Scandinavian Christmas Experience 2024 – Sweden

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Availability : December 5-14, 2024

Scandinavian Christmas Experience 2024

Gothenburg & Stockholm

Highlights Include:

  • Experience two cities in Sweden
  • Visits to Christmas Markets
  • Train journey across the Swedish countryside, west to east
  • Time to explore Gothenburg & Stockholm on your own
  • Evening cruise to Vaxholm with Julbord dinner at the Fort
  • Hosted by a Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist

Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se

Tour Details

From: $4,395 per person | single supplement $949

10 days

Tour Dates:  December 5 – 14, 2024

Join a Borton Overseas destination specialist on a festive holiday getaway! Immerse yourself in the magic of Sweden’s Christmas markets, where twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the smell of freshly baked Christmas goodies and mulled wine fill the air. Stroll through the charming stalls offering handmade crafts, traditional treats, and unique gifts. This tour is the perfect combination of holiday shopping, city sightseeing, and free time to take in the cozy holiday atmosphere. Travel in a relaxed group setting with the experience and assistance of your Borton Overseas host along the way.

 

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

Thursday, December 5Departure from US

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

Friday, December 6Arrive Gothenburg, Sweden | Meals: D

Welcome to Sweden! Arrive midday at Gothenburg Airport. Upon arrival, the group will transfer by coach into the city. Enjoy free time to settle into our rooms before we gather for a welcome dinner as a group at the hotel. Overnight: Gothenburg hotel

Saturday, December 7Gothenburg & Liseberg Park | Meals: B

This morning, we will begin our day with a three-hour sightseeing tour of the highlights of Gothenburg (Göteborg). We will conclude our tour at Liseberg Park. During the Christmas season, Liseberg is transformed into a winter fairytale filled with market stalls selling gifts, mulled wine, and Christmas goodies. We will have three hours of shopping time before transferring as a group back to the hotel, or you can choose to continue to shop and sightsee independently. Overnight: Gothenburg hotel

Sunday, December 8Gothenburg - castle market | Meals: B

Our morning is free to spend at leisure or sightseeing independently. At midday, we will transfer to Tjolöholm Castle, located outside of Gothenburg. The market at Tjolöholm has been one of the largest in Western Sweden since 1987. The grounds are aglow with lights and festive decorations, and market stalls with hundreds of local producers selling handicrafts and food. There are several restaurant, café, and food truck options to enjoy a late lunch or snack. After three hours of shopping time, we will transfer as a group back to Gothenburg. Overnight: Gothenburg hotel

Monday, December 9 Gothenburg | Meals: B

Our final day in Gothenburg is free to sightsee independently or continue to shop for Christmas gifts. Overnight: Gothenburg hotel

Tuesday, December 10Gothenburg - Stockholm, Sweden | Meals: B

This morning, we transfer by coach to the Gothenburg train station and depart by rail across the beautiful Swedish countryside for Stockholm. On arrival, we will be met by a local guide and coach for a four-hour sightseeing tour of the capital city. At the conclusion of the tour, we will be dropped off at our hotel for check in. The evening is at leisure. Overnight: Stockholm hotel

Wednesday, December 11Stockholm | Meals: B

Your host will accompany the group on the short walk to Stortorget Market, located in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. Stortorget Market is the oldest in Sweden, with the first market opening in 1837. Here you will find stalls spread across the beautiful market square selling Christmas treats and handicrafts. After three hours of shopping and free time to explore the sights and shops of Gamla Stan, you can meet your host and walk back to the hotel – or continue to explore on your own. Overnight: Stockholm hotel

Thursday, December 12Stockholm | Meals: B

Today is free to sightsee and continue to shop independently. Overnight: Stockholm hotel

Friday, December 13Stockholm: Skansen & Vaxholm | Meals: B D

Today is St. Lucia Day, celebrating annually in Sweden. The St. Lucia procession is a very well-known historical Christmas tradition in Sweden.
Our final day will be spent at the open-air museum, Skansen. Here you will find another historic Christmas market, dating back to 1903. Beyond the market stalls selling various locally made food and crafts, you can also stroll through the museum’s collection of historic homes and gardens, showcasing the customs and traditions of the past, and check out residents of the Nordic Zoo. This evening, we will transfer by coach from our hotel to the harbor, where we will take a short boat trip to one of the nearby archipelago islands, Vaxholm. Our farewell dinner will be held at Vaxholm Citadel – a traditional Christmas dinner buffet / Swedish smorgasbord. Following dinner, we will return to Stockholm by boat, then by coach to our hotel. Overnight: Stockholm hotel

Saturday, December 14Depart Sweden to USA | Meals: B

We will be transferred by bus to the airport for the group’s flight departure from Stockholm, with arrival back in Minneapolis/St. Paul late afternoon. – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Round trip, economy-class air from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including taxes and fees, one checked bag. 
  • Eight nights’ accommodation in standard rooms
  • Transfers & transport as indicated
  • Guided city tours in Gothenburg and Stockholm 
  • Train Gothenburg and Stockholm, standard class with seat reservation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Stockholm Travel Card, for public transportation within Stockholm for 72 hours
  • Round trip boat trip, Stockholm to Vaxholm
  • Entrance fees to Liseberg, Tjolöholm Castle, Skansen
  • Gratuities for guides & drivers
  • Assistance of Borton Overseas staff throughout itinerary
Not Included
  • Ancillary airline fees such as meals, seat reservations, extra luggage costs. 
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling 
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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