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Gota Canal 4 Day Cruise from Stockholm to Gothenburg
2 Seas, 1 River, 3 Canals, 8 Lakes and 66 Locks
The traditional cruise in either direction between Gothenburg and Stockholm has been on the schedule almost every year since the shipping line was established in 1869. On the shorter cruises, the boat usually travels on during the night while you are asleep; only one night is spent in harbor. The longer cruises allow time for more stops and shore excursions along the way. The choice of stops is determined by the direction in which you are traveling.
It is also possible to take this cruise from Stockholm to Gothenburg or to take 2, 3, 4 and 6 day versions of this cruise.
09.00 Departure from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103
09.30 Hammarby lock The first lock on our journey divides Saltsjn from Lake Mlaren.
09.40-12.30 Lake Mlaren 0.3 metres above sea level. Swedens third largest lake.
10.30 Drottningholm Castle Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage sites.
12.30-12.40 Sdertlje Sdertlje lock, 135 metres long, is the largest lock in Scandinavia.
12.40- The Baltic The archipelago of St Anna and Sdermanland.
16.00-18.00 Trosa The small town of Trosa dates all the way back to the 14th century. It was then known as a fishermens village. Regular steamer traffic from Stockholm and Nykping began in 1860, bringing large numbers of summer visitors. We are taken on a guided walk around the canals and alleys (app. 2.5 km).
Day 2 Gota Canal - Soderkoping - MotalaAccommodation: Gota Canal Ships
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
00.15 Stegeborg The ruins of the Stegeborg Castle are beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Sltbaken. The fort dates from the early Middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Sderkping.
01:30 - 03:15 Mem On 26th Sept. 1832, the Gta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. We now go through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Gta Canal.
04:55 - 05:05The idyllic town Söderköping 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.
05:35 - 06:45 - DuvkullenâMarie- hov âCarlsborg - There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometres. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.
08.20-08.50 Lake Asplngen 27 metres above sea level.
10.20 - 10:30 - Norsholm lock Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malm.
10.30-12.30 Lake Roxen 33 metres above sea level.
12.30 - 13:30 - Berg (Carl-Johan) The Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. 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 Swedens 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 us on a walk (app. 3 km, partly uneven) to see the church and the remains of the convent. As an alternative you can walk along the canal, or take a swim in the warm water of Lake Roxen.
15.00 Berg (Heda) The ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system. It is time to board for departure.
15.20 Ljungsbro, aqueduct We pass the first of two aqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro aqueduct was built in 1970.
16:00 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct. The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.
18.30-18.40 Borensberg At Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock. Shortly before the lock we pass a small gazebo leaning out over the canal in a sharp bend known as the Helmsmans Horror, and after that we see the well-known Gta Hotel, built in 1908.
18.40 -19.40 Lake Boren 73 metres above sea level.
19.40- 20.20 Borenshult Lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing.
21.00 Arr. Motala It was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called the Capital of the Gta Canal. In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the Gta 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. We visit the Motor Museum, with its large exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings, collection of radios, toys, household appliances and more. You can also walk to see Baltzar von Platens grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.
06.00 Dep. Hajstorp If you are an âearly birdâ you can take a wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to GodhÃ¶gen ( app. 1.5 km) or to Norrkvarn (app. 5 km).
07.40 Norrkvarn All onboard!
09.30 - 11.30 SjÃ¶torp At SjÃ¶torp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. Here it is also possible to take a pleasant walk along the locks.
11.30 - 21.40 Lake VÃ€nern 44 metres above sea level. Swedenâs largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.
15.10 - 17.10 LÃ€ckÃ¶ Castle LÃ€ckÃ¶ Castle was built in 1298 as a bishopâs residence. Its golden age was during the reign of Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who transformed it into a baroque castle in 1652. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs). App. 1 km walk.
21.40 Arr. VÃ€nersborg Overnight stop.
Day 4 Gota Canal - GothenburgMeals: Breakfast / Lunch
08.45-10:15 Trollhttan The Trollhttan Canal Museum is located in a storehouse from 1893. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhtte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. You can also take a walk through the beautiful old lock area.
10:15-11:15 Trollhttan, locks The impressive lock staircase at Trollhttan 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.
12.30-12.45 Lilla Edet The lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the last lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.
16.00 Arr. Gothenburg, Our cruise ends at Lilla Bommen in Gothenburg.
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