Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark on Columbus (3T) in preparation for late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Charming and quirky, the aesthetically pleasing Dutch capital offers a thrilling metropolitan buzz dressed in a 17th century Golden Age façade. Gabled houses, quiet canals and pretty brick bridges run wistfully through the city. Spend the day wandering the cobbled streets by foot or bicycle. Visit the world’s only floating flower market to see the famed Dutch tulips at Bloemenmarkt, visit the 17th century Royal Palace on Dam Square, still used for Royal events to this day; or soak up some culture at the famous Rijksmuseum, house of Anne Frank, or the Van Gogh Museum.
Day 3 - At sea
Day 4 - Eidfjord - Cruising Hardangerfjord, Norway
The small community of Eidfjord, at the mouth of the mighty Hardangerfjord, is our first stop in Norway. Dwarfed by the sheer mountains and cascading waterfalls, it is known to be exceedingly beautiful. Optional excursions highlight the spectacular Vøringsfossen waterfall and the amazing Sysen Dam. A series of graves close to the village centre serve as a reminder of the Iron Age and Viking eras that once ruled here, and the village church has been a centre of the community since it was built in 1309. Later, we cruise through the inner part of the stunning Hardangerfjord, also known as the orchard of Norway thanks to its blossoming fruit trees in the summer. Along the way, we take in views of pretty villages and majestic snow-capped mountains. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 5 - Flåm - Cruising Sognefjord
Nestled in a truly spectacular setting beside Sognefjord, Flåm’s stunning natural beauty has made it a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century. One of the highlights of the area is undoubtedly the Flåm Railway, as it twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley and some of Norway’s most breath-taking scenery. The world’s second-longest (203km) fjord is not to be taken lightly; in some places the sheer cliff walls tower over 1,000 metres out of the sea. Take in the stunning landscapes, waterfalls and remote villages as we sail through.
Day 6 - Bergen
During the early Middle Ages, Bergen was Norway’s proud capital - a status that can still be glimpsed in its beautifully preserved streets. Now known mainly as the gateway to the beautiful fjords of Norway, it is not just the striking landscape surrounding the city that lures visitors each year. Bergen has fascinating and picturesque quarters waiting to be explored, including photogenic Bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus a series boutique shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs that gives the city a real small-town feel.
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.