Exploring Denmark and Sweden8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Copenhagen
Upon arrival in Copenhagen, you will be met and guided through customs and immigration before being escorted to your centrally located hotel. After checking in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to take advantage of the amenities at your hotel or begin your explorations of the city.Hotel 71 Nyhavn / Phoenix Hotel / Skt. Petri - 4 Nights
We suggest you explore the neighborhood that will be your home for the next few days. A good place to start is Nyhavn, the famous Copenhagen canal, which is lined with pretty and colorful houses. In the evening we suggest you have dinner at Restaurant Salon. It's a beautiful restaurant that is run by chef Claus Christensen, who is an institution in the Danish restaurant scene. He is very closely affiliated with the Danish art community and his restaurant is decorated with works from great Danish artists.
Denmark is well known for its strong design and architecture tradition, and Copenhagen is the best place to experience it. Copenhagen is hailed as one of the most livable cities in the world, and the restaurant scene is among the best and most innovative you'll find.Hotel 71 Nyhavn / Phoenix Hotel / Skt. Petri (B, L)
This morning, a guide will pick you up at your hotel, give you your 72-hour Copenhagen Card which offers free entrance to a number of sights, free transit and discounts, and take you on a private tour around the city. Your guide will tell you all about the famous Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Palace-the Queen of Denmark's winter residence. We suggest you have lunch in one of Copenhagen's traditional restaurants, and try smorrebrod, a traditional Scandinavian sandwich.
After lunch, you will be brought to a boat departure point where your guide will accompany you on a tour of the idyllic canals and harbors of Copenhagen-there's nothing like seeing a beautiful city from the water. You will pass by some of the city's most famous buildings, such as the Royal Opera, the Royal Playhouse, and the National Library. For dinner, a visit to 108 is always a good idea - it is the more casual little brother of Noma, the four time Best Restaurant in the World winning restaurant.
Day 3North of Copenhagen
After breakfast, a guide and a car will pick you up and take you on an excursion to North Zealand. You will begin the tour with a guided visit to the famous Kronborg Castle in Elsinore. Also known as Hamlet's Castle, it is Northern Europe's most beautiful Renaissance castle and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the visit to Kronborg, you will continue to Frederiksborg Castle. This impressive Renaissance castle was built in the first decades of the 17th century by the Danish King Christian IV.Hotel 71 Nyhavn / Phoenix Hotel / Skt. Petri (B, L)
After the castle tours it is time for lunch, and we recommend Gl. Humlebaek kro. The restaurant dates back to 1740 and serves homemade traditional Danish food. If you prefer a fine dining experience instead, we suggest you visit Restaurant Sletten, which serves gourmet food with an ocean view.
Following lunch, we recommend a visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 3,000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It features pieces created after 1945 and includes works from Picasso, Giacometti, Andy Warhol, and Rauschenberg. The magnificent sculpture garden is also a can't miss.
Once you are back in Copenhagen, dinner at the posh restaurant Geist would be a great choice.
Today your local guide will pick you up in the lobby, and together you'll decide which sights or museums you want to see. If you are in the mood for a visit to a magnificent art museum, which will give you a great overview over Denmark's art history through the centuries, we suggest you visit the National Gallery of Denmark. At the gallery you will find 700 years' worth of art and art history.Hotel 71 Nyhavn / Phoenix Hotel / Skt. Petri (B)
Another option is an expert guided visit to Designmuseum Danmark. It is Denmark's largest museum for Danish and international design and a central exhibition forum for industrial design and applied arts in Scandinavia. The visit serves as the perfect starting point for understanding the development of the Danish design tradition.
For your last dinner in Copenhagen, we suggest Kodbyens Fiskebar. It is Copenhagen's best fish and seafood restaurant.
Day 5To Stockholm
You will be driven to the central station where you will board a train to Stockholm. The ride is an excellent opportunity to see the beautiful and changing Swedish countryside, while enjoying a first class train compartment. Once you arrive in Stockholm, a car will pick you up and take you to your centrally located hotel.Grand Hotel / Nobis - 3 Nights (B)
In the afternoon, we suggest a walk to take in the scenic surrounding area, before having dinner at Restaurant Prinsen, a Stockholm institution that is frequented by artists, writers, and actors from the nearby Dramaten Theater.
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you on a tour of Gamla Stan. This is Stockholm's oldest attraction and one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in the world. On the way, you will also stop by the Royal Castle and the City Hall, where you can climb the tower to get a fantastic view of the city.Grand Hotel / Nobis (B, L)
For lunch we suggest restaurant Gyldene Freden. The restaurant has been serving classic Swedish cuisine since 1722. On Thursdays, the Swedish Academy, judicial body of the Nobel Prize in Literature, eats dinner here, as they have since the early 1900s.
After lunch your guide will pick you up and take you to the Vasa Museum. It houses the Vasa ship, which sank in the 17th century and was lifted onto land in the 1960s. The museum is one of the best in Sweden and offers its visitors a truly unforgettable experience.
For dinner, we suggest Restaurant Langa Raden at Skeppsholmen, where seasonal ingredients and traditional Swedish food come together.
Day 7Stockholm Archipelago
Today you will explore the breathtaking Stockholm archipelago as you sail out on a unique adventure on a yacht. You will be picked up close to your hotel and can take in city views from the water, before venturing out on a half-day tour of the archipelago. Consisting of some 30,000 islands, it is the largest archipelago in Sweden. The constantly developing landscape of the Swedish archipelago, making it one of the most fascinating experiences around Stockholm. Your captain will take you to see as many of the smaller islands as possible, while telling you the story of how each obtained its current shape.Grand Hotel / Nobis (B)
Following the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at your own leisure. In the evening we suggest dinner at Cafe Nizza, a Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant with a Parisian feel.
Day 8Depart Stockholm
Well in advance of your flight out of Stockholm, a car will be ready to take you to the airport.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Area: 16,630 sq. miles
Currency: Danish Krone
Official Language: Danish
What To See: Once a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has evolved to become a major city filled with history, interesting museums and exciting design. For admirers of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is his birthplace, and its residents have built a cottage industry based on his storytelling. Jutland is a great place to visit for a Danish country-style vacation. Aalborg is a good place to start your trip, offering culture and history, and Århus (Aarhus) is Jutland’s largest and most vibrant city. Visit the fascinating island of Bornholm, home to several unique round churches, which may have a connection to the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.
Area: 173,732 sq. miles
Currency: Swedish Krona
Official Language: Swedish
What To See: Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, is a delightful city spread out over 14 islands. Gothenburg, also known as Göteborg, is the perfect base to explore the coastal towns to the north and the Varberg Fortress. Uppsala is widely regarded as the center of Swedish culture and history. Kalmar is home to the famed Kalmar Castle and the Domykyrkan or the cathedral - and just to the west of the city, you can discover Crystal country, also known as “Kingdom of Crystal”. If you want to bask in the sun, enjoy the idyllic countryside, and explore an interesting historic area, the island of Gotland may be just the place for you.
Exploring Denmark And Sweden
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