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Swedish Culinary Traditions along the Western Coast

(Experience fresh, Scandinavian seafood, local ingredients and regional specialties)

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$4,298 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

A Chef-Guided and Inspired Tour
through Gothenburg and the Bohuslän Coast

Scandinavia has a flourishing gastronomic scene, and nowhere in the region can compare to Gothenburg, the Food Capital of Sweden. Learn the secrets of authentic Swedish cooking during your sojourn in Gothenburg and in your travels along the breathtaking West Coast. With an emphasis on extraordinarily fresh seafood, abundant local ingredients, and distinct regional specialties, your delightful culinary vacation combines hands-on cooking classes, fantastic accommodations, and excursions throughout the Archipelago. You will be welcomed into the warm, friendly culture of Sweden and its cuisine as you start your culinary exploration of the picturesque West Coast of Sweden. Over the first two days, you will stay at the unique Thorsskogs Slott Manor while exploring the Castle, picking mushrooms, and participating in a cooking class where you will prepare a traditional Swedish lunch. On the Island Tjörn, you will stay at the elegant Stenungsbaden Yacht Club and enjoy a meal prepared by a master chef. At Orust, you will join a mussel safari and spend the night on the waterfront at the pleasant Slussens Pensionat. In Gothenburg, you will enjoy a guided tour of must-visit sites such as the “fish church” with its unique architecture, sample the city’s delicacies, and spend the night in the historic, yet modern, Hotel Flora. Following a day of shopping and exploring, you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the culinary team at a leading Gothenburg restaurant. Leaving Sweden, you will take with you the memories of the scenic beauty of the West Coast, the lingering aromas of fabulous Swedish cuisine, and the new cooking skills that you can show off when you return home!

Swedish Culinary Traditions along the Western Coast

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Accommodation
All Transfers & Transportation
6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Tjörn, Härön and Orust Islands
Guided City Tour of Gothenburg
Mussel Safari with Dinner
Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Ulrika
Swedish Traditions Cooking Demo
Feskekörka (Fish Church/Market)
Gothenburg Opera & Maritime Museum
Historical Haga District Visit
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
May 23rd - 29th, 2021; September 12th - 18th, 2021.
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival & Check-In at Thorskogs Manor At Landvetter Airport your chef hosts for the week will welcome you to Sweden and transport you to Thorskogs Slott where you will spend two relaxing days in the luxury of the Thorskogs Manor House. This picturesque Castle and its spacious grounds will surround you with tasteful tranquility, while offering all the modern amenities.
Foraging for Mushrooms | Welcome Dinner Following a tour of the Castle, you will set out on a chanterelle foraging excursion to seek out the meaty, flavorful mushroom, a perfect addition to tomorrow's lunch. As your group arrives at the lake, you will enjoy a lunch cooked over an open fireplace. Returning to the Castle after your day of exploring the beautiful estate, you are invited to a wonderful three-course dinner prepared with exquisite regional foods.
Day 2
Swedish Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day's activities. The hotel serves a delicious Swedish and International breakfast buffet, featuring a wide variety of fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, breads, pastries and cooked items. Just what you'll need to energize you for the day ahead.
Hands-On Cooking Class with Lunch | Dinner at the Castle Your breakfast will be followed by a hands-on cooking class with your chef hosts. You will learn Swedish cooking tips as you prepare a traditional Swedish lunch using local products, including the chanterelles that you found on yesterday's excursion. The afternoon is yours to discover your niche in the experiences offered on the grounds: the fireplace lounge, the sauna and outdoor hot tubs, billiards and darts in the bar, or maybe a pitch-and-putt golf course, to name a few. In the evening you will enjoy a meal prepared by the Castle chef that, combined with the elegant atmosphere, creates a truly unforgettable experience.
Day 3
Swedish Breakfast Buffet | Check-Out Prior to checking out, you will enjoy another wonderful Swedish breakfast buffet. The hotel serves a delicious Swedish and International breakfast buffet, featuring a wide variety of fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, breads, pastries and cooked items. Just what you'll need to energize you for the day ahead. Your group meets in the lobby with your hosts, and your adventure continues.
Island Tjörn | Check-In Today, you will travel to the coast, crossing the picturesque Tjörn Bridge to the Island Tjörn. After checking into the Stenungsbaden Yacht Club with its elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere, you will have time to explore this beautiful island, taking in its historical landmarks, museums, and breathtaking views of the sea.
Härön Island | Chef's Tasting Dinner This afternoon you will board the ferry, and you are off to Härön Island where you will meet yet another chef who will introduce you to the treasures of the archipelago. The Chef will prepare a 5-course meal for you, while telling stories, sharing techniques, and answering all your questions about Swedish food. Your deliciously fascinating day will end as you return to Stenungsbaden, falling asleep to the soothing waves of the sea.
Day 4
Swedish Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day's activities. The hotel serves a delicious Swedish and International breakfast buffet, featuring a wide variety of fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, breads, pastries and cooked items. Just what you'll need to energize you for the day ahead.
Island of Orust | Mussel Safari with Dinner Following a delicious breakfast overlooking the ocean at Stenungsbaden, you will board a fishing boat bound for the Island of Orust where the ocean's most environmentally blue mussels are produced. After harvesting these fantastic delicacies, you will enjoy a lunch of mussels cooked over an open fire, served with classic vegetables and freshly baked bread, a salty gastronomic feast that you will find hard to forget. Returning to Orust, you are invited to a wonderful dinner before settling into the Slussens Pensionat, a friendly, quaint hotel, well known for their efforts in serving local food and striving for a sustainable future.
Day 5
Swedish Breakfast Buffet | Check-Out Prior to checking out, you will enjoy another wonderful Swedish breakfast buffet. The hotel serves a delicious Swedish and International breakfast buffet, featuring a wide variety of fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, breads, pastries and cooked items. Just what you'll need to energize you for the day ahead. Your group meets in the lobby with your hosts, and your adventure continues.
City of Gothenburg | Check-In Hotel Flora | Dinner Today you will travel to the Hotel Flora in the heart of Gothenburg. Hotel Flora, located in the trendy Fishpacking District, is surrounded by a bustling world of culinary sensations and fashionable urban boutiques. Beginning with sixteen hostel-style rooms, the hotel has grown into a premier hotel exuding a modern urban vibe while retaining much of the original historic industrial detailing: pine ceilings, exposed brick walls, and arched windows. After taking some time to explore the city, you will meet your hosts for an afternoon cocktail before walking up the Avenue to restaurant SK where Swedish culinary tradition is mixed with a close proximity to the open kitchen. You will directly experience the fragrances and flavors as you watch the culinary team prepare your exquisite dinner.
Day 6
Swedish Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day's activities. The hotel serves a delicious Swedish and International breakfast buffet, featuring a wide variety of fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, breads, pastries and cooked items. Just what you'll need to energize you for the day ahead.
Historical and Cultural Tour of Gothenburg | Lunch This morning, following a delightful Swedish breakfast, you will be treated to a tour of the city, exploring historical and cultural sites such as the Gothenburg Opera and the Maritima Museum. You will visit Feskekörka, the indoor fish market, and Da Mateo Coffee roastery where you observe the process behind the coffee you will drink. At the Market Hall, Saluhallen, you will find spices, coffee, cheese, fruit and other delicacies from all over the world, and you will walk through the popular Haga district, renowned for its picturesque wooden houses, 19th century-atmosphere and cafés. All along the way, you will have opportunities to try the extraordinary local foods of Gothenburg, possibly the world's most star-dense restaurant city, offering a delightful array from open-air cafes to gourmet restaurants. Dinner this evening will be on your own so that you have an opportunity to explore some of the delights that await in Sweden's Culinary Capital (as designated by the Swedish government).
Day 7
Swedish Breakfast Buffet | Check-Out This morning, relax dockside and enjoy a Swedish breakfast buffet prior to check-out. Time flies when you're having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, Edible Destination.
Transfers to the Airport & Departure Your exciting culinary journey will end as you depart from Landvetter Airport, taking with you the wonderful memories of the beautiful seaside scenes, the warmth of Swedish hospitality, and best of all, the aromas and flavors of this wonderfully Edible Country.
Thorskogs Slott
Thorskogs Slott is located in a wonderful English park thirty minutes north of Gothenburg. With pinnacles and towers, beautifully decorated rooms and lounges, world-class food and enchanting surroundings, an experience beyond the ordinary awaits your arrival. Thorskog Castle's philosophy is to put the guest first and foremost, and to instill a sense of "welcome home." At Thorskogs Castle, the culinary team does its utmost to surprise and delight the taste buds. With local ingredients and an organic selection, the quality of the food is served at the highest level.
Hotel Stenungsbaden
Experience the feeling of Newport and ocean steaming romance of Swedish vintage only 30 minutes' drive north of Gothenburg. Stenungsbaden Yacht Club is a welcoming place; certainly not as pompous or pretentious as its name might sound. Of course, this is a truly excellent spot for sailing aficionados and those who like the lifestyle of the American east coast. The luxurious feel of each room at the Stenungsbaden Yacht Club is enhanced by facilities like mini bars. A radio, a TV and a hair dryer can be found in each room.
Slussens Pensionat
This is a legendary music club in the summer, and a quiet, relaxed weekend hotel in the spring and autumn. Slussens Pensionat is on Orust, right on the water line. Enjoy the best that Bohuslän has to offer here - the sea, good food, music and wonderful people. You can hear the waves beneath your feet in the restaurant while you enjoy seasonal cuisine, selected eco-wines with excellent service. The restaurant is certified by A Taste of West Sweden. This certification is reserved for restaurants, producers and farm shops which offer sustainable and genuine products from West Sweden, all based on local seasonal produce. Slussens Pensionat is not one hotel, in fact, but five different small hotels, each with its own personality. Stay in a room with a breath-taking sea view, a few steps from the bathing pier, tucked away with the river babbling in the background, with a high ceiling and lots of space, or with a shady maple and views of the harbor.
Hotel Flora
Situated in the heart of Gothenburg, Hotel Flora is within walking distance of Baltespannarparken and City Museum. Kungstorget Market Hall is just around the corner, where you'll also find the best shopping in town. Hotel Flora's tastefully designed guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar and work desk. The white décor and wooden floors add to the light and airy feeling in each room. Guests can enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the hotel's cozy, covered terrace. This stylish boutique hotel offers free Wi-Fi and spacious rooms with modern design. Many of the rooms have an individual character. 33 of 65 rooms are designed with different themes – The Royal Swedish Room, The Rock Room, Lady Flora and Old Swedish History Room to mention a few.
Gothenburg, SwedenLilla Edet, SwedenStenungsön, SwedenTjörn, SwedenOrust, Sweden
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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