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16th May 2017
This city is full of charm and atmosphere, old and new, and a guided city tour is a good introduction to the sights including Skansen, the open-air museum with over 150 buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; the Vasa Museum, home of the warship Vasa that sunk during its maiden voyage in 1628 and City Hall, an imposing building and site of the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony.
We recommend a stroll around the cobbled streets of the Old Town Gamla Stan, steeped in historical heritage with relics from as early as the 13th Century. This area has much to offer with its many souvenir and antique shops, elegant palaces, churches and museums. In comparison Stockholm City or new Stockholm, offers larger department stores, shopping malls, exclusive boutiques and bustling nightlife. There are many delightful cafes to sample during the day and a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants for the evening.
Stockholm's archipelago begins just outside the city limits and is made up of no less than 24,000 islands. Scheduled boat trips can be made to the islands and provide a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
© Ola Ericson / Visit Sweden
Fly from the UK, arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Arlanda Express to city centre (not included).
4 nights STOCKHOLM - Clarion Hotel Sign **** (B) or similar
We offer a variety of 4 star hotels in Stockholm to suit different tastes. Please ask at time of booking for our recommendation.
Free day to familiarise yourself with the city of Stockholm. How about visiting Gamla Stan and Fotografiska (photography museum) as they are in the same direction? If you're feeling hungry we suggest dinner at Hermans Vegetariska Restaurang located near the museum - you won't miss the meat, promise!
Another free day in Stockholm. How about taking the taxi boat across to Djurgården? This is an island situated in the middle of Stockholm where you will find three very different but wonderful museums; Skansen, Vasa Museum, and the newly opened ABBA Museum! Lastly, a visit to City Hall, an imposing building and site of the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony is well worth a visit, along with the bell tower where you are granted a breathtaking view of the city after climbing a narrow set of winding stone staircases.
Today we have included a day trip to the island of Sandhamn in the Stockholm Archipelago. The boat departs from Strandvägen at 0930 and travels via the picturesque island of Vaxholm, Grinda and Gällno passing lovely archipelago-style houses with elaborate woodwork and beautiful gardens. The journey takes 2¼ hours and allows a full afternoon in Sandhamn before its return to Stockholm, departing at 1700. The island has a lovely harbour with yachts of all shapes and sizes, and has a pretty village centre which is a haven of narrow alleyways, winding streets and overgrown verandahs.
Sandhamn was also featured in the Stieg Larsson Millennium Series as the island refuge of his character, Mikael Blomkvist!
Time to say goodbye to Stockholm and retrace your route to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 Sep 2017
Duration: 4 nights
Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm ****
Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express facing the Norra Bantorget Square. The hotel is brand new, built in 2008, and is a spectacular building dominated by granite and glass, leaning over the square reflecting the green park. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant, contributed by renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. The eighth floor of the hotel holds Selma CitySpa where you can indulge yourself in the sauna, gym, spa with a spa treatment and/or in the heated outdoor pool, all with a fantastic view of Stockholm. All rooms are non-smoking and have TV, telephone, hair dryer, Internet access and some of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in in the whole of Scandinavia! Lift to all floors.
Stockholm Short Break
We've all spent a fair amount of time in Stockholm (we love it!!) and therefore we feel qualified to make the following recommendations for things we think you should do or try.
Vasa Museum - See this magnificent war ship which sank on her maiden voyage in stockholm in 1628 and which was salvaged in 1961. Unfortunately she was a very top heavy maiden and sank after sailing less than 1300 metres in Stockholm harbour! Ensure you visit the bottom floor as it contains bones and other remains which were rescued from the wreckage.
Fotografiska - Stockholm's fabulous and provoking contemporary photography museum with exhibits from world-renowned photographers. Located in a former industrial Art Nouveau style buildings, this is one attraction which really shouldn't be missed!
Gamla Stan - Stockholm's Old Town and one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Here you will find Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace.
Skansen - 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, peopled by characters in period dress.
Moderna Museet - Stockholm's Modern Art Museum is located on the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen and has one of the world's finest collections of art from 1900 to the present day, including key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Henri Matisse, along with important Swedish works of art.
The Abba Museum - A glorious little museum that everyone will appreciate, especially those who were 'dancing queens, only 17' when Abba were at the height of their popularity (people like Suzel, our MD!). Perform on stage with hollograms of the band, record yourself singing along in the little mini-studio, have your photo taken with them sitting on a bench or simply marvel at their most famous costumes. The museum guides you through a history of the band's career and you'll be clicking your fingers all the way!
Stockholm Underground - It's not often we recommend you explore underground stations but in Stockholm it is really worth it! Stockholm has 100 underground stations and more than 90 of them are covered in street art. For the most examples visit the rainbow themed station at Stadion, the Harlequin design at Kungsträdgården, and the Hell inspired station at Solna Centrum!
Who is this holiday suitable for?
You can make this holiday suitable for everyone as Stockholm has so, so much to offer. History, culture, nature, fun, food, activities - it has it all - and within these you will find things to suit all age groups. Clearly Stockholm is a capital city so those seeking solitude and remoteness will not achieve that here, but neither will you find the frenetic rush and noise so often associated with capital cities.
Eating and Drinking in Stockholm
In Stockholm you have a very large variety of restaurants, cafes and bars 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. Here is a link to Eating and Drinking in Stockholm for more information. One of our favourites 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!
About my Stockholm Card
Included in the price of your holiday is a 72-hours Stockholm Card which includes free admission to more than 75 museums and attractions, free sightseeing by foot, bike and boat, free travel by public transport, free Stockholm Card map folder plus bonus offers. Full details will be provided with your Travel Documents enabling you to make the absolute best of your time.