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The Great Swedish Cruise on M/S Diana (Gothenburg - Stockholm)

6 days
5 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Extra bed (Main deck) $1,680.00
Double cabin per person (Main deck) $2,600.00
Double cabin per person (Shelter deck) $2,600.00
"Queen-size" double cabin per person (Main deck) $2,865.00
Single cabin (Shelter deck) $3,350.00
Single cabin (Main deck) $3,555.00
Double cabin per person (Bridge deck) $3,965.00
"Queen-size" single cabin (Main deck) $4,090.00
Single cabin (Bridge deck) $5,180.00

Dates:

May 20, 2016 - May 25, 2016 
Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 07, 2016 
Jun 15, 2016 - Jun 20, 2016 
Jun 28, 2016 - Jul 03, 2016 
Jul 11, 2016 - Jul 16, 2016 
Jul 24, 2016 - Jul 29, 2016 
Aug 06, 2016 - Aug 11, 2016 
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 24, 2016 

Ships & Cabins:

Included:

Six days and five nights on board (at the quayside)
Full board and lodging - five breakfasts, six two-course lunches and five three-course dinners
The boat makes ten stops for excursions/sightseeing

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
Vadstena, home to Saint Bridget
Motala, the capital of the Gota Canal
The convent church of Vreta and the remains of Sweden's first convent
The Viking community of Birka, Sweden’s first town

Itinerary:

 

Welcome onboard ‘The Great Swedish Cruise’ – a six-day journey between Gothenburg and Stockholm, where you travel serenely along the fantastic and historic Göta Canal.

Watch the Swedish countryside unfold in front of you as the captain navigates his way along the peaceful waterways. Unlike the four-day cruise the canal boat is docked every night giving you more time to enjoy the journey as well as the company on board. The beautiful landscape surrounds waterway as we slowly travel through the country. Our journey follows a blue ribbon through the heart of Sweden. Regardless the season you travel, it is a wonderful experience. During shore visits and overnight stops you will have the opportunity to participate in guided tours to some of the foremost sights Sweden can offer.

Day 1  :

10.00 Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10

14.15-14.30 Lilla Edet - the lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the first on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.

15.45-16.30 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.

16.30-18.30 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.

20.10 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  :

04.45 Dep. Vänersborg

04.45-15.15 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.

09.30-11.45 Läckö Castle - Läckö Castle 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. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs). App. 1 km walk.

15.15-16.45 Sjötorp - we now 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.

17.45-18.35 Lyrestad - Jema Studioglas is located right by the canal and the guest harbour of Lyrestad. Here we experience at close hand the transformation of art glass sculpture from molten glass to its solid form.

19.45-21.20 Godhögen-Hajstorp övre - we pass a lock system consisting of four locks in very beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. After dinner we will be entertained by a music group.

21.20 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  :

06.00 Dep. Hajstorp

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

09.00 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.

10.00 Tåtorp - one of the canal’s two hand-operated locks is found at Tåtorp.

10.00-12.15 Lake Viken - the beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 metres above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.

11.10-12.15 The Spetsnäs Canal/Billströmmen - we steer through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies.

12.15-12.35 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!

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

13.15-15.00 Lake Vättern - 89 metres above sea level. Sweden’s second largest lake.

15.00-18.00 Vadstena - Today Vadstena is an idyllic little town. It evolved around the 14th century convent of the Saint Bridget (St. Birgitta), becoming a spiritual, cultural and commercial centre. The Abbey was built according to St. Bridget’s plans, and was consecrated in 1430. The Castle was built in the 1540s by King Gustav Vasa. Local guides will meet us and take us with the sightseeing train to see the Abbey and the castle. You will also have time here to walk around the town on your own, or go for a swim in the lake.

19.15 Arr. 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. You can also walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.

Day 4  :

08.00 Dep. Motala - possibility to take a beautiful morning walk from Motala to Borenshult, app. 4 km.

09.00-09.40 Borenshult - lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.

09.40-10.40 Lake Boren - 73 metres above sea level.

10.40-11.40 Borensberg - at Borensberg there is another hand-operated lock. We walk the short distance to the well-known Göta Hotel, from 1908, where we are served coffe and waffles. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the "Helmsman's Horror".

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

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

15.00 Berg (Heda) - we start our descent in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. The convent of Vreta dates from about 1100 and was the first nunnery in Sweden. Its importance was later superseded by the convent founded by Saint Bridget (St. Birgitta) at Vadstena. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden’s most interesting, offering many medieval treasures. Today, it is used as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors. The tour guide will take you on a walk (app. 3 km, partly uneven) to see the church and the remains of the convent. As an alternative you can walk along the canal or take a swim in Lake Roxen.

16.30-17.30 Berg (Carl-Johan) - the Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.

17.30-19.30 Lake Roxen - 33 metres above sea level.

19.30 Norsholm lock - here the canal crosses the main railway line Stockholm – Malmö.

22.00 Arr. Klämman - we stop for the night at the idyllic lock Klämman, a water regulating lock. Take the oppurtunity to enjoy the total stillness. Overnight stop.

Day 5  :

07.30 Dep. Klämman

08.20-09.30 Carlsborg–Mariehov–Duvkullen - at the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks, or, if you want more exercise, walk all the way down to Söderköping, app. 4 km.

10.00-12.30 Söderköping - the idyllic town Söderköping was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and interesting history as a spa. Söderköping is yours to explore on your own. Don’t forget to try the famous ice cream!

14.00 Mem - passing through the last narrow lock before Slätbaken, an inlet of the Baltic, we leave the Göta Canal. On September 26th, 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family.

14.00- The Baltic Sea - we cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago.

15.00-16.00 Stegeborg - the ruins of the Stegeborg Fortress are beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort was constructed during the early Middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Söderköping. We are given a guided tour through the interesting history of Stegeborg. The walk is short, but somewhat uneven.

20.30 Arr. Sävsundet - we await dawn at the old pilot station. Overnight stop.

Day 6  :

04.40 Dep. Sävsundet

08.10-08.20 Södertälje - Södertälje lock, 135 metres long, is the largest lock in Scandinavia.

08.20-14.50 Lake Mälaren - 0.3 metres above sea level. Sweden’s third largest lake.

09.45-11.45 The Viking community of Birka - the Viking community of Birka on the island of Björkö is often regarded as Sweden's first town. The town was then an important harbour for international shipping and trade. It was in use for about 250 years and was abandoned before the year 1000. Birka features on UNESCO’S World Heritage list. The archaelogists on the island show us around (app. 3 km, uneven terrain). We also visit the museum.

13.45 Drottningholm Castle - Drottningholm Castle, home of the Royal family since 1981, is also found on the World Heritage list. We pass the castle if time admits.

15.00 Hammarby lock - the final lock on our journey delivers us from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön.

16.00 Arr. Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen - our cruise ends at Skeppsbrokajen 103, in the Old Town of Stockholm.

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

Notes:

Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10, at 10:00. Arrival in Stockholm day six at approx. 16:00.