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6th March 2017
Good food is one of the Denmark’s greatest attractions, and it is the main focus of our new 8-night fly-drive holiday. Denmark is renowned for transforming the freshest and highest- quality ingredients into the tastiest and most beautifully-presented meals. Indeed even the simple sandwich has evolved into an art form! All the hotels featured in this itinerary have excellent restaurants and well-respected chefs. The first four nights include breakfast only, allowing you to choose where and what to eat, especially in Copenhagen where there is so much choice. For the last four nights we have also included dinner and some unforgettable meals.
However, good food is only part of this holiday. The carefully-planned itinerary allows you to sample some of the cultural highlights of Denmark, savour some superb scenery, and absorb the flavour of this delectable country. The itinerary is very flexible, so if you would like longer in any of the places, or if you would like to include any other centres, the holiday can be tailor-made exactly as you please. If this is your first taste of Denmark then we are certain it will not be your last – and if you have already sampled Denmark then you will probably need no encouragement to return!
Arrive Copenhagen Airport. Collect your hire car at the airport.
2 nights COPENHAGEN - Copenhagen Admiral Hotel (B)
At leisure in Copenhagen. Your character hotel is right on the waterfront, close to the Amalienborg Palace and colourful Nyhavn, with its boats, pavement cafes and restaurants.
How about a 2 or 4 hour guided food tour of Copenhagen? See excursion tab for more information.
Hire-car delivered to hotel. Drive to Nyborg (approx 85 miles) crossing the impressive Great Belt Bridge (road toll approx £25 not included). Your hotel is just across the bridge, about two miles from the charming town of Nyborg, beside the Blue Flag beach at Nyborg Strand. It offers excellent facilities, including a superb a la carte restaurant, where you will doubtless want to dine.
2 nights NYBORG - Hotel Hesselet (B)
At leisure in Nyborg to explore the town and its splendid castle. Within half an hour’s drive is Hans Christian Andersen’s Odense, or the lovely Egeskov Castle.
Drive to Vejle and your superb hotel, set on a hillside overlooking the Vejle fjord (approx 65 miles). The hotel has two restaurants – the Panorama Restaurant where we have reserved you dinner (buffet or set 3-course menu), or you can upgrade to a 5-course gourmet meal in their exclusive Tree Top Restaurant. Please let us know if you'd like to experience the talents of resident chef, Rasmus Munk, who, at the age of 23, was awarded the title of Young Chef of the Year 2014 by the prestigious White Guide. This experience is offered during all months except July when the kitchen is closed.
2 nights VEJLE - Munkebjerg Hotel (B,D)
At leisure to enjoy a walk in the forest or perhaps a game of golf on the adjacent golf course. There are a number of splendid options for a day out including Aarhus, Denmark’s second city.
Drive back across Funen and the Great Belt Bridge, bypassing Copenhagen and driving across North Sealand, via Roskilde, towards the east coast and Kokkedal, the location of Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen. This lovely manor house is set in extensive grounds just a short distance from the coast and has a lovely cellar restaurant with vaulted ceilings and a spa for those who like a touch of self-indulgence. Dinner is included for your first evening leaving you an evening free to explore.
2 nights KOKKEDAL - Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen (B,Dx1)
At leisure to enjoy the beautiful scenery of North Sealand. Within half an hour’s drive you have a variety of castles, palaces and gardens. However you spend the day you will doubtless enjoy returning to Havreholm, and relaxing on your own private terrace overlooking the lake – with another delicious dinner to look forward to!
Drive to Copenhagen Airport (approx 50 miles) and return hire-car. We recommend you take the scenic coastal route, maybe stopping to visit the Louisiana Art Museum at Snekkersten or Karen Blixen’s Museum at Rungsted – where you will find a delightful harbour with a choice of restaurants for that last lunch in Denmark! Fly home from Copenhagen.
Departure Days: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May – 30 Sep
Prices per persson: £1735 (Single supplement on request)
Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen ****
Built in 1787, enjoy the best of past and present at this historic hotel location in the heart of Copenhagen overlooking the Royal Opera and Playhouse, and is close by Nyhavn waterfront and major attractions.
The rooms can be described as handsomely rustic with wooden beams to give each room a golden glow, while the décor features custom designed, teak furniture by Trip Trap. Windows on the eastern facade of the hotel provide views of the Copenhagen Opera House and the quiet harbour, while western facing hotel rooms on the upper floors gaze over the Royal Palace, with Copenhagen’s characteristic rooftops, towers and spires stretching into the distance.
The hotel restaurant, SALT, accommodates 110 diners. Its design and concept were devised in close collaboration with world-renowned design firm Conran & Partners. The London-based company has designed renowned establishments in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. SALT’s décor is inspired by the modern Parisian brasserie. The plates show elegance, while innovated cuisine features amazing taste combinations. Although modern Nordic cuisine is the hallmark of SALT restaurant, there is more than a hint of French inspiration in the meals created by head chef Rasmus Møller Nielsen. Rustic raw ingredients and elegant international cuisine are combined to form a higher synthesis.
A superb 4* hotel in a peaceful location between sea and beech forest, about two miles from the lovely town of Nyborg. The hotel grounds lead directly onto a blue-flag beach, with fine view of the Great Belt bridge. Facilities include a very comfortable lounge, library, sunny terraces and a lovely restaurant serving top-quality food. There is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, as well as tennis courts, table-tennis, billiards and bicycles for hire. Comfortable classic bedrooms come with forest-view or sea-view, and a spacious sitting area. Rooms can accommodate up to two children, and connecting rooms are also available.
Nyborg itself is a charming town, with a splendid castle dating from the 13th century, which was at one time the main royal residence. All around it there are picturesque buildings, as well as a pleasant harbour area. Within very easy reach is the city of Odense, with it’s many Hans Christian Andersen attractions. Also within easy reach is the romantic Egeskov Castle which makes a great day out with beautiful gardens, mazes, motor museum, segway riding, woodland adventure playground and more. (CNN Travel named the gardens as one of the 12 most spectacular in the world). The attractive town of Svendborg on the south coast of Funen is within easy reach, and from there you can take a boat trip to some of the attractive islands in the archipelago, including picturesque Aero and the diminutive town of Aeroskobing – which seems to have come straight out of a fairy-tale!
Beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking the Vejle fjord, this 4* hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility, and offers lovely walks in the surrounding forest. Superb views can be enjoyed from the main Panorama Restaurant and the exclusive Tree-top Restaurant, as well as from the terraces and grounds beyond. Decor is in a timeless Scandinavian style, with much use of brick and wood, lending a warm and cosy atmosphere within. Facilities include a lobby-bar, playroom and a splendid indoor swimming-pool, sauna and spa area. Outside there are tennis courts, or you could try your hand at crolf – a fun mixture of golf and croquet, while immediately adjacent to the hotel there is a 27-hole Golf Course. There is free WiFi access throughout the hotel and plenty of free parking outside.
The hotel makes a wonderfully relaxing base for a holiday, with a variety of options for enjoyable days out. Legoland in only about a half-hour drive, while within an hour’s drive you have the splendid city of Aarhus with its fantastic Aros Art Museum, ‘Den Gamle By’ the old town open-air museum and more. Also within an hour’s drive is the lovely little town of Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town, with excellent Viking museums. At a similar distance there is the Danish Lake District, and Silkeborg where you can visit the 2,000 year old Tollund Man in Silkeborg Museum, and then take a cruise on the oldest working paddle-steamer in the world. There are family-friendly beaches just a short drive away, while a 5-minute drive brings you into Vejle, a vibrant town with much interesting new architecture, excellent shopping facilities and some lovely parks.
Prices include half-board, with a splendid breakfast buffet, and dinner, which will be either a buffet dinner or a set 3-course meal. For a real treat you are welcome to pay a supplement and upgrade to a superb gourmet meal in the Tree-top Restaurant. There you can enjoy the extraordinary talent of resident chef Rasmus Munk, who at the age of 23 has been awarded the title of Young Chef of the Year 2014 by the prestigious White Guide. (NB Tree-top Restaurant is closed on Sundays and for 3 weeks in July when Rasmus is on holiday!)
Standard rooms come in a variety of sizes – single, double and some larger rooms with a convertible couch that can accommodate one adult or two children. Some have fjord-view and some have a forest-view and balcony. Connecting rooms for families are also available. (NB No larger, family rooms or connecting rooms with fjord-view, but some connecting rooms have a balcony to one of the rooms).
Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen ****
Kokkedal Slot Copenhagen (castle in Danish) is everything you would associate with a real castle – a fairytale exterior, a stylish interior, an amazing location set amidst a rolling landscape with forest, sea, beach and open meadows. But with a spa and modern facilities it offers a classic experience with a contemporary twist.
Staying here is about enjoyment, relaxation, intimacy and mindfulness and enjoying the good things in life - especially nature and food!
The castle has a main building and then three further outer buildings containing rooms. You will be staying in a superior double rooms in one of the outer blocks attached to the castle by underground tunnel. The tunnel also connects the buildings to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and restaurant. The indoor pool and sauna and steam room are all free of charge to guests staying at the hotel and there is a bathrobe in the rooms for those who wish to wear theirs to go to the pool. The pool is open daily between 0700 and 1900 and the Spa is open daily from 0900 till 1700.
A Taste of Denmark
Our top picks on things to do and see!
• A guided food tour of Copenhagen, tasting your way around the city! For more information and booking visit www.copenhagen.foodtours.eu.
• Take a canal-boat tour of Copenhagen.
• Visit Roskilde Viking Ship Museum and take a ride in a replica Viking Ship.
• Visit the romantic Egeskov Castle with its beautiful gardens, mazes, motor museum and segway riding.
• Visit Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. There you can enjoy the magnificent AROS Art Museum and ‘Den Gamle By’ - the old town open-air museum.
• Visit Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.