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8 Day Classic Norway

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Oslo
Arrive in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 3, Saturday - Oslo City Tour
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Oslo. Pass the National Theater, the 19th Century Royal Palace and visit the main square to view the Cathedral. 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.* The 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. (Breakfast)

*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.

Optional: Treasures of Oslo (PM)

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to Lillehammer
This morning, travel to Lillehammer. Situated at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa, the town is perhaps most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Take an orientation tour, which includes a view of the ski jump. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Monday - Lom Stave Church, Travel to Sogndal
This morning 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)

*Entry to Lom Stave Church interior only available when church services are not in session.

DAY 6, Tuesday - Sognefjord Cruise, Flam Railway, Travel to Bergen
Today, take 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 mountainside. 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 7, 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 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, and 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. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Highlights of Bergen Tour (AM)

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Norway
Your vacation ends today after breakfast.  (Breakfast)

All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 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
  • 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
Oslo: Scandic Solli
Lillehammer: Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
Sogndal: Quality Hotel Sogndal
Bergen: Scandic Neptun
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Arrival transfer is only included with arrival into Gardermoen Airport (OSL).
  • 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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