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fuel surcharges, 7 nights aboard the luxurious Costa Magica, all meals aboard the cruise, most transfers, and a bonus overnight in Copenhagen. But don't wait too long. Space is very limited and will sell out quickly.
Day 2: Copenhagen. After your arrival in Copenhagen, you'll be escorted to the port, where you'll board the Costa Magica for your weeklong cruise. Dinner provided.
Day 3: At sea. Enjoy a day at leisure aboard the Costa Magica. Treat yourself to a sauna, Turkish bath or shiatsu massage in the luxurious spa facilities, Work out in the ultra-modern and well-appointed fitness center. Stretch your legs on the track or tennis/basketball court. Relax in one of the three swimming pools, or take part in one of the many fitness classes including aerobics, stretching, body-dancing, step, and more. All of this plus the Magica's 11 bars, 4 restaurants, a theater extending over three decks, a casino, disco, and ballroom will keep you happily occupied as you sail to your first port of call, Tallinn. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Tallinn, Estonia. Explore Tallinn, the vibrant capital city of Estonia. The cultural and political heart of Estonia once known as Reval, Tallinn is renowned for its art galleries, open-air theaters, and annual summer music festival. So-called 'white nights' when the sun never sets are a particular feature of the city, comparable to those of St Petersburg. The historical sites of Tallinn are within easy reach, making the city ideal to explore on foot. Shop local markets for Estonia's beautiful embroidered cloths, carpets and multicolored tapestries. Explore on your own or join an optional excursion of the historic city center. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russia. With five million inhabitants, beautiful St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest city. Known as various times in history as St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad and once again, St Petersburg, this great Russian city will astonish you with the overwhelming scale and opulence of its palaces. The Winter Palace, official residence of the Tsar, is a classic example of Russian Baroque style, with huge state rooms and opulent decoration. Petrodvorets, the Summer Palace built for Tsar Peter, is located in a corner of the lovely Summer Gardens. St Isaac Cathedral best reflects the Russian vision of grandeur, standing 101-metres high, surrounded by red granite columns, and able to accommodate up to 12,000 people.
Some of St Petersburg's other celebrated attractions include the Peter and Paul Fortress built on the Hares Isle in the Njeva river. Formerly a military stronghold and a place of torture for the Tsar's political enemies, the fortress is now a fascinating museum. The famous Hermitage, one of the best art museums in the world, exhibits many Tsarist treasures and other masterpieces. For souvenirs, stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt, one of Russia's most popular streets in the the commercial and cultural center of the city. Explore on your own or choose from several exciting optional excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Helsinki, Finland. The modern city of Helsinki is a fascinating architectural mix, elegantly blending old baroque and sleek modern styles. As the capital of Finland, it is also the cultural center, with more than 30 art galleries and museums. Explore the massive walls of Suomenlinna Island Fortress, contrasted with the soaring ultra-modern lines of Finlandia Hall. Visit small garden villages where virtually every home has its own sauna. Watch the action in the bustling open air market. Explore on your own or join an optional excursion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Stockholm, Sweden. Disembark today in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The city stretches from the Maelaren Lake to the Baltic Sea, built on an archipelago of 14 islands connected by at over 40 bridges. Gamla Stan, the Old City, is particularly charming, with picturesque narrow alleyways and pretty squares. The 600-room Royal Palace, once home to the Swedish Royal Family, includes impressive state rooms, a treasury, and an arms museum.
Day 8: At Sea. Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation aboard the Magica. Take advantage of a final opportunity to visit the ship's spa, or just relax and enjoy the ocean breezes in a comfortable lounge chair. Whatever your pleasure, you're bound to find it aboard the Magica. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 10: Copenhagen, Denmark/USA. Your memorable journey ends today as you transfer independently to the airport to board your return flight to the USA.
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Enjoy the very best that Italian cruising has to offer! The Magica is one of Costa Cruises' newest ships, beginning service in November 2004. With a capacity of 2,720 guests, the Costa Magica (along with its sister ship, the Fortuna) is the largest passenger ship ever built for an Italian company.
The finest designers and architects in Italy have spared neither effort nor expense in creating the Costa Magica, a cruise ship that pays homage to some of Italy's most fascinating destinations. From Positano to Portofino and Capri to Grado as well as Bellagio, Sicily and Vicenza, each of the ship's public rooms and restaurants takes guests on a magical voyage to some of the most beautiful locales in Italy.
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