WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN & SWEDEN  

8 days   £930

Sat 18th – Sat 25th May 2019

Single Room Supplement £250 


 

Copenhagen and Denmark as a whole have inspired writers, painters, architects and engineers for centuries. Based in the southern district of Copenhagen, we will be well positioned to cross the impressive Øresund Bridge in to Sweden, stopping at Malmö and the historic city of Lund. The tour also includes a visit to Kronborg Castle, the inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet as well as the ancient fishing town of Roskilde, once a safe harbour for the marauding Vikings. There will be plenty of time to explore Copenhagen, the centre of which is a short bus ride away. Accommodation is bed and breakfast only at the modern Scandic Sluseholmen. The hotel does have a restaurant and there are alternative restaurants within walking distance. There will be adequate breaks on the outward and return journeys for a leisurely meal. Overnight crossing via Harwich - Hook of Holland, cabins and breakfast included.


Provisional Itinerary:

Day 1:
The journey begins late afternoon as we head east across Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk towards Harwich for our overnight crossing to Hook of Holland. We will stop at Cambridge Services where there is wide range of places to eat.

Day 2:
We disembark the ferry after breakfast and head east again. Passing Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the morning we will stop for lunch after crossing the River Weser near Bremen. Early afternoon we approach Hamburg where you cannot fail to be impressed by the vast harbour moments before we descend in to the Elbe Tunnel. Heading due north through the heart of Schleswig-Holstein,we approach the Danish border late afternoon where we will be greeted by the Frøslev Forest which was planted on a mixture of wasteland and shifting sands. We will cross the first of the awesome Danish suspension bridges on to Fyn and stop for a leisurely meal. We then continue our last leg of the journey towards Copenhagen, across the Great Belt Fixed Link, an impressive 10 mile stretch of bridges over to Zealand, including the longest single span suspension bridge outside Asia. We will arrive at our hotel, Scandic Sluseholmen late evening.

Day 3:
A day of leisure for you to catch a bus in to the centre of Copenhagen. Perhaps explore the delights of the Tivoli Gardens or seek out Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid.

Day 4:
We head along the coast to Kronoborg where we explore the legendary Hamlet’s Castle (admission included). We then cross the Zealand countryside as we head towards the ancient town of Roskilde - a safe haven for the marauding Vikings!

Day 5:
After departing the hotel we are through the Drogden Tunnel and on to the 5 mile long Øresund Bridge, the longest combined road/rail bridge in Europe. At 187ft above the sea, watch the oil tankers, freighters and cruise ships sail beneath as we drive in to Sweden. We will arrive in Malmö mid-morning where there are plenty of places to sample Swedish cuisine on 'Lilla Torg'. After lunch time we head to Lund, a noted for its 12th century cathedral. Formerly part of Denmark until the 1700s, many of its buildings and streets retain their character from Danish rule. Another opportunity to sample Swedish cuisine for dinner before we head back to the hotel.

Day 6:
Another free day, an opportunity to  take a short train journey and explore Frederiksborg Castle or look for souvenirs along Stroeget: Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping street.

Day 7 & 8:
We retrace our steps of the first two days.

Breakfast is included. The hotel restaurant serves evening meals which can be booked in advance, alternatively there are other restaurants and a large shopping mall a few minutes walk away. On the excursions we will stay out to allow time to have a leisurely meal before returning to the hotel. On the outward and return journeys we will stop every 3 hours for a break to stretch you legs and buy refreshments. We will stop at lunch and dinner times to allow time for a leisurely meal.