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Christmas Market Break in Gothenburg

Sweden’s stylish second city 
 
Vibrant Gothenburg oozes charm, offering excellent shopping, a thriving foodie scene, a wealth of cultural attractions and a great pre-Christmas atmosphere. Your high-quality, central hotel provides an ideal base to experience Sweden’s largest Christmas market and the 3-kilometre ‘Lane of Light’.
Christmas Market Break in Gothenburg. 3 nights
Christmas Market Break in Gothenburg. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Christmas market break in Gothenburg

The people of Gothenburg know how to enjoy Christmas. The three-kilometre-long Lane of Light connecting the port to the country’s largest Christmas market is renowned throughout Scandinavia and, with a few days here during Advent, you’ll soon find yourself swept into the festive spirit.

The festive magic of the Christmas markets is, however, but part of the story. Sweden’s vibrant second city oozes charm and style, with excellent shopping, a thriving gastronomic scene, and a wealth of cultural attractions. You stay in the heart of the city at the friendly Hotel Vanilla, with breakfast included in its justly renowned café.
 
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Itinerary

There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can explore the city and its markets as the mood takes you.
  • Browse the stalls
    Gothenburg starts gearing up for Christmas in mid-November, when the Lane of Light is illuminated. Connecting the Wheel of Gothenburg in the port to the main shopping street, Avenyn, which in turn is linked to Liseberg, a spectacular theme park to the south-east of the city, this line of Christmas lights stretches for three kilometres.
    Next to open, in late November, is the Liseberg market, the largest in Sweden. Here, you will find stalls selling all manner of gifts, while the aroma of glögg (mulled wine), toasted almonds and freshly made waffles fills the air. The rest of the city’s Christmas lights are switched on in early December, which coincides with the start of a wide programme of events which includes recitals and Christmas concerts, as well as additional markets in places such as the city hall, the cobbled Haga District and the landscaped gardens of the Neo-classical Gunnebo House, a ten-minute bus ride from the centre.

    If you wish to turn the magic up another notch, then you should think seriously about coinciding your visit with the 400-year-old Festival of St Lucia on 13 December.
  • Explore the city
    Once you’ve had your fill of the markets, you can turn your attention to the city itself, which is one of the prettiest in Sweden. The broad avenues, squares and canals are lined with many grand 17th-century buildings, the most notable of which are the Rådhus and Kronhuset, as well as more modern, but equally striking, buildings such as the ship-like Opera House, the Art Nouveau Vasa Church, and the late 19th-century experimental Feskekörka, literally the ‘Fish Church’, a fish market in the shape of a place of worship.

    There are plenty of museums, too, from the Museum of Art with its works by Edvard Monch and Carl Larsson, as well as a large collection of Impressionist paintings, to the Gothenburg City Museum which houses Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship. One of the newest additions is the Museum of World Culture, which hosts a wide variety of temporary exhibitions from around the globe.

    To help you get around, we provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour and include a 24-hour City Card which entitles you to free travel on public transport, free entry to many museums, and various other benefits.
 

Where you stay

Gothenburg is a charming, very attractive city. Your hotel is right in the centre.
Hotel Vanilla

Bedrooms

 
Prices & travel
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  • 3 nights: 30 November 2019 - 22 December 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    30 Nov - 11 Dec 2019 £535
    12 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 £560

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow-Gothenburg (1h55) (out dep 0735 or 1445, home arr 1250 or 1945; hold luggage included) or Norwegian Gatwick-Gothenburg (1h50) (times vary; hold luggage included, please call for details)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Vanilla, Gothenburg
    Single room: 30 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £55

    Extra nights

    Hotel Vanilla, Gothenburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £80 £135
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Gothenburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Birmingham - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Cambridge - Gothenburg British Airways 
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    Durham Tees Valley - Gothenburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Gothenburg Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Gothenburg Norwegian 
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    Heathrow - Gothenburg British Airways 
    Heathrow - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Stansted - Gothenburg Ryanair,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Gothenburg British Airways,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Manchester - Gothenburg (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 breakfasts
  • city map and notes for a walking tour
  • detailed cultural information
  • 24-hour City Card
  • flights from London (regional flights available)
 
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FAQs

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Sweden, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Swedish. The currency is the Krona. Swedish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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