Crystal Kingdom

Stockholm & Kingdom of Crystal
9 days
June - August
Itinerary
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See the sights of historic Stockholm then travel through the lovely Swedish Kingdom of Crystal area, famous for its glass and crystal making, and on to wonderful Copenhagen. 

The Kingdom of Crystal is a geographical area in southern Sweden with more than 14 glassworks whose history can be traced back past the 18th century. The glassworks each have distinct traditions, character and atmosphere and include such famous names as Orrefors and Kosta, and are an important part of the culture of Sweden. The larger glassworks offer great visitor experiences such as glass blowing halls, museums and of course wonderful shopping for all kinds of glass products such as glasses, bowls, vases and unique glass ornaments.

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Day 1:  Stockholm  Arrival
On arrival at Stockholm Airport pick up your rental car, make your own way to your hotel and remainder of the day at leisure. Stockholm, the 'Beauty on the Water', is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by the Skargarden archipelago. Explore Gamla Stan’s charming, narrow cobbled streets, take a canal cruise, see the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, or the City Hall with its famous Blue Hall and Golden Room. Accommodation at Hotell Kung Carl or similar.

Day 2:  Stockholm CIty Sightseeing & Drottningholm Palace
Today enjoy an audio city tour by bus (1 hr and 15 minutes tour, with several daily departures). During the tour you will pass by the most famous buildings in Stockholm, including the Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Parliament Building, the island of Djurgården and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. If possible, a stop will be made by the observation point at Fjällgatan, if traffic permits.

After the sightseeing tour, leave Stockholm by boat from Stadshusbron.  Awaiting you is the pearl of Lake Mälaren, Drottningholm Palace. Built in the late 17th century, the Palace is the residence of Sweden’s Royal Family. Your visit incldues entrance on a 1 one hour guided tour of the main rooms, and the surrounding landscaped gardens. Please note the royal residence may close to the public without notice in case of a stay by the Royal Family. After the tour, take the boat back to the city.  Accommodation at Hotell Kung Carl or similar.

Day 3:  Stockholm – Växjö 420 kmGuided Town Tour
Depart Stockholm, drive to Växjö and check in at your hotel. Your Kingdom of Crystal guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a sightseeing tour of the town by private car.  Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Cardinal or similar.

Day 4:  Växjö - Kalmar 110km: House of Emigration and Museum of Småland (Glass)
This morning enjoy a second guided excursion in Växjö. Visit the House of Emigration and the Museum of Småland (Glass). This afternoon, leave Växjö and drive to Kalmar, famous for it's castle which has long been the guardian of Sweden's southern frontier.  Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset or similar.

Day 5:  Kalmar: Kingdom of Crystal, Kosta, Orrefors and Målerås showrooms and boutiques
Today has a full day privately guided tour of the famous Kingdom of Crystal including the Kosta, Orrefors and Målerås showrooms and boutiques and lunch at the Kosta Inn. Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset or similar.

Day 6:  Kalmar: Kalmar Cathedral, Kalmar Castle and the Art Museum
On the agenda today is a guided visit to the Kalmar Cathedral, Kalmar Castle and the Art Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Packhuset or similar.

Day 7 Kalmar – Malmo 285km then train Malmo to Copenhagen
This morning leave Kalmar and head to Malmo. Drive along the coast to Karlshamn, known for its well preserved historical buildings. Karlshamn played an important role in the Swedish emigration to America as a large number of people left Sweden from here. Continue your journey passing through Kristianstad, a former fortress town founded by the Danish King Christian IV in 1614. Arrive at Malmo, drop off your rental car and make your own way to the Malmo train station. From here, take the train to Copenhagen, a journey of about 1 hour which takes you over the Oresund Bridge. On arrival in Copenhagen, make your own way to your hotel. Accommodation at First Hotel Twentyseven or similar.

Day 8 Copenhagen:  City Bus Tour and Canal Tour
In the morning, depart on a regular 1.5 hour audio city tour by bus ( departures at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00), during which you will see the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Hans Christian Andersen’s statue, Gefion Fountain, the old harbour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid and many other popular sights.

After the bus tour, walk along the pedestrian street “Strøget” to the picturesque Nyhavn canal. From here, depart on a 1 hour canal tour, (there are regular departures from 09:30 until 18:00), for the opportunity to see Copenhagen from the “other side”. This tour takes you through the harbour and the idyllic canals, past beautiful churches, castles, picturesque old houses, architecturally interesting new buildings and other exceptional sights of Copenhagen. Accommodation at First Hotel Twentyseven or similar.

Day 9 Copenhagen Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before check out and end of arrangements.

Departures: Daily June - August

Extra nights can be added at any destination along the way - please enquire. 

Includes:  8 nights’ accommodation incl. daily breakfast at centrally located 3 star hotels, regular sightseeing tour in Stockholm by bus, round trip ferry to Drottningholm incl. entrance to Drottningholm Castle, guided sightseeing by private car and entrances in Växjö and Kalmar as described in the itinerary, lunch at Kosta Inn, regular sightseeing tour in Copenhagen by bus, 1 hour canal tour in Copenhagen, manual car rental Class C type VW Golf or similar for 7 x 24 hour days (total 168 hours) with pick up at  Stockholm Airport and drop off in Malmo downtown

Excludes: upgrade to automatic car, GPS, and any other car extras, petrol

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4338.00
Single AUD$ 7510.00

Includes:  8 nights’ accommodation incl. daily breakfast at centrally located 3 star hotels, regular sightseeing tour in Stockholm by bus, round trip ferry to Drottningholm incl. entrance to Drottningholm Castle, guided sightseeing by private car and entrances in Växjö and Kalmar as described in the itinerary, lunch at Kosta Inn, regular sightseeing tour in Copenhagen by bus, 1 hour canal tour in Copenhagen, manual car rental Class C type VW Golf or similar for 7 x 24 hour days (total 168 hours) with pick up at  Stockholm Airport and drop off in Malmo downtown

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