Southern Sweden: Steam, Trams and Trains

Skansen Open Air Museum
Mariefred - © Guillen Perez
Miniatur Wunderland - © FouPic
Östra Södermanlands Järnväg - © Arild
Streetcar - © Emelie Asplund/imagebank.sweden.se
Stockholm public transport - © Kevin Kee Pil Cho/imagebank.sweden.se
Lennakaten Railway
Malmo train station - © Werner Nystrand/imagebank.sweden.se
Western Harbour in Malmo - © Justin Brown/imagebanksweden.se

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel on two steam railways
  • Behind the scenes tour of Miniatur Wunderland
  • Nynäshamn Railway Museum
  • Informative guided tours of Hamburg and Stockholm
  • Visit Göteburg Tram Museum and ride a vintage tram
  • Skansen open-air Museum
  • Steamboat dinner cruise
  • 12 days from £1,990pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 15 July to Wednesday 26 July 2017

Memorable rail journeys through stunning scenery, informative guided tours, unique museum visits and free time to explore your own interests combine to offer a varied itinerary which offers something for everyone.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Cologne

We take a lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels where we connect into a Thalys train for our onward journey to Cologne. Arriving Cologne early evening.

Day 2 – Onwards to Hamburg

We depart on the direct service from Cologne to Hamburg, arriving early afternoon. Our hotel is conveniently located at the railway station, so we have a little free time between checking into our hotel and the afternoon’s guided tour of Hamburg. The guided tour will give us an insight into Hamburg’s historic background as well as plans for future development.

Day 3 – Miniatur Wunderland

We spend the morning at the world’s largest model train exhibition; Miniatur Wunderland. Included in our visit is a 1 hour guided 'behind the scenes' tour, which will start with details of the Wunderland’s history before moving on to the backstage area. During the ‘backstage’ section of the tour you will learn about the concept, modelling, development and technological aspects of each exhibit. Free afternoon tochoose whether to explore the Miniatur Wunderland further or head into Hamburg to see what Germany’s second largest city has to offer.

Day 4 – On to Scandinavia

We leave Germany behind and make our way into Scandinavia. Following a change of trains in Copenhagen, we arrive in Malmö mid-afternoon and enjoy a private tour of Malmö’s Tramway Museum.

Day 5 – The Art of Stockholm Subway

We depart Malmö on the direct service to Stockholm, our base for the next 6 nights. Sometimes referred to as the world’s longest art gallery, Stockholm’s metro stations are to be marvelled at. Not only are more than 90 of the 100 stations decorated by 150 artists, the architecture is also spectacular, with ‘cave stations’ built into the underground rock. We will enjoy an afternoon guided tour of some of these stations and learn about the history and background of the artwork.

Day 6 – Göteborg Trams

An early start this morning as we have a full day’s excursion to Göteborg, including a visit to Göteborg Tram Museum with a ride on a vintage tram. There will be free time to explore Göteborg before returning to Stockholm.

Day 7 – Skansen Open Air Museum

This morning we visit the Skansen open-air Museum, the oldest open-air museum in the world. Founded in 1891 it showcases five centuries of Swedish history, and houses approximately 150 historic buildings, of which the eldest dates back to the 14th Century. These buildings were moved to Skansen from all over the country and painstakingly rebuilt on site. Within the grounds there are also restaurants, shops, a zoo and a funicular railway (payable locally) that climbs Skansen Mountain. There will be some free time in Stockholm before regrouping for an evening steamboat dinner cruise through the Stockholm Archipelago.

Day 8 – Mariefred

From Stockholm we take the fast train on the Sveland line to Läggesta before boarding the steam train to Mariefred. There will be time to look around this historic town, built around the majestic Gripsholm Castle, before we set sail on the S/S Mariefred back to Stockholm.

Day 9 – Nynäshamn Railway Museum

We take a morning train to Nynäshamn where we will have a private tour of the railway museum. The restoration work at the working museum is a labour of love, with work on their five steam engines, six diesel engines and tractors, fifteen passenger coaches and fourteen freight vehicles ongoing. We return to Stockholm for a free afternoon.

Day 10 – Lennakatten Railway

We travel to Uppsala by regional mainline before transferring onto the Lennakatten steam railway, where we will make the return journey between Uppsala and Faringe. The railway passes through the varied and breathtaking scenery of the Uppsala plain, passing through open countryside south of Funbo Church and the lakes of Trehörnigen, Lötsjön and Long Lake and finally the Roslag forest before arriving in Faringe.

Day 11 – Hamburg

Today we journey via Copenhagen to Hamburg for an overnight stay.

Day 12 – Return to London

Leaving Hamburg early morning, we will travel via Brussels and Cologne, arriving London early evening.

Tour Route

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Selected Hotels

Hotel Mondial am Dom, Cologne

Intercity Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hamburg

Elite Hotel Savoy, Malmö

Radisson Blu, Stockholm

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail travel throughout
  • 5-day Global InterRail Pass for use on days 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12 (European residents only)
  • All excursions as detailed
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,990
Single room supplement: £536
Supplement for Non European residents: £91
Deposit for this holiday: £100
   
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2016

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