Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: vby-001
Discover Visby's stunning beauty and storied past during this wonderful visit to Gotland's capital city.
Visby, the Capital of Gotland, boasts a swashbuckling history that began in the Viking Age, and was followed by a flourishing Medieval period and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League. Today, however, Visby is best known as the Town of Roses and Ruins, and one of Sweden's most popular vacation resort destinations.
Depart the pier for a drive along Visby's coast to Högklint. From this dramatic cliff-top viewpoint, you will gain a geographical perspective of the walled city, and enjoy marvelous views and photo opportunities of Visby and the Baltic Sea. You will then head back towards town by way of the old Hanseatic harbor of Almedalen. Along the way, you will pass by the Kruttornet, a powder tower that has the distinction of being Visby's oldest structure, before stopping for a scenic stroll through the Botanical Gardens. After rejoining your coach, you will then drive through a gate and follow the 13th-century city walls past the Maiden's Tower, part of the remaining 1.5-mile-long, 13th-century city wall. A stop will then be made at Dalmansporten, a wonderful Medieval city. Dalmansporten is one of the gates through the wall surrounding Visby. Upon arrival, you will take a 1-hour, guided walk down its narrow, winding streets. Along the way, you will pass by the evocative ruins of Dalmasnsporten's many Medieval churches before reaching the impressive Cathedral of St. Mary's.
Following your walking tour, you will re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship.
Please note: The walking portion of this tour involves walking down a staircase with 75 steps.