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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • multi activity
Accommodation
  • hotel / B&B / tent
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$1590USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SWA

Trip highlights


  • Cycle along Lake Mälaren to Taxinge Manor enjoying sea views
  • Wander the quaint streets of colourful and historic Mariefred
  • Admire magnificent Gripsholm castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren
  • Canoe through dramatic and varied scenery of Marviken lake system
  • Hike in Swedish countryside boasting deep forests and hidden lakes
  • Cycle country lanes to the charming seaside village of Trosa
  • Enjoy splendid views from royal Tullgarn Palace
  • Explore Stockholm – one of the world's most beautiful capital cities

Southern Sweden remains one of Europe's best kept secrets, with its countryside dotted with charming villages, open meadows, pristine forests, glittering lakes and extensive archipelagos, all just waiting to be explored on foot, by bike and aboard a canoe or boat. In the summer months, the outdoors are bursting with life and the long sunshine extends into the evenings offering plenty of time to take part in the kind of activities the Swedes love like camping, hiking and island hopping through the archipelago. On this specially designed family itinerary, you will leave Stockholm usually by steamboat *, one of the many highlights as you journey across calm Lake Mälaren to Mariefred with its impressive Gripsholm's Castle. Swapping your bikes for canoes you travel through dramatic and varied scenery of the Marviken lake system and camp in a delightful lakeside setting. Lacing up your hiking boots the journey continues on foot through the forests and wilderness enroute to Gnesta where you stay in a beautifully located farmhouse with wonderful views across the lake. A final stretch by bike takes you past the royal Tullgarn Palace to the seaside town of Trosa on the Baltic Sea with its pretty wooden houses. The activities end in Stockholm with a ride through this super cycle friendly city, to the Ecopark, the worlds first national park to be located within a city.

* It is possible that during May and September the steamboat will not be running. A transfer will be arranged instead of the boat trip if this is the case.

Trip Grading

introductory

More info about grading system

On arrival in Stockholm, make your way to the joining hotel, with check in from 3pm. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, Stockholm is unquestionably a unique and beautiful city all year round, not only due to its location on 14 islands with its infinite presence of water, but also because of its combination of nature, colourful architecture and long history. You don't need to walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic Sea as it winds past the city walls. Stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special within walking distance of your hotel. We recommend visiting the Vasa and Abba Museums.

Meals:  Nil

Today starts with a trip on a steamboat which takes you from Stockholm, over Lake Mälaren, to the delightful village of Mariefred. The village with its lakeside location, many shops and cafes and historic buildings including the impressive Gripsholm’s Castle is well worth a wander. You have the afternoon to take your bicycles and cycle through green fields, deep forests and along the shores of Lake Mälaren to the Taxinge Manor House. Taxinge Manor House is not only a beautiful manor house set in glorious surroundings but it is famous for its cakes. Plenty of time is allowed to marvel at the display. After your tea break, it is time to cycle back to Mariefred. Alternatively, you may choose to board the charming steam train from Taxinge, reminiscent of times gone by, and make your way back to the village of Mariefred.

Meals:  B

A short transfer takes you to the start of your canoeing trip where you are met and provided with your canoes. After your canoe introduction, the route takes you through remarkable scenery as you paddle gently down the chain of Marviken lakes to Laxne. The area has its own unique character because of its geological history - the mountain split in two and as a result Lake Marviken is today bordered by 50m high cliffs. Here you will have time to enjoy your picnic lunch with beautiful lake views. After lunch, you get back into your canoes and continue paddling as the lake widens into the beautiful Lake Klämmingen. Take advantage of the clean, fresh water as you stop at one of the small beaches lining the lakeshore. Enjoy the quiet and calm as you gently paddle down the middle of the lake, listening only to the birds and softly lapping waves. A short while after entering Lake Klämmingen you will find your camp set up for a peaceful night among the wildlife. Whilst the camp will be set up for you there are no showers or running water available. However you will be supplied with drinking water and there are drop toilets. The campsite is a favourite with our families.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you start your day’s hike direct from your camp site. This hike is a true wilderness stretch which takes you through a varied landscape, passing lakes, both large and small, forests and hills with delightful views across the Sörmland landscape. Stop to enjoy your lunch and a refreshing swim in one of the many remote lakes en route. You hike in the direction of Gnesta and have a choice of pick-up points from where you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation just outside of Gnesta, a beautifully located farmhouse with wonderful views across the lake.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you can choose to take a short break at your Bed & Breakfast before continuing your journey onwards by bicycle to Trosa. The cycle route takes you through the Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open meadows. The distance you cycle today depends on you entirely. You can take one of two routes: The shorter route is specially suitable for families with younger children, you can cycle from Gnesta B&B straight to Trosa along predominantly country lanes and cycle paths. If you take this option, you can make a day trip tomorrow from Trosa to Tullgarn Palace and return by bicycle. The longer route that takes you to Tullgarn Palace and then on to Trosa. A substantial section of this route follows rougher tracks. The royal Tullgarn Palace is an 18th century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch in the delightful palace gardens. After lunch you continue your journey by bicycle the short stretch to the seaside town Trosa, a charming 17th century town called 'the World's End' because it of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea with endless views of the ocean all around. The little square, surrounded by old wooden houses, marks the centre of town and the walkway along the canal as it winds its way to the ocean is not to be missed. Alt 1: Cycling Distance: 25 km/Estimated cycling time: 2 hrs Alt 2: Cycling Distance: 46km/Estimated cycling time: 3¾ hrs

Meals:  B

Today you are free to either wander the streets of Trosa and enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also take your bikes and cycle to one of the nearby beaches to enjoy a swim before heading back to the city. If you are keen to explore the waters of Trosa’s archipelago, then you can rent a kayak or alternatively join an archipelago boat tour around the archipelago. For those of you who chose the shorter route on Day 5, you can make a day cycle trip to Tullgarn Palace and return to Trosa. You are provided with your tickets for the bus journey back to Stockholm so you are free to make your way back at a time that suits you. Please note that you have your bikes until 12:00 today. Alt 1: Cycling Distance: 25 km/Estimated cycling time: 2 hrs Alt 2: Cycling Distance: variable according to preference

Meals:  B

After breakfast, set out on your bike and ride through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark - the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. It's a 27 sq km green oasis combining cultural heritage and natural features. Here you can cycle through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks. Animals such as foxes, badgers, marten, mink and deer roam freely and the greatest number of large oak trees in northern Europe are located right here, in the city centre! Your self guided tour takes you through this peaceful city hideaway and includes the Royal island of Djurgården where many of Stockholm’s best museums are located, the royal residence of Rosendal and its delightful gardens and café plus the picturesque canal running through the island. Not to be missed along the way is the Kaknäs Tower with its 30 floor high observation deck offering fantastic views across Stockholm city. Head north and you come to Haga Park and Palace - home to the Crown Princess family - which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet. Further north you can reach as far as Ulriksdal’s Palace with its well respected restaurant plus relaxing gardens and delightful views. Return to your hotel where the trip arrangements conclude.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  • 2 nights in hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities, 3 nights B&B with private facilities on 2 nights, 1 night camping
  • full trip briefing
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • luggage transfer on days 2, 3 , 4 & 5
  • transfer Stockholm to harbour on day 2, Mariefred to Akers Styckebruk on day 3 and Gnesta to Malby on day 4
  • boat transfers Stockholm to Mariefred on day 2, Bus Trosa to Stockholm and from Liljeholmen underground to Stockholm hotel on day 6
  • Rental of 21 speed mountain bike equipped with pannier, helmet, repair kit, lock and pump on cycling days (3 days)
  • Canoe hire and transfer

  • Arriving into Stockholm and departing Stockholm on day 7
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, beverages, souvenir purchases etc.
  • meals not noted as included
  • tour guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • Travel insurance

Grading

introductory  

This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent cycling ability. Cycling ranges from 25km up to 46km (although 46km is optional) over relatively flat terrain. Canoeing is in two person canoes and the hiking distance covered is 13.5km which should take 5 hours. This trip has been graded at an introductory level. These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip.


Departure dates

Every Friday from 13 May to 16 Sep

Notes

DN1
During May and September the steamboat may not operate. A transfer by vehicle will be substituted.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$1590USD

Child from$980USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$270
  • Child from 10 years sharing room with 2 adults (max 1, in extra bed)USD$980
  • Child from 10 years in twin room with another child (max 2)USD$1250
*Prices listed are per person

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