Gothenburg Cruises, Sweden
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This tour kicks off with a drive to the city centre, via the viewpoint at Klippan where you can enjoy the views. Next, you’ll check out Masthugget Church. This century-old Nordic chapel is home to a 60-metre tower. And after a stop here, you’ll head to the Botanical Garden, a green oasis in the heart of the city. The Japanese Glade and Rock Garden feature high on the must-see list here. But it’s the Rhododendron Valley that really steals the show – when the flowers are in bloom it’s a rainbow riot of colours. You’ll round off this trip seeing highlights like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Library, the Concert Hall and the City Hall in all their Neo-Classical glory. All before making a final stop at the famous Faeskekyrkan fish market, housed in a storage building that looks like a church.
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, and it’s packed with red-roofed houses, vast parkland and café-lined canals. Today, you’ll see its best bits from two perspectives – first, with a driving tour, and then, from a traditional ‘paddan’ boat. Things kick off with a drive up to the Masthuggs Church, a huge, red-brick building with a 60-metre-high tower. From its hilltop perch, it overlooks the port and Göta River, and you’ll stop here to soak up the views. Driving on, you’ll be introduced to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre. You’ll then head on to the upmarket Avenyn boulevard, which is lined with posh restaurants and boutiques. En route to the city’s fish market, you’ll pass through Gustav Adolf’s Square, home of the City Hall and the Court House. At the indoor seafood market, you’ll have free time to soak up the local atmosphere, and to buy some of the fresh fish – try a platter of oysters sprinkled with lemon juice. The final part of your tour is spent on a paddan boat. You’ll sail through the 17th-century canals, passing the old shipyards and the fishing harbour. Your guide will tell you when it’s necessary to duck, too – some of the bridges are too low for you to remain on your chair.
Escape the hustle bustle of city life as you take a scenic tour around the Swedish northern archipelago. It’s known as part of Sweden’s ‘sunshine coast’ and is spread over 10 islands. First point of call is the ferry station in Lilla Varholmen for a short ride across to Höno, the gateway to the islands. From Höno you’ll make your way to the islands of Öckerö and Hälsö. At Öckerö there’ll be a quick stop at the Öckerö Church, which dates back to the middle ages. And close by you’ll find the Folklore Centre. A perfect place to relax and enjoy a refreshment and pastry, before boarding the coach to the island of Fotö. Traditionally, the only people that visited this island were the fishermen, but now it’s a popular holiday spot. Lining the waterfront you’ll find old wooden fishing huts standing shoulder to shoulder with modern cafes and bars. Take a stroll around the town with your guide, before taking the connecting bridge back to Höno for your ferry ride and drive back to the ship.