Norway tour: Magic of the Fjords

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Oslo, Flam, Balestrand & Bergen **2019 DEPARTURE DATES NOW AVAILABLE**
7 days
May - Oct
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Enjoy the magic of Norway's lanscape of fjords, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers, and experience it's vibrant culture and unique Viking history. Your tour includes 2 nights in Oslo, travel on the famous Flamsbana Train between Myrdal and Flam, a cruise along the stunning Aurlandsfjord and Sogneford, 2 nights in beautiful Balestrand, and 2 nights in Bergen.

Day 1  Oslo Arrival 
Upon your arrival into Oslo Airport take the shuttle bus to the city centre, then make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure -  perhaps take a walk along the main street Karl Johan's Gate with its many shops, bars and cafes. Overnight in Oslo. 

Day 2  Oslo: City Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby for your 3 hour city sightseeing tour which includes a visit to Frogner Park and Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Museum with its three original Viking age ships, the Royal Palace, City Hall and Akershus Fortress.  The remainder of the day at leisure to explore this vibrant capital city on your own. Your tour escort will travel with you from Day 2 to Day 6. 2nd overnight in Oslo. 

Day 3  Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm - Balestrand 
This morning we depart from Oslo's Central Railway Station* and board the train for the journey right through the heart of beautiful southern Norway, to Myrdal. Here we change trains (just cross the platform) and board the famous Flåmsbana, one of the steepest train lines in the world. On this picturesque 20km long journey we will see rivers cutting through deep ravines, and breathtaking waterfalls cascading down the side of steep mountains. We pass through 20 tunnels before arriving into the beautiful village of Flåm, nestled by the fjord. After a short stop in Flåm for a look around, we board the ferry for the cruise along the Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord, Norway's longest (204km) and deepest fjord, before arriving into Balestrand. From the pier it is just a short walk to your hotel.  2 nights in Balestrand with dinner at the hotel. 

Day 4 Balestrand: Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion to Fjaerland and the Glaciers
Breakfast at the hotel. A day at leisure in Balestrand to relax and explore - perhaps visit the Sognefjord Aquarium, Norsk Reiselivsmuseum, take a walk to St. Olav's Church or do some walking or hiking.  Or perhaps join the full day optional excursion to Fjærland. On this excursion you will sail through the beautiful Fjærland fjord with amazing views of the steep mountains, the green fjord itself and vibrant landscapes. After arriving into Fjærland board the shuttle bus to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Enjoy Ivo Caprino's panoramic film about Jostedalen Glacier and the fascinating exhibition on the glaciers, then continue by coach to the two glaciers Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen, for a close look, before returning to Fjærland and then Balestrand. Dinner at the hotel and 2nd overnight in Balestrand.  

Day 5 Balestrand - Bergen
Breakfast at the hotel, then morning at leisure in Balestrand. This afternoon walk the short distance from the hotel back to the pier for your departure by ferry to Bergen. Upon your arrival into Bergen, it is a short walk from the pier to the hotel.  Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. Time at leisure - stroll the streets of Bryggen, an historic area where in 1360 the German Hanseatic League set up offices and homes. The charming, fine timbered houses, wharehouses and shops here reflect the city's history and heritage, with narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries. 2 nights in Bergen.

Day 6 Bergen: City Walking Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby for your 2 hour city walking tour, where you will pass through the Bryggen area, past the church of Mary, Hakon Fortress and through the famous fish and flower markets.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.  We recommend that you take the Fløibanen Funicular up to the top of Mount Fløyen where you will have amazing panoramic views of the city.  2nd overnight in Bergen.

Day 7 Bergen Departure
Breakfast at the hotel.  Then check-out and transfer from the city centre by airport shuttle bus to the airport.  

Departures 2019:  16, 30 May; 13, June, 04, 18 July; 08, 22 August; 05, 19 September; 03 October

Includes:  airport shuttle bus transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to Oslo city centre (Day 1 only); 2 nights accommodation in Oslo (Thon Opera Hotel, Scandic St. Olav's Hotel, Scandic Holberg Hotel or similar); 2 nights accommodation in Balestrand  at Kviknes Hotel including dinner; 2 nights accommodation in Bergen (Zander K Hotel, Grand Terminus Hotel, Augustin Hotel or similar); breakfast daily; 3hr Oslo city sightseeing tour (Day 2); train Oslo-Myrdal (2nd class); Flam Railway train Myrdal-Flam (open seating); ferry Flam-Balestrand; ferry Balestrand-Bergen; 2hr Bergen city walking tour (Day 6); airport shuttle bus transfer from city centre to Bergen Airport (Day 7); services of English-speaking tour escort from Days 2 to 6. 

* your accommodation is generally in a hotel just a short walk from the Oslo central train station. Where this is not possible and the hotel is located more than 500m away a transfer is provided)

Excludes:  optional excursion to Fjaerland and the Glaciers Day 4 (this must be pre-booked).   

Group size: maximum 28 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1778.00
Single AUD$ 2464.00

Price for departures 16, 30 May; 13 Jun; 08, 22 Aug; 05 Sep; 03 Oct

Includes:  airport shuttle bus transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to city centre (Day 1); 2 nights accommodation in Oslo (Thon Opera Hotel, Scandic St. Olav's, Scandic Holberg or similar) including breakfast daily; 2 nights accommodation in Balestrand (Kviknes Hotel) including breakfast and dinner daily; 2 nights accommodation in Bergen (Zander K Hotel, Grand Terminus, Augustin Hotel or similar) including breakfast daily; 3hr Oslo city sightseeing tour (Day 2); train Oslo-Myrdal (2nd class); Flam Railway train Myrdal-Flam (open seating); ferry Flam-Balestrand; ferry Balestrand-Bergen; 2hr Bergen city walking tour (Day 6); airport shuttle bus transfer from city centre to Bergen Airport (Day 7); services of English-speaking tour escort Days 2 to 6. 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1944.00
Single AUD$ 2735.00

Price for departures 04, 18 Jul; 19 Sep

Includes:  airport shuttle bus transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to city centre (Day 1); 2 nights accommodation in Oslo (Thon Opera Hotel, Scandic St. Olav's, Scandic Holberg or similar) including breakfast daily; 2 nights accommodation in Balestrand (Kviknes Hotel) including breakfast and dinner daily; 2 nights accommodation in Bergen (Zander K Hotel, Grand Terminus, Augustin Hotel or similar) including breakfast daily; 3hr Oslo city sightseeing tour (Day 2); train Oslo-Myrdal (2nd class); Flam Railway train Myrdal-Flam (open seating); ferry Flam-Balestrand; ferry Balestrand-Bergen; 2hr Bergen city walking tour (Day 6); airport shuttle bus transfer from city centre to Bergen Airport (Day 7); services of English-speaking tour escort Days 2 to 6. 

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