Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy privately guided walking tours of Stockholm's hidden jewels and off-the-beaten-track treasures

    • Take in the city archipelago from the water

    • Hire bikes and explore the city on two wheels

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Stockholm is one of our favourite cities for a Big Short Break in Europe. Short yet sweet, this five-day luxury Scandi-city break takes you through Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Sodermalm, (a trendy up-and-coming neighbourhood), leaving time to indulge in a cinnamon bun or three.

Settle into your hotel in the heart of the city, before heading out for a preliminary explore of the city. After a good night’s sleep, venture out on a walking tour of Gamla Stan (the historic Old Town) alongside an expert guide. Sample authentic Scandinavian cuisine at one of Stockholm’s world-class restaurants, recommended by our local Concierge. Take to the water for an alternative perspective of the city, with a kayak expedition around the archipelago, before hopping aboard a trusty bike for a cycling tour of the city.

Route

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DAY 1

THE SIGHTS OF STOCKHOLM

Today you will embark on your Scandi city break. Your flight from London to Stockholm will land around lunchtime, and on arrival you will hop aboard the Arlanda Express from the airport - the best way to get around Scandinavia's slickest city. Drop your bags off at your city-centre hotel before heading out for your first smorgas (open sandwich) and kanelbullar (cinnamon bun). Spend the afternoon wandering through the city’s labyrinth of twisting lanes or pop into one of the famed museums, before settling down for the evening in one of Stockholm’s chic waterside bistros or renowned Michelin starred restaurants.

DAY 2

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Today 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. We particularly love Pelikan in Soder, a turn-of-the-century beer hall complete with wood panelling, varnished floors and an eclectic clientele, whose köttbullar (meatballs) were described by the late, great AA Gill as ‘the benchmark against which I will judge all other meatballs.’

DAY 3

STOCKHOLM’S WATERWAYS

If you’re here in summer*, after breakfast you’ll enjoy a tour of Stockholm from a different angle – the water, taking in the archipelago’s age-old architecture and Venice-esque waterways. 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 suggest some out-of-the-way local haunts and secret gems to explore. After your kayaking tour comes to an end, we recommend spending the afternoon poking around the hipster-filled boutiques around the city or spend time wandering through the Vasa Museum, before tucking into another delicious Nordic meal.

(*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.)

DAY 4

BY BIKE

The bridges that connect Stockholm’s 14 islands make for the ultimate cycling playground, lined with rainbow-hued buildings and Swedish sights. Don your helmet and explore the city that has been aptly coined a ‘a paradise for cyclists’. This morning your guide will reveal the city’s true riches on this three-hour guided bike ride around some of the main attractions, including the historic Gamla Stan island, with its colourful houses and narrow streets, the artistic Södermalm district and finally the Kungsholmen district. When legs are weary, enjoy yet another delicious smorgas or traditional Swedish feast before watching evening roll in from one of our Concierge-suggested bars. For one final treat, enjoy a frosty drink at Icebar, draped in thermal ponchos and surrounded by ice sculpture art installations.

DAY 5

HOME TIME

Today you’ll hop aboard the Arlanda Express back to the airport where you’ll board your international flight home, leaving Scandi life behind.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £1,215 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £1,395 per person.
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