Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral in readiness for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - Cruising Lysefjord, Preikestolen and Kjerag, Norway.
This evening we enjoy an unforgettable scenic cruise along the beautiful Lysefjord, sailing past the beautiful Kjerag Mountain and underneath the incredible ‘Preikestolen’ (Pulpit Rock), a flat mountain plateau jutting out over the fjord, more than 600 metres below.
Day 3 - Bergen
Balmoral arrives in Bergen, Norway’s second city, this morning, popularly known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’. Take a look around Bryggen, the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic wharf, with its colourful timbered houses, restaurants, boutiques and artists’ studios and visit the medieval Haakon’s Hall, built by King Haakon Haakonson as a royal residence and banqueting hall 750 years ago. Also worth seeing is the Hanseatic Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into Bergen’s trading history and the daily lives of the Hanseatic merchants. Our optional excursion today is to Troldhaugen, once the home of Norway’s best-loved composer, Edvard Grieg and now a museum. We will enjoy a short concert of Grieg’s works here and there will be time to explore the house and pretty gardens. We leave Bergen tonight.
Day 4 - Olden cruising Nordfjord and Hornelen
This morning we visit the little village of Olden, set amongst green meadows and babbling brooks on the southern shore of Nordfjord. In the centre of the village you’ll find the Old Church, built in 1759, and the Singerheimen, once the home of the American artist William Henry Singer and some of his paintings of the local area are on display in his studio. Olden is the gateway to mainland Europe’s largest glacier, the Jostedal Glacier and the best known glacier arm, Briksdal, which is set between tumbling waterfalls and high mountain peaks. Later today we sail along Nordfjord, passing the dramatic Hornelen, said to be the tallest sea cliff in northern Europe. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 5 - Flåm - cruising Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord.
Set on the banks of Aurlandsfjord and surrounded by orchards, farmland and magnificent mountain scenery, Flåm is known for its 20km-long railway, the Flåmsbana, one of the steepest train lines in the world, with a gradient of 5.5% on most of the route. The line passes through 20 tunnels on its way to Myrdal, 865 metres up, running through some of Norway’s wildest and most beautiful countryside, offering views of waterfalls, rivers and farms clinging to the sides of the mountains. The Flåmsbana Museum in the village tells the story of the railway’s design and construction. Leaving Flåm, we cruise along the spectacular Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Sognefjord, one of the world’s longest fjords. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Cruising Maurangerfjord and Furebergfossen - Hardangerfjord - Eidfjord
Our day begins with a leisurely cruise along the Maurangerfjord, gliding past the pretty Furebergfossen Waterfall for wonderful views and photo opportunities, and into the spectacular Hardangerfjord, known as the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, enjoying the spellbinding scenery of towering mountains, waterfalls and idyllic orchards. This afternoon we reach the strikingly beautiful village of Eidfjord, where you are free to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, join our optional ‘Taste of Hardangerfjord’ excursion, which will visit the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory in the village of Ulvik. On the guided tour you will sample apple juice and sparkling cider as well as some local specialities such as traditional Norwegian lefse pancakes, salmon and sour cream.
Day 7 - At sea
Enjoy a relaxing day aboard Balmoral as we sail back across the North Sea towards Newcastle, perhaps taking a dip in one of the two pools, catching up with friends in the Observatory Lounge or simply unwinding with a drink and a good book on the sun deck.