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 brass and mahogany canal ship.
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. In Stockholm you’ll explore several of the stunning 400-plus islands that make up the city archipelago; view the breath-taking restored Vasa shipwreck that sank to the bottom of Stockholm harbor in 1628; sail around the royal garden on Djurgården Island; visit the opulent home of the Swedish Royal Family on Lovö Island; and explore the impressive architectural wonders of Stockholm’s old town.
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. You’ll enjoy luxury accommodation at one of of Stockholm’s refined modern boutique hotels, while your experienced team of local guides and private drivers look after all the detail.
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Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
This tour is a combination of the Stockholm Panorama bus tour and the Royal Canal Tour. We start with a coach trip around the city, viewing the best known sites and buildings. After one hour and a half, we transfer to a boat to sail around the royal park of Djurgården and past the most inner archipelago islands.
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 overwhelemed 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 at least a morning 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.
Visiting address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Walk: From the Central Station. Approximate time: 30 minutes. From the Karlaplan station. Approximate time: 10 minutes.
Tram: The easiest way to get to the museum is by tram. From Central station take tram number 7 towards Waldemarsudde.
Bus/underground: You can also take the underground red line to Karlaplan and change to bus number 44 towards Skansen. Visit www.sl.se for more information.
The Djurgården ferry: The ferry leaves from Slussen all year round and also from Nybroplan during the summer. For more information visit www.waxholmsbolaget.se
Tramway: Take the tram line that is a rolling museum to Djurgården. The tram leaves from Norrmalmstorg. For traffic information visit www.ss.se
September 1 to May 31: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m
New Year´s Eve December 31 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Closed: December 23-25, January 1
June 1 to August 31: Daily 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tours (In English) are available at the following times and are included in the entrance fee:
Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 1.30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
MP3 Guides : The Museum offers free downloadable MP3 guides. If you choose not to take a tour, these handy guides will offer you a unique way to explore on your own.
Go to the following website and follow instructions for download: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/visit/mp3-guide/
Enjoy your three hour tour of Drottningholm Castle. The crown jewel among Swedish palaces, beautiful Drottningholm is located 11 kilometres west of Stockholm on Lovö Island in Lake Mälaren. "Versailles in miniature", is an oft-used epithet for this former summer residence - now the permanent home - of the Swedish Royal Family. The palace , which originally was built as a Baroque place and later extended and refurbished in the Rococo style, boasts magnificent suites from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s, extensive parks, its own theatre and a Chinese pavilion. The Drottningholm Court Theatre is a unique attraction with its original scenery, 200-year old stage machinery and interior decoration virtually untouched by the passage of times. The theatre is still used for opera and ballet performances. Entrance fee included.
Upon arrival you will board the ship for your mini cruise along Göta Canal.
Enjoy a transfer from /to train station with private vehicle and English speaking driver.
Take the train from Stockholm to Motala. Journey will take approximately 2 hrs 15 min to almost 3 hrs depending on departure.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
11.30 am Departure 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 canal, and is today considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you also find the head office of the Gota Canal Company, as well as a number of museums, including the well-known Motor Museum. You will pass Baltzar von Platen's grave along the canal.
The ship continues via Borenshult Lock staircase of five locks ,where you might hear the nightingale sing, to Lake Boren. We then pass Borensberg that has one of the canal's hand-operated locks, after which we 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". This gazebo featured on a stamp in 2003.
We travel 20 kms without passing any locks through the astonishing Östgöta scenery. Pass two aqueducts, eight bridges, Ljung castle and Brunneby manor.
Two more recent aqueducts have been built to carry the canal, this one at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.
Pass the second aqueduct on our journey, Ljungsbro that was built in 1970 over the new road into the community.
Berg (Heda/Brunnby)- Start your descent down 40 metres in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks, or walk along the canal to Vreta Convent ruins and church. 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 serves as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors.
After the road bridge in Berg you will arrive at the four locks of Berg and Oscar. You will dock for the night in the harbour basin between the locks of Oscar and Carl-Johan.
Berg (the basin) . Enjoy your evening at leisure,take a walk along the canal, or to go for an evening swim in Lake Roxen below the Carl-Johan lock staircase.
Enjoy your breakfast.
Leave the harbour basin and continue your journey. Take the opportunity to go for a morning swim in Lake Roxen or walk along the canal while the ship goes down the locks.
Berg (Carl-Johan) - The Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks.
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 - There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometres. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.
Your cruise ends in the idyllic town Söderköping, which was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and very interesting history as a spa. Don’t forget to try the famous ice cream!
You will take a public bus from Söderköping to Norrköping and change to train to Stockholm.
Lydmar Hotel Stockholm combines classic architecture and modern conveniences to provide holidaymakers and corporate travellers with a comfortable base while exploring the heart of Stockholm. The modern boutique hotel is within close proximity to city attractions such as The Royal Palace, Riddarholmen Church and The Stockholm Cathedral. Travellers can also learn more about the culture of the Swedish capital through the collections on display at National Museum and Museum of Modern Art.
Each of their three handsome, historical ships is designed to fit the most narrow lock on the canal like a hand in a glove. Built in 1874, M/S Juno is the oldest ship still in regular service. The M/S Wilhelm Tham was built in 1912 and their youngest ship, M/S Diana, in 1931.
They have been carefully refurbished and preserved to reflect the times when they were built. There are three cabin classes, one on each of the ship's decks - the bridge, shelter and main decks. Most of the cosy, small cabins are fitted with bunk beds and a washbasin. There are shared WCs and showers on each deck. Meals are enjoyed in the mahogany and brass decorated dining room. The salon is a place for socialising, conversing or reading one of the books in their small ship's library.
All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline. The cabins on shelter and bridge decks open onto the deck.
All meals are served in the elegantly laid dining room.
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