Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Acquaint yourself with Balmoral and the pleasures of a cruise aboard Fred. Olsen’s flagship vessel.
Day 3 - Lysekil, Sweden - cruising Gullmarsfjorden - cruising Farlevfjorden - cruising Saltkallefjorden - cruising Gullmarsfjorden
The pretty coastal town of Lysekil is the gateway to Sweden’s fjords - less celebrated than the fjords of Norway yet still genuinely spectacular, an unforgettable day may be spent in appreciation of their scenic bounty. We take in Sweden’s largest fjord today - deep blue Gullsmarsfjord - along with two distinctive and beautiful branches of this great waterway, Farlevfjord and Saltkallefjord.
Day 4 - Helsingborg
Helsingborg is traditional Sweden in a nutshell - picturesque, interesting and welcoming. Walk historic streets, explore a pretty harbour or head to dramatic Sofiero Castle and gardens, home to a breathtaking range of flora including 500 species of rhododendron.
Day 5 - Karlskrona
Karlskrona is World Heritage listed as ‘an outstanding example of a 17th century naval city’. Unsurprisingly then, the Naval Museum is its key attraction, but the Leonardo da Vinci Ideale Museum is also well worth a visit. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Cruising Stockholm Archipelago - Stockholm (overnight)
Between the Baltic Sea and the Swedish capital, the vast Stockholm Archipelago comprises some 30,000 islands, from tiny skerries to idyllic resort islands. A cruise through its waters is endlessly photogenic and presents perhaps the finest introduction to any city on earth. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 7 - Stockholm (overnight)
Stockholm itself is just as delightful, a lovely canvas of islands and bridges, lakes and forests, with a characterful old town at its heart, where cobbled streets are lined with fine historic buildings. Lovers of museums will be in their element - the Vasa Ship Museum presents an enthralling insight into the country’s maritime heritage, for example, and the ABBA Museum celebrates a more modern and colourful Swedish phenomenon. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - Stockholm - cruising Stockholm Archipelago
We depart Stockholm early afternoon for another scenic cruise through the archipelago. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 9 - At sea
Relax on board as we set sail around southern Sweden once more.
Day 10 - Cruising Älgöfjorden - cruising Hakefjorden & Brattöbadan - cruising Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden - cruising Havstensfjorden & Byfjorden - Arendal (Gothenburg)
The lesser known waterways of Västra Götaland occupy a splendid early morning cruise, presenting ever-unfolding views of ultramarine waters, rolling hills and enchanting towns and villages. There is time then to explore Gothenburg, which captivates with its boulevards and canals, gardens and galleries, and which truly merits its reputation as one of Europe’s friendliest cities.
Day 11 - At sea
A further opportunity to enjoy Balmoral’s excellent amenities as we head home.
Day 12 Newcastle
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.