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Stockholm Tour Recommendation

As part of a 3 couple group we are taking the RS Scandinavia tour this summer. The group plans to arrive in Stockholm 3-4 days early, and as we did last year before we to did the VIT tour from Padua, we would like to find a good tour guide for a 1/2 or full day tour for in our around Stockholm. I see from our trip planner there are several sites that will not be covered by the RS tour so that is what I think we would like to do. If anyone has an recommendations of a Stockholm guide or company please let me know.

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Pardon me for not answering your question, but Stockholm is easy to see without hiring a guide. Public transit is very good and simple to use with the major sights connected to it.

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There are these tours: http://freetourstockholm.com There's also a tour of Sodermalm regarding the Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), which might be different/fun. But Bruce is correct, it is a very easy city to get around and see on your own.

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Apart from your tour, Rick recommends visiting Skansen and the Millesgården sculpture museum. Both are great in my opinion and there's no need for a guide. He also suggests Drottningholm Palace, Royal Palace Museums and the Royal Armory...meh. Hop the local ferries and walk about...just enjoy what's before you. ABBA The Museum? For a change of pace, how about Gröna Lund?

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Thanks for the information. It has been 45 years since I visited Stockholm so I am sure things have changed.

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In addition to previous suggestions, consider a harbor tour (stromma.com). Right in town, they offer 3: "Royal Canal Tour" on the east harbor, "Historical Canal Tour" on the west harbor, and "Under the Bridges of Stockholm" that visits both sides. At first glance it appears that the first two are combined to make the 3rd one, and thus seems like a deal if you want to do both sides of the harbor. But IMO you shouldn't take the 3rd one, even though it does cover much of the first two. Because of the location of the locks, Under the Bridges of Stockholm tour repeats much of the path going from east to west and then back west to east. It is repetitive, too long, and becomes boring, especially when the tour narrative is reduced to naming every Swedish movie, actor, musician, or athlete you ever heard of and more. A HOHO boat ride can be worthwhile, especially to get over to Skansen. Stockholm is is a great town, enjoy.

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No information, but will enjoy your responses as my husband and I signed up for this in August. Looking forward to Stockholm.

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Hi Mark,
I think we have bumped into each other somewhere else on the forum. I am excited for both you and Patty. You will have a great time. If I had 3 or 4 extra days in Stockholm I would take a bus tour up to Uppsala. I would also consider taking a day trip on a boat through the Archipelago. Look at stromma.se. I would also buy Stockholm Passes with a Travel Card. If you submit your email address at the website they will let you know when they have a sale. I paid a little extra to have my pass mailed to me but you can also arrange to pick them up at Arlanda Airport after you land. You can get into tons of attractions. I like that because I don't have to plan out a site budget. I can stop into a place and leave after a few minutes if it doesn't grab my attention and not feel bad that I paid full admission. Also if you get the Travel Card, all of the local transportation is free. Get on any bus, tram, or subway. I was not (yet) a seasoned traveler and on my own, but I found Stockholm super easy to navigate. I would also be tempted to call the RS office to see who your guide is and what part of town your guide will be taking you through. I am guessing that each guide may choose their favorite spots? We had a local guide take us through the area around the hotel and our tour guide took us through Sodermalm. I didn't make it to the downtown/shopping district.
If you have any questions about Stockholm sites or the tour in general, please ask. I love reliving my trip!