The Grand Tour - Norway's Majestic Fjords & Steam

The Grand Tour - Norway's Majestic Fjords & Steam

By popular demand, here is our grand tour of Norway! Experience the enthralling Flåm Railway and the coast-to-coast Bergen Railway across the roof of Norway. Visit regal Oslo and beautiful maritime Bergen, soaring up the Fløibanen funicular. Cruise the majestic fjords through idyllic nature and visit three great heritage railways.

18 Days From Only £3,695.00

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 25 June 2017

Sunday 6 August 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Return rail to Norway in the class of your choice (Standard Class only in Norway)

  • Discover Bremen on board a heritage tram tour

  • Experience the Bergen Railway across ‘the roof of Norway’

  • Enjoy Bergen from our hotel on the historic Bryggen waterfront

  • Soar up Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen Funicular

  • Step back in time on the Gamle Vossebanen Steam Railway

  • Cruise through the fjords to Balestrand

  • The thrills and spills of the Flåm Railway

  • Soar up Mount Hoven on the Hoven Cable Car (scheduled to open May 2017)

  • Stay beside tranquil Loenfjord at a historic hotel

  • Cruise on UNESCO World Heritage Geiranger Fjord

  • Enjoy free time in Oslo’s compact centre

  • Ride the Tertitten Steam Railway

  • Marvel at Norway’s longest heritage line, the Krøderbanen Steam Railway

  • Experience Wuppertal’s ‘dingle-dangle railway’

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 17 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards to the Hanseatic city of Bremen for two nights at the Maritim Hotel.

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DAY 2

We begin our day with a guided tour of Bremen by privately chartered heritage tram, following which there is free time to explore Bremen's charming Old Town.

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DAY 3

Our journey continues across northern Germany for a night at the Baltic Coast at the Maritim Hotel Travemünde, with a great location between harbour and beach.

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DAY 4

Transfer to Kiel to board our early afternoon sailing. Settle into your cabins as we cruise by the Danish mainland and islands on our overnight ferry to Oslo

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DAY 5

Arriving in Oslo, we transfer to the Norwegian State Railway network, departing Oslo Sentral Station on the Bergen Railway. After crossing Norway's arable fields and meadows, the line begins to climb. We break our journey, spending a night at the Thon Hotel Hallingdal

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DAY 6

Our adventure on the Bergen Railway really hots up today, as we pass the winter ski resort of Geilo before climbing across 'the roof of Norway' through a wild mountain landscape with spectacular views. Descending through tunnels hewn into the rock, we arrive in the handsome Hanseatic city of Bergen for three nights at the Thon Hotel Bergen Bryggen, set on Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage protected waterfront quarter of Bryggen.

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DAY 7

Today is a relaxing day to explore the charming listed Bryggen quarter, but we do feature a return journey up Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen funicular railway. From the bottom station in Bryggen the railway ascends to the summit, with fantastic views across Bergen from a height of 320 metres above sea level.

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DAY 8

Nostalgia rules today as we spend time exploring the Gamle Vossebanen Steam Railway. On a narrow gauge line originally built as the first part of the Bergen to Oslo Railway in 1883, a heritage locomotive and carriages wend their way from Garnes through the garden city of Arna, following the Arna River before climbing to Haukeland, before a series of lakes and tunnels lead us to our destination at Midtun.

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DAY 9

Leaving Bergen by Express Boat, we cruise through the coastal archipelago and into breathtaking Sognefjord, Norway's longest and, locals would claim, most beautiful fjord. We stay for two nights beside the fjord at the family-run Hotel Kviknes in Balestrand.

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DAY 10

We set sail again on today's excursion, heading into spectacular Aurlandsfjord on our journey to Flåm for a return journey on the Flåm Railway. A fjords and mountain journey of thrills and spills, we climb 865 metres to Myrdal, passing through 20 tunnels.

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DAY 11

A stunning coach journey through fjord country takes us to Nordfjord for two nights at the charming Alexandra Hotel in Loen. Prior to arriving in Loen we experience the brand new Hoven Loen Cable Car (opens May 2017) to an altitude of over 1,000 metres to the viewing platforms.

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DAY 12

Even more beautiful scenery awaits as we enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Geiranger Fjord the best way possible - by boat. Trees cling miraculously to the fjord's steep sides as we gently meander along crystal clear waters with snow-capped mountains in the distance.

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DAYS 13-14

Our coach transfers us to Otta, where we rejoin the Norwegian rail system, heading southwards through Lakeland scenery to Oslo for three nights at the Thon Hotel Terminus. Day 14 is at leisure to recharge and soak in Norway's cosmopolitan yet compact capital.

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DAY 15

Not one but two heritage railways await today! First of all we visit the Tertitten Railway, a heritage narrow-gauge line of 4km preserved by volunteers as part of the original Urskog-Høland Line. After our round trip we then travel to Norway's longest heritage railway, the Krøderbanen, which runs a standard gauge steam or diesel service from Vikersund to the Krøderen Lake, some 26 km away.

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DAYS 16-17

After a final morning free in Oslo we transfer to the port for our overnight sailing to Kiel. From Kiel we continue to Wuppertal for our final evening at the InterCity Hotel, with the opportunity to ride on Wuppertal's suspended railway.

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DAY 18

We depart Wuppertal for Cologne, changing for Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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HOTELS

Maritim Hotels

Convenient and comfortable 4 star accommodation across Germany with good locations for city and stations.

 

Thon Hotels

Modern and comfortable 3 or 4* hotels chosen particularly for their convenient locations for sightseeing and rail travel.

 

Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand

What started as a grocer’s shop in 1752 is now Norway’s largest fjord hotel. Ole Kvikne bought the general store and guest house in 1877 and the hotel that resulted is still in the hands of the Kvikne family.

 

Alexandra Hotel, Loen

A family-run hotel opened in 1884 and now in the fifth generation. Situated in a sheltered location in the inner reaches of Nordfjord between towering mountains and deep fjords, the Alexandra is a perfect place to relax.

 

Color Line Ferries

Comfortable overnight accommodation in inside cabins with dinner and breakfast provided.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to and from Kiel, including

Standard Eurostar

£3,695

First Class rail travel

To and from Kiel, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£3,995

Single Traveller Supplement

£895



 

17 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel to & from Kiel in the class of your choice (Standard Class only on Norway’s rail system)

 

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

Join in Oslo on day 5 and leave in Oslo on day 16 – 12 days from £2,445

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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