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16th May 2017
This tour features the cosmopolitan cities of Århus and Copenhagen as well as welcoming country hotels in the beautiful Lake District of Silkeborg and the sandy beaches of Skagen.
The picturesque town of Skagen has attracted artists since the mid-19th century - drawn by the quality of the light and the wild coastal landscapes. Now you can enjoy some of their finest works - and the landscape that inspired them. This holiday is your opportunity to enjoy some of the lesser-known joys of Denmark whilst enjoying your final days in the capital city of Copenhagen with endless attractions on your doorstep.
Fly from the UK to Århus via Copenhagen collecting a hire-car at the airport and driving to your hotel (approx. 26 miles).
2 nights ÅRHUS – City Hotel Oasia (B)
At leisure to enjoy this splendid city. Do not miss the fantastic ARoS Art Museum, which offers the complete spectrum of Danish art from the Golden Age through to the present, including a number of fine works from Skagen painters. There are splendid views from its roof terrace and the Rainbow Panorama.
Drive north to the delightful little town of Skagen (approx. 140 miles). A few hundred metres north of Skagen lies Grenen, and it is here that the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet and literally crash into one another!
3 nights SKAGEN - Hotel Skibssmedien (B)
Days 4 & 5
At leisure in Skagen, with its picturesque houses, cosy cafes, bustling harbour and splendid art galleries and museums! A lot of artists still choose to live and work in this amazing region, and you will find galleries and workshops in many of the villages around this wild and beautiful coastline as well as some lovely sandy beaches.
Drive to Silkeborg in the beautiful Danish Lake district (approx. 140 miles).
2 nights SILKEBORG – Gl Skovridergaard (B)
At leisure to enjoy this wonderful area. The hotel is situated in lovely grounds, with woods and lakes starting at the hotel gates. The hotel will supply a map of walking paths and bicycle routes, and bicycles can be borrowed free of charge. The centre of Silkeborg is about a mile away, with the 2,000 year old Tollund Man in Silkeborg Museum, canoe hire and boat trips on the lake.
Drive to Århus Airport (approx. 52 miles) and return hire-car for your short flight to Copenhagen. Your hotel is right on the waterfront, close to the Amalienborg Palace, and colourful Nyhavn, with its boats, pavement cafes and restaurants.
2 nights COPENHAGEN - Copenhagen Admiral Hotel (B)
Today we recommend hopping on the train to explore North Sealand, only 30 minutes away is Louisiana Sculpture Park & Gallery (see left) picturesquely located overlooking the sea. Located closely further north is the historic town of Helsingør known best for Kronberg Castle, the fictional home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Morning free to enjoy many fine museums including the fabulous Danish Musueum of Art & Design, a leading museum devoted to contemporary design, for which Denmark is renowned. Afternoon transfer to Copenhagen Airport for your return flight home.
Departure Days: Daily
Departure Dates: 1 May – 30 Sep 2017
Price: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
|Departure Dates||Price per person|
|1 May - 30 Sep 2017||£1950|
Hotel Skibssmedien, Skagen ***
A very pleasant 3-star hotel, in quiet, yet central location, close to the harbour and within 5 minutes walk of both shopping streets and sandy beach. Excellent free underground parking, and a nice terrace outside. The building actually dates back to 1904 and was the old forge, but has been carefully restored and renovated. Comfortable breakfast room/lounge, with cafe/bar offering dinner in main summer season. Good-sized bedrooms, about half with balcony or terrace at a supplement of £30 per room per night. Some family suites available with two rooms and bathroom. This is one of the best hotels in Skagen, particularly for those on a motoring holiday. There are also larger modern apartments in blocks, sleeping 4 – 6 people.
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.
City Hotel Oasia, Århus***
City Hotel Oasia is in prime location, being close to Aarhus City Hall, Cathedral, and the city's famous museum of contemporary art - ARoS. The hotel has its own carpark (cost about £10 per day). All guestrooms are furnished with elegance, and minimal Nordic design. Rooms are equipped with flat-panel televisions with satellite channels and free internet access, hairdryer and complimentary newspapers. In addition, amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards and hypo-allergenic bedding. Finally, ensure you take advantage of the complimentary breakfast!
Gl.Skovridergaard, Silkeborg ***
Peacefully located in a beautiful park, this charming 3* hotel provides a perfect base for a relaxing holiday, yet with so much to do close at hand. The woods and lakes lie just beyond the hotel gates, and the hotel can supply maps of walking paths and bicycle routes. You can borrow a bicycle free of charge to explore. The centre of Silkeborg is about a mile away and there you can visit the 2,000 year old Tollund Man in Silkeborg Museum, hire a canoe, or take a trip on ‘Hjelen’ – the oldest working paddle-steamer in the world. Hjelen and her sister vessels provide a regular service on the river and lakes to Himmelbjerget (Sky Mountain) which at 143 metres is the highest ‘mountain’ in Denmark! There is even a request stop for this service very close to the hotel! When you feel like travelling a little further afield, the splendid city of Aarhus can be reached within an hour. There you can enjoy the fantastic Aros Art Museum, a fine Viking Museum, and ‘Den Gamle By’ the old town open-air museum. Closer at hand, in Bryrup, art lovers can visit the Midjyllands Kunst Center (Art Centre) displaying around 1,500 works by artists of today in a wide variety of styles. For a family excursion Legoland or the Givskud Wildlife Park can both be reached within an hour, while in Silkeborg there is the Aqua Aquarium and close by there is Labyrinthium – a theme-park totally devoted to all kinds of mazes! .
The hotel grounds provide plenty of space for relaxation or play, and include clock-golf and a petanque green. Indoors you will find billiards, a library and a bar,as well as sauna, and fitness room. Massages can also be booked. The hotel has a lovely restaurant with a seasonal menu that offers smaller dishes at a very reasonable price. There is free WiFi and parking, and all bedrooms have tea & coffee-making facilities.
N.B. Hotel closed for Renovation 29 June – 03 August 2015. During this period we can book either the Radisson Blu Papirfabrikken, in the centre of Silkeborg, or the Hotel Skanderborghus, which is situated beside the Skanderborg Lake, about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Skanderborg, and about a half-hour drive from Silkeborg.
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