Drottningholm Palace built on Lovön Island is one of Sweden's Royal Residences. Photo via Flickr:Tobias Lindman

Gamla Stan in Old Town, Stockholm, Sweden. Photo via Flickr:Trausti Evans

High summer in Sweden

Sweden Bike Tours

Guided bike and culinary experience in the fairytale land of the north

  • We are excited to offer this unique guided biking and culinary experience in Sweden, a vast and varied land, both in geography and history. Guided tours are hard to come by and this one offers boutique accommodations and great cuisine at an affordable price in one of the most pristine environments anywhere. You cycle through a land of snow-capped mountains, thick forests, and crystal clear lakes.

    Your tour is only as good as the food you will have and you will have wonderful food!

    You will thoroughly enjoy gourmet picnics consisting of the best local produce, cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts as well as wine, beer or soft drinks. The presentations and the locations for your picnics are carefully selected and the costs are added and shared among the participants at the end of the tour.

    Award winning chefs and locals from the respective regions will entice you with typical dishes and traditional recipes during your evening meals.

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful and intriguing Stockholm
    • Scenic landscape of Södermansland
    • Pristine environment
    • Virgen forests
    • Guided tours in Stockholm, Drottningholm and Gripsholm Castles
    • Cycling the well developed Swedish cycling network
    • Excellent cuisine and gourmet picnics

    This tour will be guided in German and English.

    We have other bike tours in Sweden! Be sure to check them out.

  • Twin/double room: £ 1653 $ 2,636 1750 NOK 17354 kr 16019 $ 2,083

    Single supplement: £ 312 $ 497 330 NOK 3273 kr 3021 $ 393

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 156 $ 249 165 NOK 1636 kr 1510 $ 196

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Stockholm

    Local Travel

    Taxi to your first hotel

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Sweden enjoys a generally temperate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. Located at a high latitude, much of the country has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights in winter. This northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the region during time of travel are: July, 70°/54° and August, 68°/53°.


Skill Level

On this guided experience, you will enjoy routes through a pristine landscape on country roads and paths. The majority of the terrain is flat, mixed with a some climbs on the second and fourth day. Two short stretches will expose you to medium traffic into towns. Altogether an easy to moderate tour (288 km / 179 miles). Remember that there is always a support vehicle at hand for those who do not want to continue to cycle.

Where You’ll Stay

Comfortable, stylish and unique hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights with breakfast
  • 6 multi-course dinners
  • Water during dinners
  • All visitors and tourist taxes
  • All transfers as mentioned in the tour description
  • Hybrid touring bike
  • Tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Service bus for the duration of the tour
  • Luggage transfer
  • All entry fees as mentioned in the tour description
  • Additional guided tours in Stockholm, Drottningholm and Gripsholm Castles
  • Sightseeing boat trip in Stockholm

What’s Not Included

  • Gourmet picnic lunches prepared by your guide (tallied and paid at the end of the tour)
  • All beverages
  • Bicycle protection
  • Travel insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1750 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals on July 29, August 5, and August 12, 2018

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Stockholm
Day 2: Stockholm – Södertälje, 35 mi. (56 km) 
Day 3: Södertälje - Trosa, 36 mi. (57 km)
Day 4: Trosa - Katrineholm, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 5: Excursion Floda Kyrka, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Katrineholm - Mariefred, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 7: Mariefred - Stockholm, 21 mi. (33 km)
Day 8: Stockholm

Day 1: Individual arrival in Stockholm
Your hotel room in Stockholm will be available at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the First Hotel Reisen, one of the best addresses in the old town, Gamla Stan, one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. If you arrive before 4.30 p.m., you will have the opportunity to participate in a sightseeing tour of the old town, situated on Stadsholmen island. The evening is yours to enjoy. There is a wide variety of restaurants offering local specialties as well as international cuisine.

Day 2: Stockholm – Södertälje, 35 mi. (56 km) 
The first bike tour starts this morning right outside the hotel. The cityscape of Stockholm is unique, built on 14 islands, and is characterized by its unique location on the shores of Lake Mälar’s affluent into the archipelago of the Baltic Sea. You will be impressed by the well-developed cycling network of the city. After about an hour, the group arrives at Drottningholm castle, the principal residence of the Swedish royal family. A magnificent staircase leads to the rooms in the northern wing which is open to the public. The route then leads across the bridges to the little islands in Lake Mälar, the country’s third largest lake. Along a varied route, passing a few private baroque castles, you will reach the day's destination, Södertälje, to overnight in the lovingly furnished Hotel Torpa Pensionat.

Day 3: Södertälje - Trosa, 36 mi. (57 km)
Today, the scenic landscape of  Södermansland will delight you. Wonderfully situated between Lake Mälar and the Baltic Sea, the area, historically favored by the nobility, showcases about 400 manor houses and small castles. Past lakes, dense forests and small islands, the  route leads to the lovely 12th-century country church of Old Trosa. Tonight you are accommodated at the stylish and cozy Trosa Stadshotell & Spa in Sweden’s smallest town, where you will be treated to a delicious dinner.

Day 4: Trosa - Katrineholm, 27 mi. (44 km)
During the next days, you will traverse the heartland of Södermansland, mainly formed during the glacial periods. Large forests, wide fields, rocks, moorlands and over 400 lakes characterize this unique landscape dotted by charming red-painted wooden houses. In Gnesta, you will take the train (30 minutes) to Katrineholm, named after the duchess Catharina Gyllenhorn. Your destination for two nights, the Dufweholms Herrgard, one of Sweden’s Historic Hotels, is just a short bike ride. Located directly on the lake, you can swim, visit the sauna and relax in the stylish lounge. A remarkable cuisine and a well-sorted wine cellar are an added bonus.

Day 5: Excursion Floda Kyrka, 26 mi. (42 km)
Following small trails, you are immersed in the calm and solitude of an almost unspoiled nature. Perhaps you will see one of the thousands of elks or with luck, a rare osprey. Shortly before the lunch break, you reach Floda Kyrka. This sacred building impresses with its size and its splendid liturgical frescoes of the 15th century. Clerically, it belongs to the diocese of Stärgnäs, of the Swedish Church, the country’s largest denomination. In the afternoon, you take the train back to Katrineholm where you will spend your second night at the Dufweholms Herrgard manor. Before dinner, there is still enough time for a refreshing swim in the lake or a relaxing sauna session. 

Day 6: Katrineholm - Mariefred, 35 mi. (56 km)
In the morning a chartered bus transfer will transport the group to  Sundbyholm. Near the village, you will see a cliff drawing of unusual dimensions, the Sigurdristning, which depicts a central event of the Völsunga saga. This variety of the Nibelungenlied was one of the major sources of inspiration to Richard Wagner for his monumental opera cycle. From here the route leads to Strängnäs, site of a famous cathedral and the stage for important events in Swedish history. Gustav Wasa was elected king in 1523 before he led Sweden out of the Kalmar Union to independence. Before reaching the day's destination, you will behold the imposing Gripsholm Castle, sturdily built on a peninsula. Mariefred, a charming little town of wooden houses and crooked lanes, is located at the Gripsholm bay of Lake Mälar. Accommodations this evening are at the historic Gripsholms Värdshus.

Day 7: Mariefred - Stockholm, 21 mi. (33 km)
In the morning, there is a visit to Gripsholm Castle, one of the ten Swedish royal palaces. Built in the 16th century by Gustav Vasa, this impressive building already fascinated the German author and fighter for democracy, Kurt Tucholsky. It inspired him to write one of his major and best-known novels: Schloss Gripsholm. You will cycle along Lake Mälar to Taxinge, a lovely property, popular above all for its tempting cake buffet. From Nykvarn the train takes us in about 30 minutes back to Stockholm, and back to the First Hotel Reisen.

Day 8: Stockholm

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