Denmark Self Drive

Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus & North Zealand
7 days
May - Sep
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See the highlights of Denmark on this leisurely circle journey from Copenhagen west to Odense & North Zealand and back, by car & car ferry.

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Day 1: COPENHAGEN
Upon arrival in Denmark’s delightful capital, make your own way to the hotel & check-in; remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy some of the many historical and fascinating sights & wander the Nyhavn quayside area for a beer and a taste of new Nordic cuisine at one of the many bars & restaurants. Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar.

Day 2: COPENHAGEN
Breakfast at the hotel and day free for leisure. The capital is full of attractions, most of them located within walking distance in the city centre. We recommend a visit to the Tivoli Gardens (entrance incl.), the Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament), the Gefion Fountain, the old harbour ‘Nyhavn’, the Little Mermaid, the Round Tower, the museum of Carlsberg or one of the many other museums of art, culture, history and design. Also remember time to just enjoy the pedestrian shopping streets of Strøget and the surroundings. Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro (or similar).

Day 3: COPENHAGEN - ODENSE
Breakfast at the hotel then pick up your rental car and depart from Copenhagen westward through farming countryside and small villages, some of which were founded by Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Upon arrival in Roskilde - until 1417, the capital of Denmark – we recommend a visit to the Viking Ship Museum, containing the remains of 5 Viking vessels which have been salvaged from the bed of Roskilde Fjord, where they were sunk more than a thousand years ago to prevent aggressive intruders gaining access to the town from the sea.

After visiting the museum, a short drive to the Town Square, to visit the twin-spired Roskilde Cathedral. The construction of the Cathedral was commenced during the 12th century and additions have been made through the ages, in different architectural styles. The Cathedral is the traditional burial place of Danish monarchs and contains more than 40 royal graves. Continue from Roskilde to Halskov from where you will drive over one of the world’s largest suspension bridges constructed off-shore and arrive on the island of Funen.

Drive to Kværndrup and Egeskov Castle (entrance incl.), which is the best preserved water fortress in the world, with its rounded towers, double gables, red brick walls, green torrents and spire, built on a foundation of oak piles rammed into a bed of a lake more than 450 years ago. Today it is a family owned castle which has belonged to the family Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille since 1784. Visit the Great Hall which dates back to 1554 and contains furniture and paintings as well as seven adjoining rooms. Enjoy the 40 acres park with hundreds of aromatic plants and herbs and visit the old-timers Museum. Continue to Odense, Denmark’s third largest city and Hans Christian Andersen’s home town. Accommodation at First Hotel Grand Odense (or similar).

Day 4: ODENSE - ÅRHUS
Breakfast at the hotel. Before leaving Odense, we recommend a visit to Hans Christian Andersen’s home. The humble house, where HC Andersen was born in 1805, has been turned into a museum dedicated to the world famous fairy tale writer. Leave Odense and cross the Little Belt waterway to Jutland. On the way to Århus, we recommend a detour to the village of Jelling. During the 10th century, at the height of the Viking period, Jelling was for sometime the royal seat chosen by two Viking kings, Gorm the Old and his son Harald Bluetooth, who started the Danish Royal line. As evidence they left two large burial mounds and two rune stones, known as the Jelling Stones, which have given crucial information about early Danish history.

Continue to Århus, the second largest city of Denmark and also known as the City of the Smile. Visit the Old City (entrance incl.) (Den Gamle By), a fascination open-air collection of completely furnished old Danish town houses with workshops etc. Also possibility to visit the cathedral, the museum of Danish prehistory, Moesgaard or the drive past the Marselisborg Castle in Aarhus, the holiday residence of the Royal Family. When the Royal Family is not in residence there is free admission to the palace park for the public from morning to evening. Accommodation at First Hotel Atlantic (or similar).

Day 5: ÅRHUS – HILLEROD
Breakfast at the hotel and departure by ferry from Århus to Sjællands Odde on Zealand. Pass through rural villages and wooded, undulating countryside to Hillerød and the Frederiksborg Castle (entrance incl.), the beautifully situated Renaissance building which like many others  was built by orders of King Christian IV. Today, Frederiksborg is the home of the Museum of National History, the collection of which includes priceless paintings, silver and porcelain items, furniture and tapestries. The castle chapel houses Denmark’s oldest organ from 1610.Accommodation at Hillerod Hotel or similar. 

Day 6: HILLEROD - COPENHAGEN 
From Frederiksborg, drive on towards Helsingør, passing en route Fredensborg Palace, built in 1722, the Spring and Autumn residence of the Danish Royal Family. On arrival in Helsingor
 to visit the imposing Kronborg Castle (entrance incl.), which was the setting of Hamlet, the dramatic masterpiece by William Shakespeare. Then return to Copenhagen along the coastal road, passing through small villages, fashionable resorts and some exclusive residential areas on the way.

Along the way we suggest you visit the world-famous museum of modern art, Louisiana, or Rungstedlund, situated on the shores of Øresund, 25 km north of Copenhagen, next to a tiny picturesque harbour full of colourful pleasure boats of all sizes. Rungstedlund was the beautiful family home of Denmark’s most famous female author, Karen Blixen, whose autobiographical book “Out of Africa” became known worldwide when a film was made of it in 1985. The house has been turned into a museum but a great part of it has been left as it was when she lived in it. Continue to Copenhagen. Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro (or similar). Drop off your rental car late this afternoon.

Day 7: COPENHAGEN DEPARTURE 
Breakfast at the hotel, and end of arrangements.

Departures: Daily, May to September

Extra nights can be added throughout - please enquire. 

Includes:  6 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast; manual car rental class C VW Golf or similar for 04 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up city/city Copenhagen, inc CDW, unlimited mileage, and taxes;  Bridge toll Great Belt Bridge; Ferry crossing for car and passengers Århus – Sjællands Odde; Entrances: Tivoli, Egeskov Castle, The Old City, Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle.

Excludes: petrol, GPS, other surcharges, upgrade to automatic car.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1778.00
Single AUD$ 3059.00

Includes:  6 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast; manual car rental class C VW Golf or similar for 04 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up city/city Copenhagen, inc CDW, unlimited mileage, and taxes;  Bridge toll Great Belt Bridge; Ferry crossing for car and passengers Århus – Sjællands Odde; Entrances: Tivoli, Egeskov Castle, The Old City, Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle.

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