Mini Canal Cruise, 2 days from Motala
Mini Canal Cruise, 2 days from Motala– Sweden –2 days / 1 night, Motala - Borensberg - Ljungsbro - Berg - Lake Roxen - SöderköpingCruise through the picturesque Östgöta section of the Göta Canal, journeying from Motala on the shore of Lake Vänern to the idyllic town of Söderköping. Enjoy the beautiful eastern section of the canal from the deck of the historic M/S Diana. On the way we pass Borensberg with its well known Göta Canal hotel, two aqueducts, Lake Roxen, Lake Asplången and Berg with an impressive flight of 11 locks. Spend one night aboard on this shorter canal cruise.
|Main deck C||Shelter deck B||Bridge deck A|
Rates are per person, June 19 - August 7, 2017
|Operation||June 19 - August 7, 2017|
|Departure||2 days, Motala - Söderköping
June 21, 27
July 8, 12, 23, 27
2 days - Söderköping - Motala
June 19, 25
July 6, 10, 21, 25
|Price||from $585 per person, in double cabin, Main deck C
from $835 single cabin, Main deck C
from $790 per person in double cabin, Shelter deck B
from $955 single cabin, Shelter deck B
from $975 per person in double cabin, Bridge deck A
from $1,175 single cabin, Bridge deck A
|Included||Two days and one night on board (dock for the night in Berg)
Full board and lodging - one breakfast, two two-course lunches and one three-course dinner
Three stops of varying duration included
|Not Included||International airfare
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Departure Motala 11:00
Arrival Söderköping at 16:00
Return trip by bus approx. 1.5hrs (to be booked in advance)
Cruise also available in reverse order, Söderköping - Motala
Departure Söderköping at 11:00
Arrival Motala at 16:00
Return trip by bus approx. 1.5hrs (to be booked in advance)
Lunch 13.00 / Dinner 19.00
Breakfast 07.00 / Lunch 12.00
|Tour Options||Return trip by bus, approx. 1.5 hrs, booked in advance $20
Please see our offers for all Göta Canal Cruises:
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"Classic Canal Cruise", 4 days, aboard M/S Juno
" Grand Swedish Cruise", 6 days, aboard M/S Diana
"West Coast Cruise", 3 days, aboard M/S Wilhelm Tham
Itinerary from Motala
Itinerary from Söderköping
Göta Mini Cruise map
Göta Canal cabin plans
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Day 1 DEPARTURE MOTALA - BERG 1 Motala
The founder of the canal, Baltzar von Platen 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 of the canal. On the Grand Sweden Cruise we are docking for the night and you have the chance to visit the Motala Motor Museum, with its large exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings. In Motala we also stop overnight for the Classic Canal Cruise. The Mini Canal Cruise starts or ends in Motala.
2 Borenshult Locks
A beautiful lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing. At the Grand Sweden Cruise you have the possibility to take a beautiful morning walk from Motala to Borenshult, approx. 4 km.
3 Lake Boren
Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren (73 metres above sea level).
At Borensberg there is a hand operated lock. The well-known Göta Hotel, built in 1908, is close to the lock.
We travel 20 kms without passing any locks through the astonishing Östgöta scenery. We pass two aqueducts, eight bridges, Ljung castle and Brunneby manor.
6 Kungs Norrby, Aqueduct
The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 and leads over the national route 36.
7 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
At Ljungsbro we pass one of the two aqueducts on our journey. This one was built in 1970. The canal crosses over the road so you can look down on the cars while you pass.
On the Great Canal Cruise from Söderköping we stop overnight at Ljungsbro.
8 The Locks Of Berg
The locks of Berg are located north of the city of Linköping. The whole lock system consists of no less than 15 locks, connected with Lake Roxen. The whole Berg lock system is called "The Big Lift". The locks can raise or lower ships 28.8 meters.
At the Mini Canal Cruise we dock for the night in the harbour basin between the locks of Oscar and Carl-Johan. 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.
9 Convent of Vreta
The convent of Vreta dates from about 1100 and was the first nunnery in Sweden. Its importance was later superseded by the convent founded by Saint Bridget (Saint Birgitta) at Vadstena. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden's most interesting, offering many medieval treasures. Today, it is used as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors.
Day 2 BERG - ARRIVE SÖDERKÖPING 1 Berg, Carl-Johan's Lock Staircase
The Carl-Johan lock staircase by the lake Roxen is the longest lock staircase in the canal with seven connected locks. At the Grand Sweden Cruise from Stockholm and at the Great Canal Cruise from Gothenburg we dock for the night at the bottom lock.
2 Lake Roxen
This lake is 33 metres above sea level. The canal enters the lake at Norsholm on one side and Berg on the other.
On the Mini Canal Cruise we visit Runstorp, which is a manor house dating from Sweden's period of greatness. The owners Louise and Eddie Uggla take us on a tour of their house with its Gustavian drawing room and interesting library, all while relating anecdotes from its history. Runstorp is not open to the public, which makes this an exclusive visit.
4 Norsholms lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.
There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometres.
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 interesting history as a spa. Today, it is also known for its ice cream parlours. The Mini Canal Cruise and the Great Canal Cruise start or end in Söderköping. The boat docks by the lock at Kanalgatan/Slussgränd.