May 17 to 23, 2022 ||

Norway by Rail

A Hosted Vacation by Travel Central Owner, Melinda 

Trip Designed by Bailey 

Why Visit Norway?

Norway is Europe's great parkland: a dramatic mix of mountains, seas, forests and fjords. While the country has tidy cities, historic buildings and distinctive artists, nature is clearly its prime attraction. We think it's one of the loveliest countries in the world, summer or winter, and the prime travel destination in Scandinavia. Norway is such a beautiful and magical destination that a visit there will make you believe in trolls! 

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Norwegian trolls are called troblins. They’re social amongst each other, form relationships and families, and live in their own communities; always based far away from humans.

Nonetheless, as isolated as they are, their favorite activity is stirring up trouble amongst humans.  The tiny troblins are frequently shown causing problems on Christmas Eve. Stories have them breaking into empty human houses and throwing parties there (also destroying the home in the party process).

What's Included?

Expert Guided Vacation

6-night trip includes all accommodations in hand-picked hotels, an expert English-speaking guides on tours, transportation via coach, rail and ferry, daily adventure experiences, meals, and an advisor host. 

Experiences

Oslo City Walking Tour, Viking Ship Museum, Panoramic Flam Railway, Fjord Safari, Local Guided Tour in Bergen

Meals

Included in this trip is 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners.  

Day 1: Welcome to Norway

Tuesday, May 17

Welcome to Oslo! Norway's rapidly growing capital is still considered a small city, helped by the fact that it's surrounded by mountains and sea. Not only is the city center made for walking, but outlying neighborhoods -- filled with charm and character -- are easily accessible by public transportation, so jump on a tram, train, or bus and explore all of what Oslo has to offer. 

Hotel: Thon Spectrum

Day 2: Oslo City Tour and Viking Museum

Wednesday, May 18

Start your day with a private tour by coach with a local guide! 

Your tour of Oslo will begin in the city's centre, where you’ll see the Parliament building, the National Theatre, the new Opera House, and the Royal Residence. You’ll also see the City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented each year.

Next, you’ll proceed to the Vigeland Sculpture Park where the work of Norway’s famous sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, is on display. 

You will end your tour with a visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Visits at the Viking Ships Museum housing the three Viking Ships from Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. The museum also houses impressive finds from these and other Viking burials which include small boats, richly carved sledges and wagons, textiles, harnesses, tools and kitchen utensils.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. 

Hotel: Thon Spectrum

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Flåm Scenic Railway

Thursday, May 19

After breakfast, head to the train station for your trip to Norway's western coast. 

This journey will take you through some of the highest train elevations in the world. From small villages to remote countryside, the views from your window will be nothing short of spectacular. At its highest point, the tracks will take you 4000 feet above sea level! 

After a quick train-change in Myrdal, you will continue to Flåm. Sit back, relax, and take in snow-covered mountains, deep fjords, and beautiful waterfalls as you make your way towards the charming and scenic village of Flåm. 

Enjoy dinner as a group at your hotel tonight. 

Hotel: Flåmsbrygga Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Fjord Safari in Sognefjord Area

Friday, May 20

Enjoy adventure in the Norwegian fjords! Today we will take part on a Heritage FjordSafari. Join us on this soft adventure by RIB-boat and experience the Aurlandsfjord and the whole UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord in only 2hours 15 minutes. We will provide you with floatation suit, life vest, hat, gloves, and goggles.

Hotel: Flåmsbrygga Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Onward to Bergen!

Saturday, May 21

After breakfast, you will enjoy the scenic drive and rail from Flåm to Bergen. Your trip along the Norwegian countryside is beautiful. Be on the lookout for trolls! 

Hotel: Bergen Børs

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Bergen City Tour

Sunday, May 22

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a walking tour of Bergen. A guided tour of the city, including a visit to the famous Fish and Flower Market, the old Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, the popular Hanseatic Quarter and the ancient Maria Church. Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D. During the 12th and 13th centuries, when the Kingdom of Norway was at the peak of its power, Bergen was the capital of Norway. The Norwegian kings resided here, and many historical events took place in this busy port, which in those days had no fewer than 27 churches and abbeys. Bergen owed wealth and prominence to the fish export trade - mainly dried fish which was one of the most important products of the Middle Ages.

Hotel: Bergen Børs

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Say Goodbye! 

Monday, May 23

After breakfast at the hotel, a coach will take everyone to the airport to head home! 

Meals: Breakfast

Oslo City
Oslo City

Oslo Waterside
Oslo Waterside

Oslo City
Oslo City

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Inside Oslo City HAll
Inside Oslo City HAll

Oslo Royal Residence
Oslo Royal Residence

Viking Ship Museum
Viking Ship Museum

Inside Oslo City HAll
Inside Oslo City HAll

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Flam Scenic Railway
Flam Scenic Railway

Flam Railway
Flam Railway

Flam Railway Norway
Flam Railway Norway

Flam Scenic Railway
Flam Scenic Railway

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RIP Boat
RIP Boat

FjordSafari Ride
FjordSafari Ride

FjordSafari Fun!
FjordSafari Fun!

RIP Boat
RIP Boat

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Norway Landscapes
Norway Landscapes

Norway Drive
Norway Drive

Norway Countryside
Norway Countryside

Norway Landscapes
Norway Landscapes

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Bergen
Bergen

Bergen Old Town
Bergen Old Town

Maria Church
Maria Church

Bergen
Bergen

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Norway Troll Goodbye!
Norway Troll Goodbye!

Bye Norway!
Bye Norway!

Norway Troll Goodbye!
Norway Troll Goodbye!

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Hosted Trip

Melinda Bourgeois, Owner of Travel Central

Hosted Vacations offer Outstanding Value, Exclusive Amenities and an Experienced Personable Host on board to ensure your cruise is more enjoyable. Melinda is an experienced traveler and owner and CEO of Travel Central in Louisiana with clients all over America. Focus is always to create a customized experience with a focus on adventure and local experiences.  More on Melinda. 

This trip was created and designed by Bailey. More on Bailey. 

HOW TO BOOK

6-nights for €1,618 EURO per person or $1,961 USD (will fluctuate with exchange rate).

  • Deposit of €540 EURO or $653 USD per person due ASAP to guarantee rate and availability.

  • Balance due due by January 9, 2022. 

  • Single supplement is available for €508 EURO or $692 USD.

  • Triple rooms are available. Reach out to inquire about rates. 

PRE OR POST TRIP OPTIONS

​Airline reservations and pre and post stay options are available to be curated to fit around this trip.  Ask for more details on your options. 

MAKE A RESERVATION OR GET MORE INFORMATION

​Call Bailey at 504-834-7000 or email bailey@travelcentralvacations.com. A complimentary reservation will be created and emailed over to you with full details for you to consider.

Accommodations

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Thon Spectrum

This hotel is just a short walk from Oslo Central Train Station and the main street, Karl Johans gate. Guests enjoy free tea/coffee and free access to the lobby internet computer.

 

Hotel Spectrum’s central location provides easy access to plenty of restaurants, bars and cultural attractions such as the Munch Museum.

 

Thon Hotel Spectrum is certified as an environmentally friendly hotel.

Room: Standard Room

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Fretheim Hotel

This refurbished 1800s manor house is in Flåm, 650 feet from the Aurlandsfjord. It provides a restaurant, a large garden and free WiFi access. All rooms have views towards the Aurlandsfjord or the surrounding mountains.

Fretheim Hotel’s individually decorated rooms feature a seating area, an electric kettle and a private bathroom.

Fretheim’s restaurant serves Norwegian cuisine based on organic, locally sourced ingredients. In summer, guests can sit on the terrace. A bar, café and lobby bar are also available.

Other facilities include a library and several elegant lounges with fireplaces and antique furniture. Staff can arrange hiking and guided tours of the scenic surroundings.

Room: Standard

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Bergen Børs

In this historic jewel of a building, located as centrally in Bergen as is possible, we have built Bergen Børs Hotel – an exclusive design hotel for guests looking to treat themselves to something special. Its designers, ClaessonKoivistoRune, have created a classic, yet modern hotel that does this impressive building justice and renews its relevance in a modern-day Bergen.

Room: Standard

Explore the North: Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Greenland, & Beyond

Rich and amazing nature with mountains, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, rivers, wild animal life and forests . Northern lights. Midnight sun. Geothermal Pools. Beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. Iceland, Finland, Norway & Greenland are trending!

 

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Norway by Rail

 

 

May 17 to 23, 2022 || Start in Oslo, end Bergen

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