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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 3-4 star hotels
Meals

Price

Adult$1990USD

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Overview

Trip Code: DNZ

Trip highlights


  • Stress free cycling on mostly dedicated cycle ways through northern Zealand, ideal for families
  • Relaxing on Bellevue beach on the Baltics sea coast
  • Exploring castles and cathedrals and appreciating the regions rich maritime history
  • Feasting on fresh seafood including smoked fish

Historically, Zealand was the playground of Danish royalty and even the Vikings. It's easy to see why. Denmark's largest island offers an abundance of beautiful beaches, thick forests and magnificent coastal panoramas which today makes it equally attractive for local Danes. This self guided cycling exploration of the island will take you from the nation's capital on an anticlockwise exploration of northern Zealand's stunning natural landscapes as well as the many Stone Age and Viking relics that are scattered across the peninsula. Experience a medieval market square and Kronborg Castle, known as Hamlets Elsinore, relax on famous Bellevue Beach with its Arne Jacobsen designed lifeguard towers on the Balitc Sea coast. Try freshly smoked fish from a smokehouse, delight in the largest Renaissance residence in Scandinavia, Frederiksborg Castle, visit the World Heritage listed Roskilde with its Viking museum and marvel at the cathedral where the tombs of Danish royalty are preserved. The options are many and you can experience them as you wish on this Danish self guided cycle adventure, ideal for families.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Whether you begin your tour strolling through town to the old harbour with its Little Mermaid, taking a canal boat trip, visiting design and antique shops or enjoying a drink and dinner at Nyhavn, the charm of Denmark’s capital will put you in the mood for the coming days. Most places of interest are easily accessible on foot, by bus or by bike in Copenhagen and it is definitely worth staying longer in this beautiful city, either before or after your cycle trip. Early in the evening there will be a welcome meeting and bike handover with our representative. This is your opportunity to test your bike and ask any questions you may have about your upcoming cycle journey.

Meals:  Nil

From Copenhagen you head north on mostly dedicated cycle ways along the Öresund, the strait between Zealand in Denmark and Schonen in Sweden. As you pedal you will always have a view of Baltic Sea. Along the way you reach the famous beach Bellevue, in Copenhagen's northern limits. Here you can stop for a refreshing dip in the cool waters before continuing to Helsingør and your hotel. In Helsingør you can visit Kronborg Castle, considered the inspiration for Elsinore, home of Shakespeare's Hamlet, or take a 20 minute ferry to Helsingborg in Sweden, interesting for its medieval centre and the Kärnan tower.

Meals:  Nil

Take some time to visit the old port city of Helsingør before continuing your bike ride. The coastal resorts of Hornbæk and Gilleleje will charm you and offer a great location for a mid-morning coffee. Later the route takes you away from the coast and past extensive nature reserves and small lakes en route to Helsinge or Hillerød, respectively. In Hillerød you can visit Frederiksborg Castle, based around a lake and baroque gardens, which is considered the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia.

Meals:  Nil

Today you can choose between two routes, either along the coast or inland. The coastal route takes you past the small idyllic villages of Tisvildeleje and Liseleje as well as numerous beaches. The inland route takes you via the city of Frederiksværk. Your destination is Hundested or Højby. The latter is located on the opposite side of the Isefjord. The ferry ticket to cross to Rørvig is included in the trip cost.

Meals:  Nil

Cycling along the Odsherred peninsula you will always be close to the sea, dunes and salty air as you cycle past numerous sandy beaches. Take in the breathtaking views all along the coast of Isefjord, Lammefjord and Holbækfjord. Today's destination is the port city of Holbæk, first mentioned in 1199. Here we recommend visiting the Protestant-Lutheran Church of St Nikolai.

Meals:  Nil

Today you will start south along the Isefjord, discovering green meadows and small charming villages. The last part leads along the bay of Roskilde, before the Cathedral of Roskilde welcomes you from afar. Since the early 15th century many Danish royal family members have been buried here and it has been UNESCO World Heritage listed since 1995. A visit to the Viking Ship Museum is also recommended. Overnight in or near Roskilde.

Meals:  Nil

Today you will head back to the starting point of your tour, the Danish capital Copenhagen. From Albertslund, a recently built bike path will take you into the centre, which is almost free of traffic. The stage is quite short allowing you time to explore the city in the afternoon.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, your journey ends. We are happy to book an extension stay for you to explore the Danish capital.

Meals:  Nil


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - buffet style with breads, spreads, cheese, often meats and cereals, coffee, tea, juice
  • 7 nights comfortable 3 to 4 star hotels on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities
  • 21 or 24 speed rental bike with pannier, handlebar bag, panniers (water repellent), anti theft device and repair kit (premium and electric bikes available on request - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer to each hotel
  • Information pack including route notes and maps - one per room booked (GPS Tracks available on request)
  • Emergency hotline - 7 days, 8am to 8pm
  • Ferry ticket from Hundested to Rørvig (including bike)

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Copenhagen
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Helmets (not available for rent)

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE - Grade 2 This trip involves 6 days cycling along cycle paths and backroads with minimal car traffic (except in larger towns). Leaving Copenhagen the way is on dedicated cycle roads. The cycling distance is from 35km to approximately 60km / 22 to 37mi per day - distances are given as a guide and will vary according to the town and accommodation you are booked into. While the terrain is quite flat, there can be quite strong winds at times. This trip requires a reasonable to good level of fitness. Suitable for capable children - kids bikes are available and also trailers / trail-a-bikes. E-bikes available for a supplement.


Departure dates

Saturday and Sunday from 5 Jun to 29 Aug

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is 19 Jun to 2 Jul (Roskilde music festival) - supplement applies
DN2
It is possible to begin on other days (weekdays) during the season - surcharge applies. Ask our office for details.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$1990USD

Child from$1160USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Premium bike - SupplementUSD$70
  • E-Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Surcharge to start on a weekday (Mon - Fri) - ppUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$620
  • Child aged 3-11 sharing with 2 adultsUSD$1420
  • Child aged 12-17 sharing with 2 adultsUSD$1580
*Prices listed are per person

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