Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - Cruising Lysefjord, Preikestolen & Kjerag
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 - Edifjord, Norway - cruising Hardangerfjord
Today we are in the strikingly beautiful village of Eidfjord, where you are free to explore at your own pace, perhaps taking the time to visit the pretty 14th century church. Alternatively, join our optional ‘Taste of Hardangerfjord’ excursion, to 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. This afternoon we sail into the spectacular Hardangerfjord, known as the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, enjoying the spellbinding scenery of towering mountains, waterfalls and idyllic orchards.
Day 4 - Flåm - cruising Nærøyfjord
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 breathtaking Nærøyfjord.
Day 5 - Kristiansund
This afternoon Balmoral arrives in the town of Kristiansund, spread over three islands on Norway’s west coast. Most of the town was destroyed during the Second World War and today it is home to some of Norway’s most interesting modern architecture, although some reminders of pre-war Kristiansund remain, including the century-old Opera House, built in the Art Nouveau style. Learn about the local culinary speciality, salted cod, at the Klippfish Museum or take a trip to the nearby Grip archipelago. There are no permanent residents, but the islands are home to one of Norway’s tallest lighthouses, a 15th century church and abandoned fishing villages. We leave tonight.
Day 6 - Cruising past Strandafjellet Mountain - Hellesylt, More og Romsdal - cruising Geirangerfjord - cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall - Geiranger
This morning you will enjoy wonderful views of Strandafjellet Mountain from Balmoral as we cruise the clear waters of the Geirangerfjord. Strandafjellet is widely regarded as one of Scandinavia’s best skiing destinations, and is blanketed in bright, white snow for much of the year. Later this morning we will stop in the little town of Hellesylt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers numerous walking trails and incredible natural attractions, including Hellesylt Waterfall and Horindalsvannet, Europe’s deepest lake. We continue our cruise along Geirangerfjord, framed by towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, including the famous Seven Sisters Waterfall, to the town of Geiranger, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You might like to visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre, where you can learn about the history and ecology of the region through multimedia exhibitions, or take a look at the unusual octagonal wooden church.
Day 7 - Olden - cruising Nordfjord
Today Balmoral arrives in the appealing 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.
Day 8 - Bergen
We are in Norway’s second city, Bergen, this morning, popularly known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’. Take a look around the 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. Our optional excursion is to Troldhaugen, once the home of Norway’s best-loved composer, Edvard Grieg. 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 9 - At sea
Relax on board Balmoral today as we sail back towards the UK. Settle down on the Sun Deck, catch up with friends in the Observatory Lounge or take a dip in the pool.
Day 10 Newcastle
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.