Stockholm 26.7 - 30.7 & 17.8 - 21.8 2009

Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 30, 2009

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sweden capital Stockholm is built across 14 islands and is often called "Venice of the North". With more foreign visitors than any other city in Scandinavia it is also considered to be the Capital of Scandinavia. Stockholm is situated at the point where the vast Lake Mälaren meet the salt water Baltic Sea.
As water covers one third of the city area, the maritime life is an important aspect of the city - plenty of bridges, marinas and locks. You can even catch salmon in the middle of the city.

Day 9 - Monday 27 July / Tuesday 18 August
First day in Stockholm. Short boat trip to "Skansen" - zoo & open air museum - to spot wild animals, and to explore old houses essambled from different parts of the country. We walk up to "Rosendahl" biological gardens for herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Under the apple trees, we find the perfect location for a tasty and healthy lunch.
In the afternoon, visiting the Wasa ship museum. The "Wasa" is world's only surviving 17th century ship, and one of the foremost turist sites in the world!
Balance of the day at your own disposal. 
Day 10 - Tuesday 28 July / Wednesday 19 August 
Almost full day excursion, starting by a scenic one hour ferry tour on lake "Malaren" to Drottningsholm royal castle and home to the present King of Sweden, Karl XVI Gustaf. Its extensive gardens was inspired by the likes of Versailles, featuring a strict Baroque style plan. On the grounds also a beautiful English park, a small Chinese (!) style castle and historic opera house. Entire Drottningholm is on UNESCO's world heritage list. Part of the casel, is open for visiters and our visit includes a guided tour. 
Day 11 - Wednesday 29 July / Thursday 20 August
The Old Town, the well-preserved area where the history of Stockholm once started, require its attention. Our professional guide take the lead on small streets and narrow, cobble-stone lanes - guarded by eye-catching architecture representing medival, renaissance, barock and classicism epochs.
Afternoon on your own, for shopping, visiting art museum/galleries...
This last day on the tour, we end by taking the evening ferry to little island "Fjäderholmarna" for an equisite farewell dinner.

Day 12 - Thursday 30 July / Friday 21 August 
Check out from hotel and transfer to Stockholm international airport for your return flight home. 

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