Sweden: From Coast to Coast
A Cruise in Sweden is a great way to see the country at its best
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Relaxing, six day holiday, featuring a four day culture cruise along the world-famous Gota Canal
- Experience the Golden Age of cruising on-board some of the world’s oldest passenger ships, operating in the time of Henrik Isben and Hans Christian Anderson and changing little since they walked the decks
- Sail through 58 locks, passing through the highest point on the canal at 91 metres above sea level
- Enjoy a guided tour of the 700 year old Lacko Castle
- Visit Lilla Edet, built on the site of Sweden’s oldest lock
- Explore Sweden independently when the boat docks each evening
Travel along the historic Göta Canal and absorb the splendour of one of the world’s most scenic waterways as you relax on a cross-country Cruise in Sweden, from Gothenburg to Stockholm. Revisit the Golden Age of cruising as you travel on-board some of the world's oldest passenger ships. Each ship offers a luxurious taste of its 100 year old heritage, complete with silver service meals served in lovingly restored brass and mahogany dining rooms. Journey along beautiful lakes, rivers and a series of canals as you pass through a staggering 58 locks to exquisite towns and villages. Your Cruise of Sweden will begin in Gothenburg, the second largest city in the country, home to an attractive harbour. You will experience an abundance of both cultural and historical sights as you sail leisurely to each destination.
On this coast to coast Cruise in Sweden the boat docks every evening, allowing you the opportunity to explore diverse locations and the lush countryside. There are countless bars, restaurants and shops just waiting for you to visit as you sample the Swedish culture. If you prefer to spend your time getting out into the stunning landscapes and idyllic birch groves, then you can hire one of the ship’s bicycles or walk along the canal’s walkways. You can also enjoy several guided tours which will take you to some of Sweden’s most fascinating sights. Discover attractions such as the remarkable Trollhättan Locks and Läckö Castle. A coast to coast Cruise of Sweden is an ideal break for those who enjoy a relaxing yet captivating holiday, discovering one of Europe's best kept secrets.
Fancy a longer break? Then you should get on board our Great Swedish Cruise.
Still in need of guidance? Check out our Swedish holiday deas or call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 to find your perfect tour.
Day 1 - Arrive Gothenburg
Settle into your centrally located hotel when you arrive in Gothenburg today. Get a good night's sleep, ready for the start of your unforgettable Cruise in Sweden.
Day 2 - Begin your cruise
This delightful Cruise of Sweden departs from Gothenburg as you head towards your first port of call, Lilla Edet, which was constructed in 1916 on the site of Sweden’s first ever lock. Admire Trollhättan’s extraordinary lock staircase and learn about its history in the Canal Museum before sailing to the eye-catching Lake Vänern. Overnight in Lãckö.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Journey to Vassbacken
Today on your Cruise of Sweden, you'll have a guided tour of Lãckö Castle, which was built in 1298, and transformed into a baroque castle in 1652. In the afternoon you will take to the water again and, whilst the ship travels up the eight locks at Sjötrp, you can take a walk by the canal. The four locks at Godhögen-Hajstorp övre enjoy a beautiful setting whilst Töreboda boasts Sweden’s smallest ferry. Your overnight stay tonight is in Vassbacken.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - The Berg Lock System
An early departure today sees you make the highest point of the Göta Canal, marked by an obelisk. Next you will travel through one of the two remaining hand operated locks on the canal before entering beautiful Lake Viken. Travelling through some small lakes next, look out for an abundance of water lilies – a marked contrast to our next waterway of choice – the impressive Lake Vattern, Sweden’s second largest lake. This afternoon you will see two fabulous aqueducts before starting the 40 metre descent down the 15 lock system of Berg where your Cruise of Sweden will dock for the night.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Arrive at Söderköping
Today you will begin the last stretch of the Cruise of Sweden. Lake Roxen, 33 metres above sea level, is our first highlight, followed by Lake Asplãngen. A series of eight locks then takes us down to the idyllic town of Söderköping. This fabulous location, whose history dates back to the early 1200s, is the end point of your Cruise in Sweden. After you disembark you will travel by bus to Sweden's capital of Stockholm for your final overnight stay.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Departure
After a night at your fabulous hotel in Stockholm, your holiday comes to an end and you return home with the memories, and photos, of your Cruise in Sweden.Meals included:Breakfast
- Return flights from London Gatwick (details of regional departures on request)
- One nights' accommodation (pre-cruise) in a standard hotel in Gothenburg
- Three nights' voyage with accommodation in a C grade cabin on the main deck (upgrade details on request)
- One nights' accommodation (post-cruise) in a standard hotel in Stockholm
- Tour as per the itinerary
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.
You will not find the equivilent of our historic canal boats anywhere else in the world, and the canal itself is unique.
Each of our three vintage ships is designed to fit the most narrow lock on the canal like a hand in a glove. Built in 1874, Juno is the oldest registered passenger ship still in regular service in the world. The Wilhelm Tham was built in 1912 and our youngest ship, Diana, in 1931.
They have been carefully refurbished and preserved to reflect the times when they were built.
There are three cabin classes, one on each of the ship's decks - the bridge, shelter and main decks. Most of the cosy, small cabins are fitted with bunk beds and a washbasin. There are shared WCs and showers on each deck. Meals are enjoyed in the mahogany and brass decorated dining room. The salon is a place for socialising, conversing or reading one of the books in our small ship's library.
Please note: the itinerary is subject to change