8 nights’ full board on-board Columbus cruise ship;
Return coach travel to London Tilbury
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We depart and travel to Tilbury, London, enjoy a comfort stop enroute, our cruise departs at approx.16:00.
Day 2 – Amsterdam (Netherlands)
With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
Day 3 – At Sea
Columbus offers a choice of seven different lounges, two speciality coffee and tea shops plus two deck bars and six entertainment venues. Work off a few pounds in the fully equipped gym and book yourself in for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment in the well-appointed Jade Wellness Centre. And, for a spot of retail therapy, there is a fine selection of shops at the central Atrium. The spacious surroundings on board Columbus mean there is always a quiet corner to relax. Out on deck there are two heated swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies and sporting events.
Day 4 - Flåm (Norway) - Cruising Sognefjord (Norway)
Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, with some 500 inhabitants, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers including Europe’s royals attracted by the salmon fishing in the Flåm River. Today’s visitors are drawn to Flåm for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.
Day 5 - Olden (Norway) - Cruising Nordfjord (Norway)
The southernmost of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjord terminates in Olden. The charming village sits amongst tidy, well-kept farms on gently sloping, fertile hillsides, which then rise steeply into thickly wooded and rugged peaks. From the village the beautiful Oldendalen Valley runs between towering mountains to the edge of the mighty Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Briksdal Glacier is one of the more accessible arms of the Jostedalsbreen. The creeping pitted tentacle of ice features in optional excursions from Olden together with glorious waterfalls, glacier fed rivers and wonderful mountain lakes.
Day 6 - Åndalsnes (Norway) - Crusing Romsdalsfjord (Norway)
Day 7 - Bergen (Norway)
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Yet with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town. It is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Overlooking the harbour the colourful Bryggen wharf is the face of Bergen. The characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs.
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 - We arrive back in Tilbury at 08:00 where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.
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ABTA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER V5570/77680