The Best of Stockholm
City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All
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Start with a splendid panoramic view of Stockholm's inner city and harbor; then, cross the Western Bridge to City Hall, renowned for its architecture, courtyard and the Blue Hall where the Nobel festivities unfold each year.
Perhaps the most interesting sight in Stockholm is the 17th-century warship perfectly preserved and on display at the Vasa Museum. Raised from Stockholm's inner harbor in the 1960s and painstakingly restored, the Vasa and the salvage exhibits speak eloquently of Sweden's inspired maritime heritage.
Get to know Stockholm with some free time to explore on your own. You may choose to dine at an outdoor café in the city (at your own expense), or simply spend the time shopping.
Meet up with your guide for a visit to the Royal Palace -- this relatively young monument of grace and symmetry dates only from the 1800s. The Royal Palace boasts no fewer than 608 rooms; you will visit the State Apartments displaying magnificent Baroque and Rococo interiors.
Wander through the streets of the Old Town, savoring the Bohemian atmosphere among houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, with Baroque doorways and regal Coats of Arms. See the exterior of the Coronation Church and Stortorget (Great Square) -- hub of the Old Town.
There are 150 steps at the Royal Palace over three floors, and 40 steps at the City Hall. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch (at your own expense) during the tour. This tour is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Stockholm. City Hall can be closed at short notice for private functions; in that event the tour will be cancelled. The Royal Palace can be closed at short notice for private functions. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.