Stockholm and Göta Canal Discovery

8 days from $4,900 pp*
  • Embark on a multi-night cruise along Sweden's Gota Canal.
  • Private guided city tour of Stockholm.
  • Walking tour of Gothenburg with private guide.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring premium accommodations.
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You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled backwards in time as you take in the medieval castles, peaceful rural life and lush landscapes of the Göta Canal from the deck of a richly-restored canal ship. Please note: the Gota Canal cruise is only offered on select dates running between late May and August.

This overnight adventure will take you through the intricate network of hand-operated locks, aqueducts and bridges of this remarkable canal system as you stop to explore a collection of important medieval sites including the Vreta Convent ruins that date back to 1100, historic Ljung castle and refined Brunneby manor. Prior to your cruise, an expert guide will lead you on a private city tour of Stockholm, Sweden's capital city spanning 14 islands. Discover the impressive old town, and perhaps opt to explore the exceptional Vasa Museum, featuring a near fully intact 400-year-old wooden ship. Prior to boarding your cruise, stroll the streets of Gothenburg, uncovering Sweden's second largest city, with your own private guide. ... Show More »

While Stockholm is an incredible mixture of well-maintained medieval architecture and ultra-modern Scandinavian design that gives the city its unique character as one of Europe’s most sophisticated northern capitals. However, it’s the magnificent island landscape of the city and the lush scenery that lines the Göta Canal system that really puts this place in a league all of its own.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Stockholm
    Stockholm
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Stockholm
    Stockholm
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    • Self-Guided - Optional - Vasa Museum
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Stockholm to Gothenburg
    Stockholm to Gothenburg
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Stockholm - Gothenburg [5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 4 Gothenburg
    Gothenburg
    • Tour - Private - Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide(10)
    • Embark the M/S Juno
    • Boat - Lilla Edet, Trollhättan locks, Trollhättan, Brinkebergskulle, Lake Vänern, Läckö Castle
  • Day 5 Gothenburg
    Gothenburg
    • Boat - Sjötorp, Godhögen-Hajstorp övre, Töreboda, The Berg Canal/the Obelisk, Tåtorp, Lake Vike, The Spetsnäs Canal/Billströmmen, Forsvik, Karlsborg Fortress, Lake Vättern, Motola
  • Day 6 Gothenburg
    Gothenburg
    • Boat - Borenshult, Borensberg, Kungs Norrby, aqueduct, Ljungsbro, aqueduct, Berg(Heda), Berg(Carl-Johan), Lake Roxen, Norsholm lock, Lake Asplången, Carlsborg–Mariehov–Duvkullen, Söderköping, Mem, The Baltic Sea
  • Day 7 Gothenburg to Stockholm
    Gothenburg to Stockholm
    • Boat - Södertälje, Lake Mälaren, The Viking community of Birka, Drottningholm Castle, Hammarby lock, Skeppsbrokajen
    • Transfer - Private - Port (Central Pier) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Stockholm
    Stockholm
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Stockholm

Upon arrival at the airport, you will have Meet & Greet assistance for your added comfort, with a representative waiting for you in the arrival hall. They will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Victory Hotel (4*)

The Victory Hotel is a welcoming and exclusive hotel with a personal atmosphere in a perfect location in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming Old Town. The fact is that the hotel is a tourist attraction in itself. It contains a unique, private collection of marine antiques, passionately selected by the collector himself, the hotel's founder and owner Gunnar Bengtsson. Each of the guestrooms has comfortable and homely furnishings and are tastefully decorated with antiques. Breakfast at the Victory Hotel is an experience in itself. Here you can help yourself to the buffet of international and Swedish delicacies. The inviting sauna and relaxation area is complimentary for guests to relax and rejuvenate while away from home.

Stockholm
Stockholm
Victory Hotel
Victory Hotel

Day 2: Stockholm

You will be picked up from your hotel and depart on a 3-hour Grand Tour of Stockholm City. The city of Stockholm, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east, where the archipelago with it's 30,000 islands awaits exploration. Renowned for its beauty, Stockholm is also the hub of the Baltic area with easy access to the Nordic capitals and the Baltic countries. Discover a city of contrasts, go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town as you wander through narrow streets passing by the 700 year old cathedral of Stockholm and Seat the Archbishop and the Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. Visit the inside of the City Hall where the Nobel Banquet and Gala Ball takes place before the end of your tour. Entrance fee included.

Optional/Not Included
Sinking to the bottom of the harbour in 1628, the Vasa is arguably the best preserved ancient maritime artifact in the world. Its maiden voyage lasted a mere 1300 metres before capsizing just off shore. Early attempts to raise it were unsuccessful, but a state backed effort began salvage in 1956. In 1961, after years of preparation and raising small portions of the ship, the main lift was performed. However, this was just the beginning. Preservations efforts would continue until 1979, when the spraying of the preservative substance was complete.

This elaborate effort and years of hard work have left a legacy for future generations to experience and learn about their seafaring past. Upon entry into the building, you are overwhelmed by the completely restored and preserved Vasa. The ship is incredibly fully assembled indoors multiple related exhibits depicting subjects such as the building process, life on board and Sweden’s rich maritime history.

Dedicate a few hours to this museum, as it is unlike any other in the world and you will find yourself captivated by the vastness of the ship and the science and dedication behind its preservation.

Contact your travel consultant for hours of operation, address, and additional information.

Accommodation: Victory Hotel (4*)
Stockholm
Stockholm
Optional: Vasa Museum
Optional: Vasa Museum

Day 3: Stockholm - Gothenburg

Enjoy a transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Enjoy a train ride from Stockholm to Gothenburg. Train ride will take approximately 5 hours.

Meet your private driver for a train station transfer. 

Accommodation: Scandic Opalen (4*)

Scandic Opalen Hotel is located in central Gothenburgh within easy reach of shopping, restaurants and culture. The hotel is a perfect base for exploring the city's many attractions like the Poseidon statue and the Museum of World Culture. Guestrooms are comfortable, with wooden parquet flooring, and feature all the amenities needed for a pleasant stay. Try Swedish and international dishes in the hotel's restaurant and bar. Work out in the fully equipped gym and unwind in the hotel's relaxation area with sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Gothenburg
Gothenburg
Scandic Opalen Hotel
Scandic Opalen Hotel

Day 4: Gothenburg

Enjoy a three-hour private tour of Gothenburg with English speaking guide. Situated by the sea, Gothenburg has plenty to offer. This panoramic tour will give you some ideas about the history and the culture of the city. No entrance fee is included in the tour cost.

Upon arrival you will board the M/S Juno ship for your 4-day cruise along Göta Canal.

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

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.  

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.

Brinkebergskulle - The Brinkebergskulle lock is just before Vänersborg, which is the last town before you head out into Lake Vänern.

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.

Läckö Castle - Your ship passes Läckö Castle, which 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.

Accommodation: M/S Juno

The M/S Juno is the company’s "grand old lady".

Built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874, today M/S Juno is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation. The ship has 29 cabins on three decks. The dining room and lounge are found on the middle deck (shelter deck) and the upper deck (bridge deck) offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view.

The M/S Juno was listed in 2004 meaning that the National Maritime Museums consider her historically important.

All the cabins are tastefully fitted with brass details and attractive textiles. They are small and cosy, giving an impression of how people once travelled. The M/S Juno has bunk beds in all cabins with one exception, a “honeymoon cabin” on the main deck with a 120 cm wide, queen-size bed. All cabins have a washbasin with hot and cold water. Shared shower and toilet facilities are nearby on each deck, renovated in 2004 using brass details, hardwood framing and warm colours. When the door is closed there is complete privacy. All cabins are on the outside, above the waterline. The cabins on shelter deck and bridge deck open onto the deck. All meals are served in the elegantly laid dining room.

Läckö Castle at Lake Vänern
Läckö Castle at Lake Vänern
M/S Juno
M/S Juno

Day 5: Gothenburg

Sjötorp - Here you enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. At Sjötorp you have a set of eight locks and also the remains of some old shipyards.

Godhögen-Hajstorp övre - You will pass a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. For "early birds" walking is possible from Godhögen to Riksberg, app. 1 km. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 you are sometimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group. From here on you will be going downwards!

Karlsborg Fortress - You will visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819-1909. The guided tour is a journey through time and space, full of surprises and special effects.

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

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. You can walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. You will stop to overnight.

Accommodation: M/S Juno
Lake Vattern
Lake Vattern
M/S Juno
M/S Juno

Day 6: Gothenburg

Borenshult - Lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.

Lake Boren - 73 metres above sea level.

Borensberg - Borensberg has another of the canal’s hand-operated locks, after which you will see the well-known Göta Hotel from 1908. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the "Helmsman’s Horror".

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

Ljungsbro, aqueduct - You will pass the second aqueduct on your journey. This one was built in 1970.

Berg (Heda)- Start your 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) 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.

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

Lake Roxen - 33 metres above sea level.

Norsholm lock - Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

Lake Asplången - 27 metres above sea level.

Carlsborg–Mariehov–Duvkullen - At the lock Carlsborg Övre you have the first of the eight locks taking you down to Söderköping.

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.

Mem - Passing through the last narrow lock before Slätbaken, an inlet of the Baltic, you will leave the Göta Canal. On 26th September 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 Baltic Sea - You will cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago in the early morning light.

Accommodation: M/S Juno
Göta Hotel, Borensberg
Göta Hotel, Borensberg
Dining
Dining

Day 7: Gothenburg - Stockholm

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

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

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 tour guide will show you around on the island (app. 3 km, uneven terrain). You will also visit the museum.

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

Hammarby lock - The final lock on your journey delivers you from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön.

Your cruise ends at Skeppsbrokajen 103, in the Old Town of Stockholm.

Enjoy a private transfer from the hotel to the central pier or viceversa with private car and English speaking driver.

Accommodation: Victory Hotel (4*)
Drottningholm Castle
Drottningholm Castle
Birka
Birka

Day 8: Stockholm

Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Victory Hotel (4*): Stockholm

The Victory Hotel is a welcoming and exclusive hotel with a personal atmosphere in a perfect location in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming Old Town. The fact is that the hotel is a tourist attraction in itself. It contains a unique, private collection of marine antiques, passionately selected by the collector himself, the hotel's founder and owner Gunnar Bengtsson. Each of the guestrooms has comfortable and homely furnishings and are tastefully decorated with antiques. Breakfast at the Victory Hotel is an experience in itself. Here you can help yourself to the buffet of international and Swedish delicacies. The inviting sauna and relaxation area is complimentary for guests to relax and rejuvenate while away from home.

Victory Hotel
Victory Hotel

Scandic Opalen (4*): Gothenburg

Scandic Opalen Hotel is located in central Gothenburgh within easy reach of shopping, restaurants and culture. The hotel is a perfect base for exploring the city's many attractions like the Poseidon statue and the Museum of World Culture. Guestrooms are comfortable, with wooden parquet flooring, and feature all the amenities needed for a pleasant stay. Try Swedish and international dishes in the hotel's restaurant and bar. Work out in the fully equipped gym and unwind in the hotel's relaxation area with sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Scandic Opalen Hotel
Scandic Opalen Hotel

M/S Juno: Gothenburg

The M/S Juno is the company’s "grand old lady".

Built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874, today M/S Juno is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation. The ship has 29 cabins on three decks. The dining room and lounge are found on the middle deck (shelter deck) and the upper deck (bridge deck) offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view.

The M/S Juno was listed in 2004 meaning that the National Maritime Museums consider her historically important.

All the cabins are tastefully fitted with brass details and attractive textiles. They are small and cosy, giving an impression of how people once travelled. The M/S Juno has bunk beds in all cabins with one exception, a “honeymoon cabin” on the main deck with a 120 cm wide, queen-size bed. All cabins have a washbasin with hot and cold water. Shared shower and toilet facilities are nearby on each deck, renovated in 2004 using brass details, hardwood framing and warm colours. When the door is closed there is complete privacy. All cabins are on the outside, above the waterline. The cabins on shelter deck and bridge deck open onto the deck. All meals are served in the elegantly laid dining room.

M/S Juno
M/S Juno
M/S Juno
M/S Juno
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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