Welcome to Sweden, a country covered by endless forests. On this self-drive you will visit Stockholm, capital of Sweden, a city with countless islands and known as 'The Venice of the North'. Pass through the province of Dalarna, defined as the most Swedish of the regions because of its huge forests and red wooden cottages. Visit Karlstad next to Lake Vänern, which has the largest lake in Sweden.This self-drive tour takes you to the west coast with its steep cliffs and famous archipelagos as well as Gothenburg, the second largest city of this Scandinavian jewel.
Upon arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, collect your rental car. The remainder of the day is at leisure.Overnight at the Best Western Kom Hotel or similar.
During your sightseeing tour, we recommend a visit to Gamla Stan, Old town, where you will be charmed by cobblestone streets, crooked buildings, gothic churches and excellent cafes, bars, restaurants and Swedish design-ware shops.The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. Catch the parade of the soldiers and the changing of the guards. Visit the Vasa museum - located on the island of Djurgården - a maritime museum displaying a ship belonging to the famous King Vasa, which sunk after only 1300m. Overnight at the Best Western Kom Hotel or similar.(B)
Depart for Uppsala, a prominent university town in which Uppsala Domkyrka Cathedral stands.
Continue your way to Dalarna, "the most Swedish of the regions" because of its huge forests and red wooden cottages. After crossing the city of Avesta, discover the national symbol of Sweden, the Dalahasten (the famous wooden horse). Then go through the picturesque village of Sundborn where you can visit the house of artist Carl Larsson who is representative of Swedish interior decoration.Overnight at the Delecarlia Hotel & Spa or similar. (B)
This morning, head towards the surrounding area around Lake Siljan which is known to have a beautiful blue colour. Start your day with Rättvik, then Nusnäs, where you can visit the production centre of the Dalahasten, the children's toy that has become the national symbol of Sweden.
Continue to Mora, which is the birthplace of the painter Ander Zorn where you can visit his house, connected to the museum with an incredible collection of his works.Overnight at the Delecarlia Hotel & Spa or similar. (B)
Start your day by driving to Karlstad via the lush forest trails of Dalarna. On your way you will come across the town of Malung in the Värmland region which is crossed by the Klarälven river. Also visit Mårbacka and the home of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909.Overnight at the Scandic Karlstad Hotel or similar. (B)
Continue on the west coast of Sweden, Bohuslän, which consists of sloping cliffs and more than 8000 islands. Visit Tanumshede stone engravings from the Bronze Age (1800 BC). Continue to the coast and visit villages such as the very charming Lysekil. At the end of the day, arrive in Gothenburg,the second largest city of Sweden. Enjoy the many restaurants and tourist attractions that the city has to offer. Masthuggskyrkan, the church is a well-known sea navigation landmark in Gothenburg by providing a spectacular view of the city and the harbour. You will find one of the largest Botanic garden in Europe, an impressive collection of plants and flowers. We recommend a visit to the “Fish church” the famous indoor fish market hall from 1874, it is known as the Mecca for seafood lovers.Overnight at Comfort Hotel or similar. (B)
Take a morning walk through the city along the famous Avenyn Avenue, Gothenburg's main street.
Then continue your journey through Lake Vättern and the city of Jönköping. Stop by Gränna, which is famous for producing "Polkagrisar", a solid candy traditionally made with peppermint, but which can be found today in many different flavours. Continue along the east coast of Lake Vadstena to the monastery of Saint Birgitta, established in the 14th century and still active today. Continue your journey without missing a visit to Örebro Castle, romantic and surrounded by moats covered with water lilies. Continue to Västerås.Overnight at the Scandic Västerås Hotel or similar. (B)
The town of Västerås has a charming historic centre. Take a stroll down the city centre before you drive south back to Stockholm.
Return your car to Stockholm Arlanda airport before taking your flight back to the UK. (B)