The beautiful nature in Sweden is well known all over the world. From Gothenburg we have easy access both to the sea with its archipelago and to the countryside with deep forests and meadows in bloom.
When you join the tour to the countryside we travel south from Gothenburg to the county of Halland. There have been many wars fought in this area, mainly between Sweden and Denmark, but in 1658 we decided to live in peace and Halland has been a part of Sweden since then.
Our first stop is by the Fjärås Bräcka ridge. The ridge was created by the inland ice approximately 14 500 years ago. There have been people in this area for 12 000-13 000 years. There is a graveyard from the Iron Age (500 B.C. until 1050 A.D.) by the edge of the ridge and it is one of the finest of it´s kind with more then 100 Norse memorial stones.
The tour continues through a forest, past glimmering inland lakes and if we get lucky this is where you might get to see the king of the forest, the elk.
Arriving at Äskhult old village we will enter a genuine 19th century environment with roots in the 17th and 18th century. The four houses in the village are called Göttas, Jönsas, Bengts and Derras. They are huddled together around the cobbled courtyard and they have never been painted. In the coffee house we will be served a cup of coffee/tea and homemade cake.
From Äskhult village we go the Tjolöholm Castle, through a beautiful landscape of meadows in bloom, until we reach the magnificent castle, located right by the sea.
Tjolöholm Castle is one of Scandinavia´s leading arts and crafts properties. The luxurious castle was finished in 1904, and is said to be one of Sweden´s most amazing buildings. The architect Lars Israel Wahlman designed it in the Tudor style for merchant James Fredrik Dickson and his wife, Blanche. The castle´s lavish fittings had all the modern comforts of the day, such as one of the first vacuum cleaners, which weighed almost a ton, and state of the art surround showers.
We will join a guided tour inside the castle and learn more about the history of this extraordinary property and the family Dickson who lived here.
The lunch will be served in the Storstugan Restaurant, the former Village Hall that was built for the workers at Tjolöholm in 1904. The food served at Storstugan is homemade with local ingredients.
Tour the countryside takes 6 hours and included in the tour is:
* Pickup from hotel
* Transport in minivan
* Admission fees and guided tours
* Coffee/tea and homemade cake
* Lunch including soft drink and coffee/tea
* Drop off by hotel or city centre
For reservation please contact GOT TOURS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +46 31 788 08 48.
Price for adult 1500 SEK, approx 190 EUR, approx 240 USD.