Copenhagen and Sweden

Copenhagen and Sweden

Depart:
Independent Tour-Land Only

8 Days/ 7 Nights

Daily April 1-October 31
Price per Person:
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Package Includes:
7 nights first class accommodation all with private facilities
Breakfast each day
Rail travel between cities-2nd class seats
Seat in coach tours of Copenhagen and Stockholm
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Copenhagen
Upon arrival self transfer to your centrally located hotel. Copenhagen is a compact city, which means that most of its main sights and attractions can be reached easily by foot. This has to be one of the most walkable capital cities in the world, one in which you can go from visiting a fairy tale 17th century castle to a cutting edge cinema complex, or from a modern design center to a historical amusement garden, literally within a couple of footsteps. Tivoli Gardens is usually top of everyone's list of places to visit; its unique style and atmosphere are as synonymous with the city. Several of Copenhagen's museums enjoy a deserved international reputation for their rich collections and inventive temporary exhibitions. Copenhagen is a royal city, home of the world's oldest monarchy beginning with King Erik VII who set up permanent residence in 1417, and Copenhagen is still the scene of pageantry and frequent royal events. The present Queen, Margrethe II, lives in the royal Amalienborg Palace in the heart of Copenhagen, guarded by sentries in their distinctive uniforms. It is recommended to go and see the change of guards. Overnight at the Hotel Vesterbro.

Day 2 Copenhagen
Today you we recommend visits to some of the most famous and interesting sites of the city, including: Tivoli, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, Nationalmuseet(National Museum), Kongens Nytorv, Det Kongelige Teater (The Danish Royal Theater), Nyhavn, Gefion Fountain and The Little Mermaid. A visit to Amalienborg Palace to see the Royal Changing of the Guard Out in the courtyard, on the hour, they have a changing-of-the-guards ceremony to relive the centuries, located at several places throughout the yard. While not as elaborate as that of Buckingham Palace, you can get a much better view here. You may also take pictures of the sentries standing their guard. But just like in England, they won't talk to you! The New Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum founded in 1888 by the brewer Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914). The museum contains two main departments offering a unique combination of art and architecture. The Department of Antiquities houses world-class collections of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art. The Modern Department focuses on Danish paintings and sculpture of the 19th and 20th century, as well as French art of the same period. Overnight at the Hotel Vesterbro.

Day 3 Copenhagen-Gothenburg
Today you will make a train journey to Goteborg. Called the "gateway to northern Europe," Gothenburg (Goteborg in Swedish) is the country's chief port and second-largest city. Swedes often say that Gothenburg is a more welcoming town than Stockholm, and in fact, a recent opinion poll showed that half the Swedish population would be happy to move to Gothenburg because of its friendly atmosphere. Canals, parks, and flower gardens enhance its appeal, as do a large number of museums (featuring everything from the world's only stuffed blue whale to modern art) and the largest amusement park in northern Europe. Gothenburg also is a convenient center for excursions to the fishing villages and lovely vacation resorts north of the city. Gothenburg received its city charter from Gustavus Adolphus II in 1621. The port contains a shipyard, Cityvarvet, and a manufacturer of platforms for oil rigs, Gotaverken/Arendal. The city also is the home of Volvo, the car manufacturer (whose plant is about a 15-minute drive from the city center), and of the Hasselblad space camera. Despite this heavy industry, Gothenburg's environmental programs have made it a European leader in developing new products and procedures for dealing with waste. Overnight Post Hotel.

Day 4 Gothenburg-Stockholm
After breakfast you will make a train journey to Stockholm. Stockholm, a city of 1.4 million people and is built on 14 islands on Lake Malaren, which marks the beginning of an archipelago of 24,000 islands, skerries, and islets stretching all the way to the Baltic Sea. A city of bridges and islands, towers and steeples, cobblestone squares and broad boulevards, Renaissance splendor and steel-and-glass skyscrapers, Stockholm also has access to nature just a short distance away. You can even go fishing in the downtown waterways, thanks to a long-standing decree signed by Queen Christina. Although the city was founded more than 7 centuries ago, it did not become the official capital of Sweden until the mid-17th century. While today it reigns over a modern welfare state. Overnight Hotel Tegnerlunden.

Day 5 Stockholm
We recommend visits to The Old Town which is probably the place in Stockholm that has the most visitors, day and night. Here one can enjoy tranquility, as well as entertainment and street life. All within walking distance. This quarter of the city has an eventful history, and has been known as a place of sin, a place of execution and also for grandiose royal weddings. The Royal Palace is one of the few official residences of a European monarch that's open to the public. Although the king and queen prefer to live at Drottningholm, this massive 608-room showcase remains their official address. Visitors may walk through the Council Chamber, where the king and his ministers meet several times a year. The State Apartments, with magnificent baroque ceilings and fine tapestries, the Bernadotte Apartment, and the Guest Apartment are on view. Skansen is often called "Old Sweden in a Nutshell," this open-air museum contains more than 150 dwellings on some 30 hectares (75 acres) of parkland. They originally stood all over the country, from Lapland to Sk�ne, and most are from the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibits range from a windmill to a manor house to a complete town quarter. The Vasa Museum, a 17th-century man-of-war, is the top attraction in Scandinavia, and for good reason. Housed near Skansen in a museum specially constructed for it, the Vasa is the world's oldest identified and complete ship. Overnight Hotel Tegnerlunden.

Day 6 Stockholm-Kalmar
In the morning you will take a train to Kalmar. Historically, the town is forever linked to the Kalmar Union, the treaty that three northern crowns signed there in 1397 linking Denmark, Norway, and Sweden into an ill-fated but united kingdom. Queen Margrethe of Denmark headed the union, which was dissolved in 1523. Today a thriving commercial center, Kalmar still retains many 17th century buildings and sea captain's houses, many clustered around the Stortoget (main square) in the center of town. Overnight Hotel With.

Day 7 Kalmar-Malmo
In the morning enjoy the journey by train to Sweden's third-largest city, Malmo. Malmo is a busy port across the Oresund sound, now linked by bridge from Copenhagen, is the capital of Skane. It's an old city, dating from the 13th century. From early days, Malmo (pronounced mahl-mer) prospered because of its location on a sheltered bay. In the 16th century, when it was the second-largest city in Denmark, it vied with Copenhagen for economic and cultural leadership. Reminders of that age are Malmohus Castle , the Town Hall, and the Stortorget, plus several homes of rich burghers. Malmo has been a Swedish city since the end of a bloody war in 1658, when the Treaty of Roskilde incorporated the province of Skane into Sweden. Overnight Hotel Kramer.

Day 8 Malmo-End of Tour
After breakfast self transfer to the trial station for your train journey to Copenhagen Airport. You can extend your stay in either Malmo or Copenhagen or continue to Norway or Germany.

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