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West Sweden Coastal Cruise

Save up to 10%! A relaxing and scenic coastal cruise, weaving through the Bohuslän Archipelago of West Sweden, which has been described as one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Overview

In 2017 the M/S Wilhelm Tham, a floating museum, will cruise between Gothenburg and Grebbestad through the Bohuslän Archipelago on the famous West Coast of Sweden. More familiar with the Göta Kanal between Gothenburg and Stockholm this comfortable, old fashioned vessel, is right at home gliding effortlessly through narrow channels and between scenic and sheltered islands.

Early booking is highly recommended, not only to take advantage of the cheaper prices, but to guarantee your berth on board in one of the 24 cosy and authentic cabins.

The scenery is jaw-dropping, and has been described by some of our guests as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Don’t be surprised if you see a curious seal and although orca sightings are rare, a family was seen close to Fjällbacka in August 2015.  Expect to see tiny villages scattered across this archipelago with charming tightly packed wooden houses, offering a degree of protection to each other from the winter storms. 

Some of the highlights on this cruise include: the bright colourful wharf in Smögen; the picturesque town of Lysekil; the historic island of Marstrand, over which Norway and Denmark have laid claims; the idyllic fishing village of Fjällbacka, where Ingrid Bergman made her summer home and the author Camilla Läckberg grew up.

During your cruise you will be served array of mouth-watering food. The chefs on board the M/S Wilhelm Tham, along with her sister ships, the M/S Diana and M/S Juno, are renowned for their culinary expertise in the on board galley.

In essence, this is a cruise with character, scenery, great company and delicious food.

Itinerary

Gothenburg to Grebbestad
Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel in the city.
Check in and time at leisure to enjoy Gothenburg.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel. 
Self transfer to the quay in central Gothenburg.
Boarding from 9.30am. 10am departure. 
Welcome fika (coffee and cake) on board.
Visit the islands of Känsö and Vinga in the outer archipelago. 
Lunch and relax on board.
Overnight stop in Marstrand.

Day 3
Breakfast on board. 
The stunning scenery continues.
Guided tours of Skärhamn and Gullholmen.
Lunch and evening meal on board.
Overnight stop in Smögen, alongside the famous 1km long wooden quay.

Day 4
Breakfast on board.
Pass through the 5km long Söten Channel. 
Guided tour of Fjällbacka.
Lunch on board. 
Approx. 1.30pm arrival in Grebbestad.
2hr coach transfer to Gothenburg centre.
Check in to your hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel.
Self transfer to the airport.
Flight from Gothenburg back to the UK.

 

Grebbestad to Gothenburg
Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel in the city.
Check in and time at leisure to enjoy Gothenburg.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel. 
9am coach transfer to Grebbestad (approx. 2hrs).
Welcome fika (coffee and cake) on board M/S Wilhelm Tham.
Lunch and relax on board.
Pass through the Söten Channel. 
Guided tour of Fjällbacka and Smögen. 
Late evening arrival and overnight stop in Grundsund, a fishing hamlet dating from the 17th century.

Day 3
Breakfast on board. 
The stunning scenery continues.
Guided tours of Skärhamn and Gullholmen.
Lunch and evening meal on board.
Overnight stop and guided tour of Marstrand.

Day 4
Breakfast on board.
Visit the islands of Känsö and Vinga in the outer archipelago. 
Lunch on board. 
Approx. 4pm arrival in central Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel.
Self transfer to the airport.
Flight from Gothenburg back to the UK.

 

Activities / excursions on the cruise may be subject to change.

Accommodation

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

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.

West Sweden Coastal Cruise

There are several guided excursions during this cruise. Please refer to the itinerary. 

Dates

Please note the dates below are the actual cruise dates. Don’t forget to add your nights in Gothenburg at the beginning and end!

The M/S Wilhelm Tham will be serving the West Sweden Coastal Cruise in 2017.

2017 Gothenburg to Grebbestad
August
Wednesday 16th
Wednesday 23rd
Wednesday 30th (fully booked)


2017 Grebbestad to Gothenburg 
August
Saturday 19th
Saturday 26th

September
Saturday 2nd

Prices

2017 prices from

Offer Prices
2 adults in a double / twin

Main deck      £1160 per person
Shelter deck  £1370 per person
Bridge deck   £1500 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1420 per person
Shelter deck  £1650 per person
Bridge deck   £1830 per person


Usual Prices
2 adults in a double / twin

Main deck      £1270 per person
Shelter deck  £1515 per person
Bridge deck   £1670 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1570 per person
Shelter deck  £1835 per person
Bridge deck   £2055 per person

 

Price includes
Return flights from the UK.
1 night b&b in Gothenburg prior to the cruise.
1 night b&b in Gothenburg after the cruise.
2 nights full board on board (2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x evening meal).
Coach transfer between Gothenburg and Grebbestad or Grebbestad and Gothenburg. 

Gallery

Information

Read our blog about this holiday - holidays.simplysweden.co.uk 

Overview

In 2017 the M/S Wilhelm Tham, a floating museum, will cruise between Gothenburg and Grebbestad through the Bohuslän Archipelago on the famous West Coast of Sweden. More familiar with the Göta Kanal between Gothenburg and Stockholm this comfortable, old fashioned vessel, is right at home gliding effortlessly through narrow channels and between scenic and sheltered islands.

Early booking is highly recommended, not only to take advantage of the cheaper prices, but to guarantee your berth on board in one of the 24 cosy and authentic cabins.

The scenery is jaw-dropping, and has been described by some of our guests as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Don’t be surprised if you see a curious seal and although orca sightings are rare, a family was seen close to Fjällbacka in August 2015.  Expect to see tiny villages scattered across this archipelago with charming tightly packed wooden houses, offering a degree of protection to each other from the winter storms. 

Some of the highlights on this cruise include: the bright colourful wharf in Smögen; the picturesque town of Lysekil; the historic island of Marstrand, over which Norway and Denmark have laid claims; the idyllic fishing village of Fjällbacka, where Ingrid Bergman made her summer home and the author Camilla Läckberg grew up.

During your cruise you will be served array of mouth-watering food. The chefs on board the M/S Wilhelm Tham, along with her sister ships, the M/S Diana and M/S Juno, are renowned for their culinary expertise in the on board galley.

In essence, this is a cruise with character, scenery, great company and delicious food.

Itinerary

Gothenburg to Grebbestad
Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel in the city.
Check in and time at leisure to enjoy Gothenburg.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel. 
Self transfer to the quay in central Gothenburg.
Boarding from 9.30am. 10am departure. 
Welcome fika (coffee and cake) on board.
Visit the islands of Känsö and Vinga in the outer archipelago. 
Lunch and relax on board.
Overnight stop in Marstrand.

Day 3
Breakfast on board. 
The stunning scenery continues.
Guided tours of Skärhamn and Gullholmen.
Lunch and evening meal on board.
Overnight stop in Smögen, alongside the famous 1km long wooden quay.

Day 4
Breakfast on board.
Pass through the 5km long Söten Channel. 
Guided tour of Fjällbacka.
Lunch on board. 
Approx. 1.30pm arrival in Grebbestad.
2hr coach transfer to Gothenburg centre.
Check in to your hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel.
Self transfer to the airport.
Flight from Gothenburg back to the UK.

 

Grebbestad to Gothenburg
Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel in the city.
Check in and time at leisure to enjoy Gothenburg.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel. 
9am coach transfer to Grebbestad (approx. 2hrs).
Welcome fika (coffee and cake) on board M/S Wilhelm Tham.
Lunch and relax on board.
Pass through the Söten Channel. 
Guided tour of Fjällbacka and Smögen. 
Late evening arrival and overnight stop in Grundsund, a fishing hamlet dating from the 17th century.

Day 3
Breakfast on board. 
The stunning scenery continues.
Guided tours of Skärhamn and Gullholmen.
Lunch and evening meal on board.
Overnight stop and guided tour of Marstrand.

Day 4
Breakfast on board.
Visit the islands of Känsö and Vinga in the outer archipelago. 
Lunch on board. 
Approx. 4pm arrival in central Gothenburg.
Self transfer to your hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel.
Self transfer to the airport.
Flight from Gothenburg back to the UK.

 

Activities / excursions on the cruise may be subject to change.

Accomodation

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

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.

West Sweden Coastal Cruise

There are several guided excursions during this cruise. Please refer to the itinerary. 

Dates

Please note the dates below are the actual cruise dates. Don’t forget to add your nights in Gothenburg at the beginning and end!

The M/S Wilhelm Tham will be serving the West Sweden Coastal Cruise in 2017.

2017 Gothenburg to Grebbestad
August
Wednesday 16th
Wednesday 23rd
Wednesday 30th (fully booked)


2017 Grebbestad to Gothenburg 
August
Saturday 19th
Saturday 26th

September
Saturday 2nd

Prices

2017 prices from

Offer Prices
2 adults in a double / twin

Main deck      £1160 per person
Shelter deck  £1370 per person
Bridge deck   £1500 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1420 per person
Shelter deck  £1650 per person
Bridge deck   £1830 per person


Usual Prices
2 adults in a double / twin

Main deck      £1270 per person
Shelter deck  £1515 per person
Bridge deck   £1670 per person

1 adult single cabin / room
Main deck      £1570 per person
Shelter deck  £1835 per person
Bridge deck   £2055 per person

 

Price includes
Return flights from the UK.
1 night b&b in Gothenburg prior to the cruise.
1 night b&b in Gothenburg after the cruise.
2 nights full board on board (2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x evening meal).
Coach transfer between Gothenburg and Grebbestad or Grebbestad and Gothenburg. 

Gallery More Info

Read our blog about this holiday - holidays.simplysweden.co.uk