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The Great Swedish Cruise

5-Night Cruise from Gothenburg – Stockholm (or reverse)

MS Diana

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2016 Departure Dates & Pricing
Gothenburg to Stockholm (or reverse) - 6 days
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Detailed Itinerary: Gothenburg to Stockholm

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Day 1: Gothenburg (Embarkation Day) - Vänersborg

10.00 Embarkation and Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10

14.00-14.15 Lilla Edet

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

15.30-16.30 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.

16.30-18.30 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.

20.30 Arrival in Vänersborg

This is the last town before we head out into Lake Vänern. The "Brinkebergskulle" lock is just before Vänersborg. Overnight stop.

Day 2: Vänersborg - Hajstorp

04.45 Departure in Vänersborg

05.00-15.00 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.

09.30-11.45 Läckö Castle

Läckö Castle 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. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs). App. 1 km walk.

15.00-17.20 Sjötorp

We now enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. At Sjötorp we have a set of eight locks and also the remains of some old shipyards. We visit the old warehousewhere you can find a shop selling, among other things, clothes and home decor, a cafe and the Sjötorp Canal Museum. In the museum you can see old pictures of Sjötorp, the interiors of several old ships, a large collection of ship;s engines, etc. There is also a map of all the sunken ships in the Lake Vänern . It is also possible to take a walk along the locks.

19.40-21.25 Godhögen-Hajstorp övre

We pass a lock system consisting of four locks in very beautiful surroindings. In 1822 the western section of the Gota Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. After dinner we will be entertained by a music group.

21.25 Arrival in Hajstorp

At Hajstorp our ship berths for the night, close to what used to be the Canal Engineer’s home, now privately owned. Overnight stop.

Day 3: Hajstorp - Motala

06.00 Dep. Hajstorp

07.00 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.

09.00 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.

10.00 Tåtorp

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

10.00-12.15 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.

11.10-12.15 The Spetsnäs Canal/Billströmmen

We steer through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies.

12.15-12.30 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 we are sometimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group. From here on we will be going downwards!

13.15 Karlsborg

Before our ship enters Lake Vättern, we pass Karlsborg and will be able to see the roof of the fortress, which was built in 1819-1909.

13.15-15.00 Lake Vättern

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

15.00-18.00 Vadstena

Today Vadstena is an idyllic little town. It evolved around the 14th century convent of the Saint Bridget (St. Birgitta), becoming a spiritual, cultural and commercial centre. The Abbey was built according to St. Bridget’s plans, and was consecrated in 1430. The Castle was built in the 1540s by King Gustav Vasa. Local guides will meet us and take us with the sightseeing train to see the Abbey and the castle. You will also have time here to walk around the town on your own, or go for a swim in the lake.

19.15 Arrive in 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. 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 Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.

Day 4: Motala - Klämman

08.00 Departure from Motala

Possibility to take a beautiful morning walk from Motala to Borenshult, app. 4 km.

09.00-09.40 Borenshult

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

09.40-10.40 Lake Boren

73 metres above sea level.

10.40-10.50 Borensberg

At Borensberg there is another hand-operated lock. We walk the short distance to the well-known Göta Hotel, from 1908, where we are served coffe and waffles. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the "Helmsman's Horror".

11.10 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct

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

14.20 Ljungsbro, aqueduct

We pass the second aqueduct on our journey. This one was built in 1970.

14.40 Berg (Heda)

We start our 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, 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 Lake Roxen.

16.00-17.00 Berg (Carl-Johan)

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

17.00-19.00 Lake Roxen

33 metres above sea level.

19.00 - 19.10 Norsholm lock

Here the canal crosses the main railway line Stockholm – Malmö.

20.20 - 21.00 Lake Asplangen

27 metres above sea level.

21.30 Arrival in Klämman

We stop for the night at the idyllic lock Klämman, a water regulating lock. Take the oppurtunity to enjoy the total stillness. Overnight stop.

Day 5: Klämman - Sävsundet

07.45 Departure Klämman

08.35-09.50 Carlsborg–Mariehov–Duvkullen

At the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks, or, if you want more exercise, walk all the way down to Söderköping, app. 4 km.

10.15-12.45 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. Don’t forget to try the famous ice cream!

14.15 Mem

Passing through the last narrow lock before Slätbaken, an inlet of the Baltic, we leave the Göta Canal. On September 26th, 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family.

14.15   The Baltic Sea

We cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago.

15.00-16.00 Stegeborg

The ruins of the Stegeborg Fortress are beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort was constructed during the early Middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Söderköping. We are given a guided tour through the interesting history of Stegeborg. The walk is short, but somewhat uneven.

20.30 Arrival in Sävsundet

We await dawn at the old pilot station. Overnight stop.

Day 6: Sävsundet - Stockholm (Disembarkation Day)

04.40 Dep. Sävsundet

08.40-08.50 Södertälje

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

08.50-15.20 Lake Mälaren

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

10.15-12.15 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 archaelogists on the island show us around (app. 3 km, uneven terrain). We also visit the museum.

14.15 Drottningholm Castle

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

15.30 Hammarby lock

The final lock on our journey delivers us from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön.

16.00 Arrival in Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen (Disembarkation)

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

Departures & Pricing

 

Detailed Itinerary: Stockholm to Gothenburg

Skip to Gothenburg to Stockholm itinerary

Day 1: Stockholm (Embarkation Day) - Sävsundet

10.00 Embarkation and Departure from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103

10.30 Hammarby lock

The first lock on our journey divides Saltsjön from Lake Mälaren.

10.40-13.30 Lake Mälaren

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

11.25 Drottningholm Castle

Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.

13.30-13.40 Södertälje

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

13.40- The Baltic Sea

The archipelago of St Anna and Södermanland.

17.00-18.30 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 Nyköping began in 1860, bringing large numbers of summer visitors. Enjoy a walk around the canals and alleys of Trosa (app. 2.5 km). 

20.00 Arrival in Sävsundet

We stop for the night at the old pilot station. If the weather is nice, we might continue down to Stegeborg. Overnight stop.

Day 2: Sävsundet - Berg

04.00 Dep. Sävsundet

09.00-10.00 Stegeborg

The ruins of the Stegeborg Fortress are 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. We are given a guided tour through the interesting history of Stegeborg. The walk is short, but somewhat uneven.

10.50 Mem

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. We enter the Göta Canal through the first of the 58 narrow locks.

12.15-14.45 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 very interesting history as a spa. Söderköping is yours to explore on your own. Don’t forget to try the famous ice cream!

From Söderköping to the lock Carlsborg Övre there are eight locks on a stretch of app. 4 km. A nice place to go ashore and walk along the canal.

17.45-18.15 Lake Asplången

27 metres above sea level.

19.45 Norsholm lock

Here the canal crosses the main railway line Stockholm – Malmö.

19.45-21.45 Lake Roxen

33 metres above sea level.

21.45 Arrival in Berg (Carl-Johan)

The Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. We dock for the night at the bottom lock. Overnight stop.

Day 3: Berg - Motala

09.00 Dep. Berg (Carl-Johan)

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 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 Lake Roxen.

11.30 Berg (Heda)

The ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system. It is time to board for departure.

11.50 Ljungsbro, aqueduct

We pass the first of two aqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro aqueduct was built in 1970.

14.30 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct

The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.

15.00-16.00 Borensberg

At Borensberg you will see one of the hand-operated locks still in use in the canal. Shortly before the lock we pass a small gazebo leaning out over the canal in a sharp bend known as the "Helmsman's Horror". We walk the short distance to the well-known Göta Hotel, from 1908, where we are served coffe and waffles.

16.00-17.00 Lake Boren

73 metres above sea level.

17.00-17.40 Borenshult

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

18.45 Arrival in 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. 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 Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.

Day 4: Motala - Hajstorp

07.30 Dep. Motala

We leave Motala and head out into Lake Vättern.

09.00-12.30 Vadstena

Today Vadstena is an idyllic little town. It evolved around the 14th century convent of the Saint Bridget (St. Birgitta), becoming a spiritual, cultural and commercial centre. The Abbey was built according to St. Bridget’s plans, and was consecrated in 1430. The Castle was built in the 1540s by King Gustav Vasa. Local guides will meet us here and take us with the sightseeing train to see the Abbey and the castle. You will also have time to walk around the town on your own, or go for a swim in the lake.

07.30-14.45 Lake Vättern

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

14.45 Karlsborg Fortress

We pass Karlsborg and will be able to see the roof of the fortress, which was built in 1819-1909.

15.40-15.50 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 we are somtimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group.  

15.50-16.35 Billströmmen/the Spetsnäs Canal

Through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.

16.35-18.05 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.

18.05 Tåtorp

At Tåtorp there is another hand-operated lock. From here on we will be going downwards!

18.35 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. After dinner we will be entertained by a music group.

20.50 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.

21.50 Arrival in Hajstorp

A lock system consisting of four locks. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. The ship berths for the night, close to what used to be the home of the Canal Engineer. Overnight stop.

Day 5: Hajstorp - Trollhättan Rysskajen

05.45 Dep. Hajstorp

If you are an "early bird" you can take a wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Riksberg, app. 4 km.

08.15-09.15 Lyrestad

Jema Studioglas is located right by the canal and the guest harbour of Lyrestad. Here we experience at close hand the transformation of art glass sculpture from molten glass to its solid form.

11.00-12.10 Sjötorp

At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. Here it is possible to take a pleasant walk along the locks.

12.10-  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.

15.55-18.00 Läckö Castle

Läckö Castle 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. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs). App. 2 km walk.

24.00 Arrival in Trollhättan Rysskajen

Overnight stop.

Day 6: Trollhättan Rysskajen - Gothenburg

08.30-10.00 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.

10.10-11.00 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.

12.00-12.15 Lilla Edet

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

15.30 Arrival in Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10 (Disembarkation Day)

Our cruise ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is requireed for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • All times stated are approximate, as weather and traffic conditions can cause some delays. For that reason you should arrange to have a good time margin for continued travel on the day of arrival. The shipping company can not be held responsible for any additional costs in conjunction with delays that are beyond the company’s control.
  •  For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise line and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • There is no long-term parking near the quays in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

2016 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE PASSENGER RATE.
From Gothenburg
Cruise Embarkation Day
Category C Main Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category C Main Deck - "Queen size"bed, double occupancy cabin
Category B Shelter Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category A, Bridge Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category C Main Deck - Single Cabin
Category C Main Deck - "Queen size", single cabin
Category B, Shelter Deck - Single Cabin
Category A, Bridge Deck - Single cabin
May 20,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
June 2,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
June 15,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
June 28,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
July 11, 2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
July 24, 2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Aug 6,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Aug 19,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
From Stockholm
Cruise Embarkation Day
Category C Main Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category C Main Deck - "Queen size"bed, double occupancy cabin
Category B Shelter Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category A, Bridge Deck - Double occupancy cabin (bunk beds)
Category C Main Deck - Single Cabin
Category C Main Deck - "Queen size", single cabin
Category B, Shelter Deck - Single Cabin
Category A, Bridge Deck - Single cabin
May 26,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
June 8,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Jun 21, 2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
July 4, 2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
July 17,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
July 30,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Aug 12,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Aug 25,2016
$2,597
$2,865
$2,597
$3,962
$3,553
$4,086
$3,347
$5,177
Berths in double cabins cannot be booked by passengers travelling alone.
Age minimum: 7 years. Children must have their own bed.
From Gothenburg to Stockholm: Diana departs Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10 at 10:00. Arrives at 15:30, day 6.
From Stockholm to Gothenburg: Diana departs Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103 at 10:00. Arrives at 15:30, day 6

Prices Include:

▪ Six days and five nights on board, including one night at the quayside.
▪ Full board: Three breakfasts, four two-course lunches and three three-course dinners. Six stops of varying duration included.
▪ Bridge deck cabin includes champagne, fruit and bathrobe
▪The boat makes ten stops for excursions/sightseeing
 

Prices do not include:

▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Drinks
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses


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