2017 SEASON
Jun 2017 - Jun 2017

10 Day Norwegian Fjords & Coastal Treasures - Westbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Oslo and finishing in Bergen

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 10 Day Norwegian Fjords & Coastal Treasures - Westbound. Only Two Sailings! Explore spectacular fjord country and Norwegian culture past and present on a seven-night voyage aboard Le Soléal - sailing between Oslo and Bergen - stay one night at a downtown hotel in both ...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 10 Days
From: Oslo to Bergen
Tour Code: NFY
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Norway, Sweden
Our Price From:
$ 9,990
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Oslo, Norway

Tour begins at 6:00 PM at Grand Hotel Oslo. A transfer is included upon arrival from Oslo Airport to Grand Hotel Oslo, a 19th-century landmark in the center of town, situated across the street from Parliament and not far from the royal palace. Truly grand, your hotel was once a home away from home for the renowned playwright Henrik Ibsen. Please join us for a welcome reception and dinner here this evening. Stay: Grand Hotel Oslo (D)
2

Oslo, Norway

Set off to discover some of Norway's greatest heroes - from Arctic exploration to the arts. An Oslo city tour brings you to the Viking Ship Museum, home of two of the world's best-preserved wooden Viking ships, built in the 9th century, and other artifacts of the Viking period. Nearby, the Fram Museum is a reminder that Norway is an Arctic nation; more than 40% of it lies north of the Arctic Circle, and naturally Norwegians have undertaken many important polar expeditions over the centuries. The museum chronicles some of the most famous, and its centerpiece is the wooden polar ship Fram, used on three historic expeditions, including Roald Amundsen's voyage to Antarctica. Go onboard and take a look around her cabins, lounges, cargo hold and engine room. A guided walk around Frogner Park introduces you to the work of Norway's most beloved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland; more than 200 of his granite and bronze human figures fill the palatial and popular park with life and emotion, capturing the free-spirited sensibility of the Norwegians, their strong connection to nature, and their willingness to embrace the totality of human experience. A guided visit to the Vigeland Museum, the sculptor's former studio, provides a look into his artistic process and inspiration. Embark Le Soléal this afternoon and settle in. Your yacht sails for Göteborg, Sweden tonight. Stay Seven Nights: Le Soléal (B/L/D)
3

Göteborg, Sweden

Spend a relaxing morning at sea cruising south along Sweden's craggy west coast in the Skagerrak Strait en route to Göteborg. Tauck's exclusive onboard lecturer, Åsa Övrelid, shares insights and information about the region's geography, marine life, history, economics, politics, and more. A Norwegian native, she lives in Sweden and lectures at two Swedish universities; her talks, for Tauck guests, are always popular. After lunch onboard ship, disembark for an afternoon in clean, green Göteborg, Sweden's second largest city, laced with canals and dotted with parks. Göteborg's Volvo Museum takes you on a trip through a unique piece of Swedish 20th- and 21st-century history and design. Explore the lively Långgatorna neighborhood, a hive of homegrown fashion labels, indie bands, and craft beer bars - and for contrast stroll along Kungsportsavenyn, the city's elegant main avenue inspired by the Champs Élysées. A private trip aboard an antique trolley gives you a surprising perspective on the city. Before returning to ship, enjoy a reception and a taste of Swedish specialties at a fun local gathering spot. This evening onboard Le Soléal, join us for the ship's welcome reception and dinner as you sail across the Skagerrak Strait back to Norway. (B/L/D)
4

Kristiansand, Norway

This morning Le Soléal arrives in Kristiansand, a favorite vacation spot for Norwegians on the southern coast. Discover a bygone way of life on a guided tour at the open-air Kristiansand Museum - 34 old houses, some dating back to 1580, in a rural setting. Return to your ship for lunch or join your Tauck Director for a culinary walking tour, sampling tasty bites at Kristiansand's restaurants and cafés. This may be the day you find out how much Norwegians love waffles! All aboard late this afternoon. Your yacht sails north along the North Sea coast for Stavanger. (B/L/D)
5

Stavanger, Norway

Welcome to the port city of Stavanger, Norway's oil capital on the oil-rich North Sea and a lively university town. As you get an overview of the city, visit massive Swords in Rock, a powerful symbol of unity and peace that commemorates the battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, when Harald Fairhair united Norway as one kingdom. Step even farther back in time on a guided visit at the Iron Age Farm, an archaeological site where you'll see how the prehistoric people of the Iron Age lived - in long buildings of rock and sod, with animals housed at one end and their owners at the other! Leaping forward a few centuries, take a walking tour of Old Stavanger, a settlement of small white wooden houses from the 1800s set on narrow streets paved by ballast blocks, used long ago as ballast on the ships that sailed in and out of port. The owners of one of these charming old houses invite you to come inside for a look around. Then it's on to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, a Stavanger Port landmark, to learn just about everything you ever wanted to know about oil and gas. The afternoon, your yacht sails through the first fjord of the journey, Lysefjord. Keep your eyes peeled for Prekeistolen, a mammoth flat-topped cliff overlooking the water. Later chart a course for Ålesund. (B/L/D)
6

Ålesund, Norway

Enjoy a relaxing morning at sea taking advantage of the amenities onboard your ship and hearing a talk by our Tauck Exclusive lecturer. This afternoon disembark in picturesque Ålesund, the most important fishing harbor in Norway, situated on seven islands. You have a choice of activities. One possibility is to join our local expert for a walking tour of the city's Art Nouveau - Jugenstil - architecture; nearly all the historic buildings went up between 1904 and 1907 after a fire had destroyed the town, making Ålesund a leading example of Jugenstil today. Or join us for a spectacular panoramic sightseeing tour, hopping from island to island to take in the amazing views; you'll drive through an intricate network of tunnels carved out of granite, linking this maritime community. Sail on to the village of Hellesylt, on famously scenic Geirangerfjord, this evening. (B/L/D)
7

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Today may be the most beautiful day of touring and sightseeing anywhere! Disembark first thing in Hellesylt in the stunning valley at one end of the deep blue Geirangerfjord and head off for a full day's touring with a local expert around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your exploration over refreshments at the Hotel Union Øye, a favorite spot for those in the know, perfectly situated in the dramatic glacier-carved landscape. All day the views just keep getting better - as you ride a gondola up to the Sunmore "Alps" and drive through the mountains surrounding Geirangerfjord. Surprisingly narrow, the fjord is banked by some of the steepest mountains on Norway's west coast, rising nearly straight out of the water to precipitous heights, leaving no habitable shoreline. Foaming waterfalls plunge into the water, including Seven Sisters Falls and the Suitor, which face one another across the fjord; the Suitor is said to be trying to woo the sisters! Have lunch at a local fjord-side restaurant before boarding a ferry that takes you across the fjord; you might spot porpoises along the way - or a rainbow, famous here. At the end of the fjord, you'll find the charming hamlet of Geiranger. Enjoy some free time poking around the village. Le Soléal meets you here, and sails out of Geirangerfjord and south toward Nordfjord this evening. (B/L/D)
8

Lake Loen, Norway

Awaken in Nordfjord and disembark early in Olden. A special experience is waiting for you - a short hike from the village of Loen takes you to see blue and white Kjenndalsbreen, an arm of Jostedal glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. The sight is definitely worth the walk! A guided cruise on Lake Loen reveals more snow-frosted mountain landscapes - remote, untamed, and gorgeous; your boat is chartered exclusively for Tauck guests. Return to Olden to board Le Soléal for lunch; spend the afternoon relaxing, taking in a lecture, and sailing toward Bergen. This evening enjoy a farewell reception and dinner. (B/L/D)
9

Bergen, Norway

This morning disembark in cosmopolitan Bergen, one of Northern Europe's oldest port cities, and join our local guide for a walking tour of the historic Bryggen harbor district lined with well-preserved brightly colored houses. A funicular ride up Mt. Floyen provides spectacular views of the port. This afternoon, continue getting to know Bergen and visit a traditional stave church before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway's greatest composer. After your guided tour, enjoy a brief reception and a private piano concert featuring Grieg's music. This evening's farewell dinner takes place in a quaint, authentic setting at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum - an ideal finishing touch for your Norway cruise adventure. Stay: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bryggen (B/D)
10

Journey Home

Tour ends: Bergen. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included today to Bergen Airport from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bryggen. Allow three hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • A lecturer onboard throughout the cruise to provide expert insights for Tauck guests
  • 7-night cruise, hotel stays and sightseeing in Oslo and Bergen, and a visit to Göteborg, Sweden
  • Spectacular fjord country sightseeing: a private guided cruise on Lake Loen, a visit to Kjenndalen Glacier, a ferry ride at Geirangerfjord, and a gondola ride and scenic touring in the Sunmore "Alps"
  • A private tour of the Vigeland Museum in Oslo
  • A guided tour, reception and private Edvard Grieg concert at his home, Troldhaugen
  • A private visit to a historic home in Old Stavanger
  • A choice in Ålesund between island hopping for panoramic views or a walking tour of Art Nouveau architecture
  • An antique trolley ride in Göteborg

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while bars are open.
  • 25 meals (9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

 

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Style: Small Ship Cruise
Gratuities: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Free WiFi: Onboard Where Available
Drinks: Onboard Beverages Included
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017 SEASON
Jun 2017 - Jun 2017

Prices & Dates ($AU)

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Departure
13 Jun 2017 Sold Out
Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you request a quote with us. Cabin upgrade prices & deck plans are shown below.
1 Extra Night Pre or Post Accommodation when booking before 28 Feb 2016. Accommodation supplied by Tauck and is subject to availability at time of booking.

Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

  Deck Plans: Le Soleal
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Deck 3 (Superior Cabin)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Deck 3 (Deluxe Cabin) $ 470
Deck 4 (Prestige Cabin) $ 950
Deck 5 (Prestige Cabin) $ 1,170
Deck 6 (Prestige Cabin) $ 1,400
Deck 6 (Deluxe Suite) $ 2,900
Deck 5 (Prestige Suite) $ 3,900
Deck 6 (Prestige Suite) $ 4,500

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Tour Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by Tauck. Full terms & conditions are available here.

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