Welcome to your day-by-day of this tour of Sweden only!
This is an escorted tour with an fantastic tour guide
June 18 - July 1, 2024
Sweden Highlights Tour
Single Occupancy: $4,649.00 / person
Double Occupancy: $3,579.00 / person
Triple Occupancy: $3,459.00 person
* Does Not Include International Airfare
*DAY 2 - Wednesday, June 19 -Arlanda Airport Sweden - Uppsala, Sweden - (B on flight, D)*
Morning arrival at Arlanda International airport near Stockholm, Sweden. To begin your tour of Sweden, journey through the province of Uppland(one of 25 provinces of Sweden) to beautiful Uppsala. In Uppsala, enjoy a tour of magnificent Uppsala Cathedral whose construction began in 1260 and is today the largest Cathedral in Sweden and Scandinavia as a whole. Visit the amazing Viking burial mounds and museum at Gamla Uppsala. Dinner and overnight in Uppsala, at the Clarion Collection Hotel Uppsala. Free time after dinner for exploring on your own, this major city of the homeland of Sweden.
*DAY 3 - Thursday, June 20 - *Uppsala -- Avesta -- Sundborn -- Rättvik -- (B,D)
*Travel to the tradition-rich and folkloristic province of Dalarna, Sweden today. Stop at Avesta to see the World’s Largest Dala Horse(unique to Sweden), standing almost 43 feet high and weighing 67 tons. In the village of Sundborn, our tour of Sweden visits the beautiful home and studio of beloved Swedish artists Carl and Karin Larsson. Also visit the Sundborn Church and the Larsson family grave site. Also of interest is the Carl Larsson portrait collection. We will dine in the area, before
participating in arrangements with the Sundborn Hembygdsförening to enjoy Pre-Midsummer activities this evening. Drive on to Rättvik for overnight at Hotel Lerdalshöjden. Another day ends on the Folklore-rich tour of Sweden.
*DAY 4 - Friday, June 21* - Rättvik -- Nusnäs -- Mora -- Rättvik
*Today is Sweden's Midsummer’s Eve, the largest and best summer celebration in Scandinavia. . Enjoy the beauty of idyllic Lake Siljan as you explore the region today. Visit centuries old Rättvik Church with its hundreds of tiny wooden “houses” used centuries ago, to stable horses in winter during the long church services. Travel to Nusnäs to visit Nils Olsson’s Hemslöjd, gift shop and Dala Horse factory, and watch as expert painters hand-paint a Unique to Sweden, Dala horse, in a matter of minutes.
Take time to shop, enjoy a cup of coffee, or stroll across the street to Grannas Olsson’s for more shopping at their Hemslöjd. In Mora, tour the fantastic home(Zorngården), of world-renowned Swedish artist Anders Zorn. The main room here is reminiscent of a Viking ship. Early afternoon return to Rättvik for a late afternoon dinner at our hotel, followed by the late afternoon and evening, Swedish Midsummer Procession, folk music, folk dancing, fun, food, and the raising of the Midsummer Pole(Midsommarstång). Overnight again in Rättvik at Hotel Lerdalshöjden. Another magical day of touring in Sweden ends.
*DAY 5 - Saturday, June 22 (Swedish Midsummer Day)* - Rättvik - Sunnemo - Medskog - Mårbacka - Karlstad - (B,L,D) -
Depart the beautiful Lake Siljan area of Sweden, traveling into the province of Värmland to visit the quaint village of Sunnemo where Mr. Alf Brorson, historian and educator will talk about Swedish religion and emigration to America in the early 19th century. We will take part in a special Swedish-American church service at Sunnemo Church. After Noon, enjoy a delicious traditional Värmland lunch of potatiskorv (potato sausage), fresh potatoes, ostkaka and lingonberries at a delightful country inn. After lunch take the short drive for a visit to Selma Lagerlöf's home of Mårbacka. Lagerlöf was the first woman recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909. Continue to Karlstad(Värmland's major city) for dinner and overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan. Late evening stroll to see Östra Bron, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in Sweden today.
*DAY 6 - Sunday, June 23 - Karlstad - Sjötorp - Åsle Tå - Habo -
Gothenburg - (B,L)
This morning we travel south on your tour of Sweden, into the province of Västergotland to see the locks at work at Sjötorp where the Göta Canal meets Lake Vänern. Just outside of Falköping visit Åsle Tå, the incredibly well-preserved Swedish peasant village from the 19-20th centuries. We'll enjoy a lunch buffet at Åsle Tå. Travel to the western shore of Lake Vättern to visit beautiful Habo Church, famous for the interior biblical paintings on walls and ceilings. Continue to the west coast of Sweden to Göteborg (Gothenburg), the second largest city in Sweden. Overnight in Gothenburg at Hotell Heden. Your admission to Liseberg Amusement Park is included in tour cost. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many fantastic restaurants located in the park.. TourSweden Tours has brought you to this west coast city with still more to come.
*DAY 7 - Monday, June 24 - Gothenburg - Varberg - Helsingborg (B,D)
In Gothenburg(Göteborg, Sweden) this morning enjoy the highlights of this lively West Coast city founded in 1621. Included in the city tour of Gothenburg will be a visit to the Masthuggskyrkan(church) for a wide view of the city. We now travel on the West Coast of Sweden to the province of Halland and the small town of Varberg chartered in 1100 A.D. to visit the site of the Varberg Fästning(Fortress). We'll drive to see Varberg’s beautiful sandy beaches which have earned it the nickname of the “Swedish Riviera”. We enter the province of Skåne(that once belonged to Denmark) and at Ängelholm we will swing off the main road to admire the landscape and idyllic half-timbered houses of The Kullen Peninsula. Perhaps a stop at a TourSweden Tours favorite for coffee at Flickorna Lundgren in the beautiful countryside. In Helsingborg, Sweden, just across from Helsingör, Denmark take a stroll on the walking street or take in the view across the Öresund Strait from the Kärnan Castle. Look across to
Denmark and Kronborg Castle (Elsinore - the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet) at Helsingør. Three miles of water separate these two cities and two countries.. On your own time after dinner, feel free to enjoy the opportunity of taking the 15 minute ferry ride across the Öresund to visit Denmark(TourSweden Tours can help you purchase a ticket). Perhaps investigate the Kärnan tower, Helsingborg's most famous landmark, which has guarded the city for over 600 years. Dinner and overnight in Helsingborg at V Hotel Helsingborg BW Premier Collection.
*DAY 8 - Tuesday, June 25 - Helsingborg -- Lund -- Karlshamn -- Växjö - (B,D)
We motor to the University city of Lund, Sweden(In the 12th century this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark) to visit the beautiful 12th century Lund Cathedral with its amazing astronomical clock dating from 1424. Travel through the province of Blekinge, known as the “Garden of Sweden”, to view the Emigrant Monument in Karlshamn, commemorating emigration to America through characters from Vilhelm Moberg’s classic novel “The Emigrants”(Karl-Oskar and Kristina). Enjoy a little free time for shopping or leisure in Karlshamn. This afternoon travel to Växjö on your tour of Sweden, in the province of Småland where we will enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum at the Emigrant Institute(Utvandrarnas Hus). Dinner and overnight in Växjö at Clarion Collection Hotel Cardinal. Växjö is the administrative center for the province of Småland, Sweden. TourSweden Tours has brought you to the province which had the greatest number of emigrants to the USA.
*DAY 9 - Wednesday June 26 - Växjö -- Långasjö -- Kosta Boda -- Nybro -
Kalmar - (B,D)
TourSweden Tours has you traveling the “Emigrant Trail” to Långasjö to visit the living museum at Klasatorpet where parts of the movie, “The Emigrants”(starring Liv Ullman and Max von Sydow), were filmed. Before we arrive we'll visit the Ljuder Church and see the Åkerby Crossroads. Deep in the forests of Småland, Sweden enter the “Crystal Kingdom” to tour the 279-year old Kosta-Boda Glassworks. We will pay a visit to a Moose Park, where we will see live moose up close. Continuing the day's glass and crystal theme, on to your next stop at the world famous Nybro Glasbruk Crystal factory. Then end the day of touring in Sweden, in the old city of Kalmar located on the Kalmarsund of the Baltic Sea Swedish Coastline. Dinner and overnight at the Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset, especially chosen for its uniqueness by TourSweden Tours.
*Day 10 - Thursday, June 27 - Kalmar - Oskarshamn - Eksjö - Jönköping - (B,D)
This morning our tour of Sweden takes us to the 13th Century Kalmar Castle(Kalmar Slott), once a vital defense along the Old Danish border with Sweden. Falling on hard times, the castle had been used as a prison and as a storage facility for salt and grain; today it is one of Sweden’s best-preserved renaissance castles. Travel north along the East Coast to Oskarshamn, still in the province of Småland, Sweden for a tour at the Axel Pettersson Woodcarving Museum. Axel, also known as "Döderhultarn" was one of Sweden's most prolific woodcarvers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. We continue to Eksjö to enjoy a walking tour of the wonderfully preserved Old Town area from the 17th century. Burned to the ground by the Danish army in 1568, the town was redeveloped in 1569. Your tour of Sweden continues on the road for Dinner and overnight in Jönköping at the Clarion Collection Hotel Victoria on the south shore of Lake Vättern. Another unique hotel chosen by TourSweden Tours.
*Day 11 - Friday, June 28 - Jönköping - Gränna - Bergs Slussar(Locks) - Stockholm (B,D) *
Your tour of Sweden continues from Jönköping as we drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Vättern to the village of Gränna, stopping at Gränna Polkagris (peppermint candy) factory/candy store. We'll see the famous Swedish candy made in front of us and will be able to purchase polkagrisar at factory prices. On the way to Stockholm, we will stop at the Viking Age Runestone "Rökstenen" which details a family's saga. We pay a visit to Mantorps Glasbruk for a demonstration of the art of glassblowing, and have a chance to purchase factory direct crystal products such as crystal birds and Crystal Dala Horses. Just outside of Linköping we make a stop at the Berg Locks(Bergs Slussar) to watch the boats maneuver through the system of locks on the famous Göta Canal. Tour Sweden Tours has you down for an early evening arrival in Stockholm. Dinner and overnight in Stockholm at Clarion Collection Hotel Tapetfabriken.
*Day 12 - Saturday, June 29 - Stockholm (B,D)
TourSweden Tours has you enjoying a morning tour of Stockholm, which includes City Hall, the Wasa Ship Museum, which houses the restored Wasa Ship that sank on its maiden voyage in the 17th Century, the magnificent view of the city from Fjellgatan Street and Gamla Stan (Old Town). Also witness the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace. This afternoon, our tour visits Skansen Outdoor(Open-Air) Museum. This is known as "Sweden in a Nutshell". Many tour participants are interested also in the ABBA museum across the street. Dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Stockholm. at the Hotel Tapetfabriken.
*Day 14 - Monday, July 1 - Stockholm -- Departure to U.S.A. (B-at hotel then D-on flight)
Some free time this morning to finish packing and last minute shopping. We transfer by motorcoach to Stockholm -Arlanda Airport for late afternoon departure to Chicago. Other itineraries will be followed if departing to any other cities besides Chicago. Your Sweden Highlights Tour of Sweden with TourSweden Tours ends at the Airport Security Screening area.
*Day 13 - Sunday, June 30 - Stockholm(Sweden's Venice of the North) (B,D) - Today is a free day. Your tour escort and guide with Tour Sweden Tours will help you with suggestions or even accompany a small group.. Perhaps visit one of the many museums. Return to Gamla Stan, stroll the walking street, visit one the world famous department stores or take a cruise on the archipelago. Contact us about day cruises. Enjoy! This evening TourSweden Tours participants will enjoy our farewell dinner at our hotel. Overnight again in Stockholm at the Hotel Tapetfabriken.