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Coast to Coast on M/S Wilhelm Tham (Söderköping/Stockholm - Gothenburg)

4 days
3 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Extra bed (Main deck) $1,065.00
Double cabin per person (Main deck) $1,430.00
"Queen-size" double cabin per person (Main deck) $1,570.00
Single cabin (Main deck) $1,845.00
Double cabin per person (Shelter deck) $1,845.00
"Queen-size" single cabin (Main deck) $2,135.00
Single cabin (Shelter deck) $2,345.00
Double cabin per person (Bridge deck) $2,365.00
Single cabin (Bridge deck) $3,050.00
   
Bus transfer $45.00

Dates:

Jun 19, 2016 - Jun 22, 2016 
Jul 05, 2016 - Jul 08, 2016 
Jul 18, 2016 - Jul 21, 2016 
Aug 08, 2016 - Aug 11, 2016 

Ships & Cabins:

Included:

Four days and three nights on board (at the quayside)
Full board and lodging - three breakfasts, four two-course lunches and three three-course dinners
Two stops of varying duration included

Highlights & Experience:

The impressive lock staircase in Trollhättan with a total drop of 32 metres and the Canal Museum
Sweden’s smallest ferry, ”Lina”, in Töreboda
Forsvik with the oldest lock in the canal, built in 1813
Motala Motor Museum
The Carl-Johan lock staircase with seven connected locks

Itinerary:

The traditional route between Gothenburg and Stockholm, or, conversely, has been maintained since the shipping company founded in 1869.

Our classic between the kingdom's two largest cities, where you can experience a journey through Sweden on the waterway with any of the traditional canal boats. Just the thought of that traffic on the canal has been going on for more than 140 years means that you will soon leave everyday life behind.

This is an enjoyable trip where the road is more important than the goal. Occasionally we do go ashore, when possible, visiting historical or cultural places of interest along our beautiful waterways. You choose the course is always yours, if you prefer a guided tour of the country or to the peace and quiet to enjoy a drink on the aft deck. Welcome aboard for a journey beyond the ordinary.

Day 1  :

09.00 Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10

13.15-13.30 Lilla Edet - the lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the first lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.

14.45-15.30 Trollhättan locks - the impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan consists of four locks, and has a total drop of 32 metres. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use.

15.30-17.30 Trollhättan - the Trollhättan Canal Museum is located in a storehouse from 1893. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhätte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. You can also take a walk through the beautiful old lock area.

19.10 Arr. Vänersborg - this is the last town before we head out into Lake Vänern. The “Brinkebergskulle” lock is just before Vänersborg. Overnight stop.

Day 2  :

07.30 Dep. Vänersborg

07.30-16.00 Lake Vänern - 44 metres above sea level. Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.

12.15 Läckö Castle - our ship passes Läckö Castle, which was built in 1298 as a bishop’s residence. Its golden age was during the reign of Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who transformed it into a baroque castle in 1652.

16.00-17.30 Sjötorp - here we enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. At Sjötorp we have a set of eight locks and also the remains of some old shipyards. Here you can take a walk alongside the canal while our ship slowly travels up the locks.

19.10-21.00 Godhögen - Hajstorp övre - we pass a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp.

21.00 Arr. Hajstorp - at Hajstorp our ship berths for the night, close to what used to be the Canal Engineer’s home, now privately owned. Overnight stop.

Day 3  :

05.30 Dep. Hajstorp

06.30 Töreboda - the railway line between Stockholm and Gothenburg crosses the canal here. Töreboda also proudly present Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina" which travels back and forth across the Göta Canal.

08.30 The Berg Canal/the Obelisk - an obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of the Göta Canal. This part of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend which was straightened in 1930-33.

09.30 Tåtorp - one of the canal's two hand-operated locks is found at Tåtorp.

09.30-11.40 Lake Viken - the beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 metres above sea level) serves as a water resevoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.

10.40-11.40 The Spetsnäs Canal/Billströmmen - we steer through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies.

11.40-12.00 Forsvik - Forsvik has a very interesting industrial history. The lock, built in 1813, is the oldest one in the canal. The impressive iron bridge dates from the same year. In the lock we are sometimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group. From here on we will be going downwards!

12.40 Karlsborg Fortress - before our ship enters Lake Vättern, we pass Karlsborg and will be able to see the roof of the fortress, which was built 1819-1909.

12.40-14.40 Lake Vättern - 89 metres above sea level. Sweden's second largest lake.

14.40-15.50 Motala - it was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called "the Capital of the Göta Canal". In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the Göta Canal, and is today considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you also find the head office of the Gota Canal Company, responsible for operation and maintenance. We visit the Motor Museum, with its large exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings, collection of radios, toys, household appliances and more. As an alternative you can walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal.

16.50-17.30 Borenshult - lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.

17.30-18.30 Lake Boren - 73 metres above sea level.

18.30-18.40 Borensberg - Borensberg has another of the canal’s hand-operated locks, after which we see the well-known Göta Hotel from 1908. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the "Helmsman's Horror".

19.00 Kungs Norrby aqueduct - the aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 and leads over the national route 36.

21.40 Ljungsbro aqueduct - we pass the second aqueduct on our journey. This one was built in 1970.

22.00 Berg (Heda) - we start our descent down 40 metres in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks.

22.50-23.25 Berg (Oscar) - after the road bridge in Berg we arrive at the four locks of Berg and Oscar.

23.30 Arr. Berg (the basin) - we dock for the night in the harbour basin between the locks of Oscar and Carl-Johan. Overnight stop.

Day 4  :

05.00 Dep. Berg (the basin) - we leave the harbour basin and continue our journey. Take the opportunity to go for an early morning walk along the canal while the ship goes down the locks.

05.00-06.00 Berg (Carl-Johan) - the Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with its seven connected locks. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.

06.00-08.00 Lake Roxen - 33 metres above sea level.

08.00-08.10 Norsholm lock - here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

09.40-10.20 Lake Asplången - 27 metres above sea level.

11.45-13.00 Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen - at the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping.

13.30 Arr. Söderköping - our cruise ends in the idyllic town Söderköping, which was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and very interesting history as a spa.

Optional bus transfer to Stockholm (to be booked in advance).

16.00 Arr. Stockholm - the bus arrives in Stockholm, by Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at approximately 16.00.

Subject to changes. Note! All times stated are approximate.

Notes:

Bus departs from Stockholm, Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at 09:00. Boat departs from Söderköping at 11:30. Arrival in Gothenburg day 4 at approx. 16:00.