Best of Northern Zealand Extended

Best of Northern Zealand

 

Sundays: From May 21th to September 17th (last departure), 2017

Departures are available on other dates for parties of five or more, upon request. Please note, that the tour price might be higher.

Best of Northern Zealand

Biking in Northern Zealand is experiencing fairy-tale castles, wonderful beaches and vibrant Copenhagen Culture, history and castles. Time for absorption.

Tour Description

This tour is easy with short stages, relaxed and safe biking and a lot to see – very suitable for families.

Start and finish in Copenhagen, the Bike Capital of the World. Experiencing Copenhagen on your bike is something you will never forget. See the Royal Palace housing the Danish Queen, the Little Mermaid, the amusement park Tivoli and “Strøget”, one of the longest pedestrian streets in the world.

North of Copenhagen you will find castles, picturesque nature and some of the most expensive addresses in Denmark. You will bike along wonderful coastlines with sandy beaches, and charming marinas. A short roundtrip in Sweden is possible.

You will have time to visit some of the most important museums in Denmark: Museum of Modern Art – Louisiana, The Karen Blixen Museum and The Danish Maritime museum.

Highlights

  • Wonderful Copenhagen, capital and the best bike city in the world
  • Museum of modern Art Louisiana
  • Rungstedlund – the house/museum of famed author Karen Blixen
  • Helsingør and Kronborg (the castle from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”)
  • Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør
  • Visit to Sweden
  • Hillerød with Frederiksborg Castle
  • Fredensborg Castle, the Queens summer residence
  • The Danish Riviera and fishing villages of Northern Zealand.

Daily Programme 


*Please note that the map is indicative and does not contain accurate locations.

Day 1

Arrival in Copenhagen. Arrive at your hotel and free time to explore The Bike Capital of the World. Visit to Nyhavn, the Royal Castle, Christiania or the amusement park Tivoli.

Overnight stay in the centre of Copenhagen.

Day 2

Copenhagen – Vedbæk area. 26 km/16 US miles.

Cycling through Copenhagen on your bike is a fantastic tour start. You will pass some of the famous sights such as the Little Mermaid and the famous beach “Bellevue”. In Dyrehaven, the Royal hunting grounds, you will be cycling on peaceful paths surrounded by century old trees and curious deer. You can make a refreshment stop at “Bakken” , the oldest amusement park in the world, before reaching your hotel in the Vedbæk area on the coast of Øresund.

Overnight stay in Vedbæk area.

Day 3

Vedbæk area – Snekkersten/Helsingør. Approx. 25 km/15 US miles.

Today you will be cycling along the coastline all day passing two of the finest museums in Denmark. In Rungsted you can visit Rungstedlund, the home of the Danish author Karen Blixen (world famous for “Out of Africa”), and in Humlebæk you can visit the Museum of Modern Art “Louisiana”, famous not only for its exhibitions, but as well for its beautiful architecture and location. You will end up in Snekkersten, a former fishing village.

Snekkersten is only 2 km from the centre of Helsingør, so after an easy day on the bike you might wish to spend the afternoon visiting the old borough with the impressive Kronborg Castle (the castle from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”).

Overnight stay in Snekkersten or Helsingør.

Day 4

Roundtrip in Sweden and Helsingør. 35 km/21 US miles.

If you missed Kronborg yesterday you will have the chance today. The highlights of the day might be the Danish Maritime Museum listed among “52 places to go in 2014” by New York Times. If you still have plenty of time, you can take the ferry (runs every 15 minutes, price 8 Euro for a roundtrip) to Helsingborg. From here you can take a round trip of approx. 35 kilometres along the coast to beaches and small fishing villages and back through the Swedish forests and fields.

Overnight stay in Snekkersten or Helsingør.

Day 5

Snekkersten/Helsingør – Gilleleje. 30 km/18 US miles.

The route North out of Helsingør is unique with its views to the Swedish coast only 4 kms away. The large ships sail close to the coast, as you cycle along the coast towards Hornbæk. At Hornbæk you can find one of the best beaches in Denmark as well as a couple of excellent restaurants. After a good lunch you continue along the coast on narrow lanes passing a couple of lighthouses with the beach far below you. Gilleleje, a lively fishing and yacht village, is the northernmost town on Zealand as well as the most important harbour and holiday resort on the coast of northern Zealand. Here you will find a lovely beach and a nice harbour where you can find great restaurants and you stay at the lovely Gilleleje Beach Hotel on the outskirts of the village. It is a very beautiful and classical Danish beach hotel overlooking the sea and the food is of high standard.

Overnight stay in Gilleleje.

Day 6

Gilleleje – Hillerød. 30-48 km/19-30 US Miles.

Leaving your lovely, classic seaside hotel overlooking the sea may prove a challenge, but the next target on the stage is Tisvildeleje, which also is worth a stop. Tisvildeleje is a more laidback seaside village close to the national park ”Tisvildehegn”. This is a nice place for your lunch before the stage continues away from the coast.

Cycle along a car-free cycle route to Helsinge and continue along one of the largest forests in Denmark, Grib Skov, to Hillerød. Ride directly through the park and the castle and reach the market square where you will find a tiny ferry which will sail you “The most beautiful nautical mile in the world” around in the castle lake. Enjoy the summer evening on the square overlooking the lake and the castle.

Shorter alternative: You can choose to follow the regional cycle route to Grib Skov (Forest) and continue to Esrum Abbey and along a peaceful path around Esrum Lake to Hillerød.

Overnight stay in Hillerød.

Day 7

Hillerød – Copenhagen. 38 km/24 US miles or 18 km/10 US miles + train.

Heading South towards Copenhagen you pass idyllic sceneries, lovely forests and wetlands with a rich birdlife. You will be impressed by the rich nature in a densely populated area close to the capital. You will be amazed how easy it is by bike to cycle from the green northern Zealand to the capital of Denmark. While the first 18 kilometres towards Farum are on winding paths and smaller roads, the last 20 kilometres are along the new ”supercykelsti” (Super cycle path), that brings all the commuting cyclists to Copenhagen. When you come to Nørrebro, which is one of the most colourful neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, you have to slow down and be aware of all the different cyclists heading towards the city centre.

Overnight stay in the centre of Copenhagen.

Day 8

Check out or use the possibility to extend your stay with a few additional days in Copenhagen. You can choose extra nights at your hotel or you can join one of our other bike tours.

Practical information

Biking In Northern Zealand
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Difficulty level and maps

The terrain is mostly flat with occasional small hills. The tour is rated leisurely and is suited for families and cyclists in average physical condition. You ride along paved and unpaved bike paths and mostly minor roads. In Copenhagen you have plenty of bike lanes and the drivers are used to paying a lot of attention to cyclists.

We will provide detailed maps and route descriptions with notes about sights, places to eat etc. You can download the route to a GPS or your smartphone.

More about Denmark

Biking in Denmark is something special compared to other countries. First of all you will enjoy that the most attractive landscapes invite the cyclists to easy and safe stages, since cyclists are given very high priority. In the towns you will find many cycle paths, and at the coastline, along the lakes, in the forests, and through the green fields, you will find peaceful lanes and paths specially designed for cyclists.

In Denmark you will meet picturesque villages, a countryside that varies all the time, well-preserved castles and manor houses, clean and sandy beaches, and you will enjoy the clear, fresh air.

How to get there

  • By car: Motorway to Copenhagen. Paid parking195 dkr/night.
  • By plane: Copenhagen Airport. Train to the Central Station and 300 meters walk to the hotel.
  • By train: Copenhagen Central Station has a regular service to all of Europe

Weather

Biking in Denmark is perfect from May until end of September. You will enjoy comfortable weather and daylight during the summer from very early morning until late evening.

Packages & prices

DATES

Sundays: From May 21th to September 17th (last departure), 2017

Departures are available on other dates for parties of five or more, upon request. Please note, that the tour price might be higher.

 

 

 

HOTELS, 8 days/7 nights.

Prices in Euro

C

B

A

Per person in Double room. €878 €918 €1018
Per person in Single room. €1318 €1398 €1568
Single travelling alone supplement before 3rd July & after 21st August €100 €100 €100
1 adult or child 12 years or older and sharing a room with 2 adults  -25% -25% -25%
1 child 0-11 in extra bed and sharing a room with 2 adults.  -50% -50% -50%
Max 2 children 0-11 in extra beds and sharing a room with 2 adults -25% -25% -25%
Children 0-2 sharing a room with 2 adults €0 €0 €0

Extra nights. Copenhagen

Price per person in double room €90 €100 €115
Price per person in single room €135 €150 €180
1 adult or child 12 years or older and sharing a room with 2 adults -25% -25% -25%
1 child 0-11 in extra bed and sharing a room with 2 adults. -50% -50% -50%
Max 2 children 0-11 in extra beds and sharing a room with 2 adults -25% -25% -25%

Hotels (C): Good and comfortable hotels on the route and close to the centre of Copenhagen.
Hotels (B): Best hotels on the route and in the centre of Copenhagen.
Please note that the hotel in Gilleleje is officially a 3* hotel but with 4* qualities and superb location.
Hotels (A): Upgraded rooms at the best hotels on the route. Often with balcony/sea view.
Please note that the hotel in Gilleleje is officially a 3* hotel but with 4* qualities and superb location.

BIKES

  • Hybrid touring bike €100. Without foot brake. Female and male.
  • E-bike (on request) €265
  • Children’s bike €75
  • Child’s seat €40
  • Children’s trailer: Burley for 1 or 2 children €80
  • Helmets €10
  • Bikes extra days (on request) €25/day
  • Bike insurance €50 (excess €100 at theft and damage at accident). Insurance of e-bikes on request only.
  • All rentals include a map holder, waterproof rear saddle bag, spare tube, repair kit, pump, lock and a bike computer (one per room).

See the bikes and the equipment here.

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels incl. breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Maps and route description
  • Information about highlights and sightseeing along the route
  • 24 hours’ hotline service in case of problems or questions

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