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29th October 2018
Norway's most impressive and prestigious cities, linked by some of her most spectacular mountain and coastal scenery.
Trondheim, Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger - cities which all have their own distinct personality and style. In each you will find that ancient sits alongside modern - with history meeting the present, comfortably and almost seamlessly.
Trondheim, Norway's former ancient capital and Oslo, her vibrant and modern one; the Døvre Line and Bergen Line great journeys by train; the famous Flåm Mountain Railway with its numerous twists and turns as it descends the mountain to the fjord; the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and the narrow Nærøyfjord, breathtaking in their beauty; Bergen, Norway's second city with a beautiful Hanseatic harbour which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally Stavanger, perhaps the city with the most contrasts - all the way from herring to oil - and the starting point for day trips to view the famous 'Pulpit Rock' (Preikestolen) either by boat or on foot.
This holiday is perfect for all those who want to combine magnificent scenery with the gentle hustle and bustle of Norwegian city life.
Day 1 - Arrive Trondheim
Arrive at Trondheim Værnes Airport by air from the UK. Take the airport bus ('flybuss') from the airport to Trondheim City Centre. Short walk to your hotel.
2 nights TRONDHEIM (BB) - Thon Hotel Nidaros* (3 star plus) or Scandic Nidelven Hotel (4 star)
Day 2 - Explore Trondheim
A full day to explore the lovely city of Trondheim, Norway's former ancient capital city. A visit to Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is a must - it is Scandinavia's largest medieval building - followed by a stroll alongside the timber warehouses lining the riverside to Torvet, the main city square.
Day 3 - Døvre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo
The Døvre Railway runs between Trondheim and Oslo and travels across the mighty Døvrefjell Mountain Range, through the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen Valley. The journey takes 7 hours and a Norwegian Tapas Lunch is included for the journey - just collect your pre-ordered tray from the buffet car onboard then sit back and enjoy the view whilst also enjoying a taste of Norway!
Your hotel is located within easy walking distance from the train station in Oslo.
2 nights - OSLO (BB) - Comfort Hotel Borsparken (3 star) or Thon Hotel Opera (4 star)
Days 4 - Explore Oslo
Explore Oslo! Highlights of the city include the Edvard Munch Museum (come face to face with 'The Scream'!), the stunning view of the Oslofjord from The Opera House, The Viking Ships Museum, The Vigeland Sculpture Park and Aker Brygge, Oslo's picturesque harbour area full of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Day 5 - The Bergen Line, Flåm Mountain Railway and Fjord Cruise to Bergen
Journey by Bergen Line Railway across the roof of Norway to Myrdal then by Flam Mountain Railway and fjord cruise to Gudvangen, continuing by rail to Bergen. Your luggage is transferred from your hotel in Oslo to your hotel in Bergen so there's no need to worry about carrying it with you during the day.
2 nights BERGEN (BB) - Augustin Hotel (3 star) or Clarion Admiral Hotel (4 star)
Day 6 - Explore Bergen
Explore Bergen; highlights include the funiculr railway to Mount Floyen, the old Hanseatic harbour, Bryggen, the Hanseatic Museum, the cable car to Mount Ulriken and a visit to Troldhaugan, homeof the composer Edvard Grieg.
Days 7 - Journey to Stavanger
Early afternoon departure for a leisurely coastal cruise amongst the islands and skerries enroute to Stavanger. Arrive early evening for your short bus transfer from the dock into the city centre.
2 nights STAVANGER (BB) - Thon Hotel Maritim (3 star) or Thon Hotel Stavanger* (4 star)
Day 8 - Explore Stavanger
Explore Stavanger; this city is a marvellous mixture of old and new and there is no better way to experience the contrast than by visiting the old town with its Canning Museum followed by a visit to the Petroleum Museum, located in the harbour. Alternatively, how about the hike to the top of Pulpit Rock, for magnificent views of the Lysefjord (see Optional Activities). This city is a wonderful mixture of historical and modern.
Day 9 - Return to the UK
Transfer by airport bus to Stavanger Sola Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure: Daily (subject to flight schedules)
Departure Dates: 1 May - 23 Sep 2019
Deposit: £200 per person
Prices from: £1775 / £1995 per person
based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout (3 star / 4 star)
DEPOSIT: The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person
TO BOOK: To book this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (this is our preferred option as it gives us the opportunity to chat with you!) or email your booking request to email@example.com
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COMFORT HOTEL BORSPARKEN (3 star) - Oslo
Located in the heart of the capital, Comfort Hotel Børsparken is surrounded by beautiful neo rennaissance and art nouveau architecture. This hotel provies perfect location for exploring the wonderful city of Oslo. Only two blocks from the popular shopping street Karl Johan and within walking distance from the central train station and airport shuttle. Rooms are spacious and can be accessed via an elevator, they are also equipped with cable television, wifi and ensuite bathroom.
THON HOTEL OPERA (4 star) - Oslo
Thon Hotel Opera is centrally located almost on the platform of the Airport Express Train at Oslo Central Station. The hotel consists of 434 rooms the majority offering a view over either the fjord or the city. All rooms are well equipped in accordance with todayâ€™s modern standards. The hotel also offers a fitness centre with sauna and sun-bed facilities. There is a lobby bar which also offers a range of light refreshments and snacks and a full service restaurant serving breakfast, a lunch buffet and Ã¡ la Carte dinner service.
This award-winning centrally located hotel offers superb service, high-quality rooms and a diverse range of facilities. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower or bathtub and are furnished with an armchair and table as welll as all modern facilities to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
The Restaurant Nidelven has been awarded Norway’s best hotel breakfast over the last several years. If you've ever experienced a Norwegian breakfast you know what a accolade this really is - the competition is extremely high! The restaurant offers a modern menu inspired by the international trends within culinary arts, and we recommend soaking up the atmosphere in the hotel's bar afterwards...
THON HOTEL NIDAROS (3 star plus) - Trondheim
This hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Trondheim's commercial district, only a short walk away from shops, restaurants and attractions. Behind the beautiful facade lies an inviting hotel in a building that dates back to 1908. Rooms are spacious with private bathroom, with shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Free wireless internet access, phone, mini-bar and TV are all available. Breakfast is also included in your stay.
CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL SKAGEN BRYGGE (3 star plus) - Stavanger
This harbour front hotel is located in the heart of Stavanger and in a prime location to visit the Cathedral and several museums. Rooms offer beautiful views and are equipped with modern facilities like flat-screen televisions, satellite, mini-bars and the fluffest of bath robes! In addition to a lovely restaurant, Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge features an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge. To heighten the fun of any stay, recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, health club, sauna, fitness facility, and a steam room. The hotel is also known as the 'charm hotel' because of its friendly service and attentive personnel so all queries will be answered kindly and make sure you take full advantage of the free morning breakfast to kick start your day!
AUGUSTIN HOTEL (3 star) - Bergen
The Augustin Hotel has an extremely handy location, centrally located but in a quieter street just set back from the main harbour area. It is a short walk to most of the city's main attractions including Bryggen (the old Hanseatic harbour), the main shopping streets, the Aquarium, the express boat terminal and the funicular railway. It is actually Bergen's oldest family-run hotel now managed by the fourth generation of the Smørås family; the oldest part of the hotel was built in Art Nouveau style in 1909, however, since then the hotel has expanded, incorporating old neighbouring houses and building new wings. The hotel has a popular intimate dinner restaurant (closed Sundays) where their excellent buffet breakfast is also served, and a lovely 400-year-old cellar bar, Altona. During the summer months (June - August) you will find free waffles served between 1600 and 1800 in the lounge area next to Reception. Free tea and coffee is also available here all year round, 24 hours per day. All bedrooms are equipped with TV, phone, hair-dryer, mini-bar and trouser press. Lift to all floors.
If you are on a fly-drive holiday with Scandinavia Only, and spending a night in Bergen with your car, we will pre-book and include car parking as part of your stay. The car park is just across the road from the hotel and is outdoor.
CLARION HOTEL ADMIRAL (4 star) - Bergen
Clarion Hotel Admiral is the only true waterside hotel in Bergen with the best view of Bryggen (the Hanseatic harbour) , Vågen and Fløyen. The hotel was completely renovated in 2014 and is now an extremely stylish yet supremely comfortable and easy-going hotel. Centrally located in the heart of Bergen and within a couple of minutes walk of the fish harbour and main shopping street, the hotel is actually an old storehouse which dates back to 1904. The hotel has a lovely restaurant called Kitchen and Table and an area called the Living Room both of which are, as the names suggest, places to relax with good food, either a glass of wine, a cup of tea or just with other people or perhaps a good book - the whole point is that you should feel at home! All bedrooms included in our tours are with harbour view and are equipped with satellite TV, telephone, trouser press, mini-bar and hairdryer and free WiFi. These rooms also have a small balconette directly overlooking the water. Lift to all floors.
Please note, rooms at the Admiral have twin beds which are pushed together, each with their own set of bedlinen, but which cannot be separated.
HARDANGER IN A NUTSHELL from Bergen
Description: This lovely roundtrip includes the rail journey from Bergen to Voss on the Bergen Railway line and a coach tour through attractive farmland and delightful villages typical of Western Norway. There is also a fjord cruise on the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord where you join a sightseeing tour to Vøringfoss Falls and the Hardangervidda Naturcentre. The journey by boat offers spectacular views of towering mountains and impressive waterfalls.
Operates: Daily, May - September.
Duration: Approximately 11 hours, departs 0843.
Price: £210 per person.
Price includes: Journey on the scenic Bergen Railway, bus trip to/from the charming village of Ulvik, fjord cruise on the stunning Hardangerfjord, sightseeing trip to Vøringsfossen waterfall and the Hardangervidda Nature Centre at Eidfjord.
HIKE TO PULPIT ROCK ('Preikestolen) from Stavanger
Description: Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is a mountain plateau that hangs 604 metres above the sea level and the Lysefjord. It is the most famous attraction in the Stavanger region. The tour departs Stavanger by ferry to Tau and then continues by bus to the Pulpit Rock Cabin for the commencement of the hike to the summit (approx. 2 hours one-way). The view from the top is AWESOME and one of the most famous in Western Norway. Return to Stavanger by the same route.
Operates: April to September
Duration: Approx. 8 hours, variety of departures, click here to view timetable.
Price: £40 per person for the return journey by ferry and bus. NB! The hike to the summit is not guided.
Notes: You will need to bring sufficient food and drink with you for the trip. Please note: good hiking shoes and outdoor clothing required, along with a small backpack for food and extra clothing.
OSLO PANORAMA from Oslo
Description: A guided sightseeing tour which acts as an introduction to Oslo and some of its biggest attractions with guiding in English. The tour begins in the city centre and includes a short walking tour of Vigeland Sculpture Park and a photo stop at Holmenkollen Ski Jump before ending back at City Hall. This tour is a perfect taster of what Oslo has to offer giving you the opportunity to explore those areas that interest you more thoroughly.
Operates: Daily, all year.
Duration: 1030 - 1330.
Price: £25 per person.
Price includes: Guided transportation by bus including short walking tour of Vigeland Sculpture Park and a photo stop at Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
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Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone! This holiday is predominately a sightseeing holiday and therefore caters for people of all ages and physical fitness.
What is the most suitable type of luggage I should use for this holiday?
Being a public transport holiday, you will be getting on and off trains so a light suitcase, preferably on wheels, is the best option, and we recommend a small backpack as hand-luggage leaving your hands free - you'll look like a true Scandinavian!
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