Voted “The Happiest Nation on Earth” for several years, Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries, but that small country is packed with wonderful sights and experiences for all kinds of travelers. On this week-long tour you will get to experience the country’s capital – Copenhagen – a lively, liberal, colorful and very modern city. From there you will visit majestic castles and palaces in Northern Zealand. You will also cross the country by train, a truly scenic experience, and visit Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town – a wonderful and wonderfully cozy little town on the west coast. On the way back to Copenhagen you will make a stop in Odense, home of the Danish poet H. C. Andersen.
ARRIVAL IN COPENHAGEN, MEET AND GREET AT THE AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL
GUIDED CITY TOUR OF COPENHAGEN (WALKING OR BIKING; SMALL GROUPS)
DAY TOUR TO NORTH ZEALAND – CASTLES & PALACES
Days 1 Through 3 – Copenhagen & North Zealand Castles | Click For Summary
Kick off your vacation in the colorful, modern and cultural Copenhagen, capital of the Kingdom of Denmark. Upon your arrival, a friendly driver will meet you and your party at the airport and transport you to the hotel in complete comfort and style. After your hotel check in (and some much needed rest, perhaps), explore your surroundings and start discovering Copenhagen. On your second day, you will join an expert local guide who will introduce you to some of the famous landmarks in the city. The following day takes you on a daytrip which will introduce you to Royal Denmark, with a visit to several majestic castles in North Zealand: Kronborg Castle, a castle made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Fredensborg Palace, residence of the Danish royal family, and the ancient Frederiksborg Castle.
Main attractions: the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn (restaurants and shops by the water), Rosenborg Castle, Strøget (largest pedestrian-only shopping street in Europe), Amalienborg (queen’s winter residence), Rundetaarn (“Round Tower” – great views of the city), Tivoli Gardens (Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom), Carlsberg Museum & Tasting Room, Kronborg Castle, Fredensborg Palace, Frederiksborg Castle
Guided activities: 3-hour Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen (walking or biking, small group) and a daytrip to North Zealand (8 hours, small group).
Accommodations: Boutique Hotel Absalon
TRAVELING EASTBOUND ACROSS DENMARK TO ESBJERG
CHARMING RIBE – DENMARK’S OLDEST TOWN
Days 4, 5 – Esbjerg & Ribe | Click For Summary
Leave Copenhagen, eastbound, on a truly scenic, lovely train ride to the seaport town of Esbjerg. The town is renowned for its art and Danish charm and you will have plenty of time to experience it all. The following day, take a short train ride to Ribe, where you will spend a full day. The town has been voted “Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destination 2014”! Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town, home to a fascinating Viking museum and a well-preserved medieval center. Climb to the top of the town’s beautiful cathedral tower for lovely views of the region.
Main attractions: Men at Sea sculpture, Ribe Cathedral, Ribe Viking Center, Wadden Sea Center, Ribe Art Museum, abbey of St. Catharinæ
Accommodations: Hotel Britannia
ODENSE, HOME OF H.C. ANDERSEN
RETURN TO COPENHAGEN
Days 6 Through 8 – Odense and Return to Copenhagen | Click For Summary
On your way back west, before arriving in Copenhagen, stop in Odense – Hans Christian Andersen’s home – for a day of Sightseeing in the ”capital” of Funen. Odense is full of charming high streets, lots of museums and activities, lovely green parks and much more. Spend the night there and return to Copenhagen the following day.
Main attractions : Hans Christian Andersen’s home and museum, Odense Zoo
Guided activities: guided Sightseeing tour of Odense
Accommodations: Ansgarhus Motel