8 Nights: 2 x MALMÖ, 3 x KALMAR, 3 x STOCKHOLM
A lovely relaxing holiday giving the opportunity to explore some of southern Sweden’s most popular picturesque towns
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Sweden’s southern province Skåne, is home to the sunshine coast. Here you will find numerous golden sandy beaches, pretty villages, cycling and walking paths and trails and some seriously gorgeous cafes and restaurants.
Malmö, Ystad, Lund, Kalmar and Stockholm are all very different from one another and yet complement one another perfectly. Ancient, modern, international, traditional, bustling, tranquil are all words to describe these closely connected regions of South Sweden. During the summer this area comes alive with locals and visitors wishing to enjoy the longer hours of sunshine by spending time outdoors.
Journeys between destinations are all by rail giving you the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy the view.
Day 1 | Arrive Malmö
Arrive Copenhagen by air from the UK. Take the train across the fabulous Öresund Bridge to the cosmopolitan city of Malmö in Sweden, featured in the critically acclaimed Nordic Noir series, The Bridge.
2 nights MALMÖ - Scandic S:t Jörgen (4*)
Meals included today: None
Day 2 | Ystad
Morning departure by train for Ystad, one of Skåne’s most popular and picturesque coastal towns, not least due to a certain fictional detective called Kurt Wallander! Why not take the guided Wallander tour, relax on the beach with a self-made picnic or enjoy a delicious lazy lunch in one of the local cafes. There is a nice harbour and marina and the town has a medieval centre. Return to Malmö at your leisure.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 3 | Malmö - Kalmar
Depart shortly after breakfast by train for the town of Kalmar on Sweden’s southeast coast. Your journey crosses the region of Skåne via Kristianstad and Karlshamn, where it continues along the coast to Kalmar, arriving early afternoon. Total duration of train journey approximately 3-hrs 15-mins.
3 nights KALMAR - Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Days 4 & 5 | Explore Kalmar
Kalmar is a lovely city overlooking the Baltic Sea, and is known for its beautiful Renaissance-style castle, with ornate turrets and drawbridge. If travelling from 1 June then visiting Kalmar Castle for a guided tour (which is included in the entry ticket) is a must. We also recommend a visit to Kalmar County Museum or Kalmar Art Museum - both are excellent.
Kalmar’s old town has cobbled streets and numerous well-preserved 17th and 18th Century buildings housing restaurants, shops, cafes and bars - perfect for a relaxing day and evening of exploration. The city also has a cathedral with a baroque altar and a 17th-century pulpit by the sculptor Baltzar Hoppenstedt and a lovely city park with gardens and trees.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 6 | Kalmar - Stockholm
Late morning train from Kalmar to Stockholm (via Alvesta). Your journey heads inland, towards the centre of the region of Småland, and then continues northwards, after a change of train at Alvesta, to Stockholm where it arrives during the late afternoon. Total duration of train journey approximately 4½-hrs.
The remainder of the evening is free to find somewhere for a cosy drink followed by dinner.
3 nights STOCKHOLM - Scandic Hotel Continental (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Days 7 & 8 | Explore Stockholm
Stockholm is quite simply ‘Beauty on Water’ and could be an entire holiday in itself! We recommend visiting Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum, Fotografiska, Stockholm’s fabulous contemporary photography museum, Moderna Museet, the Modern Art Museum and, of course, the Vasa Museum, Scandinavia’s most visited museum. All of these have free entry with your included Stockholm Pass. We also recommend The Abba Museum for a good old singalong!!
Meals included both days: Breakfast
Day 9 | Homeward bound
Arlanda Express transfer to Stockholm Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Possible daily
Departure Dates: 1 May – 25 Sep 2020
Duration: 8 nights
Price from: £1985 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Deposit: £200 per person
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
- Scheduled flights with SAS from the UK to Copenhagen and from Stockholm to the UK including 23 kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.Pre-reserved seats are free of charge when checking in online 22 hours prior to departure.
Alternative departure airports available – please ask for schedules and prices.
- 2 nights at the 4* Scandic S:t Jörgen Hotel in Malmö based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
- 3 nights at the 4* Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset in Kalmar based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast. NB! This hotel also include a complimentary evening buffet meal for all hotel guests.
- 3 nights at the 4* Scandic Continental Hotel in Stockholm based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
- Swedish Rail Pass (standard class) for a period of 4 days (you will use the pass for the journey to Ystad on Day 2, Malmö to Kalmar on Day 3 and Kalmar to Stockholm on Day 6).
- 48-hour Stockholm Pass.
- Arlanda Express train from Stockholm city centre to Stockholm Airport.
- Scandianavia Only travel document wallet.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Scandic S:t Jorgen (4*) – Malmö
The hotel is centrally located on Gustav Adolf Square, approx. 1 km from Malmö’s Central Station, in an area brimming with restaurants, department stores and boutiques. The hotel’s restaurant offers a daily organic breakfast buffet and dinner most evenings whilst the lobby bar, with its comfortable sofa areas, also serves a small selection of lighter meals and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks (restaurant and bar closed Sundays). All bedrooms are comfortably furnished in contemporary retro style and have an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a gym and sauna, with walking poles and bicycles available from reception. There is also a 24-hr Scandic shop and kiddies play area.
Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset (4*) – Kalmar
Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset is a unique gem of a hotel by the harbour in Kalmar. This hotel is filled with character, maintaining an old harbour warehouse appearance, with exposed wooden beams, vintage photos depicting Kalmar’s maritime history and a sea view. Whilst staying in this historic harbour setting, you’ll truly feel like you’re on holiday. In summer the nearby harbour comes to life as yachts glide by and a lovely regatta feeling fills the atmosphere.
All rooms are en suite with wifi and modern facilities to ensure your stay in comfortable and enjoyable.
Scandic Continental (4*) – Stockholm
A stay at the Scandic Continental puts you in the heart of Stockholm, close to city’s main shopping streets, entertainment and restaurants. All within walking distance, guests can stroll to the old town, Royal Palace, and many of the city’s museums. Dine on freshly prepared dishes in the hotel’s stylish restaurant – The Market – and sip a cocktail in the rooftop bar with stunning panoramic views of the city. If you truly want to relax after a day of activities then why not make your way to the sauna? The hotel has modern rooms and feature blackout curtains, Wi-Fi, a TV and city views, while bathrooms are equipped with FACE Stockholm products, hair dryer and a shower or bathtub. In the morning a wonderful buffet breakfast is available, including just about anything you could wish for.
A Slice of South Sweden
We know there is only so much you can do on holiday and that inevitably some things are going to have to wait until your next visit. But here are a few of the things that you simply mustn’t miss with an occasional ‘Why Not? thrown in for good measure!
Western Harbour, Malmö
Formerly a polluted old shipyard but now Malmö’s beautiful new stylish area of the city. There is a lovely boardwalk alongside the Öresund with a great view of the Öresund Bridge plus there are shops, cafes and restaurants and a rather trendy residential area plus the Turning Torso. But that’s not all – Western Harbour is powered by 100% local, renewable energy!
Dine with a local family in Malmö
A Slice of Swedish Hospitality is a special dining concept. Basically you dine with local people in their homes; food is a 2-course meal (either starter and main or main and dessert) and is always something they would eat themselves at home – locally produced and locally eaten! All the participating hosts love entertaining and talking about local life and the best things to see and do in and around their town. They also love to hear your stories too… For more information and to book visit the website here.
Kulturen is an open-air museum filled with historic buildings and gardens for you to visit. Step into the houses and experience life in the city and the countryside from the Middle Ages to the 1930s, with guides dressed in costume and in character. You can also choose from among 20 exhibitions – from folk art to modern design, from medieval history to the present day, from local culture to world culture. For details of entrance fees and opening times click here.
Meet…Kurt Wallander in Ystad!!
Well OK, perhaps not the man himself (he’s fictional you know!), but rather follow In the Footsteps of Wallander. There is a great website providing details of all the locations in Ystad which featured in Henning Mankell’s popular books and the subsequent TV series. Visit the local Tourist Information Office during your visit – they love telling visitors about it!
Kalmar Castle, Kalmar
Kalmar Castle traces its origins back to the 12th century. It was here that the Kalmar Union was signed in 1397, and it was during the 16th century and the time of the Vasa kings that the castle acquired its current design – that of a Renaissance palace, furnished and decorated in continental fashion. The castle has numerous rooms and halls – all with a story to tell – and a rather sobering Womens’s Prison where women were imprisoned and tortured when superstition was sufficient to convict. For details of guided tours in English, opening times and entrance fees, click here.
The world’s first open-air museum, founded in 1891, and a living exhibition of five centuries of Swedish history with a real sense of the past represented in historical buildings and dwellings and by people as characters in period dress. Free with your Stockholm Card! Take a closer look here.
Stockholm’s fabulous contemporary photography museum exhibits work by world-renowned photographers, and holds a variety of provoking exhibitions throughout the year. Free with your Stockholm Card! Take a closer look here.
The Vasa Museum, Stockholm
It is no surprise why this is the most visited museum in the whole of Scandinavia. Upon entering you are greeted with the imposing vision of the Vasa, a magnificent war ship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 after sailing less than 1300 metres from Stockholm harbour! It was only discovered again in 1961 and since then a team of archaeologists and scientists have been carefully reconstructing the events of that fateful day. Tip: Don’t miss the bottom floor where you can find skeletal remains salvaged from those onboard! Free entrance with your Stockholm Card! Take a closer look here.
The Abba Museum, Stockholm
‘Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only 17…’. We absolutely loved it – especially Suzel who knows the words to every song! This museum appeals to all ages and in addition to providing the history of their careers before, during and after, it also gives you the opportunity to have your photo taken with them, dance with them, sing with them and come away wearing the T-shirt! Priceless and timeless. Take a closer look here.
Everyone! It is aimed at those who like gentle sightseeing in villages, towns and cities - visiting museums, galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. It is also perfect for those who enjoy architecture, both ancient and modern, and enjoy the delightful inevitable contrast you experience when visiting a city which offers both. Children will also find much to keep them happy on this holiday - the beaches of Ystad are fabulous, the castle at Kalmar could be haunted, the Vasa Museum is awesome, Skansen is magical and the Abba Museum will have them laughing at Mum and Dad dancing and singing!
Well, first of all in Kalmar you have a free evening meal included in your stay as all Clarion Collection Hotels feature this for their guests. The included meal is usually a variety of salads with cold meats and fish and vegetarian options, plus one or two hot dishes with a dessert. It is more substantial than you would probably expect for a free meal and is usually served between 1800 and 2100. Please note that if we are unable to confirm our featured hotel in Kalmar then this service would NOT be included.
In Malmö and Stockholm you have a very large variety of restaurants available to choose from for most budgets. Expect to pay London prices for gourmet dining, however you also have a broad selection of more reasonably priced options. One of our favourites in Stockholm is Herman's, a wonderful and relaxed vegetarian restaurant, which serves a fabulous buffet (meat eaters won't miss it, believe us!) - and it's situated virtually next door to Fotografiska, the photography museum, so combining the two makes practical use of your time!
For those who like to mingle with the locals then we recommend you consider booking A Slice of Swedish Hospitality...see Excursions for more details.
Very comfortable indeed. Trains are generally very modern and have a snack bar on board. All our featured rail travel is with Second Class, reserved seats, however, we can quote for upgrading to First Class for those who wish. You will be issued with a Swedish Rail Pass for your holiday which will be clipped each time you travel, but hang on to it as you will use it for all your journeys.
This is a summer holiday in southern Sweden where, generally, you will find temperatures a little bit warmer than in the UK and with plenty of sunshine. As with a holiday in the UK though, be prepared for anything! In Scandinavia, as a rule, there are no rules when it comes to dressing up. You will find that most Scandinavians live in jeans, whether dressing casually or more dressed up! Stockholm can be a little bit more 'high brow' though, so if you've decided to eat gourmet then we would recommend something a little bit smarter for the occasion. All of the featured destinations are made for walking about and exploring but bear in mind that in the old towns you will find predominantly cobbled streets and uneven pavements (wonderful!) - flat shoes or boots tend to cope with this much better...