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Göta Kanal - Coast to Coast

This three night Swedish cruise takes you between Gothenburg on the west coast and Söderköping on the east coast, cruising along the entire length of the Göta Kanal.

Overview

The Gota 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.

In 2015 the Coast to Coast Cruise will be exclusively served by M/S Wilhelm Tham. She was built in Motala (on the Gota Kanal) and launched in 1912. She boasts 25 comfortable cabins and space for 50 guests in comfort. The dining room offers 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, two course lunch and three 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 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 onto the deck.

There are several shore excursions included in every cruise and the ship’s guide is never far away to offer expert advice. Each night the ships stops so you can enjoy the entire length of the Gota Kanal in daylight. A comfortable coach connects Stockholm and Soderkoping on the eastern coast. There are plenty of opportunities to get off and explore the Gota Kanal by foot or bicycle (the ship has a couple you can borrow), especially when passing through locks.

Itinerary

Gothenburg to Stockholm

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Self transfer to the centre of Gothenburg
Check into your hotel
Time to explore some of Gothenburg
You may decide to travel a day or 2 earlier to see more of Gothenburg

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
0830 boarding for your Gota Kanal cruise
0900 Departure
The impressive Trollhatten lock staircase, the Canal Museum & a walk through the beautiful Old Lock area
Cruise across Europe's 3rd largest lake, Vanern.
Overnight stop at Lacko

Day 3
Guided tour of Lacko Castle built in 1298
The Sjotorp lock system (8 locks), and the history of this part of the Gota Kanal.
Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina" at Töreboda
Overnight stop at Vassbacken

Day 4
At 91.5m above sea level this part of the canal is called "Berg Kanal" and is the highest point ot the Gota Kanal
Pass through one of just 2 hand-operated locks on the Gota Kanal
Cruise across Lake Vättern, Sweden's 3rd largest lake.
Motala is recognised as the capital of the Gota Kanal with HQ, responsible for operations & maintenance. 
Explore on your own.
Borensberg lock staircase.
Pass through the 2nd hand operated lock
2 more modern additions to the Gota Kanal are the Kungs Norrby & Ljungsbro aqueducts.
As the boat descends through the Berg lock system - 15 locks, you visit the famous convent town of Vreta.
Overnight stop at the terminus of the locks.

Day 5
Cruise across Lake Roxen
Karlsborg Ovre and 8 locks into Soderkoping
Approx 1330 arrival in Soderkoping and coach to Stockholm
1600 arrival at Stockholm Central Station
Self transfer to your hotel
Check in

Day 6
Relaxing breakfast at your hotel.
Perhaps add a night or 2 to see more of Stockholm
Self transfer to the airport
Flights back to the UK

Activities / excursions on the Gota Kanal may be subject to change


Stockholm to Gothenburg

Day 1
Fly from UK to Stockholm
Self transfer to the centre of Stockholm
Check into your hotel
Time to explore some of Stockholm
You may decide to travel a day or 2 earlier to see more of Gothenburg

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
0900 coach departs from Stockholm Central Station
1000 Departure
1130 boarding and departure from Soderkoping
Karlsborg Ovre and 8 locks
Climb through the Berg lock system - 15 locks
The first of 2 modern aqueducts
Overnight stop at Ljungsbro

Day 3
Cross the second aqueduct at Kungs Norrby
Pass through the first of 2 hand operated locks at Borensberg
Motala is recognised as the capital of the Göta Kanal with HQ, responsible for operations & maintenance.
Explore on your own.
Cross Lake Vattern, Sweden's 2nd largest lake.
The 2nd hand-operated lock at Tatorp
At 91.5m above sea level this part of the canal is called "Berg Kanal" and is the highest point of the Gota Kanal.
Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina", at Töreboda
Overnight stop at Hajstorp

Day 4
Wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Godhogen
The Sjororp lock system (8 locks), and the history of this part of the Gota Kanal.
Cruise across Europe's 3rd largest lake, Vanern.
Guided tour of Lacko Castle built in 1298
Overnight stop at Vänersborg

Day 5
The impressive Trollhatten lock staircase, the Canal museum & a walk through the beautiful Old Lock area
The final lock is Lilla Edet. Oringally built in 1607 and refurbished in 1916.
Approx 1600 arrival in Gothenburg centre close to the spectacular Opera House
Self transfer to your Gothenburg hotel. Your crew will be able to assist with booking a taxi.
Check in to your hotel

Day 6
Relaxing breakfast at your hotel.
Perhaps add a night or 2 to see more of Gothenburg
Self transfer to the airport
Flights back to the UK

Activities / excursions on the Gota Kanal may be subject to change

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel Sign - Stockholm

Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express as well as near all the best of Stockholm’s favourite spots. It all started with the idea to create a unique, timeless, first-class hotel. By combining the best of Scandinavian architecture and design it would create a source of inspiration for the guests.

Click on the image for more photos.

 

 

Göta Kanal Cruise - Sweden

Three magnificent ships (M/S Diana, M/S Juno and M/S Wilhelm Tham) dating back to the 1800s, 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, two course lunch and three 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 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 onto the deck.

In 2016 the M/S Diana will serve The Great Swedish Cruise, the M/S Juno will serve The Classic Canal Cruise and the M/S Wilhelm Tham will serve both the West Sweden Coastal Cruise and the Cost to Coast Cruise.

Please click on the image for deck plans and interior pictures.

Hotel Royal - Gothenburg

A small and personal hotel, with just 77 rooms, in the heart of Gothenburg that is bursting with character in an Art Nouveau style. The building dates from 1852 and now houses recently renovated individually decorated rooms across 4 floors.

During the afternoon and early evening you will always find complimentary tea, coffee and cake (known locally as afternoon ‘fika’). Your stay in Sweden is not complete without ‘fika’! Gothenburg Central Station is just 350m away and the shops, bars and restaurants are even closer. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Göta Kanal

Please check the itinerary. Excursions are subject to change.

Gothenburg Excursions

Gothenburg is a welcoming city and Sweden's biggest port and Sweden's second city. It is also the gateway to the Bohuslän Archipelago. Local recommendations include numerous excellent restaurants, a coffee in a cosy cafe in Haga and a boat trip on the Göta River. Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park and home to an excellent Christmas market, is just a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Gothenburg Tourism website - the Gothenburg Tourist card offers great value for money.

Stockholm Suggestions

We don't have any set activities here as there is such a variety of activities and excursions that appeal to a range of tastes. Recommendations include a boat trip through the archipelago, a visit to the Vasa Museum and a walk around Gamla Stan (The Old Town).

We suggest you visit the Stockholm Tourism website.

Dates

Please note the dates below are the actual cruise dates. Don’t forget to add your nights in Stockholm or Gothenburg at the beginning and end!
The M/S Wilhelm Tham will be serving the Coast to Coast Cruise in 2016.

2016 Gothenburg to Stockholm
June
Saturday 11th
Thursday 23rd

July
Sunday 10th
Saturday 23rd


2016 Stockholm to Gothenburg
June
Sunday 19th

July
Tuesday 5th
Monday 18th

August
Monday 8th

 

 

Prices

2016 prices from

2 adults in a double / twin
Main deck      £1415 per person
Shelter deck  £1735 per person
Bridge deck   £2090 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1845 per person
Shelter deck  £2180 per person
Bridge deck   £2655 per person

 

Price includes 
return flights from the UK
1 night b&b in Stockholm
1 night b&b in Gothenburg
3 nights full board on board 
bus to or from Stockholm & Söderköping

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Information

Overview

The Gota 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.

In 2015 the Coast to Coast Cruise will be exclusively served by M/S Wilhelm Tham. She was built in Motala (on the Gota Kanal) and launched in 1912. She boasts 25 comfortable cabins and space for 50 guests in comfort. The dining room offers 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, two course lunch and three 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 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 onto the deck.

There are several shore excursions included in every cruise and the ship’s guide is never far away to offer expert advice. Each night the ships stops so you can enjoy the entire length of the Gota Kanal in daylight. A comfortable coach connects Stockholm and Soderkoping on the eastern coast. There are plenty of opportunities to get off and explore the Gota Kanal by foot or bicycle (the ship has a couple you can borrow), especially when passing through locks.

Itinerary

Gothenburg to Stockholm

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Self transfer to the centre of Gothenburg
Check into your hotel
Time to explore some of Gothenburg
You may decide to travel a day or 2 earlier to see more of Gothenburg

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
0830 boarding for your Gota Kanal cruise
0900 Departure
The impressive Trollhatten lock staircase, the Canal Museum & a walk through the beautiful Old Lock area
Cruise across Europe's 3rd largest lake, Vanern.
Overnight stop at Lacko

Day 3
Guided tour of Lacko Castle built in 1298
The Sjotorp lock system (8 locks), and the history of this part of the Gota Kanal.
Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina" at Töreboda
Overnight stop at Vassbacken

Day 4
At 91.5m above sea level this part of the canal is called "Berg Kanal" and is the highest point ot the Gota Kanal
Pass through one of just 2 hand-operated locks on the Gota Kanal
Cruise across Lake Vättern, Sweden's 3rd largest lake.
Motala is recognised as the capital of the Gota Kanal with HQ, responsible for operations & maintenance. 
Explore on your own.
Borensberg lock staircase.
Pass through the 2nd hand operated lock
2 more modern additions to the Gota Kanal are the Kungs Norrby & Ljungsbro aqueducts.
As the boat descends through the Berg lock system - 15 locks, you visit the famous convent town of Vreta.
Overnight stop at the terminus of the locks.

Day 5
Cruise across Lake Roxen
Karlsborg Ovre and 8 locks into Soderkoping
Approx 1330 arrival in Soderkoping and coach to Stockholm
1600 arrival at Stockholm Central Station
Self transfer to your hotel
Check in

Day 6
Relaxing breakfast at your hotel.
Perhaps add a night or 2 to see more of Stockholm
Self transfer to the airport
Flights back to the UK

Activities / excursions on the Gota Kanal may be subject to change


Stockholm to Gothenburg

Day 1
Fly from UK to Stockholm
Self transfer to the centre of Stockholm
Check into your hotel
Time to explore some of Stockholm
You may decide to travel a day or 2 earlier to see more of Gothenburg

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
0900 coach departs from Stockholm Central Station
1000 Departure
1130 boarding and departure from Soderkoping
Karlsborg Ovre and 8 locks
Climb through the Berg lock system - 15 locks
The first of 2 modern aqueducts
Overnight stop at Ljungsbro

Day 3
Cross the second aqueduct at Kungs Norrby
Pass through the first of 2 hand operated locks at Borensberg
Motala is recognised as the capital of the Göta Kanal with HQ, responsible for operations & maintenance.
Explore on your own.
Cross Lake Vattern, Sweden's 2nd largest lake.
The 2nd hand-operated lock at Tatorp
At 91.5m above sea level this part of the canal is called "Berg Kanal" and is the highest point of the Gota Kanal.
Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina", at Töreboda
Overnight stop at Hajstorp

Day 4
Wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Godhogen
The Sjororp lock system (8 locks), and the history of this part of the Gota Kanal.
Cruise across Europe's 3rd largest lake, Vanern.
Guided tour of Lacko Castle built in 1298
Overnight stop at Vänersborg

Day 5
The impressive Trollhatten lock staircase, the Canal museum & a walk through the beautiful Old Lock area
The final lock is Lilla Edet. Oringally built in 1607 and refurbished in 1916.
Approx 1600 arrival in Gothenburg centre close to the spectacular Opera House
Self transfer to your Gothenburg hotel. Your crew will be able to assist with booking a taxi.
Check in to your hotel

Day 6
Relaxing breakfast at your hotel.
Perhaps add a night or 2 to see more of Gothenburg
Self transfer to the airport
Flights back to the UK

Activities / excursions on the Gota Kanal may be subject to change

Accomodation

Clarion Hotel Sign - Stockholm

Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express as well as near all the best of Stockholm’s favourite spots. It all started with the idea to create a unique, timeless, first-class hotel. By combining the best of Scandinavian architecture and design it would create a source of inspiration for the guests.

Click on the image for more photos.

 

 

Göta Kanal Cruise - Sweden

Three magnificent ships (M/S Diana, M/S Juno and M/S Wilhelm Tham) dating back to the 1800s, 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, two course lunch and three 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 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 onto the deck.

In 2016 the M/S Diana will serve The Great Swedish Cruise, the M/S Juno will serve The Classic Canal Cruise and the M/S Wilhelm Tham will serve both the West Sweden Coastal Cruise and the Cost to Coast Cruise.

Please click on the image for deck plans and interior pictures.

Hotel Royal - Gothenburg

A small and personal hotel, with just 77 rooms, in the heart of Gothenburg that is bursting with character in an Art Nouveau style. The building dates from 1852 and now houses recently renovated individually decorated rooms across 4 floors.

During the afternoon and early evening you will always find complimentary tea, coffee and cake (known locally as afternoon ‘fika’). Your stay in Sweden is not complete without ‘fika’! Gothenburg Central Station is just 350m away and the shops, bars and restaurants are even closer. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Göta Kanal

Please check the itinerary. Excursions are subject to change.

Gothenburg Excursions

Gothenburg is a welcoming city and Sweden's biggest port and Sweden's second city. It is also the gateway to the Bohuslän Archipelago. Local recommendations include numerous excellent restaurants, a coffee in a cosy cafe in Haga and a boat trip on the Göta River. Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park and home to an excellent Christmas market, is just a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Gothenburg Tourism website - the Gothenburg Tourist card offers great value for money.

Stockholm Suggestions

We don't have any set activities here as there is such a variety of activities and excursions that appeal to a range of tastes. Recommendations include a boat trip through the archipelago, a visit to the Vasa Museum and a walk around Gamla Stan (The Old Town).

We suggest you visit the Stockholm Tourism website.

Dates

Please note the dates below are the actual cruise dates. Don’t forget to add your nights in Stockholm or Gothenburg at the beginning and end!
The M/S Wilhelm Tham will be serving the Coast to Coast Cruise in 2016.

2016 Gothenburg to Stockholm
June
Saturday 11th
Thursday 23rd

July
Sunday 10th
Saturday 23rd


2016 Stockholm to Gothenburg
June
Sunday 19th

July
Tuesday 5th
Monday 18th

August
Monday 8th

 

 

Prices

2016 prices from

2 adults in a double / twin
Main deck      £1415 per person
Shelter deck  £1735 per person
Bridge deck   £2090 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1845 per person
Shelter deck  £2180 per person
Bridge deck   £2655 per person

 

Price includes 
return flights from the UK
1 night b&b in Stockholm
1 night b&b in Gothenburg
3 nights full board on board 
bus to or from Stockholm & Söderköping

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