Visby, Sweden

Introduction to Visby, Sweden

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.

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Shore Tours to Visby

CITY OF VISBY

  • Appreciate the beautiful landscapes en route to the city of Visby
  • Discover the impressive cathedral, which immediately catches your eye
Activity Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visby is a city of great variety – on this tour you can explore the picturesque ruins, charming gardens and the idyllic medieval streets.

A drive along the coast to Högklint will afford spectacular views of the Baltic Sea and the walled city of Visby itself – a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the return approach you leave the coach at Almedalen, the Hanseatic harbour, and view the Kruttornet, or gun powder tower, which is the oldest remaining structure in Visby. A stroll in the lovely Botanical Gardens, before crossing the wall into the city, is a great way to admire the natural beauty of the area.

Rejoining your coach, follow the fortress wall past Jungfrutornet, Maiden’s Tower – part of the remaining three kilometre (two mile) long 13th century city wall – to Dalmansporten. Your tour continues with a guided walk within the battlements and down through the narrow, winding streets to pass the impressive tri-towered St Mary’s Cathedral.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the guided walk from Almedalen and into the Botanical Gardens takes approximately 35 minutes. There will be gravel paths and grass encountered in the gardens. Within the walled town, a guided walk (mostly downhill and including 75 steps and cobblestones) of approximately one hour is included. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 


Stafva Farm in Barlingbo, Visby, Sweden

FLAVOURS OF GOTLAND

  • Gotland has for long been known for its fine and tasty food
  • Sample some of the finest locally produced products of the area 
Activity Tour
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Today you can learn more about the success of Gotland’s cuisine, become acquainted with some of the island's top producers and sample the local specialties.

Your tour will begin at Stafva Farm in Barlingbo, which has been developed into a centre for Gotland food production on a local scale. Here you will see everything produced, from cheese, sausages, marmalade, beer, ice cream and rum. After enjoying guided visit you will then be treated to some of their specialties to sample.

From Barlingbo you continue to the parish of Sanda and Stenhuse Gard Farm where the Pettersom family produce asparagus, strawberries and raspberries to the highest quality. During your visit, you will be introduced to the farm and its products, and can try some of their freshly picked produce.

Your tour continues with a scenic tour along the beautiful coastline to the Stelor Hotel where you will enjoy a typical Swedish “Fika” (cinnamon bun) in the newly restored 18th century mansion.

Back on your coach, travel north along the west coastline through the beach resort of Tofta Strand before arriving in Visby where you where you will be taken to the old harbor for a visit to the stunning Almedalen with its fantastic views of the medieval city of Visby.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled terrain, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We recommend guests wear appropriate clothing for the weather and comfortable shoes. 


Gotland in a Nutshell

GOTLAND IN A NUTSHELL

 

  • Admire the beautiful fishing village of Lickershamn
  • Discover one of the many beautiful medieval churches in Gotland
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Hanseatic city of Visby
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour offers a great opportunity to experience genuine Gotlandic nature and culture.

Your journey takes you through Gotland’s scenic landscape to Lickershamn, one of the island’s beautiful former fishing villages. A short drive away, surrounded by a meadow filled with herbs and wildflowers, lies the ancient ruin of Elinghem Church. A visit will also be made to one of the 92 medieval churches which are still in use today.

Beautifully situated by the sea lies the Krusmyntagården (Herb Garden). Upon arrival here, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and sample a saffron pancake, a Gotland specialty. Take the opportunity to stroll around the lovely herb garden with over 200 plants. Back in Visby, embark on a short walking tour of the hanseatic city, passing such sights as the impressive city wall, Visby’s legendary warehouses and the beautiful merchants’ houses.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The tour order may vary. The guided walk in Visby will last approximately 40 minutes, and a certain pace will be required to keep up with the group. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and clothing suitable for the weather on the day is recommended.

 


Shore Tours to Visby

VISBY & COUNTRYSIDE BY BIKE

  • Enjoy a cycle ride through Visby and its surrounding area
  • Take in some stunning views en route
  • Refreshments will be well-deserved
Activity Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Explore Visby by bicycle to get to the heart of the city and the surrounding area.

Arrive at the bicycle rental where you will start your tour. Once you are happy with the equipment you will set off with your guide, heading towards the old harbour of Almedalen. Today it is a park with a pond for you to enjoy the greenery as well as the view of the medieval town of Visby. Continue through the Fisherman’s Gate and on to the Botanical Garden Park. Your guide will take you to the higher part of the town, called Klinten, where you can admire views of the Sankta Maria Cathedral and over the old ruins and the harbour to the Baltic Sea.

Continuing, you will then travel south, through the Gotland countryside, towards Högklint, which is a huge limestone cliff. From the top of Högklint you will have a perfect view of Visby and the harbour – don’t forget to take a photograph of your ship! Proceed further into the countryside to Fridhem and Princess Eugenie’s charming summer residences, where coffee and a cake will be served at the café. The return ride to Visby will be at a leisurely pace.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? All participants must be in good physical condition as much of the tour duration will be spent on your bicycle. You must be comfortable with riding a bike. The minimum age for participation is 12 years, and a responsible adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Cycle helmets will be provided and must be worn. Appropriate clothing should be worn, as well as sensible shoes. You may wish to bring a bottle of water with you (please bring a rucksack if required). Please note that the tour may operate in reverse. Please note that depending on the ships berth, there may be a short shuttle ride to collect your rental bikes. 


Shore Tours to Visby

VISBY LAMB EXPERIENCE

  • Enjoy a unique visit to Graute Farm
  • Learn about sheep husbandry on a local Gotland lamb farm
  • Observe the farm dogs as they demonstrate their herding skills
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover how today’s lamb farms have adapted traditional farming methods to breed and rear their sheep.

Travelling north east, enjoy the splendid scenery of the Gotland countryside en route to Graute Farm. Upon arrival here, you will meet the farm’s owners and discover more about their traditional lamb farm, which dates back to the 1700s. Witness the farm dogs demonstrating their herding skills and appreciate the beautiful sheep skin products produced in the farm’s sewing workshop. Relax and enjoy refreshments in the farm’s surroundings before returning to Visby for a guided walk through the narrow medieval lanes.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking over varying terrains. Guests will also need to negotiate approximately 20 steps at the lamb farm in order to reach the toilets. We recommend guests wear appropriate clothing for the weather on the day, and comfortable shoes.


West Coast Exploration, Visby

WEST COAST EXPLORATION

  • Discover the natural landscapes of Gotland
  • Admire views of the coastline and the walled city of Visby
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy an insightful introduction to the island of Gotland as you take in a leisurely drive through the countryside and along the coast.

Travel south east across the limestone plateau, towards the centre of Gotland before you proceed through the agricultural districts of Träkumla, Vall and Atlingbo. A stop will be made to visit one of the 92 fine medieval churches in the area.

Next you reach the coast and Gnisvärd, a picturesque fishing village. Here you will enjoy a short stop before you continue for a visit to the Gnisvärd ship setting - a stone area denoting a significant place in burial from the Bronze Age. Enjoy a brief stop for coffee/tea and pastry at the Stelor Mansion before continuing your drive along the massive cliffs of Högklint, the island’s most popular viewpoint from where you will discover magnificent views of the coastline and the walled city of Visby in the distance.

A tour of Gotland would not be complete without a visit to the walled city of Visby. Here you can admire the view the city from the outside of the walls and enjoy a stop at the old harbour at Almedalen. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a little walking at each of the stops but guests can remain on the coach if they prefer. Please note that photographic or video cameras should not be used in the church.


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