover

Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.

Known as the gateway of England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe each year in its role as the ferry capital of the world and the second busiest cruise port in the UK. The White Cliffs Country has a rich heritage. Within the walls of the town’s iconic castle, over 2,000 years of history waits to be explored, whilst the town’s museum is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing vessel. The town’s cliffs that are a welcome sight for today's cross-channel travellers also served as the control centre for the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

FactFile

Population 40,000
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Temperate with mild summers and cool winters, with a prevailing south-westerly wind throughout the year.
Ship berths at Dover Cruise Terminal.
Distance from Centre 1 mile
Distance from gangway to coach 400 yards, through the cruise terminal.

Useful Information

Shopping The main shops are found on Cannon Street and Biggin Street.
Shopping Opening Hours 0900 to 1730 Monday to Saturday. A few shops are open on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located inside the Costcutter store on Pencester Road.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located inside the Town Museum on Market Square.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks Banks and ATMs are located on Cannon Street.

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring indpendently.


Tall Ships in the Baltic

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

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