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4th April 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 - Thon Hotel Nidaros (3 star plus)
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 and 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 the 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.
3 nights - OSLO - Thon Hotel Panorama (3 star)
Days 4 and 5 - Getting to know 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. We have included a 48-hours Oslo Pass which gives you free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport, free entry to outdoor swimming pools, free walking tours, discounts on sightseeing, ski simulator, Tusenfryd Amusement Park, concert tickets, climbing, ski rental, and special offers in restaurants, shops, entertainment and leisure venues. The city is yours!
Day 6 - The Bergen Line, Flåm Mountain Railway and Fjord Cruise to Bergen
Today you will take one of Norway's most famous journeys, 'Norway in a Nutshell', from Oslo to Bergen. Your day begins with a morning departure by rail for the train journey across the roof of Norway, to Myrdal then by Flåm Mountain Railway and fjord cruise to Gudvangen, continuing by rail to Bergen. Your luggage is transferred directly from your hotel in Oslo to your hotel in Bergen so there's no need to worry about carrying it yourself between modes of transport.
3 nights BERGEN - Clarion Hotel Admiral (4 star)
Days 7 and 8 - Getting to know Bergen
Explore Bergen; how about the funicular railway to Mount Fløyen, the old Hanseatic harbour Bryggen with its colourful shops, restaurants and cafes, the Hanseatic Museum, the cable car to Mount Ulriken or a leisurely stroll around the fish and flower market?
Day 9 - Coastal Cruise to Stavanger
At 1330 you will depart onboard m.s. Stavangerfjord for a leisurely coastal cruise from Bergen to Stavanger. We recommend you enjoy lunch in the ship's restaurant whilst passing numerous islands and skerries which hug the coastline. Weather permitting, bask in the sunshine on deck and breathe in all that glorious fresh, Norwegian sea air. The ship docks just outside Stavanger during the early evening and you have a short bus transfer into the city centre. Your hotel is within walking distance of the bus stop.
2 nights STAVANGER - Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge (3 star plus)
Day 10 - Stavanger
Today you have the opportunity to explore Stavanger; this city is a marvelous mixture of old and new and there is no better way to experience the contrast than by visiting the Canning Museum in Old Stavanger for an insight into how this gorgeous sardine canning factory (now a museum) was the heart of the city. Follow this with a visit to the Petroleum Museum, which is located in the harbour and provides deeper insight into an industry which until very recently was Stavanger's main source of income. Alternatively, how about one of our optional excursions...hike to the top of Pulpit Rock, take a boat cruise on the Lysefjord or visit a magical garden island for a delicious lunch. This city is a wonderful mixture of historical and modern.
Day 11 - Homeward bound
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before taking the airport bus from the city centre to Stavanger Sola Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure: Daily (subject to flight schedules)
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 September 2018
Duration: 10 nights
Prices from: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout
|Dep. Date||Prices from
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TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 or email your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPOSIT: The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: Please read our Terms & Conditions which apply to this holiday.
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.
THON HOTEL PANORAMA (3 star) - Oslo
Thon Hotel Panorama is centrally located in a peaceful and quiet part in the heart of Oslo. Karl Johan high street, the Opera House, and Steen & Strøm luxury department store are all just a few blocks away, and the Aker Brygge waterfront district is within easy walking distance. All rooms include en suite bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, WiFi and telephone. Finally, most rooms have a balcony, and from the upper floor you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the Oslofjord.
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.
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!
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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