Denmark Bike Tour Itinerary
DAY ONE | Arrival Day | Easy walking tour | Copenhagen: The Carlton Hotel, Guldsmeden
Copenhagen has a rich history as a major city on the edge of the Baltic. It grew from a little fishing town to the capital of Denmark, and survived fire, plague, invasion, and just about everything in between. Today, Copenhagen is known as a culture capital, a hub of design and experimentation, a place for foodies and a land of fairy tales. The Danes are called the happiest people in the world, and you’ll quickly see why. We give your tour a great start with a professionally guided walking tour of the old city where we can immerse ourselves in the old-world atmosphere while passing important sites along the way. Breathe in the salty air, and enjoy the charms of some of Hans Christian Andersen’s favorite places as we explore the delights of one of the best-preserved cities and harbors in Europe.
DAY TWO | Distance: 12 miles | Terrain: Easier | Copenhagen: The Carlton Hotel, Guldsmeden
Today we’ll experience Copenhagen the same way the locals do…by bike. Copenhagen has a rich history growing from a little fishing town to the capital of Denmark. But despite its growing size and popularity you will quickly appreciate why it is considered the most bikeable city in the world as we easily wend our way around the outskirts of town and visit such iconic places as Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn Harbour, the Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace of Amalienborg, statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Rosenborg Castle and much more. We end the day with a tour of the famous Carlsberg Brewery where their dedicated guides will take you through the history of Carlsberg from its foundation in 1847 up until today. You can also enjoy a guided beer tasting as one of Carlsberg’s enthusiastic beer experts shares their professional knowledge … including a good story or two from what some consider to be the best brewery in the world.
DAY THREE | Distance: 33 miles | Terrain: Easier | Helsingor/Snekkersten: Comwell Borupgaard
Leaving Copenhagen we begin to ride mostly bike paths through the Danish countryside with its landscape of rolling hills, beech forests, thatched-roof farmhouses and white-steepled churches. We ride to Dyrehaven, once the private hunting preserve of Danish royalty. This beautiful park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site set aside for the public to enjoy its lush forests, small pristine lakes, beautiful landscape and the herd of over 2000 deer that freely roam throughout the park. From Dyrehaven we ride to Rungstedlund, the estate where Karen Blixen was born and where she returned to write her classic Out of Africa. This 40-acre estate is situated on the beautiful Øresund Strait and includes an interesting museum that chronicles Karen Blixen’s life, especially while in Kenya. Before the day ends, we also have the option of exploring the nearby Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk. This is the most visited art museum in Denmark, and it features an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art housed in a museum building that has been heralded as a major milestone in modern Danish architecture. Our day ends near Helsingor at the Hotel Comwell Borupgaard. This area is known as Denmark’s “Riviera” with its golden beaches and handsome northern forests, and we can easily explore Helsingor on bicycle and enjoy its charming half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and grand estates.
DAY FOUR | Distance: 22, 45, or 76 miles | Terrain: Easier | Helsingor/Snekkersten: Comwell Borupgaard
Today we ride through Helsingor and then take the 20-minute ferry to Helsingborg, Sweden. The shorter option takes us to some local Swedish castles and allows us time to explore the handsome historical center. Helsingborg is a lovely coastal city, and you will enjoy cycling along Kullagatan, Sweden’s traffic free main trading street, and a visit to Kärnan, a 600-year-old medieval fortress that harkens back to when the Danes and Swedes were at war. Make this a relaxing day with a peaceful seaside promenade, or even take a swim in the Øresund Sound. The two longer options include a scenic ride out to Kullen Lighthouse at the far end of Kullaberg peninsula, and to Sofiero, a neo-Renaissance palace whose grounds are renown for displaying over 500 varieties of glorious rhododendron bushes scattered throughout the elegant gardens. Finally, for the energetic, our long option includes an extended loop ride along the coast and through the beautiful Swedish countryside.
DAY FIVE | Distance: 38 or 49 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hillerød: Hotel Hillerød
We begin with a visit to the magnificent Kronberg Castle. Located on a strategically important site commanding the narrow stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, this UNESCO designated Dutch Renaissance-style castle boasts the impressive claim of being the setting for Hamlet. Located just outside of Helsingor (or, as Shakespeare would have it, “Elsinore”) this spectacular castle has immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. From Kronberg Castle we bike along the coast to Gilleleje, a town that has preserved many of the idyllic cozy streets and thatched houses originally built when it was a remote fishing village, although now it is a lively tourist, commercial and fishing destination. We continue on a beautiful ride to the beaches of Tisvilde before ending our day in Hillerod. Here we visit Frederiksborg Castle, a palatial complex built as a royal residence for King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway in the early 17th century. This is your quintessential castle. Often referred to as the “Danish Versailles” this massive fortress with copper turrets is sited on an island in a beautiful lake and is surrounded by beautiful baroque gardens.
DAY SIX | Distance: 33 or 37 miles | Terrain: Easier | Roskilde: Zleep Hotel
Today we take a scenic ride to the market town of Frederickssund and then follow along the shores of Roskilde Fjord to the historic former Viking stronghold of Roskilde. We arrive in time to enjoy a fascinating visit to their famous Viking Ship Museum, where you can see the recently excavated remains of five original 11th-century Viking vessels that were scuttled intentionally in the Roskildje Harbor to block access to the town. Also here is a fascinating museum where you can watch island craftspeople using Viking-era techniques to build replica Viking ships and houses while demonstrating these fascinating ancient crafts. Another highlight is our visit to Roskilde Cathedral. Located on the highest ground in town, this imposing twin spired cathedral is also the royal mausoleum containing the ornate crypts of every (39) Danish king and queen since 1500. Designated a UNESCO World heritage site, this massive church is a superb showcase of eight centuries of Danish architecture and contains some of Denmark’s finest frescoes and statuary.
DAY SEVEN | Distance: 40 miles | Terrain: Easier |Copenhagen: The Carlton Hotel, Guldsmeden
We begin today by riding west to visit the huge Lejre Land of Legends, a unique and stunningly beautiful open-air museum that features a series of reconstructed settlements, houses, and active workshops from the Iron, Stone, and Viking Ages. Then we weave our way along bike paths and quiet lanes to the beaches along the Baltic Sea and then into Copenhagen, where, you will have some time to explore before enjoying a wonderful gala farewell dinner.
DAY EIGHT | Departure Day.
Today we will have a delicious breakfast together and then our guides will help you make any necessary arrangements for departure. Trains can take you to a huge number of destinations throughout northern Europe and the Copenhagen International Airport is easily accessible and just a short commuter train ride, or taxi ride, away.
8-DAY / 7-NIGHT DENMARK BIKE TOUR
Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date.
July 26-August 2, 2019: $3695
Reserve with $300 deposit
August 4-11, 2019: $3695 (Sorry! Sold out!)
Reserve with $300 deposit
August 11-18, 2019: $3695 (Sorry! Sold out!)
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August 20-27, 2019: $3695 (Sorry! Sold out!)
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Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Single Supplement For Private Room Fee: $790
Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:
- If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
- If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
- If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.
Guided walking tour of Copenhagen, all entry fees and transfers during the tour, 7 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Copenhagen and one night in Helsingor), beer tasting at Carlsberg Brewery, ferry transfer to Sweden, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support, bicycle and helmet. Airfare is not included.
FREE USE OF BIKES
We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.