The Grand Tour - The Great Dane

The Grand Tour - The Great Dane

Following on from our Grand Tours by Rail to Norway and Sweden, here is part three of our Scandinavian thriller! The Great Dane is a unique tour through Denmark, beginning in wonderful Copenhagen before ticking off attractions and railways across the country on a superb circular tour of discovery.

12 Days From £2,495

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 4 July 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in wonderful Copenhagen

  • Tour Denmark’s capital by boat and coach

  • Steam on the Hedelandsbanen

  • Visit Helsingør and Kronborg Royal Castle

  • Stay in Odense with its Hans Christian Andersen Museum

  • Visit Denmark’s National Railway Museum

  • Ride Funen’s Syd Fyenske Veteransbanen

  • Enjoy a day at Mariager Handest by boat and heritage steam train

  • Explore Aarhus, Denmark’s second city

  • Visit handsome Hanseatic Bremen

  • Ride the Moor Express from Bremen to Worpswede artist colony

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels and onwards to the Hanseatic city of Bremen for a night at the convenient InterCity Hotel.

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DAY 2

Departing Bremen, we head through northern Germany onto the island of Fehmarn. At Puttgarden we encounter the rare experience of our train boarding the ferry to Rødby in Denmark, one of the last three such train ferries in Europe. Our journey then continues to Copenhagen for three nights at the Imperial Hotel.

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DAY 3

Our exploration of Copenhagen begins with an orientation coach tour of the city's main sights, including the Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid. We then continue by boat cruise from attractive Nyhavn through the canals of Christianshavn and Frederiksholm, lined by historic buildings. The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace, with the Tivoli Gardens just a short walk away and fascinating Christiania reachable with a short ride on public transport.

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DAY 4

We make the short journey to Hedehusen to join the Hedelands Veteranbane. The HVB society has rescued and extended the line since its first short (only 100 metres) journey in 1977, now covering 5.3km, making it Denmark's longest narrow-gauge railway. After a return steam journey, we return to Copenhagen to head up the coastal line (Kystbanen) to Helsingør, where we visit royal Kronborg Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site immortalised in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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DAY 5

Departing Copenhagen, we head due west, crossing the Great Belt strait, which splits the islands of Zealand and Funen, first through a tunnel, then by bridge. We arrive in Odense, the main city on Funen, for two nights at the Plaza Milling Hotel, and include a visit to the Danish National Railway Museum this afternoon.

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DAY 6

Today we include a trip on Funen's heritage railway, the Syd Fyenske Veteranjernbane, a heritage diesel service cutting gracefully through meadows, catching glimpses of the archipelago on its 30 minute journey from Fåborg to Korinth. Back in Odense, we visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, commemorating the city's most famous son.

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DAY 7

Our journey west continues, crossing the Little Belt strait by bridge, connecting the island of Funen with the Jutland mainland. We continue north to the market town of Randers for three nights at the Best Western Hotel.

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DAY 8

A scenic round trip awaits today. We begin with a local train to Hobro, where we join the Svanen (Swan) 'paddle steamer' cruising gently along Mariager Fjord, Denmark's longest, to Mariager. Here we continue on the Mariager Handest Heritage Railway to Handest, which is scheduled to operate with steam on a 17km ride through an unspoilt part of Denmark.

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DAY 9

A short train journey takes us to Aarhus, Denmark's second city, where you have free time to explore independently, with a variety of attractions including the Botanical Gardens, Den Gamle By Open Air Museum, the ARoS Art Museum and the city's very own Tivoli Gardens.

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DAY 10

Heading south, we leave Denmark, crossing Schleswig Holstein and Lower Saxony en route to Bremen for two nights at the InterCity Hotel.

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DAY 11

Today's excursion boards the Moor Express. This heritage diesel railcar plies the route at weekends between Bremen and Stade across Teufelsmoor (Devil's Moor), a rural idyll of flat moorland. Our destination is Worpswede, an artist colony since the late 19th century, where we enjoy free time before returning to Bremen.

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DAY 12

We depart Bremen, changing in Cologne, before boarding our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel, Bremen

The Intercity Hotel Bremen is situated right next to the main train station. You can reach the city centre on foot, with its Town Hall, Roland statue and the Bremen City Musicians statue.

 

Imperial Hotel, Copenhagen

The 4* Imperial Hotel is centrally located within a short distance to Tivoli Gardens, The City Hall Square, and the main shopping street, Strøget.

 

Plaza Milling Hotel, Odense

The Hotel Plaza is one of Odense's oldest and most beautiful hotels. The hotel is centrally located opposite the King's Garden, near the railway station and within walking distance to shopping and many of Odense's attractions.

 

Best Western Hotel, Randers

The Best Western Plus Hotel is centrally located in Randers close to the train station. The hotel is a modern city hotel with a relaxing and informal atmosphere set in historical surroundings with more than 100 years of history.

 

FARE:

 

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

throughout, including

Standard Eurostar

£2,495

First Class rail travel

To/From Bremen, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2,795

Single Traveller Supplement

£495


 

11 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel to and from Bremen in the class of your choice (Standard Class is booked from Bremen back to Bremen and throughout on Denmark’s rail system)

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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