Planning a late summer 2019 trip especially to see fjords in Norway and also see London and take a transatlantic cruise out of Dover, England back to the US on Disney Cruise Line. We'll have approximately 16 days to spend touring before the cruise. The cruise makes stops in Portland, England (excursions to Stonehenge are popular from here although may be more economical to do while we're touring the UK), and Cobh (close to Cork), Ireland.
I'm looking for a suggested itinerary.
We are a family of 7 including five children ages 6-14 who are great travelers. One other adult (my sister) will be traveling with us. We want to see the world with our children and of course time is limited as childhood goes so quickly before they will be off doing their own things. At the pace of one European trip every three years, we'll be likely to come back only one more time after this trip with all of them and so we really want to experience as much as possible on this trip.
Here are my thoughts so far on possibilities...
-Our flight from Chicago to Norway will likely have a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland or some other country that we MAY want to stay at for a couple of nights to experience another country and shorten our flight over and start getting used to the time change.
-Spend at least 4 nights in Norway touring Oslo, Bergen, and see the sights along the way, We're open to seeing other areas and lengthening the time here, but I think we would rather add another country to our experience. We can do Oslo to Bergen or vice versa depending on rest of our itinerary and transportation costs.
-We are okay with very busy days of touring since we will relax on the cruise home.
-Take ferries and/or trains to get from Oslo to London possibly staying a night or two in Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Brussels before arriving in London. (This is appealing although hectic because we's get a little taste of several other countries even though brief.)
-We could plan fewer stopovers or even fly to one additional location. In other words, plan to tour Norway, one area of Germany (or Copenhagen, or Amsterdam), and London area.
-Or we could fly from Norway to London or somewhere else in UK and spend more time in Norway and in UK touring. Perhaps part of Scotland if we do this. Where would we want to go if we did this?
We're just beginning research and would like suggested itineraries for 16 nights. Thanks for advice and suggestions!