- done4 nights (part in double room with shower/wc in the room). Day 3: toilet in the room, shower in the corridor.
- done4 x breakfast buffet
- done3 x lunch (of which 1 picnic lunch to bring)
- done3 x dinner excluding drinks (see daily descriptions)
- doneEntrance to the Göta canal museum in Sjötorp
- doneTransport Karlsborg-Motala around Lake Vättern
- doneBoat trip with M/S Kung Sverker (Motala-Borensberg)
- done7-speed bicycle with bicycle basket (from 13 years) Töreboda-Karlsborg
- done3-speed bicycle with bicycle basket (from 13 years) Borensberg-Söderköping
- doneCooler bag for 2 people (to pack your own provisions on the road)
- doneBicycle map and route description
- doneBicycle service (applies only to rental bicycles included in the package)
- doneSingle room supplement: SEK 1,600
- doneExtra night (part in double room) at boarding house Prästgården: SEK 775 per person and night
- doneExtra night (single room) at boarding house Prästgården: SEK 1,050 per room and night
- doneCycle boat across lake Asplången: SEK 100 per person (paid on site)
- doneCancellation protection: SEK 250 per person
This cycle package takes you along the entire Göta canal from Vänern to the Baltic Sea. The cycling holiday starts in Töreboda and the final destination is Söderköping and Mem at the canal's outlet in the Baltic Sea. You cycle along the car-free towpath along the entire Göta canal and pass 58 locks in this 200-year-old structure. Enjoyable cycling and pleasant boat trips (3.5 hours in total) are included in the package that stretches along Sweden's blue belt.
Cycle comfortably along the entire Göta Kanal and glide along with the boat M/S Kung Sverker between Motala to Borensberg. Experience a fantastic story telling for five days. Watch sluicing, enjoy nature, take a break when you feel like it. Stop at one of the canal-side cafes. Fantastic experiences and memories for a lifetime await here.
The package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast/lunch/dinner (except in a place where it is better to choose the restaurant yourself), rental bicycles and luggage transport between the accommodations. Of course, you can opt out, but for a bicycle package like this, it can be nice to have that service for the luggage. Transport around Lake Vättern by car and boat trips (3.5 hours in total) are included in the price. This way you get a really nice canal experience with both bike and boat. A cycle boat goes across the lake Asplången on the east göta side. The journey doesn't take that long, but there you have to buy a ticket on the spot (SEK 100 per person). Feel free to stop and have a coffee at the cozy Brådtom lock while you wait for the cycle boat. We recommend that you bring your own bicycle helmet for best comfort and safety. The cycle boat across the lake Asplången runs Saturdays & Sundays 7 May – 15 September 2023. Daily 27 June – 14 August 2023.
Day 1 - Töreboda-Sjötorp-Töreboda
Guesthouse Priestgården, Töreboda
Lunch and dinner
The cycling holiday starts from Töreboda, perfect for those arriving by train. From Töreboda you cycle on the car-free roads along the Göta canal past 19 locks to Sjötorp by Vänern. In Sjötorp, lunch is served at Café Baltzar by the harbor basin. To learn more about how the canal was built, entry to the canal museum, located at Sjötorp's harbour, is included. In the afternoon you cycle again towards Töreboda. You stay at Prästgården's family hotel and dinner is served at Prästgården's Garden Café. Enjoy in the lovely garden if the weather permits, or indoors in the familiar restaurant.
Day 2 - Töreboda-Forsvik-Karlsborg
Hotel Wettern, Karlsborg
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
After breakfast at the guesthouse Prästgården, the bike ride continues towards today's destination, Karlsborg vid Vättern. Today you cycle along the Göta canal past Lanthöjden, which is a small island in the middle of the canal. Then on to Tåtorp by lake Viken. In Tåtorp there is one of the two manually operated locks along the Göta canal, the other is in Borensberg in Östergötland.
Today's bike ride takes you out on small winding roads around lake Viken and on to Forsvik, which you must not miss. Forsviks Bruk is one of Sweden's oldest industrial sites. Here there are unique buildings in an environment that is as beautiful as it is historically interesting, with exhibitions and activities for the whole family. Then you cycle on towards Karlsborg, which has been Sweden's reserve capital once upon a time. Here we really recommend a guided tour of Karlsborg's færstning. You check in at Hotell Wettern, which is a stone's throw from the famous fortress. A comfortable bed and a pleasant evening buffet await here.
Day 3 - Karlsborg-Motala-Borensberg-Bergs locks-Ljungsbro
Ljungsbro hostel, Ljungsbro
Breakfast and lunch
25 km (transport around Lake Vättern + M/S Kung Sverker)
After breakfast there will be car transport around Lake Vättern to Motala. Then you experience the Göta canal by boat. M/S Kung Sverker departs from Motala harbor at 10:30. Relax on deck and enjoy lunch served on board as the boat glides along the canal. At 12:30 M/S Kung Sverker arrives in Borensberg.
In cozy Borensberg, you can take the opportunity to see the only hand-operated lock on the east side of Göta before cycling on along the fine, car-free towpath along the Göta canal towards Berg. During the cycle tour, you pass several locks and viaducts. It's a powerful feeling to stand and look down at the cars driving under the canal. The tour goes through the varied East Goth landscape with breathtaking views. The famous lock staircase in Berg consists of 7 locks that raise and lower the boats no less than 18 meters. Overnight at Ljungsbro leisure center hostel. In the evening you look for a nice place for dinner.
Day 4 - Ljungsbro-Bergs locks-Norsholm-Söderköping
Söderköping's Well, Söderköping
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
65 km (boat trip across Lake Roxen included + bicycle boat across Lake Asplången to be paid on site)
At Bergs slussar cycling, you board the RoxenSnabben boat that takes you across Lake Roxen. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes. The cycling holiday continues with cycling along the Göta canal and across the lake Asplången before you arrive in the small-town idyll of Söderköping. A novelty is the cycle boat that takes you across lake Asplången. The tour costs SEK 100 and departs between 10am and 4pm (paid on site, not included in the price). Take the opportunity to have coffee at Brådtom lock while you wait for the boat. Then you cycle the last bit towards picturesque Söderköping, where you can stroll around the cobbled streets of the medieval town. Enjoy a 3-course dinner and overnight stay at the historic hotel Söderköpings Brunn.
Day 5 - Söderköping-Mem-Söderköping
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in peace and quiet at the hotel. For those who want to experience the entire Göta channel, we recommend that you cycle the remaining 6 km out to Mem by the Slätbaken bay and back again. Here the channel opens into the Baltic Sea. The cycle ride is on car-free roads along the canal with boats slowly gliding along at 5 knots. In Mem you can have lunch. Feel free to end the tour in Söderköping with a guided tour with the small locomotive. It was in picturesque Söderköping that the films about Astrid Lindgren's Madicken were shot. You leave your rental bike at the hotel in Söderköping. From the Travel Center, buses/trains go back to Töreboda or to your hometown.