Norway in a nutshell

PROJECT Travel has teamed up with Scandinavian Airlines to offer a special five-night Norwegian break from €769 per person sharing — three nights in Oslo and two in Bergen plus the special ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ journey between the two.

Norway in a Nutshell is based on transport by train, bus and boat, all in one ticket. Clients should experience one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world on the Bergen Railway, followed by the breath-taking Flam Railway. The 20km route from the mountain station of Myrdal down to Flam deep in the fjord takes around one hour. On the way, there are views of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in Norway, including the thundering waterfall at Kjosfossen.

Disembarking at Gudvangen, travellers continue further by coach up the spectacular bends of Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road, to the panoramic view from the Stalheim Hotel and on to Voss from where you continue your train journey to Bergen.

The price includes: return flights from Dublin to Oslo with Scandinavian Airlines; 5 nights B&B in three star hotels in Oslo and Bergen; Bergen Railway Line (Oslo-Bergen); Norway in a Nutshell (train, boat, bus) and internal flight (Bergen-Oslo). An option to extend the stay is also available.

For further details visit www.flysas.ie or contact Project Travel on 01-2108391.

IN January 2008, Fred Olsen’s Black Watch will embark on a cruise around the world for the third time. This cruise of 107 nights departs Dover on January 5, 2008.

The route taken by Black Watch is westerly and highlights include Portugal, Caribbean, transiting the Panama Canal, Lima in Peru, Easter Island, Pitcairn, Tahiti, New Zealand (North and South Islands), Australia (Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns), Papua New Guinea, Bali, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Jordan, transiting the Suez Canal, Malta and Spain.

Shandon Travel, who have become heavily immersed in the cruise market, are promoting this particular trip and prices start at €13,750 for the full tour.

The company also features a New Year cruise to the Canary Islands direct from Dublin on January 4 for 14 nights with lead in fares from €1,175 per person.

Furthermore, there is an earlier direct Dublin departure (October) to the eastern Mediterranean, with prices for a 23 night journey starting at 2220 per person.

A cruise, direct from Waterford to Spain and the islands, is on sale from €1,162. That’s for 10 nights from March 30, 2007.

Shandon Travel, which also owns West Cork Travel, can be contacted by phone (Cork city number is 021-4277094), or check out www.shandontravel.ie.

SLOVENIA features as a new destination in Panorama’s new ski and board brochure. The company offers 112 properties in 15 resorts in Italy, Andorra, Bulgaria, France, Austria and now Slovenia.

Check out prices and details at www.panoramaholidays.ie/ski

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