Cycling Gothenburg to Stockholm

Cycling Gothenburg to Stockholm

Soak in Sweden as you cycle along quiet country roads, passing typical Swedish farms and tour some of it's most famous attractions including a private tour the country’s most beautiful castle, Läckö Castle. You will cycle across Sweden's greatest civil-engineering feat, the Göta Canal and finish your tour with a ride on the S/S Mariefred steam ship which has been making the same route into Stockholm since 1903.

If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 15-22, 2020
USD$4495
USD$550
2 More to Guarantee the Departure 
Jul 6-13, 2020
USD$4495
USD$550
Guaranteed to Go!

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 331 km (206 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 55 km (34 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.5 Classic
  • Countries / Sweden
  • Begin/End / Gothenburg / Stockholm
  • Price / From USD$4495
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Gothenburg, Läckö Castle, Kornettgarden Café Museum, Linköping, steamship into Stockholm, Göta Canal Locks

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Some hotels may not have air conditioning.
  • Includes
    7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 lunches, private tour of Läckö Castle, Guided walking tour of Linköping, Guided tour of Stockholm

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Gothenburg (GOT)/ Stockholm (ARN)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    45km / 222m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    3
    56km / 424m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    4
    72km / 299m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    5
    77km / 482m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    6
    42km / 321m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    7
    40km / 272m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    8
    Last day

    Tour Level Note:

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Welcome to Gothenburg

Highlights: "Stockholm's little sister"

An important seaport, and unexpectedly energetic city, Gothenburg offers plenty to explore. With its 17-century canals winding through the lush King’s Park and chic Acenyn boulevard lined with bars and shops Gothenburg's many attractions are a wonderful introduction to Sweden.

DAY 2: Gothenburg to Läckö Slott

Highlights: Private tour of Läckö Castle, Lake Vänern, Picnic

We will start the day with a train ride out of Gothenburg to the small village of Lovene where our bikes will be waiting for us. From Lovene our ride takes us through picturesque Swedish farmland that gently transitions into beautiful shaded forests, ending on the shores of Lake Vänern, where we will enjoy a private tour of Läckö Castle, one of the country’s most beautiful and interesting historic sites. With its well-preserved interior Läckö tells the intriguing story of a bishop's fort transformation into a baroque castle. After our tour we'll head to our tranquil nature hotel with views back to Läckö.

  • Distance: 45km (28mi)
  • Gain: 222m (728ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Läckö Slott to Vadstena

Highlights: Riding through the Salstern Lake District, Vadstena Castle, Lake Vättern

We start today with a transfer from Lake Vänern to Lake Vättern. Our cycling route takes us through the Salstern Lake District. After a lunch stop in the town of Motala we will continue to Lake Vättern boasting Vadstena Castle, originally built in the 16th century as a fortress. We'll spend the night in charming Vadstena, which, in spite of its small population, is still referred to as a city due to its historic significance.

  • Distance: 56km (35mi)
  • Gain: 424m (1391ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Vadstena to Linköping

Highlights: Kornettgarden Café Museum, Boställets Farm and Bakery

We have a big day ahead of us today as we travel through time on our way to Linköping. We will be leave the coast behind and cycle inland along quiet country roads through a landscape dotted with typical Swedish farms ending in Linköping, where the past meets the present merging the modern parts of the city into its historic center. Linköping is our home for the next two nights.

  • Distance: 72km (45mi)
  • Gain: 299m (981ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Linköping – Loop Ride

Highlights: Göta Canal Berg Lock, Guided walking tour of Linköping

Today's loop ride is the longest of the trip and features highlights that are both natural and man-made. We will cross Sweden's greatest civil-engineering feat, the Göta Canal, twice today including the famous 11-step Berg Slussar Canal lock. The Göta Canal was built by some 600,000 soldiers between 1802 and 1832, and has provided a valuable transport and trade link between Sweden's east and west coasts.

  • Distance: 77km (48mi)
  • Gain: 482m (1581ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Linköping to Mariefred

Highlights: Steam Train, Gripsholms Slott (Castle)

We start the day with a train ride to Södertälje. From Södertälje we will cycle to Mariefred, nestles on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Mariefred is home to Gripsholms Castle that houses one of Europe's best-preserved 18th century theaters and the state's portrait collection. Make sure you get to town early enough to grab lunch, explore the castle, and take a ride on Sweden's oldest steam train dating from 1888.

  • Distance: 42km (26mi)
  • Gain: 321m (1053ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Mariefred - Loop Ride

Highlights: Steamship to Stockholm on Lake Mälaren

Our last ride today takes us through some beautiful Swedish countryside. We´ll be back in Mariefred in time for a quick shower and lunch before boarding the S.S Mariefred steam ship which has been making the same route to Stockholm since 1903. We will enjoy our final dinner together tonight as we steam our way towards Stockholm on the picturesque Lake Mälaren.

  • Distance: 40km (25mi)
  • Gain: 272m (892ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Stockholm

Highlights: Walking tour of Stockholm

Our tour ends after a fascinating guided walk of Stockholm. We highly recommend that you take a few days to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Whatever you decide, have a wonderful journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Welcome to Gothenburg

Meeting time 1 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

The closest airport is Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT). Copenhagen (CPH) is about 3.5 hours by train.

From the Gothenburg Airport to the Day 1 Hotel

  • *Taxi (20 min/SEK 450)

Or public transportation

  1. Flygbuss Airport bus the Nils Ericson Terminalen bus station, located at the Gothenburg central station (30 min/SEK 99)
  2. Walk from the Nils Ericson Terminalen bus station to the Day 1 Hotel.

*Note: Taxi companies set their prices freely so you can check for the comparative price displayed on the cars. You don't have to take the first taxi in line. Ask if the company applies fixed prices. If they do, then it will be entered in the taxi meter before your journey starts.

Day 8: Departure Information

Stockholm

The tour ends on the final day after a walking tour of Stockholm at 12:30 p.m. back at the hotel. If you would like to participate in the walking tour, schedule flights out of Stockholm Arlanda after 3 p.m.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

We recommend flying out of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).

Flying out of ARN

  • Taxi from the Ending Hotel to the airport (25 min/SEK 575)

Or public transportation

  1. Walk from Ending Hotel to Stockholm Central Station
  2. Train from Stockholm Central Station to Arlanda Norra Station (20-40 min/fares vary)

Look up train schedules for Sweden and adjacent regions at SJ.com or Trainline.com. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Some hotels may not have air conditioning.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages and straps available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet. Daily Routine (Procedures and Logistics)

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

At breakfast each day we will make the "Master Route Map" available so you can highlight your map for the day's ride. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

We'll be taking photos throughout the tour and we encourage you to do the same. Please note that we may use these for promotional purposes. Please inform us if you prefer images of you not be used. We realize that many of our travelers are great photographers and often people want to share photos after the trip. We'd love to see and share your photos from the tour with the world so if you don't mind the possibility of being famous (at least in the ExperiencePlus! world) send us a link to your tour photo gallery, or upload your favorite 20 - 30 pictures to your tour departure gallery - we'll send you the link to that online photo gallery in your final email!

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