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Capital to Coast on the Great Bergen Railway - Escorted Group Tour

Fjord Highlights
 
To book the Capital to Coast Tour, please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11

This East to West escorted tour takes in three of Norway’s cities as well as the picturesque Hardangerfjord and the famous ‘Bergen Railway’, often described as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Starting in Oslo, take the scenic train journey to the Western Fjords and the pretty fjordside village of Ulvik before continuing onto historic Bergen. Your final stop is Stavanger, home of the iconic Pulpit Rock and some of the most spectacular landscaped gardens in Europe. 

 

Day 1 (Friday)

 

Fly to Oslo airport. Meet your guide for the short rail transfer by rail to the city centre and Thon Hotel Opera, your base for the next 2 nights. The hotel is in a convenient central location a few minutes walk from the railway station and opposite the famous Opera building The Aker Brygge wharf for a selection of restaurants and harbour for boat departures to the museum island, are also just a few minutes' walk away.  A walking tour and evening meal at a nearby hotel are included for your first evening.

 

Day 2 (Saturday)

 

A day to take in the sights of Oslo at your own pace. Visit your pick of the many famous fascinating museums, including the National Gallery, which houses Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream’. The impressive Opera building is worth a visit as Aker Brygge wharf, home to a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops. We recommend guests purchase a 24-hr Oslo Pass for free use of inner city transport including the harbour ferries, free entrance to most museums as well as discounts in selected local restaurants for your evening meal. The Oslo Pass can be purchased from your guide locally (approx. £42 per adult for 24 hrs).

 

Day 3 (Sunday)

 

Sit back and relax on the Bergen Railway across Europe’s highest mountain plateaus and the well-known towns of Geilo and Myrdal before finally reaching Voss. From here, you will transfer deeper into the countryside to quiet Ulvik, an authentic fjordside village on the Hardangerfjord.

 

Day 4-5 (Monday-Tuesday)

 

Known as the Orchard of Norway, the Hardangerfjord is a beautiful region of gentle rolling hills with a stunning dramatic backdrop of snow-capped high mountains. As well as offering some excellent walks, Ulvik is conveniently located to enjoy some of Fjord Norway’s most famous attractions. Best known of all is the Flåm railway from Myrdal. Early connections also allow guests to experience the Næroyfjord, the narrowest arm of the Sognefjord. Or why not take the express boat to Eidfjord to visit the impressive 182m Vøringfossen waterfalls and Hardanger Nature Centre? Make sure you don’t miss trying some of the locally produced cider, jam or chutney!

 

Days 6 (Wednesday)

 

Today, we continue our journey to the Western coast along the shores of the Hardangerfjord to historic Bergen. Arriving early afternoon, first time visitors will have the chance to join a short, guided tour of the city with your guide, whilst other guests may prefer to explore independently, perhaps taking the Ulriken cable-car, taking one of the walking trails at the top of Mount Fløyen or heading to Edward Grieg’s house to hear a classical concert.

 

Day 7 (Thursday)

 

Your hotel, the First Hotel Marin is located on the harbour front in one of the historic Bryggen wharf buildings, and ideally situated to explore the best this city has to offer. We recommend guests purchase a Bergen Card for the duration of their stay which gives free entrance to attractions and useful restaurant discounts. The Bergen Card can be purchased from your guide locally (approx. £28 per adult for 24 hrs).

 

Days 8 (Friday) 

 

After an leisurely morning, take the early afternoon departure of the ‘Fjordline’ ferry cruise from Bergen harbour past the coastal islands southbound to the small city of Stavanger. Enjoy the scenery from your reserved seat before enjoying a varied buffet dinner (included in price) on board before disembarking and continuing to your stylish city centre hotel, the Clarion Collection Skagen Brygge.

 

Day 9-10 (Saturday - Sunday) 

 

Although not as well known as Oslo or Bergen, Stavanger boasts some impressive attractions and day excursions, including a day trip along the Lysefjord to the iconic Pulpit Rock where keen walkers can enjoy a day’s hiking. The Flor & Fjære gardens also make for a great day out - a paradise for garden lovers, the landscaped, themed gardens of this small island, located a 20 minute boat ride from Stavanger are owned and run by the grandchildren of the original founder.  The return boat journey and a delicious meal at the garden restaurant are included in the excursion price. This excursion can be booked locally directly with the gardens (subject to availability). In Stavanger itself, there are several museums documenting the city’s industrial history and the pretty small white wooden houses of the old town now house a selection of boutique shops. A light one course evening meal is available free of charge at the hotel each evening, or if you prefer, a selection of Norwegian and international restaurants are only a few steps away from the hotel.

 

Day 11 (Monday)

Return to Stavanger airport for your flight back to the UK.

 

Tour Includes

 

  • • Return flights from the UK to Oslo and back from Stavanger
  • • Return airport transfers (by rail from Oslo and by minibus to Stavanger)
  • • Scenic rail transfer on the ‘Bergen Railway’ from Oslo to Voss with reserved seating and a light lunch served at your seat
  • • Scenic transfer from Ulvik to Bergen
  • • Scenic coastal ferry cruise transfer from Bergen to Stavanger with buffet dinner included on board
  • • Accommodation with private facilities throughout
  • • Half board meals included for all nights in Ulvik and on 1st night in Oslo
  • • Free daily light evening meal included in Stavanger - see Inghams Plus below
  • • Bed & Breakfast included in Bergen and on 2nd night in Oslo
  • • Guided walk with your Inghams guide in Ulvik

Max group size: 30 people 

 

Inghams Plus

 

  • • Early Booking Offers Save up to £60 per couple - (ends 31 Dec) Discount included in price shown
  • • Free Berlitz Insider guide to Oslo (one per booking)
  • • Free light evening meal (one course) included in Stavanger
  • • Services of an experienced guide throughout
 

Accommodation

 

Oslo (2 nights) Thon Hotel Opera ****

Ulvik (3 nights) Hotel Brakanes ***+

Bergen (2 nights) First Hotel Marin ***+

Stavanger (3 nights) Clarion Collection Skagen Brygge **** 

Departure Dates & Prices for 2019

 

  • • Depart Fridays
  • • 7th June, from £1,649
  • • 21st June, from £1,649
  • • 5th July, from £1,649
  • • 19th July, from £1,649
  • • 2nd August, from £1,659
  • • 16th August, from £1,659
 

 

To book the Capital to Coast Tour, please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11

 

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