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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.
 

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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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
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  • 7 nights: 01 December 2019 - 24 December 2019 & 02 January 2020 - 31 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    01 Dec - 11 Dec 2019 £1195
    12 Dec - 17 Dec 2019 £1230
    02 Jan - 21 Jan 2020 £1175
    22 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 £1230
    26 Feb - 24 Mar 2020 £1195

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Single room: add between £495 and £540 - please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways out Heathrow-Copenhagen (2h) (dep 1120; hold luggage included), rail to Stockholm (5h30), cruise to Helsinki (1 night), British Airways home Helsinki-Heathrow (3h15) (arr 1815; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Strand, Copenhagen
    Superior: 01 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £48
    Superior: 02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £48
    Hotel Riddargatan, Stockholm
    Superior: 01 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £24
    Superior: 02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £24

    Extra nights

    Hotel Strand, Copenhagen (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £68 £122
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £68 £122
    Hotel Riddargatan, Stockholm (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 12 Dec 2019 £82 £142
    13 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £70 £130
    02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £70 £130
    Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Dec - 15 Dec 2019 £85 £155
    16 Dec - 24 Dec 2019 £75 £135
    02 Jan - 13 Jan 2020 £75 £135
    14 Jan - 16 Feb 2020 £85 £155
    17 Feb - 23 Feb 2020 £75 £135
    24 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £85 £155
  • 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 
    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 
    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 Copenhagen) SAS 
    Helsinki - Manchester (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Copenhagen SAS 
    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 alternative 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 stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

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

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 with at least six months' validity, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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