The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exceptional tour of Denmark. Dr. Johan Cederlund will serve as the guide and expert on this tour. Cederlund received his Ph.D. in Art History
from the University of Lund Sweden, and studied at the
Centre Ledoux, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-
Sorbonne, Paris. Formerly Chief Curator of the Uppsala
University Art Collections, he is since 2006 Director of
the Zorn Museum in Mora, Sweden, and has worked for many prestigious institutions in the region throughout his career in addition to writing several books about eighteenth-century
Swedish architecture and design.
This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note, that you must contact Classical Excursions’ Director, Lani Summerville to formally register for this program. Upon completing a registration form, submitting a deposit to Classical Excursions, and receiving a confirmation from Classical Excursions you will be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $600 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. Again, to inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728.
A fully tax-deductible donation of $600 per person is required to participate in this travel program. Please note that this donation is non-refundable except in the case that this travel program is cancelled by the organization. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
The program will begin with an introductory walking tour through Classical Copenhagen with visits to The Law Courts (c. 1815, architect C.F. Hansen – image right from 1850 painting by Carl Balsgaard), the Cathedral, Christianborg slotskirke (church) with other inner city classical highlights from the period.
On this tour participants will make stops at the Design Museum which is located in a historic building called Frederiks Hospital (c. 1752-57 – image below). The building was refurbished into a museum over 100 years ago by some of the top Danish architects of the period practicing in the Classical style.
The tour will then bring the group through the area called Slottsholmen, the former Royal Castle and now home to the Danish Parliament, the Royal stable yard and the private Royal Theatre with a tour of Amalianborg and Christianborg Palaces.
The group will enjoy a private tour of the Thorvaldsen Museum (built 1838-48) a unique Neo-Classical monument, integrating the classic art of Bertel Thorvaldsen with architecture and interior design by the great 19th century Danish architect Thorvald Bindesbøll.
The tour includes a visit to the Copenhagen Town Hall, an Arts and Crafts Masterpiece.
The group will enjoy a visit to the Royal Military Academy, situated in the Fredriksborg Castle, which is a Baroque masterpiece from 1700. A private tour of this rarely seen palace including the extraordinary marble bathroom of Christian VII, the private chambers, the Pan Cake Kitchen of the Princesses, the Great Hall and the Chapel. Our visit will include the 18th century parkland and gardens, which were converted from a formal garden to a Romantic landscape garden in the 1800s. The Chinese Pavilion will be included as well on this special tour
Participants will have the opportunity to tour Rosenborg Slot and view the Crown Jewel Collection, and then enjoy a lunch at the Orangery in the Kings Garden.
The group will tour Frederiksborg Slot and
Gardens on the outskirts of
Copenhagen. The castle now
houses the National Collections
of portraits and decorative arts
but it was originally built by
King Christian IV and is the
largest Renaissance castle in
Scandinavia. The extensive
Baroque Gardens built by
Frederick IV in the 1720s are
the highlight for us at
Frederiksborg. Architect J.C.
Krieger laid out the symmetrical
gardens, which are aligned with
the castles main axis, extending
into the landscape. Though the
garden has undergone alterations throughout the years, it was restored in the 1990s and is complete with cascades and formal parterre flowerbeds.
The program features a special visit to the Queen’s residence of Fredensborg Slot where we will visit the Queen’s Royal Garden and Orangery with the Royal Household’s Landscape Architect responsible for the gardens. The formal garden has undergone an extensive and meticulous restoration. Experience the rarely seen dramatic allée with its 250-year-old lime trees and replicas of the original sculptures being prepared for installation. This is considered to be Denmark’s grandest Royal Garden.
The tour includes an optional dinner for travelers in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens tonight. Opened in 1843, this park is a combination of beautiful gardens and fanciful buildings, plus amusements and rides. Tivoli is renowned for some of the city’s excellent restaurants.
Travellers will tour the renowned Liselund Manor house, located on the picturesque island of Møn. Built in the late 18th to early 19th century, Liselund is considered to have some of the most well-preserved, simple but elegant Danish Neo-classical interiors. Situated within a romantic landscape park along the Danish coast, lined with white chalk cliffs, it is one of the most dramatic settings.
A special tour of Møllebæksgård Garden with the property's owners.
The group will enjoy a visit and lunch at Gisselfeld Park and Orangery with the owners of the Orangery, who are both landscape architects themselves. This is considered as one of Denmark’s finest examples of an English landscape garden. With over 100 acres, it contains 400 species of shrubs and trees. The park was frequented by Hans Christian Andersen and is said to be where the story Ugly Duckling was written. We will tour the castle’s fine interiors and a renowned porcelain collection with the owner.
The tour will travel from Copenhagen, westward, to the Island of Fyn / Funen, which is the third-largest in Denmark. The main city is Odense. In 2018, on the hill Munkebo Bakke, located in north eastern Funen, arch-aeologists found an exceedingly large Viking hall that dates back more than 1,000 years, to around 825–1,000 CE.
Participants will visit Ledreborg Slot, a large 18th century private home and garden in the Rococo and Baroque style. Built in 1742 and by the Moltke family, the unity of the composition of this estate, house and garden, is something not to be missed.
The group will enjoy a lunch at Nyborg Destilleri, Denmark’s largest craft distillery. It contains an excellent restaurant Remisen, where we will enjoy Smørrebrød (Danish open faced sandwiches).
The tour highlights a visit to Glorup Manor House and Garden, a house and garden from 1700s and in the Rococo style. Originally built as a summer residence for A.G. Moltke, it has passed to generations of family members to the current owner.
Travellers will enjoy an afternoon visit and lunch at Sanderumgaard with the owner. The manor house, built in the 1790s, has been owned and occupied by the same family since 1828. The group will have private tour of the
renowned gardens. It is known to be one of the first
romantic landscape gardens in Denmark and was
established by Johan Bulow in 1793. The garden is
37 acres and is tied together by a 11⁄4 mile long
system of canals. Aside from creating the beautiful garden at Sanderumgaard, Johan Bulow was also the advisor to Crown Prince Frederik on the Fredriksborg. On our last visit in May, strawberries were in season!
The tour will conclude with a farewell dinner at Hindsgavl Castle, where the group will be staying for the final two nights of the trip. Hindsgavl Castle Hotel is on the scenic Hindsgavl peninsula – the north-western tip of the island Funen (also known as Fyn). The dramatic history of the castle goes back to the 12th century, and several myths and legends from then are still told today as a part of the castle’s history.
The castle is now modern hotel and conference centre with a historical heritage from the 18th century – evident in the classical main building, the renovated castle barn, and the old stables that are now transformed into hotel rooms, function rooms, and meeting facilities in a modern design. From the foot of the castle, you can see the glittering waters thru the old trees of the castle park.
On the other side, the castle’s land lies next to Hindsgavl Dyrehave (a deer park), which consists of a fenced area of 165 acres. Here you have the perfect opportunity to go for a walk, run or bicycle trip and encounter deer and does, forests, water holes and slopes.
Fredriksborg Slot (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Detroit Publishing Co., under license from Photoglob Zürich)
Rosenborg Slot (Image: Wikimedia/David Castor)
Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Hanlu Cao)
Tivoli Gardens (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mark S Jobling)
Ledreborg Slot (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Sanderumgaard (Image: Wikimedia Commons: Sigersted)
Hindsgavl Castle Hotel (Image: Wikimedia Commons: EHRENBERG Kommunikation)
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For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.
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