An eight-day summer self-drive along Sweden's scenic west coast
- Explore the canals, parks and botanical gardens of Gothenburg, one of Scandinavia’s most attractive cities
- Visit Villa Sjotorp and charming Fjallbacka, the latter a long-time favourite of legendary Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman
- Spend two nights at Bjertorp Slott, an elegant art nouveau manor house, renowned for its excellent seasonal dining and superb golf course
- 2 Nights Gothenburg
- 1 Night Villa Sjotorp
- 2 Nights Fjällbacka
- 2 Nights Bjertorp Castle
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City | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer
The west coast of southern Sweden is a beautiful landscape of undulating farmlands peppered with deep emerald forests, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers. This six-day fly-drive takes in the region's most scenic routes, exploring its rich local history and tempting regional cuisine. Beginning with two nights at the Elite Plaza Hotel in Gothenburg's historic centre, you'll move up the coast to stay at three elegant hotels - Villa Sjotorp, Stora Hotellet Bryggan and Bjertorp Slott – each one known for its outstanding service, gourmet food and traditional country house charm.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to Gothenburg and transfer to the Elite Plaza – a palatial building with stucco ceilings and mosaic floors. Located in the city centre, it’s within walking distance of the station, the Opera House and many of Gothenburg’s best shops and restaurants. Take a boat trip along the canals, explore the city's excellent museums and browse through the arts and crafts shops in the old city. Gothenburg's citizens enjoy 175 square metres each of green space, so be sure to visit some of the city's beautiful parks and botanical gardens.
Stay: Elite Plaza Hotel, Gothenburg (Superior)
Drive north along Sweden's scenic West Coast to Villa Sjotorp, a charming country hotel in an area sprinkled with old fishing villages and rocky outcrops. Your accommodation tonight will be at Villa Sjotorp, a quaint hotel with just 10 rooms, decorated in a traditional Swedish country style. It has an excellent reputation for its award-winning food, which is served on a covered terrace overlooking the nearby bay.
Stay: Villa Sjotorp, Ljungskile (Superior)
Meals: B D
Continue north to Fjallbacka, a long-time favourite of legendary Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. A charming fishing village with narrow cobbled lanes, boutique shops, bustling cafes and some of the region's best seafood restaurants, it offers the chance to enjoy a genuine slice of Swedish coastal life.
Stay: Stora Hotellet Bryggan, Fjallbacka (Superior)
Drive to Bjertorp Slott, just 110 km north of Gothenburg. Spend two nights at this elegant art-nouveau manor house, where you'll enjoy seasonal gourmet dining and one of the region's best golf courses. When you're not making the most of the hotel facilities, head to the nearby Saab Museum in Trollhattan and the pretty locks and rapids of the Gota Alv River.
Stay: Bjertorp Slott
Meals: B D
Your adventures in west Sweden come to an end. Drive back to Gothenburg's international airport in time for your onward flight to the UK.
There are few better ways to explore the landscapes of rural Sweden than by taking a cruise along the 19th century Gota Canal, which stretches from Gothenburg to Stockholm via an interconnecting series of canals, rivers and lakes.
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