Welcome to your day-by-day of this fantastic tour!

This is an escorted tour with an fantastic tour guide

June 18 - July 1, 2019

Sweden Highlights Tour

Tour Highlights: 
-Midsummer Festivities!!!
-Tour all around southern Sweden
- Beautiful lakes and majestic castles!
- Tour instyle!

This is an escorted tour with an fantastic tour guide


DAY 2 - Wednesday, June 19
Arlanda Airport, Uppsala, and Sigtuna

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


We will arrive late morning at Arlanda International airport near Stockholm. 


Our journey starts through the province of Uppland to beautiful Uppsala. Located on the coast north of Stockholm, Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden. Enjoy a tour of the largest cathedral in Scandinavia- the magnificent Uppsala Cathedral (founded 1260). Visit the amazing Viking burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala. Dinner and overnight in Sigtuna.

DAY 1 - Tuesday, June 18

Departure from U.S.A.

Meals Included: Dinner on flight

Depart from O’Hare International Airport to Stockholm, Sweden. You may request international departure from the city of your choice.


Tour Pricing*

Single Occupancy: $4,654 / person

Double Occupancy: $3,554  / person

Triple Occupancy: $3424 / person

* Does Not Include International Airfare

DAY 3 - Thursday, June 20
Sigtuna, Avesta, Sundborn, and Falun

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Travel to the tradition rich and magical province of Dalarna today. Stop at Avesta to see the World’s Largest Dala Horse, standing almost 43 feet high and weighing 67 tons. There is an old Swedish legend of a young boy's toy horse that came alive to save the village. Since the famed "Dala" horse (horse from Dalarna) is known more for quaint Swedish decoration. You will understand when you see it.


In the village of Sundborn tour the beautiful home and studio of beloved artists Carl and Karin Larsson. Also visit the Sundborn Church and the Larsson family grave site. Also view the extraordinary Carl Larsson portrait collection. We will dine at our hotel in Falun before before returning to Sundborn where we will have arrangements with the Hembygdsförening (local historical society) to enjoy Pre-Midsummer activities this evening. Return to Falun for overnight.

DAY 4 - Friday, June 21 (Midsummer's Eve)
Falun, Rättvik, Nusnäs, Mora, and Falun

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner 

Today is 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, watch as expert painters hand-paint a Dala horse in a matter of minutes.


Enjoy some relaxing time for coffee or  a stroll across the street to Grannas Olsson’s for shopping. In Mora, tour the fantastic home (Zorngården) of world-renowned  artist Anders Zorn. The main room here is reminiscent of a Viking ship. Early afternoon return to Rättvik for a late afternoon dinner, followed by the Midsummer Procession, folk music, folk dancing, fun, food, and the raising of the Midsummer Pole (Midsommarstång). Overnight again in Falun.

DAY 5 - Saturday, June 22 (Midsummer Day)

Falun, Sunnemo, Medskog, Mårbacka, and Karlstad 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Depart the beautiful Lake Siljan area and travel to the province of Värmland. Here we will visit the quaint village of Sunnemo where Mr. Alf Brorson lived. Alf Brorson was a historian and educator will talk about Swedish religion and emigration to America in the early 19th century.


While we are there we will participate in a specialSwedish-American church service at Sunnemo Church.


After the service we 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.


We will continue to Värmland's major city, Karlstad, for dinner. We'll stay there for the evening.

DAY 6 - Sunday, June 23
Karlstad, Sjötorp, Åsle Tå, Habo, and Gothenburg 

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning travel south 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 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. It is suggested to visit Liseberg Amusement Park this evening and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many fantastic restaurants.

DAY 7 - Monday, June 24
Gothenburg, Varberg, and Helsingborg

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

In Gothenburg this morning enjoy the highlights of this lively West Coast city founded in 1621. Included in the tour of Gothenburg will be a visit to the Emigrants' House (Emigranternas Hus) located in the same old Customs House from which many emigrants left Sweden for the USA. Research archives have been moved here from Växjö. Travel to the province of Halland and the small town of Varberg chartered in 1100 A.D. and the site of the Varberg Fortress.


We'll drive along Varberg’s beautiful sandy beaches which have earned it the nickname of the “Swedish Riviera”. At Ängelholm we will swing off the main road to admire the landscape and idyllic half-timbered houses of The Kullen Peninsula. In Helsingborg 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.


On your own time feel free to  enjoy the opportunity of taking the 15 minute ferry ride across the Öresund to visit Denmark. Perhaps investigate the Kärnan tower, Helsingborg's most famous landmark, which has guarded the city for over 600 years.  Dinner and overnight in Helsingborg.

DAY 8 - Tuesday, June 25
Helsingborg, Lund, Karlshamn, and Växjö
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner  
As we ride in our state of the art motor-coach to the University town of Lund we will visit the beautiful 12th century Lund Cathedral. Built in 1424, with its amazing astronomical clock dating, the Cathedral is a marvel to behold.
Then, we will travel through the province of Blekinge, which is known as the “Garden of Sweden.” In the Garden of Sweden we will view the Emigrant Monument in Karlshamn. The monument commemorates emigration to America through characters from Vilhelm Moberg’s classic novel “The Emigrants." Moberg is a celebrated Swedish immigrant himself and well-known and beloved novelist and historian of the Swedish people.
After all this fabulous sight-seeing, we will have a bit of time to enjoy shopping or leisure activity in Karlshamn. After this time of relaxation we will  travel to Växjö in the province of Småland where we will enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum at the Emigrant Institute (Utvandrarnas Hus).
We will have dinner and stay overnight in Växjö.
Växjö is the administrative center for the province of Småland.  

DAY 9 - Wednesday June 26
Växjö, Långasjö, Kosta Boda, Nybro, Öland

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner  

Travel the “Emigrant Trail” to Långasjö to tour the living museum at Klasatorpet where parts of the movie, “The Emigrants”, were made. Deep in the forests of Småland enter the “Crystal Kingdom” to tour the 275-year old Kosta-Boda Glassworks. 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 on the beautiful island of Öland(four miles off of the mainland) for dinner and overnight at a country inn.

Day 10 - Thursday, June 27
Öland, Kalmar, Oskarshamn, Eksjö, and Jönköping

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning tour 13th Century Kalmar Castle, once a vital defense along the Old Danish sea border. 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 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 Danes in 1568, the town was redeveloped in 1569. Dinner and overnight in Jönköping on the south shore of Lake Vättern.

Day 11 - Friday, June 28

Jönköping, Gränna, Bergs Slussar (Locks), Stockholm

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner 

Drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Vättern to the village of Gränna stopping at Gränna Polkagris (peppermint candy) factory/candy store. On the way to Stockholm, see the Viking Age Runestone "Rökstenen" which details a family's saga. 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. Make a stop at the Berg Locks to watch the boats maneuver through the system of locks on the famous Göta Canal.  Early evening arrival in Stockholm. Dinner and overnight in Stockholm.

Day 12 - Saturday, June 29

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy 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, Embassy Row, 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. Free time this afternoon. Perhaps visit Skansen Outdoor Museum "Sweden in a Nutshell". Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight in Stockholm.

Day 13 - Sunday, June 30

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner 

This day is devoted to your own exploration of the great "Venice of the North." You will be given suggestions on things to explore, but you are free to roam about one of the greatest cities in the world!


Overnight again in Stockholm.

Day 14 - Monday, July 1
Stockholm Departure to U.S.A.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner on flight
Some relaxing time this morning to finish packing. After lunch on our own transfer by motor coach to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport for late afternoon departure to USA. 




Est. 1989
we travel the back roads
By Arild Vågen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25130153

Old Town Stockhom