Swedish Waterways

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Set sail from Newcastle on the Fred. Olsen Balmoral. Spend 11 nights cruising through some of Scandinavia’s lesser known but still magnificent fjords. Over the 12 days, you will cruise through Fjords such as Gullmarsfjorden, Saltkallefjorden, Askerofjorden, and Hakefjorden from the comfort of the Balmoral. You will also dock in towns and cities in Sweden including Lysekil, Stockholm and Arendel.

Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Newcastle
  • Return Transfers airport to port
  • 11 nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral based on 2 sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Itinerary

Day 1 Newcastle, United Kingdom

Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.

Day 2 At Sea

Cruising 

Day 3 Lysekil, Sweden (Cruising Gullmarsfjorden, Farlevfjorden, Saltkallefjorden)

With quaint red and orange buildings scattered along its picturesque harbour, Lysekil has a distinctly ‘homely’ feel from the moment you call into the town. Although small, Lysekil still has a number of attractions which are well worth a visit, such as the charming church from 1901, the Havets Hus aquarium and the Vikarvets Museum which delves into the history of the town’s stonemasonry and fishing industries. Lysekil did, in fact, begin as a tiny fishing village, and today delicious, locally caught seafood such as crabs and mackerel can still be enjoyed in many fantastic restaurants.

The Gullsmarsfjord – or Gullmarn as it's known locally – is western Sweden’s largest and most distinctive fjord, thanks to its deep blue, fauna-filled waters. Farlevfjorden and Saltkallefjorden are an inner branch of Gullsmarsfjord .

Day 4 Helsingborg, Sweden

The charming city of Helsingborg offers a wonderful snapshot of traditional Sweden. Scenic, interesting and welcoming, the city is popular with tourists and locals alike, as it is easy to navigate and home to a number of sights and sounds to see and experience.

Located on the shores of south-west Sweden, this coastal city has an abundance of beautiful beaches and a pretty harbour to enjoy, as well a large number of restaurants serving fine cuisine from around the globe and tasty local delights. If you wish to explore the city’s diverse culture and interesting history, there are plenty of monuments and museums to visit, including Kärnan, the city’s 14th century medieval tower, the beautiful Church of St. Mary and The Fredriksdal Open-air museum. Plus, with over 500 shops in its city centre, Helsingborg is perfect for a little retail therapy too.

Day 5 Karlskrona, Sweden (Cruising through Stockholm Archipelago)

Situated on the south-eastern edge of the Swedish mainland.

Almost fully intact, this historic port takes its place on the World Heritage List. Not surprisingly, the main attraction is the Naval Museum which depicts the Swedish Navy over the centuries; however, the new Leonardo Da Vinci Ideale Museum has several outstanding art pieces.

The beautiful Stockholm Archipelago is the second largest of its kind in the Baltic Sea and the largest in Sweden. This stunning part of Scandinavia offers spectacular views to enjoy as you sail into Sweden’s stylish capital, Stockholm.

Day 6-8 Stockholm, Sweden

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.

Day 9 At Sea

Cruising

Day 10 Arendel (Gothenburg), Sweden (Cruising Algofjorden, Hakefjorden, Askerofjorden and Havstensfjorden)

Experience scenic cruising through Älgöfjorden, a beautiful bay in Västra Götaland County, Sweden.

Enjoy fantastic views of craggy islands and islets from the decks of your smaller-sized ship as it slices through the still blue waters of Älgöfjorden, a beautiful bay in Västra Götaland County, Sweden.

Sail into Scandinavia’s lesser-known waterway – Hakefjorden and enjoy unspoilt views of rocky cliffs, rugged islands and islets, and delightful towns in Sweden’s beautiful Västra Götaland County.

As you sail the rich ultramarine waters of Askeröfjorden and Halsefjorden you’ll enjoy fantastic views whichever way you look. Weaving between Sweden’s west coast islands, you’ll be surrounded by flourishing woodland, rolling hills and picturesque settlements dotted along the shores of the fjords.

Day 11 At Sea

Cruising

Day 12 Newcastle, UK

Once you have disembarked the Balmoral and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.

Accommodation

11 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.

MS Balmoral

MS Balmoral is the largest ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board. The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers. There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
  • Drinks packages available to pre book – only €18 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Office Use L1711

  Cost per person: €1,279pp
  Number of nights: 11

30 May 2017 Inside Was €1,899 Now €1,279 
30 May 2017 Oceanview Was €2,229 Now €1,469 
30 May 2017 Superior Oceanview Was €2,659 Now €1,659 
 

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