Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway
On this fantastic tour we visit these natural wonders and cross spellbinding landscapes to visit Norway's magnificent cities.
With their towering cliff faces, rugged rocky ledges and waterfalls that drop straight into the sea, the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords really have to be seen to appreciate their beauty and majesty. On this fantastic tour, we visit these natural wonders and cross spellbinding landscapes to visit Norway's magnificent cities.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout your tour
- Across the 'Roof of Norway' on the Bergen Railroad, Northern Europe's highest altitude line
- Journey on the Flåm Railroad with a stop at Myrdal Station
- 6 nights' hotel accommodation
- 10 meals, including 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Guided sightseeing tour of historic Bergen with a local guide
- Sightseeing tour of Oslo with a local guide including the famous State Opera House
- Scenic cruise on Aurlandsfjord
- Scenic cruise on Nærøyfjord
- The services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - Bergen
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz in Bergen. (D)
Day 2 - Exploring Bergen
Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Bergen. We visit the delightful Bryggen waterfront, the city's old Hanseatic trading wharf and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic quarter, with its charming timber houses, is the oldest part of Bergen - with some buildings dating back to the 15th century. Your afternoon is then free to continue exploring atmospheric Bergen at leisure. It is possible to see how the merchants' dwellings on Bryggen would have looked in the early 18th century at the Hanseatisk Museum, which includes rooms furnished in late Hansa style. A journey on the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Fløyen Mountain (320 meters above sea level) provides superb views over the city. Alternatively, you could visit one of the Norwegian city's many galleries and museums. Bergen's Art Gallery exhibits a vast collection of works by local and fellow Norwegian artists, including many of the works of Edvard Munch, known for the famous expressionist work 'The Scream.' Meanwhile, the city's Science Museum provides a fascinating insight into industry and research in the area. (B)
Day 3 - Bergen to Flåm
Today we cross Norway's incredible fjordland region, traveling through some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes on some of the most scenic train journeys in Scandinavia. The Bergen Railroad takes us 'across the roof of Norway' on Northern Europe's highest altitude line. We pass through Dale and Voss as we climb towards Myrdal. From here we continue by train on board the fantastic Flåm Railroad, a journey that takes us 12 miles from the isolated mountain station of Myrdal to the foot of the Fjord, via a multitude of twists and turns. This incredibly scenic section of railroad provides us with stunning mountain panoramas and passes spectacular cascading waterfalls. At the end of the journey, we reach the Aurlandsfjord, a huge body of water where steep-sided cliffs rise majestically from the water's edge and climb dramatically to more than 3,000 feet above the shoreline. Located at the head of the fjord, at its southernmost point, is the fjordside village of Flåm, which occupies one of the most picturesque settings in Europe, surrounded by bare-rock cliffs, verdant forests, lush green pastures and the serenely beautiful fjord. We stay for the next two nights in Flåm at the Fretheim Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 - Flåm & the Fjords Cruise
Your morning is free to enjoy Flåm, exploring the sights of the area at leisure. You may wish to visit the small railroad museum, complete with its full miniature scale replica of the old lines that once cut through this rugged area. This afternoon we board a boat on the Aurlandsfjord for a fabulous cruise. Aurlandsfjord is a 10.5-mile branch of the world's second largest fjord, the Sognefjord (126.8 miles). Together with Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord is one of the most picturesque of its kind in the world. The mountains surrounding the fjords are more than 4,500 feet high in some places. Our cruise on the fjords takes us north, pausing at Undredal, a small village and popular tourist destination along our route. The village is famous for having its human population greatly outweighed by that of its goats, at a scale of approximately 1 person to every 5 goats. For this interesting state of affairs, the village is well-known for its famous brown goat's cheese. We then leave the Aurlandsfjord, entering the Nærøyfjord. We navigate around the fjord to Gudvangen before returning to Flåm by coach for our scenic journey back to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Flåm, exploring the sights of the area at leisure. (B, D)
Day 5 - Flåm to Oslo
We leave Flåm and take our second journey on Flåm Railroad changing in Myrdal. We continue east by rail, before descending 3,000 feet across 60 miles and traveling through the country's fertile pastures before eventually arriving into the nation's capital city. Arriving at Oslo station, we walk to our hotel for two nights, the Thon Hotel Opera, located across from the station, close to the Opera House, Oslofjord and Karl Johans Gate. (B, D)
Day 6 - Oslo Guided Sightseeing & Free Time
We begin our stay in Oslo with a guided coach tour to introduce you to the main sights. The new state Opera House is situated close to our hotel and is an impressive, award-winning example of modern architecture. During our panoramic tour, we will also see Norway's magnificent 19th century Royal Palace, and the 20th century Oslo City Hall, which is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. We will also introduce you to the museum quarter at Bygdøy and the Holmenkollen Ski jump, which rises to a height of 60 meters on the outskirts of the city. From the top, you can enjoy terrific views across the city and the Oslofjord. Oslo also boasts a variety of attractive parks, and we take a stroll through the Vigeland Sculpture Park, whose 80 fascinating acres were designed by Gustav Vigeland and features 212 life-sized human sculptures. Your afternoon is spent at leisure in Norway's capital city. Oslo offers a good choice of museums including the Viking Ship and Maritime Museum, the Folk Museum and the Edvard Munch Museum, just to name a few. You could also visit Oslo's world-famous Art Gallery and view Munch's most famous piece, the expressionist painting known as 'The Scream.' A walk up Karl Johans Gate will reveal the Royal Palace and a multitude of shops and restaurants. At Akershus Castle and Fortress you will find the location of King Christian IV's old defenses. Otherwise, you could take a scenic cruise on Oslofjord. (B)
Day 7 - Journey Home
Your tour ends today and you are free to make your own way home. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Oleana, Bergen
Watching over a square in the attractive city of Bergen and opened in 2016, the 4-Star Hotel Oleana takes its inspiration from famous composer Ole Bull, who was born not far from the hotel. Elegant and refined, this charming hotel is the perfect base from which to venture out into Bergen. Hotel amenities include a Latin American themed restaurant and bar, and complimentary WiFi. Stylish rooms all offer a hairdryer, a television and a waterfall shower.
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
The Fretheim Hotel in Flåm is a long-standing favorite with our customers. Surrounded by nature, the hotel has an impressive view of the nearby fjord and surrounding mountains. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Rooms are equipped with television and a hairdryer.
Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
The modern Thon Hotel Opera is perfectly located next to Oslo Central Station and just a short walk from Karl Johans Gate, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar serving snacks and light refreshments, a sauna and fitness studio. The rooms are comfortably furnished and facilities include climate control, a television, telephone, minibar, tea, and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest railroad journeys in the world, this high-altitude trip through southern Norway links the old Hanseatic city of Bergen and the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The harsh climate experienced in this part of the world has produced a landscape that is breathtaking and wild, and the Bergen Railroad enables us to soak up the spectacular views whilst relaxing in warm, comfortable carriages.
A branch line of the Bergen Railroad, the scenic Flåm Railroad takes passengers on a wonderful 12.5 mile (20km) journey up one of the steepest railroad lines in the world. On its journey from Flåm, located at the innermost corner of the Aurlandsfjord, the train negotiates horseshoe curves, twists, turns and 20 tunnels - 18 of which were drilled by hand. The scenery is truly spectacular, with rivers and waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and remote farms passing by the window as you travel towards Myrdal at 2,838 feet (865m).
A five-minute ride to the top of Fløyen mountain on the Fløibanen Funicular affords magnificent views of Bergen, Norway's second city. 320 meters above sea level, Fløyen is the peak of a spectacular short rail climb.
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: Departs 18th August 2019 ($1,915), 21st June 2020 ($1,865)
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