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Extended time in port allows for maximum sightseeing

Azamara Club Cruises will call in Stockholm during July 2011.

Azamara Club Cruises will be in Sweden’s capital three times this summer. Guests embarking Azamara Journey on July 14th or July 28th in Stockholm will have two days to enjoy the city. Part of Azamara’s philosophy is to give cruise passengers destination immersion, meaning longer stays in port than some of its competitors.

Azamara Journey will dock at Värtahamnen, which is about a 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride from Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

For guests who are planning on taking advantage of the shore excursions offered by Azamara, there are many options that combine city hightlights with opportunities to experience the history and culture of Stockholm.

Some of the more creative shore excursions that may be worth exploring:

  • The Historic Rooftop Tour. Prepare to climb through the attic of the Old Parliament Building on Riddarholmen to gain access to the roof.  This guided tour  focuses on the history of Stockholm through a survey of the buildings making up the cityscape. Allow 3 hours and expect to pay $189 per person.
  • The Millennium Tour appeals to fans of the popular Stieg Larsson Millennium books. This excursion visits the island of Södermalm, one of the locations from the trilogy. Allot 3 hours and plan on spending $62 per person.
  • Get in touch with your inner-Viking on the Go Viking tour. Board the dragon ship Sigrid Storåda (Sigrid the Proud) named after the legendary Viking queen and spend the day in Viking immersion. Rowing is optional but encouraged.  3 hours 15 minutes $169 per person.
  • If you have ever wondered what is was like to scale the outside of the Ericsson Globe arena in a glass gondola car, then the SkyView excursion is for you. A magnificent view over the city is your reward. After the SkyView, guests will enjoy a a panoramic drive around the city.  3 hours $59 per person.
  • The Ice Bar & Old Town tour is a cruise passenger favorite. Make sure to sign up ahead of time to get the best entry slots. After a stroll around Gamla Stan, participants  head to the Nordic Hotel for a “cold drink” in the Ice Bar. Allow 3 hours and budget $82 per person.

There are plenty of tours available that combine the best highlights of the city:

  • Panoramic Stockholm & Vasa Museum tour covers a lot of ground. From the window of your bus travel to Fjaellgatan, then cross Gamla Stan passing the Royal Palace on the way to the Vasa Museum. Enjoy time in the museum before heading back to the ship. 3 Hours $74 per person
  • Explore the Royal Palace & The Old Town, Gamla Stan. This tour explroes the State Apartments before embarking on a guided walk along the narrow streets of Gamla Stan. Some hightlingts include: Stortorget (Gamla Stan’s central square), the Nobel Museum (at Stortorget) and the Swedish Academy.  3 hours $64 per person
  • The Stockholm Beauty on Land & Water tour starts out with a bus tour before embarking on a 50-minute Royal Canal boat tour into Stockholm’s National City Park. This tour is scheduled to last 3 hours. $79 per person.

Azamara Club Cruises also offers private vehicles for hire through shore excursion programs.  The private vehicles are perfect to try out our  suggestions for spending One Perfect Day or Two Perfect Days in port.

Azamara has created a couple of excursions to accommodate visitors who want to explore in the evening:

  • Cruise visitors looking to combine a tour of the wilderness with the thrill of a high speed water adventure tour will enjoy the Evening tour on a Wild Rib Boat. The cost for this two-hour tour is $214.
  • An Evening Glimpse of Stockholm excursion is a driving tour of the city. The proposed route takes you by Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace, Riddarholmen, Djurgården, and through the Diplomat quarters. This tour lasts 2.5 hours and costs $64 per person.

Looking for more information? Check out our Popular Historic Attractions In Stockholm For Cruisers article.

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