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Stockholm spreads across fourteen islands, and many more lie beyond in the archipelago. Fine buildings, impressive museums, parks and wild nature are on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most elegant and alluring capitals, home to three World Heritage Sites.
Tour codes: 50900
Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active.
‘A rather large village set in the middle of some forest and some lakes’ is how Ingmar Bergman described Sweden’s beautiful maritime capital. Stockholm spreads across fourteen islands, and many more lie beyond in the archipelago. Fine buildings, impressive museums, parks and wild nature on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.
Stockholm is a city of lakeside promenades, tree-lined boulevards, cobbled streets leading to ferry quays, parks and long summer days. Situated where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, its fourteen islands are just some of the thousands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Surprisingly close to the city lie quiet beaches and ancient forest.
During our week we will mix some easy walks on islands, in forests and parkland with visits to palaces and open-air museums. Travelling around Stockholm and its surroundings on foot, by boat and public transport could not be easier. Come with us to Sweden to enjoy the perfect summer city.
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Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
On arrival in Stockholm Arlanda airport we travel by road to the Hotel Kungsträdgården.
Transfer Time = 40 minutes
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please keep in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control. Changes may also be made if we or our Adagio Leader feels it enhances the itinerary. On days where no walking distance is mentioned you can walk as much or as little as you like. The walks on Ingmarsö in the Tyresta National Park can be shortened if desired.
We start our day with a guided tour of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town). We stroll along the quaint cobbled streets and visit the many architectural gems along the way. During the afternoon we take the ferry to Djurgåden Island, passing through the delightful funfair area and the Abba Experience to the contrasting relaxing walk through parkland and beside the tranquil water’s edge, ending in a delightful garden centre tea room.
We travel to the Drottningholm Palace, the magnificent Swedish Royal residence on the shores of Lake Mälaren. We visit the palace’s impressive formal gardens and after a guided tour of the palace itself, we return to Stockholm by ferry. We take a guided tour of the Drottningholm Court Theatre and venture through the Drottningholm Chinese Pavailion.
Today we cruise through the idyllic world of the Stockholm Archipelago to the island of Ingmarsö. Our 2 ½ hour journey passes inlets, summer cottages who gardens border the shore, tiny islands, yachts and the sloping slabs or rock which characterise the Scandinavian shoreline. Ingmarsö is just far enough away to avoid most day-trippers! This is the real Sweden... we explore green meadows, woodland walks and quiet golden beaches. We enjoy lunch and the local cuisine in an island restaurant, served on the terrace by the water’s edge. Dinner is at your own account this evening so you can further explore Stockholm and its culinary delights.
One of the remarkable things about Stockholm is its proximity to genuine ancient forest. We spend the morning in one such area to the south of the city – the picturesque and relaxing Tyresta National Park. We take a coach to the park to explore its woodland paths that lead us between tranquil idyllic lakes, it is a truly magical place. We return to Stockholm by bus and train during the afternoon and are free to further explore this remarkable place.
Today we return to the pretty island of Djurgåden, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Stockholm. We visit the impressive Vasa Ship Museum containing the beautifully restored galleon which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Our afternoon is spent in the open air Skansen museum, where wooden buildings have been collected from all over Sweden.
A short boat journey into the Archipelago brings us to the island of Vaxholm with its boats and pastel coloured wooden buildings. We start with a coffee stop at a delightful cafe with a fabulous choice of cakes! We will explore the island and its charming restaurants, museums and local shops. We spend our last night dining in a local restaurant where we can reminisce about our extraordinary week in beautiful Stockholm.
After our Scandinavian summer break it is time to return home. We travel by coach to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
13th Jun 2022 - 20th Jun 2022 (7 Nights)
4th Jul 2022 - 11th Jul 2022 (7 Nights)
12th Sep 2022 - 19th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)
12th Jun 2023 - 19th Jun 2023 (7 Nights)
3rd Jul 2023 - 10th Jul 2023 (7 Nights)
11th Sep 2023 - 18th Sep 2023 (7 Nights)
We fly from London to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and return. The flight takes about 2 hours 40 minutes.
Our transfer from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Hotel Kungsträdgården is by private coach and will take around about 40 minutes.
During the week we’ll travel on foot, by train, tram, bus and ferry. We include the six day Stockholm transport pass which allows you free travel throughout the city. Although some boat services are excluded on the transport pass, those that are in our programme are included in the price of the holiday.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Stockholm has all the facilities you would expect from a city, all of which are a short walking distance from the hotel. There are plenty of banks with ATM cash machines, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants close to the hotel. The excellent public transport system allows us access to any facilities not in the immediate vicinity. The city has plenty of parks and accessible lake shores, so you are not short of scenic areas to relax and watch the world go by. There are also many islands to discover, which are easily accessible by the city’s excellent public transport service. Stockholm is a virtually cash free city, so we recommend bringing very little cash with you as most shops and services in the city take payment by card.
The four star family run Hotel Kungsträdgården is situated next to the Kings Garden and a short walk to the centre, including the financial district, the shopping district, the Old Town, and the harbour of Nybroplan; from where many of the boats depart. The location is also within easy access of all the major transport links. The Hotel Kungsträdgården is the ideal city base. It is set in a renovated 18th century building and its interior is fresh, clean and beautifully decorated.
Rooms are minimalistic and all beautifully decorated in their own unique design. Typical of many city hotels, the rooms are compact but with high ceilings, which make the rooms feel more spacious. Single rooms contain a single bed in most circumstances. Some rooms look into the Kings Garden and some views are of hotels inner courtyard, built in a glass atrium style so the light of day can still be seen. Storage in rooms is a little limited but facilities include:
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