When planning a trip for clients I always think it is important to know what interests they have. Do they have any special hobbies? What is their style?
It is also important to put together a mix of some of the "Must See" sights as well as some hidden gems that my clients never would have found on their own.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Nanette and Bill Price, who came to me with a request for Norway and Copenhagen, but other than giving me those two destinations they gave me free reigns to come up with an itinerary for them.
Ofcourse we included some of the must-see places in Norway but I also wanted to include several places that few American travelers visit.
Norway has so many amazing destinations that few get to experience because there seems to be a must-see list that everyone has to cover, and few have time to do much else. The result is that many of the must-see places are suffering from over-tourism, while there are so many hidden gems all throughout the country that few tourists get to enjoy.
Nanette and Bill spent a few days in beautiful Bergen, which is a popular destination in Norway. Leaving Bergen they took a ferry to beautiful Bekkjarvik, a small village located south of Bergen in the island paradise of Austevoll. Bekkjarvik is home to the acclaimed Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri guesthouse, dating from the 17th century, where they have been welcoming guests for over 300 years.
This is where Nanette and Bill stayed, in a beautiful two-story room in a building that used to be a herring factory.
Arrangements had been made for Nanette and Bill to have a gourmet cooking class given by Ørjan & Arnt Johannessen, two of Norway's best chefs. In 2015, Ørjan won the prestigious prize Bocuse d'Or. He has also won the European Bocuse d'Or as well as Norway's best chef.
Needless to say, the results of Nanette and Bill's cooking lesson were quite impressive. They of course got to enjoy the fruits of their labor with some nice wine.
When you take your next trip don't just visit the check-list that everyone else has. Try to sprinkle in a few unique gems that few include in their itinerary.
Need some help planning an amazing and unique trip, please contact me, or one of my colleagues for assistance.
Lene H. Minyard