Highlights of the Fjords - Escorted Group Tour

Fjord Highlights
 

Enjoy the best of the Norwegian fjord’s glorious and diverse scenery in this 4-centre group tour, escorted by an Inghams guide throughout. Designed as an excellent introduction to Norway for those wishing to see the spectacular fjords, mountains, glaciers and lakes in four contrasting destinations - from the historic city of Bergen to the serene Sognefjord, and from the glacier arms in Loen to the Atlantic coast in Ålesund. This tour gives you an insight into the ‘real’ Norway where even your transfers between resorts are spectacular scenic day trips

Starting in the historic city of Bergen with its bustling fishmarket and historic ‘Bryggen’ wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also be able to enjoy a wonderful city view from the top of the Fløiban funicular before transferring by scenic express boat along the coast to the small idyllic fjordside village of Balestrand on the mighty Sognefjord, the longest and deepest in Norway. From here, a day excursion to Myrdal, first by boat cruise to Flåm, then continuing on the historic cog railway, is included in the price of your holiday.

Travelling onwards via the magical Gauler mountains to Loen on the Nordfjord, from where the fabulous glacial arms of the Jøstaldal ice plateau, the biggest in Europe, are most easily accessible. Your last nights will be in the vibrant city of Ålesund on the Atlantic coast with its beautiful surrounding islands and Art Nouveau centre  - unique opportunities await you!

Itinerary 

Day 1 (Monday) |  Fly to Bergen. Transfer to the Hotel Augustin in Bergen centre, your base for the next 2 nights. 

Day 2 (Tuesday) | A day to explore Bergen, with optional guided tours of some of the sights available with you guide including Fantoft Stave Church and the Rosenkrantz Tower before a free afternoon to discover Bergen at your own pace. We recommend guests purchase a Bergen Card as it is a great value way to take in the main attractions including the Fløiban funicular and most of the museums. The card also gives you discounts in selected local restaurants for your evening meals. Bergen Cards are available to purchase locally from your guide (approx. £30 per adult for 48 hours)

Day 3 (Wednesday) | After a buffet breakfast and morning exploring Bergen, enjoy a 4-hr afternoon express boat north along the coast to Balestrand, arriving in time for a buffet dinner at Hotel Kviknes. From Balestrand, you will discover the Sognefjord with a fabulous day trip to experience the famous Flåm railway, included in the price of your holiday. For your day at leisure, options include a visit to the nearby village of Vik with its impressive Stave Church or trip deeper into the fjord to the Jøstedal glacier

Day 6 (Saturday) | A scenic drive across the magical Gauler Mountains to the Hotel Alexandra in Loen, considered one of the best hotels on the fjords with its excellent pool and spa facilities. There will several photo stops along the way, including at the new Gaulerfjellet viewing platform, so make sure you keep your camera to hand. Arriving in Loen mid-afternoon, there is time to take a stroll around the village before your buffet dinner at the hotel.

Days 7- 8 (Sunday, Monday) | Loen enjoys a spectacular location ‘where the fjords and glaciers meet’ so why not take one of the optional trips to the Kjenndal and Briksdal glaciers. There is also good walking here so we recommended bringing walking shoes, although both glaciers are easily accessible via gentle terrain. The views from the brand new Loen Skylift, the area’s newest attraction are spectacular and a network of walking trails at the summit allows guests to make a half-day trip of the cable-car ride

Day 9 (Tuesday) | Another scenic minibus transfer to the vibrant Art Nouveau city of Ålesund. Your journey will take a full day as you will experience two of Fjord Norway’s favourite highlights along the way -a stop at the Dalsnibba viewpoint for that iconic photo shot of Geiranger and a cruise on the Geirangerfjord to view the Seven Sisters waterfall. Staying at Scandic Parken, a half board dinner is included for your first night.

Days 10- 11 (Wednesday, Thursday) |  Once in Ålesund, start your stay with a guided tour of the main attractions. A varied selection of optional activities is available for the rest of your stay including visits to the local museums and ocean aquarium, plus a range of excursions to the surrounding islands and fishing communities as well as Alnes lighthouse. Don’t miss a trip to Aksla mountain at sunset for amazing views over the city.

Day 12 (Friday) Return by shuttle to Ålesund airport for your flight back to the UK.

What our guests say...  

"We were so fortunate to have Bev as a guide. She went well above and beyond her remit. She made it all very interesting and her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge really enhanced the holiday" Mrs. McGregor, Sept 2016 

"An excellent holiday of a lifetime which more than lived up to and surpassed our hopes and expectations. We loved the range and diversity of the places visited, travel and transport, resort destinations, excursions and experiences offered. We really appreciated the huge amount of thought, planning and attention to detail put in by our tour manager, Bev". Ms McVey, Jul 2016

"Excellent tour with lots of interest and a good introduction to Norway" Ms. Millis, Sept 2016

"Making the transfers part of the holiday experience enhanced the holiday, especially the combination of different modes of transport" Mr. Smith, Sept 2016

"The holiday has been excellent! The scenery and tours have exceeded our expectations" Mrs. Williams, Jul 2016

 

What’s included

  • Return flights from the UK to Bergen and back from Ålesund 
  • Scenic transfer from Bergen to Balestrand via 4-hour coastal express boat
  • Day trip on Flåm railway from Balestrand with packed lunch included
  • Scenic transfer from Balestrand to Loen via the Gauler mountains
  • Scenic transfer from Loen to Ålesund via Geiringerfjord ferry and Dalsnibba viewpoint
  • Accommodation with private facilities throughout
  • Half board meals included in Balestrand and Loen, plus 1st night in Bergen
  • Bed & Breakfast for 2nd night in Bergen and Ålesund
  • Daily packed lunch during your stay in Loen
  • Guided walks with your Inghams guide in Balestrand, Loen and Ålesund

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See our terms & conditions.

Inghams Plus: 

  • Early Booking Offers Save up to £40 per couple (book by 31 March) Discount included in price shown
  • Services of an experienced Inghams guide throughout
  • Free day trip on Flam railway from Balestrand - worth £90 per person 
  • Free packed lunch each day in Loen and on one day in Balestrand 

Accommodation

Depart Mondays 

11 nights holiday:

Summer 2018:

Bergen (2 nights) Augustin ***+

Balestrand (3 nights) Kviknes ****

Loen (3 nights) Alexandra ****+

Ålesund (3 nights) Scandic Parken***+ 

Summer 2018: 

Prices per person (£)Highlights of the Fjords
Holiday CodeNOXX3086
BoardHalf Board*
No. of nights11
DepartMonday
May 28£1,599
Jun 11£1,659
Jun 25£1,649
Jul 9£1,649
Jul 23£1,649
Aug 6£1,659
Aug 20£1,630
Supplements per person per tour from

PB or PS WC incl. (Side Fjord View in Balestrand, Balcony in Loen)

Single Room £418  except 28 May - 10 June £374

PB=Bath PS=Shower, incl = Included. Prices include flights, resort transfers, accommodation. Flight supplements may apply. Prices correct at time of going to print and may vary up or down at time of booking.

Transfers

Airport to Bergen: 20 mins by minibus/taxi

Bergen to Balestrand: 4hrs by express boat 

Balestrand to Loen: 3.5 hrs by minibus 

Loen to Alesund: 4hrs by minibus/ferry 

Alesund to Airport: 20 mins by minibus

Flights

to BERGEN
Gatwick

Aberdeen

Duration 
11

11

Supp
Nil

£49

Indirect flights via Amsterdam also available from: 

Birmingham 
Bristol 
Edinburgh
Glasgow 
Humberside
Leeds Bradford 
Manchester 
Newcastle 
 

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 to book this holiday

General Terms and Conditions: All prices, offers and availability are correct at time of publishing, are subject to change & availability and can be withdrawn at any time. All offers are for 7 nights unless otherwise stated. All prices are per person based on maximum occupancy of a room or apartment and on the lowest priced departure point, supplements for other flights/airports may apply. The late booking fee of £30 per person applies to late bookings made within 14 days of departure.

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