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4th October 2017
Discover Copenhagen – Denmark’s vibrant, cosmopolitan, yet cosy capital. Explore the land of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense, and in the idyllic countryside that inspired his fairytales. Discover a diversity of landscapes - from sparkling lakes, and magical forests, to rolling heather-clad hills, and glorious beaches. Discover uncrowded roads that make driving a real pleasure, with picturesque towns and villages all along the way.
Wherever you go you will receive a warm welcome from the friendly Danes. This relaxed itinerary enables you to experience the very best of Denmark, with hotels that have been specially chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the holiday. Good food is yet another thing you will discover in Denmark, and as your last two hotels both have excellent restaurants, we have included half-board to round off this wonderful holiday!
Arrive Copenhagen from the UK. We would suggest you take a taxi to your hotel as this is the simplest route (cost about £30).
3 nights COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen Admiral Hotel (B)
Days 2 & 3
At leisure in Copenhagen. The Danish Royal family are among your closest neighbours as your hotel is almost across the road from the Amalienborg Palace. It is also just a couple of minutes walk to the colourful Nyhavn area, with its boats, pavement cafes and restaurants. Frequent canal-boat tours from Nyhavn provide a very enjoyable way to see the sights. From Nyhavn it is only a few steps to the start of the pedestrian street ‘Stroget’ – actually made up of five streets, that take you all the way to the Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens – past fabulous shops displaying the best of Danish design. The Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must’ – especially in the evening when all the lights come on and it is transformed into a fairyland of gardens, cafes, restaurants, music and amusements. Naturally you will find a wide variey of museums and galleries in Copenhagen, and many other attractions within easy reach. You should certainly visit the splendid Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde, which also has an interesting Cathedral. You can reach Roskilde by train, and a Copenhagen Card is then a good investment as it covers the cost of admission to this and many other museums, as well as giving free travel on public transport. Alternatively you may choose to visit Roskilde en route to Odense when you leave Copenhagen.
1000 Collect your hire-car (Ford Fiesta or similar) from the Europcar Office in downtown Copenhagen. Drive to Odense (approx. 100 miles) – crossing the impressive Great Belt Bridge - (toll about £25).
2 nights ODENSE – First Hotel Grand (B)
At leisure in Odense. Your hotel is very central so you have all the main attractions of Odense withing easy walking distance, including the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, and his Childhood Home. Odense also has a Railway Museum and a Motor Museum. You can take a pleasant boat-trip along the river to ‘Den Fynske Landsby’ – the open-air folk museum where you can experience rural life as it was in Hans Christian Andersen’s time. Within about half-an-hour’s drive you can visit the romantic Egeskov Castle with its beautiful gardens, mazes, motor museum, segway riding and woodland adventure playground. Alternatively drive to Svendborg on the south coast of Funen, and from there you can take a ferry trip to some of the islands in the archipelago, including picturesque Aero and the diminutive town of Aeroskobing – which seems to have come straight out of a fairytale!
Drive to Silkeborg in the beautiful Danish Lake District (approx. 85 miles)
3 nights SILKEBORG – Gl. Skovridergaard (B)
Days 7 & 8
Your hotel is set in lovely grounds with woods and lakes starting at the hotel gates. The centre of Silkeborg is about a mile away with 2,000 year old Tollund Man in Silkeborg Museum, canoes for hire and enjoyable boat trips on the lake. Within an hour’s drive is the fine city of Aarhus which we recommend you to visit on one of your free days. One of its most famous attractions is the ARoS Art Museum with its distinct rainbow panorama rooftop installation.
Drive to Skorping in the beautiful Rold Forest, on the edge of the Rebild Bakker National Park (approx. 65 miles). En route you may like to stop at Hobro and visit the Viking Fortress of Fyrkat, and the nearby Viking Centre, where a reconstruction of a Viking village offers an excellent insight into their way of life.
2 nights SKORPING – Rold Stor Kro (B,D)
Relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery at one of our favourite hotels! Take a walk through the forest or in the hills of the National Park and we would certainly recommend a day trip to the artists’ ‘mecca’ of Skagen. A delicious dinner is included each evening in the hotel’s lovely restaurant.
Drive south to Århus (approx 65 miles). Depart Århus at 1130 on the fast ferry back to the island of Sealand (where your journey began) arriving at 1240 into Sjællands Odde. Drive on to Kokkedal (approx 90 miles).
2 nights KOKKEDAL – Kokkedal Slot (B,D)
Explore the nearby attractions north of Kokkedal, including the sandy beach at Hornbæk and there are several impressive castles nearby including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg castle, known better as Elsinore from Shakespeare’s Hamlet or how about the wonderful Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Sculpture Park? Return to the peace of your hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner.
Drive to Copenhagen Airport (approx 50 miles) and return hire-car before your flight home.
Departure Day: Daily from London Heathrow Airport. Alternative departure airports available, please ask for schedules and prices.
Departure Dates: 1 May – 23 Sep 2017
Duration: 12 nights
Prices: Price is based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
|Departure Date||Price per person|
|1 May - 23 Sep 2017||£2190|
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.
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.
Rold Stor Kro, Skorping ***
A cosy welcoming 3* hotel in a lovely location in the Rold Forest, and adjoining the Rebild Bakker National Park, about 30 minutes drive south of Aalborg. Reception can provide a map of some of the walks through the forest, with well-marked paths taking you to places like the seemingly enchanted Troldeskoven, or to the look-out tower. If you are lucky you may spot some deer on your way, but if not then there are always a family or two of deer in an enclosure near the hotel that you can observe whilst enjoying a delicious meal in the hotel’s attractive restaurant. Hotel facilities also include an indoor swimming-pool, mini-golf, billiards and a children’s play-area. Bedrooms are simply-furnished but of good size, and can accommodate up to two children on a sofa-bed.
COPENHAGEN ADMIRAL HOTEL (4 star) - 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.
First Hotel Grand, Odense ****
Odense Grand is located in the heart of Odense. It is a beautiful hotel that has been lovingly restored and now has a modern twist with lots of period charm. Rooms are ensuite, spacious and comfortable, and are equipped with modern features including Jensen beds, flat screen TV, mini-bar and wireless. The restaurant and bar has reopened as a french brasserie serving classical bistro cuisine and the bar is transformed into a luxurious salon kept in warm, intimate colours and with a private library - providing the perfect place to unwind after a day of sight-seeing. In the morning, ensure you take advantage of the delicious complimentary breakfast!
The following are our suggestions of what we consider to be Must Do excursions/activities. Do one or two or do them all, the choice is yours!