Despite being home to 80% of the Swedish population, a break in Southern Sweden could not be more relaxing. The region is home to rolling countryside and endless forests punctuated by lakes, rivers and safe, scenic roads. This six-day fly-drive draws on the region’s scenery, history and fabulous local food, and makes use of several Countryside Hotels, renowned for their character, cuisine and homely atmosphere.
Combine a two-night stay at a 19th century converted bank, the Elite Plaza, in the city of Gothenburg, with a night each at three contrasting Countryside Hotels, enabling you to enjoy the best of Gothenburg, its archipelago and the region.
PRICES & DATES
Price includes return flights with Scandinavian Airlines, 2 nights accommodation at the Elite Plaza Hotel, Gothenburg on a BB basis, 1 night each at the Styrso Skaret Guest House, The Bjertorp Slott and the Villa Sjotorp on a half board basis, 2 days car-hire.
Valid for travel: June to September 2012
Day 1 London - Gothenburg
Fly with Scandinavian Airlines to Gothenburg and transfer to our recommended hotel - the Elite Plaza - a converted 19th Century bank in the heart of the city. Collect your city card from the tourist office so you can benefit from the free public transport, entry into museums and shopping discounts, immediately.
Day 2 - Gothenburg
After breakfast you have the rest of the day to enjoy this vibrant and buzzing city. Take a boat trip along its canals and river, thrills can be had in Liseberg Amusement Park - great for all ages. Wander through the old town, browsing the arts and crafts.
Day 3 - Gothenburg to Styrso
Today you’ll be travelling to the tiny traffic free island of Styrso, just a 30- minute scenic ferry ride from Gothenburg. The island has 1400 inhabitants who predominantly get around on a three-wheeled moped. You can enjoy walks on the rocks at the edge of the sea, or just the charming atmosphere of the Styrso Skaret Guest House, which is where you will stay overnight and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.
Day 4 - Styrso to Kvanum
Fully relaxed after a leisurely breakfast, take one of the frequent ferries back to the mainland and pick up your car-hire for the next section of your journey. You are heading to Bjertorp Slott just 110 km north of Gothenburg, and Sweden’s youngest art-nouveau castle. Also located in the area is the Saab Museum in Trollhattan, and the locks and falls of the Gota Alv, which attracts thousands of visitors a year. You’ll experience one night here, also on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 5 - Kvanum to Ljunskile
Today you’ll return to the sea and stay at the Villa Sjotorp, in an area dotted with old fishing villages and rocky coasts. Bracke, on the outskirts of Uddevalla is worth a visit. Shellbanks formed by deposits of millions of shellfish in layers up to 20m thick provide a perfect environment for flora and fauna. The Villa Sjotorp has just 10 individually decorated rooms and a well deserved reputation for excellent food - which is just as well as you will also experience one night dinner, bed & breakfast here too.
Day 6 - Ljunskile - Gothenburg - London
You still have plenty of time to enjoy the region as it is less than an hour’s drive back to Gothenburg, where you will hand in your car and take your flight home, fully rested and having experienced some of the best scenery and gastronomy the region has to offer.