Swedish Christmas Experience 2019

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Availability : December 6-11, 2019

Swedish Christmas Experience

Highlights Include:

  • Visits to two wonderful Christmas Markets
  • Evening cruise to Vaxholm and Julbord dinner at the Fort
  • Time to explore Stockholm on your own
  • An optional excursion to see The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet
  • Hosted by a Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist

Photo: Ulf Lundin/Imagebank/Sweden.se

Tour Details

From: $2,088 per person | Single supplement $354

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

Early Booking Discount: Save $100 per person if deposited by July 1, 2019

6 days

Tour Dates:
December 6 – 11, 2019

We’re pleased to present our fifth annual Christmas-themed Signature Journey! Back by popular demand, this year’s journey is headed to Stockholm for another exciting Christmas adventure. With new experiences, your choice of optional excursions, and plenty of time to browse the famous Christmas markets, this trip is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

Join Borton Overseas Scandinavia Director Betina Kohler on this festive pre-holiday trip to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Stockholm at Christmas. Visit Sigtuna, the oldest town in Sweden, enjoy a traditional Christmas julbord buffet at the historic Vaxholm Kastellet (Fort), and shop for handicrafts, traditional food, baked goods, and more at two different Christmas markets!

 

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

Friday, December 6Departure from US

Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist Elspeth Stewart will accompany the group on its departure from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Icelandair at 6:20 p.m. Borton Overseas can assist with arrangements for departures from other US locations – please inquire!

Saturday, December 7Arrive Stockholm, Sweden | Meals: D

Arrive in Reykjavik at 6:30 a.m., and change planes, departing at 7:35 a.m. Arrive in Stockholm at 11:40 a.m. Upon arrival we will be picked up from the airport and transferred into the city center, with a city tour along the way to introduce us to Sweden’s capital. The remainder of the day is at leisure to acclimate or explore the city as you wish. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner as a group and toast the first day of our adventure. Overnight at Hotel C

Sunday, December 8Sigtuna Christmas Market | Meals: B

After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel as a group to Sigtuna to explore the historic town and its charming Christmas Market. Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden, with history dating back to 980 A.D. You can find old churches, runic stones, and Sweden’s oldest pedestrian street lined with wooden houses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. The Christmas Market opens at 11:00 a.m., and you will have time to explore on your own to purchase gifts and lunch after a short group walking tour of the town. We will depart Sigtuna this afternoon to head back to Stockholm for the evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel C

Monday, December 9Stockholm Christmas Markets | Meals: B

Enjoy the Christmas Market at Skansen Open Air Museum today.

Christmas at Skansen
Skansen’s houses and farmsteads are all decorated with Christmas trees and other decorations, illustrating the Yuletide customs of days gone by. There has been a Christmas market at Skansen every Christmas since 1903, with stalls selling traditional food, candy and baked goods, handicrafts, spices and essences, and lots of other irresistible items! There will also be craft demonstrations, live music, and of course, dancing around the Christmas tree!

We will depart from the hotel as a group to Skansen and then disperse to enjoy free time once we reach the Christmas market. You can use your provided travel card to visit to Gamla Stan (Old Town), featuring its own Christmas market, with handicraft items, food, ornaments, and more! Stroll through Gamla Stan’s quaint, narrow streets, and explore the many small shops, boutiques, antique stores, cafes, and coffee shops.

This evening you have the option to attend a ballet at the Royal Swedish Opera.

The Nutcracker performed by the Royal Ballet| Price: $45 per person
The Royal Ballet’s history started back in 1773, when King Gustav III founded the Swedish Opera. Under Johannes Öhman’ s leadership, the Royal Ballet is the largest ballet company in Sweden today. It consists of nearly 70 full-time dancers, divided into principal dancers (some King honored with the title Hovdansare or court danser), soloists, and kårdansare (corps de ballet). Each dancer participates in over 100 performances, most of which take place on the Opera’s main stage.

Overnight at Hotel C

Tuesday, December 10Optional Tours | Meals: B D

Today you can choose to book an optional tour, or spend the day at leisure. This evening we will travel from Stockholm to Vaxholm, where we will enjoy a scrumptious Christmas buffet, or Julbord, at the Voxholm Kastellet (Fort). We will travel by boat for about one hour to reach the fort. Once there we will have three hours to enjoy the delicious spread and reminisce about the memories made on the trip before our departure tomorrow morning. Overnight at Hotel C

Excursion Options Today:

Stockholm Pass | Duration: Valid for 24 hours from first use, $81 per person
The Stockholm Pass can be used to join tours for free or at a reduced rate, gain entrance to museums, and more.
Panorama Bus Tour | Duration: 1 hour, $39 per person
See Stockholm’s top attractions and learn about the history of the city from the comfort of a luxury coach. This non-stop tour is the perfect introduction to Stockholm. Some of the famous sites you can see are Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Palace, Östermalm, Gamla Stan (Old Town), and Långholmen.
Sightseeing by Boat | Duration: 1 hour, $36 per person
This guided boat tour will take you along the city’s quays, out to and around the islands of Fjäderholmarna.
Hop on Hop off Bus | Duration: Valid for 24 hours from first use, $39 per person
Explore Stockholm using a Hop On Hop Off bus pass. Going at your own pace, you can 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.
Snowshoeing | Duration: 5-6 hours, $175 per person
Head out of the city into the forest for an adventure on snowshoes. The landscape is beautiful, and wildlife is never far away. Your guide will identify footprints, talk about local culture and wildlife, and serve you lunch in a scenic spot on the tour. This is a great way to experience Nordic culture beyond the city limits.

Wednesday, December 11Depart Stockholm, Sweden | Meals: B

Your morning is at leisure to enjoy breakfast at the hotel, walk through the city, do any last-minute shopping, or packing before we depart for the airport mid-morning. We will be transferred by bus to the airport in time to catch our 1:20 p.m. flight to Reykjavik, where we will change planes and arrive back in Minneapolis at 5:05 p.m. – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Round trip, economy-class air on Icelandair from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including taxes and fees, one checked bag, onboard individual, in-seat entertainment (movies, TV shows, and music). Meals and snacks on board Icelandair are available for purchase.
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Stockholm city tour with local guide
  • Four nights’ accommodation at Hotel C Stockholm, which features Stockholm’s Ice Bar
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Stockholm Travel Card, for public transportation within Stockholm for 72 hours
  • Round trip Ferry, Stockholm to Vaxholm
  • Christmas buffet at Vaxholm Kastellet
  • Assistance of Borton Overseas staff 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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