Explore Sweden as this unique Swedish cruise takes you between 2 seas, along 3 canals, across 8 glorious lakes and through 66 locks. The Göta Kanal (Gota Canal) may not be the fastest way to travel between Stockholm and Gothenburg but this is certainly one of the most gracious, beautiful and relaxing forms of transport.
magnificent ships (M/S Diana, M/S Juno and M/S Wilhelm
Tham) dating back
to the 1800’s, offer stunning views over the Swedish countryside. Each
ship has a meticulously maintained lounge and dining room, offering
delicious traditional Swedish meals and a different view each evening.
You will be catered for on a full board basis whilst on the ship;
breakfast buffet, 2 course lunch and 3 course supper.
The cabins are small, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Most are fitted with bunk beds (some have double beds) and each has a hand basin; WCs and showers are adjacent in the corridor. As there is plenty to see and do most guests are only in their cabins to sleep. All cabins are above the waterline with a port hole or window. All bridge and shelter deck cabins open on to the deck.
There are several shore excursions included in every cruise and the ship’s guide is never far away to offer their expert advice. Here are some Simply Sweden suggestions and highlights!
You can choose your hotels in Gothenburg and Stockholm however for this holiday we recommend:
Hotel Post - Gothenburg
Opened in January 2012 the Clarion Hotel Post is a modern hotel with prime location in the very centre of Gothenburg. Located in the old post house next to the train / tram / bus station where shops, restaurants, bars and the harbour all easily accessible. Hotel Post boasts 500 rooms, 2 restaurants and 3 bars, a roof terrace / pool and SPA.
Columbus Hotel - Stockholm
An excellent small, personal and award winning hotel located in a listed building from 1780 and on the fashionable island of Södermalm. This is where the locals live! The building was converted into the Columbus Hotel in 1976 and has recently been fully refurnished. Just 10 mins walk from the centrally located Gamla Stan (Old Town) and 2 mins from the nearest underground station at Medborgarplatsen.
Simply Sweden recommendations
Plenty for all tastes and at any time of year. Cosy cafes and bars are plentyful around the Columbus. Our favourites include an archipelago tour, a visit to the Vasa Museum and a walk through the Old Town. There is a nice walk between the Columbus Hotel and the Old Town, taking in views across Stockholm Harbour.
Göta Kanal (Gota Canal) brief itinerary
(more detailed below)
Fly from London to Gothenburg or Stockholm, where you will stay in city centre hotel of your choice. We recommend the Plaza Hotel in Gothenburg and the Columbus Hotel in Stockholm for their proximity to the departure point. Extra nights are available.
Boarding begins 1 hour and ends no later than 15 mins prior to departure at 9am for the 6 day tour (10am for the 8 day tour). You will be welcomed aboard by your guide, shown to your cabin and then take coffee in the dining room where you will be able to discuss the seating arrangements for meals during your cruise.
Day 3 to 4 (3 to 6)
Quite simply relax, admire the stunning scenery, enjoy the shore excursions and the mouth watering food this fabulous cruise has to offer!
Day 5 (7)
Arrive in Stockholm or Gothenburg at approximately 1430 (1530 for the 8 day tour). Your hotel is a city centre hotel close to the arrival point of your cruise.
Day 6 (8)
Time to explore before returning to the UK or continuing your Swedish adventure with Simply Sweden
More detailed information regarding prices
The Great Swedish Cruise from £2495 per person
The Classic Swedish Canal Cruise from £1835 per person
From Coast to Coast from £1595 per person