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Hosted By: Heather Ordover
Host of CraftLit® podcast
Immerse yourself in the fascinating Nordic culture of Denmark and Sweden, countries that have inspired world-famous authors, textile designers, and other creatives for centuries. Fly into Copenhagen, Denmark, for time at leisure before visiting the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense. Step foot in Kronborg Castle, home to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, then enjoy a guided city tour of Copenhagen and stroll through the Karen Blixen Museum. Relax on a scenic ferry ride across the Oresund Strait to Sweden, where we discover the charming Askhult Village and learn about Bohus Stickning at Bohuslans Museum. After touring the beautiful Vaxjo Cathedral, journey into the Kingdom of Crystal to marvel at Kosta Art Gallery’s glass masterpieces. See where Astrid Lindgren wrote her renowned novels, such as Pippi Longstocking, then step back in the past at Linkoping Open-Air Museum. Our journey concludes with three spectacular days in Stockholm, including a guided city tour that features notable buildings in Gamla Stan and a full day for individual exploration.
May 20th, 2024 - May 30th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 02/15/2024
Day 1 : Overnight Flight to Copenhagen
Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Denmark’s capital city.
Day 2 : Copenhagen
We arrive in Copenhagen today, known for its impressive art scene, beautiful canals, mouthwatering cuisine, and Danish fashion. We check in to our hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring independently. Our Tour Director is available to provide excellent suggestions on must-see attractions. Tonight, we get to know fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Odense
This morning we travel to the city of Odense, widely known as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. He became famous by writing world-renowned fairytales, brought to life by his intricate paper cuttings. Our first stop today allows us to explore this fascinating craft during a Danish paper-cutting workshop. Afterwards, we learn more about the Danish author’s upbringing at Hans Christian Andersen’s House. Following lunch, we’re off on a guided city tour including St. Canute’s Cathedral and Egeskov Castle. We also visit Funen Village, a historic open-air museum that showcases life in the 18th and 19th centuries. This evening, we return to Copenhagen for an included dinner.
Day 4 : Kronborg Castle
We begin our day with a guided city tour of Copenhagen. Soak up literary wonders such as the Black Diamond, part of the Royal Danish Library and where many rare books are housed, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible. This afternoon, we venture out to the beautiful countryside of Rungsted Kyst and visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Enjoy exploring the family home where this author lived much of her life and wrote her famous novel, Out of Africa, inspired by her visit to Kenya. We then continue to Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, a majestic fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled near the Baltic Sea. Shakespeare fans may recognize it as Elsinore, the castle that brought Hamlet to life in the 1600s. Later, we embark on a scenic ferry ride to Helsingborg, Sweden, and check in to our hotel before dinner.
Day 5 : Bohuslans Museum
Today we visit the charming village of Askhult in Halland. This area includes four farms from the 1700s and 1800s, and a village square where you can stop at the café for a fika, or coffee break. Afterwards, we’re off to Bohuslans Museum in the vibrant city of Uddevalla. Grab lunch on your own at the museum’s Restaurant Kajkanten before exploring this living cultural center. Browse masterful art exhibition halls and learn about Bohus Stickning, an intricate form of knitting. Tonight, we check in to our accommodations and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 6 : Textile Museum & Vaxjo
This morning we travel to Textilmuseet in Boras to gaze upon centuries of textile history. Then, we enjoy a guided tour of Vaxjo Cathedral. Admire the magnificent altarpiece, sculptures, and soaring copper-clad twin spires. The rest of the day is free to spend as we wish.
Day 7 : Kosta Art Gallery
We journey into the heart of Sweden’s crystal and art glass region today, stopping at Kosta Art Gallery. Marvel at the glass mosaic floor, wall murals, and creative artistry before our amazing glassblowing demonstration. This afternoon, we travel to Vimmerby and visit the childhood home of Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden’s most beloved children’s authors. Stroll through the quaint red house that served as her inspiration for many famous works, including Pippi Longstocking and Tomten Tales.
Day 8 : Linkoping Open-Air Museum
This morning we visit the Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum and explore wooden houses, cobblestone alleys, gardens, and various museums with costumed interpretive guides that bring the past to life. We then depart for the country’s capital city, Stockholm. Upon arriving, we stop at K.A. Almgren Sidenvaveri & Museum to see Sweden’s only silk-weaving factory still in production today.
Day 9 : Stockholm
Our day begins with a relaxing cruise and knowledgeable guide aboard a vintage ship built in the early 1900s. Learn about the historical and cultural sights while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Stockholm Archipelago Islands. A delicious lunch is included onboard! Next, we explore the vibrant city of Stockholm with a guided tour. Witness the city’s medieval heritage and see the notable buildings of Gamla Stan, such as the Nobel Prize Museum and His Majesty the King’s official residence, The Royal Palace. Then, we continue on to the Vasa Museum, located on Stockholm’s island of Djurgarden. Here, we have the opportunity to marvel at the world’s only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged, the Vasa. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Day 10 : Leisure Day
Take advantage of a full day at leisure to soak up Stockholm’s incredible attractions. You may wish to tour the Royal Palace, visit ABBA The Museum, learn about Swedish culture at the Nordic Museum, or shop for souvenirs. This evening, we gather with fellow travelers at Rydbergs Bar & Matsal for a Farewell Dinner that includes mouthwatering regional cuisine and decor displaying books and photos of Swedish authors.
Day 11 : Fly Home
We return home today with wonderful memories of our adventures in Denmark and Sweden.
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When home with her small children in 2006, Heather started the podcast CraftLit®: A Podcast for Busy People Who Love Books, where she curates the classics, treating history and literature with a light touch and serious enthusiasm.
Heather specializes in media and educational fun, particularly Audiobooks with Benefits™. She has dedicated her work-life to finding and sharing wonderful things with her audiences in digital and traditional formats.
Heather invites you to join her on this incredible journey through Denmark and Sweden. Designed with craft enthusiasts, book lovers, and history buffs in mind, this is a fun-filled adventure you don’t want to miss!”
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