Sweden: The Great Swedish Cruise
A Gota Canal Cruise taking you back to the Golden Age of cruising, introducing you to Sweden's cultural highlights
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Relaxing, eight day holiday, featuring a six day Gota Canal cruise travelling from Gothenburg to Stockholm
- 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
- Discover Sweden’s largest lake – Lake Vanern – and its beautiful surroundings
- Visit Baroque Lacko Castle and see the stunning Drottingholm Castle
- Explore the ancient spa town of Soderkoping at leisure
- Visit the Birka Viking Community of Bjorko
Experience the beauty of Sweden’s waterways on this wonderful, six day Gota Canal Cruise. Admire the breathtaking Swedish countryside as you sail along a chain of canals, stretching a staggering 118 miles. Discover areas rich in cultural and historical attractions for an unrivalled insight into unknown Sweden. Explore the magnificent Läckö Castle or stroll around the serene town of Vadstena and marvel at the architecture of the medieval Abbey.
During your time on-board, you can enjoy the rich heritage of these three-deck passenger ships, each one carefully preserved to reflect the time in which it was built. Silver service meals in a brass and mahogany dining room offer an unforgettable taste of cruising's Golden Age, with the leisurely pace and relaxed atmosphere completing the experience.
This Gota Canal Cruise passes between natural glistening lakes and winding rivers, allowing you to appreciate a great variety of picturesque locations. The breathtaking vistas and delightful towns and villages along the banks of the waterway provide fascinating locations to explore and a truly tranquil setting. A variety of guided tours introduce you to the highlights and main attractions of each splendid location, from ancient castles to modern museums. The boat docks every evening to give you the opportunity to meet like-minded travellers, sample local cuisine or just sit and relax in the exquisite surroundings of each destination you visit on your Gota Canal Cruise. Whatever your preference, this peaceful cruise along Sweden’s waterways makes certain that you will return home with treasured memories.
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Day 1 - Overnight in Gothenburg
Before you embark on your incredible Gota Canal Cruise, enjoy an overnight stay in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg.
Day 2 - Depart from Gothenburg
Your journey will begin today as you set out from Gothenburg. Travelling along the incredible waterways of the Göta Canal, you will navigate through numerous locks, passing by Lilla Edet and Trollhättan and finally arriving in Vänersborg. Here you will have an overnight stay before the boat is set in motion and proceeds towards Lake Vänern for the next stretch of your Gota Canal Cruise.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Cruise to Hajstorp
Witness the serenity of Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake which is set amongst unspoilt scenery. During the day you can learn about the Baroque Läckö Castle on a fascinating guided tour, before experiencing the eight locks at Sjötorp. You may want to stroll along the banks of the waterway to appreciate the wonderful views of the countryside that make this Gota Canal Cruise so picturesque. Later in the evening, you can learn how glass sculptures are made in Lyrestad prior to enjoying a fabulous dinner with musical entertainment. The boat will berth at Hajstorp where you will stay for the night.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Leave Hajstorp
Continue from Hajstorp to Töreboda and then along the Berg Canal, the highest stretch of the Göta, to Motala. Along the way you can admire the beautiful Lake Viken, wander through the quaint streets of Vadstena or take a sightseeing tour of the Abbey and castle. Motala is known as the ‘Capital of the Göta Canal’ and exhibits a range of historic cars and motorcycles in its intriguing Motor Museum which you can explore today on your Gota Canal Cruise. Stay overnight in Motala.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Depart for Klämman
You can unwind with a morning walk before boarding the vessel for the next stretch of your cruisealong this beautiful waterway. Pass through one of the canal's hand-operated locks at Borensberg, savour Swedish waffles and coffee at the Göta Hotel and marvel at the church and ancient remains of the medieval convent in Berg. Tonight's stay will be in Klämman, a water regulating lock. This tranquil setting is the ideal location to completely relax on your Gota Canal Cruise as you enjoy the stunning views of the Swedish countryside and from the still water of the lock.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Cruise to Trosa
Today on your Gota Canal Cruise you will have free time to enjoy the ancient spa town of Söderköping before commencing on a journey across Baltic waters and among small islands. Stop at Stegeborg for a guided walk ahead of a one night stay in Trosa.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Swedish Cruise Ends in Stockholm
The final day of your Gota Canal Cruise brings you to the Birka Viking community in Björkö which is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, you will have the chance to visit the local museum and enjoy a guided tour of the area. Continue to Drottningholm Castle, the Royal residence for over 30 years. The castle is a striking sight and also features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This amazing journey concludes in Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Depart Stockholm
Begin your journey home from Stockholm as your Gota Canal Cruise concludes.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
- Five nights' voyage with accommodation in 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.
Each of our three ships is designed to fit the narrowest lock on the canal like a hand in a glove. Built in 1874, Juno is the oldest ship, The Wilhelm Tham was built in 1912 and the youngest ship, Diana, was built in 1931. All have been carefully refurbished and preserved to reflect their original charm.
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. There is also a lounge for socialising or reading one of the books from the ship's select library.
Please note: the itinerary is subject to change