Day 01: Arrival
Arrival to Copenhagen by flight (own arrangement). Our bus and tour leader welcome you at the airport. On a guided tour through the “King´s city” you will see sights like the harbour quarter Nyhavn with its old sailing boats and two of Hans Christian Andersen´s houses, the stock-market, Christiansborg, the city hall, the round tower, the world-famous park of 110,000 lights – the Tivoli, castle Amalienborg the old and new opera and of course the “Little Mermaid”. We are going to visit the beautiful garden of Castle Rosenborg, which lies like an oasis in the city with its beautiful park. It was built between 1605 and 1634 as a summer residence for Christian IV and with its turret and cones it seems like a fairy tale castle. For lunch we will serve you typical Danish Smørrebrød and afterwards visit a local garden in which floor tiling is artfully integrated in the design of the garden. Overnight in Copenhagen.
Day 02: Gardens of Copenhagen
After a rich breakfast at the hotel we are going to visit the botanical garden of Copenhagen. It is part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The garden contains the largest collection of living plants and also holds three gene banks. After noon we are going to visit Naerum Oval Community Gardens, located north of Copenhagen. These are considered one of C. Th. Sørensen’s most important creations. In 1948, 40 oval allotment gardens were laid out on a rolling lawn in a fluid progression. The gardens are mostly placed so that the oval lies across the curves of the slope. This use of the rolling terrain, combined with the sweeps and curves of the hedges, accentuates the dynamic impression. The individual garden plots are enclosed compartments surrounded by hedges; their cottages may be situated in different ways but comply with the overall plan. Afterwards we continue to two artfully inspired private gardens, one of which is owned by an artist whose drawings are inspired by her garden. Overnight in Copenhagen.
Day 03: Copenhagen – Århus
We are leaving Copenhagen after breakfast. Our first stop will be a lush and constantly changing garden with many uncommon trees and shrubs, including about 20 different magnolias. The garden is decorated with many rooms and planted in a way that you can only see a small part of the garden at a time. There are many paths where you constantly have to make a choice whether to go right or left. It is easy to get inspiration for your own garden. We are passing the impressive Storebaelt bridge and soon we have arrived to our next stop. We start in the beautiful manor stables where the owners takes you back in the garden’s nearly 200 year history. We get a glimpse of a young nobleman’s upbringing, education, career and so, as well as his later ideas and ideals about the creation of the Romantic Garden. You’re going to hear about the major project to restore and re-interpret the old garden and the thoughts, ideas and ideals they have about the project. The tour ends in the rose and herb garden and where you get served a cup of coffee, tea and cake in the beautiful manor stables or in the rose garden. Overnight in Århus.
Day 04: Gardens around Århus
Today we are going to visit the beautiful gardens in and around Århus. At first we are going to visit the botanical garden. The garden section contains plants from the different habitats found in Denmark, placed in groups so that visitors can see what grows where. There is also a special section containing the best known medicinal plants. We continue to the Japanese Garden. Marselienborg, the residence of the Danish kings family, with its wonderful rose garden can only be visited if the kings family isn’t there. Of course we are also visiting Gamle byn, the charming and well preserved old town of Århus. In the afternoon we are driving south bound to Stouby to visit a garden that offers many interesting plants such as rhododendron, azalea, hosta, clematis and large tightly clipped cypresses. There are many cozy corners, greenhouses, covered terraces and a glass pavilion. Overnight in Århus.
Day 05: Århus – Aalborg – Frederikshavn – Gothenburg
We are leaving Århus straight after having an early breakfast. The first visit for today will be a lush garden near Aalborg with many rooms and plenty of flowers for both shade and full sun. The garden is a detached garden of 750m2 built over the past 6 years, and is focused on reusing materials, low habitats and pantry for birds and insects, as well as on cozy seating areas and terraces. There are several great copper fountains designed as small and large trees, placed in pools of various sizes. There are winding paths, pergolas, gazebo and there is plenty of occasions to sit and enjoy the garden. There are several beds of roses, primarily English, and various climbing roses. Before going to Frederikshavn we are going to visit another garden that, for the last 20 years, has seen continuous expansion and contains a wealth of different plants and inspiration territories. After the visit you are driving straight to Frederikshavn and take the ferry to Gothenburg. Overnight in Gothenburg.
Day 06: Gothenburg – Helsingborg – Lund
On your city tour you will get to know all major sights of Gothenburg, which are amongst others the splendiferous street Kungsportsavenyn, Liseberg and Universum. At the edge of the city you will be surprised to find a big and lush botanical garden. Most noteworthy are the Rock Garden, as well as the Rhododendron Valley and the Japanese Glade. Part of the garden is a wild nature reserve and site of the garden’s arboretum. Continue southwards along the coast to Helsingborg to visit the wonderful garden of Sofiero castle with its over 500 different rhododendron. You stop at Köpingehus, a lovely garden with a great variety of flowers and trees as well as an art gallery, before you reach the cozy university town Lund. Overnight in Lund.
Day 07: Lund – Malmö – Copenhagen – Departure
Continue to Malmö and get to know the city on a sightseeing tour, showing you Malmö´s history and architecture. Thottska Huset and St. Petri Church are just two of the many contemporary witnesses of Malmö. Have a look at the once largest market place in Sweden, Malmö Stortorg, which is even today very impressive. Another highlight is Turning Torso. The house with its 190 meter is the highest building of Scandinavia. From here you cross the Öresund bridge over to Copenhagen and finish your tour back at the airport.