Swedish Midsummer: A Magical Celebration

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Availability : June 17-26, 2019

Swedish Midsummer: A Magical Celebration

Highlights Include:

  • Blowing your own glass (to keep!) at the Kosta Boda glass factory
  • Dining on traditional Swedish dishes at a Hyttsill dinner
  • Celebrating Midsummer in the province of Dalarna
  • Tours of the home of beloved artist Carl Larsson and Uppsala Cathedral
  • Exploring Stockholm for 2 full days

Photo: Per Bifrost/imagebank.sweden.se

Tour Details

From: $4,258 per person | Single supplement $511

Early Booking Discount: Save $150 per person if deposited by February 28, 2019

10 days

Tour Dates:  
June 17 – 26, 2019

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

Monday, June 17Departure from US

Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist Andrea Berkeland 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!

Tuesday, June 18Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark | Meals: D

Arrive in Copenhagen and proceed to our hotel near the airport terminal. Tonight, you will meet your tour companions at a welcome dinner. Dinner and overnight at Clarion Airport Hotel

Wednesday, June 19Copenhagen 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. Our highlight tonight is participating in a Hyttsill at the glass factory. A Hyttsill is an evening spent in the glass-blowing room, where a traditional dinner is cooked in the furnaces as they cool down from the day, local music is played, songs are sung, and a genial environment is enjoyed by all! Overnight at Kosta Art Hotel

Thursday, June 20Kosta 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. We will visit other glassworks this afternoon on our way to Vadstena. Dinner and overnight at Vadstena Klosterhotel.

Friday, June 21Midsummer’s Eve in Tällberg, Dalarna | Meals: B L D

It is Midsummer Eve, the time to celebrate the summer solstice. We will depart after breakfast and continue our journey to the province of Dalarna. We will arrive at Åkerblads Hotel in time for a grand Midsummer smörgåsbord lunch. This afternoon, the beautifully decorated Maypole will be raised in the main garden of the hotel, accompanied by traditional folk music, and dancing around the Maypole. A 4-course Midsummer menu is served this evening. Dinner and overnight at Åkerblads Hotel

Saturday, June 22Midsummer! | Meals: B L D

Traditional Midsummer festivities will continue today. Lunch will be included at the hotel. Enjoy a 4-course summer-inspired menu this evening. Dinner and overnight at Åkerblads Hotel

Sunday, June 23Sundborn and Stockholm | Meals: B L D

Today we will tour Carl Larsson’s home, 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. Lunch will be included this afternoon. On our way to Stockholm, we will stop in Uppsala for a tour of the majestic Cathedral. We will then continue to our hotel located in Old Town. Dinner and overnight at First Hotel Reisen

Monday, June 24Stockholm | Meals: B

We will be introduced to Sweden’s capital with a city tour this morning. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure for you to experience the city as you wish. Spending some time in Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a must, and don’t forget to take in a Swedish Fika (coffee break)! Overnight at First Hotel Reisen

Tuesday, June 25More to Explore Meals: B D

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, shopping, and exploring on your own. You might like to take a cruise through the archipelago, stroll along Drottninggatan to check out the stores and boutiques, or visit some of the cultural exhibits on display at the Vasa, Nordic, ABBA, or another of Stockholm’s many museums. Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner together to reminisce about our experiences. Overnight at First Hotel Reisen

Wednesday, June 26Depart 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 nights’ accommodation in standard room at Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
  • 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
  • Hyttsill celebration including dinner
  • One nights’ accommodation in standard room at Kosta Art Hotel
  • One nights’ accommodation in standard room at Vadstena Klosterhotel
  • Two nights’ accommodation in standard rooms at Åkerblads Hotel
  • Guided tours of Carl Larsson’s home, Sundborn, and Uppsala Cathedral
  • Three nights’ accommodation at First Hotel Reisen
  • Three-hour guided city tour of Stockholm
  • Private coach transfer from First Hotel Reisen to Stockholm airport (if on group flight)
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) including a welcome dinner, Smörgåsbord lunch, 4-course Midsummer dinner, Midsummer day lunch, and 4-course Summer dinner at Åkerblads Hotel, and a farewell 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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