Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your private driver, who will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of the city.
This morning, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for an overview city tour.
Begin your tour with a visit to the harbor fortification known as Kastellet; Copenhagen’s defense citadel from 1663. The next point of interest is the impressive Gefion fountain located next to the English Church of St. Alban.
Also in this area is the Little Mermaid statue, sculpted by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. The statue has become the symbol of Denmark.
Continuing back to the center of town, your guide will point out the residence of the royal family, Amalienborg Palace.
You will also want to spend a bit of time in the beautiful area of Nyhavn, filled with local cafes and restaurants.
This afternoon, your guide will take you to the Round Tower. This is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory. The tower was built by King Christian IV in the mid-1600s as part of the Trinity Complex. The tower features a spiral ramp twisting up to the top of the tower reaching over 120 feet. Once at the top, one has unparalleled views of the city in 360 degrees.
Afterwards visit Rosenborg Castle, the fantastic fairy tale summer residence that Christian IV built from 1603-1634, and that today holds the famous crown jewels. Your guide will take you through the castle and the Treasury. Even today, Denmark’s royalty visit the Treasury to select jewelry to wear for formal events.
The castle is surrounding by the King’s garden, designed just as it was during Christian IV’s reign. Here you will find locals enjoying the park.
This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 10:00am.Enjoy a walk along the Stroget, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe as you make your way to Christianborg Castle. The castle is home to the Danish Parliament and where the Queen receives her guests.
Your guide will take you through the reception rooms where you can see the Queen’s tapestries. The seventeen tapestries where presented to the Queen on her 50th birthday in 2000. They depict Denmark’s history from the past 1000 years. Underneath the palace, you can explore the original palace ruins, some dating back over 800 years ago.
Also on the palace grounds is Royal Library, the largest library in Scandinavia. This library functions as the National Library and library for the University of Copenhagen. An extension, the Black Diamond was built in 1999. The dark façade reflects the water as it lies along one of the city’s canals. It is a lovely spot for a short break to grab a seat and enjoy the activity along the canal.
The tower at Christianborg Palace has now been opened up. The tower is the highest point in Copenhagen and offers fantastic views of the city. On a clear day, you can see across the Øresund strait to Sweden. Please note there can be long lines to enter the tower. Reservations are recommended to be made for lunch, tea or dinner in the restaurant in the tower to avoid the lines.
We recommend that you end your day with a Canal tour. Departing from Nyhavn (located just steps away from your hotel) this is a relaxing way to appreciate the beauty of Copenhagen’s maritime beauty. (Please note that this excursion is not pre-paid. Your guide may assist you in the purchasing of tickets if you are interested.)
Today your guide and driver will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel to begin your introduction to North Sealand, beginning with a drive along the coastal road where you will visit Karen Blixen’s home in Rungstedlund. Also known by the name, Isak Dinesen, the author is mainly remembered for her book Out of Africa; a 1937 biographical account of running a coffee plantation in Kenya that later became a Hollywood film.
Your guide will show you the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, The collection ranges from not only paintings and sculpture but architecture and design to film and photography. You will see the world famous artists such as Miro, Warhol and Hockney next to little known gems.
You can enjoy lunch at the museum café, which has a summer patio overlooking the sculpture park. (Please note cost of lunch is not included.)
Continuing on, you will visit the village of Elsinore, with its imposing Kronborg Castle; the inspiration and setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” Kronborg began life in the 1420s as a sort of glorified toll booth, a fortress built by King Erik of Pomerania to extract payment from ships entering or leaving the narrow sound between Denmark and Sweden that leads to the Baltic Sea. The enduring popularity of Shakespeare has, perhaps, kept Kronborg in the public eye. But even without this literary association, Kronborg still would have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2000 as one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe.
Return to your hotel at the end of the day for an evening at leisure.
Journey outside the city to Fredriksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV. Today the castle is the home of the National History Museum and includes an impressive portrait collection –a motley crew of nobility, statesmen and royalty, who between them, ruled and misruled Denmark for centuries.
You may want to step back in time and visit Bondebyen, an open-air museum displaying houses, farms and mills dating to over 300 years back in time. Also known as Frilandsmuseet, it is just outside the city and makes for a nice break from the city life.
This open-air ethnographic museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world and houses more than 50 farms, mills and houses.
Today your guide will take you on a food tour of the city. In the past few years, there has been a real interest in Nordic cuisine. Copenhagen has numerous Michelin star restaurants.
Start at Torvehallerne, the new covered market halls, where you will sample artisan cheese, developed in collaboration with the city’s Michelin-starred chefs. Try liquorice, caramels and preserves from some of the most interesting small producers.
You will explore the city, wander through Copenhagen Botanical Gardens relaxing in the beautiful green surroundings while discussing produce and local foods.
Along the way you will also pass several of the city’s greatest landmarks and discuss its history, but always with food as focus. Exclusive to this tour you will try the open sandwiches called smørrebrød as well as a microbrewery where you will sample three different types of home-brewed beer.
The most classic and un-missable street food in Copenhagen is a hotdog, which is served in an gourmet version, even with a vegan alternative if so desired.
You will end at Torvehallerne again, which is very central, and you will have a chance to explore further on your own, not to mention do some shopping. So make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to explore the city and its food after the tour. Tastings may vary according to season and supply.
Your driver and guide will meet you this morning for the opportunity to visit Sweden! You will cross the bridge between Denmark & Sweden and have the chance to explore the charming town of Lund. As you cross the bridge you will have a stunning view of Øresund, the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden.
You will drive through Malmö, and continue on to Lund. The city is believed to have been founded around 990AD, when the Scanian lands belonged to Denmark. It soon became the Christian center of Northern Europe with the towering Lund Cathedral, built in 1103. In 1134 Lund became the capital of Denmark, a title assumed by Copenhagen in 1416.
Today Lund is one of the most famous university towns in Europe with a combination of past, present and future. Mårtens Torget, a charming market square with lots of shopping possibilities, is just one example. On Tuesdays the square turns into a big fair with entertainment and stalls.
On the return to Copenhagen, your drive will take a scenic route through the beautiful Swedish countryside.
This morning you will be met an privately transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
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A sample itinerary for FIT touring in and around Copenhagen, Denmark.
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