22982
Sweden
City Walks: Exploring Stockholm’s Neighborhoods
Learn about the history and future of five neighborhoods in the eco-friendly city of Stockholm as you follow its wide-open streets along the shimmering coastline to lovely green spaces.
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Program No. 22982RJ
Length
8 days
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2,199
Flights start at
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8 days
7 nights
13 meals
6 B 5 L 2 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Stockholm
D
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner in the hotel dining room. Dinner is a two-course set menu with coffee and tea. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: Enjoy a short walk in the neighborhood to become acquainted with the area.

DAY
3
Stockholm, Island of Riddarholmen, Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Stockholm
B,L
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walk 3 - 3.5 hours, approx. 3.1 miles, with cobblestone and hills. There will be a mid-morning stop for a coffee break.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Stockholm is a fantastic city to walk. It has mostly wide streets, except for the Old Town and its surroundings, which have charming cobblestone streets, some stairs, and slight hills. This morning's walk starts through the beautiful former hops garden of Humlegården, across the Vasastan area with its market square Høtorget (Haymarket) and beautiful blue concert hall, and down to City Hall, famous for its Nobel Prize banquets. Continue to Stadshus pier for your first magnificent water view to some of the many islands Stockholm is founded upon. From here, walk across the bridge to the Island of Riddarholmen and Gamla Stan. In Gamla Stan, stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets with a local expert and learn about the dramatic history of when Stockholm was founded. From the Old Town, take a short trip by ferry to the Island of Djurgården, the old hunting grounds of King Johan III in 1579. Enjoy another stroll here.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Lunches on this program are a one-course set menu with coffee and tea.

Afternoon: Beginning around 1:30 PM, enjoy a free afternoon in Stockholm to explore on your own. You may follow the Group Leader back to the hotel via public bus. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Östermalm, Island of Djurgården
Stockholm
B,L
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walk 3 - 3.5 hours, approx. 3.7 miles, on gravel. There will be a mid-morning stop for a coffee break.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Until the 17th century, when it was militarized, Östermalm was a poor area outside of Stockholm called "Ladugårdslandet," or "barn area." In the 19th century, the bourgeois moved in and built a palatial building along the exclusive "Strandvägen" boulevard. Today it is known as Östermalm, where you can find high end shopping brands, trendy night clubs, and exclusive apartments of the Royal Theatre of "Dramaten," only affordable for the few. Walk through the quarters of Östermalm. At the impressive Östermalm Saluhallarna (food halls), meet with an expert in Swedish cuisine. Learn about the Swedish kitchen and food traditions, which will include sampling items such as the famous "kanelbulle" (cinnamon roll). Continue down to Strandvägen and across the bridge to the Island of Djurgården, the old royal hunting ground and today a huge recreation area dotted with cultural pearls. Here you will find the Vasa Ship Museum, the warship that sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628; the impressive open air museum of Skansen presenting Swedish history; the Abba Museum; and art museums such as Waldemars Udde and Thielska. Stroll along the coastline and across the island to admire the lush greenery, charming buildings, and life on the water. End your walk at a local restaurant for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Beginning around 1:30 PM, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Vasa Ship Museum, the Nordiska Museum with its folklore art, or one of the multiple galleries on the island.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Enjoy "Fika with the Swedes!" Share a cup of coffee with locals at their home.

DAY
5
Hammarby Sjöstad - The Urban Project & Swedish Welfare
Stockholm
B,L
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walk 3 - 3.5 hours, between 3.7-4.4 miles. There will be a mid-morning stop for a coffee break.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: In 1996, the City of Stockholm launched the prestigious sustainability project of Hammarby Sjöstad, the development of a rundown industrial zone at Hammarby Lake. It is now a new part of the city with 25,000 inhabitants, few cars, and multiple cyclepaths and quays; a very trendy place to live. Transfer here by public boat for an expert-led walk of the area. Learn about this eco-friendly urban project and the Swedish welfare system. Continue on foot to see more architectural highlights of Stockholm.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Beginning around 1:30 PM, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. You may wish to visit the Swedish Metro to see its art, the Museum of Modern Art, or the Fotografiska Museum.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Fika-coffee with Swedes.

DAY
6
Stockholm Archipelago
Stockholm
B,L
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Today's excursion will be 5-6 hours long, including walking and the boat ride. Walk approx. 2.5 miles on gravel and uneven surfaces. There will be a mid-morning stop for a coffee break.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 24,000 islands and is the second largest archipelago in the Baltic. It starts right at the center of Stockholm and continues for 50 miles east out into the sea. The islands have 50,000 summer cottages (but only 10,000 citizens live there), many of them connected to the mainland only by ferry and boat. Today we board a boat and head into the archipelago to visit a couple of the islands. Experience the atmosphere and nature of the islands; they are very quiet, despite being so close to the buzzing capital.

Lunch: At a local restaurant on one of the cozy islands.

Afternoon: Return to Stockholm mid-afternoon. The remainder of the day is on your own.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Attend a cultural event. Further details will be provided as soon as they are available.

DAY
7
Södermalm: The "Southern Island"
Stockholm
B,L,D
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walk 3 hours, between 3.1-3.7 miles, with cobblestone and hills. There will be a mid-morning stop for a coffee break.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: On your last day in Stockholm, discover the "southern island," the Island of Södermalm. A rocky island with gorgeous views over Gamla Stan and Djurgården, it was one of the first islands to be settled (it was already mentioned in records in 1288). In the 19th century, it served mainly as workers quarters, although a few older houses were still to be found. Today, the area is inhabited by hipsters and young families, and the small streets are full of edgy shops, cafés, and the newest design trends. Reach the island by metro. During a walking exploration of Södermalm, meet with a local inhabitant who will teach you about daily life on the island and introduce you to hidden spots that are frequented only by locals.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Beginning around 1:30 PM, the afternoon is free for you to explore your last museum, or do some shopping at NK, the largest department store in Scandinavia. You may also wish to visit the hip Södermalm (SoFo) quarters, with its unique, fun and young shops and cafés.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a cozy, local restaurant. This evening's dinner is a two-course set menu with coffee, tea, and a glass of wine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Stockholm airport (ARN). This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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