West Coast Cruise Sweden

West Coast Cruise Sweden– Sweden –3 days / 2 nights, Gothenburg - Grebbestad or Grebbestad - GothenburgHighlights of the Swedish West Coast are featured on our three-day cruise along the coast of Bohuslän. On this cruise you get to experience the beautiful journey between Gothenburg and Grebbestad or v.v. Cruise on board the classic canal boat M/S Wilhelm Tham, launched 1912, listed by the National Maritime Museums in 2004. Visit the island Känsö, the lighthouse Vinga, the fishing community Gullholmen, Smögen and the sailing metropolis of Marstrand.

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Operation August 16 - September 2, 2017
Departure Gothenburg - Grebbestad
Wednesdays
August 16, 23, 30

Grebbestad - Gothenburg
Saturdays
August 19, 26
September 2
Price from $1,030 per person in double cabin, Main deck C
from $1,395 single cabin, Main deck C

from $1,375 per person in double cabin, Shelter deck B
from $1,775 single cabin, Shelter deck B

from $1,625 per person in double cabin, Bridge deck A
from $2,085 single cabin, Bridge deck A
Included Cruise with m/s Norrona as per itinerary
Cabin class of choice, 10 nights
8 x buffet breakfast
8 x dinner
Onboard entertainment
Port dues
Not Included International Airfare
Airport taxes
Transfers to the ship
Shore excursions
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee

Meal package in USD per person
Meal package includes 9 x buffet dinner and 4 x lunch
Bought in advance $350 per adult, $167 per child (5-15 years)
Please Note Early booking discount
15 % early booking discount on regular cabin prices if booked by Dec 15, 2016.
For bookings made Dec 16, 2016 - March 15, 2017 an early booking discount of 10 % will apply.
These discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.
Tour Options Shore excursions
More Information Detailed itinerary Gothenburg - Grebbestad
Detailed itinerary Grebbestad - Gothenburg
Highlights along the route

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Day 1 DEPARTURE GOTHENBURG (D) 1 Gothenburg
Our cruise starts or ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg.

2 Styrsö with Snobbrännan
Styrsö is the most populous and the greenest island in Gothenburg's southern archipelago. And its nature is simply fantastic. The sound north of Styrsö is called the 'Snob Channel' - this was once the place where people showed off their superb sailboats.

3 Känsö
Känsö Island is part of Sweden's national heritage and one of the most curious, protected environments on the west coast. Most of the buildings were built between 1816 and 1818, a period when a quarantine station was established here. All of the original station buildings have been preserved, including the plague and convalescence hospitals, the commander's residence, visitor facility, observation tower, guardhouse and pub. In 1935 Känsö Island became a navy base assigned as a training site for the coast artillery. Today the island is still a military facility and a special permit is needed to land here. You can experience the island's exciting history via a guided tour.

4 Vinga
Ten nautical miles to sea in Gothenburg's outer archipelago lies Vinga Island. The last outpost towards the Kattegat to the west, Vinga is one of the best-known lighthouse stations and has served sea transport since the Middle Ages. The first permanent structure was a wooden seamark or daymark built in 1606. The red pyramid shaped daymark that stands today was built in 1857. The first Vinga lighthouse was built in 1840 and today's in 1890. Troubadour, author and artist Evert Taube (1890-1976) grew up on Vinga, and the lighthouse is named in several of Taube's well-known songs. This is a great opportunity to discover Vinga on your own and to take a refreshing dip while you're at it. Docking at Vinga Island depends on weather conditions.

5 Kalvsund
The old Valen daymark crowns the highest peak of Kalvsund Island. The Bremer villa is also found here and is famous as the home for Sweden's largest smuggler in the early 1900s.

6 Marstrand
Docking in beautiful Marstrand (night harbour). The city of Marstrand was founded in the early 1200s by the Norwegian King Håkon Håkansson. Marstrand did not become Swedish until 1658 as part of the Treaty of Roskilde. The same year ground was broken on the highest point of the island for the Carlsten Fortress. It took two hundred years to complete it in 1860. Marstrand became one of Sweden's most popular bathing resorts during the 1800s, gaining special status through the annual summer visits of King Oscar II. Today the city is Sweden's sailing centre hosting several large events each summer. We will give a guided walk through the narrow streets reveals the handsome, well-preserved houses and the favourite sites of the bathing society from royal period. The tour is spiked with exciting stories of past and present.

Day 2 MARSTRAND DEPARTURE 1 Before the boat casts off in the morning, take a morning walk on the 5-km path rounding the whole islands. It takes around an hour, though shorter walks are also possible.

2 Åstol
A small, barren rock island with almost all of its white houses located on an east-west axis. The setting is listed nationally as an important cultural setting.

3 Kalvesund (Rönnäng)
Kalvesund is the narrow water between Rönnäng on Tjörn Island and the small island of Tjörnekalv. There are several handsome houses to inspect from the boat.

4 Skärhamn
Skärhamn is a central town on Tjörn, one of Sweden's largest islands. Since the 1700s, Skärhamn's growth has derived from the sea. As long as the herring ran in the waters, the fish was boiled and salted locally. There were several large shipping companies as well with Skärhamn as home harbour. Here we will visit the Nordic Watercolour Museum. Since it opened in the summer of 2000 it has offered world-class art. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the inspiring museum shop.

5 Kyrkesund
One of Bohuslän's best-known seamarks stands on the mountain behind the old fishing hamlet Kyrkesund. Called Sankt Olof's Whales, it is made up of four immense stone cairns.

6 Mollösund
Mollösund is one the oldest fishing hamlets in Sweden and was Bohuslän's centre for preparation of ling for many years. There are lots of charming cottages and boathouses along its narrow alleyways.

7 Gullholmen
One of the oldest fishing hamlets in Bohuslän, Gullholmen is also the most densely populated island in Sweden. Even so, the unique, genuine island retains many of its old characteristics. Many older houses have been preserved showing clearly the difference between the small, modest fisherman's cottages and the large, showy captain's residences. During the immense herring periods in the 18th and 19th centuries the island community grew, adding a canning factory, a salting-house and a sail maker. We will visit the Skepparhuset Museum built in 1893. Today it offers not only an authentic captain's residence, but also a ship and fishing museum, as well as an intact sail-maker's workshop. At Gullholmen we'll meet two oyster and mussel farmers and hear from them about these ocean delicacies. There will also be time to enjoy lovely Gullholmen Island on your own.

8 Nordströmmarna
Our boat glides at an easy pace through a verdant landscape celebrated in verse and music by our national troubadour Evert Taube.

9 Bassholmen
Bassholmen is where the Allmogebåtar Association uses some older shipyard buildings as a museum for showing traditional Nordic boats.

10 Lysekil
The city of Lysekil is located on the Gullmarsfjord. As with other towns on the Bohuslän coast, herring periods, quarries and shipping have been important development factors. During the 1800s Lysekil became a seaside resort based on the public baths developed on commission by Carl Curman. An open-air bathing facility was also built in the 1860s and is still in constant use. Lysekil received its city charter in 1903.

11 Smögen
Its unique setting makes Smögen Bohuslän's largest tourist site. It was discovered in the early 1900s by bathing guests from Stockholm. Today the nearly one kilometre long Smögen wooden pier offers a large selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants with outdoor service. The Smögen Fish Auction was founded in 1919. Today it's one of the most modern in Scandinavia delivering Smögen shrimp, other shellfish and fish to the whole country. We will visit the auction to see both how fish and shellfish are handled today and how it was done earlier. On the West Coast Cruise from Gothenburg, the ship docks here for the night.

Day 3 DEPARTURE SMÖGEN 1 Sote Canal, Smögen
The 5-km long Sote Canal runs from Kungshamn to Hunnebostrand. It was built 1930-35 by unemployed stonemasons to bypass the difficult passage outside the Soteskär island where many sailors have lost their lives.

2 Hamburgsund
Hamburgsund lies both on the mainland and on the naturally lovely Hamburgö Island. We pass between the two through the 130 m wide Hamburgsund Channel.

3 Fjällbacka
The small, idyllic fishing hamlet Fjällbacka is located in a Skagerack cove surrounded by tall cliffs. The name is derived from its location – on the slope below the 'fjäll', the high, steep Vetteberget that dominates the town. Sweden's perhaps best-known actress, Ingrid Bergman, had her summer paradise on Dannholmen Island in the Fjällbacka archipelago. In her memory a statue was raised on the town square named for her. The Swedish writer of detective stories, Camilla Läckberg, grew up here and the hamlet is used as the scene for her books. A cosy guided walk through the Fjällbacka hamlet lends not only an opportunity to visit some of the Läckberg sites, but also to see the hamlet through Ingrid Bergman's eyes.

4 Grebbestad
Grebbestad is one of the most popular bathing resorts in Bohuslän. Earlier fishing and shipping were the important industries here and even today there are some trawlers that sail from its port. But when the open-air swimming craze swept the nation in the 1840s, Grebbestad became a summer resort offering clay packs, seaweed baths and invigorating dips in the sea. Today Grebbestad is known as Sweden's oyster capital. The delicacies are thought to maintain an especially high quality and are served at the country's top restaurants, as well as in other countries. Our West Coast Cruise ends or starts here in Grebbestad.

5 Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
If you have prebooked a bus transfer between Gothenburg and Grebbestad with your West Coast Cruise this is where the bus departs. It is also the end station for the bus transfer back from Grebbestad if you embarked with the cruise in Gothenburg. The hotel is situated at Drottningtorget.

Day 1 DEPARTURE GREBBESTAD (reverse itinerary) 1 Grebbestad is one of the most popular bathing resorts in Bohuslän. Earlier fishing and shipping were the important industries here and even today there are some trawlers that sail from its port. But when the open-air swimming craze swept the nation in the 1840s, Grebbestad became a summer resort offering clay packs, seaweed baths and invigorating dips in the sea. Today Grebbestad is known as Sweden's oyster capital. The delicacies are thought to maintain an especially high quality and are served at the country's top restaurants, as well as in other countries. Our West Coast Cruise ends or starts here in Grebbestad.

2 Fjällbacka
The small, idyllic fishing hamlet Fjällbacka is located in a Skagerack cove surrounded by tall cliffs. The name is derived from its location - on the slope below the 'fjäll', the high, steep Vetteberget that dominates the town. Sweden's perhaps best-known actress, Ingrid Bergman, had her summer paradise on Dannholmen Island in the Fjällbacka archipelago. In her memory a statue was raised on the town square named for her. The Swedish writer of detective stories, Camilla Läckberg, grew up here and the hamlet is used as the scene for her books. A cozy guided walk through the Fjällbacka hamlet lends not only an opportunity to visit some of the Läckberg sites, but also to see the hamlet through Ingrid Bergman's eyes.

3 Hamburgsund
Hamburgsund lies both on the mainland and on the naturally lovely Hamburgö Island. We pass between the two through the 130 m wide Hamburgsund Channel.

4 Sote Canal, Smögen
The 5-km long Sote Canal runs from Kungshamn to Hunnebostrand. It was built 1930-35 by unemployed stonemasons to bypass the difficult passage outside the Soteskär island where many sailors have lost their lives.

5 Smögen
Its unique setting makes Smögen Bohuslän's largest tourist site. It was discovered in the early 1900s by bathing guests from Stockholm. Today the nearly one kilometre long Smögen wooden pier offers a large selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants with outdoor service. The Smögen Fish Auction was founded in 1919. Today it's one of the most modern in Scandinavia delivering Smögen shrimp, other shellfish and fish to the whole country. We will visit the auction to see both how fish and shellfish are handled today and how it was done earlier. On the West Coast Cruise from Gothenburg, the ship docks here for the night.

6 Grundsund
Grundsund is an authentic and idyllic fishing hamlet founded in the 1600s. The town is cut in half by a canal, built during the first world war. Its purpose was to make it easier for boats to sail through and to create a protected harbour. Today the canal's shoreline is filled with picturesque boathouses and piers from many eras. On the West Coast Cruise from Grebbestad, the ship docks here for the night.

Day 2 DEPARTURE LYSEKIL 1 Lysekil
The city of Lysekil is located on the Gullmarsfjord. As with other towns on the Bohuslän coast, herring periods, quarries and shipping have been important development factors. During the 1800s Lysekil became a seaside resort based on the public baths developed on commission by Carl Curman. An open-air bathing facility was also built in the 1860s and is still in constant use. Lysekil received its city charter in 1903.

2 Nordströmmarna
Our boat glides at an easy pace through a verdant landscape celebrated in verse and music by our national troubadour Evert Taube.

3 Bassholmen
Bassholmen is where the Allmogebåtar Association uses some older shipyard buildings as a museum for showing traditional Nordic boats.

4 Gullholmen
One of the oldest fishing hamlets in Bohuslän, Gullholmen is also the most densely populated island in Sweden. Even so, the unique, genuine island retains many of its old characteristics. Many older houses have been preserved showing clearly the difference between the small, modest fisherman's cottages and the large, showy captain's residences. During the immense herring periods in the 18th and 19th centuries the island community grew, adding a canning factory, a salting-house and a sail maker. We will visit the Skepparhuset Museum built in 1893. Today it offers not only an authentic captain's residence, but also a ship and fishing museum, as well as an intact sail-maker's workshop. At Gullholmen we'll meet two oyster and mussel farmers and hear from them about these ocean delicacies. There will also be time to enjoy lovely Gullholmen Island on your own.

5 Mollösund
Mollösund is one the oldest fishing hamlets in Sweden and was Bohuslän's centre for preparation of ling for many years. There are lots of charming cottages and boathouses along its narrow alleyways.

6 Kyrkesund
One of Bohuslän's best-known seamarks stands on the mountain behind the old fishing hamlet Kyrkesund. Called Sankt Olof's Whales, it is made up of four immense stone cairns.

7 Skärhamn
Skärhamn is a central town on Tjörn, one of Sweden's largest islands. Since the 1700s, Skärhamn's growth has derived from the sea. As long as the herring ran in the waters, the fish was boiled and salted locally. There were several large shipping companies as well with Skärhamn as home harbour. Here we will visit the Nordic Watercolour Museum. Since it opened in the summer of 2000 it has offered world-class art. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the inspiring museum shop.

8 Kalvesund (Ronnäng)
Kalvesund is the narrow water between Rönnäng on Tjörn Island and the small island of Tjörnekalv. There are several handsome houses to inspect from the boat.

9 Åstol
A small, barren rock island with almost all of its white houses located on an east-west axis. The setting is listed nationally as an important cultural setting.

10 Marstrand
Docking in beautiful Marstrand (night harbour). The city of Marstrand was founded in the early 1200s by the Norwegian King Håkon Håkansson. Marstrand did not become Swedish until 1658 as part of the Treaty of Roskilde. The same year ground was broken on the highest point of the island for the Carlsten Fortress. It took two hundred years to complete it in 1860. Marstrand became one of Sweden's most popular bathing resorts during the 1800s, gaining special status through the annual summer visits of King Oscar II. Today the city is Sweden's sailing centre hosting several large events each summer. We will give a guided walk through the narrow streets reveals the handsome, well-preserved houses and the favourite sites of the bathing society from royal period. The tour is spiked with exciting stories of past and present.

Day 3 DEPARTURE KALVSUND 1 Kalvsund
The old Valen daymark crowns the highest peak of Kalvsund Island. The Bremer villa is also found here and is famous as the home for Sweden's largest smuggler in the early 1900s.

2 Vinga
Ten nautical miles to sea in Gothenburg's outer archipelago lies Vinga Island. The last outpost towards the Kattegat to the west, Vinga is one of the best-known lighthouse stations and has served sea transport since the Middle Ages. The first permanent structure was a wooden seamark or daymark built in 1606. The red pyramid shaped daymark that stands today was built in 1857. The first Vinga lighthouse was built in 1840 and today's in 1890. Troubadour, author and artist Evert Taube (1890-1976) grew up on Vinga, and the lighthouse is named in several of Taube's well-known songs. This is a great opportunity to discover Vinga on your own and to take a refreshing dip while you're at it. Docking at Vinga Island depends on weather conditions.

3 Styrsö with Snobbrännan
Styrsö is the most populous and the greenest island in Gothenburg's southern archipelago. And its nature is simply fantastic. The sound north of Styrsö is called the 'Snob Channel' – this was once the place where people showed off their superb sailboats.

4 Känsö
Känsö Island is part of Sweden's national heritage and one of the most curious, protected environments on the west coast. Most of the buildings were built between 1816 and 1818, a period when a quarantine station was established here. All of the original station buildings have been preserved, including the plague and convalescence hospitals, the commander's residence, visitor facility, observation tower, guardhouse and pub. In 1935 Känsö Island became a navy base assigned as a training site for the coast artillery. Today the island is still a military facility and a special permit is needed to land here. You can experience the island's exciting history via a guided tour.

5 Gothenburg
Our cruise starts or ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg.

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