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Big trip to Sweden between Stockholm & Gothenburg

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Day 1: Stockholm - Stegeborg
Individual arrival in Stockholm and embarkation. At 10 a.m. you will leave the port of Stockholm. The canal cruise starts at Skeppsbrokajen 103 in Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan). The Hammarby lock, inaugurated in 1930, is the first stop on the journey and takes you from Saltsjön to Lake Mälaren. Lake Mälaren is Sweden's third largest lake and is 0.3 m above sea level. At the time of the Vikings, Lake Mälaren was not a lake but part of the Baltic Sea. On the shores of Lake Mälaren there are two UNESCO World Heritage sites - Drottningholm Castle and the Viking town of Birka. Drottningholm Palace was built according to French models by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and is now one of Sweden's best-preserved royal palaces from the 17th century. Drottningholm has been the residence of the royal couple since 1981. Today's lock in Södertälje was inaugurated in 1924 by the then King Gustav V and, at 135 m, is the largest lock in the Nordic countries. Then you drive through Sörmlands and St. Anna's archipelago. In the evening you will reach Trosa. Trosa was first mentioned in writing in the 14th century and was a small fishing village at that time. When steamers with summer guests came regularly from Stockholm from the 1860s, the city got a new face. You have the opportunity to take a walk through the old streets of the city (approx. 2.5 km). Your ship arrives at Stegeborg at night, where it stays overnight. 5 nights on board. (Lunch, dinner)

Day 2: Stegeborg - Berg
The Stegeborg castle ruins are in a scenic location on a small island in the Slätbaken bay in the Baltic Sea. The castle was built in the early Middle Ages and was the “lock and key” to Östergötland for centuries. Here you take part in an interesting guided tour through the castle ruins and the herb garden. The terrain is hilly. In the morning the journey continues to Mem. The Göta Canal begins at Mem and was inaugurated here on September 26, 1832 in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. Söderköping awaits you at lunchtime. The idyllic city was founded at the beginning of the 13th century and was of great importance during the Hanseatic era. Söderköping also has a long and interesting history as a health resort. Today the city is also known for its ice cream parlors. There is time here for your own forays and experiences. Over a distance of around two kilometers, they pass eight locks in the afternoon - a good opportunity to stretch your legs a little. In the evening you will reach the Norsholm lock. The lock in Norsholm regulates the water level in Lake Roxen. Here the canal crosses the Stockholm-Malmö railway line. In Berg, your ship will stay overnight at the Carl Johans lock staircase, the longest on the canal with its seven interconnected locks. The lock staircase lifts the ship 18.8 meters. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 3: Mountain - Motala
Together with your tour guide you walk to the ruins of the monastery and the church (approx. 3 km). There is also the option of walking along the canal alone or taking a dip in the waters of the Roxen. The Vreta Monastery was the first nunnery in Sweden and was established around 1100. With the construction of the monastery of St. Birgitta in Vadstena, it lost its importance. The church is one of the most interesting in Sweden and is home to numerous medieval gems. Today it is used as a parish church and can therefore not always be visited. In Heda you go on board again after the ship has passed the 15 locks of Berg's lock system. In Ljungsbro you will pass the first of the two aqueducts on our journey at noon. This was built in 1970. The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 and crosses Reichsstraße 36. In the afternoon you will reach Borensberg. There is a hand-operated lock in this idyllic canal village. Directly in front of the lock you will pass a pleasure house that protrudes into the canal in a bend, which is also known as the dread of the helmsman. You glide slowly over the lake Boren, 73 meters above the sea. The lock staircase in Borenshult is the second largest staircase in the canal with five interconnected locks and a total height difference of 15.3 m. In the evening you will reach Motala, the anchorage for tonight. The city was designed by Baltzar von Platen and is also called the “capital of the Göta Canal”. In 1822 he laid Motala Verkstad here, which is considered by many to be the cradle of Swedish industry. The headquarters of AB Göta Kanalbolag, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the canal, is located here. You visit the Motala Motor Museum with its extensive collection of cars and motorcycles in scenarios typical of the time with radios, toys, curiosities, etc. You also have the opportunity to walk about 1 km along the left bank of the canal to Baltzar von Platen's grave (breakfast, lunch , Dinner).

Day 4: Motala - Hajstorp
You leave Motala in the morning and drive out onto Lake Vättersee. With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Vättern is the second largest lake in Sweden. It is 89 meters above sea level, is unusually deep and has very clear water. We continue to Vadstena, an idyllic small town. It grew in the 14th century around the monastery of St. Birgitta to an important spiritual, cultural and economic center. The monastery church was built according to the instructions of St. Birgitta and consecrated in 1430. Vadstena Castle was built by Gustav Vasa in the late 1540s. Local city guides will pick you up on the ship and you will take the small sightseeing train to the monastery church and castle. There is also the opportunity to swim or to see the city on your own. In the early afternoon you will pass Karlsborg Fortress, which was built between 1819 and 1909. From the ship we can see the roof. We continue to Forsvik, an interesting testimony to industrial history. Here you will find the oldest lock on the canal and an imposing iron bridge, both of which date from 1813. At the lock you will sometimes be greeted with flowers and songs by the religious Kindbom family. You then steer through two of the narrowest passages in the canal. They are lined with trees and there are small lakes overgrown with pond roses in the area. Then it goes out to the lake Viken. The magical lake Viken (91.8 meters above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western part of the Göta Canal. There is another manually operated lock at Tåtorp. From now on it's going downhill! The mountain canal, which was partially blasted through bedrock, was created in 1931-33 to straighten a sharp bend. At Lanthöjden there is an obelisk at the highest point of the dug canal (91.5 m above sea level). In Töreboda the canal crosses the Gothenburg-Stockholm railway line. Lina, Sweden's smallest ferry, is also worth seeing here. In the evening you will reach Hajstorp, your current night port. There are four locks in Hajstorp. The Västgöta part of the Göta Canal was inaugurated here in 1822. You can see the sewer engineer's villa and the old forge (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 5: Hajstorp - Vänersborg
Early risers have the opportunity to take a wonderful morning walk from Hajstorp to Godhögen, approx. 1.5 km. At Sjötorp you pass eight locks and a well-preserved old shipyard. In the Hafenmagazin there is a shop that sells clothes and furnishings, a café and the canal museum of Sjötorp, which you can visit. Here you can admire historical pictures of Sjötorp and the interiors of old canal ships and learn about the exciting history of the Göta Canal. You can also see where all the wrecks of Lake Vänern are buried. A walk along the locks is also recommended. We continue to Lake Vänern. This is 44 meters above sea level. It is Sweden's largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after Lake Ladoga and Onega in Russia. In the afternoon you will pass Läckö Castle, located on a small peninsula in Lake Vänern, which was built as a bishopric in 1298. However, it experienced its heyday in the 17th century when Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie took it over and redesigned it in a baroque style. You will stop and take a guided tour of the castle and exhibitions (with lots of stairs). Approx. 1 km walk. You reach your night port of Vänersborg in the late evening (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Day 6: Vänersborg - Gothenburg
Shortly after Vänersborg you pass the Brinkebergskulle lock. The oldest lock from 1752 can be seen next to the current lock from 1916. You will also visit the Trollhätte Canal Museum in a beautiful building from 1893. The exhibition and a clear film provide information about the history of the Trollhätte Canal and the old locks. There is also the opportunity to take a walk in the idyllic lock area with the locks from the 19th century. Then it goes to the impressive lock staircase near Trollhättan. It comprises four locks and has a fall height of 32 meters. There are three parallel lock basins, of which only the largest (from 1916) is still in operation. At noon you will pass the Ströms lock at Lilla Edet. It was built in 1916 and will be the last one on your journey. The original lock was inaugurated in 1607 and was the first ever in Sweden. At 4 p.m. arrival in Gothenburg, in the port of Lilla Bommen, at the magnificent sailing ship Barken Viking Stockholm. Disembarkation and individual departure. (Breakfast lunch)

Information about the ship
The cabins on the main deck have two beds next to each other, the other cabins have bunk beds. All cabins have a sink and hooks for clothes (no closet). Shared showers and toilets are located on the respective decks. Main deck: double cabin (DW1V) / single cabin (EW1V) Shelter deck: double cabin (DW2V) / single cabin (EW2V) Bridge deck: double cabin (DW3V) / single cabin (EW3V) More information about the ship, the Cabins and a detailed itinerary can be found under Mail request

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  • Minimum age: 7 years
  • The ship docks at the port every night.
  • The departures on August 14th and 20.8. take place with the M / S Wilhelm Tham. The cabins in the main deck category have bunk beds on this ship.
  • We reserve the right to change the program.


  • Cruise according to the itinerary
  • 5 nights on board the M / S Diana in outside cabins of the booked category (see information about the ship)
  • 5x breakfast, 6x lunch, 5x dinner
  • German speaking tour guide
  • Excursions and admissions: Trollhättan Canal Museum, Läckö Castle, Sjötorp Canal Museum, Vadstena Monastery Church / Castle, Motala Motor Museum, Vreta Monastery, Stegeborg Castle ruins, Trosa
  • travel Guide


Child:7-12 years (in an additional bed).


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