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8 Day Classic Norway (Friday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Norway
Depart for Norway.

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Oslo
Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager.


DAY 3, Sunday - Oslo City Tour, Travel to Lillehammer
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Oslo. Pass the National Theater and visit the main square to view the Cathedral and 19th-century Royal Palace. Next, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland, the park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures. The park's most popular attraction is the Monolith column, measuring 46 feet high with 121 human figure reliefs, it is carved from a single block of granite and took three stone sculptors 14 years (1929-43) to complete. Continue to the modern City Hall to conclude the city tour.* Balance of the morning and early afternoon at leisure or join the optional Treasures of Oslo tour. Admire the highlights of Norway's great seafaring tradition as you enjoy a guided visit to see three 1,200-year-old ornamented Viking ships which are the best preserved in existence. Later this afternoon, travel to Lillehammer. Situated at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa, the town is perhaps most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Treasures of Oslo (PM)


DAY 4, Monday - Lom Stave Church, Travel to Sogndal
This morning, after an orientation of Lillehammer, which includes a view of the ski-jump, drive to the village of Lom where you will visit one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway. Built around 1150, the church's unique facade appears to have been plucked from a medieval fairytale. Next, drive via Sognefjellet (weather permitting), the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe known as the "roof of Norway", through the dramatic Norwegian countryside. Pass glaciers, pine forests and perhaps reindeer, as well as Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain in the Jotunheimen National Park. Overnight in the heart of the Fjords. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Sognefjord Cruise, Flam Railway, Travel to Bergen
Today, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords. Then, enjoy a real highlight as you board the world famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountain side. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most scenic views of Norway. Continue to your hotel in Bergen, Norway's second largest city. A major distributor of the wealthy trading guilds of the Hanseatic League, many residents of this 11th-century city still earn their livelihoods from the sea. (
Breakfast)

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Bergen
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Bergen independently. An important cultural hub located in the middle of the region known as De syv fjell, or the Seven Mountains, Bergen is the unofficial capital of Western Norway and sometimes also referred to as the Atlantic coast capital. Perhaps in the morning, join the optional Highlights of Bergen tour. The city served as an old trading port and has maintained a bustling harbor since the 11th century as part of the Hanseatic League. Visit Troldhaugen, the home of famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. Grieg's home stands majestically overlooking the fjords and was a great inspiration for his music. During your tour stroll through the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen, visit the 750 year old Haakon's Hall, scene of the medieval Royal court's ceremonies. In the afternoon you may choose to visit the Bergen Museum, the famous fish market, or take a stroll along the harbor to admire traditional Norwegian architecture. (Breakfast)

Optional: Highlights of Bergen Tour (AM)


DAY 7, Thursday - Travel to Oslo
Today, travel through more dramatic scenery as you pass lakes, waterfalls, and ski resort towns such as Geilo, before arriving back into Oslo in the evening. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Norway
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (
Breakfast)
Map
All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, Oslo
  • Lom Stave Church, one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway built in 12th century, Lom
  • Cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords
  • Board the famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions, Flam
Accommodations
Oslo: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel or Scandic Holberg
Hamar: First Hotel Victoria
Lillehammer: Lillehammer Hotel
Laerdal: Lindstroem Hotel
Sogndal: Quality Hotel Sogndal
Bergen: First Hotel Marin
Oslo: Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Notes
  • *Please note in the event that the Oslo City Hall is closed due to local events, the visit will be substituted with a visit to the Oslo Cathedral.
  • May 19, May 20, May 25, Jun 1, Jun 8, Aug 4 & Aug 24 departures will be accommodated at the First Hotel Victoria in Hamar instead of Lillehammer.
  • May 27 departure will be accommodated at the Scandic St. Olavs Plass in Oslo on Day 2.
  • Jul 28, Aug 4, Aug 25 & Sep 1 departures will be accommodated at the Scandic Holberg Hotel in Oslo on Day 2. Jul 28, Aug 4, Aug 11 & Aug 25 departures will be accommodated at the Lindstroem Hotel in Laerdal instead of Sogndal.
  • This moderately active trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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