August 15 - 23, 2020
About This Tour
Toto Tours has been hosting specific tours celebrating Gay Pride in various major cities around the world. This year, we travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, which boasts the largest such celebration in Scandinavia. The tour begins in Stockholm, travels across Sweden to Gothenburg, and down along the North Sea to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Stockholm is built on 14 islands at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Nearly everywhere you look there is a view of the water. Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, is like a miniature Amsterdam with its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards. Copenhagen evokes a fairy-tale atmosphere with its green towered skyline, large plazas, statues, fountains, gardens, tree-lined walkways, open-air markets, flower vendors on street corners, museums, galleries, and many sidewalk cafes. Its gay scene is legendary, and you won’t find a better place to celebrate Gay Pride!
- Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Quarter *
- Drottningholm Castle *
- Kronberg Castle, inspiration for Hamlet’s Elsinore *
- Copenhagen Pride Celebrations * UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Arrive in Stockholm / Welcome Dinner
Flights arrive at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. Use the airport code ARN when booking your flights. You’ll be returning from Copenhagen, which has the airport code CPH. Guests collect their luggage and find the train station for the Arlanda Express into downtown Stockholm. Once you arrive at the Central Station, take a short taxi ride to our hotel which is in the gay district. Let us know on your reservation form if you plan to arrive a day early (the 14th) to have a free day to adjust to the new time zone and we will add a night to your hotel reservations. Tonight, Toto Tours hosts a Welcome Dinner in a restaurant close to our hotel. Overnight in Stockholm. (Dinner included)
After having breakfast at our hotel this morning, we enjoy a half-day overview tour of Stockholm. The Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the City Hall has a stunning Golden Room. Our guide will point out certain museums that may be of interest to you, as well as other key sites in the city center, so that you may visit them during your free time here. The afternoon and evening are free. Our tour leaders will offer tips for navigating the Gay neighborhood of Stockholm, so you can experience some of the nightlife. Overnight in Stockholm. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Drottningholm Castle / Drive to Gothenburg
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and board the motorcoach for a short drive west of the city center. Our destination is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Drottningham Castle. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden, and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period. The Palace is the present Royal Family's permanent residence. After a brief tour of castle, we continue driving to Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, with a stop along the way for an included lunch. Upon arrival in Gothenburg, we enjoy some free time before dinner, which is included at the hotel. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Gothenburg. (All Meals)
After breakfast, take a half-day sightseeing tour of the city to see the main sites, its canals and waterfront. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, and visitors often liken it to a smaller, more intimate Amsterdam. Sweden’s only gateway to the Atlantic and the North Sea, Gothenburg’s character has been heavily influenced by Dutch, German, and Scottish engineers and planners who traded here over the centuries. The afternoon is free for optional excursions like renting a bike to further explore the city. Overnight in Gothenburg. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Drive to Malmo / Arrive in Copenhagen
After breakfast, we check out of hotel and drive toward Copenhagen Denmark. We make a lunch stop in Malmo, in the southwestern corner of Sweden, before traversing the Oresund Bridge over the North Sea and arriving in Copenhagen by mid-afternoon. We check in to our centrally located hotel. In the late afternoon, take an overview tour of downtown Copenhagen, seeing the main sites. After dinner at the hotel, the rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Copenhagen. (All Meals)
After breakfast, we drive a short distance north of the city to Kronberg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its brooding appearance inspired William Shakespeare to recreate it as Elsinore Castle in his grand tragedy, Hamlet. We return to Copenhagen for lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore on your own or experience some of the city’s gay nightlife. Overnight in Copenhagen. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Free Day / Early Farewell Dinner
Today is entirely free to explore Copenhagen on your own, either by walking to sites previously unseen or renting a bicycle to ride on the miles of designated bike paths. Copenhagen is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. This evening, our group gathers together in the hotel lobby and walks to a nearby canal to board a canal boat for an early evening cruise. Afterwards, our group continues on to a local restaurant for an early Farewell Dinner. We are doing this tonight so that tomorrow will be totally free for you to enjoy the Pride festivities. Overnight in Copenhagen. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Gay Pride Day
Today is entirely free of planned activities so you can enjoy the Gay Pride Parade. All the festivities and the parade take place around and in the Town Hall Square of Copenhagen’s downtown. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm and last until 4:00 pm. The evening is free so you can sample some of the gay nightlife or celebratory parties in the city. (Breakfast)
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. Once you check out of our hotel, you can make the short walk to the Copenhagen Central Station and catch the Metro train to the airport for your departing flight home today. If you wish to extend your stay in Copenhagen, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night. (Breakfast)
Entry Requirements-- No visa is required of citizens of the United States, Canada or European Union countries. All you need is a valid passport, and you’re ready to go!
Immunizations & Health-— No immunizations are currently required for travel to Norway, Sweden or Denmark, but it is wise to update your inoculations. Is your tetanus booster current?Exit Requirements -- Any separate departure tax should be included in the cost of your airline ticket.
Making Travel Arrangements to Sweden & DenmarkOn this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Stockholm, Sweden (code ARN), and return from Copenhagen, Denmark (code CPH). We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who can find you the best flights to get you to Stockholm, with return from Copenhagen. Please plan to arrive in Stockholm by 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Departure from Copenhagen can be scheduled for any convenient flight on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch TravelToll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
WHAT TO BRINGIn August, the northern reaches of Sweden and Denmark will remain relatively cool, with daily temperatures ranging from highs in the upper 60s to evening lows in the mid-to-low 50s. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice casual outfits for going out and dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.
Suggested Packing List:
- Proof of citizenship. Passport required.
- Nice casual wear for dinners.
- Lightweight long pants & long-sleeved shirts for sun protection.
- Socks, underwear for 8 days.
- Sweater or lightweight jacket for cool evenings.
- Personal toiletries, and bug repellant
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Camera, lots of digital memory, extra batteries.
- Ziploc Bags (sandwich size for documents, gallon size for wet items or toiletries).
- Electrical Adapter. The electricity supply in Sweden and Denmark is 220 volts. However, the plugs needed for each country is slightly different. Sweden uses the Europlug (Type C & F) for electricity, with two round prongs. Denmark uses a two-prong plug typical for continental Europe; however, Denmark strays from the Scandinavian norm, so make sure the adapter you buy is suitable for the deeper outlets in this country. When purchasing an international adapter, you'll want to look for plug types E or K as they have the correct size of two round prongs. Click here to view the adapter for Sweden. Click here to view the adapter for Denmark.
- A good book for your flights and the drives.
MONEY MATTERSThe two countries visited on this tour use a variation on the krone or krona, but they are all different currencies so you will need to withdraw cash from an ATM in each country. Credit cards are accepted in each country and ATMs are widely available. Scandinavian countries are expensive, so budget about $45.00 a day for personal expenses and non-included meals. We will make a collective tip to our guides and drivers throughout the tour as appropriate.
Sweden’s currency is the Swedish krona (SEK). Denmark’s currency is the krone (DKK). Denmark is an EU member nation, but its citizens rejected adopting the euro in a referendum in 2000. The krone is pegged to the euro, so its value relative to other currencies fluctuates with that of its neighbors to the south. Click here to see the current exchange rate for each of these currencies.
THE TOTO SPIRITToto Tours provides Adventure Travel Experiences as differentiated from tours in the traditional sense. Adventure Travel allows (even encourages) you to be an active participant. Adventurers can be identified by certain traits. They are:
- fun-loving optimists who have a sense of humor and accentuate the positive;
- good natured realists who are willing to accept situations as they exist;
- undaunted by the unexpected, like occasional delays or bad weather;
- willing to forego some of the amenities we normally take for granted;
- eager to try new things & test limits;
- not whiners!
Travel InsuranceWe recommend you purchase travel insurance with Travel Guard to cover for unforeseen events prior to and during your trip. Please follow the link below or call us for more information.
(tour prices per person)Price: $3,600 in double occupancy hotel accommodations.
Private Room: $1,000 additional, for a total tour price of $4,600. (Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)
(Due at time of registration for the tour. May be paid with a credit card.)
Remaining Balance (main tour): $3,000 double / $4,000 single
Remaining Balance Due: May 27, 2020 (80 days prior to departure)
(Full payment required with reservation form if enrolling after this date.)
Note: The tour price does not include bank service charges for processing credit card payments, and assumes that the balance of the tour price will be paid by check. If you would like to pay the final balance with a credit card, a 4% service charge will be applied. Let us know if you wish to pay by credit card, and we will adjust your invoice accordingly.
Included: 8 nights hotel accommodations; hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary; ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach; sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary. This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.
Not Included: International airfare to Stockholm (code ARN) and returning from Copenhagen (code CPH); hotel transfers; ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.); meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary; camera fees; alcoholic beverages; insurance; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature. Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.