Sweden

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Idyllic Sweden 

From $1769 Per Person

Self-Drive, 9 day/8 nights
Dates: May - September, 2017 & 2018.

Southern Sweden offers many highlights; Stockholm – the capital of Sweden, Astrid Lindgren’s World, Kalmar, the Kingdom of Crystal, Oland Island, Visingso Island, Gota Canal and Gripsholm Castle. Go on a journey to discover all of them in just a week!

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Travel Dates: May 1 - September 30, 2017 & 2018.

Day 1: Arrival in Stockholm

Arrival in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Stockholm is built on 14 islands and you are never far from water. Well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture, and just outside the city, the archipelago of 24 000 islands is waiting to be explored. Sights of interest are the Vasa Museum, Skansen Open Air Museum, City Hall and the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Accommodation at Scandic Klara or similar

Day 2: Stockholm – Linkoping (200 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at your own disposal in Stockholm. Drive from Stockholm via Norrkoping to Linkoping, Sweden’s fifth largest city. When approaching the city you can see the tower of the Cathedral rise above the plain from miles away. The Cathedral is one of the finest buildings in Scandinavia and Sweden’s best preserved medieval cathedral. Just north of the city you will have the Berg Locks, with more than 7 levels and a height difference of 18 meters.
Accommodation at First Hotel Linkoping or similar

Day 3: Linkoping – Kalmar (250 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we recommend a detour to Vimmerby to visit Astrid Lindgren’s World, the fairy tale park based on the stories of Astrid Lindgren. Here you can meet Pippi Longstocking, Emil, Ronja the Robbers daughter and many more. Also recommendable is a visit to Astrid Lindgren Farm, a museum where you can find out more about Astrid Lindgren’s life and artistry. Continue to the historic town of Kalmar, one of Sweden’s oldest cities. History is waiting around each corner. We recommend a walk down the cobbled stone streets in the Old Town and a visit to Kalmar Castle, which has a history dating back 800 years. Today the castle is a living renaissance palace with room for both banquets and conferences.
Accommodation at First hotel Witt Kalmar or similar (3 nights)

Day 4 & 5: Kalmar: Excursion to Kingdom of Crystal and Oland

Breakfast at the hotel. Two days at your own disposal. Kalmar is situated between two of Southern Sweden’s main attractions; the Kingdom of Crystal and Oland Island.

Oland Island is the smallest province in Sweden. The island is 137 km long and has a width that varies from 4 to 16 km. On this island you will find 400 windmills, 34 churches, 16 ancient fortifications, 34 orchid species, the highest lighthouse in Sweden, the largest windmill in Scandinavia, one of Europe's longest bridges and the largest castle ruin in northern Europe, the Alvaret - a bare limestone biotype not found anywhere else in the world.

In the Kingdom of Crystal you can experience a close-up view of skilled glassblowers transforming the syrupy molten glass into beautiful works of art. There are 11 glassworks in the Kingdom of Crystal, all located within a short distance of each other in the Smaland region. Included are several of the most famous glassworks in the world; like Kosta Boda and Orrefors. Today Swedish glass is world-famous for its design and production.

Day 6: Kalmar – Visingso – Motala (275 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Kalmar in north western direction via Nybro, Vetlanda and Jonkoping to Granna, located by Lake Vattern. From Granna it is possible to go by ferry to Visingso Island, called the pearl of Lake Vattern. Sights of interest are Visingsborg Herb Garden with more than 900 different species, Tempelgarden Art Centre, the Brahe Church and the castle ruins of Visingso- and Visingsborg Castle. Also recommendable is a ride with the Remmalag (horse and carriage) starting from the harbor. After returning to Granna the route along the shoreline of Lake Vattern will take you to Motala. If time we recommend a stop in Vadstena just before reaching Motala to visit Vadstena Castle, one of Sweden’s best-preserved castles from the Vasa period. In Vadstena you will also find plenty of well-preserved buildings from the 13th - 16th Century, the new Sancta Birgitta Convent Museum, opened 2003 and Vadstena Abbey Church.
Accommodation at Best Western Hotel Statt or similar (2 nights)

Day 7: Motala: Cruise on Gota canal

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will join a cruise on the Gota Canal from Motala to Borensberg and back (5 hours total). The Gota Canal was one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Sweden. The Canal stretches from Sjotorp on Lake Vanern to Mem on the east coast. It has a length of 190 kilometers and a total of 58 locks. Of this distance, 87 kilometers are man-made while the canal passes through 103 kilometers of lakes.

Day 8: Motala – Mariefred – Stockholm (250 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Stockholm. Possibility for a detour to Mariefred to visit Gripsholm Castle, a lavishly built Vasa fortress located on an island. The former royal barn which at one time housed cattle, horses and a hay-loft has now been beautifully renovated and has become the home of Grafikens Hus (the House of Graphics), an internationally important centre for the graphic arts.
Accommodation at Scandic Klara or similar

Day 9: Departure from Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm according to your own itinerary.

Or inquire to extend your vacation.

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Your Trip Includes the Following:

Trip price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room. Breakfast included daily.
Single Supplement applies: From $629

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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