Magic of the Fjords

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Oslo, Flam, Balestrand & Bergen
7 days
May - Oct
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Enjoy the magic of Norway's landscape 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 stunning Aurlandsfjord and Sogneford, 2 nights in beautiful Balestrand and 2 nights in the old Hanseatic trading town, Bergen.

Day 1  Oslo Arrival 
Upon arrival at 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 3hr 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. 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 board our train and depart from Oslo's Central Railway Station*, for a journey through the heart of beautiful southern Norway, to Myrdal. Here we change trains (across the platform), to the famous Flåmsbana - one one of the steepest train lines in the world. A picturesque 20km journey that sees rivers cutting through deep ravines and breathtaking waterfalls cascading down steep mountainsides. We pass through 20 tunnels before arriving in beautiful Flåm village, nestled by the fjord. After a short stop in Flåm to look around, we board a ferry to cruise along the Aurland and Sognefjords, Norway's longest (204km) and deepest fjord, before arriving in 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 Sognefjord Aquarium, Norsk Reiselivsmuseum, take a walk to St. Olav's Church or do some walking or hiking.  You can otherwise join a full day optional excursion to Fjærland and sail through beautiful Fjærland fjord, with amazing views of the steep mountains, green fjord and vibrant landscapes. After arriving in 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, before continuing by coach to two glaciers Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen, for a close look. Afterwards, return to Fjærland, 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 ferry to Bergen. On arrival, 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. These fine timber dwellings, shops and warehouses 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 2hr walking tour, where you will pass through the Bryggen area, past St Mary's Church, Haakon's Hall and through the famous Fish and Flower Markets. The remainder of the day is at leisure. We recommend that you take Fløibanen Funicular up to the top of Mount Fløyen for amazing, panoramic, city views. 2nd overnight in Bergen.

Day 7 Bergen Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Following check-out, transfer from the city centre by airport shuttle bus to the airport, where your tour concludes.  

2019 departures: 16, 30 May; 13 June; 04,18 July; 08, 22 Aug; 05, 19 September; 03 October
 
Includes: Airport shuttle bus transfer Oslo Gardermoen Airport-city centre (Day 1 only); 6 nights accommodation, being: 2 nights in Oslo (Thon Opera Hotel, Scandic St. Olav's Hotel, Scandic Holberg Hotel or similar), 2 nights in Balestrand at Kviknes Hotel including dinner and 2 nights 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); ferries Flam-Balestrand and Balestrand-Bergen; 2hr Bergen city walking tour (Day 6); airport shuttle bus transfer from city centre-Bergen Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking tour escort (Days 2-6). 

* Your hotel is genarraccommodation is generally in a hotel just a short walk from Oslo Central Station. Where this is not possible and the hotel is 500m (or more) away, a transfer is provided.

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

Maximum group size: 28 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1841.00
Single AUD$ 2551.00

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$ 2013.00
Single AUD$ 2832.00

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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