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Sweden for second-timers
9 days / 8 nights
Stockholm - Gothenburg - Trollhattan - Vanersborg - Lacko Castle - Sjotorp - Hojstorp - Toreboda - Tatorp - Karlsborg - Vadstena - Motala - Borenshult - Borensberg - Berg - Klamman - Carlsborg - Mariehov - Duvkullen - Soderkoping - Mem - Savsundet - Sodertalje - Birka - Stockholm

Events & Festivals Sweden

The Walpurgis Eve, April-May - a feast of the witches.
Jousting Tournaments, Linkoping, May - two days of medieval fun and frolics.
Archipelago Boat Day, Stockholm, June - music and entertainment onshore and onboard.
Taste of Stockholm, June - the city shows off its best food, drink, free live entertainment, culture and sport.
The Halsinge Hambo, Harga, July - one of the oldest dance competitions in Sweden that welcomes over 500 dancers in traditional dress.
The Baltic Festival, Karlshamn, July - Artists, singers, musicians and other entertainers visit from all over the Baltic.
Sigtuna Market Fair, Sigtuna, August - features folk music and dancing alongside stalls laden with handicrafts, as well as Swedish fairytale figures.
The Apple Market, Kivik, September - featured one of the world’s more bizarre works of art: a ‘painting’ made with as many as 75,000 apples.
Winter Solstice Festival, Stockholm, December - Ice sculptors and fire artists do wonderful things with the elements.
Snow Festival, Kiruna, January - an annual celebration of winter, where the Northern Lights can be glimpsed across the snowy expanses.
Winter Market, Jokkmokk, February - an important Sami cultural event and tourist attraction.
Music at Lake Siljan, Mora, July - features chamber music, organ concerts, choirs, songs, dance music.

Day 1 Stockholm
Arrival transfer.

Day 2 Stockholm - Gothenburg
Explore Gamla Stan with the Houses of Parliament, the Great Cathedral and the Palace. See the City Hall. Visit Vasa Museum. Cruise to Gothenburg.

Day 3 Gothenburg - Trollhattan - Vanersborg
Cruise to the lock at Lilla Edet and Trollhattan locks. Explore the Canal Museum. Arrival in Vanersborg. Visit Algens Berg and the Royal Hunting Museum.

Day 4 Vanersborg - Lacko Castle - Sjotorp - Hajstorp
Cruising to Lake Vanern. Explore Lacko Castle. Travel to Sjotorp and the first lock on the Gota Canal. Explore the remains of the old shipyards. Hajstorp ovre.

Day 5 Hajstorp - Toreboda - Tatorp - Karlsborg - Vadstena - Motala
Cruising to Toreboda. Travel to the Berg Canal/the Obelisk, the highest point of that part of the canal. Continue to Tatorp and Lake Viken. Travel to the Spetsnas Canal/Billstrommen. Enjoy the small lakes with water lilies. The next stop is Forsvik lock. Pass Karlsborg and its fortress. Get to Lake Vattern. Explore Vadstena, a small town famous for St. Birgitta. Get to the sightseeing train to the Castle and Abbey church. Arrival in Motala. Visit the Motor Museum.

Day 6 Motala - Borenshult - Borensberg - Berg - Klamman
Cruising to Borenshult. Continue to Lake Boren and then to Borensberg. Vastana Bend. See Kungs Norrby, aqueduct. Go on to Ljungsbro, aqueduct. Travel to Berg (Heda). Explore the convent of Vreta Kloster and the first nunnery in Sweden. Continue to Berg. Get to Lake Roxen. Next is Norsholm lock. See Lake Asplangen. Arrival in Klamman.

Day 7 Klamman - Carlsborg - Mariehov - Duvkullen - Soderkoping - Mem - Savsundet
Cruising to Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen. Get to Soderkoping, an important spa town during the Hansa period. It also has a long and very interesting history as a spa. Try the famous local ice cream. Continue to Mem and leave the Gota Canal. Enjoy the Baltic. Explore the ruins of the Stegeborg Fort. Arrival at Savsundet.

Day 8 Savsundet - Sodertalje - Birka - Stockholm
Cruising to Sodertalje with the largest lock on the tour. Continue on to Lake Mälaren and then to the Viking community of Birka on the island of Bjorko. See Drottningholm Castle and home of the Royal family. Get to Hammarby lock.

Day 9 Stockholm
Transfer to the airport.