Swedish Midsummer: A Magical Celebration

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Availability : June 18-27, 2021

Swedish Midsummer

A Magical Celebration

Highlights Include:

  • Blowing your own glass (to keep!) at the Kosta Boda glass factory
  • Dining on traditional Swedish dishes
  • Celebrating Midsummer in the province of Dalarna
  • Tour the home of beloved artist Carl Larsson
  • Exploring Stockholm on your own

Photo: Per Bifrost/imagebank.sweden.se

Tour Details

From: Price details for 2022 TBA

Price includes transatlantic airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

10 days

Tour Dates:
June 2022 (details forthcoming)

Apart from Christmas, Midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar. For some, Midsummer is THE most important. The celebration involves flowers in your hair, dancing around the Maypole, singing songs, and devouring delicious Swedish food including pickled herring served with wonderful new potatoes, chives, and sour cream.

Now you can participate in this magical Swedish tradition! Join Scandinavia Specialist Betina Kohler on our Signature Journey to experience the summer solstice in Sweden. In addition to the Midsummer festivities, we’ve incorporated sightseeing and activities in the Kingdom of Crystal, the Swedish countryside, and of course, Sweden’s delightful capital, Stockholm! The hotels we’ve selected in Sweden are all unique, with historical or cultural significance, and you’ll enjoy Swedish culinary traditions throughout the journey.

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Itinerary
This is a Borton Overseas Signature Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by our Destination Specialists.

Day 1Departure from US

Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist Betina Kohler will accompany the group on its departure from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Borton Overseas can assist with arrangements for departures from other US locations – please inquire!

Day 2Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark | Meals: D

Arrive in Copenhagen and proceed to our hotel after a short city tour. Tonight, you will meet your tour companions at a welcome dinner. Overnight at Scandic Palace Hotel

Day 3Copenhagen to the Kingdom of Crystal | Meals: B D

Traveling by private motor coach from Denmark, we will cross the magnificent Øresund Bridge which spans the Øresund Sound that separates Denmark and Sweden. Entering Sweden, we will have the opportunity to appreciate the idyllic countryside as we motor to the village of Kosta, located in the Kingdom of Crystal, Sweden’s glass district. This afternoon you will have a chance to blow your own glass, visit the glass museum, and do some shopping. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel this evening. Overnight at Kosta Art Hotel

Day 4Kosta to Vadstena | Meals: B D

This morning you will have time to relish your marvelous breakfast at leisure and relax, partake in a service at the hotel spa, use the other hotel amenities, do more shopping, or explore on your own. This afternoon on our way to Vadstena, we will visit a peppermint factory in Gränna. Overnight at Vadstena Klosterhotel

Day 5Vadstena to Stockholm | Meals: B L D

From Vadstena we will venture to the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Upon arrival in Stockholm we’ll enjoy a three-hour tour of the city, followed by dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Clarion Hotel Sign

Day 6Exploring Stockholm | Meals: B

Enjoy the day at leisure in Stockholm, or book one of the following optional excursions:

Archipelago Tour | Tour duration: 3.5 hours, $42 per person
This is the perfect trip if you are looking to experience the untouched nature of our unique archipelago in a short time. On board our guide will tell you all about what’s typical about the Stockholm archipelago in a very inspiring way, making the journey a beautiful and informative outing.

Drottningholm Cruise| Tour duration: 2+ hours, $59 per person
Depart from Stadshusbron pier on a 1 hour cruise of Lake Mälaren to Drottningholm Palace on Ekerö Island, home of the Royal family. Entrance to the palace is included. Once you are finished exploring the palace, you will return by cruise to Stadshusbron pier.

Royal Canal Tour | Tour duration: 1 hour, $32 per person
This canal tour takes sailing you through the beautiful Djurgården Canal, known for its great views of the royal gardens and historic buildings and museums on the island Djurgården. The on board guide will be sharing information about the canal, Djurgården itself, Stockholm, and more on this 50 minute cruise. There is a bar on board for drinks and other refreshments to enjoy on your journey.

Under the Bridges of Stockholm | Tour duration: 2.25 hours, $40 per person
See fabulous Stockholm from the water! Travel under fifteen bridges and through two locks connecting the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren while viewing many of the top attractions of Stockholm such as the inner city, the Old Town, the islands Södermalm, Lilla and Stora Essingen, the new area Hammarby Sjöstad and the green areas of Djurgården.

Stockholm Pass | Tour duration: 24 hours from first use, $90 per person
The Stockholm Pass is a sightseeing city card which allows visitors to experience everything Stockholm has to offer whilst saving both time and money. The Stockholm Pass includes free entry to over 60 top attractions, monuments and museums, including a wide range of boat and bus tours.

Hop on Hop off Bus | Tour duration: 24 hours from first use, $44 per person
Explore Stockholm using a Hop On Hop Off bus pass. Going at your own pace you are able to make your way to the most important parts of Stockholm like Skeppsholmen Island, Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace, Skansen Open Air Museum, and more. There are 25 stops in all and taking a ride all the way around takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Overnight at Clarion Hotel Sign

Day 7Stockholm to Dalarna | Meals: B L D

Today after breakfast we will travel to Dalarna, where we’ll celebrate Midsummer. On the way we will enjoy lunch at and tour Carl Larsson’s home in Sundborn. One of Sweden’s most famous painters, Larsson used this charming home, along with his family, as the inspiration for much of his art. Upon arrival at our hotel in Dalarna, you’ll have the opportunity to start the festivities by helping to collect flowers for the Maypole. Otherwise the evening is at leisure prior to dinner provided at the hotel. Overnight at Åkerblads Hotell

Day 8Midsummer's Eve | Meals: B D

You are welcome today after breakfast to help with the final decorations of the Maypole. For lunch, a Midsummer smorgasbord will be served prior to the Maypole being raised.

At 3:00pm the beautiful Maypole will be raised in the main garden of the hotel, accompanied by traditional folk music and dance around the Maypole. In the evening, Tällberg village’s own Maypole will be raised, and we will enjoy a 4-course Midsummer menu for dinner. Overnight at Åkerblads Hotell

Day 9Midsummer Day | Meals: B D

Today after a hotel breakfast the traditional midsummer festivities continue around Tällberg village and the region of lake Siljan. You will have the day at leisure to explore the town and festivities as you desire. A farewell dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening. Overnight at Åkerblads Hotell

Day 10Depart Stockholm, Sweden | Meals: B

After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our departure flights – Or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Roundtrip transatlantic air with Icelandair in Economy Class from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Copenhagen, returning from Stockholm, including air taxes and fuel surcharges and one checked bag
  • One night accommodation at Scandic Palace Hotel in Copenhagen, Standard Room
  • Private motor coach transportation from departure Copenhagen until arrival Stockholm
  • Individual glass blowing of an item to keep, instruction, and entrance to the glass museum at Kosta Boda
  • One night accommodation at Kosta Art Hotel in Kosta, Standard Room
  • One night accommodation Vadstena Klosterhotel in Vadstena, Standard Room
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm, Standard Room
  • Three-hour guided city tour of Stockholm
  • Private coach transfer from Stockholm to Tällberg
  • Guided tours of Carl Larsson’s home, Sundborn, and Uppsala Cathedral
  • Three nights’ accommodation at Åkerblads Hotel in Tällberg, Standard Room, Including Midsummer Festivities according to itinerary
  • Private coach transfer from Tällberg to Stockholm Airport
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Assistance of Borton Overseas staff member throughout itinerary
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, extra luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, highly recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports or hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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