Ship: Astoria • Departs: London Tilbury • Sail Date: Tuesday 11th Apr 2017 • Duration: 7 nights
Cruise Code: R704
Twin Inner from: $2649pp $749pp
Discover the magical fjords at Easter
Cruising Norway’s breathtaking fjordland is a wonderful experience and one that is all the more special in this loveliest of seasons. You’ll enjoy a kaleidoscope of incredible images from gentle slopes, towering peaks capped in dazzling snow, remote mountain farms clinging to steep hillsides and dramatic waterfalls. Explore idyllic fjord villages and visit historic Bergen on what promises to be a magical voyage.
Step aboard Astoria and settle in as you spend your first evening heading for the Netherlands. Explore fascinating Amsterdam, where peaceful canals are criss-crossed by hundreds of bridges and there’s a chance to visit the old Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Your first stop in Norway is charming Eidfjord at the head of one of many branches of the beautiful Hardangerfjord. Visits to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre and Voringsfossen waterfall are some of your tour options. Dwarfed by towering mountains at the innermost reaches of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the mighty Sognefjord, Flåm is famous as the start of one of the world’s most spectacular railway journeys that climbs to a lofty 2,700 feet through the wild Flåm Valley.
An optional excursion on the Flåm Railway promises to be a highlight of your cruise. Charming Bergen with its quaint, historic waterfront is a delightful finale. You might wish to visit the home of Edvard Grieg, whose inspiration was the beautiful fjordland scenery, or take the funicular railway up Mount Fløyen for a spectacular panoramic view. A final day at sea and all too soon Astoria arrives back in Tilbury.
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With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
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Lying at the end of a tributary of the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord is surrounded by mountains up to 1,900 metres high. The small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, which is the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. A short walk from the village centre there are graves by the roadside dating back to the Iron Age and Viking eras. The ‘old’ church in Eidfjord was built in 1309. Nearby the stunning Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and features in optional excursions along with the amazing Sysen Dam.
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Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, with some 500 inhabitants, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers including Europe’s royals attracted by the salmon fishing in the Flåm River. Today’s visitors are drawn to Flåm for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.
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Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Yet with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town. It is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Overlooking the harbour the colourful Bryggen wharf is the face of Bergen. The characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs.
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Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.
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* Technical call (independent passengers may not go ashore)
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|OG||Voyager Ocean View||$3539||$969||$2570||Sold out||Wait List|
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|DJS||De Luxe Junior Suite||$8189||$2319||$5870||Sold out||Wait List|
|DBS||De Luxe Balcony Suite||$9099||$2569||$6530||Sold out||Wait List|
|OPS||Owners Suite||$10009||$2829||$7180||Sold out||Wait List|
|2||Standard Plus Twin Inner||$2909||$819||$2090||Sold out||Wait List|
|3||Superior Twin Inner||$3279||$929||$2350||Last few||Wait List|
|4||Premium Twin Inner||$3459||$979||$2480||Sold out||Wait List|
|5||Standard Single Inner||$5459||$1539||$3920||Sold out||Wait List|
|6||Standard Twin Ocean View||$3639||$1029||$2610||Sold out||Wait List|
|7||Standard Twin Ocean View||$3739||$1059||$2680||Sold out||Wait List|
|8||Standard Plus Twin Ocean View||$3929||$1119||$2810||Sold out||Wait List|
|9||Superior Twin Ocean View||$4369||$1229||$3140||Sold out||Wait List|
|10||Standard Single Ocean View||$7099||$2009||$5090||Sold out||Wait List|
|11||Superior Plus Twin||$4729||$1339||$3390||Sold out||Wait List|
|12||Premium Twin Ocean View||$5089||$1439||$3650||Sold out||Wait List|
|DL||De Luxe Double Ocean View||$6189||$1749||$4440||Sold out||Wait List|
|JS||Junior Suite||$6729||$1909||$4820||Sold out||Wait List|
3rd/4th person sharing - $146
Port parking - $111
Deposit per person - $400
London Victoria to Tilbury 11/04/17 - $75
London Victoria to Tilbury Return - $150
Tilbury to London Victoria 18/04/17 - $75
Peter Woolley was born in Derby in 1960 and began painting full-time in 1986.
He works from his home in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is the author of two books on watercolour painting; DRAWING TOWARDS WATERCOLOUR (David & Charles), and HILLS & MOUNTAINS IN WATERCOLOUR (Search Press), and is featured on many DVDs. He is a registered Professional for The Society of All Artists (SAA) and regularly appears on Sky TV’s ‘Painting & Drawing Channel’.
Peter regularly demonstrates to art clubs and societies, and runs weekend workshops across the UK, and a successful on-line private tuition service.
2015 is his 10th year of running workshops on cruise ships (as well as regularly working for CMV - the Marco Polo is his favourite ship - he has also worked for Saga, Fred Olsen, Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery).
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|12/04/17||Amsterdam||002A||Windmills & Volendam||13:00||17:00||More infoHide|
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|12/04/17||Amsterdam||008A||Tuk Tuk City Tour||13:30||14:30||More infoHide|
|14/04/17||Eidfjord||004A||Scenic Walk to Hereid||10:30||12:30||More infoHide|
|14/04/17||Eidfjord||006A||Hardangervidda Nature Centre & Mountain Plateau||10:15||13:45||More infoHide|
|14/04/17||Eidfjord||008A||Ulvik Fruit & Cider Farm||10:00||14:00||More infoHide|
|15/04/17||Flåm||001A||Norway in a Nutshell||10:30||16:35||More infoHide|
|15/04/17||Flåm||016A||The Flåm Railway||11:05||13:10||More infoHide|
|15/04/17||Flåm||016B||The Flåm Railway||14:40||16:35||More infoHide|
|15/04/17||Flåm||019A||Tvinde Waterfall & Stalheim||13:00||16:00||More infoHide|
|16/04/17||Bergen||001A||Bergen Intro & Funicular||09:00||11:30||More infoHide|
|16/04/17||Bergen||003A||Walking Tour of Bryggen & Mount Fløien Funicular||09:45||12:45||More infoHide|
|16/04/17||Bergen||004A||Troldhaugen & City Sightseeing||09:15||12:15||More infoHide|
|16/04/17||Bergen||006A||Heights & Highlights||09:00||12:00||More infoHide|
|16/04/17||Bergen||015A||Hardangerfjord & Fruit Farm||08:30||14:30||More infoHide|
|18/04/17||London Tilbury||N009A||London Transfer||08:30||16:00||More infoHide|