Day 1 - Dover
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Dover, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in readiness for today’s sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
A full day at sea, giving you plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the extensive facilities on board Balmoral. Enjoy a dip in one of the two pools, unwind in the spa or meet up with fellow passengers in the Observatory Lounge.
Day 3 - Stavanger, Norway - cruising Lysefjord, Preikestolen & Kjerag
Our first port of call in Norway is the southern city of Stavanger, and we arrive on Constitution Day, the most important date in the Norwegian calendar. You’ll see plenty of Norwegian flags flying and locals celebrating their national day as you take a walk around the charming Old Town, with its narrow cobbled lanes, quaint wooden houses and its market, which has been operating here for a thousand years. Later we return to our ship and cruise to the stunning Lysefjord, where you’ll see stunning natural attractions such as Kjerag Mountain and the Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, a flat mountain plateau jutting out over the fjord, more than 600 metres below.
Day 4 - Ulvik - Hardangerfjord - cruising Ulvikafjord & Hardangerfjord
Located on a picturesque arm of the Hardangerfjord, the enchanting little village of Ulvik is nestled in the heart of one of Norway’s most fertile fruit-growing regions, surrounded by breathtaking mountain panoramas and deep blue waters. This area is affectionately known as the ‘Orchard of Norway’, with a profusion of cherry, plum, apple and pear trees growing here. From Ulvik we continue on our scenic cruise of the beautiful Hardangerfjord.
Day 5 - 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 spectacular Nærøyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6 - Olden - cruising Nordfjord & Hornelen
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 7 - Geiranger - More og Romsdal - Seven Sisters Waterfall - cruising Geirangerfjord
Geiranger is located at the end of the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, set amid stunning natural beauty. In town, 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. We will sail through the Geirangerfjord, alongside near-vertical cliffs and tumbling waterfalls such as the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil.
Day 8 - Bergen
We are in Bergen, Norway’s second city, today, 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, offering a fascinating insight into Bergen’s trading history and the daily lives of the Hanseatic merchants while fans of classical music will enjoy a trip to the Edvard Grieg Museum, in what was once the composer’s summertime home, set in pretty gardens. There are regular piano concerts here, too.
Day 9 - At sea
Relax aboard Balmoral today as we sail across the North Sea back towards Dover, perhaps simply enjoying a drink on the sun deck or catching up with new friends in the lounge.
Day 10 Dover
We arrive back in Dover early this morning, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.