Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach VISBY (Gotland)

VISBY (Gotland)

Sweden's holiday island of choice, Visby is a pretty medieval city that has been delightfully frozen in time. A dramatically walled Hanseatic trading centre, Visby faces out across a 60-mile gulf towards the Swedish mainland. An island of sparse, scenic landscapes, Gotland is dotted with quiet fishing villages, roaming sheep, and unusual limestone natural structures. With beautiful beaches, as well as spell-binding history, crowds from across Scandanavia and beyond set sail for these escapist shores every summer. View more

Set on the Baltic Sea's largest island, the steep medieval walls of Visby are at once a gorgeously picturesque, and incredibly imposing welcome to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between the 13th and the 14th century, the two long walls were reinforced with 29 large and 22 small watchtowers. The oldest section, the red-roof capped Gunpowder Tower, is one of Sweden's oldest surviving constructions. Inside the walls, the elegant Cathedral of St. Mary's rises, with its pair of pepper-pot towers. Visby has an irresistible tangle of medieval streets, with photo-opportunities waiting around every narrow bend. The scattering of ruined churches adds another layer of eerie beauty, while a splash of colour is provided by blooming botanical gardens, thriving within the island's mild climate. A place of rich history, visit museums to learn the island's whole story - from its formation, to the ancient inhabitants who have occupied its shores. Archaeological evidence points to 8,000 years of human history, while the Viking and Medieval eras have plenty of tales to tell. For the best view, head to Hogklint - a coastal cliff area on the south of Visby. Or explore the island via beautiful coastal bike trails.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Exkursionen in VISBY (Gotland)

This comprehensive tour will acquaint you with the rich history of Visby, the 'Town of Roses and Ruins.' Its interesting past dates from the Viking Age to the flourishing medieval period when Visby became a Hanseatic town. Many of the trading houses, churches and convents built during the Hanseatic era came into ruin when Visby gradually lost its importance as a trade town. Since the end of the 19th century, the ruins and the town wall are protected historical monuments. Today, Visby is known as one of Sweden's most beloved holiday resorts. Today you will enjoy the following highlights:


Högklint

From the port, the drive takes you a short distance along the coast to the Högklint viewpoint for a panoramic view of the walled town and the Baltic Sea.


Almedalen - The Valley of the Elm Trees

Next, visit the site of Visby's first harbour and where the Hanseatic town had its beginnings at the end of the 12th-century. Today the old harbour is a green park, popular for walking. Enjoy a leisurely walk through this 'Valley of the Elm Trees.' Note the Kruttornet (powder tower), Visby's oldest remaining structure.


Botanical Gardens

Continue your walk through these lovely gardens created in the middle of the 19th-century. Trees, bushes and flowers from all over the world thrive in this mild climate.


The Walled Town

Rejoining the coach, follow the fortress wall past Jungfrutornet (Maiden's Tower), part of the remaining almost two-mile long (three kilometres) 13th-century city wall to Dalmansporten. Continue with a guided walk down through the narrow, winding medieval streets passing the impressive Cathedral of St. Mary's, the only one of Visby's medieval churches still in use today. It has been beautifully restored, boasting baroque cupolas instead of the original spires.


Gotlands Fornsalen Museum

Gotland's historical museum is noted for its extensive collections reflecting 8,000 years of local history. Exhibits include the unique Iron Age picture stones and gold and silver treasures from the Middle Ages when Visby was a powerful Hanseatic town. The museum also has a fine gift shop, selling exclusive copies of articles displayed in the museum and genuine local handicrafts.


Afterwards, rejoin the coach and return to the ship.

Experience Gotland's nature and culture during this enjoyable half-day outing.


Your journey begins in Visby and takes you through Gotland's scenic landscape to Lickershamn, one of the island's beautiful former fishing villages, fishing huts and a fish shop that sells fresh and smoked fish. From the cliffs, stands the majestic limestone formation Jungfrun (Maiden rock) over-looking the harbour and white pebble beach.


Gotland Churches

Surrounded by a lovely meadow filled with herbs and wildflowers lies the ancient ruin of Elinghem Church. The church was built in the 1200's and abandoned 400 years later, for unknown reasons. This is a popular spot for weddings and concerts. Also you will visit one of the 92 Middle Age churches that are still in use today. These churches are known for their carvings and decorations. Many have stained glass windows from the 12 -and 1300's.


Krusmyntagården

Beautifully situated by the sea, lies the Krusmyntagården (Herb Garden). Here enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and taste a saffron pancake, a Gotland specialty. Take the opportunity to stroll around the lovely herb garden with over two hundred plants. In the shop you will be find among other seasonings and a large assortment of Gotlandic condiments, such as jams and mustard.


Visby Walking Tour

Returning to Visby, finish your excursion with a short walking tour in the Hanseatic city. Enjoy such sights as the impressive city wall, Visby's legendary warehouses and beautiful merchants' houses.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over uneven and cobbled surfaces. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing and flat, comfortable, walking shoes. Order of tours may vary. Please make sure to bring local currency for any purchases.

A Taste Of Gotland & The Old Railway

Experience the beauty, charm and history of medieval Visby and the Gotland countryside during this immersive, half-day sightseeing excursion via coach and vintage train.


Visby, Countryside Drive, Medieval Church Visit

Depart the pier for the scenic drive south, through the beautiful countryside, en route to a visit to one of the 92 medieval churches still in use on the island. This municipality has the highest concentration of churches in Sweden. Consequently, you are never far away from a church, although the majority of them are situated in the countryside. The rich history of the churches can be observed in both their architecture and décor.


Stafka Farm, Guided Tour and Cheese Tasting

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to Stafva Gård (Stafva Farm), which has been in the Corswant family for five generations. It is one of the largest farms on the island, specialising in the production of soft cheeses. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour, introduction to soft cheese-making and the varieties produced here, then proceed for a tasting a tasting of superb, locally-produced cheeses. Leaving the farm, head to Dalhem for a visit to the Railway Museum.


Dalhem, Railway Museum, Vintage Train-Ride, Tule, Roma, Visby, Walls, Old Town Walking Tour

Here, view an exhibit of the Gotland railways, complete with trolleys, tickets, photos, uniforms, and other memorabilia. During your visit, enjoy a unique opportunity to experience a picturesque train-ride on the old railway. Along the way, the old carriages take you through the peaceful, panoramic landscape, passing through Tule before arriving at Roma. Here, de-board the train and take a picturesque drive through varied coastal, agricultural and wooded landscapes en route to Visby, a walled, medieval town with 44 guard towers. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the Old Town amongst roses, ruins and alleys. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Discover the Old World beauty, charm and landmarks of Visby in a unique and invigorating scenic, half-day bicycle excursion.


Almedalen and Gunpowder Tower

Depart the pier with your guideon the shuttle bus to the bike rental area. After receiving your helmet and safety and tour instructions, begin your guided bicycle tour of Visby, the 'Town of Roses' and one of Sweden's most beloved holiday resorts. Your first stop is at the old Medieval harbour of Visby, the Almedalen, followed by the 82-foot (25-metre) high Gunpowder Tower, or 'Kruttornet Tower'.


Botanical Gardens, Maiden's Tower and Klinten Viewpoint

Next, a stop is made at the lovely botanical gardens before passing the Maiden's Tower, and continuing on for a photo stop at the Klinten Viewpoint. It overlooks the Old City, harbour and Baltic Sea.


Kneippbyn, Fridhem and Högklint

Passing the east gate, ride by the Kneippbyn Water and Sports Park before arriving at Eugenie's Summer Residence in Fridhem. A refreshment stop is made here for tea or coffee and local cakes before commencing the ride back, with a stop at the Högklint Viewpoint en route. Return to the ship with the shuttle bus, or choose to remain in town and return to the ship at your leisure.

Explore the medieval charm, landmarks, and history of Visby and the Gotland countryside during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Visby, Alemedalen, Old Hanseatic Harbour, Powder Tower, City Skyline, Galgberget, Ocean Views

Depart the pier for the short drive past the old Hanseatic harbour at Almedalen, where you can see the oldest remaining structure in Visby, the old Powder Tower, and the charming city rising above the harbour.

From here, drive to Galgberget, a high, limestone cliff with a beautiful view of the ocean and medieval town. At the top of the cliff, see three stone-pillars standing in a circle. They are the ruins of an old gallows, where criminals were executed in earlier times.


Agricultural District, Medieval Countryside Church, Skeppssättning Burial Grounds

Next, your route traverses the agriculture district east and south of Visby. A visit is made to a medieval countryside church, one of many that can be found on Gotland. Afterward, re-board your coach and continue through the countryside for a visit to Skeppssättning, one of the imposing burial places found on Gotland. This Bronze Age (about 600 B.C.) grave consists of stones standing on their edge in the shape of a ship, which was a metaphor for the ship that carried the departed chieftains on their voyage to eternity.


Gnisvärd Village, Visby Walking Tour, Town Walls, Old Stone Houses, Churches and Streets

Leaving the burial ground, re-boar your coach and head for a brief stop at the picturesque old fishing village of Gnisvärd, which dates from the 1700s. Afterward, re-board your coach and return to Visby. Upon arrival, take a short, guided walking tour within this walled city. Visby is an outstanding example of a walled Hanseatic town, which, in a unique way, has preserved its townscape and its extremely valuable buildings. The town walls date from the 13th century, are approximately 2.2 miles (almost 3.5 kilometres) long, and encircle the old stone houses, churches and street system. Following your walking tour, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5-0.6 miles (about 800 metres-one kilometre), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.