10 DAYS, 9 NIGHTS | Stockholm, Vaxholm, Copenhagen, Roskilde, Frederiksborg, Gilleleje & Ærø Island
Sweden & Denmark with Ærø Island
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
The Best of Sweden & Denmark - from its colorful Viking heritage to its distinctive culinary treats, become immersed in Scandinavia’s on this Wanderlust private tour just for you. You’ll cruise the archipelago of Stockholm’s 14 islands, stroll the cobblestone streets of Hans Christian Anderson’s Copenhagen; experience world-class food, visit the Vasa Museum, home to the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship, stay on Denmark's charming Ærø Island, and much, much more. Enjoy Scandinavia with your own chauffeur-guide!
Day 1 : Arrive Stockholm, Sweden
Arrive Stockholm Airport where you will be met by your private chauffeur-guide in the arrivals hall to assist you with your luggage. Continue to your boutique hotel on an island in the Stockholm archipelago. This is the best place to explore Stockholm - convenient to the city center on a scenic ferry ride while admiring the views of the beautiful archipelago. Welcome dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Day 2 : Stockholm
Meet your Stockholm guide for an insiders tour of the city. You will get know about real Sweden, study the history and see all the most famous sights. In the afternoon, discover Stockholm from a different perspective: Experience an exotic, multicultural mix of unique restaurants and shops that offer delicious food samples while you learn about Sweden's fantastic food and culture. This tour will take place in Gamla Stan (the Old Town), and features some of the finest restaurants and bars Stockholm has to offer.
Day 3: Drottningholm Royal Palace & Vasa Museum
This morning visit Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish Royal Family. Unlike many royal residences, some of the Royal Apartments are open to the public. Following a tour of the Palace, walk through the Versailles-style formal gardens to visit the exquisite interiors of the Chinese Pavilion. Depart the Palace on a scenic cruise to central Stockholm for a visit to Djurgården Island, a tranquil oasis featuring the Vasa ship, capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged so the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world's only preserved 17th century ship. Next door you may also wish to visit the Abba Museum tracing the history of the famous Swedish pop group. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of Smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel with fabulous sunset views of the archipelago and harbor.
Day 4: Vaxholm Fortess & The Greater Archipelago
Today we'll take a drive out to the countryside and the Greater Archipelago, crossing from one island to the next, to Vaxholm, a beautiful village of pastel colored seaside cottages, and a perfectly preserved island fortress. Visit the fortress and enjoy lunch at a beautiful location by the water. Your late afternoon is free to explore more of Stockholm.
Day 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
Depart Stockholm by air for Copenhagen where you will be met on arrival and transferred into central Copenhagen for lunch. Afternoon; private guided walking tour through the old-world atmosphere of winding back streets, and charming “hidden” squares. Pass famous landmarks and important museums. You’ll hear about the lifestyle of the locals, the famous Danes, past and present, and not least, about the poet and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Dinner in Nyhavn, the city’s iconic heritage harbor with quaint townhouses and old schooners.
Day 6: Copenhagen
Start your day the way the Danes do - with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a freshly baked pastry (or two) and plenty of hygge (Danish hospitality). In the company of a Copenhagen food critic, and guide
you will meet the best bakers and coffee makers, and eat some of the famously delicious pastry on offer in Denmark. Continue to Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish Royal Family, to see the change of the Royal guards. This afternoon is free for you to make your own choice of visits. To mention a few; one Copenhagen's great art galleries, see the Mermaid on a canal cruise, visit Christiansborg Palace, the Danish design emporium Illums Bolighus, the famous Carlsberg Brewery or one of many other great attractions. This evening, make your way to Tivoli Gardens, the park that inspired Walt Disney, and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. At night, thousands of colored lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
Day 7: Louisiana Museum, Frederiksborg Castle & Gilleleje
Scenic drive along the riviera facing Sweden. Visit the country home and museum of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, the acclaimed Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the most beautifully situated museum in the world. Explore the intriguing artworks, beautiful corners, distinctly Danish features and unexpected treasures. Visit the Frederiksborg Castle, built as a royal residence for King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway and arrive in the quaint, and perfectly preserved harbor town of Gilleleje to admire the sunset and enjoy a gourmet fish dinner at an authentic Danish restaurant.
Day 8: Roskilde Cathedral, Viking Ship Museum & Funen
Today we leave Copenhagen for private-guided walking tour of Roskilde, the hub of Viking land and sea trade routes more than a thousand years ago, and Denmark's oldest city. From the 11th century until 1443, it was the capital of Denmark. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, the resting place of 38 kings and queens of Denmark, and the Viking Ship Museum, where you’ll learn about the rough-and-tumble, yet surprisingly sophisticated, Viking culture of a thousand years ago. Depart Roskilde and cross the bridges spanning some 10 miles from Zealand to Funen. Arrive in the attractive town of Svenborg for the scenic ferry journey to the nostalgic small island of Ærø, and the old port of Ærøskøbing, for a two-night stay.
Day 9: Ærøskøbing & Ærø Island
There are hundreds of islands dotting the water around Denmark and while many of them are enchanting, Ærø is a standout, and you will be blown over by the island's beauty. Thatched cottages, tidy farms, and windswept bluffs adorn the countryside and old windjammer port of Ærøskøbing is as untouched as they come. With our guide and local resident Karen, we'll follow a walking tour of charming Ærøskøbing and explore the island. She'll share with us local stories, and the island's history, as well take you for a delicious smørrebrød lunch. Farwell dinner at an authentic restaurant converted from a beautiful antique building in Ærøskøbing.
Day 10: Return to Copenhagen
Say goodbye to Ærø Island and head back by ferry to the mainland for your onward journey to Copenhagen and your return flight home.
Just a few tour highlights:
Culinary Walking Tours
Vasa Ship Museum
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION:
In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting.
Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
Guideline 2020 Prices:
Per Person in Superior Boutique
From $5490 for a group of 4
Per Person in Luxury Boutique
From $5990 for a group of 4
Price is determined by your choice of dates, accommodation, and the number of people in your group.
Included with this tour:
9 nights Superior or Luxury Boutique accommodation
5 gourmet three-course dinners
Professional local guides
Professional chauffeur-guide each day
Touring in a luxury Mercedes van
Airfare from Stockholm to Copenhagen
Airport meet, greet & transfer
All entrance fees
Ferry fares, local taxes & tolls
Each day customizable & flexible
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll devise a program that's right for you.
We can also add Norway.
"We are Wanderlust repeat customers having toured Ireland and Scotland last year with them. We wanted to take our kids to the “old country “- Sweden and Denmark. I wanted to see where my ancestors came from. Hugh, being Danish himself, arranged for a great trip. We saw the big cities and experienced the country life. Hugh even arranged for the Queen of Denmark to greet us in Svendborg! It was actually a coincidence and involved a wave from afar from the royal yacht but Hugh really is that good! We highly recommend Wanderlust Private Tours. We love Hugh (and his wife Margaux). Can’t wait for our next trip."