Gardens of Scandinavia - GOS
Number of Days: 14
Explore the gardens of Scandinavia with FloraTours. Departing from Copenhagen in June 2021 & 2022, you will visit spectacular regions of Denmark and Sweden.
On this fantastic tour you will visit historic places, UNESCO world heritage sites, private gardens, gardens of excellence, monuments, palaces and so much more.
After all this, you can extend your stay with a 7 day post-tour cruise. Explore the Norwegian fjords or the wonderful cities of the Baltic. Either way, the scenery is spectacular. So make sure your camera batteries are charged and you have plenty of space on your memory card - you're going to need it.
14 DAY ITINERARY
Tour commences Copenhagen in June 2021 or 2022
Day 1: Friday
Following breakfast we depart our hotel for Torben Thim's nursery in Løve. The nursery was founded by the legendary Valdemar Pedersen, breeder of historic roses. Leaving the island of Zealand, we cross the Great Belt Bridge and arrive on the island of Funen. First stop will be Poulsen Roses We then head for the small island of Als, where we will visit a private garden and enjoy a traditional Danish dinner served in the garden.
Overnight at Scandic Hotel Sønderborg, or similar.
Day 2: Saturday
During the morning, we will visit two private gardens on Als before leaving for the mainland of Jutland. Lunch will be served on the way. Visit the royal gardens at Grasten Palace Grasten Palace used to be the summer residence of HM Queen Margrethe II’s parents, Queen Ingrid and King Frederik. After Queen Ingrid’s death, the palace passed to HM The Queen, who continues the tradition of using Grasten Palace during the summer for family gatherings. Heading north, we make a stop in the historic town of Christiansfeld – for a taste of the town’s charm and famous gingerbread. Christiansfeld was appointed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015. Dinner will be served at the hotel tonight.
Check in for 3 nights at Hotel Kolding Fjord, Kolding or similar.
Day 3: Sunday
Day trip to Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark, and the west coast of Jutland. Following a guided tour of Ribe Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century, we will stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of the medieval city, enjoying the varieties of climbing roses that decorate the walls of the old town houses. We end our morning tour in Ribe’s rose garden in the centre of the town, where we have lunch. Leaving the city centre, we visit two private rose gardens on the outskirts of Ribe, followed by a visit to the unique Wadden Sea National Park on the west coast of Jutland. Returning to Ribe, we dine at one of the town’s charming restaurants before heading back to our hotel.
Day 4: Monday
Visit the Geographical Gardens (WFRS Garden of Excellence) in Kolding. After the tour of the botanical gardens, we have some free time for lunch, then we visit the museum of Koldinghus, Jutland’s last royal castle. For more than 700 years, the castle played a key role in Danish history, as part of its border of defence, a royal residence and seat of representations of the Danish central government. It is now primarily a museum of cultural history. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 5: Tuesday
Departing from Hotel Kolding Fjord, we head north to the historic site of Jelling, home of the Viking kings and known as the place ‘where Denmark was born’. The guided tour of the Jelling Monuments will uncover the fascinating story, inscribed on the two famous runic stones, of the victory of Christianity over the Norse gods and the first kings in the world’s oldest monarchy. The Jelling Monuments are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The tour continues to rose breeder Knud Pedersen’s nursery in Harlev. Lunch will be served in the nursery gardens. Visit to HM The Queen’s summer residence, Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus. The palace gardens include a rose garden with a unique collection of historic roses, given to HM The Queen as a gift and planted during the mid 1970s. The gardens also include a private garden with herbaceous borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard, woodlands with ponds and mature trees – as well as a collection of sculptures, many of which have been designed by The Prince Consort, who, like HM The Queen, is very artistic. Check in at Hotel Radisson in Aarhus – which will be your base for the night, and you have the evening on your own in Aarhus, Denmark´s second largest town.
Day 6: Wednesday
Before starting our journey back to Copenhagen, we visit two English-inspired gardens in the Aarhus area. First that of gardener, writer, publisher and TV presenter, Claus Dalby followed by the gardens at Kollerup Manor, owned by the Selshau-Mark family. Lunch will be served on board the Molslinien ferry to Zealand. The final stop on the trip back to Copenhagen will be a private rose garden in north Zealand. Approximate arrival time in Copenhagen and our hotel for check in.
Day 7: Thursday
Morning sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. After lunch we visit Christiansborg Palace in the middle of Copenhagen. The canals of the Danish Capital wind their way around the heart of the kingdom. The Danish Parliament (Folketinget), the office of the Danish Prime Minister, the Queen and the Danish Supreme Court all operate from within the confines of the palace.
Day 8: Friday
Shortly after breakfast we leave Copenhagen and the island of Zealand, to cross the Öresund Bridge to Sweden heading for the charming town of Simrishamn on the south-east coast (1½ hour drive) and hometown of Mia Grondahl who will show you wonderful hidden gem gardens. We return to Copenhagen in the early evening.
Day 9: Saturday
This morning we visit Roskilde Cathedral - a unique and beautiful medieval Cathedral. More than 40 kings and queens of Denmark are buried inside the church. The Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list in 1995. Next visit is Vallø Castle starting after lunch there is a guided tour in the park.
Day 10: Sunday
Drive from Copenhagen, following the cost up to Elsingnor, where Kronborg Castle and the Maritime Museum of Denmark is situated and the legendary home of Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet. Then to the newly renovated Culture Harbour Kronborg in Elsinore near the majestic Kronborg Castle to visit Denmark’s maritime museum. If one follows the gently sloping bridges down to the old dry dock, one will experience one of the recent year’s most spectacular new buildings in Denmark. The Museum displays Denmarks past as one of the world’s leading maritime nations.
Day 11: Monday
Your first stop today will be at Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens in Helsingborg . This is Skåne (Scania) in miniature, with 360 000 square metres of unique settings, buildings and gardens. Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens is one of the largest open-air museums in Sweden. This hidden gem in Helsingborg features an eighteenth-century mansion, historical buildings and a working farm set in a unique landscape spread out over several gardens, parks and fields. At Fredriksdal there is also at least 280–300 genotypes of the most valuable and unique old Swedish garden roses.
Then on to Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden where we will visit the Garden Society of Gothenburg Park - one of the best-preserved 19th century parks in Europe and is situated in the very heart of the city; a place to relax and be inspired. The rose, the queen of flowers, has for a long time held a prominent position at The Garden Society of Gothenburg. In 1987, the Rosarium was created with the aid of plant donations from Göte Haglund, a clergyman with a magnificent rose collection. Today the park is one of the foremost rose gardens in Northern Europe with 1,200 different roses.
Day 12: Tuesday
Today we will visit two private gardens on Swedens west coast. One of them is situated on the island of Orust and it contains beautiful roses, shrubs and climbing roses, and unusual trees, beautifully displayed among perennials. The second garden is situated close to the sea near Ljungskile. Here you can see roses of all sorts, modern roses, old roses and climbing roses. The garden has a spectacular and beautiful view of the sea.
This afternoon we visit The Gothenburg Botanical Garden. This botanical garden differs in many respects from most traditional botanical gardens in Europe. It was conceived and planned by the municipality of Gothenburg in the 1910’s as a botanical garden with a special emphasis on horticulture, and with a broad relevance to Swedish community life. Opened in 1923, it has remained a public garden to this day.
Day 13: Wednesday
This morning we continue to Jönköping in Småland. But first we will stop at Gunnebo House and Gardens, one of Sweden’s foremost 18th century estates, beautifully situated between the lakes Stensjön and Rådasjön in Mölndal, south of Gothenburg. In 1778 the merchant and business man John Hall (1735-1802) bought the Gunnebo estate to have a private summer house built there. The house was renovated 1949-1952, guided by the information supplied by inventories and architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg’s surviving original design plans.
In the afternoon we visit the Rosenlund Rosarium in Jönköping. The Rosarium is very beautifully situated at the Rosenlund Mansion, between Jönköping and Huskvarna, and within walking distance to one of Sweden largest lakes, Vättern. The Rosenlund Mansion was built in 1788 and the inspector's house in 1845. The buildings were surrounded bybeautiful plantings and a garden. The garden contains roses, perennials, clematis and dahlias. Then to the birthplace of Linneaus, Råshult in Småland where world-famous botanist Carl Linnaeus was born and raised. Linnaeus would have seen his father Nils plant and work the original 18th century pleasure garden, hop, herb, and vegetable gardens and damson grove that nestle here among meadows, pastures and forest. Young Carl would have played and cultivated his interest in botany here and on his last visit in 1749 he wrote of how much he missed his childhood home. The farm buildings dotting the landscape here are faithful recreations of the original 18th century working farm.
In the afternoon we will visit the Krapperup Estate on the west coast of Skåne (Scania), at Mölle, and a private garden near Krapperup Castle. Krapperup dates from medieval times, but the present manor, except the wings, is 16th century. The park offers outstanding flower arrangements, roses and perennials. The park also contains a landscape garden that dramatically utilizes the difference in altitude between the land and the sea. The private garden contains several garden rooms with roses, a pond, perennials and fruit trees, beautifully situated near the sea.
Day 14: Thursday
The tour concludes after breakfast. Transfer to airport for group flights. B
7 day post tour extension: cruise
Explore the beauty of Scandinavia on a magnificent cruise to the Norwegian fjords or the wonderful cities of the Baltic Sea. On a cruise to Norway you will experience breath-taking scenery all the way along the coastline, visiting small towns and getting to know all of the rich history and culture first-hand. In the Baltic Sea you will spend a day in beautiful St. Petersburg, where it is possible to visit Petrodvorets/Peter Hof, one of the loveliest summer residences of the former Russian tsars. Spend some time in its spacious park with the gorgeous array of glittering fountains. You will also have the opportunity to walk the old streets of Tallin and feel the lovely atmosphere in Helsinki.
This tour includes:
- 13 nights accommodation,
- Breakfast daily
- 5 dinners
- Special welcome and farewell dinners,
- Tour host,
- Entrance fees to all gardens and events as per the final itinerary
- $8,975 based on twin share. Single supplement $1,895 for guaranteed single room