Islands & Cities of Scandinavia
En route to the Danish island of Bornholm – the first stop on your Scandinavian itinerary – you’ll have the opportunity to admire gorgeous German countryside as your ship sails the size-restricted Kiel Canal. Once docked in Rønne, perhaps take the day to explore the charming cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and interesting museums. Alternatively, you could tour to the welcoming fishing town of Gudhjem, or go in search of the dramatic ruins of Hammershus Slot. Your island hopping continues in Sweden, visiting UNESCO-listed Visby on the beautiful island of Gotland. Tucked away within the medieval walls of Gotland’s only town you’ll discover a living museum of centuries-old ruins, old merchants’ houses and magnificent churches including St Mary’s Cathedral. Visby is also your gateway to discovering Gotland’s pretty fishing villages and unspoilt scenery on an extensive tour of the island. [ReadMore]
Staying in Sweden, a call into Stockholm follows. With time to explore the Swedish capital in depth and entirely at your leisure, you could tick attractions such as the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum, the historic Gamla Stan district and the Royal Palace – where you might be lucky enough to witness the changing of the guard – off your ‘must-visit’ list. The chance to see sights such as Strandvägen and the Opera House via the city’s many waterways on a serene boat tour is not to be missed too. An unforgettable scenic cruise between the rocky islands and islets of the Stockholm Archipelago follows before Braemar heads to Mariehamn, capital of the Finnish Åland archipelago. The Pommern ship museum, the maritime museum and the Kobba Klintar museum are particular highlights here, each offering a glimpse into Åland’s fascinating seafaring heritage. Returning to Denmark, a call into cultural Copenhagen will provide the perfect end to your summer sojourn. The delights of the Danish capital will be within easy reach of your ship’s berth, including the famous Little Mermaid statue, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces.