Cruising Sweden’s Historic Gota Canal

Ana Figueroa Agents looking for a unique Scandinavian experience for their clients may be interested in an historic cruise on Sweden’s Gota Canal. Workers dug the 118-mile canal in the 1800’s, in order to create a direct route from Gothenburg on the North Sea to Stockholm on the Baltic. Today, the Gota Ca

By: Ana Figueroa

Agents looking for a unique Scandinavian experience for their clients may be interested in an historic cruise on Sweden’s Gota Canal. Workers dug the 118-mile canal in the 1800’s, in order to create a direct route from Gothenburg on the North Sea to Stockholm on the Baltic. Today, the Gota Canal Steamship Company operates cruises on the canal, on a route that takes passengers past the lovely Swedish countryside, for an up-close look at quaint villages, medieval castles, and ancient Viking sites.

Gota is the only company that operates overnight cruises on the Canal. Its three vintage ships were completely refurbished in 2004, and feature rich wood paneling and polished brass. Each of the vessels features 25 or more cabins, a lounge and dining room. Highlights of a Gota Canal trip include Birka Viking city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site; the13-th century Lacko Castle on the lovely Lake Vanern; the Vadstena Cloister, which dates back to the 15th century; the Motala Motor Museum;seaside resort of Trosa, and the 11-lock Berg staircase.

Air-inclusive 7 and 9-day itineraries are new for 2005, and feature overnight stays in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The packages include round-trip air from New York, with add-on fares available from other U.S. cities. Prices start at $2280 per person (double occupancy) for the 7-day package and $2860 per person (double occupancy) for the 9-day package.

Norwegian Coastal Voyage Inc. is the exclusive U.S. reservations representative for Gota Canal Steamship Company.

800- 323-7436

www.norwegiancoastalvoyage.us

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