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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Oslo, bustling capital of this land of fjords, mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Today, travel along the scenic “Norwegian Riviera”—the Sørlandet (South Land) and the Skagerrak (a strait between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark)—and visit the idyllic harbor town of Arendal. A port since the 14th century, it is known for its timber exports and its old Town Hall, the tallest wooden structure in the country. Overnight in Kristiansand, founded in 1641 and today an important industrial center. Here, you will enjoy time at the lively fiskebrygga (fish market), the perfect place to watch the entertaining fishmongers or relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafés.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km
More ruggedly beautiful coastal scenery awaits this morning as you head into the Lista region, popular holiday area for the Norwegians and hot spot for surfers. Stop to visit some of the pristine coastal villages of whitewashed timber and lighthouses such as Flekkejord and Farsund. Overnight in Stavanger, where you can stroll through the Old Town to see a 12th-century cathedral and captivating collection of 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings.
Today’s Distance: 146 mi/ 235 km
Travel via Haugesund to board the ferry that takes you across Hardangerfjord. Have your camera ready to capture the incredible scenic vistas before arriving in pretty Bergen, the “Green Meadow Among the Mountains.”
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km
Today is yours to explore Bergen at your own pace. You can spend time at Bryggen with its collection of colorful 14th-century Hanseatic buildings lining the harbor protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Consider joining one of our optional excursions to discover the history, traditions, and breathtaking views of this beautiful port city.
A special treat today! Ride on the Bergen railway from Voss to Myrdal and then on the renowned Flåm train from Myrdal to Flåm. See some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery—graceful waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, cruise across Norway’s legendary Sognefjord Nærøyfjord.
Today’s Distance: 181 mi/ 292 km
Reach the Nordfjorden region today and take a break in enchanting Loen, gateway to some of Norway’s glaciers and home to some of the country’s oldest farms.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Loen and take advantage of some of the many available outdoor activities. Alternatively, sign up for an optional excursion including an unforgettable cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.
Stop in Lom to see its iconic wooden stave church, which dates back to the 12th century. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics and home today to a lively art scene.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km
The dynamic city of Hamar is located on the eastern shore of Mjøsa, the largest lake in Norway and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Visit the fascinating open-air Ethnological Museum, an active archaeological site that includes ruins of a 950-year-old cathedral enclosed in a protective glass and steel structure. Later, return to Oslo for a guided tour. See the medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbor, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and visit Frogner Park with more than 200 bronze and granite sculptures by artist Gustav Vigeland.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Staying at Scandic Sjolyst is very worthy, the hotel is located in a trendy area close to cafés, shops, restaurants and great outdoor spaces. Attractions such as the museums on Bygdoy and Vigeland Park are only a short walk from our hotel. Public transport is close by, and the surrounding area is perfect for outdoor activities.
Scandic Sørlandet is the largest conference hotel in the southern part of Norway. Our hotel is located only 12 minutes from Kristiansand airport Kjevik, and has good bus and train connections. We can organise everything from small daytime meetings to larger national meetings and conferences
Unique location that's close to nature and the Forum area. A hotel perfectly suited to all types of guests especially for guest on tour. We offer to our clients comfortable room, meeting rooms .With fantastic views over Stavanger city, you can enjoy dinner and drinks at Restaurant and Sky bar.
Located by the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf District, the environmentally friendly eleven-story Thon Hotel Orion is in central Bergen with the famous Fish Market and the Fløibanen funicular railway within walking distance. A fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment, a cozy bar and free Wi-Fi throughout all property are available. The elegantly refurbished guestrooms feature a flat-screen TV with international channels, a writing desk, coffee and tea maker facilities, minibar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed wireless internet access.
The Lindstrøm Hotel is located in an idyllic setting between lovely pastel-coloured wooden houses in Old Lærdalsøyri, the old village centre in Lærdal.
Hotel Loenfjord is a charming 137-room property beautifully situated by the Loen river and offers a buffet restaurant, a café and Free Wi-Fi access.
A 109-room property with a cosy atmosphere and history dating back to 1872, Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property which also has and a restaurant and lobby bar.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.