Join us for a weekend in Stockholm exploring and experience the best of Swedish trotting!
The Elitlopp is not just one of the greatest trotting events in the world, but it is also like a folk festival, comparable to the Little Brown Jug in America. It’s held in Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at a time when Sweden is enjoying the full bloom of springtime.
Sixteen of the best trotters from around Europe and North America compete in two elimination heats and a final all in the same day. Past Elitlopp champions include Moni Maker, Mack Lobell, and Peace Corps as well as Europeans stars such as Varenne, Victory Tilly and Timoko. You will be able to enjoy some of the greatest trotting action you’ll ever see and hear the roar of more than 30,000 trotting devotees.
Moreover, you will also tour Stockholm, often called “the Venice of the North” because of the crisp, clean waters that give the city it´s unique character. In late May, Stockholm enjoys almost 20 hours of daylight and wonderful weather, so the trotting action on the track and the sights of the city combined make this trip a truly memorable experience.
The World Driving Championship
The World Driving Championship 2019 will be held in Sweden. During a weeks’ time, some of the best drivers in the world will travel all around Sweden, competing at the different tracks. We will of course make a tour for all of you who wish to join. The date for the extended Elitlopp-tour with the World Driving Championship is May 23 – June 2.
the Elitlopp tour 2019: May 23-27
the World Driving Championship 2019: May 23 – June 2
Prices & Information
Cost per person, the Elitlopp tour, May 23-27:
1.045 US dollars / 925 Eur
Cost per person, WDC extension, May 27-June 1:
1.395 US dollars / 1.230 Eur
All this is included May 23-27:
- Four (4) nights accommodations (in shared double room) in 4* Hotel in Stockholm
- Delightful buffet breakfast each morning
- Get-together-dinner Thursday night, including one glass of wine or one beer
- Transportation according to the program
- Sightseeing with an English-speaking guide on Friday morning
- Lunch after the sightseeing tour on Friday
- Tour to the Yearling sale on Friday afternoon
- Tour to Menhammar Studfarm on Saturday morning
- Entrance and program to Solvalla racetrack on Saturday
- Entrance and program to Solvalla racetrack on Sunday
- An English-speaking tourguide during the whole stay in Sweden
All this is included in the WDC extension, May 27-June 1:
- Five (5) nights accommodations (in shared double room) in 3-4* Hotels
- Delightful buffet breakfast each morning
- Lunch or dinner Monday through Friday
- Transportation according to the program
- Entrance and racing program each race-day
- Visits to Swedihs well-known trainers, breeders and meet with the Drivers
Costs does not include
- Airline tickets
- Other personal expenses and meals not mentioned above.
- Single room supplement May 23-27: 360 USD / 320 Eur
- Single room supplement May 27-June 1: 420 USD / 370 Eur
- Seats in VIP restaurant on Saturday, including buffet lunch and soft drinks: 210 USD / 184 Eur
- Seats in VIP restaurant on Sunday Elitloppsday, including buffet lunch, glass of champagne and soft drinks (wine and beer can be bought directly in the restaurant): 295 USD / 260 Eur
- Dinner cruise in the archipelago of Stockholm on Saturday evening: 140 USD / 125 Eur
More details about the WDC-program, such as visits to studfarms, trainsers and meet with the drivers will be announced in Feb-Mar 2019.
Thursday – Arrival & get-together dinner
In the evening you will enjoy a get-together-dinner in the restaurant, where you will meet with more international trotting-fans.
WDC: same program.
Friday – Stockholm sightseeing & Yearling Auction
This morning is your chance to see the beauty of Stockholm with its many historic and interesting sights, such as the Vasa Museum, the Royal Castle, the Old Town and much more. This tour is by a private bus and of course with an English-speaking guide. After the tour, a savory lunch is served at a nice restaurant.
In the afternoon, Equi Tours will provide transportation from the hotel to the Elite Yearling Auction, which is held in the outskirt of Stockholm. This sale is sure to have yearlings by some American stallions and many by top Swedish and French stallions. We will meet a professional who will explain to us about Swedish trotting.
If you prefer not to attend the yearling auction, you have the evening to explore the wonders of Stockholm.
WDC: After a morning with sightseeing, transfer to Solvalla for the races at lunchtime (4 races). Afternoon and evening program as above.
Saturday – Menhammar Stud, Solvalla & Dinner-cruise
You’re in for a very special day as we start the morning with a visit to Menhammar Stud, Sweden’s largest and most famous breeding farm. It is owned by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who has stood famous stallions such as Mack Lobell, Zoot Suit, Smokin Yankee and Viking Kronos. Today you’ll find Nuncio, Going Kronos, Zola Boko, From Above, Maharajah and others at this beautiful and historic farm.
Furthermore, we will also have a chance to visit the training camp of Menhammar, Yttersta. It’s where one of the most successful trainers in Europe – Stefan Hultman – used to train international trotting stars such as the Elitlopps winner From Above, Maharajah and many more.
We will return to Stockholm where you can enjoy an exciting afternoon of V75-races at Solvalla or explore the city on your own. The level of this Saturdays racing is higher than normal, with some of the best horses in Scandinavia competing. You can choose to enjoy the action from a comfortable VIP-seat in the restaurant Festvåningen or join the crowd in the public area. Transfer back to the hotel in late afternoon.
Your evening is free. We suggest you follow us on a cosy Dinner-cruise in the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm. More information and price for this dinner to be advised later.
WDC: same program. Today, there will be 1 race at Solvalla in the WDC.
Sunday – The Elitloppet Day
Today, you’re about to see one of the greatest trotting shows in the world! Fans will be at Solvalla early in the morning to stake out a good vantage point for this great event. You’ll have the choice to enjoy the action from a comfortable VIP-seat in the restaurant Festvåningen or join the crowd in the public area.
The best trotters in the world will fight it out in two heats for the privilege of joining the honor roll of Elitlopp winners. This great event dates back to 1952 and among the winners have been Roquepine, Fresh Yankee, Timothy T, Pershing, Meadow Road, and so many others.
The Elitlopp isn’t the only top race on this Sundays crammed program. You’ll find several international quality trotters from all over the world in the line-up and will even get to see the special cold-blood trotters, so beloved in the Nordic countries, fight it out on the track. The athmosfear is smoldering and the excitement vast!
After the races, Equi Tours will provide transportation back to the hotel. The evening is free to spend on your own.
WDC: same program. Today there will be no races in the WDC.
Monday – Departure Day / WDC leaves Stockholm for the race tour
Your memorable Elitlopp Tour ends. You are free to stay extra days on your own, if you wish. Equi Tours will be happy to offer you a package price, please contact us for further information.
If you have booked the World Driving Chamionship-tour, your trip will continue.
WDC - Lindesberg: At lunchtime, bus will take us to Lindesberg racetrack (about 2h 30m drive). After the races, bus to Eskilstuna (1h 30m drive) for accomodation (2 nights).
Program: Extended WDC-tour
Tuesday - Sundbyholm/Eskilstuna
Wednesday - Rättvik
Thursday - Sightseeing
Friday - Finals in Gävle & back to Stockholm
Saturday - End of tour
Terms & Conditions
The price is based on a minimum of 20 persons in the group and on todays exhange rate (swedish kronor, November 2018).Equi Tours claims the right to make adjustments in the program and price adjustments due to exchange rate and other changes that are out of our control. Equi Tours general booking terms, which can be found on our website or be requested from us, are used and followed.
A non-refundable deposit of 30 % of the cost of the tour and the restaurant seats are to be paid within 10 days of making the reservation. Full payment must be made no later than 40 days prior to departure day.
Costs of cancellation
# From reservation to the 28th February: 30% of the cost of the the tour & restaurant seats
# From the 1th March to depature: 100% of the cost of the tour & restaurant seats
Book your tour
Last day for reservation is February 28, 2019. Please, note that restaurant tickets must be reserved before the 2nd February. Thereafter, a request for the tickets must be done before booking.
Please send us an email with your name, address, phone number. Indicate also:
- How many persons?
- How many hotel rooms? Single or double rooms?
- Airline details if you need transfer
- Do you want a restaurant seat on Saturday & Sunday at Solvalla?
You’ll get a confirmation and an invoice by mail. Payment with bank transfer or credit card.