Land of Lakes and Castles Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 6 days | 5 nights | From £639 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
– Hike through the island archipelago of Stendörren’s Nature Reserve
– Enjoy splendid views from Nynäs Manor and Tullgarn Palace
– Cycle quiet country lanes to the charming seaside village of Trosa
– Canoe through the dramatic scenery of the Marviken lake system
– Wander the quaint streets of colourful and historic Mariefred
– Admire the magnificent Gripsholm castle on the shores of Lake Malaren
– Journey across calm Lake Mälaren back to the buzz of Stockholm
– Explore Stockholm – one of the world’s most beautiful capital cities!
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: In Stockholm
Today you can choose to take an optional self-guided bicycle tour through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark – the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The Ekopark is 27 km2 and is a 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 recently wedded crown princess which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet.
Further north and you can reach as far as Ulriksdal’s Palace with its well respected restaurant plus relaxing gardens and delightful views.
Optional activities: Cycling
Day 2: Stockholm → Stendörren → Trosa
This morning you are transfered from Stockholm to a Stendörren Nature Reserve, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden because of its distinct feeling of peace and tranquillity in an unspoilt nature. Here you have the rest of the morning to hike across the many islands using their intriguing system of suspension bridges, or swim in the clean, refreshing Baltic waters.
After your picnic lunch in the Reserve, you take your bikes and cycle along country lanes through the varied countryside; evergreen forests, meadows and lakes.
You pass the impressive 17th century Nynäs Manor House where you can rest your legs and enjoy a guided tour or hike the trails in the manor house grounds. En route, you can also stop at Sandvik beach for a quick swim in the sea before you continue your journey on to the seaside town of Trosa.
Trosa is visited by many Stockholmers in the summer months because of its unique location surrounded by both open landscape and another marvellous archipelago.
Cycling Distance: 43 km/Estimated cycling time: 3 hrs
Day 3: Trosa → Tullgarn Palace → Trosa
The next morning you can choose to take a short break in Trosa before making your daytrip. Trosa is 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.
When you are ready, you get back on your bicycles for your day trip to the royal Tullgarn Palace, an 18th century palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch or afternoon break in the beautiful palace gardens.
After a visit to Tullgarn, you head back enjoying the Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open green fields to the seaside idyll of Trosa.
Cycling Distance: 32km /Estimated cycling time: 2½ hrs
Day 4: Trosa → Lake Klämmingen → Marviken lakes → Mariefred
This morning, your cycle ride takes you through a landscape of sparkling lakes. From Trosa you cycle along the shores of the beautiful Lake Klämmingen where you have plenty of opportunity to stop and swim in the clear waters.
At Laxne, you have the option of continuing your journey by canoe through the narrow Marviken lake system to Åkers Styckebruk, pausing to enjoy your lunch and the remarkable scenery. 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 50 metre high cliffs.
Otherwise you continue your cycle ride also passing through the Marviken lake system and on to the charming town of Mariefred, founded in 1605 and famed for its narrow, winding streets and colourful, wooden houses as well as being home to one of the most important and magnificent castles in the region, Gripsholm.
Cycling Distance: 62km/Estimated cycling time: 5 hrs
Day 5: Mariefred → Taxinge Manor→ Stockholm
Today you have half a day to enjoy the area around Mariefred. Choose either to cycle through green fields, forests and along the shores of Lake Mälaren to the isolated Taxinge Manor House. Taxinge is not only a delightful manor house set in lovely surroundings but it is famous for its cakes. Plenty of time is allowed to marvel at the display.
After your tea break, you can take a break from cycling and board the charming steam train from Taxinge, reminiscent of times gone by, and make your way back to the village of Mariefred.
Instead, you may choose to put your bikes down and visit the impressive Gripsholm’s Castle and learn about Swedish royal history.
This afternoon you will leave Mariefred and board the steamboat which takes you back to Stockholm.
Cycling Distance: 32km /Estimated cycling time: 2½ hrs
Steamboat trip: Mariefred → Stockholm 3½ hrs
Day 6: In Stockholm
See day one for details of self-guided cycle trip through the Stockholm Ecopark.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Hotel/B&B x 5
– Breakfast x 5
– Cycling x 3½ day (mount. bike hire)
– Hiking x ¼ day
Stockholm/Stendörren NR (Day 2)
Stockholm harbour/accomm (Day 5)
– Luggage transfers – Stockholm/Trosa (Day 2)
Trosa/Mariefred (Day 5)
Steamboat from Mariefred to Stockholm (Day 5) – Information pack Including detailed trail routes in English, maps, contact numbers Nordic Trails representative – Full trip briefing
– 24hr emergency service
The bike model is mountain bike (Trek 4300 or similar) with shimano gears (at least 21 gears).
Included is: puncture repair kit, extra tube, bike pump, tool kit, first aid, helmet and D-lock. Plus one pannier per bag and map holder on steering wheel.
Land of Lakes and Castles, 6 days, 5 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 16.05. – 12.09.2017
Arrival:Tuesday and Friday
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £639 | Book online here >>
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Holiday Price: £639
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