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From Coast to Coast
3-Night Cruise from Gothenburg – Söderköping (or reverse)

Wilhelm Tham Gota Canal Cruise
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2016 Departure Dates and Pricing

Gothenburg – Söderköping (or reverse) - 4 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Gothenburg – Söderköping

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Day 1: Gothenburg (Embarkation Day)

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 - 15.30 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.

15.30 - 16.30 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.

17.30 Vänersborg

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

18.00 Lake Vanern

44 metres above sea level. Sweden's largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.

23.00 Arr. Läckö

Overnight stop.

Day 2: Läckö - Vassbacken

09.00 - 11.15 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.

16.00 - 17.30 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. Here you can take a walk alongside the canal while our ship slowly travels up the locks.

14.45 - 17.00 Sjötorp

Here we enter the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Gotal Canal. At Sjötorp we have a set of eight locks and also the remains of some old shipyards. Here you can take a walk alongside the canal while our ship slowly travels up the locks.

19.15 - 21.00 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.

22.00 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 Gota Canal.

00.30 Arr. Vassbacken

We stop for the night at Vassbacken. Overnoght stop.

Day 3 Vassbacken

05.30 Dep. Vassbacken

06.00 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.

07.00 Tåtorp

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

07.00 - 09.10 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.

08.10 - 09.10 The Spetsnäs Canal/ Billströmmen

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

09.10 - 09.30 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!

10.10 Karlsborg Fortress

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

10.15 - 12.15 Lake Vättern

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

12.15 - 13.30 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. Motala is yours to explore on your own.

14.30 - 15.10 Borenshult

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

15.10 - 16.10 Lake Boren

73 metres above sea level.

16.10 - 16.20 Borensberg

Borensberg has another 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”.

16.40 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct

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

19.20 Ljungsbro, aqueduct

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

19.40 Berg (Heda)

We start our descent down 40 metres in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks.

20.30 - 21.05 Berg (Oscar)

After the road bridge in Berg we arrive at the four locks of Berg and Oscar.

21.10 - 22.10 Arr. Berg (Carl-Johan)

We dock for the night in the harbour basin between the locks of Oscar and Carl-Johan. Overnight stop.

Day 4: Berg - Stockholm (Disembarkation Day)

06.00 Dep. Berg (Carl-Johan)

We leave the locks at Berg and continue our journey across the Lake Roxen.

06.00 - 08.00 Lake Roxen

33 metres above sea level.

08.00 - 08.10 Norsholm lock

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

09.40 - 10.20 Lake Asplången

27 metres above sea level.

11.45 - 13.00 Carlsborg–Mariehov– Duvkullen

At the lock Carlsborg Övre we have the first of the eight locks taking us down to Söderköping.

13.30 Arr. Söderköping (Disembarkation Day)

Our 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 interesting history as a spa.

**There is an OPTIONAL bus transfer to Stockholm (to be booked in advance).

16.00 Arr. Stockholm

The bus arrives in Stockholm, by Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at approximately 16.00.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Söderköping - Gothenburg

Skip to Gothenburg to Söderköping itinerary

Day 1: optional bus transfer from Stockholm - Söderköping (Embarkation Day)

OPTIONAL bus transfer from Stockholm to Söderköping (to be booked in advance).

09.00 The bus departs from Stockholm, Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan 1 (next to the Central Station and the City Terminal) at 09.00.

11.30 Dep. Söderköping

Departure from Söderköping (next to the 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.

12.00 - 13.15 Duvkullen–Mariehov– Carlsborg

From Söderköping to the lock Carlsborg Övre there are eight locks on a stretch of app. 4 km.

14.45 - 15.15 Lake Asplången

27 metres above sea level.

16.50 - 17.00 Norsholm lock

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

17.00 - 19.00 Lake Roxen

33 metres above sea level.

19.00 - 20.00 Berg (Carl-Johan)

The Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks.

20.00 - 20.30 Berg (Heda)

the ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system.

22.20 Ljungsbro, acqueduct

We pass the first two acqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro acqueduct was built in 1970.

22.30 Ljungsbro

Overnight stop.

Day 2: Ljungsboro - Hajstorp

06.00 Dep Ljunsbro

08.30 Kungs Norrby, acqueduct

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

09.15 - 09.25 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 “Helmsman’s Horror”, and after that we see the well-known Göta Hotel, built in 1908.

09.25 - 10.25 Lake Boren

73 metres above sea level.

10.25 - 11.05 Borenshult

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

12.40 - 13.15 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. As an alternative you can walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1 km along the left side of the canal.

13.15 - 15.15 Lake Vättern

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

15.15 Karlsborg Fortress

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

16.10 - 16.20 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.

16.20 - 17.20 Billströmmen/ the Spetsnäs Canal

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

17.20 - 18.50 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.

18.50 Tåtorp

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

19.10 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.

21.50 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.

234.00 Arr. 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 3 : Hajstorp - Vänersborg

06.00 Dep. Hajstorp

If you are an “early bird” you can take a wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Godhögen ( app. 1.5 km) or to Norrkvarn (app. 5 km).

07.40 Norrkvarn

All onboard!

09.45 - 11.45 Sjötorp

At Sjötorp 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.

11.45 - 22.45 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.

15.00 - 17.00 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 transfored it into a barooque catle in 1652. We are given a guided tour of the castle and the exhibitions (lots of stairs!). App. 1 km walk.

21.45 Arr. Vänersborg

Overnight stop.

Day 4: Vänersborg - Gothenburg (Disembarkation Day)

07.00 Dep. Vänersborg

09.00 - 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 beautiful old lock area.

12.30 - 12.45 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.

12.30 - 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, Packhuskajen 10

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 and subject to change, 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.

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
June 11, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
June 23, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
July 10,2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
July 23, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
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
June 19, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
July 5, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
July 18, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
Aug 8, 2016
$1,407
$1,610
$1,884
$2,404
$1,886
$2,172
$2,384
$3,087
Berths in double cabins cannot be booked by passengers travelling alone.
Age minimum: 7 years. Children must have their own bed.
Bus transfer from Söderköping-Stockholm or v/v available for purchase. To be booked in advance. Bus departure/arrival, Stockholm: Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel , Vasagatan 1(next to the Central Station and the City Terminal). The bus departs Stockholm at 09.00/ the bus arrives in Stockholm at approximately 16.00.
From Gothenburg to Stockholm: Wilhem Tham departs from Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10, at 09:00. Arrival to Söderköping day 4 at approx. 13:30.
From Stockholm to Gothenburg: Wilhelm Tham departs from Söderköping at 11:30. Arrival in Gothenburg day 4 at approx. 16:00.

Prices Include:

▪ Four days and three nights on board, including one night at the quayside.
▪ Full board: Three breakfasts, four two-course lunches and three three-course dinners. Two stops of varying duration included.
▪ Bridge deck cabin includes champagne, fruit and bathrobe
▪ Two stops of varying duration included 

Prices Do Not Include:

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


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