The Classic Göta Canal Cruise, 4 Days Gothenburg – Stockholm

Göta Canal CruiseSweden

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From $1,785 USD
May 25 - August 22, 2018
4 Days / 3 Nights

Classic 4-day cruise aboard from Gothenburg to Stockholm. Travel Sweden's Blue Ribbon, pass two aqueducts, 66 remarkable locks, enjoy guided tours.

Overview

Experience Sweden's Blue Ribbon on our Classic 4-day Göta Canal cruise aboard M/S Juno, the world's oldest registered ship, from Gothenburg to Stockholm. During the cruise we pass two aqueducts, 66 remarkable locks, three canals, one river. See the locks in Trollhättan, the famous lock staircase at Berg, and the canal's oldest lock in Forsvik. Optional guided tours at Karlsborg Fortress, at Birka, the Viking City, and on Björkö Island in Lake Mälaren.

Operation

May 25 - August 22, 2018

Departure

Gothenburg - Stockholm, 4 days
May 25
June 3, 12, 24
July 2, 10, 19, 28
August 5, 14, 22

Stockholm - Gothenburg, 4 days
May 29
June 7, 16, 28
July 6, 14, 23
August 1, 9, 18, 26

Price

  • Main Deck C
  • from $1,785 per person in double cabin
  • from $1,975 single cabin
  • Shelter Deck B
  • from $2,125 per person in double cabin
  • from $2,350 single cabin
  • Bridge Deck A
  • from $2,675 per person in double cabin
  • from $3,185 single cabin

15 % early booking discount on regular cabin prices if booked by Dec 15, 2017. For bookings made Dec 16, 2017 – March 15, 2018 an early booking discount of 10 % will apply. These discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Rates are per person, May 25 - August 22, 2018.

Included

  • Four days and three nights on board,
  • including one night at the quayside
  • Full board: three breakfasts
  • Four two-course lunches
  • Three three-course dinners
  • Tour guide
  • 5 longer stops for excursions

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Transfers
  • Excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10, at 09:00. Arrival in Stockholm at 16:00, day 4
  • Departure from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103, at 09:00. Arrival in Gothenburg 16:00, day 4
  • Cruise also available in reverse order, Stockholm - Gothenburg
  • Age minimum: 7 years. Children must have their own bed

Tour Options

  • Please see our offers for all Göta Canal Cruises:
  • Mini Canal Cruise, 2 days, aboard M/S Wilhelm Tham
  • Göta Canal Highlights, 3 days, aboard M/S Wilhelm Tham
  • Classic Canal Cruise, 4 days, aboard M/S Juno
  • Grand Sweden Cruise, 6 days, aboard M/S Diana

Day 1 DEPART GOTHENBURG - LÄCKÖ CASTLE

1 Gothenburg
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth largest of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is situated on the beautiful West Coast, at the mouth of the River Göta. Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10 (except for Mini Canal Cruise).

2 Lilla Edet
Stroms lock at Lilla Edet was built in 1916 and is located by the River Göta. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.

3 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. The impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan consists of four locks, and has a total drop of 32 meters. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use.

4 Brinkebergskulle lock
Brinkebergskulle lock is the topmost of six locks that regulate the flow of water between Lake Vänern and the Western Sea. The difference in height is 6 meters. The present lock was completed in 1916.

5 Lake Vänern
44 meters above sea level. Sweden's largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.

6 Läckö Castle
Our ship passes Läckö Castle, which is situated on a promontory in Lake Vänern. It was built as a fortified bishop's castle in 1298 and during the mid-17th century, the castle was transformed into Baroque style.

Day 2 SJÖTORP - MOTALA

1 Sjötorp
Here we enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. At Sjötorp we have a set of eight locks and also the remains of some old shipyards.

2 Godhögen & Hajstorp övre
We pass a lock system consisting of four locks in very beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp.

3 Godhögen – Riksberg
For “early birds” walking is possible from Godhögen to Riksberg, approx. 1 km 

4 Töreboda
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.

5 The Berg Canal
This part of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend which was straightened in 1930-33.

6 The Obelisk
An obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 meters above sea level) of the Göta Canal.

7 Tåtorp
One of the canal's two hand-operated locks is found at Tåtorp.

8 Lake Viken
The beautiful spellbinding Lake Viken (91.8 meters above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.

9 The Spetsnäs Canal/Billströmmen
We steer through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies.

10 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. From here on we will be going downwards!

11 Karlsborg Fortress
We visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819-1909. Here you can enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church.

12 Lake Vättern
With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest lake, 89 meters above sea level. The lake is unusually deep and its water is very clear.

13 Motala
It was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called “the Capital Subject to changes. Please note! All times stated are approximate. 2017-01-12 of the Göta Canal”. In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the canal and is today  considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you also find the head office of the Göta Canal Company, responsible for operation and  maintenance. You can walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal.
Overnight stop.

Day 3 MOTALA - BALTIC SEA

1 Borenshult
The lock staircase at Borenshult is the second longest in the canal, with five locks connected and a total rise of 15.3 meters. Here you might hear the nightingale sing.

2 Lake Boren
Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren, 73 meters above sea level.

3 Borensberg
In the idyllic village Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock, after which we see the well-known Göta Hotel from 1908. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the “Helmsman’s Horror".

4 Kungs Norrby, Aqueduct
The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 and leads over the national route 36.

5 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
We pass the second aqueduct on our journey, built in 1970.

6 Berg (Heda) 
We start our descent in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. The tour guide takes us on a walk (app. 3 km) to see the church and the remains of the convent. As an alternative you can walk along the canal or take a refreshing swim in Lake Roxen. 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 (St. 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.

7 Berg (Carl Johan) 
The Carl Johanlock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The lock staircase will lower the boat 18.8 meters from the Berg guest harbour to Lake Roxen. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.

8 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.

9 Norsholms lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

10 Lake Asplången
27 metres above sea level

11 Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen
At the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping.

12 Söderkoping
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. Söderköping is yours to explore on your own.

13 Mem
Passing through the last narrow lock before Slätbaken, an inlet of the Baltic, we leave the canal. On 26th Sept. 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family.

14 The Baltic Sea
Between Mem at the outlet of Göta Kanal and Södertalje we cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago.

Day 4 SÖDERTALJE - STOCKHOLM

1 Södertalje
Södertalje lock, 135 meters long, is the largest lock in Scandinavia.

2 Lake Mälaren
0.3 metres above sea level. In the Viking Age, Sweden's third largest lake was not a lake, it was a part of the Baltic Sea. There are two UNESCO World
Heritage Sites by Lake Mälaren – Drottningholm Palace and Birka, the Viking City.

3 Birka - The Viking City
The Viking community of Birka on the island of Björkö is often regarded as Sweden's first town. The town was then an important harbor 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. There will be a guided tour around on the island (app. 3 km, uneven terrain), and we also visit the Viking museum.

4 Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace, home of the Royal family since 1981, is also found on the World Heritage list. We pass the palace if time admits.

5 Hammarby Lock
The final lock on our journey delivers us from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön.

6 Arrive Stockholm
Our cruise ends at Skeppsbrokajen 103, in the Old Town of Stockholm.

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