The Golden Route
From $2273 Per Person
Independent, 9 Days/8 Nights
Dates: June-August, 2019
For the Eco-friendly at heart, we offer you the ideal tour with the opportunity to meet local Norwegians. Trains, buses and ferries, not forgetting the famous Hurtigruten, will be your modes of transport throughout the tour. Get to know and feel this unique country, its people and its beauty! Highlights include Oslo, Lillehammer, the Geirangerfjord, Aalesund, and Bergen. With this tour, you will discover beautiful places but most of all the amazing and scenic nature of Norway.
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Travel Dates: Daily June 1 - August 31, 2019
Day 1: Arrival in Oslo
Welcome to Oslo, the biggest city of Norway, and its capital for more then 700 years. The history of Oslo dates back to the Middle Ages and the first constructions date back to the year 1000. Oslo is located at the end of the Oslofjord and surrounded by forest. In 2007, Oslo was classified by Readers Digest as the world's second best city for appreciation of nature and respect of the environment. Oslo was also awarded the European Green Capital Award for 2019.
Accommodation in Oslo
Day 2: Oslo - Lillehammer
Breakfast at the hotel and depart by train for Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Consider a visit to the Olympic Museum and Olympic Arena (Lysgaardsbakken). We also recommend a visit to Maihaugen Open Air Museum which tells the story of the people in Gudbrandsdalen Valley over the last 300 years.
Accommodation in Lillehammer
Day 3: Lillehammer – Aandalsnes - Geiranger (train/bus)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Lillehammer by train. The journey heads north through the Romsdalen Valley and continues from Dombaas with the spectacular Rauma Railway along the Rauma River to Aandalsnes. The Rauma railway is 114 km long and offers amazing views of the passing scenery. One of the highlights of the tour is the Kylling Bridge, the most famous and photographed stone railway bridge in Norway. From Aandalsnes, continue your journey on a tourist bus towards Geiranger. The journey takes you along the Troll Road, which has 11 turns and the highest point is 858 meters above sea level. Dramatic, exciting and the ultimate nature experience - this is the best way to describe it. A short ferry crossing will take you to the Eagle Road and to Geiranger.
Accommodation in Geiranger
Day 4: Geiranger – Geirangerfjord – Alesund
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Geiranger where you will embark on the famous Hurtigruten (Coastal Steamer) and a 4-hour cruise to Aalesund. The cruise follows the well- known Geirangerfjord with its waterfalls and mountain farms situated high up on the mountainsides in places you wouldn’t believe people and livestock could survive. Arrival in Alesund in the evening.
Accommodation in Alesund
Day 5: Alesund
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your own leisure. Alesund was completely destroyed by a devastating town fire in 1904 and rebuilt again in Art Nouveau style, making it a truly unique town in Europe. The town center reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. Sights of interest are the Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the Sunnmore Museum, an open air museum with an impressive boat collection and more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings (entrances not included). The beauty of the town can be appreciated from Mount Aksla with a breathtaking view of the town and its mountains, islands and fjords.
Accommodation in Alesund
Day 6: Alesund - Bergen
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day to explore the beautiful city of Alesund. In the late evening you will board the Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) again for a journey along the Western Norwegian coastal landscape.
Accommodation on board Hurtigruten in seaview cabins
Day 7: Bergen
Breakfast on board before you disembark Hurtigruten early afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore Bergen, the capital of the fjords. Bergen offers many attractions and sights - sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbor Bryggen, Floibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).
Accommodation in Bergen
Day 8: Depart Norway
Breakfast at the hotel, take the airport bus to the Bergen airport.
Or inquire to extend your vacation.
Your Trip Includes the following:
- 7 x overnights in good superior tourist class hotels including daily breakfasts
- Airport bus transfers in Oslo and Bergen into the downtown areas.
- 1 night accommodation on board Hurtigruten in seaview cabins with shower/WC including breakfast
- Public transportation along the route: Trains, buses and ferries between Oslo and Bergen
Single supplement from $826
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.