Discover two Nordic capitals, which share the same “white nights” – a time when the sun barely dips below the horizon. In Stockholm, you’ll find a sophisticated city built around urban islands, where daily life unfolds amid modern architecture and bustling public spaces. During your walking tour of Stockholm, you’ll explore the island oases of Djurgården and Långholmen, and soak up Swedish history as you wander the city’s medieval lanes. Across the Baltic Sea is Helsinki – Finland’s famed capital city – where you’ll trek protected wilderness, dine at the UNESCO sea fortress of Suomenlinna, and wander the elegant grounds of Drottningholm Palace. With stays in luxury hotels and meals of flavorful Nordic foods, you’ll experience unforgettable Nordic culture on this Stockholm to Helsinki walking tour.
Tallink Silja Oy
The Tallink/Silja Line ferry boats plying the Baltic Sea between Stockholm and Helsinki are large passenger and vehicle ferries able to transport approximately 2,800 passengers and 395 cars. This overnight journey departs Stockholm at around 4:45 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 10:00 am. The two ferries were both built in the early 1990s and are over 600 feet long with 13 decks. On-board amenities include a range of restaurants, cafés, and bars, a Tax Free Superstore, and evening entertainment and casino. Your Deluxe Seaview cabins have a television, complimentary refreshments and private bath.
This grand historic hotel in the center of Helsinki is within easy walking distance of the city’s port area, museums, and design center. Plush, spacious rooms are done up in classic décor. The restaurant and elegant old-world lobby bar are longstanding local favorites.
Located on an island in the heart of Stockholm’s urban archipelago, the Hotel Skeppsholmen occupies a beautifully renovated 17th century building. Its peaceful yet central location is within walking distance of all of central Stockholm. The hotel seamlessly combines contemporary Swedish design within a historic context and offers upscale locally sourced cuisine in its restaurant and terrace dining areas.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Tallinn
2 Nights From $498
per person, double occupancy
This morning, transfer from your hotel to Helsinki’s maritime terminal, where you’ll board a ferry for the two-hour crossing to Tallinn, the enchanting capital of Estonia. (One member of your post-extension group will be designated to check all Country Walkers guests in at Helsinki’s ferry terminal on arrival, as we’ve confirmed group reservations for the journey.) Travel in comfort and style in the on-board business lounge, helping yourself to drinks and snacks, perusing the morning paper, or gazing out over the Gulf of Finland. Arrive mid-day in Tallinn and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the medieval Old Town. This historic 19th-century building makes an elegant home base, perfectly placed within easy walking distance of all the local sights and historic attractions. This afternoon and evening, set off to explore the city on foot, or settle in for a relaxing treatment at the hotel spa.
After breakfast at your hotel, the whole day is yours to explore Tallinn’s many wonders, all just paces from your doorstep.
Divided into upper and lower towns, Estonia’s capital is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, adorned with graceful spires, cobblestoned streets, pastel-hued baroque palaces, and a photogenic town wall complete with nine medieval towers.
Begin your exploration in Raekoja Plats, the lower town’s central square, with northern Europe’s best-preserved Gothic town hall, a beautiful steep-roofed structure framed by arcaded walkways. Across the square, stop in to admire the ancient display cases and lovely-painted beams of the Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously operating pharmacy. Much of the architecture in this neighborhood bears a distinct German influence, reflecting the role of the Baltic German traders who brought great wealth to the city and controlled Estonia’s political and cultural institutions throughout the late Middle Ages.
Nearby, the magnificent onion-domed Nevsky cathedral, resplendent with icons and late 19th-century frescoes, reflects a different historical period: the two centuries of Imperial Russian influence leading up to Estonian independence in 1918. After taking a break in the leafy park behind the cathedral, visit the city’s shops, museums, and cafés, or climb the stairs onto the city’s beautifully preserved medieval walls, affording wonderful views of Tallinn’s rooftops. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of the Old Town’s fine restaurants before retiring to the comfort of your five-star hotel.
Head aega!This morning, a small-group complimentary transfer is provided to Tallinn Airport based on your departure time. Your guides will confirm the transfer time while on tour.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Stockholm, Sweden and one extra night in Helsinki, Finland|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Lars Bjorkman is a native Swede who speaks five languages and has a varied background having worked in various capacities from bookkeeping to marketing and sales. Each of his roles were related to tourism and involved all areas of the world, including Greece, Ireland, the UK, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the US. An Authorized Guide in Stockholm since 2016, Lars’ goal is to travel and meet new people for both work and pleasure. Also a ranger-trained safari guide in Eastern and Southern Africa, he is happy to be back home introducing guests to his beloved Sweden. Lars also enjoys running, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family over a nice meal and a glass of wine.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Marina Meerburg first started working as a guide at an Austrian ski resort after graduating from the Stockholm School of Economics. It was at that resort that she met her husband, the two of them eventually moving to Stowe, Vermont. Marina continues to guide when not working as a freelance translator or a ski instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort. She is an avid outdoor and exercise enthusiast, as well as a certified Nordic Walking instructor.
Born in Stockholm and having lived in many different parts of the city since she was a teenager, Tina Karnéus was thrilled to become a professional guide for her home city in 2016. She holds a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Stockholm, speaks multiple languages, and has a wealth of experience working on international festivals and other similar projects. Communication is a thread that runs through all things she does in life. When not guiding, you will find Tina enjoying the great range of cultural events Stockholm has to offer, spending time outdoors (no matter the weather), and working as a public relations officer at the Botkyrka Multicultural Centre.
Tobias Örnrud refers to himself as a ‘big, Swedish Viking” and is proud to be a professional guide in what he considers the most beautiful city in the world-Stockholm! Also lucky enough to lead groups in Africa and Australia, he finds exploring the world a “fantastic privilege”. If he wasn’t so happy being a guide, Tobias would take a turn at being a gardener or perhaps an environmental educator, as he makes it a goal in life to teach people how live more sustainably.
Based in Helsinki, Anu Ruohomäki is an ecologist and environmental educator who is passionate about wild food and urban farming. A lifelong nature enthusiast who loves spending time in the outdoors, Anu finds Helsinki to be the perfect place to live given it’s a region which offers an abundance of green spaces to explore. Anu loves exploring her home city with our guests, a place which she considers to be incomparable to all other world capitals.
Barbro Rydén has a background in interior design, living and working for years in California before moving back to her hometown of Stockholm. Upon her return, she put her talents toward teaching at the University of Arts, Crafts, and Design and worked with many local hotels and restaurants. A career change in 2008 resulted in Barbro opening the Hunduddens Dog Training Center, a place where people who love dogs can come together as a community and learn new skills. Barbro takes her talent for dog training to Japan annually and loves sharing her knowledge of all things Swedish with her Japanese clients as well as all visitors to her native Sweden.
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