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8-Day Sail & Bike Tour - Denmark & Sweden (Level 3)
During this beautiful Sail & Bike trip you’ll discover beautiful cities, small villages and islands around and in the Øresund – the strait between Denmark and Sweden. The narrow Øresund is an ancient trade route, like the Strait of Gibraltar and the Bosphorus, a strait of great strategic and economic importance for centuries. Charming old harbors and fortified towns lie along its shores.
The journey starts and ends in Copenhagen and along the way you’ll visit Malmö as well: two of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe. You first sail to Helsingør (Elsinore) and cycle along the coast of the “Danish Riviera” with its long sandy beaches, then further through the slightly hilly landscape of Nordsjælland (North Zealand). Helsingør, at the narrowest part of the Øresund, was founded as early as 1420 and the town is dominated by Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s drama Hamlet. On the Swedish side of the strait, Helsingborg is a coastal gem. From here, a bike ride along the coast of Skåne County (Scania) leads to the fortified town of Landskrona. The ship will then take you to the idyllic island of Ven, which rises above the sea like a plateau. It’s only 7.5 km2 (2.9 mi2) in size and has fewer than 400 inhabitants. The steep limestone cliffs, beautiful farmhouses and the observatory of the 17th-century astronomer Tycho Brahe are fascinating. Today, many artists and craftsmen live and work on Ven. From Ven, you’ll sail on to Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. Enjoy the unique combination of modern architecture and the old town, including Malmöhus Castle and the 14th-century St. Peter’s Church.
Requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain. The bike rides during this trip are not long in themselves, but they do have some elevation changes: some short stretches can be tough, and some short distances lead over semi-paved gravel paths.
The imposing three-masted barquentine is a real eye-catcher in every harbor thanks to its size and its 14 sails with a sail area of almost 750 m² (8,073 sq ft). The ship has 17 comfortable double cabins with shower, toilet and air conditioning. Built in 1905 and christened Elbe 2, it served as a lightship in the German part of the North Sea for over 70 years. In 1984 it started a new life when it was converted into a sailing ship, equipped with the rigging of a barquentine. This means that the forward mast of the sailing vessel is rigged side to side across the ship and the other masts are rigged along its length. The ship was extensively restored and modernized in 2005 and made suitable for elegant sailing cruises with passengers in terms of interior and comfort.
The ship has 16 comfortable guest cabins, each with its own bathroom with shower and toilet. All cabins are located below deck and are equipped with two separate single beds, central heating and air conditioning. The cabins are practical and elegant, offer enough space for your luggage and exude a maritime atmosphere.
If you would like to rent a Bike (90 EUR) or E-Bike (225 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking
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Embarkation and check-in.
Starting from 5:30 pm, the crew will welcome you aboard the ship, moored close to the center of town, the Kastellet and the Little Mermaid. After you’ve stowed your luggage in your cabin, the skipper, crew and tour leader invite you for a welcome drink, followed by dinner on board. During the first briefing, after dinner, you’ll hear what to expect during the trip, details about the ship and also about the safety measures on board. The bicycles will be distributed in the evening or the next morning
Sailing Copenhagen – Helsingor | Helsingor–Hornbaek–Esrum–Helsingor (43 km / 27 mi)
The ship departs from Copenhagen before breakfast. During your breakfast you’ll sail north to Helsingor, where the ship will arrive around 11:00 am. You’ll first cycle along the coast of the “Danish Riviera” with its extensive sandy beaches to the harbor of Hornbaek. Then you’ll turn inland through a slightly hilly landscape towards Esrum for a stop at the medieval monastery on Lake Esrum. Next, you’ll cycle through bucolic wheat fields and past some lovely castles and country houses back toward Helsingor, where you’ll reach the historic city center after a long descent. The harbor is dominated by the imposing Kronborg Castle, the place Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote Hamlet. Nearby, old harbor buildings have been beautifully restored and are home to a street food market, among other things
Sailing Helsingor – Helsingborg | Helsingborg – Landskrona (28 km / 17 mi)
Today you’ll again sail while you eat breakfast, but after about an hour you’ll already have reached the port of Helsingborg on the Swedish side of the Oresund. In the morning you can visit Helsingborg, which is both a beautiful city and considered one of Europe’s most innovative places. Next, you’ll cycle along the coast of Skane County (Scania) to the fortified town of Landskrona. On the way, you’ll pass a few beaches and the former fishing village of Borstahusen with its quaint old fishermen’s houses. The 16th-century citadel of Landskrona – with a double moat – is still almost intact. Enjoy the view of the island of Ven, a few kilometers off the coast, ahead of tomorrow’s visit there.
Sailing Landskrona – Ven | visit island of Ven (15 km / 9 mi.) | sailing Ven – Malmo
This morning the ship will take you to the small island of Ven, which lies on a sandstone plateau off the coast of Landskrona. You’ll be brought ashore (including your bicycles) by dinghy. This tiny (only 7.5 km2 / 2.9 mi2) island, which has less than 400 inhabitants, is a small gem in the Oresund. You can cycle around the island and visit artists, goldsmiths, cafes, the whiskey distillery or the 16th-century observatory of astronomer Tycho Brahe. Once you’ve been brought back on board using the dinghy, the Atlantis sails south to Malmo, where you’ll spend the evening and night.
Bike tour through Malmo (20 km / 12 mi.) | sailing Malmo – Mon
After breakfast, you’ll tour Malmo by bike: it’s one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe. Founded around 1200 and located opposite Copenhagen on the Oresund, Malmo offers a perfect mix of old-world charm and ultra-modern cosmopolitan vibes. The Turning Torso, a spiralling skyscraper and Sweden’s tallest building, looms over bustling centuries-old squares. Modest brick facades harbor a wealth of modern artistic creations. In the afternoon, your longest sail will take you to the Danish island of Mon, the southernmost destination of your journey, where the ship will anchor for the night. Mon is located in a sparsely-populated area and is an “International Dark Sky Community”: on clear nights, the starry sky – formerly essential for navigating at sea – can be stunningly clear here.
Bike ride on Mon (30 km / 19 mi.) | afternoon sailing to Rodvig
Also today the dinghy will bring you ashore with your bike. From Klintholm Havn, you’ll cycle in a gradual, but not strenuous, climb to the top of the 130-meter-high (427 feet) white chalk cliffs of Mons Klint, which rise steeply from the sea, comparable to those in Dover and on Rugen. The GeoCenter at the top shows the 70-million-year-old history of the cliffs, which are known for the numerous fossils that can be found there. Next, via the charming 18th-century castle of Liselund with its English-style landscaped park, you’ll cycle through woods and rolling countryside to the cute little village of Borre, then back to the harbor of Klintholm. In the afternoon, the Atlantis sails to Rodvig to drop anchor for the night.
Rodvig Havn – Koge (37 km / 22 mi.) | afternoon sail to Copenhagen
The last cycling route of the trip follows the coast first from Rodvig. On quiet country roads and cycle paths, you’ll take the long-distance cycle route Eurovelo 10 and ride through the rolling countryside past Denmark’s oldest medieval castle Gjorslev and the 16th-century Renaissance and Baroque Castle Vallo. Your route ends in the medieval town of Koge where the ship awaits you in the harbor. Visit the picturesque old town before re-boarding. In the afternoon you’ll sail on the last sailing trip of the week to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, where the ship will moor again in the old city center.
This is the end of your tour, but we won’t let you leave on an empty stomach. Before disembarkation by 9:30 am, enjoy a tasty breakfast and say your farewells.
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|Jun 12 2024||Jun 19 2024||32||Single rooms||3,149€|
|Jul 03 2024||Jul 10 2024||32||Single rooms||2,999€|
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