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Norway + London

A Week of the 'Best of Norway'

— PLUS —

A Week in a London Apartment.

 A great combination at an unbeatable price!

FROM ONE ROYAL CAPITAL...                                                                      ...TO ANOTHER

On guard at Windsor Castle, an easy day trip from London. Photo © Home At First.

 


 

Basic Program Features

1. A Week of 'Best of Norway'

START ON NORWAY'S "EAST COAST"—

Begin your adventure at royal OSLO, Norway’s vibrant, modern capital at the head of the Oslo Fjord. Discover the royal palace, Oslo’s great harbor with its Viking Ship, Kon Tiki, and Maritime museums, and the remarkable sculpture of Vigeland’s Park. HOME AT FIRST's friendly Oslo hotel is located away from the bustle of downtown, within walking distance of the Palace and a 10-minute trolley ride from most popular attractions.

From Oslo head west using one of two optional routes:
OPTION A VIA THE SOGNEFJORD:
(This option—though best by car—is possible by train travel on the scenic Oslo-Bergen Railway, with limited flexibility.)

Map © Home At First.

Northwest from Oslo to the Hardangervidda. Drive northwest a half-day to Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau. Stay in HOME AT FIRST's small, rural hotel on the eastern edge of the Hardangervidda National Park. (Dinner is included daily at this remote hotel.) This high, rugged wilderness laced with waterfalls and wild rivers is home to moose as well as Scandinavia’s largest wild reindeer population.

Adventure Activities You can arrange for the following extra-cost guided activities at this location:
RIVER RAFTING! White water rafting on a wild, cold, high river.
WILDERNESS HIKING! Choose from several hikes in the beautiful high country.
MOOSE SAFARI! Spot moose in the wild at night.

Northwest to the Sognefjord.
From the Hardangervidda drive (2-3 hours) across a dramatic, high landscape and descend the steep walls of the Aurland Valley to the spectacular, interior reaches of the Sognefjord at Flåm.

Two Short Tours Park at Flåm, transportation center on the edge of the fjord. Buy tickets for:

FJORD CRUISE. A 2-hour fjord cruise among the cliff-faced mountains

NARROW GAUGE MOUNTAIN RAILWAY. Ride (2 hours) from sea level to snow country and back.

OR choose

OPTION B VIA THE HARDANGER FJORD:

Train time at Flåm! Photo © Home At First.
All aboard at Flåm!
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

(This option is possible by car only.)

West from Oslo to the Hardanger Fjord.
Drive west a full day from Oslo on a dramatic fjord and mountain route along the southern and western edges of the Hardangervidda National Park to the Hardanger Fjord. Along the way, learn about the Heroes of Telemark and Norwegian resistance during World War II, and visit the National Park visitors center. Stay at least one night at
HOME AT FIRST's small, traditional fjord-side hotel on    the Hardanger. Explore this scenic region of fjords, mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers. See Norway's greatest waterfall, and visit a superb museum of folk culture.

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FINALLY, YOU REACH NORWAY'S WEST COAST

West from the Fjords to BERGEN. From either the Sogne or the Hardanger, the direct drive time to Bergen (2-3 hours) but you may want to stop several times, if only to admire the remarkable fjord and mountain scenery. Once in Bergen famed second city of 7 fjords and 7 mountains you will stay at HOME AT FIRST's small hotel in the old harbor district, within walking distance of most attractions, including the lively Bryggen, a United Nations listed World Heritage Site.

Explore the Fjords from Bergen. From Bergen, numerous optional side trips to the dramatic Hardanger and Sogne fjords may be arranged, including the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" rail + boat + bus excursion.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN NORWAY?

A Hearty Norwegian Breakfast Daily! Starts every day right.

You receive the Oslo City Pass good for public transportation and entrance fees to many attractions.

You receive HOME AT FIRST's "Activities Guides" full of information and suggestions for each location along the route.

Transportation—the "Best of Norway" itinerary offers several options:
Car rental, OR
Rail tickets for Oslo–Bergen (with Option A travel only).

Flights: Full package includes transatlantic flights from Newark/New York to Oslo and a flight from Bergen to London. (Flights from other origination airports available for additional airfare.)

Minimum length: 7 nights of HOME AT FIRST quality lodgings in ideal locations.

Stay as little as one night at any location.

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN NORWAY?

Optional Extra Cost Activities: But, rafting, guided walks, moose safari, fjord cruises, and Flåm train may be pre-arranged.

Airport Transfers in Oslo and/or Bergen (if needed).

 


 

2. A Week in London.

FLY NON-STOP FROM BERGEN TO LONDON

It's just 2 hours from Bergen to London!
You fly the early morning flight from Bergen and land in London by mid-morning.

It's about 1 hour from Gatwick to St. Katharine's Marina!
At Gatwick, you take the frequent First Capital Connect train (runs every 15-30 minutes) on the 35 minute journey to London's Blackfriar's Station. From Blackfriar's Station it's a 10-minute taxi ride (or ten minutes by Underground Circle Line four stops and then on foot) to
HOME AT FIRST's Apartments at St._Katharine's Marina. Located by the    Tower of London London's most popular attraction
the Apartments at St. Katharine's Marina provide the ideal

The Apartments at St. Katharine's Marina, by the Tower of London. Photo © Home At First.
The Apartment at St. Katharine's Marina
by the Tower of London

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

location for seeing London.

Your own London apartment for a week! Once you check in to your London apartment you're ready to begin your London adventure. At St. Katharine's Marina there are restaurants, shops, pubs, and a supermarket, as well as attractions including the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge within short walking distance.

The Underground and buses take you everywhere in London! With your 7-Day London Transport Pass you can hop on and off the subway trains of the Underground and the famous double-decker buses (and the single-deckers, too!) to go as you please around London.

Want a day out of London? Convenient rail service connects to hundreds of fascinating destinations out of town! Using the frequent, reliable trains of the British rail network, you can take day trips to towns and cities throughout much of England and Wales and be back at St. Katharine's Marina for supper.

After a week, fly home from London. Because you are two hours closer to home, your westward journey seems less fatiguing.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN LONDON?

An Apartment at St. Katharine's Marina. One or two bedroom apartments available.

The London Transport Pass valid for 7 days on the London Underground and the red London buses.

You receive HOME AT FIRST's "Activities Guide" for London full of information and suggestions for what to see and do in London and for day-trips throughout England and Wales.

Flights: Full package includes transatlantic flight home to Newark/New York from London. (Flights to other origination airports are available for additional airfare.)

Minimum length: 7 nights at HOME AT FIRST's Apartments at St. Katharine's Marina.

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN LONDON?

Airport Transfers to London's Heathrow or Gatwick Airports (needed only on certain transport modes).

No meals are included in London. But by using your fully-equipped apartment kitchen means you can save money!

 


 

Financial Information

 

NORWAY + LONDON 2017

PRICES PER PERSON

WINTER

SPRING/FALL

SUMMER

FULL
PACKAGE

$3031
PER PERSON

$3713
PER PERSON

$4416
PER PERSON

ADDITIONAL ITINERARY DAYS

$199
PER PERSON/DAY

$258
PER PERSON/DAY

$278
PER PERSON/DAY

Prices based on two person sharing.
Inquire for Family/child & ground-only rates.

— Prices Include —
Round-Trip Flights from Newark or New York to Oslo, Norway
PLUS 7 Nights "Best of Norway" Package with Breakfast daily
and Ground Transportation (Car/Rail or Combo)
PLUS Flight from Bergen to London
PLUS 7 Nights Apartment at St. Katharine's Marina, London
PLUS 7-Day London Transport Pass for Underground & Buses
PLUS Home At First's "Activity Guides" for Norway & London

SEASONS:

WINTER
NOV 1 – DEC 11 2016
DEC 26 2016 –
MAR 20 2017

SPRING/FALL
DEC 12-25 2016
MAR 21 – MAY 26 2017
AUG 26 – OCT 31 2017

SUMMER
MAY 27 – AUG 25 2017

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