Kalundborg, Denmark

Introduction to Kalundborg, Denmark

A coastal gem of Denmark.

Only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Copenhagen, Kalundborg is a lively modern town, famous for its beautiful 5-spired church - built in approximately 1200 - and the well-preserved medieval town. Kalundborg is situated on Denmarks beautiful coastline with flat heather plains, beautiful beaches, small picturesque villages and marinas.

 

 

 

 

 

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TOUR A - LAND OF THE VIKINGS

Denmark is the "Land of the Vikings" and this tour takes us to the ancient town of Roskilde, former capital of Denmark and home of the Viking Ship Museum. This Museum offers a unique opportunity to experience Viking ships, the Viking Age and life at sea.

Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

Denmark is the "Land of the Vikings" and this tour takes us to the ancient town of Roskilde, former capital of Denmark and home of the Viking Ship Museum. This Museum offers a unique opportunity to experience Viking ships, the Viking Age and life at sea.

The Viking Ship Museum is the Danish museum for ships, seafaring and boat building culture in ancient and medieval times. The museum was founded in 1969 to display the remains of five Viking longboats - sunk over 1000 years ago to prevent enemy ships from entering Roskilde fjord and recovered by an underwater expedition from the Danish National Museum in 1962. The exhibition hall also houses special temporary exhibitions and a cinema, where a film about the excavation of the ships is shown. An extension to the museum, the Museum Island, was opened in 1997. The museum boatyard, where visitors can watch shipwrights at work, and the Archaeological Workshop are located on the island.

Our next visit is to the impressive Roskilde Cathedral – which was the first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and its construction encouraged the spread of this style throughout Northern Europe. It was built during the 12th and 13th centuries, and incorporates both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features in its design. It was the only cathedral in Zealand until the 20th century. The Cathedral stands on a ridge in the very heart of Roskilde and its twin spires dominate the skyline of the town. Roskilde Cathedral has been the main burial site for Danish monarchs since the 15th century and now houses 37 Royal Tombs. As such, it has been significantly extended and altered over time as individual rulers have added multiple burial chapels. In 1995 the Cathedral was added to UNESCO's list of the world's most precious cultural assets.

After these two interesting visits, we shall return to Kalundborg through the lush Danish countryside.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one and three quarter hours of walking at the Viking Ship Museum and approximately 45 minutes at the Cathedral. There are also steps to negotiate, making this tour unsuitable for guests in wheelchairs. It may not be possible to go inside the Cathedral, depending on religious services, in which case an external visit only will be made.

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TOUR B - LERCHENBORG MANOR & BIRKEGAARDEN

This cruise tour will take us through beautiful landscapes in a leisurely manor, to enjoy the rural buildings and flora this part of the country has to offer.

Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

This cruise tour will take us through beautiful landscapes in a leisurely manner, to enjoy the rural buildings and flora this part of the country has to offer.

Our first stop will be for a guided visit of Lerchenborg Manor House. The baroque manor house was built between 1743 and 1753 by General Christian Lerche. The main building, the farm buildings and the park are laid out to meet the strict requirements of the baroque style regarding symmetry, forming a harmonious architectural whole that is unique in Denmark. The Rococo period has left its mark on all the interior decorations – beautiful rooms, family portraits and white stucco reliefs. In front of the main building lies the completely symmetrical part of the baroque garden, flanked by a unique 200 metre (656 feet) long distinctive arched hedgerow.
 
Our cruise tour then continues along the banks of Lake Tissoe. The area was a favourite of the Vikings from the 7th to the 11th century. Archaeologists have found many treasures here including a golden necklace weighing more than 2 kilograms (4 pounds). A photo stop will be made at Saeby Church – a typical Danish village church well known for its murals on the ceiling vaults. The church dates back to the 11th century and was originally a monastery.

Next is the Birkegaarden Gardens – one of the biggest attractions in the area with two beautiful gardens. The gardens originated with a wish from the owners to have a small lake and large lawn back in the 1970’s. Today the garden covers 28,000 square metres and is divided into a Danish/English garden and Japanese garden. Those interested in flowers and gardens are certain to enjoy this visit, and some free time will be given. We shall also be served refreshments during our time here.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour involves approximately two hours of walking, mainly guided, so a certain pace will be required to keep with the group. There are also steps to negotiate at Lerchenborg. Therefore it may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility. The order of the tour will depend on traffic.

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TOUR C - COPENHAGEN BY LAND & SEA

Copenhagen is one of the most historic cities in the Baltic region and this tour will give us an introduction to the Danish capital by both land and sea.

Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApprox. 7.5 hours
Snack includedSnack included

Copenhagen is one of the most historic cities in the Baltic region and this tour will give us an introduction to the Danish capital by both land and sea.

Our coach will take us from Kalundborg to Copenhagen, where we will collect our local guide and commence a sightseeing city tour, by coach. We will see the majestic City Hall, dating from 1892, the imposing Christiansborg Palace (now seat of Government), the enchanting Tivoli Garden amusement park and much more. We shall make a short stop at Amalienborg Palace – winter residence of the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II – for a courtyard visit before lunch at a local restaurant.

Refreshed, we will continue to Gammel Strand – formerly the old Fish Market – where we leave our coach to board a canal boat. Copenhagen is surrounded by water and a network of bridges connects the two main islands of Sjælland and Amager, on which the city is built. We can enjoy the view as we travel on the narrow canals of Christianshavn – a very charming area with houseboats and very low bridges. It has picturesque old buildings and Our Saviour’s Church, with its unusual green and gold steeple. Historic buildings are to be enjoyed side by side with the newer architecture. En route the guide will tell us about the sites we pass.

We also see the Nyhavn area which is a colourful and lively waterfront district, once the favourite haunt of sailors and lined with 500 year old gabled houses, pavement cafés and bars. Into the open harbour we will pass the new Opera House and onwards to the Langelinie area where we shall cruise by (behind) the statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

After our city and canal tour we make the return journey to Kalundborg and our awaiting ship.

TOUR NOTES: This tour gives us the chance to visit Copenhagen – please note that it is an approximate 90 minute drive each way. We will have an escort for the journey and the official Copenhagen guide will meet us on arrival. There is a walk of approximately 200 metres (650 feet) to and from Amalienborg Palace over some cobblestones. To reach the boarding place of the boat there is a walk of around 50 metres (165 feet) over cobblestones and to embark, there are steps and a gangplank to negotiate. Depending on numbers, the boat may be shared with the public or be a private boat. The boat is not accessible to wheelchairs. The boat has a public address system but does not have toilet facilities. We shall be cruising for approximately 45 minutes. Lunch will be a typical Danish buffet with hold and cold dishes. The tour may operate in a different order to that shown. Please also note that if the tide is high it may not be possible to visit the Christianshavn area due to the low bridges.

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TOUR D - RØSNÆS PENINSULA

This walking tour is aimed at nature lovers and takes us to the beautiful landscape of the Røsnæs Peninsula, north west of Kalundborg.

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

This walking tour is aimed at nature lovers and takes us to the beautiful landscape of the Røsnæs Peninsula, north west of Kalundborg.

After a short coach ride we will arrive at Røsnæs, which was created during the last ice age – into what is today a remarkable landscape. The countryside also owes its appearance to an event that took place during a hunt held by King Valdemar the Victorious in the woods at Røsnæs in 1231. The hunt ended abruptly when a stray arrow killed the King’s son. In his sorrow, the King commanded that no tree should shed its shadow on the cursed land where the hope of Denmark was killed and fires soon ravaged the woods. Røsnæs lay dormant for centuries and it was not until the early 1800s that trees started to increase. The forests we see today were laid out within the last 100 years. Now they are rich in bird life – many species breed here and in spring and autumn migrating birds stop over at Røsnæs.

On arrival a local guide from the nature centre will greet our group and conduct the walk, which will cover approximately five kilometres (three miles). After the walk there may be time to view the exhibits at the nature centre or purchase refreshments at the café (at our own expense).

TOUR NOTES: This is a walking tour over varying terrain including grass, gravel, mud and rock. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Good walking shoes or boots and clothing suitable for a nature walk are strongly recommended – including wet weather gear as the tour will be in the open. A certain pace is required in order for all participants to get full enjoyment from this tour.

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TOUR E - WALKING TOUR OF KALUNDBORG

Kalundborg dates back to the 12th century and the best way to enjoy this old town is on foot. We will be transferred from our cruise ship to the upper town of Kalundborg where our walking tour commences.

Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity

The old upper town of Kalundborg is not a museum as it is still inhabited today. However, as we are guided through the ancient streets we will experience the atmosphere of years gone by.

We shall visit the unique, 800 year old, five towered Church of Our Lady. The Church was allegedly built by Esbern Snare who was the brother of Absalon, founder of Copenhagen. Esbern Snare was inspired by Russian churches hence the layout of the floor plan. It looks like a Russian Cross and each arm ends in a tower. The fifth tower is above the centre of the church, making it an impressive medieval structure.

Next door is the Museum of Kalundborg, which houses changing exhibitions relating to the local region. We will also stop to see the miniature town outside the museum, showing the layout of Kalundborg in around 1650. Our next call is made to the Old Bishop’s Yard (Bispegaard) which today houses the municipal board.

The cruise tour ends with a walk back to the Town Square, close to the main shopping street. From here we can choose to be transferred straight back to our cruise ship – or to stay in the town and make our own way back to the ship (approximately one and a half kilometres or one mile).

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This is a walking tour covering approximately four kilometres (two and a half miles) and over some inclines and mainly cobblestones. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It may not be possible to go inside the church, depending on religious services, in which case an external visit only will be made. Please note that shuttle buses are used to transport us at the start and end of the cruise tour – there may be a short wait.

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