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The Gota Canal: A Journey by Bicycle Through the Heart of Sweden

Cycle along Sweden’s beautiful Gota Canal on an educational journey from Vanersborg to Stockholm, stopping to learn about Sweden’s history and culture along the way.
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Program No. 7183RJ
11 days
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The Gota Canal: A Journey by Bicycle Through the Heart of Sweden

Cycle along Sweden’s beautiful Gota Canal on an educational journey from Vanersborg to Stockholm, stopping to learn about Sweden’s history and culture along the way.
11 days
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Program No. 7183 RJ
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Connected by a series of 58 locks, the Gota Canal courses 350 scenic miles from Lake Vanern and Lake Vattern to the Baltic Sea south of Stockholm in Soderkoping. Cycle along Sweden’s “Blue Ribbon” for important insights into the surrounding culture, history, architecture, landscape and people, visiting extraordinary castles and fortresses, museums and idyllic storybook villages all along the way.
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Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover medieval Vadstena's castle.
  • Glimpse some of Europe's oldest and finest collections of porcelain and pottery at the Rorstrand Centre.
  • Explore Karlsborg Fortress, one of the largest buildings in northern Europe, which was originally intended to serve as Sweden's central defense.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Frommer's Stockholm Day by Day
by Mary Anne Evans
A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map.
Stockholm Map
by itmb
A convenient, detailed map of Stockholm and surroundings at a scale of 1:12,000.
Eyewitness Guide Stockholm
by Kaj Sandell
This superb, fully illustrated guide to Stockholm and surrounding islands features dozens of local maps and site diagrams.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
by Karin Alvtegen
Set in contemporary Stockholm, this tautly constructed tale marks the U.S. debut of Karin Alvtegen -- Sweden's Queen of Crime. Intricately poltted and emotionally complex.
Lonely Planet Stockholm Encounter
by Cristian Bonetto
This lively shirt pocket guide to the city, jammed with personal recommendations and photographs, also includes a pull-out map.
The Saga of the Volsungs
by Jesse Byock (Translator)
Full of traditional Norse lore, including runic knowledge, jealous princes, betrayals, unrequited love, the vengeance of a Barbarian queen, the greed of Attila the Hun and the mythic deeds of a dragon-slayer, these tales are essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Viking society.
Stockholm, A Cultural History
by Tony Griffiths
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm.
Sweden Map
by Freytag & Berndt
A colorful map of Sweden at a scale of 1:600,000.
Fishing in Utopia, Sweden and the Future That Disappeared
by Andrew Brown
A eulogy to a lost way of life, memoir and travelogue, Brown's poignant account of his time in Sweden in the 1970s and many travels since (he was married to a Swedish woman) also traces changes in culture and society.
Stockholm, City of My Dreams
by Pers Anders Fogelstrom
Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life, in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation.
The Vikings
by Else Roesdahl
This well-written look at Norse civilization goes beyond the limited view of the ruthless Viking invaders, creating a full picture of the vibrant, artistic, agricultural and ex-ploratory culture
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Larsson combines murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel set in Stockholm and the snowy landscapes of northern Sweden.
Culture Smart! Sweden
by Charlotte J. DeWitt
This concise no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture includes a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Eyewitness Guide Sweden
by Eyewitness Guides
A handsomely illustrated guide to the country with color photos, recommended attractions, history and background information.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. It tells of the Norse homeland, discoveries and settlements, and features a useful chronology and excerpts from the Viking Sagas. Part of the "Discoveries" series.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detali of people and place.
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