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22nd May 2019
Norway's great Western Fjords and her lovely capital city, connected by mighty rivers, valleys and mountains. This wonderful escorted holiday includes so much!
Experience two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord and Bergen's historical harbour. Marvel at Norway's sublime scenery as you travel alongside mighty fjords, cross mountain passes, journey on the famous Flåm Mountain Railway - voted one of the world's most scenic rail journeys - stand in front of glaciers and indulge in some seriously good local food. Complete heaven!
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo
Arrive Oslo Gardermoen Airport from the UK. Met on arrival for your transfer to your city centre hotel where you will meet with your tour guide at 1945 before dinner.
1 night OSLO - Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel (D)
Day 2 - Oslo to Ulvik
Morning visit to the world-famous Viking Ship Museum defore departing Oslo. Travelling by private deluxe coach via Hønefoss along along the charming Halling Valley to the popular town of Gol. Lunch at a local restsaurant. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardangerfjord and the village of Ulvik. 213 miles.
1 night ULVIK - Brakanes Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Ulvik to Bergen
Scenic journey alongside beautiful Hardangerfjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Travel via the towns of Oystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon 2-hour tour of Bergen including the popular Fish and Flower Market, Bryggen Harbour, the old Hanseatic Quarter and a trip on the funicular railway to the summit of Mount Fløyen for a view of the city and fjords. Your hotel is centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.
1 night BERGEN - First Hotel Marin (B, L)
Day 4 - Bergen to Flåm to Balestrand
Drive to Voss where we board the train to the mountain station at Myrdal. Here we join the famous Flåm Mountain Railway and descend with beautiful waterfalls and mountain scenery to the fjordside village of Flåm. From Flåm we take a 2-hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy fjords - both branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Scandinavia. Enjoy the sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks and a variety of wildlife. Disembark at Gudvangen and continue through the striking Stalheim Gorge and Nærøy Valley continuing across the Vik Mountains to Vangsnes before crossing the Sognefjord to Balestrand. 126 miles.
2 night BALESTRAND - Kviknes Hotel (B,D)
Day 5 - Balestrand: A Day in the Fjords
Free day to explore your magnificent surroundings - we recommend stretching your legs on the Balestrand Nature or Heritage Trail.
Day 6 - Balestrand to Geiranger
Cross the fjord by ferry to Hella and then along the shelf road that runs alongside the northern shore of the Sognefjord. Drive through the road tunnel to Fjærland, passing the Jostedal Glacier, and continue alongside Lake Jølster and through Våtedal descending to the Nordfjord. Visit the famous Briksdal Glacier in open cars for the best views. Lunch in a nearby restaurant facing the glacier. Continue alongside Nordfjord before boarding the ferry for a 1-hour cruise along the spectacular Geirangerfjord to your beautiful hotel overlooking the fjord. 178 miles.
Geiranger is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its outstanding natural beauty. Along the sheer walls of the Geirangerfjord are numerous waterfalls - the Bridal Veil, Seven Sisters and the Bachelor - whilst free-flowing rivers rise up through lush forest to glacial lakes and rugged mountains.
1 night GEIRANGER - Union Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Geiranger to Oslo
From the top of the Eagles Road you'll have an amazing view of the fjord before crossing Grotli Mountains to Lom, famous for its 14th Century stave church. Continue alongside Lake Våga and into the Gudbrandsdal Valley to Lillehammer for lunch. Journey afterwards alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to Oslo. 346 miles.
1 night OSLO - Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Departure home
Breakfast at your hotel before transfer to Oslo Airport to connect with individual flight departures to the UK.
Departure Day: Tuesdays and Sundays* from UK
Guaranteed Departure Dates: See Price Panels
|Dep. Dates||Price from per person||Single Supp|
28 May 2019
4, 11, 18 & 25 Jun 2019
2, 9, 16, 21*, 23, 28* & 30 Jul 2019
6 & 13 Aug 2019
7-night tour (Oslo to Oslo)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0300 222 0000 or visit www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports. Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.
RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL (4 star) - Oslo
This hotel is on the doorstep to many of Oslo's main attractions as well as a vibrant home to many restaurants and bars. However, you also have the choice to dine in the hotel's superb restaurant and enjoy a drink or two in at 34 Sky Bar with stunning views of the city. Rooms are decorated in soft tones of sky and sea and accented with warm wood finishes, the chic Standard Rooms offer a choice of one queen-size bed, twin beds or twin beds and a sofa bed. Guests can stay connected via Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and enjoy their favourite programmes on satellite television.
BRAKANES HOTEL (4 star) - Ulvik
Beautifully positioned hotel with excellent amenities, including an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna, steam bath, small gym and library to ensure you get the most out of your stay. This grand hotel has lovely gardens overlooking the fjord which makes leaving the hotel almost impossible. There is a spacious dining room serving excellent cuisine, and evenings can be spent in the lounges and bars. All rooms have TV, mini-bar and telephone and lifts to all floors. Boat hire is also available from reception.
FIRST HOTEL MARIN (4 star) - Bergen
This tasteful and elegant first class hotel is located in the historic Bryggen area and is close to Bergen's two other major downtown sights -the fish market and the Fløibanen Funicular. All rooms are ensuite and decorated to a high standard, they are equipped with a television, trouser press and Wifi. Before embarking upon any exploration of Bergen which is on UNESCOs world-heritage list, make sure you enjoy the complimentary breakfast!
KVIKNES HOTEL (4 star) - Balestrand
We have featured the Kviknes Hotel, and enjoyed a close co-operation with the Kvikne Family, since our beginnings - but not since theirs! At Kvikne's their beginnings go right back to 1752 and the best traditions of inn-keeping. The Kvikne family, who still own the hotel, started their reign in 1877, a little before our time, and today it is Sigurd Kvikne (4th generation) who heads up the hotel, with his sister Kari managing their reservations and Front Office.
Although the hotel originally started with only two rooms (yes, just two!), today the hotel has 200 guest rooms and is one of the largest tourist hotels in Norway. Graced with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques, the hotel also has a list of prominent guests; Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest, along with royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, film stars and artists from many countries.
The hotel was originally built in the ‘Swiss’ style and this section is now referred to as the 'Old Wing' or 'Historical Swiss Style Building'; however much new building, reconstruction and extension has taken place since, not least the addition of the 'New Wing' in the 1960s (see below). The Old Wing directly overlooks the Sognefjord and this is where you will find the beautiful dragon-style restaurant and lounge areas with a small number of guest rooms. In the public rooms you will find a fine collection of paintings from the numerous artists who stayed at the hotel (occasionally using their paintings as a way to pay for their stay!) and antique furniture in keeping with the antique, dragon-style wooden interior.
There are a number of different room categories available at the hotel. Our clients are accommodated in rooms on a high floor in the New Wing of the hotel with a view of the gardens and fjord. These rooms have twin beds, a seating area, desk, TV, telephone and bathroom with bath/shower and WC. A small number of twin rooms are also available in the Old Wing of the hotel which are simply and traditionally furnished in keeping with the old style of the hotel and have a view of the fjord. These rooms are available at a supplement. The Old Wing also has a small number of Junior Suites which have a separated seating area and bedroom and a view of the fjord. Please ask our reservations staff for applicable supplements.
The hotel serves a wonderful, traditional Scandinavian buffet for dinner with a broad selection of cold meats, fish and salad along with a good selection of hot dishes featuring meat, fish and vegetarian options. A large buffet breakfast is also served.
The New Wing – Beauty or the Beast?
It was during the 1960s, when Sigurd and Kari’s father, Per Kvikne, was running the hotel that he faced an increased demand for more rooms and plans for a new, modern building were drawn up. At the time Per came under considerable pressure to demolish the old, wooden hotel entirely and completely re-build a modern hotel in its place; however, he couldn’t bear to do this (he had an emotional attachment to the hotel and the memories and history it held) and he decided to have two contrasting buildings instead, retaining the old but building a new, and for them to sit alongside one another, both a testament to their place in history and both examples of fine architecture. This decision proved to be very controversial but it is one that we love and applaud! The New Wing is now seamlessly attached to its older sibling so that internally you pass from one to the other without even knowing you have done so, however, externally the two remain very distinct from one another and still cause something of a visual stir when approaching the hotel from the fjord.
Like it or loathe it, the New Wing is a beautiful example of post-modern 60s architecture and, without it, there simply wouldn’t be a historical, wooden building at all!
UNION HOTEL (4 star) - Geiranger
The Hotel Union was built in 1891 by A. Shieldrop of Ålesund. The building was originally of wood, inspired by the Swiss or dragon-head style, closely linked to Art Nouveau and Jugend architecture, and identical to the timber-built hotel at Øye. In 1899, the hotel was purchased by Julie and Karl Mjelva. The Mjelvas were extremely enterprising, opening an automobile manufacturing plant, a power station and a cooker factory all on the same site. The cooker factory is still in operation today, with a new owner, but at a different location.
Today the hotel has evolved into one of the finest hotels in Norway. It is spacious with generously proportioned, stylishly furnished lounges and lobby areas, in warm, attractive colours. More than enough space for many, or simply a quiet corner for oneself. The atmosphere is relaxing. Everywhere, large panoramic windows let in light and views of the wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy a cup of good coffee as you gaze over the Geirangerfjord, the most beautiful fjord in the world.
Hotel Union has 197 rooms, including 6 deluxe suites and 13 junior suites. All rooms are attractively furnished and decorated with care and attention to detail. Not all have views of the fjord, but all have fine views of the surrounding countryside, bringing nature right into your room.
The 6 deluxe suites are all different and individually furnished. The size of each suite varies, but all have their own bedroom and lounge, making them ideal for small meetings. The junior suites are modern and well-equipped and most suites have fjord views. Please ask for the supplement to upgrade to a suite.
When it comes to food the philosophy of the hotel is to present good Norwegian cuisine based on the very best ingredients and locally sourced produce. All food is freshly cooked, and many of the finest recipes have followed the hotel for generations. The hotel has two restaurants, Restaurant Fjorden and Restaurant Julie. Nina Grieg Terrace has spectacular views of the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and is a popular place, on a warm summer's evening to relax over a light lunch, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are three bars - Vognfabrikken in the basement inspired by the hotel's unique veteran car collection, The Lobby Bar by the reception and The Nightclub, also in the basement where all the entertainment takes place including live dance music six nights per week.
Cafe Løsta is next to Union Bath & Spa, and is easily accessible for bathing guests. Enjoy a light meal in your bathrobe, or have it served inside the Union Spa. Cafe Løsta offers light meals, a salad buffet and a drinks and beverages menu.
Union Spa is the absolute icing on the cake. Here one encounters nature anew, within the framework of treatments based on the centuries-old secrets of many cultures, where the most valuable element is water. Water provides joy and pleasure for all ages! Such an experience provides mental and physical exercise and harmony, combined with positive moments in addition to feeling energized. In the swimming pool area you can swim indoors and outdoors, and relax in quiet zones in between. There is a sauna and for children there is a separate slide, grotto and games to play. A variety of treatments are available in the spa and can be pre-booked for your stay. Please telephone us on 01274 875199 for further information and prices.
Our Escorted Tour Partners - Robinson Scandinavia
These tours are operated by our partners Robinson Scandinavia with whom we have a long standing relationship. Robinson are known for the very high standard of service they provide and appeal to those people who seek a standard of accommodation and services far above that often offered in a package tour program. Whether visiting one of the fascinating Nordic capitals, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords, or cruising the Baltic, you will find the very best has been selected for your comfort and enjoyment.
Robinson Scandinavia operates this program of tours in English only.
Tour Escorts have been specially chosen, not only for their outstanding knowledge of the countries and places you will visit, but also for their personal appearance and proven ability to look after people. Likewise, uniformed coach drivers are employed not only for their years of driving experience, but also for their dedication to giving friendly service and attention to the needs of their passengers.
No minimum number is required! All departures are guaranteed - no matter the number of persons booked.
Out of consideration to other passengers, and because such tours are generally considered unsuitable for younger children, children under 12 years of age are not allowed on these escorted coach tours.
All nationalities require a visa for visiting St. Petersburg which may be obtained from your nearest Russian consulate or embassy. We will be happy to supply on request a visa support letter to help expedite the issuing of a visa.
Luggage handling is included in all hotels, however you will be responsible for handling your own luggage when embarking and disembarking from cruises.