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SCANDINAVIA + BRITAIN COMBINATION #2

Norway + Scotland

 

On guard at Edinburgh Castle, almost within sight of Home At First's Edinburgh apartments, and an easy day trip from Home At First lodgings in the Central Highlands. Mike Mullen Photo © Home At First.

  ...TO ANOTHER

On guard at Oslo's Royal Palace. Photo © Home At First.

FROM ONE
ROYAL CAPITAL...

A Week of the 'Best of Norway'

— PLUS —

A Week in an
Edinburgh Apartment

— OR —

A Week in a
Central Highlands Cottage

A great combination at an unbeatable price!

 

 


 

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

Train time at Flåm! Photo © Home At First.
ALL ABOARD AT FLÅM!
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

OPTION B VIA THE HARDANGER FJORD:
(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.

* * * * *

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.

* * * * *

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.

* * * * *

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).

 

FOLLOWED BY A WEEK IN SCOTLAND — CHOICE OF 2 LOCATIONS:

 

2a. A Week in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In a Home At First apartment in the royal city of EDINBURGH

Fly from Bergen to Edinburgh Airport. Take the airport bus or drive your rental car from Bergen to Bergen Airport. Turn in your car rental (if applicable). Check in for your flight for Edinburgh. Arrive in Edinburgh that afternoon.

It's under 1 hour from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city! At Edinburgh Airport, if you are picking up a rental car, you have a 30-minute journey to your central Edinburgh apartment. If you are using public transport during your week in Edinburgh, take Edinburgh Shuttle van or a taxi from the airport to your central Edinburgh apartment (journey time 30-45min.).

Your own Edinburgh apartment for a week! Once you

Edinburgh Castle from New Town, where Home At First has apartments. Michael Mullen Photo © Home At First.
Edinburgh Castle from New
Town, where Home At First
has apartments.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

check in to your Edinburgh apartment you are ready to
begin your Scotland adventure. In your center city neighborhood, there are restaurants, shops, pubs, and supermarkets. Attractions like Edinburgh Castle are nearby — some walkable, some a short ride by city bus.

City buses take you everywhere in Edinburgh! With a 7-Day Lothian Ridacard bus pass you can hop
on and off Edinburgh's public buses and go as you please without always having to pay a fare.

Want a day out of Edinburgh? Convenient rail service connects to dozens of fascinating destinations
out of town! Using the speedy, reliable trains of Scotland's rail network, you can take day trips to
towns and cities throughout much of Scotland and be back in Edinburgh for supper.

After a week, fly home from Edinburgh. Return your rental car to Edinburgh Airport, OR take the
Edinburgh Shuttle van from your apartment to the airport.
Because Scotland is almost two hours closer
to home than Norway is, your westward journey to North America seems less fatiguing.


WHAT'S INCLUDED IN EDINBURGH?

An Apartment in Central Edinburgh. One- and two-bedroom apartments available.

Car Rental for 1-week. Pick-up & return at Edinburgh Airport.

OR, if you choose to travel by public transportation, you receive a Scottish rail pass valid for rail journeys from Edinburgh to many other popular Scotland destinations.

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

Flights: Full package includes transatlantic flight home to Newark from Edinburgh. (Flights to other destination airports are available for additional airfare.)

Minimum length: 7 nights at HOME AT FIRST's Edinburgh Apartments.


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN EDINBURGH?

Airport Transfers to/from Edinburgh Airports.

The 7-Day Lothian Ridacard bus pass for city bus transport in Edinburgh—available for purchase only at
Lothian Bus Travelshops in Edinburgh.

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

 


 

2b. A Week in Scotland's Highlands.

In a Home At First Cottage in
SCOTLAND'S CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Fly from Bergen to Edinburgh Airport. Take the airport bus or drive your rental car from Bergen to Bergen Airport. Turn in your car rental (if applicable). Check in for your flight for Edinburgh. Arrive in Edinburgh that afternoon.

It's 1-2 hours from Edinburgh Airport to the Central Highlands. At Edinburgh Airport, you pick up a rental car and begin the 60-120-minute journey to your Central Scotland cottage or apartment.

Stop for Orientation as you enter the Central Highlands. At this session hosted by HOME AT FIRST Staff, you receive lots of information that will be invaluable on-site in Scotland.

Your own cottage or apartment for a week! Once you check

Living room at Rob Roy Cottage, Callander, Central Scotland. Photo © Home At First.
Living room at A HOME AT
FIRST Cottage, Callander,
Central Scotland.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

in to your Central Highlands lodging, you are ready to begin
your Scotland adventure. In your local town or village there are restaurants, shops, pubs, and supermarkets. Touring attractions like Stirling Castle is quick and easy, but so are delightful activities: walking, cycling, cruises, golf, fishing, and visiting whisky (Scotch) distilleries.

Explore much of Scotland from the Central Highlands. No other location permits such a wide range of
possible day trips throughout Scotland. Both the east and west coasts of Scotland are within day trip
reach, as are the Lowlands, some of the Inner Hebrides Islands, and three great cities: Edinburgh,
Glasgow, and Inverness
. Return to your cozy cottage each evening knowing that no where is the
scenery better or the welcome friendlier than at home in Central Scotland.

Organized Activities: Join HOME AT FIRST's Central Scotland Staff on a guided trip early in your stay
to help you get started and become comfortable with the geography, driving, and cultural differences
you encounter in Scotland
. Later in the week, come to dinner hosted by
HOME AT FIRST's staff in a
very Scottish local restaurant. Bring your questions, and bring your appetite: dinner's on us!

After a week, fly home from Edinburgh. Return your rental car to Edinburgh Airport and check in for
your flight home to North America.
Because Scotland is almost two hours closer to home than Norway
is
, your westward journey to North America seems less fatiguing.


WHAT'S INCLUDED IN CENTRAL SCOTLAND?

An Apartment or Cottage in Central Scotland. One- and two-bedroom apartments available. Your choice of several locations: in bustling towns, in rural villages, and in beautiful remote settings.

Car Rental for 1-week. Pick-up & return at Edinburgh Airport. (Sorry—public transportation doesn't work well enough to be a good option for touring away from Scotland's population centers.)

HOME AT FIRST ON-SITE STAFF SERVICES: Orientation upon arrival in Central Scotland, guided trip to a special destination early in your stay, and a hosted dinner party later in your stay.

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

Flights: Full package includes transatlantic flight home to Newark from Edinburgh. (Flights to other destination airports are available for additional airfare.)

Minimum length: 7 nights at HOME AT FIRST's Scotland Central Highlands lodgings.


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN CENTRAL SCOTLAND?

Only one meal is included in Central Scotland: our special hosted dinner party. But using your fully-equipped kitchen means you can save money!

 


 

Financial Information

 

NORWAY + SCOTLAND 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
PLUS 7 Nights "Best of Norway" Package with Breakfast daily
and Ground Transportation (Car/Rail or Combo)
PLUS Flight from Bergen to Edinburgh
PLUS 7 Nights Lodging at an apartment in central Edinburgh
OR 7 Nights Lodging at a cottage or apartment in the Central Highlands.
PLUS 7-Days Car Rental (Pick-up and Drop-off at Edinburgh Airport)
OR (for Edinburgh guests only) a 3-day Central Scotland Rail Pass
PLUS Home At First's "Activity Guides" for Norway & Scotland

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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