Let this Royal Tour start by exploring the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, home to one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The roots of Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II, can be traced back to the first Viking king of Denmark over 1000 years ago. The royal trip takes you right into the heart of the Danish capital which is so full of historical buildings and ancient streets, it doesn’t take much to realize, how rich the capital’s history is. Where better to start following in royal footsteps than at the home of the majesties themselves? The beautiful 17th century Amalienborg Palace with rococo interiors quickly brings out the magic of Kings and Queens. Get the chance to visit the museum and witness the Changing of the Guard, a tradition that displays Danish royal tradition like nothing else. Every day the guards march from their barrack through the city and arrive at the palace at noon. Alternatively, visit Rosenborg Castle to see the magnificent crown jewels.
While passing Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and Ministry of State, you can see the balcony where the Danish kings and queens are proclaimed. See the city from above while enjoying the majestic view from the tower of the palace.
Strolling around the beautiful city you will see its iconic sights: The Little Mermaid, Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn Canal with its charming outdoor restaurants and picturesque cafés and the Royal Opera House. You may even bump into a certain Crown Prince Frederik who is known to enjoy running around that area.
The northern area of the Danish island is a 40 minutes drive from Copenhagen and is called Royal North Sealand. Visit three of the most stunning castles which were built by former monarchs to show off their wealth and power. Once built by Christian IV to secure his powerful status, the Frederiksborg Castle is now home to the museum of National History and brings 500 year old tales and stories to life.
Sometimes, a nice summer getaway is exactly what we need right? Even the royal family enjoys a change of scenery in the summer months. Visit the favourite residence of Queen Margarethe II and her family, *Fredensborg Palace. Enjoy the facilities and take in the view of the beautiful gardens from the palace window. You’ll even be able to catch a glimpse of the royal private garden which supplies the household with fresh ingredients.
*Please note that if the queen is there, you will only be able to view the palace from the outside.
When stepping into one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles and UNESCO World Heritage Site Kronborg Castle, you’ll come face to face with Hamlet. Now known as Hamlet and Shakespeare’s castle thanks to the iconic play, it was once a hot topic among aristocrats.
During the summer months meet Hamlet and his family and friends in the halls of Kronborg or feast your eyes on one of the sumptuous banquets that was held during King Frederick II's reign.
Have breakfast at the hotel before embarking on the coach to the pier where you will take the overnight cruise with DFDS Seaways to Oslo in outside cabins with single beds.
Dinner will be available on board.
After arrival in Oslo and breakfast on the cruise we will continue our royal adventure in Oslo.
Are you intrigued by how the royals spend their daily life? Then the home of Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja at The Royal Palace is the perfect place to get a sense of what goes on. Soak up the magic atmosphere in the rooms where audiences and dinners are held. Although the Royal Family owns several residences, the neo-classical building with its surrounding garden area is certainly the most important one.
Next get familiar with Norway’s political side on a visit to the Parliament (guided tours are only available on certain Saturdays) building, before discovering what could be a 21st century castle when you go to see the futurist Oslo Opera House, situated majestically right at the waterfront.
Travel back in time while walking around the grounds of Akershus Fortress, a strategic location in the 1300s. Nowadays the fortress is an event venue and home to the Royal Mausoleum.
End the day with a stroll through Frogner Park and see Gustav Vigeland's 200 scultptures, along with its stunning manor house surrounded by Norway’s largest collection of roses.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then you will take the long distance coach towards Stockholm.
Enjoy a cruise on the picturesque Lake Mälaren before you arrive at Drottningholm Palace, UNESCO World Heritage site and the permanent residence of Their Majesties the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. Since the 1600s the palace and its green parklands have been home to several royal personalities who have left their marks on the palace.
Feel like royalty while strolling around the exquisite Palace Park, which displays the variety of influences of several reigning monarchs and epochs. Have you ever wondered what the typical birthday presents among royals are? At Drottningholm you can easily discover the answer to that question, visiting the Chinese Pavilion, a beautiful summer palace that King Adolf Fredrik gave to Queen Lovisa Ulrika.
Afterwards, you might have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Drottningholm Theatre. The royal stories you will uncover within it are mostly fictional, but the building impresses with its unique interiors and reputation for being the only 18th century theatre still using original machinery.
On the final day of the tour have breakfast at the hotel before taking the coach transfer to the airport, where you will start your journey home.