B26 3QJ, Birmingham, Birmingham
The one thing I love, the thing that excites me most and feeds my wanderlust when running this group, is when we at Travel Together embark on not only a new destination, but a whole new country. So now it's time to grab your list of 'places to visit' and put a big fat tick next to Sweden, because we're off to Stockholm!!
I'm very excited, as rarely when I'm writing up one of our trips, am I so spoiled for choice when it comes to some of the stunning and visually jaw dropping images for a destination as I've found for Stockholm.
Here's just a basic oversight and introduction into what you'll see before I even start to tell you about Sweden's capital city.
Stockholm comprises of 14 islands and more than 57 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago all surrounded by pristine forest, yet surprisingly so, is easily accessible on foot and can be thoroughly explored without too much effort.
Each neighborhood has a distinct character, yet they’re so close together you can easily spend time in several areas. In each, you'll find trend-setting design, inventive cuisine, unbeatable museums, great shopping, pretty parks and loads of atmosphere.
The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of Europe’s most arresting historic hubs, all storybook buildings, imposing palaces and razor-thin cobblestone streets. The streets and ochre-coloured buildings of Gamla Stan are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize.
Although you may be in the heart of Stockholm in Gamla Stan, you're never truly far away from something that will have you catching your breath, then just when you think you've seen it all, the next area you'll explore will do it all over again.
Like the Vasamuseet!A good-humored glorification of some dodgy calculations, Vasamuseet is the custom-built home of the massive warship Vasa. The ship, a whopping 69m long and 48.8m tall, was the pride of the Swedish crown when it set off on its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. Within minutes, the top-heavy vessel tipped and sank to the bottom of Saltsjön, along with many of the people on board.
The epic Nordiska Museet is Sweden’s largest cultural-history museum and one of its largest indoor spaces. The building itself (from 1907) is an eclectic, Renaissance-style castle designed by Isak Gustav Clason, who also drew up Östermalms Saluhall. Inside you’ll find a sprawling collection of all things Swedish, from sacred Sami objects to fashion, shoes, home interiors and even table settings.
Then, just to confuse and feed your eyes even further than they already are, you catch what is possibly one of the worlds coolest and funkiest metro's to go and see either Drottningholm Palace or the very latest in modern art and sculpture.
The city is just a constant dichotomy! Everywhere you look you'll see young/old, modern/traditional, conservative/surreal, practical/irrational, exciting/sedate, informative/sterile, the whole city is just a visual, aesthetic and cerebral treat from one district to the next.
Take for example, the grandeur and opulence of the city/town hall, then compare that with the incredible Ericsson Globe concert hall and observation tower. This vast building hosts regular concerts and sporting events such as ice hockey, not to mention the elevator ride to the very TOP of the globe!!
Stockholm is a very proud city, as are most Scandinavian countries, so it takes its culture, history and the education of not only future generations, but visitors to its country too. It's warm and sincere welcome is felt from the moment you depart from the central station to the sense of sharing in its vast central library too.
And after a busy day sightseeing and experiencing the very best the city has to offer, what better way to unwind, watch the world go buy or to savor the smells and tastes of yet another one of Stockholm's historic traditions..... it's world famous Market Halls.
Stockholm’s three surviving market halls – Hötorgshallen, Östermalms Saluhall, and Söderhallarna – are filled with colorful and enticing foods from around the world. For locals, these markets are popular places to buy the raw materials for home-cooked meals, but visitors can also enjoy a wander through these enticing emporia, where you’ll also find a variety of cafés and restaurants serving up specialty meals and snacks.
This, yes ALL this, is even before I've come to the very best, the coolest and funkiest part of your whole weekend....... your accommodation! This is where you'll be staying for your three nights, on the Mälardrottningen Yacht Hotel.....complete with sauna, right in the heart of the Old Town.
The total cost for weekend city break in Stockholm is £399 based on sharing a twin room (EXCLUDING FLIGHTS)
Unfortunately there won't be a single room option on this trip.
Scandinavia as a region is very expensive, that's reflected in the price for this trip. However we've had to include everything like transfers and a Stockholm City Pass to help members save a little money too
You will need to pay a NON REFUNDABLE deposit of just £99 via PayPal when you RSVP to secure your place on the trip.
The second payment of £150 will be due NO LATER than Tuesday 31st January
The final balance of £150 will be due NO LATER than Sunday 30th April 2017
All payments are your responsibility and must be paid into the following bank account before the dates given above. Please make a note of these dates as you will not receive reminders and your space will not be guaranteed if payments are late.
What IS included:
• 3 nights accommodation sharing a twin room on the Mälardrottningen Yacht
• Breakfast each morning
• Local and city taxes
• Return train ticket from Stockholm airport to Stockholm Central station
• 2 day Travel card which gives you unlimited travel on the subway, trams, buses, boats and commuter train
• 2 day Stockholm Pass ( N.B. This is very expensive but it gives you FREE ENTRY in to over 60 attractions in Stockholm, PLUS FREE hop -on hop off bus use and boat tours, therefore pretty much EVERYTHING you see on this page will effectively be INCLUDED in the price!) This card alone normally costs £91
What's NOT included:
• Return flights. Details of which are below. Currently £96.00 with Monarch
• Any meals other than breakfast
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance. You are responsible for your OWN travel insurance
Outbound - Thursday 15th June
Depart Birmingham at 13.40. Arrive in Stockholm at 17.20 Flight ZB5822
Inbound - Sunday 18th June
Depart Stockholm at 19.20. Arrive in Birmingham at 21.10 Flight ZB5823
And let's not forget of course, Sweden's single biggest export for many years, the one thing that the country will forever be famous for and linked with....all together now, 'Knowing me knowing you, a-ha' ..... just me then :-)
This will be Charlotte's second city break as host, although she's been on many of the trips in the past. You'll all be in very safe hands and have a great time.
Will you be joining us in Scandinavia's finest?
Andy, Charlotte & the team
Travel is my passion, any where, any time, any place - will you be joining me on these adventures???
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.