Fairy Tale Denmark

Self Drive TourDenmark

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From $2,295 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2017
12 Days / 11 Nights

Self Drive through Denmark. Visit Copenhagen, Ribe, Alborg, the Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, and the Egeskov Castle.

Overview

12-day self-drive tour from Copenhagen. Drive through villages and picturesque countryside to Hillerod and Frederiksborg Castle. Visit Helsingor with the Kronborg Castle; drive west to Roskilde with the Viking Ship Museum. By ferry to Aarhus, visit the historic open air museum "Den Gamle By". Stop in Billund and Legoland, continue south to Horsens, Ribe and Odense. Cross the Danish-German border to Flensburg.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2017

Departure

Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017

Price

  • from $2,295 per person, based on double room
  • from $3,875 single room

Included

  • 11 nights accommodation in centrally located hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Bridge toll Great Belt Bridge
  • Ferry crossing for car and passengers Aarhus – Sjaellands Odde
  • Entrances: Tivoli, Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, Egeskov Castle, Legoland, The Old City
  • Car rental class, 7 days (288 hours) airport /airport Copenhagen
  • Airport/airport Copenhagen**
  • Cat C, type VW Golf or similar, with manual transmission
  • Unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver, Theft protection and tax

Not Included

  • International flights and taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Fuel, GPS and other surcharges
  • Upgrade to higher category car
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Optional Tours
  • Gratuities
  • Service fee $25

Please note

  • **The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 25 years and drivers must have held a driving licence for at least 12 months prior to hiring the car.
  • Payment by voucher, but the client must guarantee with own credit card when picking up car.
  • All rates and services remain subject to availability.
  • Updrade to car Cat I, Honda Civic or similar, automatic transmission, in double room, $290
  • Updrade to car Cat I, Honda Civic or similar, automatic transmission, in single room, $580

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Copenhagen

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN

Arrival Kastrup Copenhagen Airport and pick up rental car. Drive to hotel. 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, 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 Stroget and surroundings.
Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar.

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 incl.), 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 Stroget and surroundings.
Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

Day 3 OPENHAGEN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and day free. Today enjoy a full-day excursion to the beautiful castles of North Zealand. Leave Copenhagen passing through rural villages and wooded, undulating countryside to Hillerod and the Frederiksborg Castle (entrance incl.), the beautifully situated Renaissance building which - like so many others - 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 Helsingor, passing en route Fredensborg Palace, built in 1722, the Spring and Autumn residence of the Danish Royal Family. A brief photographic stop is recommendable here. Upon arrival in Helsingor visit the imposing Kronborg Castle (entrance included), 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

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

Day 4 COPENHAGEN - ODENSE (B)

After breakfast 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 (not included), 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 (not included).

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 Kvaerndrup and Egeskov Castle (entrance incl.)*, which is the best preserved water fortress in the world, with its rounded towers, double gables, red brick walls, green torrents and spire, built on a foundation of oak piles rammed into a bed of a 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 the castle will be closed on 3 – 4 June due to the Heartland Festival (a food, music and culture festival).

First Hotel Grand Odense

Day 5 ODENSE - BILLUND (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Before leaving Odense, we recommend a visit to Hans Christian Andersen's home (not included). The humble house, where HC Andersen 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.
Accommodation at Hotel Legoland or similar

Hotel Legoland

Day 6 BILLUND - RIBE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel route to the village of Jelling. During the 10C, at the height of the Viking period, Jelling was for sometime the royal seat chosen by two 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 given crucial information about early Danish history.

Continue to Ribe, Denmark's most famous medieval town. However, the small size has enabled it to preserve its architectural unity and to retain its old-world atmosphere while remaining a lively town. We recommend the Viking Museum (not included) of Ribe which brings to life the town of Ribe during the Viking period and the Middle Ages.

If time permits, we can also recommend visits to the Ribe Cathedral and the Viking Centre (not included) where you can wander around the reconstructed life-size Viking estate and meet Vikings who work with reconstructed tools using techniques that were used back then. You can sniff the smoke and the smell from the pots on the fire where delicious meals are prepared. You can also meet the animals at work.
Accomodation at Hotel Dagmar in Ribe or similar

Hotel Dagmar

Day 7 RIBE - RINGKOBING (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Route to the West Coast of Denmark, known for the salvage nature with moor land, dunes, endless beaches and the ever-changing North Sea. Continue to Ringkobing, by the Ringkobing Fjord, a village of atmosphere which maintains the tradition of night watchmen during summer time.
Accommodation at Ringkobing Hotel or similar

Ringkobing Hotel

Day 8 RINGKOBING - AALBORG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and continuation north towards Aalborg. We recommend a detour to the open-air Museum of Hjerl Hede, presenting the Danish rural history through workshops, houses etc. Route to Aalborg, next to the Fjord Lim. The city offers a variety of museums but it is above all a city of life, with outdoor coffee shops, pedestrian streets in the city centre and the always present fjord.

While in Aalborg we warmly recommend a visit to the 'Kildeparken', right in front of Comwell Hotel Hvide Hus and close to the centre of the city. 'Kilden', as the locals always call it, is 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 'Park of music', consisting of more than 80 trees planted by artists such as Sir Elton John, Bryan Adams and ZZ Top. Several of the trees can be activated so that the tones from the artist who planted the tree float from the speakers in the park.

You can also visit The Franciscan Monastery Museum, located 3 meters underground of one of the busiest shopping streets in Aalborg. (6 EUR per elevator load - not included). 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

Comwell Hotel Aalborg

Day 9 AALBORG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and day free. We recommend a full day excursion to the unique North of Jutland, Skagen, with the numerous attractions. This region is famous, not only for the extremely diverse landscape and many hours of sun, but also for the unique light and nature created by the influence of 3 seas – the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat. Among the highlights are the Sanded Church, the moving dune of Rabjerg Mile, the village of Skagen, former home of a colony of well-known artists such as Kroyer, 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

Comwell Hotel Aalborg

Day 10 AALBORG - AARHUS (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and head south to Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark and also known as the City of the Smile. Visit the Old City (entrance included) Den Gamle By, a fascination open-air collection of completely furnished old Danish town houses with workshops etc.

Also possibility to 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

First Hotel Atlantic

Day 11 AARHUS – COPENHAGEN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and departure by ferry from Aarhus to the tongue of land Sjaellands Odde on Zealand. Return to Copenhagen.
Accommodation at Comfort Hotel Vesterbro or similar

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

Day 12 COPENHAGEN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the airport and drop off rental car. End of services.

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