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 Christmas in Scandinavia
 

Christmas in Scandinavia

 

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

 

 

Type of Tour:

Individually Tailored Tour

Operates:

22 November – 22 December 2019

Duration:

9 days / 8 nights

Visit:

Stockholm – Gothenburg – Oslo - Copenhagen  

Includes:

7 nights’ accommodation

1 night on a luxury overnight ferry

Trains Stockholm – Gothenburg & Gothenburg – Oslo

Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Excludes:

Airfare and airport taxes

Extras at hotels and meals not mentioned

Travel insurance, visa cost and tips

All transfers

Notes:

Children are persons under the age of 12 years at time of travel. Rooms with additional sofa bed.

The full validity period for the rates is actually 1 November – 31 December 2019, as however not all Christmas markets will be open for this full duration a shorter operation period was chosen.

Accommodation:

Accommodation used (or similar):

Stockholm: Clarion Hotel Amaranten

Gothenburg: First Hotel G

Oslo: Comfort Hotel Grand Central Oslo

1 night on board DFDS Seaways ferry in Seaside cabin

Copenhagen: Comfort Hotel Vesterbro 

Cost From:

R18 660 per person sharing 
R13 995  Child 03 - 11 years sharing with 2 adults 
R9 330 Child 0 - 02 years sharing with 2 adults

 

Day 1:  STOCKHOLM
After arrival at Stockholm Airport you will make your own way to the hotel. What remains of the day will be at your leisure.

Your first choice for a Christmas market in Stockholm would be the Old Town Market, a small but quintessential Christmas Market experience with numerous stalls selling Christmas sweets and delicacies as well as a range of Swedish handicrafts and decorative items. This market is open daily from 11AM to 6PM so perhaps there is sufficient time to visit it even today still.
Overnight:  Stockholm 

Day 2:  STOCKHOLM
Stockholm actually offers you a choice of three additional Christmas Markets however unlike the one in Old Town being able to visit them will be more stay dependent as they are only open at certain times of the festive period. For instance the hardest one to visit will be Drottningholm as this small but visually impressive market will only be open the 2nd week in Advent. This market is more of an expo for skilled craftsmen to market their wares direct to the public. The one at Skansen opens either at the end of November or during the first week of December. This one is less for those that want to shop till they drop and more like a festival with buildings where there will be live music and craft demonstrations and anyone can join in and dance around the Christmas tree at Bollnäs Square. Or perhaps even take advantage of the Christmas Workshop to make some personal decorations to take home. The last market is Sigtuna which operates every Sunday during the advent period. This one is very big and popular and therefore also the most crowded but braving the crowds does come with a reward as this Stockholm market also has a Santa. 
Overnight:  Stockholm  (B)

Day 3:  STOCKHOLM – GOTHENBURG
Today you will have to take the train from Stockholm to Gothenburg; the tickets will be booked according to ideal conditions for the exact date so exact times can only be provided at time of booking confirmation. You will likely still have some time at leisure in Stockholm before having to make your way to the train station for the journey which will last approximately 3 hours. After arriving in Gothenburg make your way to the hotel and what remains of the day will be at your leisure. For details on the Christmas market you could visit tonight please read the following day’s itinerary below.
Overnight:  Gothenburg  (B)

Day 4:  GOTHENBURG
Liseberg Christmas market open days: 15 – 17, 22 – 24, 28 – 30 Nov 2019 & 1, 4 – 8, 10 – 23, 26 – 30 Dec
Operation times generally from 13h00 to 21h00.

You will have the day entirely at your leisure in Gothenburg today. Every year around Christmas Liseberg Amusement Park transforms from a general amusement park into one of the most magical Christmas markets you will likely ever see. Unfortunately as you can see above it is not open every day but with 2 nights here hopefully at least one will fall on an open date. Chief among the highlights here, beyond the usual attractions now sporting a Christmas theme and the usual Christmas market stalls, are Rabbit Land and then the unmissable spectacle of seeing the classic Christmas story performed on ice. You may even be able to hand your Christmas wishlist directly to Santa.
Overnight:  Gothenburg  (B)

Day 5:  GOTHENBURG – OSLO
Today’s schedule will mirror that of Day 3 as you again have a train journey to make, this time from Gothenburg to Oslo. Tickets will be booked according to best conditions for the exact date and therefore exact times can only be provided at time of booking confirmation. Make your own way to Gothenburg train station with sufficient time to catch the train to Oslo, a journey which will last approximately 4 hours. On arrival make your own way to your hotel and what remains of the day will be at your leisure. For details on the Christmas market please check the next day’s itinerary.
Overnight:  Oslo  (B)

Day 6:  OSLO
The Oslo Christmas Market is open generally from around 10h00 to 20h00 although some attractions open later only or close sooner. At this market you will find anything and everything that should appear at a Christmas market, from ice skating, to the usual stalls selling handcrafted or hand baked goods, to a chance to meet Santa and even some amusement rides. Make sure to take a ride on the Ferris wheel as the views from the top over much of Oslo are rather special and for a truly authentic experience make sure to also try some warm Christmas porridge and Lompe (a type of local sausage bread). In the afternoon it will be time to make your way to the ferry terminal for the overnight ferry bound for Copenhagen leaving at 16h30.
Overnight:  DFDS Seaways Ferry – Seaside Cabin  (BD)

Day 7:  COPENHAGEN
The ferry will arrive at Copenhagen port around 09h45. On arrival make your own way to the hotel. What remains of the day will be at your leisure. Tivoli Christmas Market should be something truly special. Similarly to Liseberg in Gothenburg this market is based in an amusement park, one of the most prominent and oldest in Europe, in fact it is said to have been the inspiration for the original Disneyland Theme Park. This makes Tivoli Gardens an amazing place to visit any time of the year and doing so over Christmas just makes it a little more special. Unfortunately however being a prominent amusement park there is an entrance fee to be paid and additional fees for some of the rides (not included). 
Overnight:  Copenhagen  (B)

Day 8:  COPENHAGEN
You will have the day entirely at your leisure in Copenhagen. Whilst the Christmas market at Tivoli Gardens is undoubtedly Copenhagen’s premier Christmas market it is actually not the only one, in fact there are too many to list them all here, so if you feel you already got your fill of Tivoli Gardens yesterday there are definitely other equally Christmas-themed locations you could spend your time at today. For instance you could visit the market based on world-renowned Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen and his beloved tales which is held at Axeltorv Square.
Overnight:  Copenhagen  (B)

Day 9:  COPENHAGEN 
After breakfast this magical Christmas experience will have come to an end and you will make your own way to your next departure point.  (B)

 

Full payment by 25 October 2019. Terms & Conditions apply. Services subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the terms and conditions of ITT INSPIRATIONS TRAVEL & TOURS (PTY) LTD (ITT). Fluctuations in exchange rate will be calculated at time of confirmation and payment. Land only - excludes flights, meals not mentioned, travel insurance, visa cost and tips. E&OE.