• Explore the rich collection of historical houses and palaces to be found in Sweden’s capital city and its hinterland
• Wander the streets of Stockholm’s picturesque Old Town – the island nucleus of Gamla Stan
• Visit grand country estates to view fine architecture and interiors, from the moated Gripsholm Castle to the Baroque palace of Drottningholm
architectural historian and Chief Curator and H J Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA
Depart London Heathrow 1325 on British Airways, arriving Stockholm 1700. Transfer to the Victory Hotel in Stockholm Old Town for six nights.
Whole day excursion to Drottningholm Palace (home to Sweden’s royal family): Baroque palace, Chinese Pavilion and Court Theatre. Evening dinner cruise around Stockholm archipelago.
Morning excursion to Gripsholm Castle (lakeside castle with interiors dating from the 16th and late 18th centuries and neoclassical theatre). Afternoon: private visit to the mansion of Elghammar (owned by the Duke d’Otrante). Free evening.
Sturehov (1780s house with painted interiors and collection of faience stoves) followed by Tureholm (on the shores of the Baltic Sea, with Baroque, Rococo and Chinoiserie painted wall decorations) and Tullgarn for visit to summer palace of the royal family (interiors in the Gustavian style).
Excursion to Uppsala: medieval cathedral (Renaissance tomb of Gustav Vasa) and Linnaeus Garden (laid out in 1745). Afternoon: Linnaeus Hammarby (house and garden) followed by Skokloster Castle (quandrangular mansion with well-preserved late 17th century interiors). Free evening.
Morning: historical walking tour of Gamla Stan with visit to the cathedral (Storkyrkan). Continue to Svindersvik (1740s summer retreat) followed by Rosendal Palace (Empire interiors) and Vasa Museum (well-preserved 17th century warship).
Some free time followed by visit to neoclassical Gustav III Pavilion at Haga. Depart Stockholm 1805, arriving London Heathrow 1950.
4 Jul — 10 Jul 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour will involve a moderate amount of walking and standing, including over uneven grounds and steps, so participants must have a good level of fitness. The tour also features an evening dinner cruise around Stockholm archipelago.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £2795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £260, small double room for single use supplement £425.