Travel from Stockholm to Gothenburg (or vice versa) on this delightful short cruise. Take one of the numerous guided shore excursions or relax on deck with a book & a drink while you travel along the historic Gota Canal, onboard the classic vessel M/s Juno. Each night the vessel moors at the quayside, so you can sleep in the quiet of the rural peace.
The Canal was built in 1823 and was one of the biggest construction projects ever in Sweden. Measuring 190 km in length, with 58 locks, the canal stretches from Sjötorp on Lake Vänern to Mem on the Baltic. Of that distance, 87 km is man-made. Experience this unique canal on this leisurely cruise.
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Day 1 Stockholm - Trosa
09.00 Departure from Stockholm
09.30 Hammarby Lock: the first lock on our journey divides Saltsjön from Lake Mälaren.
09.40 Lake Mälaren: Sweden’s third largest lake.
10.30 Drottningholm Castle: home of the Royal family and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
12.30 Södertälje Lock: at 135 metres long, the largest lock in Scandinavia.
12.40 The Baltic Sea: the archipelago of St Anna and Södermanland.
16.00 Trosa: a small town of Trosa dating from the 14th century. Walk around the canals & alleys of Trosa (app. 2.5 km).
Day 2 Trosa- Motala
00.15 Stegeborg: the ruins of the Stegeborg Castle are beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort dates from the early Middle Ages.
01.30 Mem: On 26th September, 1832, the openign of the Canal was celebrated at Mem in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. From here the Gota Canal begins.
04.55 Söderköping: Founded in the early 1200s and of great importance during the Hanseatic period, with a modern history as a spa town.
05.35 Duvkullen–Mariehov–Carlsborg: pass eight locks over 2 kilometres. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.
08.20 Lake Asplången: 27 metres above sea level.
10.20 Norsholm Lock: here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.
10.30 Lake Roxen: 33 metres above sea level.
12.30 Berg & Carl-Johan Lock: the lock staircase is the longest in the canal, with 7 connected locks. Visit the church and convent ruins of Vreta, dating from about 1100.
15.00 Berg: by now the ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system.
15.20 Ljungsbro Aqueduct: we pass the first of two aqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro aqueduct was built in 1970.
18.00 Kungs Norrby Aqueduct: the aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.
18.30 Borensberg: here there is still a hand-operated lock. We pass a sharp bend known as the “Helmsman’s Horror”, and then we glimopse the historic Göta Hotel, built in 1908.
18.40 Lake Boren: now 73 metres above sea level.
19.40 Borenshult Lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.
21.20 Motala: in 1822 an engineering works was established here to serve the Göta Canal. Walk to Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.
Day 3 Motala- Lake Vänern
05.45 Departure from Motala and head out into Lake Vättern, 89 metres above sea level and Sweden's second largest lake.
08.00 Karlsborg Fortress: the fortress was built in 1819; enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church.
10.45 Forsvik: the lock here was built in 1813 and is the oldest one in the canal and the impressive iron bridge dates from the same year.
10.55 Billströmmen & the Spetsnäs Canal: through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.
11.50 Lake Viken: beautiful Lake Viken at 91.8 metres above sea level serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.
13.15 Tåtorp: here is another hand-operated lock. From here on we will be going downwards!
13.45 Berg Canal & Obelisk. An obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of the Göta Canal.
15.55 Töreboda: the railway line between Stockholm and Gothenburg crosses the canal here. Töreboda also boasts Sweden’s smallest ferry, ”Lina”, which travels across the Göta Canal.
16.40 Hajstorp: a lock system of 4 locks. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated here and you can see the old home of the Canal Engineer.
18.40 Norrkvarn: all walkers back onboard!
20.40 Sjötorp: a set of 8 locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. We visit the old warehouse and the Sjötorp Canal Museum. A good place to walk along the locks.
22.30 Lake Vänern: 44 metres above sea level, Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe.
Day 4 Lake Vänern- Gothenburg
08.45 Trollhättan: the Trollhättan Canal Museum is located in a storehouse from 1893. Learn the fascinating history of the Canal & walk through the beautiful old lock area.
10.15 Trollhättan locks: the impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan consists of 4 locks, and has a total drop of 32 metres.
12.30 Lilla Edet: the lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the last lock on the journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.
16.00 Arrive in Gothenburg, at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg.
Departures Stockholm-Gothenburg 2017: May 30, June 09, 18 and 26; July 05, 14, 22 and 31; August 08, 17 and 25
Departures Gothenburg-Stockholm 2017: May 25; June 05, 14 and 22; July 01, 10, 18 and 27; August 04, 13 and 21
Includes: Accommodation, full board & guided excursions as mentioned
Cabins and Berths:
All cabins have bunk style beds. Choose from the following:
Category A: (Bridge deck with complimentary champagne, fruit and bathrobes) Double or single
Category B: (shelter deck) Double or Single
Category C: (main deck) Double, Single, Superior Double or Superior Single
Berths in double cabins cannot be booked by single passengers. Miniumum age 7 years (no child discount)
Accommodation and cabins notes: Cabin sizes are comparable to a small sleeping compartment on a train and have bunk beds. All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline. There are 3 decks in order from the waterline up: Main deck with Category C cabins; Shelter deck with Category B cabins, (on the level you enter the boat on, with dining and lounge areas) and Bridge Deck with Category A cabins, accessed by a steep set of stairs, with the bar area and library. All cabins have a washbasin with hot and cold water. Shared shower and toilet facilities are nearby on each deck - when the door is closed there is complete privacy. There is no TV, radio or WiFi on board.
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