Scandinavian Islands with Stockholm
This 11-night late-summer sojourn is a showcase of Scandinavia’s outstanding beauty and fascinating diversity, blending remote, lesser-known Baltic islands with captivating capital cities in Denmark and Sweden to create an all-encompassing adventure packed with rewards and memorable experiences.
En route to the Danish island of Bornholm, a day of scenic cruising along Germany’s picturesque, size-restricted Kiel Canal provides a perfect aperitif for your Baltic exploration. [ReadMoreMob] Once docked in Rønne – Bornholm’s largest town – you can take the day admire ochre-coloured half-timbered houses and pretty churches tucked away within charming cobbled streets; or alternatively, tour to the quaint fishing town of Gudhjem or the dramatic ruins of Hammershus Slot. Your island-hopping will then take you to Sweden and beautiful Gotland. [ReadMoreDesk]The enchanting, UNESCO-listed medieval city of Visby, a living museum of centuries-old ruins, historic merchant houses and magnificent churches such as St Mary’s Cathedral, awaits your exploration. Be sure to visit Botan Visby Botanical Gardens during your time in the ‘City of Roses’, to see an impressive collection of flora that’s unique to Gotland.
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. Unforgettable scenic cruising between the rugged islands and islets of the astonishing Stockholm Archipelago ends the Swedish leg of your journey, before Boudicca 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 concludes your late-summer escape. 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.