Copenhagen cruises

Copenhagen was founded during the 12th century. So much is new and striking, so much richly traditional – from the ramparts of Hamlet’s Elsinore to the very latest examples of Scandinavian design. Copenhagen literally takes your breath away. Be wowed by the Amalienborg Palace, Christiana’s hippy commune and the delightfully relaxing Tivoli Gardens.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Enchanting Tivoli

    Explore the world famous Tivoli Gardens and enjoy a typical Danish treat.

    Enchanting Tivoli

    Embark on a panoramic drive through wonderful Copenhagen passing by many of the city’s top sights, including Gammelstrand, Christiansborg Castle, home to the Danish Parliament, Nyhavn and the Royal Palace, Amalienborg. Enjoy a brief photograph stop at the city’s most famous symbol, the Little Mermaid.

    Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 by Georg Carstensen and was inspired by the so called ‘romantic pleasure gardens’ of Europe. When Tivoli first opened its gates, it only had a few rides and amusements, however, today there is a mix of attractions mingled with charming flower and relaxation gardens. One of the most photographed features of Tivoli is the Chinese Pagoda from 1900 and the building is believed to have inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write the ‘Nightingale’. Your guide will host you on a walk through the park, regaling stories about the parks history and famous visitors. Then it’s time to sample the famous Danish pastry with tea or coffee served in the beautiful Concert Hall foyer.

    Enjoy some free time to explore independently, shop for souvenirs or for the more adventurous, hop aboard one of the many rides.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking included on this tour over flat, paved terrain.

    Tour code

    CPH_047

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Free Time at Three Sites

    The perfect way to explore Copenhagen independently. Enjoy free time at three of the main visitor areas.

    Free Time at Three Sites

    Once onboard your three stop transfer, you will be given a map of Copenhagen, so you can plan your free time.

    The first stop is by the Cathedral of Copenhagen, you’ll have time here to look inside or maybe take a stroll in the Bohemian Quarter. You might like to wander to Nytorv (New Square) and Gammeltorv (Old Square) where you will find the City Court of Copenhagen and the oldest fountain in Copenhagen - The Well of Caritas that dates back to 1608.

    At Gammel Strand you may choose to wander down the famous shopping street, Stroeget or admire the fabulous architecture including Christiansborg Castle, home of the Danish Parliament, the Old Stock Exchange, the Naval Church and Thorvaldsens Museum.

    The third stop is at Amalienborg Royal Palace, the home of Queen Margrethe II. Enjoy an hour of free time to view the palace from the beautiful square; visit the nearby Marble Church which boasts the fourth largest dome in Europe or head off on a short walk to Nyhavn, famous for its charming old houses and lively waterfront.

    No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a visit to the Little Mermaid, for photographs.


    This excursion will operate by coach. A tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation. Please note that the assistant is not a tour guide. A map of Copenhagen will be provided. No entrance fees are included in the tour price.

    Tour code

    CPH_044

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    5 hours

  • City Sights, Tivoli & ‘The Nimb’

    This small group experience introduces you to ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ and visits the renowned Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park.

    City Sights, Tivoli & ‘The Nimb’

    Your tour begins with some sightseeing around the city. No visit would be complete without a photo stop featuring the most famous Dane; The Little Mermaid. Erected in 1913 as a tribute to Hans Christian Andersen, she looks wistfully out to sea, searching for her prince.

    Nyhavn, once a famous haunt for sailors, is now a fashionable area for a drink, lunch or dinner. Colourful houses line up side by side along the streets and make the perfect backdrop for the wooden ships lining the canal. Continue to the Royal Palace Amalienborg and view the palace square, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, before passing Cristiansborg Castle; home to the Danish Parliament and Royal Reception Rooms.

    Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park is located next to the City Hall and is one of the oldest still in existence today, despite its near destruction during World War II. Enjoy a guided tour of this world renowned, historical park, where Hans Christian Andersen is said to have gathered some of his inspiration for writing. Located within the park is the exclusive Moorish-inspired Nimb Hotel, known locally as ‘The Nimb’. One of the oldest buildings in Tivoli, here you will enjoy a glass of sparkling wine accompanied by a small snack.

    Your tour concludes with a panoramic drive back to the pier.



    This excursion will operate by minivan and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes’ walking included throughout this tour, including steps and cobblestones. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore early booking is recommended. The order of sights visited may vary.

    Tour code

    CPH_061

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Frederiksborg Castle & Danish Pastry

    Journey through the picturesque North Zealand countryside to one of Denmark’s most famous castles; Frederiksborg Castle.

    Frederiksborg Castle & Danish Pastry

    Leave the city behind and drive through the magnificent Danish countryside to Hillerød and the magnificent Renaissance Frederiksborg Castle. The castle is situated on three tiny islands and is surrounded by beautifully-manicured gardens and a small lake.

    The stunning sights will catch your eye before you even enter the castle. As you stroll through the courtyard, the spectacular Neptune Fountain backed by the numerous copper spires of the castle are sure to make a lasting impression. Once inside the castle, you’ll make your way through the magnificent halls to embark on a journey that covers 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, historical paintings, furniture and art.

    After your guided tour, enjoy some free time to visit the stunning Baroque garden.

    Continue to the village of Fredensborg, centred around Fredensborg Castle, and a favourite get-away destination for her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. Pause to capture photographs of this magnificent 18th century manor house, before rounding off your tour with coffee and a traditional Danish pastry at a local restaurant.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour includes a visit inside Frederiksborg Castle and exterior views of Fredensborg Castle. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour, including several steps.

    Tour code

    CPH_065

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Jazz Canal Cruise

    Immerse yourself in the sounds of live jazz music during a late afternoon canal cruise.

    Jazz Canal Cruise

    Experience a leisurely cruise through Copenhagen Harbour and canals, with a local jazz band to entertain you.

    The jazz band ‘Scandinavian Rhythm Boys’ was formed in 1997 by Swedish and Danish musicians. They work with ragtime, blues, spiritual, gospel and early forms of jazz music, combined with well-known evergreens and ballads. Most of the tunes are originals, but seldom heard - chosen from Michael Boeving's collection of '78 records and rearranged by Frans Sjöström and Michael Boeving for a special combination of instruments. Work songs, spiritual, gospel, jazz standards, evergreens and swing tunes are also a part of the ‘Scandinavian Rhythm Boys’ repertoire.

    As your cruise winds its way along the canals, you’ll soon be toe-tapping along to the sounds.

    Have your cameras at the ready as you pass through the Christianshavn canal, to capture photographs of the Black Diamond, the Amalienborg Palace and the Copenhagen Opera House.

    During your cruise a beer or soft drink will be served.



    This excursion will operate by coach and canal boat. There are six steps to negotiate to board the boat.

    Tour code

    CPH_073

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Kronborg & Maritime Museum

    Combine seeing the Renaissance beauty of Kronborg Castle with the newly opened Maritime Museum.

    Kronborg & Maritime Museum

    Denmark has always been a well-known seafaring nation. Built by King Frederik II, and completed in 1585, Kronborg Castle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, played a major role in controlling the ships traffic through Øresund, the strait of water separating Denmark and Sweden. A Renaissance-style ‘motorway’, trading vessels from all over the world passed through ‘The Sound’, paying taxes known as ‘Sound Dues’.

    During a guided walk through the castle, you’ll hear the stories surrounding the treasures of Denmark, and how the castle was used by royalty throughout the Renaissance period. Visit the banqueting hall, which at 62 metres, was once the longest in the North.

    Kronborg has long been known as ‘Hamlet’s Castle’. Theatre productions both worldwide and within the castle itself, have made sure the myth of Hamlet has been kept alive. Over the years actors including Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi and more recently, Jude Law, have all portrayed the role of Hamlet within the castle and its fortifications.

    After a light refreshment in the castle’s restaurant, formerly the stables, you will visit the Maritime Museum of Denmark located in a former dry dock next to the castle. Follow the sloping bridges down into the underground museum, where you’ll experience a colourful range of exhibitions, depicting Denmark as one of the world’s leading shipping nations, both past and present, with film footage projected directly onto the architecture of the building. Round off your tour with a scenic drive along Oeresound back to Copenhagen.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking throughout this tour, with steps and cobblestones to be negotiated, therefore this tour is not suitable for those passengers who have difficulties walking or standing for prolonged periods of time. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please note that the castle is not wheelchair accessible. It is not permitted to take photos inside the Maritime Museum.

    Tour code

    CPH_058

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Walk 'N' Cruise

    Explore Copenhagen’s attractions on foot before switching to a canal boat for a leisurely cruise along the harbour and canals.

    Walk 'N' Cruise

    From the ship, you’ll walk along the harbour front passing the Langelinie Yacht Marina and stopping for a while at The Little Mermaid. Admire views of the Citadel fortification, built to protect the entrance to Copenhagen Harbour, before stopping at the Gefion Fountain, next to the English Church of St Alban. Your walk continues en route to the modern, but elegant Amaliehave, which lies right next to the Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Queen of Denmark.

    Close to the Palace is Nyhavn, a fashionable promenade with excellent restaurants and bars. A well deserved break will be made at a local restaurant for refreshments, including a Danish pastry.

    The walk continues past the Royal Theatre, over cobblestoned and narrow streets to Højbro Plads, by the Holmens Canal. Cross the street to take a closer look at the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception rooms.

    In Gammelstrand, you’ll embark the canal boat for a cruise in the Copenhagen Harbour. Sail past some of the major sights of Copenhagen and enjoy the scenery as you relax after your walk.


    This excursion will operate by coach and canal boat. This tour involves approximately 2 – 2½ hours’ walking over cobblestones and level ground. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CPH_025

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Copenhagen Panorama

    This orientation drive travels through the oldest and most charming parts of the city.

    Copenhagen Panorama

    No visit is complete without seeing the city’s most famous symbol, The Little Mermaid. Completed in 1913, this statue was erected to express gratitude to Hans Christian Andersen and his well-known fairy tales. Close by is Copenhagen's famous Gefion Fountain, set amidst the parkland of the Kastellet and depicting the Nordic legend of the Goddess Gefion.

    Travel to the royal residence of Amalienborg Palace for a short photo stop, before driving through the lively Nyhavn area. Nearby you’ll see King’s Square where the Royal Theatre, embassies and many fashionable shops are located. View the old fish market warehouses which date back to medieval times and Glyptotek, founded by the Danish Brewer, Carl Jacobsen, the creator of Carlsberg beer. Next to Glyptotek lies Tivoli Gardens (exterior view), one the world’s oldest theme parks. Before returning to the pier, you will catch a glimpse of the City Hall and Rosenborg Castle.



    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour does not include any visits. There will be various photograph-stops, depending on traffic and time permitting. There is approximately 30 minutes’ total walking involved in this tour.

    Tour code

    CPH_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Discover Hamlet’s Castle

    Discover Kronborg Castle through the eyes of Hamlet, on this unique tour.

    Discover Hamlet’s Castle

    Famously known worldwide as Hamlet’s Castle, Kronborg Castle was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, and is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. 2016 marks both the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 200th anniversary of the world’s oldest Shakespearean tradition ‘Hamlet’, which was inspired by Kronborg Castle. So where better to ask the question, ‘to be or not to be’?

    Upon arrival, Hamlets good friend, ‘Horatio’ will lead you on a guided tour of the castle. As the only main character of the play to escape with his life, who better to retell the story!

    As you’re led through the different rooms, you’ll feel as though Hamlet’s spirit is still roaming the hallways, as ‘Horatio’ brings to life the tragic events of the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature.

    Re-live some of the scenes from Hamlet, including the dramatic showdown between Hamlet and his mother, his tragic fate, as well as the moment when he meets his father’s ghost on the wind-swept bastion.

    Afterwards, enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee, accompanied by a Danish pastry, at the café overlooking the ramparts.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, as well as around 120 steps to negotiate. The journey to Kronborg Castle is approximately one hour each way. An English speaking escort will accompany the tour, and the guide will join the group upon arrival at the castle.

    Tour code

    CPH_064

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Evening Jazz Canal Cruise

    Enjoy a leisurely early evening cruise through Copenhagen’s picturesque canals, before heading to the world of Tivoli.

    Evening Jazz Canal Cruise

    Step aboard a canal boat for a leisurely 50-minute cruise. As you glide gently along, you’ll pass some of the city’s main sights such as The Little Mermaid and the old naval area of Holmen.

    Following your relaxing boat cruise, head to Copenhagen’s famous amusement park – Tivoli and spend the evening absorbing the atmosphere. Situated in the heart of the city, Tivoli has been visited by millions of people since its opening in 1843.

    Your free time in Tivoli is yours to do as you wish. There are beautiful merry-go-rounds, as well as more adventurous rollercoaster rides and plenty of attractions to amuse. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply watch the world waltz by at one of the many cafés or restaurants.


    This excursion will operate by coach and canal boat. From the ship, there is a short distance to walk to reach the boat and approximately ten steps to negotiate when embarking. Entrance to Tivoli is included within the price of the tour. Tivoli has many visual attractions as well as an amusement park including funfair rides, slot machines and souvenir shops, all of which are payable directly and not included in the fare. You may encounter crowds and delays at the attractions during peak season. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    CPH_072

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tivoli & Harbour Cruise

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise through Copenhagen’s picturesque canals, then head for the world of Tivoli.

    Tivoli & Harbour Cruise

    Step aboard a canal boat for a leisurely 50-minute cruise. As you glide gently along, you’ll pass some of the city’s main sights such as The Little Mermaid and the old naval area of Holmen.

    Following your relaxing boat cruise, you’ll spend time absorbing the atmosphere at Copenhagen’s famous amusement park - Tivoli. Situated in the heart of the city, Tivoli has been visited by millions of people since its opening in 1843.

    Your free time in Tivoli is yours to do as you wish. There are beautiful merry-go-rounds, as well as more adventurous rollercoaster rides and plenty of attractions to amuse. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply watch the world waltz by at one of the many cafés or restaurants. You’ll be advised of the meeting point and departure time for the return journey.



    This excursion will operate by coach and canal boat. From the ship, there is a short distance to walk to reach the boat and approximately ten steps to negotiate when embarking. Entrance to Tivoli is included within the price of the tour. Tivoli has many visual attractions as well as an amusement park including funfair rides, slot machines and souvenir shops, all of which are payable directly and not included in the fare. You may encounter crowds and delays at the attractions during peak season. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    CPH_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Fairytale Castles & Countryside

    Embark on a journey through the picturesque North Zealand countryside to two of Denmarks most famous castles.

    Fairytale Castles & Countryside

    Leave the city behind and drive through the magnificent Danish countryside to Hillerød and the magnificent Renaissance Frederiksborg Castle. The castle is situated on three tiny islands and is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and a small lake.

    The stunning sights start before you even enter the castle. As you stroll through the courtyard, the spectacular Neptune Fountain backed by the numerous copper spires of the castle are sure to make a lasting impression. Once inside the castle, you’ll make your way through the magnificent halls to embark on a journey that covers 500 years of Danish history illustrated by portraits, historical paintings, furniture and art.

    No tour of Denmark’s castles would be complete without a visit to one of the most famous sites in literary history, Kronborg Castle or more commonly known as ‘Hamlets’ Castle’. Take a stroll around the ramparts before indulging in coffee and pastries in the castles’ former stables.


    The tour includes a visit inside Frederiksborg Castle and exterior views of Kronborg Castle. There is approximately two hours of walking including several steps.

    Tour code

    CPH_056

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • City Sights & Rosenborg Castle

    Copenhagen’s highlights; combined with a visit to the Renaissance-style Rosenborg Castle.

    City Sights & Rosenborg Castle

    Your tour begins with some sightseeing around the city of Copenhagen. Enjoy a brief photograph stop at The Little Mermaid, erected in gratitude to the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Continue to the Royal Palace Amalienborg and view the palace square, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, surrounded by four almost identical palaces. Drive past the citadel and the Gefion Fountain, which depicts the legend of the goddess Gefion creating the island of Zealand.

    The area of Nyhavn was once famously frequented by sailors, but today it has become a fashionable haunt in the city for drinks, luncheon or dinner. With colourful buildings, tightly packed together along the streets, it’s the perfect backdrop for the wooden ships lining the canal.

    Rosenborg Castle stands today as a perfect example of the classic Danish Renaissance-style. With its tall towers, red masonry with sandstone ornaments, it is a distinguished example of Christian IV's many architectural projects. You will enjoy a guided tour through the castle, which includes an opportunity to take a closer look at the royal treasures.

    Your tour concludes with a leisurely drive back to the pier, passing Christiansborg Castle, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception Rooms.


    This excursion will operate by minivan and on foot. There is approximately 50 minutes’ walking on this tour, including uneven ground, cobblestones and around 80 steps within the castle. There is limited availability on this tour. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted inside the castle.

    Tour code

    CPH_060

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • A Swedish Sojourn

    Cross the Øresund Bridge and discover the delights of Scania.

    A Swedish Sojourn

    In July 2000 the Øresund Bridge opened and connected the former ‘enemy’ nations of Denmark and Sweden.

    Pass by Malmö and through the flat farmland to the medieval town of Lund. Lund is the 2nd oldest town in Sweden with a 1000 year history. During a visit to the Cathedral, don’t miss the magnificent astronomical clock that decorates the cathedral wall.

    Marvellous Malmö is a vibrant and multicultural city that is more recently famous for hosting the Eurovision song contest in 2013. Explore the city’s medieval roots with your guide and admire the 17th century houses, small squares and cobblestoned streets. Take advantage of some free time for a little shopping or a stroll on your own.

    Upon your return to Copenhagen, enjoy a short panoramic drive of some of the city’s famous landmarks including the Old Stock Exchange, the naval Church and Nyhavn.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this excursion over cobblestoned surfaces, therefore comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CPH_057

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Complete Copenhagen

    Discover the best of Copenhagen in a day.

    Complete Copenhagen

    Sit back and relax on a scenic drive through Copenhagen, en route, enjoy a brief photo stop at Copenhagen’s most famous resident, the Little Mermaid. During your panoramic drive you’ll pass by the Church of our Saviour, with its spectacular winding staircase on the spire, the lively waterfront of Nyhavn, the Old Stock Exchange and Christiansborg Castle, where Danish Parliament sits. Enjoy a brief photo stop at Amalienborg Palace, the Royal residence.

    Upon arrival at the Carlsberg Visitors Centre, discover the history of Carlsberg, its brewing techniques and sample one of “probably the best lager in the world”, after this you will be served a traditional Danish luncheon plate.

    Then it’s time to head out of town, across the bridge to the island of Amager. At the very end of the island is the picturesque village of Dragør. With your guide, stroll along the charming harbour front and through the narrow streets to admire the traditional yellow painted houses with red roofs.

    Returning to the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll change your mode of transport and hop aboard a canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Christianshavn, before returning to your ship.


    There is approximately two hours of walking included throughout the day, over flat terrain.

    Tour code

    CPH_046

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours