6 independent reviews for Sweden self guided cycling holiday, Stockholm countryside

Reviews for Sweden self guided cycling holiday, Stockholm countryside

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review 3 Sep 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Canoeing the lakes.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This is not cycling for softies and timings suggested are a bit ambitious. There is a lot of ground to cover, but at short notice Carmen was able to suggest shorter routes to accommodate our desire for a more relaxed agenda. I would recommend adding extra days on at the start and finish so that every day is not spent on the move. We enjoyed exploring Stockholm by bike before and after the tour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes we stayed in local accommodation and ate in local places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great. Very well organised. Clear instructions and excellent support.

review 21 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Just being outside on a journey under your own steam. The roads are very quiet -and quite often not tarmacked. Never being far from a lovely view over water.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a day or two in Stockholm before the tour starts. It's a very walkable city. But use the bikes for one day and don't miss the cycle out to the Sodra Djurgarden! It will give you a taste of what's to come! Sweden has a policy of state museums being free entry -so although Sweden is relatively expensive, you can amuse yourself all day for free in Stockholm. If travelling from the airport by train, there is an offer of two travelling at a reduced price at summer peak times.Co-ops are in most towns and open 7 days a week for long hours -so you can pick up a picnic lunch. Lots of the cycling is remote (once you leave the city/town) so carrying a packed lunch is ideal -especially if you see a lovely spot you'd like to spend time at. Do not miss the Marsipangarden coffee house in Trosa! You'll find it near the town square. There is a huge choice of every possible cake, biscuit and chocolates! Plus coffee that you can keep going back for. (Be prepared to exercise the 'eating cake muscle' on this holiday! It seems to go with cycling!) On the subject of coffee stops, it's well worth the extra 1km detour to Gnesta. Turn right once you meet the main road and a fantastic guest house with café is just a few hundred metres on your right. Once you reach Mariefred, do take the cycles out as suggested the next day. Even if you don't make the manor house, the view across the water back to Gripsholm Slott are magical! On the steamboat ride home, you can eat dinner. This was reasonably priced (by Swedish standards) and although a limited choice, was good food and sitting in a 1900 steamboat dining room was fun. If you are anywhere near the Sodermalm Island at night, find the park high up and to the left of the connecting road overlooking Stockholm and watch the sunset over the city!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Once on the tour, we cycled all the time and followed usual environmental rules. We got to areas not often visited by anyone other than the Swedish population. Although we carried our lunch, we ate in local restaurants .....and lots of local coffee houses when we could find them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our operator was very helpful. Well organised and everything went to plan. We got on and enjoyed the holiday knowing that Carmen had the logistics sorted. The bikes were good quality mountain bikes and stood up to the tour well. This was our first cycling tour holiday and we will definitely be doing this type of holiday again! A fantastic choice if you like your holidays to be active.

review 15 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Everything! Spending time in Stockholm, experiencing the countryside around it, and the daily physical activity.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Spend a bit of time on a bike to get used to the cycling beforehand.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Would definitely recommend!

review 21 Jun 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Cycling around Stockholm & being able to explore so much in such a short time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just to be prepared with enough food & drink so you can stop anywhere on your day cycling to rest & eat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think holidays always benefit the local area as tourism is such an important part on any economy, with regards to environment then cycling holidays are definitely the best & respecting the area means you can explore & take in the environment without using cars etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - Carmen our tour arranger was really good and went out of her way to make sure our holiday was a wonderful experience. We also added a trip to Gotland on our own & it was great to have the flexibility to do this. Would definitely recommend the holiday to anyone.

review 17 Jun 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Canoeing on the lakes

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great, Carmen was very enthusiast and helpful.

review 26 Jul 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were too many to count. But many great bike rides. We did a 5 day ride near Stockholm. A second trip was done in the islands around Stockholm.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would extend the Gotland part of the trip by 1 day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We had a lot of contact with many local people and they were great.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great trip. We did 2 back to back self guided bike trips near Stockholm. It was planned and supported beautifully by Carmen. I love recommending these trips. We would be willing to speak to anyone about these trips.

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