A perfect mix of fascinating destinations with plenty of scenic fjord and
archipelago cruising – this is a fine example of what a cruise holiday is all
about. Alongside calls into Sweden’s attraction-packed capital, Stockholm,
and ‘second city’, Gothenburg, you’ll enjoy a slice of traditional Swedish life
in Malmö; and endless island charm among the medieval, UNESCO-listed
streets of Visby.
You’ll first navigate a network of Swedish Fjords,
passing charming villages and rolling hills en route
to the city of Malmö. Infused with a classically
Swedish vibe, it’s renowned for its cultural
attractions and excellent cuisine, and is also home
to Scandinavia’s tallest building, the intriguing
Turning Torso. Other worthwhile landmarks include
Folkets Park, Lilla Torg Square, Malmöhus Castle and
the Gothic Sankt Petri Church.
Continuing on, the island of Gotland awaits your
discovery, where in Visby the highlight is surely the
well-preserved medieval ruins and old merchants’
houses, hidden within 13th century town walls. You’ll
feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander
the enchanting, UNESCO-listed streets.
Your memorable experience continues as Balmoral
arrives in the vibrant capital Stockholm for an
overnight stay, perfectly complemented by the
scenic arrival and departure through the Stockholm
Archipelago. Have your camera to hand as you pass
through this unique network of nearly 30,000
islands and islets.
There’s so much time to explore: delve into Swedish
pop culture with a visit to ABBA The Museum;
wander the Old Town, Gamla Stan, and witness the
changing of the guard at the Royal Palace; or
alternatively glide peacefully along the impressive
waterways of the city on a sightseeing boat.
A relaxing day at sea follows, with space to unwind
and an array of facilities to hand, before you arrive
into Gothenburg. On the back of some more
archipelago cruising, Sweden’s ‘second city’ offers a
laid-back atmosphere and a range of attractions to
round off your journey in style.
Head to the waterfront to find Maritiman – the
world’s largest floating ship museum; enjoy a canal
cruise aboard a traditional ‘Paddan’ sightseeing
boat; or venture down Gothenburg’s main street,
Avenyn. Here, you’ll reach Götaplatsen Square,
home to the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the
Poseidon Statue. The 17th century Älvsborg Fortress,
Botanical Gardens and historic quarter, Haga, are
recommended too – all before you set off on the
route back to Newcastle.
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