Göta Canal Highlights from Mariestad

Göta Canal CruiseSweden

From $1,025 USD
June 23 - August 7, 2019
3 Days / 2 Nights

Göta Canal Highlights, travel 3 days on M/S Wilhelm Tham from Mariestad on Lake Vänern to Norsholm in the province of Östergötland, through 44 locks.

Main Deck C Overview

The Göta Canal Highlights is our new cruise, which allows you to enjoy the most beautiful parts of the Göta Canal at a relaxed pace. The trip takes you from the city of Mariestad on the shores of Lake Vänern to Norsholm in the province of Östergötland, or vice versa. Full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. The classic canal boat, M/S Wilhelm Tham, launched in 1912, is docked each night. Optional connecting bus transfers available.


June 23 - August 7, 2019


Mariestad - Norsholm

June 23

July 8, 23

August 7

Norsholm - Mariestad

July 5, 20

August 4, 15



Main Deck C

  • from $1,025 per person in double cabin
  • from $1,395 single cabin

    Main Deck C Queen size bed
  • from $1,125 per person in double cabin
    from $1,595 single cabin

    Shelter Deck B
  • from $1,345 per person in double cabin
  • from $1,695 single cabin

    Bridge Deck A
  • from $1,825 per person in double cabin
  • from $2,295 single cabin


  • 3 days and 2 nights on board (at the quayside)
  • Full board and lodging
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 two-course lunches and 2 three-course dinners
  • Tour guide
  • 3 stops for excursions

    Early booking discount, 15 % early booking discount on regular cabin prices if booked by Dec 15, 2018.
    For bookings made Dec 16, 2018 - March 15, 2019 an early booking discount of 10 % will apply.
    These discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Shore excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

Departs from Mariestad at 11:30 (bus departs from Gothenburg at 09:00).
Arrives at Norsholm day 3 at approx. 13:30 (bus arrives in Stockholm at approx. 16:00).

Departs from Norsholm at 11:30 (bus departs from Stockholm at 09:00).
Arrives at Mariestad day 3 at approx. 13.30 (bus arrives in Gothenburg at approx. 16:00).

Tour Options

  • Shore excursions
  • Bus transfers from Gothenburg or Stockholm

Day 1 Depart Mariestad

09.00 Departure by bus from Gothenburg (the Clarion Hotel Post, Drottningtorget Square). Please note that the bus transfer from Gothenburg to Mariestad must be booked in advance.

11.30 Depart Mariestad
Our cruise with the M/S Wilhelm Tham begins on the shore of Lake Vänern, in the city of Mariestad. The old part of Mariestad is one of Sweden’s most well-preserved wooden cities. The church tower is an impressive sight from the lake and on land.

11.30-13.00 Lake Vänern
44 metres above sea level. Lake Vänern is Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.

13.00-15.20 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.

17.40-19.20 Godhögen – Hajstorp övre
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. Here is the Canal Engineer’s home,  now privately owned and the old smithy. Take the opportunity to join the tour guide on a guided walk along the locks.

20.20 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.

22.15 Arr. Vassbacken
We dock for the night at Vassbacken.

Day 2 Depart Vassbacken

06.45 Depart Vassbacken

07.00 The Berg Canal
This par t of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend, which was straightened in 1930-33.

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

07.40 - 07. 50 Tåtorp
One of the canal’s two hand-operated locks is found at Tåtorp.

07.50-09.55 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.

08.55-09.55 The Spetsnäs Canal / Billströmmen
We steer through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies.

09.55-10.15 Forsvik lock
The lock at Forsvik, 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!

10.15-12 .15 Forsviks Bruk
Forsvik is one of Sweden’s most interesting industrial communities. For six hundred years, iron has been worked, boards have been sawn and flour has been milled here. Historical buildings used for fine metalwork, a foundry and a wood pulp mill are found in this beautiful and unique environment. Exciting and informative displays tell about metalworking, engineering and life in this industrial community. Here we get to enjoy an interesting guided tour. If we are lucky the
paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II will be moored in the harbour. The paddle steamer is a full-scale replica of the Eric Nordevall, one of Sweden’s first power-driven ships. The paddle steamer was built in 1836, but sunk 20 years later in Lake Vättern. It was rediscovered in 1980 at a depth of 45 metres. The Eric Nordevall II was launched in 2009 and made its first trip in 2011.

13.00 Karlsborg
Before our ship enters Lake Vättern, we pass Karlsborg and will be able to see the roof of the fortress, which was built in 1819-1909.

13.00-15.00 Lake Vättern
With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest lake, 89 metres above sea level. The lake is unusually deep and its water is very clear.

15.15-17.15 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. We visit the Motor Museum, with its large exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings, collection of radios, toys, household appliances and more. You can also walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal.

18.15-18.55 Borenshult
The lock staircase at Borenshult is the second longest in the canal, with five locks connected and a total rise of 15.3 m. Here you might hear the nightingale sing.

18.55-19.55 Lake Boren
73 meters above sea level.

20.00 Arr. Borensberg
Our ship berths for the night in the idyllic village Borensberg, where there is a hand-operated lock.

Day 3 Depart Borensberg

05.00-05.10 Dep. Borensberg
After the lock 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”.

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

08.40 Ljungsbro, aqueduct
We pass the second aqueduct on our journey. This one was built in 1970.

09.00 Berg (Heda)
We star t our descent in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. The tour guide will take us on a walk (app. 3 km) to see the Vreta Kloster 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.

10.20-11.20 Berg (Carl Johan)
The Carl Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. This lock staircase will lower the boat 18.8 meters from the Berg guest harbor to Lake Roxen. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.

11.20-13.20 Lake Roxen
33 meters above sea level.

13.30 Arrive Norsholm lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö, and this is the end of our cruise with the M/S Wilhelm Tham.

16.00 Arrive Stockholm
The bus arrives in Stockholm, by the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at approx. 16.00. Optional bus transfer to Stockholm (to be booked in advance).