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Classic Canal Cruise

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

MS Juno

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2024 Departure Dates & Pricing
Gothenburg to Stockholm (or reverse) - 4 days
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Detailed Itinerary: Gothenburg to Stockholm

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DAY 1: Gothenburg (Embarkation Day) - Lake Vänern

09.00 Departure from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10

13.15 - 13:30 Lilla Edet: The lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the first lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.

14.45 - 15.45 Trollhättan Locks: The impressive flight of locks at Trollhättan consists of four locks, covering a 32-metre difference in water level. There are three lock systems and the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use.

15.45 - 17.15 Trollhättan: 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.

18.30 - 18.40 Brinkebergskulle: The Brinkebergskulle lock is just before Vänersborg, which is the last town before we head out into Lake Vänern. The oldest lock from 1752 can be seen beside the modern lock from 1916.

19.15 - 03.10 Lake Vänern: 44 metres above sea level. Sweden's largest lake. Lake Vänern is the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.

23.30 Läckö Castle: Our ship passes Läckö Castle, which is situated on a promontory in Lake Vänern. It was built as a fortified bishop's castle in 1298 and during the mid-17th century, the castle was transformed into Baroque style.

DAY 2 : Sjötorp - Motala

03.10- 05.20 Sjötorp: Here we 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.

07.40 - 09.20am Godhögen - Hajstorp övre: We pass a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. Here is the Canal Engineer’s home, now privately owned and the old smithy.

07.40-08.00 Godhögen - Riksberg: For “early birds” walking is possible from Godhögen to Riksberg, app. 1 km.

10.20 Töreboda: The railway line between Stockholm and Göteborg crosses the canal here. Töreboda also proudly presents Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina", which travels back and forth across the Göta Canal.

12.20 The Berg Canal: An obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of that part of the Göta Canal. This part of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend which was straightened in 1930-1933.

12.50 The Obelisk : At Lanthöjden an obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of the Göta Canal.

13.20 - 13.30 Tåtorp: One of the canal’s two hand-operated locks is found at Tåtorp.

13.30 - 15.35 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.

14.35 - 15.35 Spetsnäskanalen/Billströmmen: We steer through two narrow, wooded passages and small lakes with water lilies.

15.35 - 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 was constructed in 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 be going downwards!

16.35 - 18.45 Karlsborg Fortress: We visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819-1909. The fortress was intended to be used as the reserve capital of Sweden and house the royal family, the government, the gold reserves and the crown jewels in the event of war. Here you can enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church.

18.45 - 21.00 Lake Vättern: With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest lake, 89 metres above sea level. The lake is unusually deep and its water is very clear.

21.00 Arrival in Motala: It was Baltazar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called "the Capital of 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 of the Gota Canal Company, responsible for operation and maintenance. You can walk to see Baltazar von Platen's grave, about 1km along the left side of the canal. Overnight stop.

DAY 3: Motala - Söderköping - The Baltic

04.00 Departure from Motala

05.00 -05.40 Borenshult: The lock staircase at Borenshult is the second longest in the canal, with five locks connected and a total rise of 15.3 metres. Here you might hear the nightingale sing.

05.40 -06.40 Lake Boren: Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren, 73 metres above sea level.

06.40-06.50 Borensberg: In the idyllic village Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock, after which we see the wellknown 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”.

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

10.20 Ljungsbro Aqueduct : We pass over the second aqueduct (built in 1970) on our journey.

10.40 Berg (Heda): We start our descent in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. The tour guide takes us 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 refreshing swim in 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.

12.00-13.00 Berg (Carl-Johan): The Carl Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The lock staircase lowers the boat 18.8 metres from the Berg guest harbour to Lake Roxen. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.

13.00 - 15.00 Lake Roxen: 33 metres above sea level.

15.00 - 15.10 Norsholm: The lock in Norsholm regulates the water level of Lake Roxen. Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

16.40 -17.20 Lake Asplången: 27 metres above sea level.

18.45 - 20.00 Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen: At the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping.

20.30 - 21.30 Söderköping : Söderköping is an idyllic town, which was founded in the 13th century and it was most important during the Hansa period. The town also has a long and fascinating history as a spa. Time at your own disposal in Söderköping.

22.50 - 23.00 Mem: Passing through the last narrow lock before Slätbaken, an inlet of the Baltic, we leave the Göta Canal. On 26th Sept. 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family.

23.00 - 08.40 The Baltic: We cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago in the early morning light.

DAY 4: Södertälje - Stockholm (Disembarkation)

08.45 - 08.50 Södertälje: The present lock in Södertälje was inaugurated in 1924 by His Majesty King Gustav V. The lock is 135 metres long, which makes it Scandinavia’s largest lock

08.50 - 15.15 Lake Mälaren: 0.3 metres above sea level. In the Viking Age, Sweden's third largest lake was not a lake, it was a part of the Baltic Sea. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites by Lake Mälaren – Drottningholm Palace and Birka, the Viking City.

10.15 - 12.15 Birka: The Viking community of Birka on the island of Björkö is often regarded as Sweden's first town. The town was 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 the World Heritage list. Guided walk on the island (about 3 km hilly walk) and visit a museum.

14.15 Drottningholm Castle: Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. The castle is passed when there is time enough.

15.15 - 15.30 Hammarby Lock: The final lock on our journey delivers us from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön.

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

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Stockholm to Gothenburg

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DAY 1: Stockholm (Embarkation) -Trosa

09.00 Departure from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103: Our cruise with the M/S Juno begins at Skeppsbrokajen 103 in the Old Town of Stockholm.

09.30 - 09.45 Hammarby lock: The first lock on our journey divides Saltsjön from Lake Mälaren.

09.45-12.30 Lake Mälaren: 0.3 metres above sea level. In the Viking Age, Sweden's third largest lake was not a lake, it was a part of the Baltic Sea. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites by Lake Mälaren – Drottningholm Palace and Birka, the Viking City.

10.30 Drottningholm Castle: Influenced by French prototype, the Drottningholm Palace was built by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and it is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden. Since 1981 the Palace is Their Majesties the King and Queen's residence. We pass the castle if time admits.

12.40-12.50 Södertälje: The present lock in Södertälje was inaugurated in 1924 by His Majesty King Gustav V. The lock is 135 metres long, which makes it Scandinavia’s largest lock.

12.50  The Baltic Sea: We pass through the archipelago of Södermanland and St Anna.

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

DAY 2: Stegeborg - Motala

00.15 Stegeborg: The ruins of the Stegeborg Castle 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.

01.30-03.15 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 now go through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal.

04.55-05.05 Söderköping lock: 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.

05.50 - 07.05 Duvkullen-Mariehov-Carlsborg: There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometres. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.

08.35 - 09.15 Lake Asplången: 27 metres above sea level.

10.45 - 10.55 Norsholm lock: Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

10.55-12.55 Lake Roxen: 33 metres above sea level.

12.55 -13.55 Berg (Carl-Johan): The Carl Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The lock staircase raises the boat 18.8 metres from Lake Roxen to the Berg guest harbour. The tour guide takes us 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 refreshing swim in 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.

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

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

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

19.25-19.35 Borensberg: In the idyllic village 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 “Helmsman’s Horror”, and after that we see the well-known Göta Hotel, built in 1908.

19.35 - 20.35 Lake Boren: Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren, 73 metres above sea level.

20.35-21.15 Borenshult: The lock staircase at Borenshult is the second longest in the canal, with five locks connected and a total rise of 15.3 metres. Here you might hear the nightingale sing.

22.15 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 will 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 3: Motala - Lake Vänern

05.45 Departure from Motala: We leave Motala and head out into Lake Vättern.

05.45-08.00 Lake Vättern: With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest lake, 89 metres above sea level. The lake is unusually deep and its water is very clear.

08.00-10.00 Karlsborg Fortress: We visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819-1909. The fortress was intended to be used as the reserve capital of Sweden and house the royal family, the government, the gold reserves and the crown jewels in the event of war. Here you can enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church.

10.55-11.10 Forsvik: Forsvik is one of Sweden’s most interesting industrial communities. For six Here is the Canal Engineer’s home, now privately owned and the old smithy. hundred years, iron has been worked, boards have been sawn and flour has been milled here. 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.

11.10-12.20 Billströmmen/the Spetsnäs Canal: Through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.

11.10-13.20 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.

13.20 - 13.30 Tåtorp: At Tåtorp there is another hand-operated lock. From here on we will be going downwards!

13.50 The Berg Canal/the Obelisk: The Berg Canal was excavated in 1931-33 to straighten a sharp bend in the canal and was partly blasted into the living rock

The Obelisk: At Lanthöjden an obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 metres above sea level) of the Göta Canal.

16.25 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.

17.25 - 17.50 Hajstorp: At Hajstorp there is a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. Here you can see the Canal Engineer’s home, now privately owned and the old smithy. If you want to stretch your legs this is a good place, Hajstorp to Godhögen lock is app. 1.5 km.

21.25 - 23.30 Sjötorp: At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. We visit the old warehouse, where you can find a shop selling, among other things, clothes and home décor, a café 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 ships’ 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.

23.30-06.40 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.

DAY 4: Lake Vänern - Gothenburg

07.30 - 07.40 Brinkebergskulle: The Brinkebergskulle lock is just past the town of Vänersborg. The oldest lock from 1752 can be seen beside the modern lock from 1916.

08.40-10.15 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 idyllic lock area with the old locks from the 19th century

10.15-11.15 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.

12.25-12.40 Lilla Edet: Ströms lock at Lilla Edet was built in 1916 and is the last lock on our journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.

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

Note: All times stated are approximate and subject to changes.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required 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. There is no long-term parking near the quays in Gothenburg and Stockholm.
  • 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.

Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE PASSENGER RATE.
Cruise Embarkation Day from Gothenburg

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 14, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
May 22, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
May 30, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 8, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June16, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 25, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 4, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 12, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 21, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 29, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 6, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 15, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 23, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Cruise Embarkation Day from Stockholm

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 18, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
May 26, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 3, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 12, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 20, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
June 29, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 8, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 16, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
July 25, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 2, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 10, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 19, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
Aug 27, 2024
$2,320
$2,600
$2,870
$3,530
$1,590
$3,400
$3,630
$4,280
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: MS Juno departs from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10 at 09:00. Arrives in Stockholm , Skeppsbrokajen 103 at approx. 16:00
From Stockholm to Gothenburg: MS Juno departs from Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103 at 09:00. Arrives in Gothenburg, Packhuskajen at approx. 16.00

Prices Include:

▪ Four days and three nights on board, including one night at the quayside.
▪ Full board and lodging with three breakfasts, four two-course lunches and three three-course dinners.
▪ Tour guide
▪ 5 longer stops for excursions

Prices Do Not Include:

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


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