The Göta Canal Steamship Company, which operates three handsome, historical ships on the Göta Canal in Sweden, has announced details of a brand new cruise for 2017.

The three-day ‘Göta Canal Highlights’ cruise, onboard the M/S Wilhelm Tham, will travel along the most beautiful parts of the Göta Canal from the city of Mariestad on the shores of Lake Vänern to Norsholm in the province of Östergötland. During the cruise, the M/S Wilhelm Tham will go through no less than 44 locks including the Göta Canal’s two longest lock staircases – Carl Johan’s lock staircase at Berg with seven connected locks and Borenshult’s lock staircase with five locks.

Other highlights of the cruise include a guided tour of the Forsviks Bruk – one of Sweden’s most interesting industrial communities; a visit to the Motala Motor Museum, Sweden’s most visited automobile and adventure museum; the convent church of Vreta and the remains of Sweden’s first convent; beautiful Lake Viken; Lake Vättern with its unusually deep and clear water; and the idyllic village of Borensberg.

The cruise takes place on the M/S Wilhelm Tham, which was built in 1912 and listed in 2004 by the National Maritime Museums due to its historical importance. The 25 cabins for 50 guests are tastefully decorated with beautiful fabrics and brass detail. The size of the cabins is comparable to a smaller sleeping compartment on a train and most of them are fitted with bunk beds. There is a washbasin in each cabin and there are shared WCs and showers on each deck. Meals are enjoyed in the mahogany and brass decorated dining room while the salon is a place for socialising or reading one of the books from the small library.

There are 8 departures in 2017 on the following dates: 16th and 30th June; 3rd, 15th, 18th and 30th July; and 2nd and 10th August. Cruise only prices from £720 per person excluding flights.

For reservations, call Simply Sweden on 01427 700 115 or visit

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