Stockholm City Break
Who: Couples and Solo Travellers

4 Days

From £1,725pp

Sarah is here to help give you the inside track.

Stockholm is, if possible, our favourite Big Short Break city in Europe, which is no mean feat. On this luxury Scandi-city break, explore Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Sodermalm, Stockholm's up and coming hipster neighbourhood, and indulge in a cinnamon bun or three.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • Enjoy privately guided walking tours of Stockholm's Old Town and Royal Palaces
  • Take in the city archipelago from the water
  • Take a deep dive into the history of the Vasa, the perfectly preserved 17th century Swedish naval flagship now on permanent display in its own museum

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: Stockholm Syndrome

Your flight from London to Stockholm will land around lunchtime, and after a 40-minute trip on the underground - the only way to get around Scandinavia's slickest city - it'll be time to drop your bags off at your city-centre hotel (we've arranged an early check in for you) before heading out for your first smorgas (open sandwich) and kanelbullar (cinnamon bun).

Post-lunch, you will meet your expert local guide for a walking tour of Gamla Stan, Stockholm's historic Old Town. Together, you will explore the cobbled streets and squares - many overlooking the water - and touch on the social and political factors that have shaped the city you see today. You tour will be tailored to what you are interested in. This evening we recommend consulting our detailed destination Dossier for our favourite spots for dinner and drinks.

For dinner tonight, head to Pelikan in Soder, a turn-of-the-century beer hall complete with wood panelling, varnished floors and an eclectic clientele, whose köttbullar (meatballs) the late, great AA Gill described as ‘the benchmark against which I will judge all other meatballs.’
Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed
Day 2: Outdoors Adventures

If you're here in summer*, after breakfast this morning you will enjoy a two-hour tour taking in Stockholm from a different angle - the water. As you paddle around the archipelago in your kayak, your local guide will take you to hidden spots and explain how the city's relationship with its watery surrounds has shaped how it has grown.

After lunch, our Dossier will list some out of the way local haunts to explore. We recommend spending the afternoon poking around the hipster-tastic boutiques around the city. Acne Studios - the cult advertising agency turned fashion brand - has their flagship store in the bank where, interestingly enough, the concept of Stockholm Syndrome was coined. Suitable shopped out, this evening you head out of the city with an expert naturalist guide for a safari in the nearby forests. With a bit of luck, and your guide's carefully honed skills, you will spot wild boars, deer, foxes, hares and, the king of the forest, a moose - a sort of European Big Five, if you will. After a traditional midsummer supper (ie: plenty of herring and dill) you will be transferred back to your hotel.

(* If visiting in winter, Stockholm is equally magical, but the activities on offer will - for obvious reasons - differ. You might want to swap kayaking for ice skating on the city's frozen waterways, and the evening wildlife safari through the snow-clad forests would be by snow shoe instead.)

The In summer, the party doesn’t truly get started in Stockholm until late into the night, so you’ve plenty of time to refresh (read: nap) after your safari before heading out for drinks and dancing in some of Europe’s hottest spots.
Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed
Day 3: The Vasa

We're going to stick our necks out here and say that if you only visit one museum in the world (British Museum aside) it should be the Vasa museum. Handily, this is what is on the agenda for today.

After a late and leisurely breakfast - you are on holiday, after all - wander down to the museum. You're under your own steam today so you can truly take your time exploring the museum, dedicated to the once flagship of the Swedish Navy - which floundered on it's maiden voyage (awkward) and sunk to the bottom of the archipelago, where she was preserved in silt for 333 years until a daring mission in 1961 rescued her from the watery depths. No one quite knows why she sank, but the museum is a fascinating way to spend the morning, before an afternoon poking around Stockholm's hipster capital - Sodermalm.

If your hotel’s breakfast offerings down tickle your fancy, head to Pom & Flora in Vasastan and join the locals for brunch.
Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed

Additional Activities

  • Private guided Sodermalm tour
  • Private guided politics and history in Sweden tour
  • Private guided sustainable Stockholm tour
Day 4: Royal Sweden

They may have recently lost some of their Crown Jewels to thieves, but Sweden's royals have a fascinating history.

After breakfast (we have arranged for you to leave you bags in your hotel), you will meet your guide at Gustav Adolf Torg (named after the 17th century king who lead Sweden to victory in the 30 Years War) before making your way through the historic city centre experiencing the rituals and traditions associated with the Swedish monarchy. After a late lunch, it will be time to make your way back to the airport in good time for your late afternoon flight home.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£2,030pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£1,725pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

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£2,435pp

Sarah is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Sarah Reed