Land of Lakes & Castles

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Visiting: Sweden

Hotel & Bike

5 nights from £613 to £842pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code SD002
Good For Coasts and Islands, Short Breaks
Distance 105mi/169km
Runs May - Sep
Departs Tue, Fri
Fly to Stockholm
Return from Stockholm


What to expect

Start this tour in stunning Stockholm, a city built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, before heading South and exploring a wonderful mix of countryside, stately homes, and coastal villages. The cycling is along country lanes, through forests, meadows and past lakes and is undulating in parts.

Stop to swim in the glistening lakes or in clear Baltic waters whilst enjoying views of the ocean and the endless islands, visit old manor houses with impressive gardens and explore idyllic villages and towns with narrow streets full of colourful wooden houses. Enjoy the peace and a little part of Europe yet to be fully discovered.

If you are looking for a version of this tour with shorter rides, please see our Land of Lakes & Castles - Leisurely tour.

  • The culture of Stockholm, a city built over 14 islands
  • Step back in time on a steam train and steam boat
  • Pine forests, green fields & sparkling lakes

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm

    Make your way to Stockholm, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.

  • Day 2: Stockholm – Trosa 27 miles (43 km)

    Transfer to Stendörren, a beautiful collection of islands due to their tranquillity and unspoilt nature. Swim in the clear Baltic waters or explore the islands using their intriguing suspension bridges before cycling along country lanes and through forests, meadows and lakes. Visit the impressive 17th century Nynäs Manor House before continuing to the seaside town of Trosa known affectionately as the “End of the World” due to its expanse of ocean views.

  • Day 3: Trosa 20 miles (32 km)

    Explore the 17th century town of Trosa with its little square, old wooden houses and its canal leading to the ocean. Cycle to the 18th century Tullgarn Palace, perfectly positioned for magnificent views of the Baltic Sea and enjoy lunch in the beautiful gardens. Cycle back to Trosa through everything that is beautiful about Swedish countryside; pine forests, green fields and sparkling lakes.

  • Day 4: Trosa – Mariefred 39 miles (62 km)

    Pedal along the beautiful shores of Lake Klämmingen stopping to swim in the clear waters and on to the quintessentially Swedish town of Mariefred, founded in 1605 and explore the winding, narrow streets and little square that hasn't changed for decades.

  • Day 5: Mariefred - Stockholm 20 miles (32 km)

    Choose to visit Mariefred’s 400 year old red-brick Gripsholm fortress (which you may recognise if you own any Abba albums!) and learn about Swedish royal history or cycle through green fields and past more stunning lakes to Taxinge Manor House famous for its delightful cakes. Return either by bike or let the narrow-gauge steam train take the strain back to the quayside. In the afternoon take a three and a half hour ride on a steamboat that has been in operation since 1903 back to Stockholm.

  • Day 6: Depart from Stockholm

    Check out after breakfast or extend your stay to experience more of Stockholm with the option of keeping your bike to explore Stockholm's unique Ecopark - the world's first National Park within a city.


3* Hotels & Inns

We use a pool of 3* hotels and charming B&B's to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 3* hotels and charming B&B's
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer included

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and charming B&B's 
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Mountain bike hire with pannier
  • Cycle helmets
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and Route information (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Full briefing after Day 2s transfer
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Transfers on Day 2 & Day 5
  • Boat transfer on Day 5 (road transfer included in May and September when the steamboat does not run)

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers

* The single supplement is based on two travellers who require single accommodation or a third/fifth traveller in a single accommodation. Solo travellers, please enquire for prices.

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Mountain bike with pannier, repair kit, pump, lock and spare tube all included in the tour price.




Half day canoeing (Family tour only)

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Stockholm Arlanda

Take an airport bus to Stockholm.

Getting back

Take an airport bus to Stockholm Arlanda

Fly from Stockholm Arlanda

News, Reviews & FAQs


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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

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Five Reasons To Love Cycling in Scandinavia

4th November 2016

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out of 5

Tour was excellent - good self-guiding notes & maps (although GOX files would have been nice also) and excellent accommodation.

Steven Kaye, Australia, July 2019
out of 5

A wonderful way to explore the countryside around Stockholm. Accommodation was charming and relaxing after a day of riding.

Mary Harris, Australia , September 2018

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