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Truly a classic canal cruise between Gothenburg and Stockholm that has been operating since 1869.

m.s. Juno today was built in 1874 and is the world’s oldest registered cruise ship with overnight accommodation. Cruising along the picturesque Göta Canal on a classic boat like the M/S Juno takes you back in time to the days of yore when the journey was just as important as the destination.

In addition to presenting you with unforgettable views of the uniquely beautiful Swedish nature, your cruise also takes you though one of the culturally and historically richest parts of the country. To allow you to discover the many sights and attractions you pass along the way, the cruise includes various stops for land excursions – or perhaps you prefer to stay aboard and relax with a drink on the bridge deck…

In addition to the beautiful scenery through which it passes, the Göta Canal is also famous for its various lock systems. During this cruise your boat passes two aqueducts and 66 remarkable locks. This includes several well-known examples of historical engineering ingenuity, such as the locks in Trollhättan, the famous lock staircase at Berg, and the canal’s oldest lock at Forsvik. Those who want to see even more of Sweden can also join the optional guided tours to Karlsborg Fortress and Birka, the Viking City on Björkö Island in Lake Mälaren.

You may take the cruise in either direction, that is Stockholm to Gothenburg or the other way around. Either way you will spend two nights in each of Sweden’s two largest cities at the beginning and end of your tour giving you the opportunity to explore their countless sights and attractions.

Day 1 | Arrive Gothenburg

Arrive Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. Independent transfer to your hotel in the city centre.

2 nights GOTHENBURG - Clarion Hotel Post (4*)
Meals included today:  None


Day 2 | Explore Gothenburg

Gothenburg has a reputation for being a friendly place, a personality trait that visitors notice and a reputation the locals are rather proud of having.

Steeped in historic and new buildings; from magnificent 17th century fortresses and well-preserved timber buildings to the modern quayside and contemporary Opera House which overlooks the waterfront, Gothenburg has an appealing ability to mix old with new seamlessly. Stroll around the beautiful Botanical Gardens (Botaniska) and enjoy Sweden's largest collection of tripical orchids, carnivorous plants and the rare Easter Island tree. For culture vultures you have three excellent museums to choose from: Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg Museum of Art and the Museum of Gothenburg!

No day is complete without experiencing the city’s impressive network of dining options. Boasting world class star restaurants, cosy cafes, trendy bars and a host of delightful street food stalls, you will be spoiled for choice. Gothenburg has a dining option for everyone.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 | Göta Canal Cruise

Independent transfer to Packhuskajen 10 in Gothenburg. Boarding takes place 30 minutes prior to departure at 0900. At the gangway you will be welcomed by the ship's tour guide. The crew will help you with your luggage and also show you to your cabin. Please read the important information regarding cabin accommodation under the Accommodation tab.

As soon as possible after boarding, passengers will gather in the dining room for tea and coffee and the opportunity to meet with other like-minded travellers you will be sharing your journey with.

Shortly after lunch you will arrive at Ströms lock at Lilla Edet, the first lock of your journey, followed shortly after by the impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan. Here also, you have the opportunity to visit the Trollättan Canal Museum to learn more about the history of the canal. Passing through Brinkebergskulle lock leads you to the town of Vänersborg from where you enter Lake Vänern, Sweden's largest lake.

NB! For a more detailed day-by-day itinerary of the Göta Canal cruise please click here to open a detailed pdf itinerary.

Dinner is served whilst you sail along the lake.

3 nights ON-BOARD - m.s. Juno (unique)
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 | Göta Canal Cruise

During breakfast you will enter outer Godhögen-Hajstorp via a series of four locks. for early birds there is the opportunity to walk the stretch from Godhögen to Riksberg, a distance of approximately one kilometre (departure at 0740).

Another leisurely day on and off board. Highlights of today's journey include:

  • Berg Canal
  • Obelisk at Lanthöjden marking the highest point of the canal
  • Lake Viken
  • Spetsnäs Canal
  • Forsvik lock and village
  • Visit to Karlsborg Fortress for a guided tour
  • Lake Vättern, Sweden's second largest lake
  • Motala, 'capital of the Göta Canal' and HQ for the Göta Canal Company

Lunch and dinner are served in the ship's restaurant and the ship remains moored in Motala until very early the following morning.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 | Göta Canal Cruise

Early departure from Motala to the lock staircase at Borenshult before crossing Lake Boren to the idyllic village of Borensberg. By breakfast time you will have reached Kungs Norrby aqueduct and Ljungsbro aqueduct.

Highlight of today's journey include:

Optional walk with your tour guide from Berg to see the church and the remains of the convent of Vreta (3 kms).

  • Lakes Roxen and Asplången.
  • Carlsborg Övre and the 8-lock descent to Söderköping.
  • The historical spa town of Söderköping to explore independently.
  • Entering the Baltic Sea and archipelago.

Again, lunch and dinner are served in the ship's restaurant.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 | Lake Mälaren - Stockholm

During breakfast the ship enters Sweden's third largest lake, Lake Mälaren. There is a guided walking tour of the island of Björkö (approx. 3 kms), with a visit to the Viking town of Birka, once Sweden's most important harbour until it was abandoned in 1000. The tour includes a visit to the Viking Museum.

During the afternoon you will pass Drottningholm Palace, home to the King and Queen of Sweden and built by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder.

Hammarby lock is the final lock on your journey and carries you from Lake Mälaren into Saltsjön before your arrival into Stockholm around 1600.

Independent transfer from Skeppsbrokajen 103 in the centre of Stockholm to your hotel.

NB! The day-by-day itinerary for Stockholm - Gothenburg may vary slightly. Please view the itinerary by viewing the detailed day-by-day itinerary here.

2 nights STOCKHOLM - Scandic Continental (4*)

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Lunch


Day 7 | Explore Stockholm

A full day to explore glorious Stockholm. Stockholm - 'Beauty on Water'. Our recommendations (in no particular order) would be a visit to Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, Fotografiska, Stockholm's fabulous contemporary photography museum, Moderna Museet, the Modern Art Museum and, of course, the Vasa Museum, Scandinavia's most visited museum. Of course, there is also the wonderful ABBA Museum where it is possible to have a good old singalong!

Stockholm has a large variety of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars for lunch, dinner or just somewhere to rest your feet in-between attractions.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 8 | Homeward bound

Take the Arlanda Express train from central Stockholm to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day and Dates:

Gothenburg to Stockholm:
18 & 26 May 2020
4, 12, 21 & 30 June 2020
8, 16 & 25 July 2020
2, 11 & 19 August 2020

Stockholm to Gothenburg:
22 & 30 May 2020
8, 16 & 25 June 2020
4, 12, 20 & 28 July 2020
6, 15 & 23 August 2020

Duration:  7 nights

Price:  Based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation.

  • Cabin Category C (main deck) – £2390 per person
  • Cabin Category B (shelter deck) – £2750 per person
  • Cabin Category A (bridge deck) – £3185 per person

It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

 

Price includes:

  • Scheduled flight with British Airways from Heathrow to Gothenburg and from Stockholm to Heathrow based on Economy class seats including 23 kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines available – please ask for schedules and prices.
  • 2 nights at the 4* Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 3 nights on-board m.s. Juno based on either a Category C, B or A cabin including daily breakfast and 3-course dinner, plus 4 x 2-course lunches.  Five stops of varying duration included.
    See description of cabin categories under the Accommodation tab.
  • 2 nights at the 4* Scandic Continental in Stockholm based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer from Stockholm Central Station to Stockholm Arlanda Airport by Arlanda Express.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • Financial Protection

Clarion Hotel Post (4*) – Gothenburg

Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg

The Clarion Hotel Post has a wow factor to enhance any stay in Gothenburg. An historic Post Office has been transformed into a full-service, international hotel; preserving original, architectural detail to create its modern, eclectic style. The hotel boasts an excellent breakfast with a wide choice to choose from, and if you want to unwind after a long day then we suggest you take advantage of the spa or even better, the rooftop pool which overlooks the city!

m.s. Juno – Göta Canal boat

DESCRIPTION
m.s. Juno is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation, built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874. Originally she was to be named “Darwin” in honour of the British scientist, but after objection by certain shareholders, a compromise was reached with the name “Juno” – the goddess of marriage and motherhood. Many of the company’s other ships were also named after gods – presumably to avoid further disagreement!

The ship was painted black with a white line around the deck and the portholes were square at first. The Juno had a  long, thin funnel, typical at the time, and one single passenger cabin on the upper deck. The ship was completely rebuilt at Motala Werkstad in 1904 and in 1956 her steam engine was replaced by two diesel engines. Her current appearance dates back to 1963 with her latest face-lift coming in 2003 with renovated cabins, dining room and lounge. She is furnished in a period style and the owners work continuously on the careful preservation of the beauty and soul of the ship to maintain an authentic on-board atmosphere for guests. Today m.s. Juno has 29 cabins over three decks plus a dining room and lounge on the middle deck (shelter deck) and an upper deck (bridge deck) with an aft deck offering perfect views.

m.s. Juno was listed by the National Maritime Museum in 2004 meaning that they consider her historically important. The owners are very proud of this distinction, as it provides proof that their efforts to preserve the ship have succeeded.

CABINS
The cabins are tastefully decorated with beautiful fabrics and brass details. The size of the cabins is comparable to a smaller sleeping compartment on a train, but unlike the train, most guests are only in the cabin while sleeping. They are small and cosy, giving the guest an impression of how people once travelled. All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline and they have a washbasin with cold and hot water.

m.s. Juno has bunk beds in all double cabins with one exception, a Honeymoon cabin. This cabin has a 120-cm wide Queen sized bed and is situated on the main deck. On the shelter deck and bridge deck, the cabins open onto the deck.

CATEGORY A – BRIDGE DECK | The upper deck of the ship is bridge deck which offers a perfect view. On board the M/S Juno there are a total of six cabins on this deck. The bridge deck also functions as sun deck. Those who book a cabin in category A will be welcomed by champagne, fruit and a bathrobe. On this deck there is also a toilet and a shower.

CATEGORY B – SHELTER DECK | The middle deck of the ship is the shelter deck and this is also the deck where you come on board. There are eight cabins on this deck. Here you will also find the dining room and a cosy lounge. There are two toilets on the shelter deck – one of them is with combined with a shower.

CATEGORY C – MAIN DECK | Main deck is located one staircase down in the ship and on this deck there is a total of 15 cabins. One of the cabins is our Honeymoon cabin. On main deck there are four toilets and two showers.

Because it is an historical ship, no cabin has its own toilet or shower. However, there are shared toilet and shower facilities on each deck, so they are nearby. The toilets and showers are cleaned several times a day so they are fresh and clean for the next guest to use.

NB! This is an authentic, historical canal boat. Cabin accommodation is extremely compact with only room for what was considered to be essential at the time. There is very little room for lots of luggage, indeed there is no room for storage of your suitcase. This means that you will unpack your belongings in your cabin and then your suitcase will be placed in a storage room on the boat.

Scandic Continental (4*) – Stockholm

Scandic Continental Hotel in Stockholm

A stay at the Scandic Continental puts you in the heart of Stockholm, close to city’s main shopping streets, entertainment and restaurants. All within walking distance, guests can stroll to the old town, Royal Palace, and many of the city’s museums. Dine on freshly prepared dishes in the hotel’s stylish restaurant – The Market – and sip a cocktail in the rooftop bar with stunning panoramic views of the city. If you truly want to relax after a day of activities then why not make your way to the sauna? The hotel has modern rooms and feature blackout curtains, Wi-Fi, a TV and city views, while bathrooms are equipped with FACE Stockholm products, hair dryer and a shower or bathtub. In the morning a wonderful buffet breakfast is available, including just about anything you could wish for.

This holiday is perfect for those who enjoy unique, specialist cruising. This is NOT a cruise ship, but an historical canal boat with limited facilities, no on-board entertainment - other than enjoying the company and conversation of other passengers - and no lengthy days at sea. It is aimed at those who enjoy being a part of their destination, in spite of being on-board a canal boat, and who enjoy the opportunity to disembark and stretch their legs or cycle for a while. It is not suitable really for young children.

It is important to anticipate authenticity! Your cabin will be extremely compact - just as it would have been in the day - and is not for those who do not enjoying 'bunking up'!

We understand that a great culinary experience is an important part of your cruise and that it is almost as important as the unforgettable nature and historical boats. That’s why the crew always make sure to serve you only the best and most delicious food and beverages. Their well-composed menus take you on a culinary trip through Sweden and its various regions, reflecting the surroundings that you pass through.

When it comes time for lunch and dinner, They set the beautiful dining room with linen tablecloths and fresh flowers to create a refined and relaxed atmosphere for you. Of course, the wine list is carefully composed to go perfectly with each day’s menu.

Your cruise includes full board with breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest without having to worry about a single thing. And when you join your host on board for the first time, they serve you a “welcome aboard” coffee to set the mood. Each morning, they start the day by serving you a delicious breakfast buffet in the dining room. And when the gong sounds, it’s time to sit at the table for a two-course lunch or a three-course dinner. In the afternoon, you are served coffee – weather permitting, on the deck where you can enjoy the one-of-a-kind view. After dinner, we suggest you order something from the bar and relax in the lounge or on the bridge deck. One evening promises to be particularly festive as the crew arrange the Captain´s Dinner - so perhaps you will have the pleasure of enjoying the captain´s company at your table!

There are of course no “musts” and obligations aboard the ship, and it’s entirely up to you whether you’d like to join the activities on offer. Should you feel like it, we’re happy to offer a variety of activities, depending on the cruise you choose. These include guided tours to cultural or historical points of interest or a dip into the cool water of one of the lakes we’re passing through on a hot summer day. During the cruise, we also stop in many picturesque villages and towns, so that you may explore the special atmosphere in the old, charming alleyways of, for instance, Söderköping or Vadstena.

In addition to the excursions included in your cruise package, there are also opportunities for going on some private explorations, where you can freely discover the beauty of the Swedish nature by going for a walk or a jog along the towpaths running along the banks of the canal. Those who want to take trips further afield can even borrow the ship´s bicycles.

Many of our guests tell us that they have made friends for life while on one of our cruises. And the conditions for socialising and mingling couldn’t be any better! Our cruises usually have between 35 and 40 guests on board which means that you have plenty of time to get to know your fellow travellers over the course of your trip. Fascinating conversations with people from all over the world are almost guaranteed while watching the landscape pass by on the deck, enjoying a drink at the bar, or enjoying a meal and make for an integral part of the experience.

To always keep you informed about the upcoming events and activities, your tour guide gathers everyone in the lounge for daily information meetings. This is where you find about the day’s events, fascinating historical and curiosities regarding the canal, the stops laying ahead, and the activities on offer. The boat is staffed by a crew of 10-12, all dedicated to providing you with the best service to make your trip an unforgettable experience.

The on-board lounge is always open to guests. Feel free to settle into one of the comfortable sofas to relax for a while, leaf through a book from the ship’s library, read a magazine, or play some games. Here is also where you find the ship’s souvenir shop, stocked with postcards, souvenirs, and more.

On certain occasions, lunch and dinner are served in the lounge in addition to the dining room. This happens particularly frequently aboard the m.s. Juno where the dining room is somewhat smaller than on the other two ships. But whether you enjoy your meal in the lounge or dining room, the tables are set with lovely china plates and pristine white linen tablecloths. In fact, many of guests actually prefer eating in the lounge as this setting offers some extra privacy.

Map of Göta Canal cruise

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