Old World beauty, cutting-edge design, and an island-hopping layout—Stockholm is one of the world’s most singular cities. Discover Sweden’s capital on this new pre-trip extension for 2014, and experience a vibrantly cosmopolitan culture thriving in a landscape once home to the Vikings, now rich with regal palaces, modern art, and verdant parks for which the city is renowned.
- It's Included:
- Air transportation from Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki, Finland
- Accommodations: for 3 nights in Stockholm at the Clarion Hotel Sign or similar
- 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Included tour: Stockholm city tour
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Stockholm. Please refer to your personal air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.
Arriving in Sweden, you’ll be assisted to your hotel. Stockholm is an archipelago within an archipelago, the city occupying a cluster of 14 islands floating among 24,000 that make up a 60-mile chain. You’ll enjoy a walk around the vicinity of your hotel to introduce you to the area in which you’ll be staying.
This evening, get to know your fellow travelers over an included dinner at your hotel.
Today, you’ll see the charms that lure one in five Swedes to live in the capital city, as you enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Stockholm. You’ll see the Stadhuset (City Hall), known world over as the site of the Nobel Prize banquet. Designed in 1923, this romantic facade is not just the city’s seat of government, but is also a national symbol, as the building’s 300-foot tower, topped with three golden crowns that represent Sweden’s coat of arms, will attest.
After lunch on your own, the day is open for your own discoveries. You might delve into the earliest roots of Sweden culture at the National Historical Museum, whose collections span 10,000 years from the Stone Ages to the Middle Ages. It features artifacts from the Viking era, centuries-old textiles, a Gothic collection, and a “Gold Room” housing 114 pounds of objects (not to mention almost 450 pounds of silver work).
Your evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own tonight.
Your day is at leisure. Or join us for an optional tour which starts at the Vasa Museum. In 1628, the Vasa, a fearsome warship with 64 guns and 300 soldiers, set off on a maiden voyage two years in the making—and then sank in the harbor. Like the later Titanic, the Vasa was an epic ship that became a symbol of tragedy and Sweden never forgot her. Hundreds of years later, in 1961, the Vasa was raised from the seabed and returned to land. Today, restored and preserved, still outfitted with its original masts, deadeyes and blocks, the Vasa is one of Stockholm’s most well-loved icons.
Then continue your optional tour with a funicular ride to Skansen, located at the top of Djurgarden, a wooded island at the center of Stockholm. Skansen is the oldest continually-operating outdoor museum in the world, founded in 1891. A 75-acre 19th-century village in which living history performers demonstrate baking, glass-blowing, leather tanning, shoemaking, silversmithing, and more, Skansen immerses visitors in a rural way of life its founder saw disappearing as the 20th century approached. The village hosts folkloric performances for a taste of traditional Swedish music and dance. You’ll also find a collection of Nordic animals—from livestock to wildlife like wolverines and lynx—for a richer perspective of life in the archipelago. Here, you'll enjoy an included Swedish lunch at a local restaurant.
You’ll return to your hotel in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day at your disposal to do as you please. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Helsinki, where you'll begin your Norwegian Coastal Voyage Cruise Tour.