From Coast to Coast, 4 days Stockholm - Gothenburg
From Coast to Coast, 4 days Stockholm - Gothenburg– Sweden –4 days / 3 nights, Söderköping/Stockholm - Norshom - Berg - Motala - Lake Vättern - Tåtorp - Töreboda - Hajstorp - Vänersborg - Trollhättan - GothenburgA new cruise on the historic canal boat M/S Wilhelm Tham, celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Journey from Gothenburg to Söderköping/Stockholm or back. An affordable cruise where the boat is moored every night, so you can experience the entire voyage during the daylight hours. Travel through the impressive lock staircase in Trollhättan, Forsvik with the oldest lock in the canal, built in 1813, and the Carl-Johan staircase with seven connected locks.
|Main deck C||Shelter deck B||Bridge deck A|
Rates are per person in USD, June 19 - August 8, 2016
|Operation||June 11 - August 8, 2016|
|Departure||M/S Wilhelm Tham
4-days Söderköping/Stockholm - Gothenburg
July 5, 18
M/S Wilhelm Tham
4-days, Gothenburg - Söderköping/Stockholm
June 11, 23
July 10, 23
|Price||from $1,295 per person, in USD, Main deck C
Newly revised lower rates!
|Included||Four days and three nights on board (at quayside)
Full board:Three breakfasts
Four two-course lunches
Three three-course dinners
Two stops for excursions/sightseeing
|Not Included||International airfare
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Bus departs Stockholm, Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel at 09:00
Ship departure Söderköping at 11:30
Arrival Gothenburg at 16:00
Age minimum: 7 years. Children must have their own bed
Bus transfer (to be booked in advance) Söderköping-Stockholm or in reverse direction $50
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Day 1 SÖDERKÖPING/STOCKHOLM - LJUNGSBRO (B, L, D) Optional bus transfer from Stockholm to Söderköping (to be booked in advance).
09.00 The bus departs from Stockholm, Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at 09.00.
11.30 Departure from Söderköping (next to the lock). The idyllic town Söderköping was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and very interesting history as a spa.
12.00 - 13.15 Duvkullen - Mariehov - Carlsborg
From Söderköping to the lock Carlsborg Övre there are eight locks on a stretch of approx. 4 km. 14.45 - 15.15 Lake Asplången 27 metres above sea level.
14.45 - 15.25 Lake Asplången
27 metres above sea level.
16.55-17.05 Norsholm lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.
17.05 - 19.05 Lake Roxen
33 metres above sea level.
19.05 - 20.05 Berg (Carl-Johan)
The Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The evening offers the possibility to take a walk along the canal, or to go for an evening swim in Lake Roxen below the Carl-Johan lock staircase.
21.45 Berg (Heda)
The ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system.
22.05 Ljungsbro, aqueduct
We pass the first of two aqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro aqueduct was built in 1970.
Day 2 BERG - HAJSTORP (B, L, D) 06.00 Depart Ljungsbro
09.00 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct
The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.
09.20 - 09.30 Borensberg
At Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock. Shortly before the lock we pass a small gazebo leaning out over the canal in a sharp bend known as the "Helmsman's Horror", and after that we see the well-known Göta Hotel, built in 1908.
09.30 - 10.30 Lake Boren
73 metres above sea level.
10.30 - 11.10 Borenshult
Lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.
12.10 - 13.15 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. Motala is yours to explore on your own.
13.15 - 15.15 Lake Vättern
89 metres above sea level. Sweden's second largest lake.
15.15 Karlsborg Fortress
We pass Karlsborg and will be able to see the roof of the fortress, which was built in 1819-1909.
16.10 - 16.25 Forsvik
Forsvik has a very interesting industrial history. The lock, built in 1813, is the oldest one in the canal. The impressive iron bridge dates from the same year. In the lock we are sometimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group.
16.25 - 17.35 Billströmmen / the Spetsnäs Canal
Through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.
16.25 - 18.35 Lake Viken
The beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 metres above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.
At Tåtorp there is another hand-operated lock. From here on we will be going downwards!
18.55 The Berg Canal / the Obelisk
This part of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend which was straightened in 1930-33.
An obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of the Göta Canal.
The railway line between Stockholm and Gothenburg crosses the canal here. Töreboda also proudly presents Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina", which travels back and forth across the Göta Canal.
22.55 Arrive Hajstorp
A lock system consisting of four locks. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. The ship berths for the night, close to what used to be the home of the Canal Engineer. Overnight stop.
Day 3 HAJSTORP - VÄNERSBORG (B, L, D) 06.00 Departure Hajstorp
If you are an "early bird" you can take a wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Godhögen ( approx. 1.5 km) or to Norrkvarn (approx. 5 km).
09.30 - 11.30 Sjötorp
At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. Here it is also possible to take a pleasant walk along the locks.
11.30 - 12.40 Lake Vänern
44 metres above sea level. Sweden's largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.
15.10 - 17.10 Läckö Castle
Läckö Castle 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. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs). Approx. 1 km walk.
21.40 Arr. Vänersborg
Day 4 VÄNERSBORG - GOTHENBURG (B, L) 06.45 Departure Vänersborg
08.45 - 10.15 Trollhättan
The Trollhättan Canal Museum is located in a storehouse from 1893. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhätte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. You can also take a walk through the beautiful old lock area.
10.15 - 11.15 Trollhättan locks
The impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan consists of four locks, and has a total drop of 32 metres. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use.
12.25 - 12.40 Lilla Edet
The lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the last lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.
16.00 Arrive Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10
Our cruise ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Center in Gothenburg.
Subject to changes. All times stated are approximate.