Stockholm, Sweden

Introduction to Stockholm

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.

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Stockholm, Sweden - Vikings Gold Room

VIKINGS & THE GOLD ROOM

  • Discover what life was like during the Viking ages
  • Visit the Viking Exhibition at the National Historical Museum to learn more
  • Be fascinated by the gold and silver objects on display in the Gold Room
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover the National Historical Museum which is home to an extensive collection of Swedish cultural history and art – from the Stone Age to the present day.

Arriving at the Museum, you will firstly admire more than 4,000 objects from the Viking era which are on display in the Museum. You will also visit the Gold Room which contains Sweden's most prized gold and silver treasures - 114 pounds of gold in total, and an even greater quantity of silver. Admire the skill of ancient goldsmiths and listen to the stories behind the objects that you see. Before you leave the museum, there will also be time to visit the museum shop to find small mementos to take home, as well as copies of prehistoric jewellery.

Continue with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Stockholm. Drive through the city centre, proceed south past the Royal Opera House, the Parliament Building and across to Gamla Stan - the enchanting, medieval Old Town, passing the Royal Palace which overlooks Stockholm's inner harbour.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking at the Museum, and some steps will be encountered. You will be at the Museum for approximately two hours, and after a guided tour will have some free time. Photography is NOT permitted in the Gold Room - personal photography (on handheld cameras) is allowed in the rest of the Museum. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. You will have the use of headsets in order to better hear the guide (these are not compatible with hearing aids – please inform the guide if you experience problems).


Stockholm, Sweden - Anders Hanser - ABBA the Museum

ABBA THE MUSEUM & CITY DRIVE

  • Pass places and sights connected with the most famous band to come out of Sweden
  • The tour revels in disco-glittery ABBA history and other Swedish musical hit wonders
Activity Tour
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

In May 2013, ABBA The Museum opened its doors and is part of the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame. ABBA remains Sweden’s most successful band of all time, with sales of 378 million albums around the world, and this tour enables you to re-live their stardom!

After departing the quayside, you will travel through Stockholm to pass by the city’s notable highlights including the City Hall, where Benny performed for the very first time, and the Sheraton Hotel, one of many places ABBA videos were recorded and one of the city’s most distinctive 1970s landmarks. Next, pass by the Royal Opera – which was the scene of ABBA’s legendary 1976 royal wedding gala performance, and Benny and Anni-Frid at one time lived in the Old Town.

Arriving at ABBA The Museum, you will follow the band’s career all the way from the start in 1970, via their breakthrough with Waterloo in 1974, the grand world tours and finally, the split in 1983. The museum will not only give you an overall picture of the band, the music and the success they experienced in the 70s and 80s, as you will enter an interactive music documentary that invites you backstage as well as on and in front of it. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking and standing at the ABBA the Museum, which is wheelchair accessible. There approximately 20 steps inside, but a lift should be available. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There is a gift shop at the Museum. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. Please note that no flash photography or filming is allowed in the Museum.

 

 


Stockholm evening, Sweden

AN EVENING VIEW OF STOCKHOLM

  • Your ship’s overnight stay will allow you to enjoy a panoramic evening tour of Stockholm
  • View the magnificent city and archipelago from above
  • Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Including most of the main sights of the city, such as the medieval Old Town - Gamla Stan, with the Royal Palace overlooking the inner harbour, the City Hall and Lake Mälaren, your driving tour will give you a good overview of Stockholm.

Begin with a drive past the Parliament building, Opera House and the city centre before proceeding by the Royal Dramatic Theatre, along Strandvägen. During your drive, you will also see the Gröna Lund Tivoli, the Skansen Open Air Museum and the Vasa Museum, housing the 17th century warship Vasa.

Your tour then takes you to the northern area of Djurgården, which is regarded as Stockholm’s amusement and recreation centre with parklands and beautiful gardens, and to the TV Tower, Kaknästornet, which is the highest building in Stockholm at 155 metres high. The Tower is surrounded by the Eco Park - the first National City Park in the world. Take the lift up to the restaurant and admire Stockholm from above. As well as the city, the inner parts of the archipelago will be seen (weather permitting). Back on the ground floor, the tourist office has a selection of souvenirs to browse before the coach returns you to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately 30 metres of walking at Kaknästornet over flat terrain. This tour is suitable for wheelchair users, however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Children are welcome on the tour, however under 18’s will receive a non-alcoholic drink, rather than sparkling wine, at the restaurant. Please note that this tour may pass highlights also incorporated in other Stockholm excursions. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described.  

 


Stockholm ice bar

OLD TOWN & THE ICEBAR

  • Admire Stockholm’s old and new!
  • Step back in time as you visit the enchanting Old Town, which dates back to the 16th century
  • Experience the world’s first permanent IceBar!
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Maximum - Early Booking Recommended
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a tour of contrasts – a walk through old Stockholm is combined with a visit and drink in the ice cool IceBar.

Visit Stockholm's oldest quarter – the Old Town of Gamla Stan. Witness the historic elegance of the exterior of the dominating Royal Palace, combined with the possibility to stroll along the narrow, twisting alleys and cobblestone streets. You will experience the medieval intimacy of what is today a living historical monument of international renown. Walk with your guide and savour the romantic atmosphere and sense of antiquity in buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries – with baroque doorways and regal coats of arms. You will also see the Stortorget – Great Square – the hub of the Old Town, dominated by the old Stock Exchange, which is today home to the Nobel Museum and the Swedish Academy, which meets each year to decide the laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rejoining your coach and continuing through the city centre of Stockholm, make your way to the Nordic C Hotel, situated right in the heart of the city, and location of the IceBar. The interior is kept at below zero – a temperature of -5°C (23oF) – all year round. The interior, including the glasses, is made of pure, clear ice from the Torne River in Northern Sweden. A vodka drink in an ice glass will be served and the staff will tell you more about the bar and its construction.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHTFOR YOU? Please note that this tour visits sights also incorporated in other Stockholm excursions. There will be approximately 750 metres of walking in the Old Town over sloping, cobblestone streets. The tour route may vary due to traffic conditions and planned road works and may operate in a different order to that shown. All guests are provided with warm ponchos and mittens before entering the IceBar – you are advised not to wear flimsy shoes or sandals due to the cold metal floor. One complimentary vodka-based drink, or non-alcoholic drink, will be served per person. The operation of this tour is dependent upon availability for groups at the IceBar, which will not be used exclusively for your group. You will have the use of headsets in order to better hear the guide in the Old Town (these are not compatible with hearing aids – please inform the guide if you experience problems).   


Stockholm, Sweden

PANORAMIC STOCKHOLM

  • Admire the city districts – from the comfort of your coach
  • Travel through Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s enchanting medieval Old Town
  • Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited space for wheelcair users
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs

Stockholm is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with ten centuries of history and culture. See some of the many highlights from your coach on this panoramic tour.

Your tour begins as you head to the Old Town, passing the Royal Palace overlooking Stockholm’s inner harbour where a short photo stop is made. Proceed past the Royal Dramatic Theatre along Strandvägen to the island of Djurgården. Enjoy a brief tour of this island, regarded as Stockholm’s outdoor recreation centre, with Gröna Lund Tivoli, Skansen Open Air Museum and extensive parklands beyond.

Continue through the diplomatic town to Östermalm – a fashionable neighbourhood of stately apartment buildings – to Hamngatan and Sergel’s Torg, the focal point of modern Stockholm. In the distance you will see the three crowns atop the imposing Stadshuset – City Hall. This magnificent fortress-like building is renowned for its architecture, murals and mosaics – the result of a 12 year effort by the combined elite of Swedish construction workers, sculptors, artists and craftsmen – and is famous as the site of the Nobel Prize Banquet. 

Proceeding south, cross the Western Bridge to the residential district of Södermalm, the large island of Stockholm’s south side, containing a number of small, closely integrated neighbourhoods. Your tour ends with a short stop at Fjällgatan, for a splendid panoramic view of the city, before returning to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a panoramic tour, and therefore involves no walking, which makes it particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility. There will be limited places available on the tour for guests confined to wheelchairs – all other participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that there is no toilet stop. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described.


Stockholm, Sweden

STOCKHOLM & SKYVIEW

  • Step onto Stockholm’s SkyView attraction
  • Admire views across the city from the gondola
  • Discover the main sights of Sweden’s capital city
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

View Stockholm from above, on a gondola ride, after enjoying a panoramic drive showcasing the main highlights the city has to offer.

Begin with a short drive to Fjällgatan for a photo stop overlooking the city, before driving past Stockholm’s oldest quarter - Gamla Stan or Old Town - with its narrow, twisting alleys and cobblestone streets. Pass the Royal Palace, overlooking Stockholm’s inner harbour, and see the Royal Dramatic Theatre along Strandvägen. Continue through the city centre to the neighbouring island of Djurgården – regarded as Stockholm’s outdoor recreation centre. Proceeding through Östermalm, a fashionable neighbourhood of stately apartment buildings, you reach the modern shopping and business areas. On the island of Kungsholmen is the City Hall, renowned for its architecture and mosaics and for being the site of the annual Nobel Prize Banquet.

Your coach will drop you at The Globe Arena, which resembles a giant golf ball and is the largest spherical building in the world. SkyView has two glass gondolas that travel up the outside and to the top of the Globe - an exhilarating ride which reaches 130 metres above sea level. The ‘bubble’ will stop to give ample time to marvel over the magnificent view of the city, before the return journey. What a way to view this capital city!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for wheelchair users, however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The gondolas each hold 14 guests and although the arrival at SkyView is staggered, the group will be spread over more than one gondola and therefore you may have a few minute’s wait. You will be standing in the gondola during the approximate six minute ride. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. 


Vasa Museum

STOCKHOLM & VASA MUSEUM

  • The Swedish warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628
  • Over 300 years later it was magnificently raised
  • Visit the Vasa Museum, view the Vasa and learn about the ship and its history
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, learn about Vasa’s history – from its construction to the maiden voyage and sinking, to salvage and the preservation which you will see today.

Commence with a journey to the nearby island of Djurgården – once the Royal Family’s private hunting grounds – to visit the Vasa Museum. In its day - the early 17th century - the battleship Vasa was considered to be the largest battleship in the world, and it was to be the pride of Sweden’s Navy. However, she capsized and sank in Stockholm’s inner harbour. In 1961, 333 years after the tragic event, a Swedish team succeeded in salvaging the great ship, which was astonishingly well preserved. It was then painstakingly restored too much of its original magnificence, and today forms the dramatic centrepiece of the museum. You will be guided through the Museum before enjoying some free time. Re-joining your coach, you will take a panoramic route back to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves approximately two hours of walking at the Vasa Museum, which is wheelchair accessible. There are stairs to the first floor, but a lift should be available. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There is a gift shop at the Museum. Places of interest seen may vary to those specified, due to traffic conditions and planned road works, and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. You will have the use of headsets in order to better hear the guide in the Museum (these are not compatible with hearing aids – please inform the guide if you experience problems).   


Stockholm, Sweden

WATERWAYS OF STOCKHOLM

  • Nature and careful planning combine to make Stockholm one of the world’s most attractive capitals
  • Water plays an important part in city life - no fewer than 50 bridges link Stockholm’s 14 islands
  • Join a motor launch to gain a different perspective of the city
Boat Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Cruising the waterways and canals of Stockholm, you can appreciate the beauty of the city’s waterside setting as you glide peacefully past parks, tree-lined squares and the old and new architecture.

Board your sightseeing boat at the pier for a cruise of Stockholm’s many waterways and canals. Contemplate the serene beauty of Stockholm’s waterside setting - there are parks, tree-lined squares and wide boulevards, playgrounds and wading pools. It is difficult to imagine, as you glide peacefully along, that you are in a bustling city. Appreciate views of Strandvägen, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, National Museum, Opera House, the Grand Hotel and the Royal Palace, located in the Old Town.

Finally you will also view one of the most modern residential areas in the city, Hammarby Sjöstad, on the southern side of Stockholm.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? While walking is limited from your ship to the launch and back again (approximately 100 metres each way), we regret that it is not possible to accommodate wheelchairs or guests with very limited mobility due to the boarding of the motor launch - by gangplank. We advise you to take along a sweater or jacket, as even on a warm day the wind can be chilly. The boat will be covered and there is a toilet and PA system onboard. Refreshments may be available onboard, and if so can be purchased using Swedish Kronor.


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