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Swedish Palaces & Castles

2 Jul — 8 Jul 2017 | Tour Director: Roger White

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Tour Director

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Roger White , MA, FSA

architectural and garden historian, former secretary of the Georgian Group

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1125 on British Airways, arriving Stockholm Arlanda 1455. Transfer to the Victory Hotel in Stockholm Old Town for six nights. Tour of Gamla Stan.

Day

2

Morning: important buildings in Gamla Stan and excursion to Svindersvik, a summer retreat of the 1740s, for private tour. Afternoon: Rosendal Palace, with quintessential Empire interiors, and the astonishingly well-preserved Vasa, a magnificent warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Free evening.

Day

3

Excursion to the massive lakeside castle Gripsholm, with interiors of both the 16th and late 18th centuries, including a remarkable neoclassical theatre created within one of the circular towers; lunch at Sweden’s oldest inn followed by a private visit to the Duke of Otranto’s supremely elegant mansion of Elghammar. Free evening.

Day

4

Morning at Sturehov, a house of the 1780s with delectable painted interiors and a collection of superb faience stoves. Continue to Tullgarn, the summer palace of the royal family (sequence of interiors in the exquisite Gustavian style). Afternoon: return to Stockholm via Thureholm, on the shores of the Baltic Sea (painted wall decorations encompassing Baroque, Rococo and Chinoiserie).

Day

5

Excursion to Uppsala for the great medieval cathedral (containing the fine Renaissance tomb of Gustav Vasa), the adjoining Gustavianum (housing not only the spectacular ‘Kunstkabinett’ of Gustavus Adolphus but also a domed anatomical theatre of 1663) and the city-centre garden laid out by Carl Linnaeus in 1745. Continue to Skokloster, a great quadrangular mansion with some of the best-preserved late 17th century interiors in Europe. Free evening.

Day

6

Excursion to Drottningholm Palace, home of Sweden’s royal family; tour of the Baroque palace, Chinese Palace and celebrated court theatre, designed in 1764 and perfectly preserved. Some free time in Stockholm, followed by a dinner cruise around the archipelago.

Day

7

Excursion to Gustav III’s exquisite neoclassical pavilion at Haga. Depart Stockholm Arlanda 1805, arriving Heathrow 1950.

Tour Dates

2 Jul — 8 Jul 2017

Days

7

Cost

£2490

Tour Code

SWPC-17

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £270.

 
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