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Stockholm & Copenhagen

7days from
£1,399*per person

Overview

7 Days - City Break

Once two of Europe’s strongest nations, rich with the footprints of the Vikings and the Hanseatic League wonderfully contrasted modern Scandinavia – you’ll love their cultured atmosphere. Think of Sweden and Denmark and a host of unique images immediately spring to your mind. Quaint, historic capitals rich with the architectural legacies of the Hanseatic League; pristine streets, wide-open spaces; a love of nature and respect for the environment; home of the Vikings, modern monarchies; peace-loving and some of the most pleasant people you will ever meet. All this is true but there really is so much more. You may find it surprising that Denmark and Sweden were two of medieval Europe’s most powerful nations. Today both are littered with countless legacies: rich palaces rivalling Europe’s finest burst with art and antiques; sleepy thatched villages with exquisite churches abound plus atmospheric gabled towns with delightful cobbled streets and typically Baltic historical centres everywhere. There are significant Viking remains and a host of museums to visit, indeed Stockholm itself has over 100 including a fascinating one dedicated to the Nobel Prizes. Both cities have played host to royalty since the Viking age and their palaces and wonderful parks, set against a stunning background of picturesque lakes, canals and natural harbours, create a majestic framework for today’s vibrant modern capitals where queues are rare, graffiti is even rarer and litter is almost unknown. Colourful waterfronts hark back to the great Viking traditions of yesteryear with a host of cultural delights from the Dark Ages to the ultra-modern of today.

Itinerary

  • Arrive at the airport for your flight to Stockholm from where you will be taken to your hotel.
  • Stockholm is a fascinating city tumbling across an idyllic archipelago on the shores of the Baltic Sea. This morning we have a city tour when history comes to life and you can really appreciate not only its cultural and architectural highlights but the sheer atmosphere, harmony and evident love of life emanating from virtually everywhere. ‘Gamla Stan’ - the medieval Old Town set around some small islands is the city’s heart. Many of the city’s oldest buildings dating from the 13th century are here: Storkyrkan and Riddarholmskyrkan churches; coronation and the burial places of Swedish monarchs with their tall spires dominate the city. We visit the Royal Palace, the king’s official residence and the unmistakable jewel in Stockholm’s crown. This combination of current royal residence, workplace, museums and historic monument is open to the public, making it unique amongst European regal palaces. You will also see the Royal Apartments, great corridors, historic rooms and three separate museums including the treasury’s crown jewels. After our visit to the palace, there’s time for lunch before we visit the Vasa Museum on the island of Djurgården. The most visited museum in Scandinavia, it is dedicated to the remarkable Vasa, the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship and an art treasure that’s one of a kind. Take a close look at the hundreds of sculptures carved into the vessel – most of the vessel is original!
  • The day is at leisure for you to explore this wonderful city. Your Stockholm Travelcard gives you unlimited travel on the city’s public transport for a designated period. You could discover Stadshuset (City Hall) where Nobel Prize winners enjoy their banquet. Perhaps return to Djurgården island, a calm oasis with fine park areas for a relaxing stroll. The island is also home to an amusement park and 22 world-class museums including the Nordic Museum, Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history, and even one dedicated to ABBA! Why not enjoy a boat trip through the canal and waterside views of Stockholm’s most well-known sights?
  • Today we take the high-speed train (approximately 5 hours) to Copenhagen. You are whisked in comfort though almost deserted rolling landscapes which characterise rural Sweden. After the sea bridge and tunnel, we arrive in Copenhagen.
  • After breakfast we have a guided tour of Copenhagen, a real revelation, perhaps best known for the Little Mermaid, the statue inspired by the famous Dane - Hans Christian Andersen. You’ll see the Royal Danish Theatre which played a key role in his life. Other sights include the Houses of Parliament, the Christiansborg, the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, winter residence of the Monarchy and the world-famous Tivoli pleasure gardens famous for its street entertainers and music concerts. The afternoon and evening are free so that you can explore the many wonders of this scrupulously clean, smart yet relaxed city as you wish. The remarkable Royal Library, is worth a visit as are the National Museum and the Ny Carlsberg art collection – another cultural highlight founded by the famous brewer! On a glorious summer evening there is nowhere more pleasant than one of Copenhagen’s harbour side restaurants to enjoy a leisurely dinner.
  • Today we explore a little more of Denmark commencing with historic Roskilde, the country’s medieval capital. Firstly we visit the outstanding Cathedral, one of the world’s few brick built gothic structures. Next we visit the extraordinary Viking museum, on the remains of an ancient harbour. It features five 11th-century Viking ships in staggering condition after being preserved in mud for centuries. There’s also a vibrant community of craftsmen here perpetuating boatbuilding skills by constructing replica boats including a 30-metre long Sea Stallion of Glendalough which in 2007 repeated its original voyage to Dublin. Next we head north to Frederiksborg Slot a majestic Renaissance palace, a real Nordic Versailles. Surrounded by a stately lake and set in glorious manicured baroque and romantic English styled gardens. Fredericksborg is now a national museum and is a fitting end to the day as we return to Copenhagen late afternoon.
  • Transfer to Copenhagen airport for your return flight.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • See everything Stockholm has to offer including its colourful, medieval old town of ‘Gamla Stan’
  • Tour Sweden’s Royal Palace with a guide, seeing its lavish rooms filled with sumptuous furnishings and state regalia
  • Visit the world-famous Vasa Museum
  • Receive a complimentary Stockholm Travelcard, allowing you to make the most of your free time in the city
  • Discover Roskilde and its stunning Cathedral
  • Visit the Viking museum on the remains of an ancient harbour and see its collection of 11th-century ships
  • Explore Fredericksborg Palace and gardens, a baroque masterpiece known as the Nordic Versailles
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, centred on the charming Nyhavn Harbour, one of Europe’s most picturesque waterfronts
  • Travel on a high-speed train from Stockholm to Copenhagen

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant single supplement. 
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports with hotel transfers
  • Airport departure taxes and transfers
  • Six nights in centrally located four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Guided tour of Stockholm, Copenhagen & Sweden’s Royal Palace
  • high speed train from Stockholm to Copenhagen
  • Visit to Fredericksborg Slot, Roskilde Viking Museum and Roskilde Cathedral
  • Services of our experienced and insightful Riviera Travel tour manager
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Accommodation

4* Scandic Grand Central - Stockholm -

★★★★

Scandic Grand Central is a classic 1890's building, set in the heart of Stockholm city centre, surrounded by restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. Formerly a theatre, reminders of its heritage feature heavily in the hotel's design, with spotlights over reception and the stage still remaining. The Scandic creates an urban feel, and an "appreciated space" lobby with a comfortable lounge area where guests are encouraged to meet, have a drink or just relax. It offers two restaurants, one with a Michelin recommendation serves classic Swedish dishes and the Bistron Restaurant serves a French-inspired menu with live music 3-4 times a week. You can also enjoy a drink in the hotel's coffee shop or in the Bar Acoustic. All rooms are chicly decorated with wood floors, TV, safety deposit box, a real urban Scandinavian design.

4* Scandic Spectrum Hotel - Copenhagen -

★★★★

The Brand new Scandic Spectrum Hotel in Copenhagen. Well-located between the city and harbour, this hotel features extensive facilities including a lobby bar, a restaurant serving Nordic-inspired dishes, a 6th floor restaurant and a rooftop bar (seasonal opening times apply). The rooms are airy and tastefully furnished, reflecting modern Scandinavian design.

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Holiday code

R539

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