2020 Scandinavian Tour for Minor Hockey Teams

Stockholm, Sweden & Helsinki, Finland

BT
Aug 7 - 17, 2020
Group size: 1 - 100
2020 Scandinavian Tour for Minor Hockey Teams
Stockholm, Sweden & Helsinki, Finland


Aug 7 - 17, 2020
Group size: 1 - 100

About this trip

PROPOSAL WEBSITE--This website is a proposal website for the Helsinki-Stockholm Minor Hockey Tour in August 2020.    Once your team wants to book, we will create your own customized website and itinerary, including your group flights so that you families can easily register and make payments on their own.  Group leaders will not have to collect payments or remind parents of payments as it is all done through our booking engine.   If you would like a customized quote, please contact James Hanlon at james@bytowntravel.com or 613-794-8326.


ABOUT THE TOUR:    A great minor hockey tour for all levels and age groups.    We combine 2 great hockey cities with an overnight cruise ship in between.    Tonnes of sightseeing, education, new friends, hockey and cultural & competitive memories.   Your team will play at least 6-7 games and we have local coordinators with your group the entire time.   We managed 4 x NHL Official Fan Tours to Sweden and over 200 tours worldwide.    Stick with quality and reliability for a once in a lifetime experience like this.   Don't miss out for 2020 and check Sweden/Finland off your bucket list..  LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.   

Add-On Options

 Our add-on tours were specifically chosen based on previous tours we have managed to add to your Stockholm experience !  Simply choose any option you want, and let us organize for you!

Nordic Culinary Experience (Food Tour)--Ranging from north to south, east to west, and from salty to sweet, this guided walk gives you a fantastic opportunity to sample the pure flavors and high quality ingredients of the Nordic cuisine.   The 2-2.5 hour tour will take place in and around the hay market hall where you will meet enthusiastic vendors and chefs with a true passion for what they do and their products. While learning about the food, history and culture of the north, you get to taste a plethora of delicious food samples at the specially selected locations.

We will visit both classic and modern establishments to create the perfect experience and together the samples will add up to a complete meal.   

Abba Museum/Cinema--This ticket includes entry to the museum plus the additional cinema pass. The Cinema is located inside the exhibition. The cinema ticket also includes a visit to the newly opened Mamma Mia! exhibit, behind The Movie Magic, right before the movie starts.  This is a Sing Along version and one of the staff will sing along with you.   

Globe Skyview--SkyView is the world-class attraction that takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, Ericsson Globe Arena, a Stockholm landmark. From the apex 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level, you´ll get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm.

The two SkyView gondolas depart every 10 minutes, and the entire visit takes about 20 minutes. Restaurant, café and souvenir shop are adjacent to SkyView.    

Stockholm IceBar--The entry fee includes a cocktail served in a glass made of ice.  Non-alcoholic alternatives are always available. Great photo opportunities.  Limited spots available.  

What’s included

  • 3 NIghts in Helsinki
    4-star downtown hotel
  • 1 Night Overnight Cruise
    In Promenade cabins from Helsinki to Stockholm
  • 5 Nights in Stockholm
    4-star downtown hotel
  • Ground Transportation
    Bus for airport transfers and all group events
  • All hockey Costs
    Tournament & Friendly Games
  • Breakfast Daily
    Hot & Cold Buffet in Hotel
  • Helsinki City Tour
    With Official Tour Guide
  • Stockholm City Tour
    With Official Tour Guide
  • Smorgasborg
    Buffet on board cruise ship inc. beer and wine
  • Day Trip to Waxholm
    W/ boat through the archipelago
  • Kastellet in Castle
    Reality Show style Team Competition for players in Waxholm
  • Helsinki Group Dinner
    3-course nicer sit down dinner
  • Stockholm Group Dinner
    3-course nicer sit down dinner
  • Suomenlinna Tour
    Sea Fortress Tour with guide in Helsinki
  • Vasa Museum
    Entry Tickets
  • Local Coordinators
    Full time to help with your tour
  • Sanctioning/Insurance
    Summer team insurance or Hockey Canada Sanctioning
  • Taxes & Gratuities
    All included
  • Flights
    Group flights can be added to your customized online booking website
  • Travel Insurance
    Full suite of products available at extra cost
  • Meals not listed above
    Some lunches & dinners
  • Alcohol & Drinks
    At the pre-set meals
  • Team Uniforms
    Jerseys & Socks
  • Extra Flight Baggage
    As per airline terms
  • Upgraded Flight Seats
    As per airline terms
  • Add-Ons
    Optional as listed above

Available Packages

Price per Person a Triple Room

3 people in one hotel room.  All prices are per person.

C$1999
Deposit: C$499
Price per Person in a Double Room

2 people in one hotel room.  All prices are per person,

C$2399
Deposit: C$699
Price per Person in a Single Room

2 people in one hotel room.  All prices are per person.

C$3499
Deposit: C$799

Available options

Nordic Culinary Tour100 left
C$125
Abba Museum100 left
C$35
Globe Skyview100 left
C$35
Ice Bar100 left
C$35


Itinerary

Day 1--Fri. Aug. 7/20
Depart North America

Depart Canada or the USA and arrive the next day in Helsinki, Finland.   Let the games begin !!

Your Organizer


BT
Bytown Travel
James Hanlon is an Independent Group Travel & Event Consultant. He has managed over 200 tours to and from North America and involving teams from all over the world. He has also managed 2 x NHL-Ottawa Senators tours to Stockholm (2008 & 2017) , the NHL-Edmonton Oilers Fan Tour to Cologne and Gothenburg in 2018 and the NHL-Tampa Bay Lightning Fan to Stockholm in 2019.

Reviews

would give it 50 stars ! had a wonderfull time ALLL the tour guides were fantastic & all was on time & ran very smooth,best trip of a lifetime ! cant wait to go next year where ever our Bolts play !!
By donna d for Official Lightning – NHL Global Series™ Fan Tours (Standard) on 26 Nov, 2019
Fantastic trip! The accommodations were great, the tour was very well thought out for a group of our size, and the local guides were invaluable and incredible! It was a trip of a lifetime!
By Alicia E for Official Lightning – NHL Global Series™ Fan Tours (Standard) on 25 Nov, 2019
Although we had a wonderful time in Stockholm, there were items that were in sore need of improvement. Flights-These were the worst flight routes. Instead of a 1 stop from TPA, we were sent from Tampa-Miami-London-Stockholm. We would have gladly booked our own, especially when we found out we weren't going to receive full mileage credit from the airlines. The back end of the flights from Stockholm to London were the worst seats available, for the entire group. Remaining flight from London-Charlotte-Tampa were mercifully better. However EVERY flight all tour participants were in the last loading group. The bus ride to the London hotel was clearly undersized for the group and should have been verified as a group of 4 had to get a taxi instead and the bus had luggage piled through the aisle. Timing- The extended group should have left on Sunday, NOT Monday. The timing to get to a scheduled event was rushed and unnecessary. Had the extended group left on Sunday all would have been avoided. Hotel check in- Somebody should take ownership of what is happening, when and communicate clearly. The Stockholm hotel check in was awful on both Bytown travel and the hotel side. Neither knew what was going on and we had just gotten done travelling over 16 hours, yet it was our responsibility to work through the mess in short enough order to go to an event. This could not have been a worse introduction to Bytown travel. The daily hotel breakfast was really nice in both Stockholm, and London. The Marriott Bonvoy was a great choice in London. The boat ride dinner was beautiful and elegant. Consider a larger boat and enough time to clear a dance floor for a little dancing and mingling. Tickets to sights, games and practice - All tickets for practice and games should have been handed out PRIOR to arriving at the event location. Either on the bus in transit or as we exited the bus. Had the tickets been handed out on the bus prior to arrival things would have been much smoother. We hear that some of the tour participants ended up in the upper levels. There were entire sections for Lightning Fans. Thankfully, we purchased our tickets separate from the group. This should have been a major priority item that you didn't live up to. The primary purpose of the trip were the 2 games. The VASA and ABBA museums communication was slim, and on the fly. We did enjoy that we never needed to be concerned about transportation to scheduled events. We always knew when to be in the lobby for pick up. This was especially nice when the weather turned bad. Hotels - Both hotels were nice, clean and adequate. In Stockholm, the hotel checked out both standard and extended groups on the same day, when clearly only 1 grouping was leaving? The Marriott Bonvoy was a really nice location with wonderful amenities. We doubt we would do a group tour trip again without taking care of some specifics on our own. The only items that we had true positive notes on were local transportation, Ulla and Caine, the dinner cruise and certain hotel aspects. We would have left and returned home a day earlier and certainly would have done much different flights. We have traveled internationally many times, but never in a group, so this was an eye opener.
By Katherine L for Official Lightning – NHL Global Series™ Fan Tours (Extended) on 24 Nov, 2019
Thank you for your feedback. The We Travel platform has only added the ability to respond to reviews recently. We do agree that game tickets and open practice tickets should have been circulated to tour members prior to the tour start. We have done this with every other tour but for whatever reason, this option was not available to us this time around as we only received the tickets while already in Stockholm. In regards to flights, we also would have preferred a Sunday departure to London but they were not available for a group this size. However, we did prominently display the flight routing, dates and airline info on our booking page prior to anybody paying a deposit. We had checked numerous times with the Stockholm hotel front desk and coordinators regarding key distribution on the day of arrival and they confirmed that all the keys were distributed by 300 pm. There were some tour members who attempted to check in at the front desk (similar to an individual booking) when their keys had already been activated and stored with the rest of the group's keys. Not sure if this affected you, but we will definitely be following up with onsite staff to improve any check in process in the future. Lastly, we will take the blame for the smaller bus in London. We didn't specifically order a smaller bus but typically with 35 people, you always get a 48, 50 or 56 seater coach. We should have caught the discrepancy on the order form which simply had a code for the smaller bus. We reimbursed the family who took Uber promptly and apologized for any inconvenience. Again, thank you for your feedback and also for your business. It was a pleasure to serve you and the Lightning fans.
By Bytown Travel on 25 Feb, 2020
BT
Awesome time- Swedish hosts were great. Good seats for games, all transfers were on time and comfy.
By Laurence Y for Official Lightning – NHL Global Series™ Fan Tours (Extended) on 23 Nov, 2019
This was the most AWESOME, FANTASTIC trip and experience, ever.. Everything was so well planned out, and organized. From, James Hanlon, to Cane, to Ulla. They were WAY beyond great, friendly, considerate, fun people ever. There are not enough stars for the 3 of them, and the Lightning organization. The VIP parties, dinner cruise, tours, practice to the games, et., etc. A trip I will be talking about and re-living for a very long time. JaneAnn Bailey- Lightning extended tour package
By JaneAnn B for Official Lightning – NHL Global Series™ Fan Tours (Extended) on 22 Nov, 2019
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