essential cruise - Norway’s Majestic Fjords
Spectacular natural beauty and snow-dusted peaks await on this journey through some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. After a whirlwind stop in the quirky, contemporary Rotterdam, you’ll begin your voyage to discover the quintessential Scandinavian ‘toy town’ of Bergen, the sheer cliffs of Eidfjord and orchard-lined Hardangerfjord. To top it off, you can opt to take the vertiginous Flåm Railway - one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys - some 867 metres above sea level for eye-popping scenic delights.
- 7 nights cruise on Columbus
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (day 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Services of the Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- All port taxes and duties
Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark on Columbus (3T) in preparation for late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
We arrive in the contemporary hub of Rotterdam this morning, known for its futuristic architecture, towering skyscrapers and spectacular museums. Choose to wander into the centre of the city, or perhaps hop on the quick shuttle service. Rotterdam is lively, modern and culturally rich and makes for an interesting walk as you navigate its busy streets, small alleys and many bridges. Coffee culture is rife here, so maybe stop for a brew and a spot of people watching, or indulge in some local treats such as sticky stroopwafels (caramel waffles).
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.