Göta Canal Cruises, Sweden

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Availability : Select Dates, May-August

Göta Canal Cruises, Sweden

Highlights Include:

  • Cruising the historic Göta Canal between Gothenburg and Stockholm
  • Stopping at the Swedish Royal Residence Drottningholm Castle
  • Time to explore trendy Stockholm independently
  • Gothenburg’s archipelago and spectacular coastline

Photo: Göran Billeson

Tour Details

From: $3,966 per person | Single supplement from $1,133

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

2024 Departures: Select dates, May – August

Swedish history and tradition are alive on board the M/S Juno, M/S Wilhelm Tham, and M/S Diana cruising on the Göta Canal between Stockholm and Göteborg (Gothenburg). The history of the 120-mile canal is amazing; it was excavated by hand between 1809 and 1832 by some 58,000 soldiers. The project was designed to link  Stockholm in the east to Göteborg in the west by connecting several lakes through a series of canals and locks, creating a direct transportation route through the country. The Göta Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and one of the communication links between Sweden’s two largest cities. Your path takes you along a river, three canals, eight lakes, two seas, and 66 locks.

This is a sample itinerary with a 4-day Göta Canal Cruise. Options are available for programs with 2-, 3- or 6-day cruises. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive Stockholm, transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Stockholm

Day 3Göta Canal Cruise Departure - Trosa | Meals: B L D

Departure from Stockholm this morning. The Hammarby lock is the first lock on your journey and divides Saltsjon from Lake Mälaren. Then sail on Lake Mälaren, which is only one inch above sea level and is Sweden’s third largest lake. While on Lake Mälaren, the ship will dock at Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981. The castle is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. This afternoon you will be visiting Södertälje lock, which is the largest lock in Scandinavia, the archipelago of St. Anna and Södermanland, and the small town of Trosa, which dates all the way back to the 14th century. In Trosa, enjoy a walk around the canals and alleys. Overnight on board

Day 4Stegeborg - Motala | Meals: B L D

Continue your journey through Stegeborg and Mem, where on September 16th, 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. You will now go through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. From Duvkullen to the lock Carlsborg there are eight locks on a stretch of approximately one mile. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks. Cruise Lake Asplången and Lake Roxen with the Norsholm lock in between. Arrive at the Carl-Johan lock early this afternoon. This lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The tour guide will take you on a walk to see the church and the remains of the Vreta convent. As an alternative you can walk along the canal, or take a swim in the warm water of Lake Roxen. In the mid-afternoon you will re-board to resume your journey on the canal. You will pass two aqueducts, a hand-operated lock, and cruise Lake Boren in the evening. Arrive in Motala, the Capital of the Göta Canal, late this evening. Overnight on board

Day 5Visit Lakes Vättern and Vänern | Meals: B L D

Early in the morning, the ship will depart from Motala to cruise Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake. Visit Karlsborg Fortress where you can enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church. Forsvik has the oldest lock in the canal, built in 1813. Next is beautiful Lake Viken, which serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal. At Tåtorp there is another hand-operated lock. From here on you will be going downwards! Hajstorp is a lock system consisting of four locks, and is a good place to stretch your legs. At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. Visit the old warehouse, where you can find a shop selling, among other things, clothes and home decor. A cafe and the Sjötorp Canal Museum are also located there. You can see old pictures of Sjötorp, the interiors of several old ships, and a large collection of ship engines. There is also a map of all the sunken ships in Lake Vänern. It is also possible to take a walk along the locks. Cruise Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia. Overnight on board

Day 6Trollhättan - Göteborg | Meals: B L

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. Cruise the impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan and through the Ströms lock at Lilla Edet, the last lock on your journey. Arrive in Göteborg in the afternoon. Transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore on your own. Overnight in Göteborg

Day 7Depart Göteborg, Sweden | Meals: B

Independently transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city) 
  • Two nights’ accommodation, double/twin occupancy
  • Four day/Three night Göta Canal cruise Stockholm-Göteborg in double cabin, main deck (category C), with shared facilities
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Not Included
  • Ancillary airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
  • This itinerary can be done in reverse, starting in Göteborg and cruising on the Göta Canal to Stockholm
  • Packages including a 2-, 3-, or 6-day Göta Canal cruise are also available, please inquire for more information and prices!
  • Upgraded cruise accommodations (A or B deck) available for supplemental cost
  • Please inquire for sailing dates
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