Cultural & Culinary Foody restaurants east of Lake Vättern – this tiny area offers a lot. Beautiful scenery, historical and cultural sites, small towns, some of the best restaurants in the region, a vineyard and much more! The tour starts at the vineyard south of Tåkern, continues to historic Vadstena to explore the medieval city centre, and ends on the third day at Omberg.

This is a tour for the those who are interested in history and food culture, and want to travel getting to know the locals, staying at family-owned B&B’s and eating in restaurants recognised in Sweden’s food bible, The White Guide.

Dates:
26-28 Aug

Highlights

  • Explore the nature around Omberg, Vättern and Tåkern with a local guide
  • Visit a Swedish vineyard – they are not common around here! We’ll eat and stay the night here
  • Visit the home of the famous Swedish author Ellen Key and hear the story of why she was such a visionary of her time
  • The ruins of Alvastra Monastery – beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Omberg
  • Eat locally produced foods – we will pass the farms who product the food we eat during the tour
  • Omberg – no other forest in Sweden has a greater number of different plant species
  • Views over the crystal clear Lake Vättern
  • The medieval city of Vadstena
  • Guided tours at the castle in Vadstena and at the convent
  • Staying in Ombergs Turisthotell – popular among the Swedish people for it’s retro design and interior with food a highlight
  • Hassle-free – our tour guide will be with you during the whole trip
  • All hotels, cafés and restaurants during this trip are run by the families that own them

Facts about the tour
Comfort level: 4 / 5
We will be staying in B&B accommodation, a great way to meet the locals.

Activity level: 2 /5
We enjoy outdoor walking on the forest trails at Omberg and round the lake at Tåkern.  The trails are undulating but not steep and we take them at a nice steady pace. Otherwise the rest of the trip is mostly walking on level and paved pathways.

Max. group size: Usually 8 but we can take up to 16

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION D: Särtshöga Wine Yard, outside Väderstad / R: Ombergs Turisthotell
DEPARTURE TIME 17:00 on the date of arrival. Pick ups starts earlier - see below
INCLUDED
Transport within the area 2 nights Accommodations
Guide and entrance fees All Meals (except from 2 fika)
NOT INCLUDED
2 fika, beverages
Transport to/from the region - see below

 

Pick-up and drop-off included
The tour starts at 4 pm at the Särtshöga Wineyard. But we also have a pick-up service:

From the Motala/Linköping/Mjölby region
We’ll pick you up from your hotel or at the stations within the Vadstena, Motala, Mjölby, Ödeshög and Linköping area – free of charge. The pick-up is between 15-16.00. We can also drop you off after the tour in this area – free of charge. The drop-off is between 13.00-14.30.

From Stockholm
We can pick you up from the Central Station in Stockholm for an extra charge of 1000SEK/person. The pick-ups will be done during midday, the first day of the tour. We can also pick you up one day earlier and help you with hotel reservation. We will take you back to Stockholm after the tour has finished on day 3. We don't do any pick-ups from airports - we want all our customers to arrive by train, bus, car or bike.

Whats included
The transport during the tour
Meals: 2x Lunch, 2 x Dinner, 2 x breakfast
Guide – guided tour of Rökstenen, Alvastra, Vadstena, Göta Kanal and Medevi Brunn.
Entrance fee to Vadstena Castle and the convent area
Entrance and guidance of the Ellen Key building
Accommodation 2 nights  - Särtshöga Wineyard/ Ombergs Turisthotell.

Whats not included

-Beverages
- Swedish fika at the cafés of Väderstad Centralkonditori and Gamla Konditoriet.
-The transport to the area. But we can help you out – we can pick you up at your hotel/station in the area - or even in Stockholm or at Skavsta Airport. Nearby pick-ups are included. Please see the pick-up section above.
- Extra costs for single room - 1000SEK.

Guide
One of our guides will be with you from start and til the end of the tour (except from after dinner, til just before breakfast).

Group size
We work with small groups of between 2-10 participants.

Age limit
This tour has no age limit, and is suitable for everyone.

Links

www.ombergsturisthotell.se
www.sartshogavingard.se
www.ellenkey.se
www.vadstenaslott.com

Q&A
Q: Can we come - but travel in our own rental car?
A: Of course - if you want to join this tour but already have a rental car - you can. But the price is the same. It's better for the environment if we travel together.

Q: Anything we need to bring?
A: Clothes, camera, personal items.

Q: What's the weather like?
A: Click here to read about the climate of Sweden

Questions, reservations and payments

If you have any questions – please contact us at info@woodsandwater.se.
To make a reservation, please use the online booking system below. When you make the reservation you also pay online with a credit card.

Cancellations
If you cancel the tour less than 72 hrs prior to its start you will be given the money back – except for 200 SEK/booking (not per person) which we keep as an administration fee. Cancellations with more than 72 hrs prior to start will be fully refunded. Cancellations on the same day and no-shows will not be refunded at all.

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Day 1: Pick-up

We will pick you up a local hotel or train station (in Motala, Vadstena, Omberg or Mjölby).
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Day 1

16.00 We start our tour at the vineyard of Särtshöga.  Vineyards are not so common in Sweden because of the climate, however this farm is very unique since wineyards this far north are very few. We’ll get a guided tour of the vineyard and production areas, participate in some wine tasting, eat home-made pizza and then relax as we are staying here in their B&B for the night.
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Day 2

10.00 From Särtshöga we continue to the medieval town of Vadstena, famous for it’s cobblestone streets, old castle and a monastery area still used today. During the morning we’ll have a guided walk around town, and visit the castle.
12.00 We eat our lunch at one of the local restaurants in town.
13.00 Guided tour of the old convent area and abbey.
14.30 We continue our travels in the countryside and visit another café, Väderstad Centralkonditori, which has a classification in the White Guide, Sweden’s food bible
16.00 Guided tour of the Alvastra Monastery ruin at Omberg
19.00 We check in to our B&B for the night – Ombergs Turisthotell. We’ll eat a 5-course dinner at the hotel which is also mentioned in the White Guide.  They have a strong focus on sourcing their food products locally and will share some storytelling around this. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view from this retro-hotel as this is where we’ll also stay for the night.
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Day 3

9.30 After breakfast there is time for a short hike on the hill for those who want to, then the tour continues at 11.00 as we head for the home of the famous, late author Ellen Key. Her house is a very good example of interior from the early 1900’s – situated just by the lake Vättern.12.30 We’ll have our lunch at the hotel before heading back. See our info about pick-ups and drop-offs.