Timeless yet trendy, Copenhagen is the place to go to discover fairy-tale castles, Viking history, and the sleek Nordic aesthetic. City tours and day excursions will bring insight into Danish history and contemporary culture.

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 Charming port area of Copenhagen  Copenhagen's City Hall Square  Denmark's Kronborg Castle, located near Elsinore  Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's <i>Hamlet</i>  Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen  Room within Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen  Christianborg Palace, Denmark  Copenhagen's historic port area of Nyhavn


A One-Week Stay in Denmark

9 days from $4,290

Timeless yet trendy, Copenhagen is the place to go to discover fairy-tale castles, Viking history, and the sleek Nordic aesthetic. City tours and day excursions will bring insight into Danish history and contemporary culture.

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Timeless yet trendy, Copenhagen is the way to go to see fairy-tale castles and Viking history, plus the sleek, modern Nordic aesthetic. At the centrally located Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, you’ll find the clean lines and 1960s decor of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. And during your stay, city tours and day excursions will bring insight into Danish history and contemporary culture.

Highlights Include

  • Copenhagen: At Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle, admire the Crown Jewels and other stunning heirlooms of the royal family, and at Christiansborg Palace tour the home of the Danish parliament. You’ll also see the city’s other treasures during a leisurely canal cruise and enjoy time at Tivoli Gardens, a city icon since 1843.
  • Day Excursions: Learn about a thousand years of history as you visit the Viking Ship Museum, the Roskilde Cathedral, and Frederiksborg Castle, home to the Museum of National History and a baroque garden. Another day trip features Elsinore and Kronborg Castle, legendary home of Hamlet; author Karen Blixen’s home; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
  • Contemporary Vibe: Learn about the city’s architecture, urban development, and “green city” concepts at the Danish Architecture Center, then take a walking tour featuring modern architecture. Enjoy time at leisure to experience the active cultural scene. 


Days 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S. and Arrive in Copenhagen

Smithsonian travelers depart the U.S. for Copenhagen via overnight flights. After a morning arrival at Copenhagen’s Kastrup International Airport, transfer to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Each traveler will receive a welcome kit containing a map of Copenhagen and information on Denmark. The Smithsonian Journeys travel director will be available to assist with information and assistance. There’s time to relax and settle in before joining the travel director for a walking tour around your hotel's neighborhood. Gather this evening to meet your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an introductory talk followed by a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 – Copenhagen

Begin each day in Copenhagen with a buffet breakfast. Start exploring with a visit to Rosenborg Castle, an ornate castle built for King Christian IV as a summer retreat. Discover the Castle Museum, located in Rosenborg Gardens. Marvel at the Danish Crown Jewels and beautiful personal articles that belonged to the royal family. During the visit, you’ll see the fine interiors of this lovely renaissance castle complete with a storybook moat and elegant swans. You may see the Royal Guards in their colorful uniforms marching nearby. Lunch will be served in a cozy restaurant along Nyhavn, a canal in the city center. Continue sightseeing on a leisurely cruise on Copenhagen’s scenic canals to see the city Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, the Black Diamond library and the iconic Little Mermaid depicted in a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Gather in the Smithsonian Traveler's Corner with your Expert for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. (B,L)

Day 4 – Hillerod and Roskilde

Travel out of Copenhagen to Hillerod and Frederiksborg Castle, home to the Danish National Museum. After an escorted visit of the museum’s highlights, continue to visit the Castle’s remarkable Baroque Garden. Lunch will be served at a popular nearby restaurant. After lunch, travel to Roskilde Cathedral to see one of Denmark’s architectural marvels dating from the 12th century and a World Heritage site. The cathedral is the burial place of Danish kings and queens. Travel to Roskilde Harbor and explore the fascinating Viking Ship Museum that provides a showcase for the five Skuldelev Viking Ships recovered from a shallow local waterway. (B,L)

Day 5 – Copenhagen

The morning is free of planned activities. This afternoon, visit Christiansborg Palace, the center of Denmark’s government to this day. See the royal reception rooms and exquisite works of art that highlight the arc of Danish history. Continue to see the royal riding court and stables as well as the Royal Library Garden. This evening, get together with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the traveler's corner for an informal discussion about new travel experiences. (B)

Day 6 – Copenhagen

Drive to the Danish Architecture Center to learn about the city’s architecture, urban development and the concept of a “green city.” A local expert will take you on a walking tour and point out prize-winning harbor-front development by Danish and international architects. The guide will offer insight into sustainable green projects and solutions to urban issues. Later, make a stop at the local Market Halls. The balance of the afternoon is free so that you can follow your own path. Join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for dinner at a bistro-style restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 – Rungsted / Humelbaek / Elsinore

This morning, set out for a drive through the lovely countryside north of Copenhagen. Begin exploring in Rungsted, with a visit to the home author Karen Blixen, renowned for her book Out of Africa. See her home and authentic personal effects from her farm in Kenya. Visit the museum that contains a documentary exhibit and Blixen’s personal library. Continue along the coastal road to Humlebaek for a visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum has an eclectic collection that attracts visitors from around the world. After visiting the garden, lunch will be served in the museum café overlooking Øresund Sound. After lunch, depart for Elsinore for a visit to the World Heritage site, Kronborg Castle that was the setting for Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Hamlet; Prince of Denmark. Kronborg Castle rises on a narrow promontory between the coasts of Denmark and Sweden. A guided visit reveals its fascinating history. With its guns trained on the ships in the Øresund, mariners did not chance sailing past the castle without paying the king his duties and tolls. (B)

Day 8 – Copenhagen

The day is free of planned activities, so let your interests be your guide and explore Copenhagen on your own. This evening, visit Tivoli Gardens, an iconic amusement and entertainment park that has been in operation since 1843. It’s an open-air wonderland of rides, music, shows and colorful lights. A Smithsonian Journeys farewell reception and dinner will be enjoyed in one of Tivoli’s fine restaurants. (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Depart for the U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to Copenhagen’s Kastrup International Airport for the flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)