Journey beginning at Gothenburg, Sweden tours and ending at Stockholm, Sweden tours
Limited availability: 2019-05-23 to 2019-08-23 starting from $2278 AUD
Available: 2020-05-20 to 2020-08-25 starting from $2345 AUD
Our classic canal cruise between Sweden’s two biggest cities is where you will experience a voyage on board one of the historic ships of Göta kanal. Travelling in the same manner as it has been done for more than 140 years, forces you to leave your everyday life behind.
This is a pleasurable trip where the journey is more important than the destination. Every now and then we make shore excursions of historical or cultural interest to places along this beautiful canal. Naturally, it is your choice if you prefer a guided tour ashore during our stops, or if you’d rather enjoy a relaxing drink on the bridge deck.
NOTE: This cruise can be done in reverse and therefore there are more dates available which run off the back of the listed voyages. Please note all meals included – three breakfasts, four two-course lunches and three three-course dinners.
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Day 1 – Embark your ship in Gothenburg and start exploring the Göta locks
Embark at 9am and have the morning cruising the canal. Just after lunch is the first lock, Lilla Edet, followed by Trollhättan Locks. In late afternoon, we enter the Lake Vånern, 44 metres above sea level, Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.
Our ship passes Läckö Castle, which was built in 1298 as a bishop’s residence. Its golden age was during the reign of Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who transformed it into a baroque castle in 1652. You will be needing a late glass of wine on the deck for this castle as we pass by around 11pm, remembering that there are long summer nights.
Day 2 – Cruise from Sjötorp to Motala
As you enjoy your cabin, we enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. At dawn, we pass a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. For "early birds" walking is possible from Godhögen to Riksberg, app. 1 km.
Throughout the morning, we pass historical monuments and fabulous scenery before entering the beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 metres above sea level) which serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.
At around 4pm, we visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819-1909. The guided tour is a journey through time and space, full of surprises and special effects.
At 9pm this evening, arrive at Motala. It was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called "the Capital of the Göta Canal". In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the Göta Canal and is today considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you also find the head office of the Gota Canal Company, responsible for operation and maintenance. You can also walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.
Day 3 – The day of locks and icecream, then travel into the Baltic Sea
Today is a leisurely day spent enjoying the rhythm of the ship as it passes many locks. In the afternoon, we stop alongside the idyllic town Söderköping which was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and interesting history as a spa. Söderköping is yours to explore on your own. Don’t forget to try the famous ice cream!
Late in the evening, we leave the Göta canal and travel into the Baltic Sea.
Day 4 – The enchanting waterways and archipelago of islands
In the early morning light, we weave through the archipelago as we head towards Stockholm. Our first stop is the Viking community of Birka on the island of Björkö, often referred to as Sweden’s first town. The town was then an important harbour for international shipping and trade. It was in use for about 250 years and was abandoned before the year 1000. Birka features on UNESCO’S World Heritage list. The tour guide will show us around on the island (app. 3 km, uneven terrain). We also visit the museum.
If time allows, we will pass the Drottningholm Castle, home of the Royal family since 1981 and found on the World Heritage list.
Our cruise ends at Skeppsbrokajen 103, in the Old Town of Stockholm around 4pm.
- 3 x breakfasts, 4 x two-course lunches and 3 x three-course lunches
- Four days and three nights on board, including one night at quayside
- The impressive lock staircase in Trollhättan with a total drop of 32 metres and the Canal Museum
- Sweden’s smallest ferry, ”Lina”, in Töreboda
- Forsvik with the oldest lock in the canal, built in 1813
- Karlsborg Fortress, offering a journey through time and space
- Motala, the capital of the Gota Canal, although the motor museum tour will no longer be included due to time restrictions
- The convent church of Vreta and the remains of Sweden’s first convent
- The Viking community of Birka, Sweden’s first town
- The boat makes six stops for excursions/sightseeing
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Arrival and departure transfer at the start and end of the trip
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Gratitudes and items of personal nature
- Domestic or international flights
- Travel insurance
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