Gardens of Copenhagen and Zealand
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Visit Copenhagen and Zealand in August, and it's hard to imagine that anything has ever been rotten in the state of Denmark.
High summer in this part of the world is a feast for all the senses. The flowers are blooming in abundance, the Danes are joyfully soaking up the sunshine, and the days are almost sixteen hours long (a far cry from the miseries of winter). All this fabulous light and warm weather can mean only one thing: the gardens are at their very best, making this the perfect time to pay a visit and enjoy them.
We have all manner of treats in store for this brand new Brightwater trip, and cannot wait for you to be the first to join us. We will wander around royal gardens, greet Hans Christian Andersen's famous statue, gaze across The Sound over to Sweden, watch the city sprouting above the rooftops, meander through magical fountains and forests, and then, just when you thought we couldn't possibly fit more in, we will leave Copenhagen behind us and make our way over to the lush terrain of Zealand, Demark's most populous island.
This is truly a tale of two tours: one quite carefully cosmopolitan, the other more cheerfully uncultivated. The result is a Scandinavian encounter unlike any we've ever experienced. So come on – kom nur – and secure your place with us today!
We arrive in Copenhagen this morning, and waste no time heading for lunch at Orangeriet, a beautiful restaurant set on the edge of the King's Gardens. After our relaxing meal it's an easy stroll into the gardens themselves, to enjoy some of the oldest plantings in the country. The flowerbeds were first established here by King Christian IV in the early 1600s, and continue to delight visitors to this day.
Once we have finished admiring the roses and sculptures we travel on to our centrally located four-star hotel, to be greeted by a well-earned welcome drink. Skål!
Our explorations continue this morning with a guided tour of the Fredensborg Palace Gardens. The estate attached to this splendid royal residence is one of the largest historical gardens in Denmark, and its French Baroque style gives Fredensborg an appropriately exquisite ambience.
A stop at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art offers an opportunity for lunch, as well as a chance to enjoy its leading collection of international artwork, with panoramic views over to Sweden.
Following this we return to the capital for an afternoon in the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens, famous for its complex of historical glasshouses, as well as its collection of over 13,000 species of plants.
This morning we make our way to ØsterGro Roof Gardens, a unique organic garden situated five floors above an old car auction: a unique example of urban cultivation!
Later, at Tivoli, we experience the city's playful side. Located in a complex full of fairground rides and amusements, the Tivoli Gardens offer a chance to get back to nature in the heart of the city. Highlights include the bamboo forest, the water fountains, and the “vintage cars” garden, which draws unexpected inspiration from a Chinese mountain landscape.
We depart the city for South Zealand this afternoon, stopping en route at the palatial Fredericksborg Castle gardens.
Our adventures in Zealand get going today at the historical Botanic Gardens at Vordingborg. Set in the grounds of the recently revamped Vordingborg Museum, the land has been lovingly cultivated here for over 200 years, and our visit offers a taster of Zealand plantings past.
After lunch we travel on to Marianne Folling’s garden at Ronnede, an enticing design featuring carefully planted perennials. Lastly we visit the orangery at Paradehuset. Built in 1876, this remarkable building is the pride of the mighty Gisselfeld castle. Other attractions here include the aptly named Paradise Garden, a haven for rare trees since the 1800s.
Perhaps we ought to learn some lessons from the Buddha this morning – about how all things must pass, for instance – this being, unfortunately, the final day of our trip! Our destination today is, of course, the Zen Garden at Stenlille, an oasis of calm in West Zealand.
After rejuvenating our minds here, and inhaling the beautiful fragrances of the flowers, we make our way back to Copenhagen. It's time to fly home and say our goodbyes. For the moment, at least, our travels have come to an end.
- Four nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis: two nights at a 4* hotel in central Copenhagen, plus welcome drink on arrival; two nights at Hotel Frederiksminde Præstø or similar
- Four dinners; four lunches
- Guided tour of the gardens at Fredensborg Palace
- Visits to Kings Garden, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen Botanical Garden, ØsterGro Roof Gardens, Tivoli Gardens, Fredericksborg Castle, Botanic Gardens at Vordingborg, Marianne Folling's garden at Ronede, the orangery at Paradehuset, and the Zen Garden at Stenlille
- Coach travel in Copenhagen
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays Tour Manager
- Water on the coach
Supplements per person:
- Single room supplement: £220