Stockholm spreads across fourteen islands, and many more lie beyond in the archipelago. Fine buildings, amazing museums, parks and wild nature are on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most elegant and alluring capitals, home to three World Heritage Sites.
See what's planned
- Explore Stockholm on a guided city tour
- Experience Drottningholm Palace and Court Theatre on a guided tour
- Cruise through the idyllic world of the Stockholm Archipelago to the island of Ingmarsö
- Follow the woodland paths to the tranquil lakes of the Tyresta National Park
- Take a boat journey into the Archipelago to visit the islands of Djurgåden and Vaxholm
- Travel with ease using the 7 day Stockholm Travel Card
‘A rather large village set in the middle of some forest and some lakes’ is how Ingmar Bergman described Sweden’s beautiful maritime capital. Stockholm spreads across fourteen islands, and many more lie beyond in the archipelago. Fine buildings, amazing museums, parks and wild nature on the doorstep of one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.
Stockholm is a city of lakeside promenades, tree-lined boulevards, cobbled streets leading to ferry quays, parks and long summer days. Situated where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, its fourteen islands are just some of the thousands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Surprisingly close to the city lie quiet beaches and ancient forest.
During our week we will mix some easy walks on islands, in forests and parkland with visits to palaces and open-air museums. Travelling around Stockholm and its surroundings on foot, by boat and public transport could not be easier. Come with us to Sweden to enjoy the perfect summer city.
- Return flights from London to Stockholm Arlanda
- Airport transfers
- En suite accommodation
- All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping
- Guided city tour of Stockholm
- Guided tour of Drottningholm Palace and Court Theatre and entrance fees.
- Dinners in the hotel and local restaurants
- A three course lunch on the island of Ingmarsö
- Royal Palace entrance fee
- Chinese Palace entrance fee
- Skansen open air museum entrance fee
- Vasa ship museum entrance fee
- 7 day Stockholm travel card
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
We depart from London Heathrow. On arrival in Stockholm Arlanda airport we travel by road to the Hotel Kungsträdgården.
Transfer Time = 40 minutes
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please keep in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control. Changes may also be made if we or our Adagio Leader feels it enhances the itinerary. On days where no walking distance is mentioned you can walk as much or as little as you like. The walks on Ingmarsö in the Tyresta National Park can be shortened if desired.
We start our day with a guided tour of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town). We stroll along the quaint cobbled streets and visit the many architectural gems along the way. During the afternoon we take the ferry to Djurgåden Island, passing through the delightful funfair area and the Abba Experience to the contrasting relaxing walk through parkland and beside the tranquil water’s edge, ending in a delightful garden centre tea room.
We travel to the Drottningholm Palace, the magnificent Swedish Royal residence on the shores of Lake Mälaren. We visit the palace’s impressive formal gardens and after a guided tour of the palace itself, we return to Stockholm by ferry. We take a guided tour of the Drottningholm Court Theathre and venture through the Drottningholm Chinese Pavailion.
Today we cruise through the idyllic world of the Stockholm Archipelago to the island of Ingmarsö. Our 2 ½ hour journey passes inlets, summer cottages who gardens border the shore, tiny islands, yachts and the sloping slabs or rock which characterise the Scandinavian shoreline. Ingmarsö is just far enough away to avoid most day-trippers – this is the real Sweden of green meadows, woodland walks and quiet golden beaches, which we explore during our time on the island. We enjoy lunch and the local cuisine in an island restaurant, served on the terrace by the water’s edge. Dinner is at your own account this evening so you can further explore Stockholm and its culinary delights.
Tyresta National Park
One of the remarkable things about Stockholm is its proximity to genuine ancient forest. We spend the morning in one such area to the south of the city – the picturesque and relaxing Tyresta National Park. We take a coach to the park to explore its woodland paths that lead us between tranquil idyllic lakes, it is a truly magical place. We return to Stockholm by bus and train during the afternoon and are free to further explore this remarkable place.
Today we return to the pretty island of Djurgåden, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Stockholm. We visit the impressive Vasa Ship Museum containing the beautifully restored galleon which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Our afternoon is spent in the open air Skansen museum, where wooden buildings have been collected from all over Sweden.
A short boat journey into the Archipelago brings us to the island of Vaxholm with its boats and pastel coloured wooden buildings. We start with a coffee stop at a delightful cafe with a fabulous choice of cakes! We will explore the island and its charming restaurants, museums and local shops. We spend our last night dining in a local restaurant where we can reminisce about our extraordinary week in beautiful Stockholm.
After our Scandinavian summer break it is time to return home. We travel by coach to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, ferries, trams, trains and tubes depending on the itinerary.
Currency in Sweden
The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona. No other currency is accepted in Sweden. ATMs are widely available in most of Sweden's towns and villages. Stockholm is a virtually cash free city, so we recommend bringing very little cash with you as most, if not all, shops and services in the city take payment by card.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and return. The flight takes about 2 hours 40 minutes. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Our transfer from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Hotel Kungsträdgården is by private coach and will take around about 40 minutes.
During the week we’ll travel on foot, by train, tram, bus and ferry. We include the six day Stockholm transport pass which allows you free travel throughout the city. Although some boat services are excluded on the transport pass, those that are in our programme are included in the price of the holiday.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Stockholm, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
A Scandinavian hot and cold buffet breakfast is included every day and consists of juices, smoothies, coffee and tea, cereal, fruits, yogurts, bread, croissants, jams and honey, cold meats, local cheeses, salmon, eggs, bacon, sausage potatoes, pancakes and much more!
Six dinners are included and we usually dine in the hotel’s French and Scandinavian inspired restaurant. This includes a three course fixed menu with a vegetarian choice. On our final evening we dine in a local restaurant where we can sample some of the local dishes and an authentic experience along with local diners and the Scandinavian hospitality.
Dinner is not included on one evening so you can explore more of Stockholm and its wonderful local restaurants and dishes. On this day a delicious three course lunch will be included on the island of Ingmarsö. Lunches for the remainder of the holiday are not included in the price and normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a restaurant or café.
Please be aware that typical Scandinavian meals will usually be served in a smaller serving than you may be used to with European cuisine. Their diet is rich in fish and meat and while they will happily offer to cater for vegetarian and vegan diets, the dishes offered generally consist of vegetables and can be lacking in protein and carbohydrates. Adagio does make suggestions on what ingredients to consider to produce a well-balanced and tasty meat and fish free meal, this does not always translate easily to the final dish. You can, however, guarantee that ingredients will be fresh and locally sourced.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Sweden
In Sweden the electricity is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at Power Plug Sockets.
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
Local maps of the city are available in all local tourist offices and from the reception at our hotel.
There are many guide books featuring Stockholm available in most book shops and online including:
Lonely Planet Stockholm by Lonely Planet and Becky Ohlsen
Time out Stockholm City Guide by Time Out
The 500 Hidden secrets of Stockholm by Antonia af Petersons
Stockholm Marco Polo Pocket Guide by Marco Polo
The Stockholm Tourist Office’s website is a great way to collect information on Stockholm and the places we will be visiting.
The Travel Man: 48 hours in Stockholm is also an enjoyable and quick TV programme showing Stockholm's finest attractions.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
Health Advice for Sweden
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Sweden. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 2000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.