West Coast Cruise

The Western Swedish archipelago
3 days
Jun & Aug
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Take this delightful 3 day cruise along the western coast of Sweden, from historic Gothenburg to Grebbestad or vice versa. The itinerary shown below is the Gothenburg-Grebbestad voyage. The boat travels between Gothenburg and Grebbestad and you can then return to Gothenburg by bus.

Day 1 Gothenburg-Vinga-Marstrand                                                                                                                    

Your historic vessel the M/S Wilhelm Tham departs from Gothenburg at 10:00 hrs. Känsö Island is part of Sweden’s national heritage and one of the most curious, protected environments on the west coast. Most of the buildings were built between 1816 and 1818, a period when a quarantine station was established here. Experience the island’s exciting history via a guided tour.

Vinga is one of the best-known lighthouse stations in Sweden and has served sea transport since the Middle Ages. Troubadour, author and artist Evert Taube (1890-1976) grew up on Vinga, as his father was keeper there. The lighthouse is named in several of Taube’s well-known songs. This is a great opportunity to discover Vinga on your own and to take a refreshing dip while you are here.

Marstrand  became one of Sweden’s most popular bathing resorts during the 1800s, gaining special status through the annual summer visits of King Oscar II. Today the city is Sweden’s sailing centre hosting several large events each summer. A guided walk through the narrow streets reveals the handsome, well-preserved houses and the favourite sites of the bathing society from royal period. The tour is spiked with exciting stories of past and present.
Day 2 Marstrand-Skarhamn-Gulholmen- Lysekil
Skärhamn is a central town on Tjörn, one of Sweden’s largest islands. Since the 1700s, Skärhamn’s growth has derived from the sea. A guided bridge walk presents an opportunity to learn how a place with a few non-owning tenants or squatters in the late 1700s became today’s community. This is followed by a visit to the Nordic Watercolour Museum.

Gullholmen is one of the oldest fishing hamlets in Bohuslän. We will visit the Skepparhuset Museum built in 1893. Today it offers not only an authentic captain’s residence, but also a ship and fishing museum, as well as an intact sail-maker’s workshop. At Gullholmen we’ll meet two oyster and mussel farmers and hear from them about these ocean delicacies.Overnight stop in Lysekil.
Day 3 Lysekil- Fjallbacka-Grebbestad; Disembark and Bus to Gothenburg.
Fjällbacka - the small, idyllic fishing hamlet Fjällbacka is located in a Skagerack cove surrounded by tall cliffs. Sweden’s perhaps best-known actress, Ingrid Bergman, had her summer paradise on Dannholmen Island in the Fjällbacka archipelago. The Swedish writer of detective stories, Camilla Läckberg, grew up here and the hamlet is used as the scene for her books. A cosy guided walk through the Fjällbacka hamlet lends not only an opportunity to visit the Läckberg sites, but also to see the hamlet through Ingrid Bergman’s eyes.

At approximately 13:30hrs today we arrive in Grebbestad. We then disembark and board a bus to return to Gothenburg, arriving in Gothenburg at about 16:00hrs this afternoon.

Departures Gothenburg-Grebbestad 2017:  16, 23 and 30 August
Gothenburg-Grebbestad by boat, then Grebbestad to Gothenburg by bus. This is the itinerary shown above

Departures Grebbestad - Gothenburg 2017: 19 and 26 August; 02 September
Gothenburg to Grebbestad by bus,  then Grebbestad to Gothenburg by boat. This is the reverse of the above itinerary.

The cruise vessel is the M/V Wilhelm Tham.

Includes: Accommodation, full board & guided excursions

The price shown is for the lowest cabin category - for other cabin category prices please enquire.

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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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1249.00
Single AUD$ 1676.00

The price shown is for the lowest category cabin - for other cabin prices please enquire.

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