- Family friendly
- Focus: History & Culture
- Hotel or Hostel
- Meals included
- Multi-day Tours
- Season: Apr-Sep
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.
- 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|
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 and Skavsta
We can pick you up from the Central Station in Stockholm for an extra charge of 1000SEK/person, or we can pick you up at the Skavsta Airport for an extra charge of 500SEK/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/Skavsta after the tour has finished on day 3.
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
- 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.
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).
We work with small groups of between 2-10 participants.
This tour has no age limit, and is suitable for everyone.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a reservation, please use the online booking system below. When you make the reservation you also pay online with a credit card.
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.
Please click on the date below to see available tours.
Day 1: Pick-up
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.