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About Copenhagen

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen was the adopted home of Hans Christian Andersen  - commemorated in the waterfront sculpture of his Little Mermaid. And, true to the spirit of its most famous resident, Copenhagen has a fairytale magic all of its own.

Discover the beauty of the Copenhagen cruises while visiting the delightful Tivoli Gardens, where you can soar above the city in a hot air balloon suspended from a Ferris Wheel. Stroll down leafy byways as dusk falls and hundreds of lights twinkle through the trees or in the shops and cafés of Stroget, Europe's longest pedestrianised shopping street.

With a variety of destinations to explore, cruises to Copenhagen have plenty to offer. Enjoy another stroll along the Nyhavn Canal, browsing the market stalls and looking at the fine old sailing ships moored near its banks. You will find more history at the magnificent Christiansborg Palace, the National Museum - home to fascinating Viking relics - and at Kronberg Castle - the former Elsinore of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.


Shore excursions in Copenhagen

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.

A Swedish Sojourn

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Cross the Øresund Bridge and discover the delights of Scania.

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.

Essential information

This excursion 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.

Christmas Castles of Copenhagen

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Take a trip north of Copenhagen to the fairytale Castle of Frederiksborg, passing the beautiful Hamlet’s Castle en route.

Frederiksborg Castle is located north of Copenhagen and considered by many to be the most beautiful Castle in Denmark. A guided tour will take you into impressive interior rooms and to the spectacular Neptune Fountain in the main courtyard.

Not far from Frederiksborg you will find Fredensborg Castle - the Queens Summer residence, this impressive palace is surrounded by the idyllic Esrum Lake, where you will have time to stretch your legs and take a photo of this impressive palace.

Located at the narrowest point between Denmark and Sweden, Elsinore is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kronborg Castle, famously known as Hamlet’s Castle. Kronborg was built to demonstrate Denmark’s power and prosperity and is visible in the distance as you head along the coastal road towards Kokkedal Castle.

Kokkedal Castle was erected in 1746 as a country manor in the Dutch Renaissance style by Count Christian August von Berckentin. In 2011, the Castle opened as a hotel and was acquired by the present owner, Mikael Goldschmidt, in 2013. Following extensive refurbishment and renamed Kokkedal Castle Copenhagen, the establishment has now revived its aristocratic soul in a contemporary and inspired interpretation. A traditional mulled wine accompanied by Danish Christmas cakes will be served in the Grand Dining Room decorated beautifully for Christmas, before your journey back to Copenhagen.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes a visit to Frederiksborg Castle and exterior views of Hamlet’s Castle and Fredensborg. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking including several steps.

Christmas in Copenhagen

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShoppingFamily

Duration: 3 hours

Visit ‘old’ Copenhagen and find special gifts at the Højbro Plads Christmas Market.

Driving through the old parts of Copenhagen you will pass by the Citadel, en-route to Nyboder the residential area which housed mariners and was built in the 17th century by King Christian the 4th. Visit the square surrounded by the Royal Palace, Amalienborg.

Then, it is time to try a traditional Danish Christmas refreshment. The cozy Cap Horn restaurant is located on the 17th Century waterfront, and to get you into the Christmas spirit you will have the chance to enjoy homemade mulled wine and cakes during your visit.

By coach, tour around the King’s Square area and discover the history associated with the stunning architecture that surrounds it. If you still have a Christmas present or two to buy then a visit to Højbro Plads Christmas market could be just the ticket. The pretty market is framed by Christmas trees and lights and sells almost everything from food and decorations, to local handicrafts.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The time in Højbro Plads is free time, and as this is an open-air market we recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable non-slip shoes.

City Sights and Ice Bar

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Snap pictures of the city’s most famous landmarks and sip a cocktail at the coolest bar in town.

If you’re looking for a way to see some of Copenhagen’s best loved historic sites and experience the cutting-edge local urban culture in one tour, look no further.

As you relax on board your coach, you’ll be taken past several of the city’s top sights. Marvel at the grand Royal Theatre, D'Angleterre Hotel and the Charlottenborg Academy in the cobblestoned Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square), also home to the statue of Christian V on horseback, which was raised in 1688.

During 2 photo stops, capture the atmosphere at the 17th century Nyhavn waterfront, a hub of entertainment, and pose for pictures in front of the Little Mermaid statue. She may be small, but the bronze beauty has wowed visitors on a daily basis since 1913.

The landmarks keep coming as you pass by the Danish Parliament, Gammel Strand and City Hall, and soon you’ll arrive at the Generator Hostel. Found in the heart of the city, it’s housed in a building designed by Philippe Starck.

Don a special overcoat for warmth and head into the hostel’s ‘Magic Ice Bar’, where the temperature is kept at around minus 5 degrees Celsius. Enjoy a vodka cocktail (no need to ask for it on the rocks!) served in an ice glass as you check out the bar’s interior. Many features are carved in ice including furniture, decorations and the bar itself.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to the Ice Bar is not suitable for passengers with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold. The visit to the Ice Bar is not exclusive to P&O Cruises.

City Sights and Rosenborg Castle

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

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

Your tour begins with some sightseeing around the city of Copenhagen. Enjoy a brief photo 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 4 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, lunch 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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minivan on foot. There is approximately 50 minutes’ walking included throughout this tour, including uneven ground, cobblestones and approximately 80 steps within the castle. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore early booking is recommended. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted inside the castle. The order of sights visited may vary.


A selection of cruises to Copenhagen

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