Gothenburg, Sweden - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Sweden's second city, a lovely whirl of parks and canals, is resolutely proud of its seafaring ties. The Maritime Museum celebrates all things nautical while the modern opera house resembles a classic ocean liner. Beyond the 'Avenue', filled with shops and eateries, you'll arrive at Gotaplatsen, the expansive central square graced by an eye-catching statue of the sea god Poseidon.

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Excursions

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.

  • Northern Islands of Gothenburg

    Explore Öckerö; Gothenburg’s stunning northern archipelago.

    Northern Islands of Gothenburg

    Your tour begins with a sightseeing coach drive through Gothenburg. Travelling through the heart of the city, you will pass Götaplatsen, and the Poseidon Fountain. Your drive continues past the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre as you head towards the Fish Market, Opera House and Lisberg Amusement Park. You will then have approximately 1½ hours’ free time in the city, before heading out to the archipelago by ferry.

    The beautiful northern archipelago of Öckerö is spread over 10 islands; situated 25 minutes from Gothenburg and connected to the mainland solely by ferry. This maritime centre provides glorious ocean views and is host to an array of fishing boats and boathouses; surrounded by arctic flora, ancient relics and charming fishing huts.

    A short stop will be made at the old Öckerö Church dating back to the Middle Ages. Enjoy a visit to the local folklore centre, where you will be served with coffee and a pastry, before continuing on to the connecting islands of Hönö and Fotö.

    On the island of Hönö, you will take a guided walking tour, strolling through the typical old fishing village, where rustic huts are nestled amongst the granite landscape. Following the walk, you will return to the mainland for the journey back to your ship.



    This excursion will operate by by coach, ferry and on foot. The guided walk on Hönö Island is approximately 30 minutes, with some uneven ground. The amount of walking undertaken during the free time is at guests’ discretion.

    Tour code

    GOT_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • West Coast Islands

    Sweden's west coast is among the most popular holiday regions in the country. This is your opportunity to see why.

    West Coast Islands

    Head north along the Swedish west coast passing by the area surrounding Gothenburg, dotted with picturesque fishing villages, deep inlets and idyllic coastal resorts. Heading north you will pass through the historic town of Kungälv and see the ruins of the 14th century Bohus Fortress.

    Further north you cross the Askerö Fjord, via the impressive Tjörn Bridge, en route to the Island of Tjörn. From the bridge there is a stunning view of the typical west coast landscape of the Bohus country. Travelling through the rural countryside, make a stop at the quaint fishing village of Klädesholmen for a short guided walk.

    Travel to Skärhamn, a picturesque small town where 'the sea lies just outside the window'. Enjoy some free time here before returning to Gothenburg.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable shoes are recommended on this tour.

    Tour code

    GOT_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Gothenburg & Christmas Market

    The festive Liseberg Christmas Market is a highlight in the Swedish calendar attracting visitors from all over the world.

    Gothenburg & Christmas Market

    Begin your tour with a panoramic drive of ‘The Christmas City’ of Gothenburg. Drive up to the Masthuggs Church for a magnificent view of the city and the port area. Then, pass Götaplatsen, with the famous Poseidon Fountain, by Carl Milles, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre. From here you’ll drive along the main street and Grand Boulevard en route to the Fish Market and then you’ll arrive at the highlight of your tour – Liseberg.

    Liseberg Park is transformed at Christmas time with Christmas trees, garlands and millions of sparkling lights. The market stalls are rustic cabins offering unique traditional arts and crafts, knitwear and homemade delicacies that make perfect Christmas gifts. The Market opens at 3pm and you will have an hour to stroll around the grounds and explore the 80 or more cabins packed with Christmas fayre. Why not try some hot-spiced wine, pause and listen to one of the choirs singing Christmas carols, or take a ride on a carousel. The choice is yours.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. As this is an open-air market we recommend you wear warm clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. Events or attractions, which have a fare within the park, are payable directly and not included in the tour. Belongings should not be left on any tour coaches as you may not return to the ship on the same coach.

    Tour code

    GOT_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Canal Cruise & City Orientation

    This city combination is an ideal way to experience Gothenburg.

    Canal Cruise & City Orientation

    Enjoy a panoramic tour of Gothenburg starting with a magnificent view over the city and port from behind Masthuggs Church. Pass Götaplatsen, with the famous Poseidon Fountain, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre. Drive along the main street of Avenyen and, at Gustav Adolf's Square, you will see the City Hall, the Court House and the Stock Exchange. Stop to see the day's catch at Feskekyrkan, the Fish Market, before travelling to Kungsbroplatsen where your mode of transport changes.

    A ‘Paddan’ or ‘Toad’ is the typical sightseeing boat of the city. Step aboard and enjoy a canal cruise passing the old moat and canals dating from the 17th century.
    Glide under low bridges, including the extremely low Osthyveln (cheese slicer) bridge, which brings you to the fascinating harbour full of traditional shipyards, new and old housing, expanding commercial and academic sites and the Maritime Museum.


    This excursion will operate by canal boat and on foot. Please note that when passing under certain bridges on the canal cruise, you will need to sit on the floor of the boat and keep your head low, as the bridges are so low you cannot remain seated on the chair. The fish market is closed on a Sunday and Monday and will not be included on these days.

    Tour code

    GOT_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • City Panorama

    Enjoy a glimpse of Sweden's second largest city.

    City Panorama

    Designed by Dutch architects, Gothenburg is reminiscent of Amsterdam with its network of streets separated by canals. Its wealth of parks and open spaces has given Gothenburg a reputation as Sweden's greenest city.

    Your panoramic drive will take you up behind the port to Masthuggs Church for a spectacular view, then on to Götaplatsen, the cultural hub of the city, flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall, the Municipal Theatre and the Library. The Square is dominated by Carl Milles' imposing sculpture of Poseidon.

    Travel along Gothenburg's loveliest and busiest street, Avenyn, passing the City Hall, the Court House and the Stock Exchange. The aptly named Fish Church is located on the Rosenlunds Canal and resembles a place of worship, but is actually an indoor fish market. Enjoy a short stop at the ‘Feskekyrkan’ to take a look at the day's catch.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is very little walking involved on this excursion. The fish market is closed on a Sunday and Monday, and will not be included on these days.

    Tour code

    GOT_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

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