Experience all of Göta Canal – from east to west: The unique cycling package
ID VGT40 | Göta Kanal, Göta kanal, Söderköping - Motala
The unique cycling package (The package that has everything). This cycling holiday takes in the best hotels and restaurants of each area. This year, we can offer accommodation and dinner in Linköping – cozy historical city center with a pulse. Enjoy a relaxing day in Karlsborg and visit Karlsborg Fortress. Stay at Pensionat Prästgården with newly renovated hotel rooms fit for a mansion. Your meals are served in renowned eateries along the canal. This is our “Unique package”, which takes you from the Baltic Sea to Lake Vänern. The cycling package starts in Söderköping and ends in Töreboda. The cycling holiday takes in all of Göta Canal, passing the 58 locks of the 200-year-old construction. You will travel with boat on the east side from Borensberg to Motala across the lake Boren. This is the only cycling package that takes you along the "entire" Göta Canal.
4 nights of hotel accommodation
4 two-course dinners
4 breakfast buffets
1 ticket to the Karlsborg Fortress
1 ticket to the Canal Museum
1 bike and repair kit (from 8 years)
1 route description
1 boat journey with M/S Kung Sverker.
1 taxi transport Motala - Karlsborg
Day 1 Söderköping - Linköping
(62 km cycling)
Your cycling experience starts in Söderköping - perfect for those arriving by train. From here, the cycling follows roads free of cars along Göta Canal. You will pass 10 locks on your way to the first stop of the tour, Linköping. There is a lot to discover in Linköping, the open-air museum Old Linköping, Air Force Museum, the majestic Linköping Cathedral etc. Make yourself at home at the Hotel in the middle of the city and in the evening, a delicious two-course meal waits you in the restaurant.
Day 2 Linköping – Berg – Borensberg - Motala
(29 km cycling + boat tour on M/S Kung Sverker from Borensberg-Motala)
After the breakfast buffet, head towards the destination of the day: Motala – the capital of the Göta Canal. From Berg the bike tour runs alongside Göta Canal until you reach Borensberg, which is beautifully situated by the lake Boren. You have to do a stop in Berg and see the Berg locks. This area has the unique staircase with 7 connected locks and two double locks. Maybe Göta canal´s biggest tourist attraction. From Borensberg you will cross the lake on the boat M/S Kung Sverker, (depart 13.10) enjoy the tour and your lunch onboard. The boat trip will take 2,5 hours and then you reach Motala, by Sweden’s second-largest lake, Vättern. Here, a tasty two-course meal awaits you. You will stay at Hotell Östermalm, it is not far from the pleasant marina in Motala
Day 3 Motala - Karlsborg
(Transport around Lake Vättern + Relax)
After breakfast, the adventure continues. A taxi will pick you up from Hotell Östermalm and take you to Karlsborg on the other side of the Lake Vättern. You will arrive in Karlsborg – Sweden´s reserve capital, around 11.30am. Check in at Idas Brygga, one of the best restaurants of the area. You will stay at Idas Strandgård, about 10-15 minutes’ walk from the restaurant Idas Brygga. Idas Strandgård is situated right by the lake Bottensjön, where Göta Canal continues from Vättern. After lunch at Idas Brygga we recommend a guided tour of Karlsborg’s fortress, use your ticket!
A lovely two-course dinner awaits you at Idas Brygga, right by the canal in Karlsborg.
Day 4 Karlsborg – Forsvik -Töreboda
(53 km cycling)
After a great breakfast, your cycling holiday continues. On the way to Töreboda, you will cycle south of the lake Viken before returning to the peaceful banks of the canal. 10 km from Karlsborg you have Forsvik – the old industrial town is home of the oldest lock on the canal. Really worth a visit. Next stop will be Tåtorp, there the Göta canal starts from the lake Viken. The Tåtorp lock opens the old-fashioned way, by hand. From Tåtorp it is not far from Lanthöjden, here you find an obelisk, this marks the highest point of the canal.When you arrive at Töreboda, you will check into Pensionat Prästgården. Relax in the leafy garden and in the evening, you will enjoy a two-course dinner in the Restaurant Krubb by Göta Canal.
Day 5 Töreboda - Sjötorp - Töreboda
(40 km cycling)
After the breakfast, hopefully in the garden your cycling adventure ends today. You will follow the Göta canal to Sjötorp and to the Lake Vänern – the largest lake in Sweden. Today you will pass 19 locks on your way to the first stop of the tour, Sjötorp, where your lunch will be served at Café Baltzar von Platen. To learn more about the history of the canal, visit the Canal Museum, entry for which is included in your package. When you feel like it, hop on your bike and head back to Töreboda. Here your adventure ends and we hope you have had a pleasant and exciting experience along Göta canal.
Göta Canal is one of the most exciting constructions in Sweden. It took 22 years to complete and was inaugurated on September 26, 1832. The western part between Sjötorp by Lake Vänern and Karlsborg by Lake Vättern has 21 locks and is 65,3 km long, passing through the beautiful lake Viken amongst other places.
The eastern part between Mem at the Baltic sea and Motala by Lake Vättern has 37 locks and is 124,7 km long, passing through the lakes Asplången, Roxen and Boren.
Experience the relaxing pace along Göta Canal on a bike. The canal is lined by large leafy trees and winds through forests and open landscapes. The cycling route runs along the banks of the canal, on the old towpath, which is free of cars and has virtually no hills. The path ascends by some locks. Welcome to a part of our Swedish history!
It’s easy to catch the train to Söderköping and Töreboda!
If you want help organising the return journey to your next destination or home, we are happy to help. Call us or email.
Easy to medium-difficulty cycling.
|Seasons||Adult||8–12 years||2–7 years|
11 May – 31 Aug
|8800 SEK||6000 SEK||3000 SEK|
|Bagagetransport 1-4 pers.||2000 SEK|
|Extra night in Prästgården Töreboda / pers.||700 SEK|