World renowned as the most creative force in interior design and furniture manufacturing, Denmark is a country heralded for its architectural accomplishments. The capital city of Copenhagen is cosmopolitan, filled with fashionable people strolling along canals and cobblestone, stopping for fresh beers and long cups of coffee. The Danes are a very welcoming bunch, happy to make the acquaintance of travelers, and even happier to lend a hand on where to eat, walk, what to see, and where to go. By area the smallest country in Europe, Denmark adds to its stature with 405 islands in and around the country.
Because it has so much to offer such as coastal islands, a farming culture, high art and high design, Denmark can be well researched at www.denmark.dk. Still a monarchy for more than 1,000 years, Denmark has a well-respected acting queen. Longtime suppliers of strawberries to the European Commonwealth, a recent news story on the website cited this year's Danish strawberry crop as being one of the best in years. Influenced by taste and dÃ©cor, many of the Danish flower shops and outdoor flower markets add to the unique flavor of Danish life all over the country. To learn more about Danish design and the famous works of Hans Wegner (wooden chairs) and Arne Jacobson (the Egg chair), check out http://denmark.dk/portal/page?_pageid=374,477814&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.
No trip to Denmark is complete without a visit to the Danish Design Center (tel. 45 3369 3369; www.ddc.dk). Open every day of the year except a few days around Christmas and New Year, the DDC is a museum dedicated to the world of design and demonstrates the history of design in Denmark and the profound international influence Danish design. After visiting this modern museum and seeing the innovations (and chair shapes) the Danes have constructed, you'll recognize Danish furniture everywhere you look, especially in people's homes in the United States. Guided tours are available. Admission costs only $6.75 for adults and approximately $3.30 for children. Students of architecture or design get in for free.
Scandinavian Packages (tel. 467 3216 9501; www.scandinavianpackages.com/denmark.html) has land-only trips to Copenhagen and a Copenhagen/Legoland combination trip. Legoland (tel. 45 7533 1333; www.legoland.dk/?lc=en) is a huge Lego Amusement park in the town of Billund, Denmark. The Disneyland of the model world, Legoland is as much a cultural excursion as it is a children's event. Cost of entry into the park is $32 per child if you do it on your own and $38 for adults. There are exciting rides, Lego creatures, and huge Lego displays practically the size of football fields. The four day/three night combination tour from Scandinavian Packages costs $660 for all accommodations in three-star hotels, airport transfers, and all sightseeing, excluding entrance fees to certain additional sites. The first days of your trip are spent in Copenhagen, which in Dane translates into "Merchant's Harbor." In Copenhagen you'll visit exquisite gardens, royal castles, and the home of the Royal Danish Ballet. You'll also see the statue of the Little Mermaid, inspired by the storytelling of Danish master Hans Christian Anderson.
For air/land trips to Denmark, specifically Copenhagen, travel discounter Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com/site_gtweb/denmark-vacations.asp?p=1286) has city specials, Danish fly and drive trips, and a special Hans Christian Anderson trip. Three nights in including air, hotel, and daily breakfast, the Hans Christian Anderson trip starts at just $1,119 for double occupancy. You can choose from a wide variety of hotels with this package that departs through the summer and even decreases in price as we move into the fall and winter months. You must purchase this trip by July 20, 2006. With 2005 marking the 200th anniversary of Anderson's death, the celebration continues with many exhibits, local tours and events geared towards story-telling and children's delights.
The seven night air inclusive Go Today summer fly and drive package, also with a July 20, 2006 deadline, costs $1,239 for four people. Rental car is included, of course, as is local tax and airline fuel surcharges. Airfare for these trips are out of New York, but can also be had from other U.S. cities for additional prices. Leaving out of Chicago or Dallas, for example, will cost you an additional $150. Travel is good through September 6, 2006 with prices for this package also going down as move away from summer.
Specializing in Northern European travel since 1967, Scan Tours (tel. 800/223-7226; www.scantours.com/Denmark.htm) offers a full menu of trips and tours to different parts of Denmark. From castles to historical tours of Viking lands to in-depth coverage of the Danish seaside, Scan Tours packages are excellent ways to the many face of Denmark. Land only and in between three and six days in length, these trips are quick and well-run as well as educational. A four day trip to the Danish coast with overnights in Langeland costs $450 per person per double occupancy and includes breakfast, all accommodations, a rental car and ferry ride. Near the beach, Langeland is a jumping off point to Aero Island and other sea-faring stations located along the Danish seaside. The beaches are some of the best in Denmark, known for their resorts and spas. Passing through small towns and hopping from Danish island to island, you really get a feel for the Danish culture and landscape with this tour. A similar tour that puts you up on the islands you may see on the way to Langeland costs $435 per person with accommodations in quaint Danish inns along the way.
In conjunction with its 60th Anniversary, Scandinavian Airlines (tel. 800/437-5807; https://ibp2.scandinavian.net/ibp/planandbook/searchAvailView.aspx?MKT=US&LNG=en) has special fares to New York from many Scandinavian countries including Denmark. A one-way ticket to Copenhagen departing out of Washington D.C. or New York costs $299 when you purchase a return ticket for the same price. From Chicago to Copenhagen, the fare is $319. You must purchase the ticket by June 30, 2006. A Saturday night stay is required with travel good from September 1 to October 29, 2006 or from December 14 to 23, 2006, just in time for Christmas. A month maximum stay is permitted. All departure taxes and security fees are additional.
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