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Join us for a wonderful Norwegian adventure of Fjords, lakes, glaciers, and mountains on our magnificent Norwegian explorer tour.  The magic starts in Norway’s beautiful Telemark region and continues to the famous Kviknes Hotel Balestrand, which has a sensational location right on the shore of the Sognefjord. See the best of Norway with varied and dramatic landscapes, travel along sparkling lakesides, around sheltered fjords, across majestic high mountain passes and through charming hamlets and villages. Our hotels in Vrådal and Balestrand are both proud members of Norway's Historic Hotels organisation. Make lasting memories on this once in a lifetime tour.

 

 

Your Holiday Includes:

Door to door service

Executive coach travel throughout

Excursions as specified

 

DFDS Overnight ferry 27/06/2024

Overnight ferry cross Newcastle-Amsterdam

Dinner, bed and breakfast

En-suite cabin with lower bunks.

 

Overnight hotel – Atlantic Hotel Universum, Breman 28/06/2024 1 night

Dinner, bed and buffet breakfast

En-suite bedroom

 

 

Overnight hotel – Scandic Kolding, Kolding 29/06/2024 1 night

Buffet dinner, bed and buffet breakfast

En-suite bedrooms

 

Straand Hotel, Vradal, 30/06/2024 for 2 nights

ColorLine fast craft ferry crossing Hirtshals - Larvik

Buffet dinner, bed, and buffet breakfast

En-suite bedrooms

2-hour cruise on Lake Nisser on historic vessel MS Fram

 

Kvikne’s Hotel, Balestrand 02/07/2024 for 3 nights

Buffet dinner, bed, and buffet breakfast

En-suite bedrooms

All internal Norwegian ferry crossings as stated in the itinerary.

Entrance to Sogn Folk Museum, Kaupanger

Entrance to the Norwegian Glacier Museum

 

Overnight Hotel – Thon Hotel Horten, Horten 05/07/2024 1 night

Dinner, bed, and buffet breakfast (6/7/2024 early breakfast so we make check-in for ferry)

En-suite bedrooms

 

Overnight hotel – Best Westen Hotel Prisma, Neumunster 06/07/2024 1 night

ColorLine fast craft ferry crossing Larvik – Hirtshals (08.00 crossing)

Dinner, bed, and hot buffet breakfast

En-suite bedrooms

 

DFDS 07/07/2024 Return overnight ferry

Overnight crossing Amsterdam-Newcastle

Dinner, bed and breakfast

En-suite inside cabins with lower bunks

 

Single Room Supplement - £380.00

Itinerary:


Thursday:
Depart Leyland at 11.00hrs for our journey to Newcastle to board the 17.00hrs overnight ferry to Amsterdam. Once onboard disembark, we have an evening meal onboad before retiring to our cabins for the night. We suggest an overnight bag for the ferry with all your essential, medication etc.).

Friday:
Following breakfast re-join the coach as we disembark in Amsterdam. Continue our journey to our overnight stop in Breman, Germany, with a lunch stop en-route in Groningen at the very tip of the Netherlands, known as the gem of the north, this authentic and unspoilt city is a great stop off point complete with its iconic, Martini Tower and quirky town hall, magnificent architecture and a wonderful array of coffee shops to relax in , continue our journey to Breman arriving in time for our evening meal.

Saturday:
Check out of our hotel following breakfast to continue our journey through Germany into Denmark and our overnight hotel in Kolding, Denmark, with a suitable lunch stop en-route, arriving in time for our evening meal.

Sunday:
Check out of our overnight hotel following breakfast as we head to Hirtshals in Denmark to catch our Colorline fast craft ferry to take us across to Larvik in Norway, sit back and relax and enjoy the wonderful views as we travel between the two countries. This exciting journey takes us across the Skagerrak Sea to Norway. On arrival re-join the coach to disembark as we leave the port and immediately encounter the fantastic, pristine Norwegian scenery during the onward journey to Vrådal, arrive at the traditional, family owned Straad Hotel our home for the next two nights, surrounded by the beautiful nature of the Telemark Region.

Monday:
Today following breakfast we have a day at leisure to explore Vrådal, enjoy the hotel's facilities and relax on the terrace or garden and take in the magnificent views across the lake. In the afternoon, from the hotel's lakeside garden, we include an afternoon cruise on Lake Nisser on the historic vessel MS Fram, now almost 100 years old.

Tuesday:
Check out of our hotel following breakfast as we continue our journey leaving the Telemark region travelling west, over the Haukeli high mountain pass and descend to the Hardangerfjord. This is a fruit growing area and is particularly beautiful in Summer. Enjoy views of the fjord and up to the Folgefonn Glacier before joining a short ferry across the fjord. Continue past Voss before crossing the Sognefjord to arrive at Balestrand at the Kvikne's Hotel our Norwegian home for the next 3-night nights.

Wednesday:
Following breakfastt enjoy the morning at leisure in Balestrand, taking time to enjoy the hotel and its breathtaking location. Late morning board the coach for the short excursion across the fjord and through Sogndal to the Sogn Folk Museum, Kaupanger. This attraction includes a range of local farm dwellings, pastures, footpaths, and trails. It offers an insight into fjordland life through the ages.

Thursday:
Following breakfast, we have a full day 'Glacier Route' excursion planned to start with an ascent of the mighty Gaularfjell, stopping at the Utsikten Viewpoint en-route. Continue along Lake Jolster and through Skei to arrive Fjaerland for a visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. On then towards Sogndal, enjoying wonderful views along the Fjaerlandsfjord, before arriving back at Balestrand.

Friday:
Following breakfast, we leave Balestrand and take 2 short ferry crossings on the Sognefjord before a photo stop at the Borgund Stave Church. Continue through the Hemsedal Valley and then south through lakes and mountains scenery before arriving in Horten, on the Oslofjord, arriving in time for dinner and our overnight stay at The Thon Hotel, Horten.

Saturday:
Check out of our hotel following an early breakfast as we head to Larvik to bid farewell to Norway and board our early morning Colorline fast craft ferry to Hirtshals in Denmark, re-join the coach to disembark and continue our journey to our overnight hotel in Neumunster in Germany with a suitable lunch stop en-route. Arrive in time for our evening meal.

Sunday:
Check out of our overnight hotel following breakfast as we continue or journey back to Amsterdam with a suitable lunch stop en-route, board the overnight ferry to Newcastle. disembark the coach (make sure you have an overnight bag with all your essentials). We have dinner onboard this evening before you retire to your cabins for the night.

Monday:
Following breakfast onboard re-join the coach to disembark the ferry in Newcastle and continue our journey home.

Altantic Hotel Universum, Bremen.

Hotel

Altantic Hotel Universum, Bremen

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

4 Star

 

 

Hotel Website

tps://www.atlantic-hotels.de/hotel-universum-bremen/

 

 

Hotel Contact

+49 421 2467555



 

 

TV

yes

HAIR DRYER

Yes

LIFT

yes

WI FI

yes

SAFE

Safety deposit box

A/C

yes

TOILETRIES

NO

POOL

NO

GYM

NO

GOLF COURSE

NO

IRON & BOARD

Ironing Service added charge

BREW STATION

yes

PORTERAGE

NO



 

The Atlantic Hotel Universum, Bremen is next door to the Science Centre, this wonderful, modern 4 star hotel is part of the Bremen Universum architectural concept within lovely green surroundings. A great choice of overnight hotel for our 1st stop.

 

 

 

Kvikne’s Hotel, Balestrand

 

Hotel

Kvikne’s Hotel, Balestrand

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

4 Star

 

 

Hotel Website

https://www.kviknes.com

 

 

Hotel Contact

+47 57 69 42 00


 

TV

yes

HAIR DRYER

yes

LIFT

yes

WI FI

yes

SAFE

NO

A/C

NO

TOILETRIES

NO

POOL

NO

GYM

NO

GOLF COURSE

NO

IRON & BOARD

Ironing Service added charge

BREW STATION

NO

PORTERAGE

NO

 

Kvikne’s have been welcoming people to their family-owned hotel for four generations, since 1877 when the family took it over.  This magnificent, modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere is one of the most traditional hotels in Norway on the shores of the Sognefjord.  Enjoy nature, mountains and the Sognefjord from a comfortable chair in the garden. Or you can do as so many other visitors to Balestrand have done, wander right out into the national romantic scenery that has inspired painters for over a hundred years. The list od prominent guests is a long one which includes Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers and film stars from around the world. Guest bedrooms are traditional and comfortable rooms in the hotel’s modern wing.

 

 

Overnight hotel – Scandic Kolding, Kolding

 

Hotel

 Scandic Kolding Hotel, Kolding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

 3 Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Website

  Scandic Kolding | Hotel in Kolding | Scandic Hotels

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Contact

 +45 7551 7700

 

 

 



 

About the hotel

This modern, city centre hotel is an ideal overnight choice.  Guest bedrooms are traditionally furnished and comfortable for a great nights stay.



 

 

 

TV

 

Yes

Hairdryer

Yes

Lift

Yes

Wifi

Yes

Toiletries

No

Safety Deposit Box

No

AC

No

Pool

No

Gym

Yes

Golf

No

Iron

Yes

Tea/Coffee

Yes

Porterage

No

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Straand Hotel, Vradal

 

Hotel

 Straand Hotel Vradal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

 3 Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Website

  https://straad.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Contact

 +47 35 06 90 00

 

 

 



 

About the hotel

The Straand Hotel is a 5th generation hotel, in the magnificent Telemark region, they have been welcoming visitors since 1864.  This beautiful traditional Norwegian hotel offers old-world charm and welcoming hospitality. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of the Telemark region, massage treatments can be booked at the hotel. Guest bedrooms are traditionally furnished, comfortable rooms for a relaxing stay.



 

 

 

TV

Yes

 

Hairdyer

Yes

Lift

Yes

Wifi

Yes

Toiletries

No

AC

No

Pool

Yes

Gym

No

Golf

No

Iron

No

Tea/Coffee

No

Poterage

No

Safety Deposit Box

No



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thon Hotel Horten, Horten

 

Hotel

 Thon Hotel, horten

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

 3 Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Website

  https://www.thonhotels.no

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Contact

 +47 33 04 17 22

 

 

 



 

About the hotel

The Thon Hotel, Horten is located an hours drive from Oslo, the area is known for its coastline, forest, cultural heritage and history.  The botel is located by the harbour promenade in Horten.  Guest bedrooms are modern,  traditionally furnished and comfortable rooms for a great night’s stay.



 

 

 

TV

 

Yes

Hairdryer

Yes

Lift

Yes

Wifi

Yes

Toiletries

No

Safety Deposit Box

No

AC

No

Pool

No

Gym

No

Golf

No

Iron

No

Tea/Coffee

Yes

Porterage

No

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Westen Hotel Prisma, Neumunster

 

 

Hotel

 Best Western Hotel Prisma, Neumunster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Star Rating

 3 Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Website

  Hotel-Prisma-Neumuenster-Englisch - Best Western Hotel Prisma Neumünster

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Contact

 +49 4321 9040

 

 

 



 

About the hotel

The Best Western Hotel Prisma, Neumunster is conveniently located as an overnight hotel. The modern hotel’s guest bedrooms are comfortable,  modern rooms with colourful décor, a great overnight choice for a restful nights sleep



 

 

 

TV

 

Yes

Hairdyer

Yes

Lift

Yes

Wifi

Yes

Toiletries

Yes

Safety Deposit Box

No

AC

No

Pool

No

Gym

No

Golf

No

Iron

No

Tea/Coffee

Yes

Porterage

No



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Ava Travel, based in Leyland, is a relatively new company specialising in the creation and operation of coach tour holidays throughout the UK and Europe.

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41 Hough Lane
Leyland, PR25 2SB
Office Opening Hours
Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00, Sunday - Closed