3 nights from: $1495 Single Supplement: FREE
Old-World beauty, cutting-edge design, and an island-hopping layout—Stockholm is one of the world’s most singular cities. Discover the regal palaces, modern art, and verdant parks of Sweden’s capital and experience the vibrant cosmopolitan culture thriving in a landscape once home to the Vikings.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 3 nights
- 5 meals: Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
- Services of a local Trip Leader
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- All transfers
Fly from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden today.
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. After arriving and settling into your hotel, we'll meet up with a local guide. Uncover the charms that lure one in five Swedes to live in Stockholm on an included sightseeing tour of the capital city and visit to Stadhuset, the romantic City Hall famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Afterwards, we'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
This evening, dinner will be on your own.
Today, the day is then yours to explore. Delve into Sweden’s roots at the National Historical Museum, which features artifacts from the Viking era, centuries-old textiles, and a “Gold Room” housing 114 pounds of objects (not to mention almost 450 pounds of silver work).
Or join us on an optional tour of Drottningholm Palace. Cross Lake Maleran by boat to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an included tour. The stately palace built in the seventeenth century by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder for Hedvig Eleonora and features elegant salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; a palace theater; and a Chinese Pavilion. We’ll also have free time to stroll the palace’s Baroque garden with our Trip Leader. Lunch will be served on the boat as you sail back to Stockholm later that afternoon.
Your evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own tonight.
Today 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, and still outfitted with its original masts, deadeyes, and blocks, the Vasa is one of Stockholm's best-loved icons.
Oour optional tour continues with a funicular ride to the center of 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 also hosts folkloric performances for a taste of traditional Swedish music and dance. We'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, we'll enjoy an included Swedish lunch at a local restaurant.
We'll return to our hotel in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.