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Göta Canal Cruises: The Great Swedish Tour

  • The M/S Juno navigates a lock on the Göta Canal


8 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Stockholm | Trosa | Mem | Söderköping | Norsholm | Motala | Vadstena | Hajstorp | Vänersborg | Trollhättan | Gothenburg & v.v.

Tours start in Stockholm or Gothenburg
Stockholm – Gothenburg Departures:
May 26, June 8, 28, July 11, 24, August 5, 20, & September 1, 2018
Gothenburg - Stockholm Departures:
May 20, June 2, 22, July 5, 18, 30, Aug 12 & 26, 2018

An idyllic journey brimming with history, culture, cuisine, and natural wonder, a cruise through the Göta Canal stretches from Stockholm to Gothenburg, dividing the country in two. Travelers experience the very best of Sweden's countryside, and the tour encompasses a wide range of optional activities that allow to get a closer view of ancient castles from the Middle Ages, town squares dating to the 14th century, and the famous lock system the Canal is known for.

Please note: the itinerary and pricing below is for the full, 6-day/5-night Grand Sweden Cruise. Please contact us for more information about the 4-day/3-night Classic Canal Cruise from Stockholm – Gothenburg.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Stockholm - Hammarby - Lake Mälaren - Södertälje - Baltic Sea - Trosa

Today we start our journey of Sweden’s famous Göta Canal in Stockholm, the capital. You depart from Skeppsbrokajen 103 in Gamla Stan, the famous Old Town region of Stockholm dating from 1252, and make your way through Hammarby Lock. Hammarby Lock connects Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea. We pass Drottningholm Palace, home of the Swedish royal family since 1981 (and a World Heritage Site), along with another lock at Södertälje, before reaching the Baltic. Lunch is included today.

We cross open waters and then weave through a small part of Stockholm’s impressive archipelago of roughly 24,000 islands, arriving and docking in ancient Trosa in the late afternoon. Dinner is on board the ship. You’ll be able to enjoy a walk around the canals and alleyways of the town tonight before overnight aboard the ship.

Onboard

NOTE: We can assist you with pre-cruise nights in Stockholm, pre- or post-tours to the Scandinavian capitals and Norway’s fjords, and more.

Day 02: Trosa - Mem - Söderköping - Carlsborg/Mariehov/Duvkullen - Norsholm - Lake Roxen - Berg

Breakfast is on board this morning. We sail away from Trosa and make a stop at the ruins of Stegeborg Castle, constructed during the early Middle Ages and built to guard the inlet to Söderköping. We’ll take a guided tour of the castle and the herb garden, and then resume our Göta Canal cruise via Mem with its 58 narrow locks. Lunch today is included onboard.

We pass idyllic Söderköping, founded in the early 1200s and the site of two royal coronations during the Middle Ages, as well as Carlsborg, Mariehov, Duvkullen, and finally the Norsholm Lock, where the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö. We pass into the Lake Roxen region, 108 feet above sea level, and sail through to the other side where the Göta Canal enters Berg.

The ship navigates the 15+ locks of Berg, which are capable of raising or lowering ships over 90 feet to/from Lake Roxen. We dock in Berg tonight nearby the bottom lock on the Carl Johan Lock Staircase, the longest in the canal with 7 connected locks that raise the lower or raise the ship over 60 feet. Dinner and overnight aboard the ship.

Onboard

Day 03: Berg - Borensberg - Lake Boren - Motala

We begin today with another on-board breakfast. Today before we continue our tour of the Göta Canal, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore a local historical wonder on a guided tour: Vreta Convent, founded around 1100 and famous as the first convent in Sweden. Though it eventually became less important than the convent later founded by Saint Bridget (Saint Birgitta) at Vadstena, Vreta Convent retains its curious nature and contains many medieval treasures worth seeing.* You join your guide on a walk (approx. 1.8 mi) to the convent’s ruins and to the church. Alternatively, you may walk along the canal on your own or take a swim in Lake Roxen. Lunch is on board.

We continue our cruise by sailing over the Ljungsbro and Kungs Norrby aqueducts; both span over country roads and cars can be seen passing underneath. The idyllic Borensberg village is just ahead, which allows us to access Lake Boren. We traverse the length of the lake slowly, soaking in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and arrive on the other side. Ascend the Borenshult Lock system, five connected locks that raise the ship 50 feet and allow us access to Motala, known as the ‘Capital of the Göta Canal.”

Planned by renowned Swedish statesman Baltzar von Platen, Motala is today considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you’ll find the head office of the Göta Canal Company, the Motala Motor Museum—a large exhibition of antique cars, motorcycles, radios, toys, household appliances, and more in authentic surroundings which we visit—and Baltzar von Platen’s grave, located about half a mile from the museum.

We dock for the night in Motala. Dinner is onboard.

Onboard

NOTE: Vreta Convent is now a parish, and is therefore not always open to visitors. Your guide will determine if a tour of the convent is possible.

Day 04: Motala - Vadstena - Lake Vättern - Lake Viken - Hajstorp

We leave Motala behind this morning and enjoy breakfast aboard the ship as we sail for Vadstena, located just south of Motala on Lake Vättern. Vadstena became a spiritual, cultural, and commercial center during the advent of the 14th-century convent of Saint Bridget (Heliga Birgitta). Vadstena Abbey Church was built and finally consecrated in 1430; the current castle was built in the 1540s by King Gustav Vasa. We visit the Abbey and castle with local guides today.

Lunch is provided onboard today. We bisect Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden which is very deep and clear, on our way toward the Forsvik Lock—the oldest lock in the canal. Built in 1813, the impressive iron bridge dates from the same year. The Forsvik Lock gives way to Lake Viken, a beautifully spellbinding body of water that serves as a reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.

Continue through the Canal, passing the Obelisk which marks the highest point of the canal and Töreboda, where the railway line between Stockholm and Gothenburg crosses the canal, and arrive in Hajstorp. Hajstorp is the home of the Canal Engineer, which is now privately owned, and an old smithy. Docking and dinner on the ship tonight are at Hajstorp.

Onboard

Day 05: Hajstorp - Sjötorp - Lake Vänern - Läckö Castle - Vänersborg

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning as we head to the Sjötorp lock system, which houses eight locks and the remains of some old shipyards. We’ll visit Sjötorp’s old warehouse, where you can find a shop selling clothes and home décor, as well as a café. Make a visit to the Sjötorp Canal Museum, where old photos of Sjötorp and the interiors of old ships greet visitors, and you can learn about the building of the Göta Canal. We’ll also enjoy a lovely walk along the locks. You enjoy lunch onboard the ship.

We continue along Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in all of Europe. A fantastically-situated castle situated on a promontory is our next stop: Läckö Castle. Once a fortified bishop’s castle, it was renovated into a Baroque masterpiece in the mid-17th century, and then stood empty for a 150-year stint. Today it is in its renaissance, harboring a rich cultural life due to the efforts made to restore it to its former glory. We’ll take a guided tour of the castle and its exhibitions (included, roughly half a miles’ walk).

We end in Vänersborg, where we dock for the night. Dinner and overnight are onboard the ship.

Onboard

Day 06: Vänersborg - Trollhättan - Lilla Edet - Gothenburg

We depart Vänersborg this morning and enjoy breakfast on board as we sail to Trollhättan, the name of which means “troll’s bonnet” or “troll’s cap”. We’ll visit a local museum—the Trollhättan Canal Museum, located in a storehouse dating to 1893—and learn more about the fascinating history of the Canal through the exhibitions and a film shown here. You can walk through the beautiful lock area before we re-board the ship and travel through the largest (the only one still in use, dating from 1916).

We continue on to Lilla Edet, traversing the Ströms lock which was originally built in 1607 as the first lock in Sweden, before sailing the final leg of our journey to our destination: the city of Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and the fifth largest of the Scandinavian region. You disembark at Packhuskajen 10, and your tour of Sweden’s beautiful Göta Canal ends.

NOTE: We can assist you with post-cruise nights in Gothenburg, pre- or post-tours to the Scandinavian capitals and Norway’s fjords, and more.

 

Additional Information

The Grand Sweden Cruise price includes:

  • 5 nights Stockholm - Gothenburg aboard the M/S Diana
  • Full board and lodging including (5) daily breakfasts, 6 two-course lunches, and 5 three-course dinners as per itinerary
  • Tour guide
  • 9 excursion stops

The Classic Canal Cruise price includes:

  • 3 nights Stockholm - Gothenburg aboard the M/S Juno
  • Full board and lodging including (3) daily breakfasts, 4 two-course lunches, and 3 three-course dinners as per itinerary
  • Tour guide
  • 5 excursion stops

NOTE: Prices do not include beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above. Please note that facilities on board are shared, and therefore not private.

CABIN DESCRIPTIONS

Category A – Bridge Deck

The bridge deck is the upper deck of the ship and offers a perfect view. On board the M/S Diana there is a total of nine cabins on this deck. The bridge deck also functions as a sun deck. Those who book a category A cabin will be welcomed by champagne, some fruit and a bathrobe as they board. On this deck there are two toilets - both are combined toilet and shower.

Category B – Shelter Deck

The shelter deck is the middle deck of the ship and this is also the deck where you come on board. On this deck there are six cabins. Here you will also find the dining room and the cozy lounge. There is a toilet close to the cabins.

Category C - Main Deck

The main deck is located downstairs of the ship and on this deck there is a total of 10 cabins. The cabins are fitted with twin beds, except for two cabins which have a 140-cm wide "Queen-size bed" - our "honeymoon cabins". There is also a 3-bed cabin. On the main deck there are four toilets - two of them are combined toilet and shower.

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2018 PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Tour departs from either Stockholm or Gothenburg. Please note that below prices are for 6 day/5 night Grand Sweden Cruise only. Contact us for the Classic Canal Cruise available departure dates and pricing.

Departure Dates and Information
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All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only (cruise) tour; prices below are divided into double and single cabins. Guests of all ages are welcome; children under 18 years old must travel with an adult. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

As noted above, there are no private baths aboard the Göta Canal cruise: all cabins have shared bathroom facilities. Please see individual cabin descriptions above for # of bathrooms on each level.

Extra cabin options. Extra bed rate: $1822. Cat. C "Queen Size" double cabin: $3300 per person. Cat. C "Queen Size" single: $4708.

Cat. C Cabin

Cat. B Cabin

Cat. A Cabin

STOCKHOLM - GOTHENBURG

May
26


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

June
8 & 28


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

July
11, & 24


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

August
05 & 20


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

September
01


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

GOTHENBURG - STOCKHOLM

May
20


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

June
02 & 22


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

July
05, 18, & 30


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

August
12 & 26


$2908 p.p. double
$4417 p.p. single


$2769 p.p. double
$3628 p.p. single


$3865 p.p. double
$5050 p.p. single

Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour
Price: from $2769
Duration:4-6 days
Cities Visited:Stockholm - Trosa - Mem - Söderköping - Norsholm - Motala - Vadstena - Hajstorp - Vänersborg - Trollhättan - Gothenburg
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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