18th Century Sweden: The Golden Age of Gustavian Style

This tour is currently sold-out. 

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this week-long excursion to discover the beautiful and unique Gustavian style of architecture and decoration in Sweden, which has attained great popularity in America. The Gustavian style originates from Gustav III, the King of Sweden from 1771-1792. During his reign, Sweden reached a peak of architectural and cultural sophistication. Gustav III’s influence transformed the country, setting a standard of style for most levels of Swedish society that continued well into the 19th Century. 

The tour will be led by Lani Summerville of Classical Excursions and Dr. Johan Cederlund, author of Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors: 1650-1840. During the tour, participants will be exclusively hosted by the owners of such ancestral country manor houses as Elghammar. Swedish curators and historians will provide participants with exclusive tours, providing introductions to the classical works of such important Swedish architects and designers of the period as Hårleman, Rehn, Adelcrantz, the Masreliez brothers, Sergel, and many others. 

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA. 

Image: Gunnebo (image: wikimedia / Arild Vågen) 

Sturehov Manor

Participants will enjoy a private tour of Sturehov Manor, renowned for its unique collection of Marieberg tile stoves and its original 18th Century Gustavian interiors. 

Drottningholm Palace

The Drottningholm Palace’s Theatre is considered to be one of the best preserved 18th century theaters in the world, still featuring the original sets and operating machinery. Participants will tour the Palace and its Theatre, as well as the Chinese Pavillion.  

Masreliez Rooms in Old Town

Participants will privately tour the renowned Masreliez Rooms in Old Town, one of the few 18th Century apartments left intact in Stockholm. Most of the interior wall paintings and paneling remain here, along with a wealth of period furnishings from the Gustavian era.  

Svindersvik Manor

Svindersvik Manor is one of the best preserved early Gustavian houses in Sweden, designed by Court architect Carl Hårleman in 1740. 


Participants will visit the “Palladian” estate Elghammar, privately owned by Duchess Christina d’Otrante, which contains all of its original Russian Empire and late Gustavian furnishings. This grand home was designed by the Court Architect of Catherine the Great, Giacomo Quarenghi. 

Hammarby and Leufsta Bruk

Participants will spend a day touring 18th Century houses and collections such as Hammarby, Leufsta Bruk, and others, accompanied by renowned preservationist and author Lars Sjöberg .


Participants will visit the privately owned 17th Century Olivehult manor house, complete with original 17th and 18th Century interiors.  


Participants will experience a private tour of Gunnebo, a stunning neoclassical masterpiece in Gothenburg.  

Tessin Palace

Participants will tour Tessin Palace and its French parterre garden. The palace was constructed as the home of royal court architect Nicodemus Tessin, and is now used as the official residence of the governor of Stockholm. The interiors are considered to be the best-preserved examples of 17th Century French interiors in the world. 

Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga Park

Participants will enjoy a private visit to Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga. 

What’s included

  • Private and exclusive tours of Gustavian manor houses of Sweden.  
  • A five night stay in a 5-star hotel in the heart of historic Stockholm. 
  • A lecture by Johan Cederlund, author of the landmark book Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors 1650- 1840, and current Director of the Anders Zorn Museum & Collections in Mora, Sweden.  

Drottningholm Palace (image: wikimedia / Evunji)

Slott Sturehov (image: wikimedia / Holger Ellgaard)

Sturehov (image: wikimedia / Holger Ellgaard)

Image: Drottningholm Palace


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]