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Nordic Cities Explorer in Winter

Copenhagen, Stockholm & Helsinki
 
Experience winter in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki – three of northern Europe’s most exciting cities – on this journey by rail and boat, including an overnight Baltic Sea cruise. We provide fascinating self-guided walking tours for each city and well-located hotels.
Nordic Cities Explorer in Winter. 7 nights
Nordic Cities Explorer in Winter. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in northern Europe –

Copenhagen, Stockholm & Helsinki
Three countries, three very different capital cities. In Copenhagen, it’s hygge, that untranslatable cosy contentment, that sets it apart. Location is key in Stockholm – this waterborne beauty is spread over fourteen islands – while hip Helsinki is all about the fusion of grand architecture and contemporary design.

Different months provide distinct experiences too. December is all about bustling Christmas markets and twinkling lights, while January, February and March are much quieter, bringing a pleasantly relaxed and unhurried atmosphere.
 

Winter 20/21 & 21/22

Unfortunately, this holiday is not available to book for winter 2020/2021, but we are now taking bookings for winter 2021/2022.

What we’re doing so you can book and travel with confidence >
Check the destination entry requirements >
 

Our expert says

“Travelling by train and cruise ship is a very relaxed way to visit three countries in one week. Thanks to our self-guided walking tours, you’ll be able to discover the essence of each remarkable city.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Nordic cities in summer

Offering a markedly different experience, this holiday is also available in the summer months.

Summer version >
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Copenhagen
    Night 1: at Hotel Strand (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Copenhagen
    Our self-guided walking tour takes in the superbly preserved Kastellet star fortress; the celebration of rococo that is Amalienborg, the main residence of the Danish royal family; and imposing Rosenborg Castle, home to the crown jewels. Alternatively, take your pick of the many art galleries and museums, which cover topics as diverse as design, medical history and theatre, or enjoy some retail therapy on Strøget or, if you’re travelling in December, at the Christmas market. (All three cities – plus Tallinn, which you have the chance to visit on your last day – play host to atmospheric markets selling handicrafts, decorations and gifts in the run-up to Christmas.)
  • Copenhagen to Stockholm 
    Leaving Copenhagen by train, you cross to Sweden via the Øresund Bridge spanning the eponymous strait and then continue past snow-clad forests and frozen lakes to reach Stockholm. Your base for two nights is the Hotel Riddargatan. (Journey time: 5hrs 30mins)
  • Explore Stockholm
    The cobbled lanes of medieval Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s historical and geographical heart, are a place to wander haphazardly, although you can follow our walking tour past the palaces and pastel-coloured houses if you prefer, taking in Storkyran, Stockholm’s oldest and largest church. Once again, there’s a great choice of museums, including Vasa, which houses the fatally top-heavy warship; the Nobel Museum honouring past laureates; the Medeltidsmuseet, which looks at life in medieval Stockholm; Nordika, a celebration of Nordic culture; and a tribute to the country’s most fêted export, ABBA.
  • Explore Stockholm before boarding cruise ship
    You have the morning and most of the afternoon to explore Stockholm some more, before heading to the port to board the Tallink Silja cruise ship in time for its departure at 4.45pm.
  • Arrival in Helsinki, with time to explore
    The highlight of your voyage comes this morning, when the ship glides through the narrow gap between the islands of Suomenlinna, a remarkable 18th-century sea fortress, heralding your arrival in the Finnish capital. After docking at 10.30am, we suggest that you make your way to your final hotel, so that you can leave your cases at reception and head out to explore unencumbered.

    Helsinki is a subtle mix of Scandinavian and Russian influences, and a not-so-subtle juxtaposition of old and new, where you’ll find both grand architecture in the form of the Russian Orthodox church or the neo-classical Senate Square, as well as sleek modern design – the Design District is bursting with boutiques, workshops and galleries where you can admire the work of iconic producers. Another of the city’s must-see sights is Temppeliaukio, the incredible church that has been excavated from the rock.
  • Explore Helsinki or take the ferry to Tallinn
    If visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki has whetted your appetite for more, you could hop aboard a ferry to Tallinn, to add a fourth capital city – that of Estonia – to your list. The ferry (pay locally) takes two hours in each direction, leaving you ample time to get a flavour for the medieval Old Town before catching the ferry back.

    If you prefer to stay in Helsinki, there are plenty of museums from which to choose, with themes ranging from design to photography, architecture to art, technology to theatre, not to mention the National Museum of Finland, which charts the nation’s history. There’s no shortage of saunas, either, if you are looking for a truly authentic way to round off your Nordic adventure.
 

Accommodation

All three stylish hotels are well placed for exploring.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 December 2021 - 30 April 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Dec - 1 Jan 2022 # £995 £535
    2 - 26 Jan 2022 £965 £525
    27 Jan - 23 Apr 2022 £995 £535
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    #ADD £45pp/n (£90pn in a single cabin) if aboard the cruise ship on 24, 30 or 31 December; ADD £28pp/n (£56pn in a single room) if staying in Helsinki on 31 December

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Strand, Copenhagen
    Superior: 01 Dec - 30 Apr 2022 £12
    Hotel Riddargatan, Stockholm
    Superior: 01 Dec - 30 Apr 2022 £12
    Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki
    'Style': 01 Dec - 30 Apr 2022 £18

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Strand, Copenhagen (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 30 Apr 2022 £75 £140
    To upgrade to a 48hr City Card, add £28pp
    Hotel Riddargatan, Stockholm (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 10 Dec 2021 £90 £158
    11 Dec - 31 Mar 2022 £76 £130
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2022 £90 £158
    To upgrade to a 48hr City Card, add £35pp
    Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 13 Dec 2021 £85 £157
    14 Dec - 10 Jan 2022 # £75 £137
    11 Jan - 31 Mar 2022 £85 £157
    01 Apr - 11 Apr 2022 £75 £137
    12 Apr - 28 Apr 2022 £85 £157
    #ADD £28pp/n (£56pn in a single room) if staying in Helsinki on 31 December
    To upgrade to a 48hr City Card, add £14pp
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Fly to Copenhagen, return from Helsinki (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen (Helsinki for return). To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Aberdeen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Copenhagen SAS 
    Birmingham - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Birmingham (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Copenhagen easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Bristol (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Edinburgh Finnair 
    Helsinki - Edinburgh (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Helsinki - Edinburgh (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Copenhagen SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Glasgow (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Leeds Bradford (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Gatwick Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Copenhagen British Airways,  SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Heathrow British Airways,  Finnair 
    Helsinki - Heathrow (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Copenhagen Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Copenhagen Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Stansted (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Copenhagen easyJet,  SAS 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Manchester Finnair 
    Helsinki - Manchester (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Helsinki - Manchester (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Helsinki - Manchester (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Copenhagen SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Helsinki - Norwich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen (Helsinki for return). To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Copenhagen-Stockholm
  • Baltic Sea ferry (window cabin) Stockholm-Helsinki
  • 24-hour City Card for each city
 
Reviews

If you've experienced this holiday first hand, why not write a review?

We are keen for as many customers as possible to review their holiday. To make it easier to do so, we include a specific review section on our post-holiday questionnaire, and this is what we publish here, unedited. Read our full review policy >

 

FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official languages of Denmark and Sweden are, respectively, Danish and Swedish. In Finland, the official languages are Finnish, Swedish and, in Lapland, Sami. The currencies you will need are Danish Kroner, Swedish Krona and Euros. Danish and Swedish time is GMT/UTC + 1, but Finnish time is GMT/UTC + 2. They all use Daylight Saving Time, so in summer Denmark and Sweden are on BST + 1, while Finland is on BST + 2.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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