Experience a Fully Escorted, coach tour in beautiful Norway. From Oslo to Oslo, discover fjords, waterfalls, coastal and city culture, a glacier and mountains, with highlights including panoramic train and ferry routes. Continue to wonderful Copenhagen, for two additional days in a city with beautiful buildings, exciting museums and the colours of scenic, Nyhavn old harbour. Optional Stockholm and Helsinki Independent extensions.
Welcome to Oslo, the Viking Capital of Norway, founded in 1040. Situated on Oslofjord, the city is home to many fascinating museums and beautiful green parks with sculptures. On arrival, optional private transfer to your hotel. An early evening meeting with your fellow travellers and tour escort, outlines your upcoming adventure. Overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeatret or similar.
Departure by coach along Lake Mjøsa, heading to the 1994 Winter Olympic town of Lillehammer. We take a short break here, then continue to Lom for another brief stop to admire the dramatic, 12thC stave church - one of the largest still standing in Norway. Onwards through Otta Valley to Geiranger, for dinner and overnight at the ideally located Union Hotel Geiranger or similar.
This morning, we take a 1hr cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO Listed, Geirangerfjord with its impressive Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters waterfalls. Arrive in Hellesylt and drive via Nordfjord along the scenic route to Skei. En route, we have a short break to enjoy Norwegian waffles with coffee. Continue past Gaular Mountain National Park for a viewpoint stop, before arriving in fjordside Balestrand. Surrounded by high mountains, in an area known for its fertile land and fruit trees, this unique spot is exceptionally beautiful. On our afternoon visit to the Cider House, we will enjoy a tasting. Dinner and overnight at Kvikne’s Hotel or similar.
Today we experience two of Norway's greatest - the spectacular Sognefjord and incredible Flåm Railway. Arrive in Gudvangen at the head of Nærøyfjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on steep hillsides, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mtns. Board a 2hr cruise along the Nærøy and Aurland fjords; two branches of the world’s longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. Disembark in Flåm village and after a short rest, we board the famous Flåm Railway. As one of the world's most exceptional rail trips, there are breathtaking views at every turn as you journey up to Myrdal mountain station. Alight and cross the platform for the Bergen Railway to Voss, where your coach awaits to take you to Bergen. Two overnights in the Capital of the Fjords at Hotel Scandic Ørnen or similar.
This morning's guided walking tour takes you along the renowned fjordside area of Bryggen, where traditional wooden buildings remain as they were during the medieval, Hanseatic League times. Also visit the Fish and Flower Market. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Optional panoramic bus tour along the West coast to Sotra island, enjoy wonderful views along a less travelled route (4hrs).
The Mt Fløyen funicular is a scenic journey within itself but, at the top, there are even more stunning views of Bergen and the surrounding fjord. Leaving the city behind us, we stop at impressive Vøringsfoss waterfall (180m) before entering Hardanger Fjord area with its romantic landscape of orchards and mountains. Continue on the mountain plateau, across Hardangerbrua bridge, for our afternoon arrival in Geilo ski area. Dinner and overnight at Vestlia Resort or similar.
We start our return via Hallingdal Valley and arrive in Oslo for a city tour with local guide. Famous sights include Frogner Park, with sculptures by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, the Royal Palace, Akershus medieval fortress, the stunning Opera House, City Hall and much more. The day ends with a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Dinner and overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeatret or similar.
Time at leisure in this lovely city until your afternoon transfer to the pier. Take the opportunity to visit the Munch Museum, Nobel Peace Centre, Holmenkollen Ski Museum, Oslo Cathedral or any of the other noteworthy sights. Sailing along Oslo Fjord is just the start of your voyage which includes a large, Scandinavian buffet dinner. Overnight in a 2-berth Sea View cabin, with private facilities.
Enjoy breakfast as you slowly edge towards Copenhagen, then transfer to your hotel. This morning's guided tour passes Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces, the old harbour area of Nyhavn and makes a stop by the Little Mermaid. After drop-off at your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure, to wander around the small yet fascinating, Danish capital. Founded in 10thC as a fishing village, it is now full of life and bicycles. Take a walk along Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés in old Nyhavn port, or maybe relax on a canal tour for a different look at many of the old and new buildings. Overnight at the Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel or similar.
Following breakfast and check-out, your tour concludes. Optional transfer to the Airport, Ferry Terminal or Train Station, plus optional Independent extensions to Stockholm and Helsinki.
Maximum Group Size: 35 persons
For a 12 day/11 night tour add: Copenhagen to Stockholm train, 2 overnights and a Stockholm city sightseeing tour
For a 14 day/13 night tour add: Copenhagen to Stockholm train, 2 overnights, a Stockholm city sightseeing tour, PLUS Stockholm to Helsinki overnight ferry, 2 more overnights and a Helsinki city sightseeing tour
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