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About Visby

A small but perfectly formed Hanseatic town, no wonder Visby is described as the 'Pearl of the Baltic' or, even more evocatively, as the 'town of roses and ruins'. This popular Swedish cruise port on the west coast of the Baltics largest island, Gotland, was once a Viking trading post but it later developed into the Baltics main Hanseatic centre between the 12th and 14th centuries.

Embark on one of our cruises to Visby and you will discover more than 200 warehouses and wealthy merchants stone dwellings from that time remain within its two-mile long medieval walls, making it the best-preserved fortified commercial settlement in northern Europe and earning it World Heritage site status. From here, your Visby cruise tour will take you on a stroll through rose-scented alleyways to the lovely Botanical Gardens.

Visby bring cruises here a mixture of ancient and modern, with plenty of lively cafés and interesting shops to go with the living history and fascinating selection of museums.

 

Shore excursions in Visby

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Gotland Countryside

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

An ideal tour for those unable to participate in the old town walk.

Your tour starts out at the old Hanseatic harbour at Almedalen, where the Powder Tower can be seen, which is the oldest tower of the Visby city wall.

Driving through the countryside south of Visby, you’ll stop off to visit one of the many fine examples of the medieval churches which can be found in Gotland. At the imposing burial place, the Ship Grave, marvel at the stones standing on their edge in the shape of a ship. It was believed that the ship would carry the departed chieftains on their voyage to eternity. The location of the grave, by the coast, with the magnificent view of the sea is impressive.

On the return journey, pause at the picturesque fishing village of Gnisvärd, dating back to the 1700’s. You’ll also make a stop at the massive cliffs of Högklint for an excellent view over the precipitous coastline and Visby.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Some walking is required for full enjoyment of this tour.

Medieval Visby and Surroundings

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

A circular tour which covers both Visby town and the surrounding rural area.

As you set off, you’ll pass by the old Hanseatic harbour at Almedalen, where the Powder Tower can be seen.

Enjoy a guided walk through the narrow streets of Visby. Visit St Mary’s Cathedral and continue past old medieval church ruins. All the while charming medieval alleyways surround you with houses covered in roses.

Rejoin your coach at Almedalen for a drive through the countryside. Visit one of the many fine examples of a medieval countryside church that can be found on Gotland. Continue to Gnisvärd, a picturesque old fishing village from the 1700’s. Nearby you’ll see the Ship Grave - consisting of stones standing on their edge in the shape of a ship. It was believed that the ship would carry the departed Chieftains on their voyage to eternity.

On the return to Visby, make a stop at Gallows Hill for a panoramic view of Visby and the coast.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking involved on this tour. Within the medieval walled town, the guided walk is over cobble-stoned streets and is mainly downhill. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended.

Taste of Gotland and Vintage Railway

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Taste the famous Stafva cheese and enjoy a ride on the Gotland vintage train.

Departing the pier, head south to visit one of the 92 medieval churches still in use on the island. In a municipality with the highest concentration of churches in Sweden, you are never far away from a church, although the majority of them are situated in the countryside. Their rich history is as visible in the architecture as it is in their decorations.

Continue to Stafva Farm, which has been in the Corswant family for 5 generations and is one of the largest farms on the island, specialising in the production of soft cheeses. Taste some of the fantastic locally-produced cheeses during your visit.

Gotland Railway Museum is located in Dalhem and houses an exhibition of the Gotland railways with trolleys, tickets, photos, uniforms and other memorabilia. Enjoy a train ride on the old railway. The old carriages will take you through the quiet and peaceful landscape, passing through Tule before arriving at Roma.

A scenic drive will return you to Visby, travelling through the varied coastal, agricultural and wooded landscapes. Explore Visby on a short walking tour amongst roses, ruins and alleys, before returning to your ship. Behind the town wall with its 44 guard towers, this medieval stone city awaits your discovery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, train and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour, including some uneven and cobblestoned surfaces.

Town of Roses and Ruins

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

A comprehensive appreciation of the medieval, walled city of Visby and its immediate surroundings.

Upon reaching the upper wall entrance of Dalmansporten, you’ll begin a guided walk of Visby through the winding, narrow streets. Pause to visit St Mary’s Cathedral, built at the beginning of the 13th century and the only remaining example of the town’s many medieval churches. Then, continue past some of the old medieval church ruins, through the charming, narrow alleys flanked by picturesque old houses, where you can admire the beautiful roses that cover them. Take a look at the Botanical Gardens, which, because of the mild winters here, have specimens of almond trees, magnolias and acacias besides vivid displays of flowers.

Back on board your coach, you’ll drive up to Gallows Hill for a wonderful view over the coastline and Visby. Visby is an outstanding example of a Northern European walled Hanseatic town, which has uniquely preserved its townscape and extremely valuable buildings. The town wall, dating back to the 13th century, is almost 2 miles long and encircles the old stone houses, churches and street system.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking involved on this tour. Within the medieval walled town, the guided walk is over cobble-stoned streets and is mainly downhill. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

Visby by Bike

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

‘Get on your bike’ and Explore the ‘Town of Roses’ by bicycle!

A short transfer from the pier will take you to your bikes and you’ll be ready to cycle off towards Almedalen, the old Hanseatic Harbour, where you can see the Powder Tower ‘Kruttornet’. Pedal along Strandgatan to the Botanical Gardens, before skirting alongside the city wall past Jungfrutornet, the Maiden’s Tower. Cycle up to Klinten, where you will have a good view over the old ruins, the harbour and the Baltic.

Leave the city behind as you head south into the Gotland countryside and on to Högklint and the cliffs. Take a break to enjoy the excellent view over the precipitous coastline and Visby.

Top up your energy with tea or coffee and local pastries served at Princess Eugenie’s Summer Residence, Fridhem, before returning pedal-power back to Visby and the harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike. This tour carries a maximum weight limit of 17 stone. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. The cycle ride is around 2½ hours over varying terrain, and includes some hills and steep inclines. Helmets are provided, which must be worn. Passengers must be in good physical condition and have previous experience riding a bike. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for bike riding. Passengers are required to use the shuttle bus service for their return to the ship.

 

A selection of cruises to Visby

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