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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Saga Pearl II sails into a magical setting during the Hardanger Music Festival

Hardangerfjord’s majestic scenery has inspired musicians for centuries, including Edvard Grieg, Norway’s best-known composer.

The region’s musical legacy lives on at the annual Hardanger Music Festival, a week-long celebration of chamber music and folk songs.
A series of performances are held in scenic locations along the fjord every May, when the blossom is at its peak, creating a beautiful backdrop to the festival.

Stig Nilsson of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra started the event in 1995; he wanted a special location for a classical music festival and found the peaceful Hardangerfjord to be the perfect setting.

Saga Pearl II sails in during the festival and moors overnight in Eidfjord, part of Hardangerfjord, which is surrounded by towering mountains and cascading waterfalls.

Composer Edvard Grieg spent many happy summers in Hardangerfjord, where the natural surroundings inspired his works, and Saga guests can also celebrate the dramatic scenery while enjoying an air of music festivity on board Saga Pearl II.

Bands on board the 400-passenger ship play classical concerts and live music and there are late-night buffets to sustain music lovers!

Saga Pearl II also calls into Haugesund, as Norway celebrates its Constitution Day, and the coastal town of Stavanger, so guests can choose from variety of optional excursions to discover even more of the country’s stunning landscape.

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Seven nights from £1,268 departing Dover on May 15, 2018. Price includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount passenger has own insurance.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

Price based on two people sharing the lowest available Inside cabin grade and includes any relevant booking discount. Fare was correct at the time of sending and is subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for details.

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