Swedish Fjords & Cities

Balmoral is your guide to discovering the very best of Sweden, from diverse destinations to some of Scandinavia’s lesser-known scenic waterways. In ten nights you’ll pack in the fascinating historic quarters, impressive museums, architectural wonders and cultural highlights of Malmö, Visby, Stockholm and Gothenburg; and experience scenic cruising of the simply breathtaking Stockholm Archipelago and beautiful west-coast fjords.

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DESTINATION Norway
FROM Shannon / Edinburgh, Scotland
DATE 16 May 2018
DURATION 11 Nights
PRICE From €1,799 pp
Experience the very best of Sweden on this stunning journey of discovery, combining a selection of the country’s finest destinations with over 12 hours of spectacular scenic cruising along breathtaking waterways.
Rosyth’s close proximity to Scandinavia means you’ll only spend one day at sea before your Swedish adventure starts in style with an unforgettable exploration of the west-coast fjords. Charming villages, lush countryside and craggy coastlines will come into view as Balmoral navigates these narrow passages, presenting incredible views to enjoy from the comfort of your ship. The following morning it’s on to the cultural, classically Swedish city of Malmö. A number of attractions await you, including Folkets Park, Malmöhus Slott Castle, the gothic-style Sankt Petri Church and the futuristic Turning Torso – Scandinavia’s tallest building. On the island of Gotland, UNESCO-listed Visby will offer a glimpse into Sweden’s fascinating Hanseatic history. Within the wonderful Old Town – protected by some of Europe’s best preserved medieval walls – awaits a number of merchants’ houses and magnificent churches, including the unmissable St Mary’s Cathedral and the ruins of St Nicolai and St Karin. You could also embark on a tour of Gotland, taking in pretty fishing villages and delightful towns dotted along the island’s picturesque coast.
Heading north, Balmoral will sail to Stockholm for an overnight stay in the vibrant capital. With two days to explore in depth, you could take you pick of the collection of fantastic museums, including the Skansen Open-air Museum; wander around the historic Gamla Stan district at your leisure and witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace; and even delve into Sweden’s world-famous pop culture at ABBA: The Museum. There will also be time to take to city’s waters and see the sights from a different perspective on a relaxing boat tour; while a scenic cruise of the Stockholm Archipelago – an awe-inspiring network of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets – in the evening will be a simply unforgettable experience. Finally a call into Gothenburg – Sweden’s cultural second city – will provide a perfect end to your time in Scandinavia. Perhaps take the day to enjoy a sightseeing boat tour along the 17th century canals; stop by the Maritiman, the world’s largest floating ship museum; and venture down the busy main street, Avenyn. Älvsborg Fortress and the beautiful botanical gardens are well worth a visit too.

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Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Shannon 10:55 Edinburgh 12:30
RETURN Edinburgh 08:50 Shannon 10:30

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM

Following a flight from Shannon to Edinburgh, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: Cruising Swedish Fjords

A day spent cruising the wonderful fjords of Sweden.

The Gullsmarsfjord – or Gullmarn as its known locally – is western Sweden’s largest and most distinctive fjord, thanks to its deep blue, fauna-filled waters.
Saltkallefjorden is an inner-branch of Gullsmarsfjord, western Sweden’s largest and most distinctive fjord.
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Weave between Sweden’s craggy west coast islands on a scenic cruise through the Askeröfjorden and Halsefjorden.
Weave between Sweden’s craggy west coast islands on a scenic cruise through the Havstensfjorden and Byfjorden.

Day 4: Malmö, Sweden: Arrive Early AM to Late PM

With its mix of modern and contemporary attractions and classic, historic districts, multicultural Malmö isn’t just one of the largest cities in Sweden; it’s one of the Scandinavia’s most exciting, diverse and interesting cities too.

As you explore the pretty streets and districts of Malmö it’s easy to understand why so many people from up to 150 different nations choose to live in Sweden’s most cosmopolitan and multicultural metropolis. Rapidly developing while still retaining its historic charm, Malmö is a delight of modern marvels and contemporary attractions, blended in with classic, typically Scandinavian old districts which are home to a wealth of enchanting and interesting sites.

Nowhere showcases Malmö’s development better than Västra Hamnen – the West Harbour. Also known as the ‘City of Tomorrow’, this former industrial district is now a stylish and carbon neutral neighbourhood packed with luxury apartments and office blocks, trendy cafés, bars and restaurants and pretty parks; overlooked by the soaring ‘Turning Torso’ – Scandinavia’s tallest building. From Västra Hamnen you can marvel at the world’s longest cable-tied road and rail bridge, the Öresund Bridge, which directly links Malmö to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital.

In contrast, the Gamla Staden old town district offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past, particularly within the charming streets and squares of Stortorget, Lilla Torg and Gustav Adolf’s Torg. You’ll discover fine architecture – including gothic and renaissance-style structures – in the city centre; highlights include the 16th century Rådhuset, the 14th century brick gothic-style St Petri Church, the Governor’s Residence from the late 16th century, as well as a number of old merchants houses. Just a short distance from the heart of the city is the imposing Malmöhus Castle. First built in 1436, the castle has been destroyed and subsequently rebuilt several times since. Today it’s home to the Malmö Art Museum, the City Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Science and Maritime House Museum and is one of Malmö’s must-visit sites.

Day 5: Visby, Sweden: Arrive Early PM to Late Night

The “city of roses and ruins”

Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in all of Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, this former Hanseatic City has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

The town is like a living museum and is home to a large number of historic buildings, monuments and churches from many centuries past. Arguably the most famous is Visby’s medieval city wall, said to be the strongest and best-preserved of its kind in Scandinavia. It is well worth taking a walk along the wall’s boundaries to discover its array of interesting fortifications, including the 12th century Gunpowder Tower, Love Gate and Långa Lisa – the wall’s tallest tower, as well as Visby’s collection of Medieval churches.

Visby’s wonderful Old Town – which is surrounded by the magnificent medieval wall – is home to 15 of Visby’s 17 medieval churches, and there are plenty of historic ruins and structures to admire. Within the walls of the Old Town you’ll also find the Burmeister House – the town’s oldest merchant house – the cathedral and a beautiful botanical garden.

Days 6 & 7: Stockholm, SwedenArrive Early AM OVERNIGHT to Early PM

There are no less than 14 islands and 40 bridges in Sweden’s stately and spacious capital, a picturesque canvas of waterways, lakes, canals and trees.

Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the beginning of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm is wonderful to explore, with a number of parks, gardens, wide boulevards and many attractions to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.

Founded over 700 years ago, this Swedish delight retains a number of buildings from throughout its long history, so there is plenty to see, admire and explore. There’s a huge choice of museums, including the Vasa museum, the unique Skansen open air museum and of course, the ABBA museum, as well the Royal Palace and the Drottningholm Palace that are also well worth seeing.

The vibrant Norrmalm and Östermalm districts in the city centre are ideal for those looking for a more modern cultural experience. Here is where you’ll find an array of upmarket shops selling goods from globally-known brands, shopping malls, trendy cafes and the science and technology museum.

Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s charming Old Town district – is home to the city’s finest historic buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views, while amongst the lovely cobbled streets you’ll find the Stockholm Cathedral, Royal Palace, Parliament buildings and beautiful Riddarholm Church.

Day 7: Cruising Stockholm ArchipelagoEarly PM to Late Night

The beautiful Stockholm Archipelago is the second largest of it’s kind in the Baltic Sea and the largest in Sweden. This stunning part of Scandinavia offers spectacular views to enjoy as you sail into Sweden’s stylish capital, Stockholm.

A cruise through the mesmerising Stockholm Archipelago is always a memorable experience. En route to Stockholm you’ll pass by and between some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of your smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. This ensures that there’s always something new to see, whichever way you look.

Day 8: At Sea: 

Day 9: Gothenburg, Sweden: Arrive Early AM to Late PM

Gothenburg lies on the sunny west coast, with spacious streets and 17th century Dutch-designed canals at its heart. Among the highlights are Gotaplatsen, Gothenburg’s lively cultural hub – with galleries, theatres, boutiques, restaurants and street cafes – and the famous Botanical Gardens.

Known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city – is a wonderful place to visit. Located on the sunny west coast, Gothenburg is a beautiful, vibrant and interesting city that appeals to all tastes, with several galleries, museums, boutiques, street cafes, botanical gardens and even Scandinavia’s largest theme park – Lisberg – to enjoy.

With its spacious streets and 17th century Dutch-designed canals at its heart, Gothenburg is a compact city that’s easy to explore and many of the city’s attractions are within walking distance of each other. Enjoy the stylish buildings and bustling fish market at the city’s harbour before taking a relaxing jaunt through the many districts of the city centre. Be sure to visit Magasinsgatan, home to trendy shops and cafes and Haga, a charming, well preserved historic quarter that’s home to vintage stores and Skansen Kronan, a 17th century fortress that sits proudly at the top of Risåsberget hill.

The world famous Trädgårdsföreningen – the Garden Society of Gothenburg – is one of Gothenburg’s must-visit sites, and features gorgeous lawns, pretty woodlands and stunning flower beds filled with thousands of rose species. It’s one of Europe’s best-kept 19th century parks and is a real feast for the senses.

Day 10: At Sea: 

Day 11: Edinburgh, UK: Arrive Early AM

Once you have disembarked the Balmoral you will be transferred to your 4* hotel for a one night stay affording you the opportunity to explore this fascinating historical city.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s historic capital – is one of the U.K.’s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.

To see some of Scotland’s most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city’s magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles’ Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.

Day 12: Edinburgh, UK: 

Following breakfast at your hotel, we will have you transferred to the airport for your flight back to Shannon.

10 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Balmoral)

1 Night in a 4* Edinburgh hotel, with breakfast, after your cruise.

Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE CABIN
16 May 2018 €1,799 Inside Book Now
16 May 2018 €2,039 Outside Book Now
16 May 2018 €2,399 Superior Outside Book Now
16 May 2018 €3,269 Balcony Book Now
16 May 2018 €2,749 Single Inside Book Now

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Price Inclusions

  • Return flights Shannon to Edinburgh
  • Return Transfers airport / port / hotel
  • 10 nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral based on 2 sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • 1 Night in a 4* Edinburgh hotel with breakfast
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Boudicca
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

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