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 on this new 2014 post-trip extension. Revel in a three-night stay that allows you to explore the city at your own pace, following your own interests. After an overnight ferry ride gives you a taste of Scandinavian sea life, 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.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 1 night aboard a DFDS Seaways Overnight Ferry and 3 nights at the Superior First-Class Copenhagen Admiral Hotel or similar
- 5 meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
- 1 included tour: Copenhagen panoramic city tour
- Copenhagen Card: Providing free entrance to more than 60 attractions and free public bus and train transportation within the city
- Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
After breakfast on your Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Lapland Cruise Tour, enjoy a morning panoramic tour of Oslo, taking in some of the sights and sounds that give Norway’s capital its flavor.
Then, depart for the DFDS Seaways Ferry Terminal, where you board an overnight ferry equipped with private cabins, entertainment facilities, and a Jacuzzi for the leisurely overnight trip to Copenhagen.
Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers aboard ship, where you’ll spend the night as you cruise to Denmark.
Enjoy breakfast aboard the ferry, before arriving in Copenhagen. 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.
As you transfer to the hotel, take in the sights of Copenhagen during a panoramic city tour en route, giving you a glimpse of the city’s colorful houses, canals, charming pedestrian squares, and innovative modern architectural designs. After you’ve settled into your room, you’ll enjoy lunch on your own before joining your Program Director on a discovery walk of the area around your hotel, where you might find a number of shops or cozy cafes to return to during your time at leisure in this compact capital.
You’ll receive a personal Copenhagen Card which allows entry to 60 of the city’s attractions and free transport on the bus, metro, and train lines. This card will be your passport to exploring the city at your leisure over the next few days, allowing you to follow your interests to the activities and destinations that most appeal to you.
Dinner will be on your own this evening. 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 smorgasbord of options—Copenhagen boasts more than 2,000 restaurants and cafes.
Or you might opt instead to watch the lights come on at Tivoli Gardens, an 1843 amusement park where the 25 rides are complemented by three dozen restaurants, an open-air performance space, an aquarium, concert halls and theaters.
After breakfast with your travel companions, your Grand Circle Program Director will be happy to provide you with suggestions for visiting the gems of Copenhagen that best suit you.
Perhaps your discoveries of Copenhagen—pronounced with a long “a,” like in the word “name”—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, cafes, and restaurants outline the waterway, and dozens of vividly-painted 300-year-old houses add to the lively feel of this district. But you’ll also find a more solemn note in the main square of Nyhavn, which features an oversize anchor to honor the Danish sailors who lost their lives in World War II.
You might explore the city on foot, by bus, or canal today. Bus routes take in many of the most iconic sites, including the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, the character immortalized by Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s most famous writer. Or enjoy a canal ride, following the water past 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 Christiania a popular destination for visitors to the city.
The balance of the day, including lunch and dinner, are on your own.
Another day of independent discovery in this cosmopolitan city awaits you. You might travel back in time by seeking out some of the local castles. Rosenborg Castle houses the crown jewels inside but boasts a gem of natural beauty outside: 40 acres of lush royal gardens. At Amalienborg Palace, a quartet of royal residences framing a grand courtyard, you may enjoy the public ritual of the changing of the guard.
Perhaps you’ll visit the Opera House, one of the most modern concert halls on Earth, or the nearby Marble Church, which took 150 years to complete, and boasts an elegant dome resting atop twelve pillars. If you’re feeling up for a hike, following the 686-foot indoor spiral ramp leading to the top of the Rundetaarn (Round Tower), which is Europe’s oldest observatory. The viewing platform 100 feet above the street offers beautiful vistas of the city.
Lunch is on your own, as is dinner this evening, or you may choose to join us for a true taste of Denmark during an Optional Home-Hosted Danish Dinner. Meet local people and get to know the culture through their eyes, as you share good conversation over a meal of regional dishes.
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.