Springtime Fjordland Cruise
7 nights. May 2020. From £679.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join us on board Columbus for a Bank Holiday voyage to explore two glorious fjords and two of Europe’s most historic port-cities. Cross to Holland to spend a relaxed day strolling the harboursidepaths and cobbled streets of Rotterdam, then relax on board Columbus as she sails north to Norway’s epic coastline. Cruise the twists and turns of Hardangerfjord, through a landscape of deep forests and towering mountains to Eidfjord, and navigate the vastness of Sognefjord on your way to the tiny village of Flam.
Fill your days with optional shore excursions, and follow crystal-clear rivers to hidden waterfalls or ride a mountain train through the spectacular scenery, and complete your fjordland cruise adventure with a day in Norway's delightful second city, Bergen, the unofficial capital of the fjords.
What's Included7 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsSee the fjords bursting into life
Four delightful ports of call
Two lazy days at sea
Dutch maritime gem, Rotterdam
Cruise scenic Hardangerfjord to tiny Eidfjord
Take an excursion to the Voringfossen Falls
Mighty Sognefjord leads to remote Flam and its famous railway
Bergen’s colourful fish market
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Our first port of call is Rotterdam. Discover the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves, or visit the city's excellent museums.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 4Eidfjord, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1530hrs Today Columbus makes her way into Hardangerfjord. Be on deck early to get your first glimpse of this stunning landscape - sheer mountainsides plunging into still waters, unspoilt forests, and pristine glaciers overlooked by soaring peaks. We'll reach Eidfjord, from where you might wish to take an excursion to the famous 145-metre Voringfossen waterfalls.
Day 5Flam, Norway
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Journey through the narrow fingers of mighty Sognefjord, the world's largest and deepest, to Flam. Here you can board the world-famous Flamsbana Mountain Railway, to gasp in amazement at a feat of engineering - and the sheer beauty - of the unforgettable six-mile journey to Myrdal. Later this afternoon, the ship cruises on through some of Norway's most scenic waters.
Day 6Bergen, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1700hrs This morning Columbus docks in Bergen, with its narrow cobbled streets, medieval houses, vibrant harbour area and open-air Fish Market. Once a residence of medieval kings and queens, and the seat of a university, Bergen was also the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Don't miss the chance to stroll through the ancient Bryggen area, or admire the wonderful views of the city from the summit of 'Mount' Floyen, which are brought into easy reach on the Floibanen funicular railway.
Day 7At Sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 8Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.