Tour Itinerary

Sweden Highlights Tour 

Tuesday, June 19-
Monday, July 2, 2018
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DAY 1 - Tuesday, June 19

Departure from U.S.A.

Included: Dinner on Flight

- Depart from O’Hare International Airport to Stockholm, Sweden. Other international airports are a possibility. Confirm with us your preferred airport.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, June 20
Arlanda Airport, Uppsala, Sigtuna

Included: Breakfast on flight, Dinner

- Late morning arrival at Arlanda International airport near Stockholm.

- Through Uppland to beautiful Uppsala.

- Tour of Uppsala Cathedral whose construction began in 1260 and is today the largest Cathedral in Scandinavia.

- See where Vikings are buried!!! Viking burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala.

- Dinner and overnight in Sigtuna.

DAY 3 - Thursday, June 21
Sigtuna, Avesta, Sundborn, and Falun

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

- Province of Dalarna

- Avesta to see the World’s Largest Dala Horse, 43 feet high, weighing 67 tons.

- 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 and the Carl Larsson portrait collection.

- We will continue on to Rättvik on the shores of Lake Siljan for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 - Friday, June 22
Rättvik, Nusnäs, Mora, and Rättvik

Included: Breakfast, 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.

-Today we will have the chance to see the folk costume-clad natives row their church boatsfrom the Enåbron docks across the lake to the Rättvik Church for 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.

- Take time to shop, enjoy a cup of coffee, or stroll across the street to Grannas Olsson’s for more shopping.

- In Mora, tour the fantastic log home(Zorngården) of world-renowned  artist Anders Zorn. In the mid-afternoon we will visit a Fäbod(Summer Mountain Pasture Farm) and learn of the old traditions of taking one's farm animals to higher ground for the summer months.

- Dinner and overnight again in Rättvik.

DAY 5 - Saturday, June 23- MIDSUMMER!!!

Rättvik, Sunnemo, Medskog, Mårbacka, and Karlstad 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

-  Happy Midsummer! We have

- Depart the beautiful Lake Siljan area, traveling into the province of Värmland to visit the quaint village of Sunnemo and Sunnemo Church, where Mr. Alf Brorson historian and educator, will talk about Swedish religion and emigration to America in the early 19th century.

- From here Pastor Olof Olsson and many parishioners emigrated to America in 1869 and settled in present-day Lindsborg, Kansas. Their story is also the story of many 19th Century Swedes who came to America for a better life.

- Afternoon, we will enjoy a delicious traditional Värmland lunch of potatiskorv (potato sausage), fresh potatoes, ostkaka and lingonberries at a delightful country inn.

- After lunch we will 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.

DAY 6 - Sunday, June 24
Karlstad, Sjötorp, Åsle Tå, Habo, and Gothenburg 

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

- This morning travel south into the province of Västergotland to see the system of 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.

- We travel to near 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. This morning travel south into the province of Västergotland to see the locks at work at Sjötorp where the Göta Canal meets Lake Vänern.


DAY 7 - Monday, June 25
Gothenburg, Varberg, and Helsingborg

Included: Breakfast, 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 and ancestor research is available. 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 26
Helsingborg, Lund, Karlshamn, and Växjö

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

- The university town of Lund to visit the beautiful 12th Century Lund Cathedral with its amazing astronomical clock dating from 1424.

- The province of Blekinge, known as the “Garden of Sweden”. We make a stop to view the Emigrant Monument in Karlshamn, commemorating emigration to America through characters from Vilhelm Moberg’s classic novel “The Emigrants”.

- Enjoy a little free time for shopping or leisure in Karlshamn. This afternoon 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).

- Dinner and overnight in Växjö. Växjö is the administrative center for the province of Småland.

DAY 9 - Wednesday, June 27
Växjo, Långasjö, Kosta Boda, Nybro, and Öland

Included: Breakfast, 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 28
Öland, Kalmar, Oskarshamn, Eksjö, and Jönköping

Included: Breakfast, 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 29

Jönköping, Gränna, Bergs Slussar (Locks), and Stockholm

Included: Breakfast, 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.

- We will make a stop at the Berg Locks to watch the boats maneuver through the system of locks on the famous Göta Canal. 

- Late afternoon arrival in Stockholm. Dinner and overnight in Stockholm.


Day 12 - Saturday, June 30

Included: Breakfast

- After breakfast we will 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, the 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, July 1


Included: Breakfast, Dinner
- Day of Relaxation and Exploring!

- You are free to chose from the many activities and things that the Venice of the North has to offer: museums, Gamla Stan, world-famous department stores, take a cruise on the archipelago. Contact us about day cruises.

- This evening we will enjoy our farewell dinner at our hotel.

- Overnight again in Stockholm.


Day 14 - Monday, July 2
Stockholm and Departure to U.S.A.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner on flight

Some free time this morning to finish packing and last minute shopping. After lunch on our own  transfer to Stockholm -Arlanda Airport for late afternoon departure to Chicago. Other itineraries will be followed if departing to any other cities besides Chicago. Our Sweden Highlights tour ends at the Airport Security Screening area.

Price Includes:
Four Star hotel
accommodations, extensive tour guides,
land travel, and SO MUCH MORE!!!
Beautiful Lake Siljan!!!
Crystal and blown glass!!!
The Wasa Ship Museum is amazing!
Tour Pricing*

Single Occupancy: $4,654 / person

Double Occupancy: $3,554  / person

Triple Occupancy: $3424 / person

* Does Not Include International Airfare

Sweden Highlights Tour