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Pre-trip: Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen’s native son Hans Christian Andersen rendered Danish life as a fairy tale, but you’ll see plenty of evidence that the real thing is just as memorable in Denmark’s capital city. Revel in a three-night stay that allows you to explore København at your own pace, following your own interests. You’ll benefit from an included Copenhagen Card that allows you access to historical sites and museums, and free transport in the city’s extensive public transportation system. And travel to nearby Kronborg Castle, the famed setting for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

It's Included:
Accommodations: for 3 nights in Copenhagen at the Superior First-Class Copenhagen Admiral Hotel or similar
5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Included tour: Copenhagen city tour
Exclusive Discovery Series event: Freetown Christiania tour
Copenhagen Card: Providing free entrance to more than 75 attractions and free public bus and train transportation within the city
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
Now included for 2015:
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
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    Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Copenhagen, Denmark. Please refer to your personal air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.

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    Arriving in Copenhagen, you’ll be met at the airport and assisted to your hotel. The world’s oldest capital city is also among the most welcoming in Scandinavia. The Danes are known for being more extroverted than their neighbors, as you’ll experience during your stay here.

    After you check in, enjoy a walk around the vicinity of your hotel to introduce you to the area in which you’ll be staying. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during an included dinner at your hotel.

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    This morning, you’ll receive a personal Copenhagen Card which allows you entry to 75 of the city’s attractions and free transportation on the bus, metro, and train lines. This card will be your passport to exploring the city at your leisure over the next couple of days, allowing you to follow your interests to the activities and destinations that most appeal to you.

    After breakfast with your travel companions, enjoy an included tour of the neighborhood that is home to Freetown Christiania, a commune considered a village by the free-spirited individuals who founded it. To this day, the alternative atmosphere and its colorful environs make Christiana a popular destination for visitors to the city.

    After an included lunch at a local restaurant, the rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps your discoveries of Copenhagen will lead you to Nyhavn (New Harbor), the 17th-century waterfront and canal area that is now the heart of entertainment in the city. Bars, cafés, and restaurants line the waterway, and dozens of vividly-painted 300-year-old houses add to the lively feel of this district. Or you might explore the city’s beachfront and marvel at the bronze statue of Den Lille Havfrue—The Little Mermaid, the character immortalized by Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s most famous writer.

    This evening, dinner is on your own.

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    After an included breakfast, your day is at leisure. Or join us for an optional tour to Kronborg Castle. Located in the seaside town of Helsingør, the Kronborg Castle overlooks the Øresund, the straight separating Denmark from Sweden. The castle is home to the fictional Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, one of William Shakespeare’s most infamous characters. The castle is a collection of spired towers, royal apartments, underground passages, a maritime museum, and 40 16th-century tapestries commissioned by King Frederik II of Denmark and Norway. But the castle’s most visited site is the giant statue of Holger the Dane, a mythical Viking hero renowned throughout Denmark. According to legend, if the country is ever in danger, Holger will come alive in order to restore peace to the land.

    Lunch and dinner are on your own today. Whether you want rustic traditional seafood or high-end “New Nordic” cuisine (in which Danish staples like elderberry, herring, and salmon are infused with modern techniques and ingredients from around the world), your Program Director will have plenty of suggestions. You can choose from a true smörgåsbord of options—Copenhagen boasts more than 2,000 restaurants and cafés.

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    After breakfast together, your morning is at leisure. Your Grand Circle Program Director will be happy to provide you with suggestions for visiting the gems of Copenhagen that best suit you. Perhaps you’ll visit one of the city’s many bakeries, the cases lined with a myriad of delectable goodies, including wienerbrød—what we call a “Danish” pastry in the U.S.

    This afternoon, join your fellow travelers, following the activities described on Day 2 of the main itinerary.