ISLAND HOPPING IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN

Gotland and Öland, the two largest islands off the East coast of Sweden, are known for their relaxed atmosphere and unique natural settings which attract both Swedish and international holidaymakers every year. This tour is truly idyllic and a bestseller!

This tour starts through the Swedish Empire to the popular coastal town of Kalmar, which has a charming old town. The neighboring island of Öland with its endless long sandy beaches is truly idyllic. The sister island Gotland is significantly larger, but just as romantic with the main town of Visby, whose medieval town is on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The journey continues to Stockholm where a scenic archipelago cruise and a visit to “Gamla Stan” district should not be missed. The fairytale like Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred as a stopover during the last days journey rounds off this tour which is characterized by tranquility. 

DURATION
10 days/9 nights

DEPARTURE
15.05-15.09 2021

 

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Day 1: Växjö
The tour starts in Växjö in the Swedish province of Småland. In the informative “Smålands Museum” various exhibitions document the history and glass production of the region since the 16th century. 

Day 2: Växjö – Kalmar
Today’s destination is the Swedish East Coast and the coastal town of Kalmar. Kalmar is a charming town which is also the “Gateway to Öland” thanks to an approximately 6-kilometer-long bridge. Worth seeing in Kalmar is particularly the renaissance castle “Kalmar Slot”, the old town “Gamla Stan” which is the former medival center of the city – and the beautiful Cathedral Church. 

Day 3: Kalmar
A visit to the island of Öland is well worthwhile. The island which is 137 kilometers long and only 16 kilometers wide captivates with breathtaking natural landscapes and historical relics such as castle ruins from the Middle Age. 

Day 4: Kalmar – Visby
Drive along the beautiful coast of Oskarshamn to board the ferry to Visby on the island of Gotland. The picturesque medieval town has a unique city wall, small curved cobblestone streets and plenty of idyllic stone and wooden houses. The cozy city center of Visby and the medieval city wall are featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Day 5 & 6: Visby & Gotland
The distances on Gotland are short and with Visby as the starting point all sights and attractions are within walking distance. The southern tip of the island also called the “Sudret” is truly captivating with rough cliffs and charming windmills.

Day 7: Visby – Stockholm
After 3 relaxing days on Gotland, return to the mainland with the ferry crossing to Nynäshamn. The journey continues through small idyllic towns close to the archipelago to the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Day 8: Stockholm 
A walk through the extremely charming district of “Gamla Stan” and a visit to the world-famous Vasa are must sees while staying in Stockholm. Remember also to visit the impressive hall in the “Stadshuset” in which Nobel Prizes are annually awarded.

Day 9: Stockholm – Jönköping
Today’s journey to Jönköping takes you by Mariefred, Örebro and along Lake Vättern to Jönköping. A stop in the small town of Gränna famous for its candy canes shortly before reaching Jönköping is the perfect pit stop. A visit to one of the Göta Canal lock systems at Berg is also a highlight. The only matchstick museum in the world is also located in Jönköping. 

Day 10: Return Journey Home
Individual return journey home from Jönköping.