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OVERVIEW The Mini Canal Cruise is the shortest journey on the Göta Canal, an unforgettable experience on board the historic M/S Wilhelm Tham, launched 1912, through the beautiful Östgöta section of the canal. Travel from the idyllic town Söderköping to Motala by Lake Vättern, an ideal and peaceful mini-vacation in Sweden. Cruise slowly through the idyllic landscape, meet people onboard from different parts of the world. You can also book a return trip by bus. OPERATION June 27 - August 11, 2018 DEPARTURE Söderköping - Motala, 2 days June 27 July 1, 12, 16, 27, 31 August 11 Motala - Söderköping, 2 days June 29 July 3, 14, 18, 29 August 2, 13International airfare Transfers Alcoholic beverages Personal items Travel insurance Gratuities $25 Service fee

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : DEPART SÖDERKÖPING - BERG

    1 Depart 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. Today, it is also known for its ice cream parlors. The Mini Canal Cruise and the Great Canal Cruise start or end in Söderköping. The boat docks by the lock at Kanalgatan/Slussgrand.

    2 Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen
    There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometers. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.

    3 Lake Asplången
    27 metres above sea level.

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

    5 Lake Roxen
    This lake is 33 meters above sea level.

    6 Runstorp
    Runstorp is a manor house dating from Sweden’s period of greatness. The owners Louise and Eddie Uggla take us on a tour of their house with its Gustavian drawing room and interesting library, all while relating anecdotes from its history. Runstorp is not open to the public, which makes this an exclusive visit.

    7 Berg (Carl Johan)
    The Carl Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The lock staircase will raise the boat 18.8 meters from Lake Roxen to the Berg guest harbor. At Berg there is a system of a total of 15 locks.

    8 Arrive Berg (the basin)
    We dock for the night in the harbor basin between the locks of Carl Johan and Oscar. The evening offers the possibility to take a walk along the canal, or to go for an evening swim in Lake Roxen below the Carl Johan lock staircase.

  • Day 2 : BERG - ARRIVE MOTALA

    1 Convent of Vreta
    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 (Saint 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.

    On the Classic Canal Cruise and the Grand Sweden Cruise you have the option of joining the tour guide on a walk (app. 3 km) to the ruins of the convent of Vreta and to the church. As an alternative you can walk along the canal on your own or take a swim in Lake Roxen.

    2 Langkanalen
    We travel 20 kms without passing any locks through the astonishing Ostgota scenery. We pass two aqueducts, eight bridges, Ljung castle and Brunneby manor.

    3 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
    At Ljungsbro we pass one of the two aqueducts on our journey. This one was built in 1970. The canal crosses over the road so you can look down on the cars while you pass.

    On the Great Canal Cruise from Soderkoping we stop overnight at Ljungsbro.

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

    5 Borensberg
    At Borensberg there is a hand operated lock. The well-known Gota Hotel, built in 1908, is close to the lock.

    6 Lake Boren
    Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren (73 metres above sea level).

    7 Borenshult Locks
    A beautiful lock staircase of five locks where you might hear the nightingale sing. At the Grand Sweden Cruise you have the possibility to take a beautiful morning walk from Motala to Borenshult, approx. 4 km.

    8 Motala
    The founder of the canal, Baltzar von Platen drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called "the Capital of the Gota Canal". In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the Gota 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 of the canal. On the Grand Sweden Cruise we are docking for the night and you have the chance to visit the Motala Motor Museum, with its large exhibition of antique cars and motorcycles in authentic surroundings. In Motala we also stop overnight for the Classic Canal Cruise. The Mini Canal Cruise starts or ends in Motala.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Two days and one night on board (dock for the night at the locks at Berg)
  • Full board and lodging - one breakfast, two two-course lunches and one three-course dinner
  • Visit to Runstorp sateri (Runstorp manor)

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Exclusions

  • International airfare
  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

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Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
Adult Above 12 years $ 585 / Adult

* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

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Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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