Danish Exploration

Classic Danish sights
12 days
May - September
Itinerary
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This extensive and leisurely self drive tour takes you through the very best of Denmark- from Copenhagen to Odense, Billund, Ribe, Ringkobing, Aalborg and Aarhus, before returning to Copenhagen. Add extra nights in Copenhagen or at any overnight destination along the way.

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Day 1:        ARRIVE COPENHAGEN
Upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport, pick up your rental car, and check-in at your hotel. 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 included), 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 CASTLES OF NORTH ZEALAND
Today enjoy a full-day excursion to the beautiful castles of North Zealand. Leave Copenhagen, passing through rural villages and wooded, undulating countryside to Hillerød and the Frederiksborg Castle (entrance included.), the beautifully situated Renaissance building which 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. From Frederiksborg, drive on to Helsingør, passing en route Fredensborg Palace, built in 1722, the Spring and Autumn residence of the Danish Royal Family. Upon arrival in Helsingør, visit the imposing Kronborg Castle (entrance incl.), which was the setting of 'Hamlet', the dramatic masterpiece by William Shakespeare. After Kronborg, return to Copenhagen along the coastal road, passing through small villages, fashionable resorts and some exclusive residential areas on the way. Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar.

Day 4:        COPENHAGEN – ODENSE
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 included)*, which is the best preserved water fortress in the world, with its rounded towers, double gables, red brick walls, green turrets and spire, built on a foundation of oak piles rammed into a bed of the 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. *Please note that Egeskov Castle will be closed on 3 – 4 June due to the Heartland Festival.

Day 5:        ODENSE - BILLUND
Before leaving Odense, we recommend a visit to Hans Christian Andersen’s home. The humble house, where Denmark's most famous son 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 and continue to Billund, city of the famous Legoland (entrance included). Legoland displays cities and monuments from all the world built of the famous bricks as well as an amusement park and is a delight to adults as well as children. Accommodation at Hotel Legoland or similar.

Day 6:        BILLUND - RIBE
Today drive to the village of Jelling. During the 10th Century, at the height of the Viking period, Jelling was the royal seat of 2 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 provided crucial information about early Danish history. Continue to Ribe, Denmark’s most famous medieval town; the small size of the town has enabled it to preserve its architectural uniqueness and to retain its old-world atmosphere. We recommend a visit to the Viking Museum of Ribe, which brings to life the town during the Viking period and the Middle Ages, the Ribe Cathedral and the Viking Centre. Here you can wander around the reconstructed life-size Viking estate and meet modern Vikings who work with reconstructed tools, using original techniques. Accomodation at Hotel Dagmar in Ribe or similar.

Day 7:        RIBE - RINGKØBING
Take the route to the West Coast of Denmark, known for the bleak character of its nature, with moor land, dunes, endless beaches and the ever-changing North Sea. Continue to Ringkøbing, by the Ringkøbing Fjord, a village of atmosphere which maintains the tradition of night watchmen during summer time. Accommodation at Ringkøbing Hotel or similar.

Day 8:        RINGKØBING  - AALBORG
Continue north towards Aalborg. We recommend a detour to the open-air Museum of Hjerl Hede, presenting the Danish rural history through workshops and houses. On to Aalborg, next to the Fjord Lim. The small city offers a variety of museums and is a place of lively outdoor coffee shops, pedestrian streets and boutique shops. While in Aalborg perhaps visit the ‘Kildeparken’, one of the oldest parks in Aalborg. Take a walk in the scenic surroundings and observe some classical pieces of work by famous sculptors, as well as the interactive ‘Park of Music’. You can also visit The Franciscan Monastery Museum, located 3 metres underground, to learn about the history and the excavation of the Franciscan Monastery, as well as the life of the friars in medieval Aalborg. Accommodation at Comwell Hotel Aalborg or similar.

Day 9:        AALBORG
Perhaps take the all day excursion to the unique North of Jutland, Skagen, famous for the extremely diverse landscape, many hours of sun, and for the unique light and natural environment created by the confluence of 3 seas – the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat. Among the highlights here are the Sanded Church, the moving dune of Råbjerg Mile, the village of Skagen, former home of a colony of well-known artists such as Krøyer, Ancher, Drachmann and Tuxen, and finally Grenen, the northernmost part where the seas meet in a dramatic dance, especially on windy days. Return to Aalborg for overnight. Accommodation at Comwell Hotel Aalborg or similar.

Day 10:      AALBORG - AARHUS
Head south to Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark and known as the City of the Smile. Visit the Old City or Den Gamle By (entrance included), a fascinating open-air collection of completely furnished old Danish town houses with workshops etc. Also 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 11:      AARHUS – COPENHAGEN
Take the car ferry from Aarhus to the spit of land Sjællands Odde on, Zealand, then make your way back to Copenhagen. Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar.

Day 12:      COPENHAGEN DEPARTURE
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Copenhagen Airport.

Departures: daily May - September

Add extra nights in Copenhagen or at any overnight destination along the way.

Includes: 11 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in 3* centrally located hotels; Bridge toll Great Belt Bridge; Ferry crossing for car and passengers Aarhus – Sjællands Odde; entrances to Tivoli Gardens,  Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, Egeskov Castle, Legoland, and The Old City in Aarhus; manual car rental class C VW Golf or similar for 12 x 24 hour days (total 288 hours) with pick up and drop off at Copenhagen Airport.

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

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3186.00
Single AUD$ 5553.00

Includes: 11 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in 3* centrally located hotels; Bridge toll Great Belt Bridge; Ferry crossing for car and passengers Aarhus – Sjællands Odde; entrances to Tivoli Gardens,  Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, Egeskov Castle, Legoland, and The Old City in Aarhus; manual car rental class C VW Golf or similar for 12 x 24 hour days (total 288 hours) with pick up and drop off at Copenhagen Airport.

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