Göta Canal Cruises

Göta Canal: The Classic Canal Cruise - 6 days

Scandinavian Cruises, Start in Stockholm

Experience the unique atmosphere on board the historical ship MS Juno on this classical 4-day Göta Canal cruise from Stockholm to Gothenburg. On the way you will see the blossoming Swedish country side. All meals and excursions are included during the cruise. The ship sails overnight on two out of three nights. Set departure dates.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Stockholm or Gothenburg

Day 01: Arrival in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden

  • Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary.
  • Recommended attractions in Stockholm:
    • Royal Canal Tour
    • Stockholm in a Nutshell
    • Stockholm hop on/hop off
    • Stockholm Archipelago tour
  • Accommodation in Stockholm

Day 02: Stockholm, morning cruise departure Göta Canal

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Embarkation possible from 08:00 hrs
  • Cruise departure from Stockholm at 09:00 hrs
  • Included shore excursions:
    • Visit to the small town of Trosa
  • 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner onboard
  • Accommodation onboard

Day 03: Canal cruise from Stegeborg to Motala

  • Included shore excursions:
    • Guided tour of the Convent of Vreta
  • Buffet breakfast, 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner onboard
  • Accommodation onboard

Day 04: Canal cruise from Motala to Lake Vänern

  • Included shore excursions:
    • Guided tour of Karlsborg Fortress
    • Visit to Sjötorp Canal Museum
  • Buffet breakfast, 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner onboard
  • Accommodation onboard

Day 05: Canal cruise from Trollhättan to Gothenburg

  • Included shore excursions:
    • Visit to Trollhättan Canal Museum
  • Buffet breakfast and 2-course lunch onboard
  • Arrival in Gothenburg at 14:30 hrs
  • Recommended attractions:
    • The Wheel of Gothenburg
    • Shrimp & Salmon Evening Cruise
    • Paddan – sightseeing by open-top boat
    • New Älvsborgs Fortress
    • Gothenburg City Sightseeing tour
  • Accommodation in Gothenburg.

Day 06: Departure from Gothenburg

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure from Gothenburg according to your own itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden

Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by old bridges and overpasses and is one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved mediaeval city centers. It homes the country’s most important buildings and finest architecture. Visit the Royal Palace, official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms. The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. Take an afternoon boat trip along Stockholm’s numerous waterways or out into the beautiful archipelago (see add-ons). Accommodation in Stockholm.

Day 02: Stockholm, morning cruise departure Göta Canal

Breakfast at the hotel. The Göta Canal cruise departs in the morning from Skeppsbron quay in the Old Town. You are welcomed aboard by your guide and shown to your cabin. Turn off your mobile phone, leave the stress of everyday life behind, and give yourself a few days of total relaxation with good food and interesting encounters. All meals are included and served at set times in the dining room. During the cruise between Stockholm and Gothenburg the first lock on your journey is Hammarby lock. From here on the ship sails through the archipelago on Lake Mälaren. Pass Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, and on UNESCO’S list of World Heritage sites. When reaching Södertälje you will find the largest lock in Scandinavia; 135 meters long. Then continue through the archipelago of St Anna and Södermanland before arriving to Trosa; a small town that dates all the way back to the 14th century. In Trosa you will be taken on a guided walk along the canals and alleys. Overnight cruise on the Baltic Sea.

Day 03: Canal cruise from Stegeborg to Motala

In the early morning hours the ship passes the ruins of the Stegeborg Castle, beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort dates from the early middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Söderköping. Continuing to Mem, the ship goes through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. In 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. The ship then passes the idyllic town of Söderköping, Lake Asplången and Lake Roxen. At midday you arrive to the famous locks of Berg where the Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks that lifts or lowers boats 18.8 meters. A fascinating spectacle that often attracts a large audience. Join the guided tour to the convent of Vreta, the first nunnery in Sweden that dates from about 1100. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden’s most interesting and offers many medieval treasures. In the evening, the ship berths in Motala. It was Baltzar von Platen, the founder of Göta Canal, who drew up the plans for Motala and today it is called "the Capital of the Göta Canal".

Day 04: Canal cruise from Motala to Lake Vänern

The ship leaves Motala and shortly after enters Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Today you will visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built in 1819-1909. The fortress was built as part of the central defense policy, born when Sweden lost Finland and Åland to Russia in the war of 1808-09. The war left Sweden’s borders open. Here the guides take you on an interesting tour of the fortress and beautiful Garrison Church. On arrival to Forsvik, you will see the oldest lock in the canal which was built in 1813. Next the ship heads out onto Lake Viken which serves as a water reservoir for the western section of Göta Canal. When reaching the Berg Canal you can see an obelisk that marks the highest point of the canal; 91, 5 meters above sea level. Further at Hajstorp you pass a lock system consisting of four locks. Here, in 1822, the western section of Göta Canal was inaugurated by King Karl XIV Johan. In the evening the ship makes a stop at Sjötorp where you visit an old warehouse, you will find a shop selling clothes and home décor and Sjötorp Canal Museum. In the museum you can see old pictures of Sjötorp, the interiors of several old ships and a large collection of ships’ engines. Overnight cruise on Lake Vänern, Sweden's largest lake.

Day 05: Canal cruise from Trollhättan to Gothenburg

Morning visit to Trollhättan Canal Museum where you learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhätte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. The ship then sails through the impressive lock staircase, which consists of four locks and has a total drop of 32 meters. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use. 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. The cruise ends at Packhuskajen, near the Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg. We recommend a visit to Gothenburg’s oldest suburb Haga, now a trendy neighborhood in the centre of the town or an evening dinner cruise where you can enjoy fresh seafood whilst sailing around the spectacular archipelago (please see add-ons). Accommodation in Gothenburg.

Day 06: Departure from Gothenburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Gothenburg according to your own itinerary. Or perhaps you would like to add another night in Gothenburg, giving you the possibility to see more of Sweden's second largest city? By adding the necessary optional train rides you can easily combine the tour with a visit to Copenhagen or one of our fjord tours that start in Oslo.

Göta Canal: The Classic Canal Cruise

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