Copenhagen: Northern Europe's Premier Capital
People often describe Copenhagen as ‘the happiest city in the world’. During this tour you are sure to find out why! The home of ‘hygge’ – a Danish concept meaning cosiness and friendliness, this city will charm and leave you with some amazing memories. Brimming with amazing parks and bicycles filling the streets, Copenhagen is one of the greenest cities in the world. This, combined with its award-winning cuisine and impressive sights, means it is no wonder the city is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from around the world.
Denmark’s capital is both modern and historic, boasting innovative design perfectly contrasted with grand palaces dating back centuries. In fact, Denmark’s monarchy is the oldest in the world! During your stay, the city’s most famous sites like the colourful Nyhavn harbour and the Little Mermaid statue are not to be missed. Take in the amazing culture on offer, all while being a part of Copenhagen’s unique and fun atmosphere.
A City Steeped in History, Discover Copenhagen!
Although famous for its innovation, Copenhagen also has a variety of beautiful landmarks on its doorstep where you can learn more about Denmark’s rich history. Journey out of the city to Kronborg Castle, the grand setting of Shakespeare’s epic play Hamlet. Additionally, travel north to visit the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle, one of Europe’s grandest renaissance castles. Going back even further, watch history come to life at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. Here you will learn all about Scandinavia’s fascinating heritage and where the Vikings began.
With its mix of old and new, its iconic sights and undiscovered gems, this is a city break that has something for everyone to enjoy!
Want to travel by air? Fly direct to Copenhagen from a number of regional UK Airports with low-cost and scheduled carriers. We can arrange transfers to/from your local airport as well as from Copenhagen Airport to your hotel.
Dates throughout 2023
Travel to Denmark
Cross from Dover to Calais by ferry then continue through the Low Countries and Germany towards Denmark, making overnight stops in Antwerp and Hamburg. On day 3, travel to the German port of Puttgarden for the short ferry crossing to Rødby in Denmark, before continuing to the island of Sealand and on to Copenhagen. Arrive at the hotel, your base for the next 4 nights. Have dinner at a nearby restaurant and if time permits, take some time to explore your surroundings.
Guided tour of the city
This morning, we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Copenahgen. The tour takes in the colourful Nyhavn harbour area, the Royal Palace of Amalienborg and the Changing of the Guard, the Royal Theatre and the Parliament. After the tour there’s free time to explore the city. It wouldn’t be a visit to Copenhagen without going to see the famous ‘Little Mermaid’ statue. Perhaps take a canal cruise, or enjoy a little retail therapy along the famous pedestrianised Strøget or visit the famous Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. What’s more, you could see the sights and feel like a local on one of Copenhagen’s City Bikes (Bycyklen).
Hamlet’s Castle and Frederiksborg Castle
Today we take an hour’s drive north to the Baltic gateway port of Helsingør, the location of Denmark’s famous Kronborg Castle, which was the setting for Shakespeare’s epic Elizabethan drama, Hamlet. Built in 1574-1585, Kronborg’s elaborate renaissance and baroque interiors will send you back in time. In the afternoon we visit the picturesque Frederiksborg Castle, one of Europe’s grandest Renaissance castles and the largest in Scandinavia. Built across three islands in a lake with more than 70 richly decorated rooms, this castle also houses the Danish Museum of National History.
Sweden: Malmö and Lund
Today travel from Copenhagen to Malmö, the journey taking you across the impressive Øresund Bridge, the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe (and ‘star’ of the popular TV series ‘The Bridge’). First stop is the 13th century city of Malmö, Sweden’s gateway port to Europe, with its attractive old town. We then continue to Lund, a charming but little known university town where an astronomical clock strikes twice a day in the cathedral. Visit ‘Kulturen’, a fascinating open-air museum with a collection of original Swedish rural houses.
Roskilde, Viking Ship Museum and Old Fisherman’s Village
The Viking town of Roskilde is home to a remarkable cathedral where almost all Danish kings and queens are buried. The Viking Ship Museum displays the remains of five original 11th century ships, through which you can experience what life as a Viking was like. Later, drive to the pretty 18th century fishing village of Dragør and enjoy some sea air on the harbour side. A walk among the half-timbered thatched cottages with their postage stamp-sized gardens offers a vivid impression of what life was like a couple of centuries ago.
It’s time to leave Copenhagen and return to the UK. Follow your tracks back to southern Denmark, crossing at Rødby to Puttgarden, and then down through Hamburg and Antwerp. On day 9, make your way across the Channel from Calais to Dover and onto home.
First Hotel Copenhagen ****
Just 500m from Sydhavnen harbour, the hotel offers 24 hour room service, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The relaxation centre features a gym, sauna and hot tub plus harbour views. All bedrooms have multi-channel TV’s and mini-bars. Some provide city and harbour views. Copenhagen International Airport is a 10-minute drive away. Coach parking is available at Copenhagen Central Station a 4min walk away, payable locally.
Imperial Hotel, Copenhagen ****
Centrally located within walking distance of central station, Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square and the shopping street of Stroget. 288 rooms all with tea / coffee facilities. Newly refurbished restaurant, Ristorante L’Appetito, indulge on authentic Italian delicacies made from excellent seasonal ingredients, lovingly created by the talented chef and his Italian team. Parking is located less than 100 meters from the Hotel for a small fee in a secure location.
Gentofte Hotel, Copenhagen ***
Located just a few minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen, Gentofte Hotel was completely refurbished in 2008. Upon arrival, you are greeted by a modern, inviting ambience which exudes the hotel’s original cosy intimacy – an atmosphere that reaches back nearly 350 years to when the building was erected. Onsite parking is available at the hotel.
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|Dates throughout 2023||On request||From £585.00 per person|
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