Classicism in Copenhagen & Beyond: Great Houses, Castles, Gardens, & Urban Spaces

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exciting tour of Copenhagen, Denmark and beyond. This tour will open doors to some of the area's most outstanding examples of classical design, allowing participants to tour beautiful private residences and other architectural sites.

This seven-day tour will introduce participants to the finest historical properties in Denmark; including 18th-century manor houses, royal residences and private gardens, and exceptional museums, culminating with an introduction to the Danish Modern and such design giants as Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen.

Featured on this tour is a luncheon at idyllic Sanderumgaard with owner Susanne Vind and private visit to the stunning Baroque garden, Exillion, pictured above.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


This program includes a private tour of 18th-century manor house, Liselund. The small, thatched-roof palace is set in a fairytale like atmosphere of a picturesque park on a lake and contains amazing late 18th-century interiors.

Frederiksberg Palace

This program includes a private tour of Frederiksberg Palace, a Baroque masterpiece and now the Royal Military Academy.

Fredensborg Palace

This program includes a special visit to the Royal Garden and Orangerie at Fredensborg Palace, the Queen's residence.

Ledreborg Mansion

This program includes a tour of the privately owned Ledreborg mansion and gardens, which were designed in 1742 in the Rococo style.


This program includes a private luncheon and tour at Sanderumgaard, dating from 1790, with owner Susanne Vind.

Danish Design Museum & Thorvaldsen Museum

This program includes tours of the Danish Design Museum and the Thorvaldsen Museum.

Gisselfeld Castle & Gardens

This program includes a luncheon at the privately owned Gisselfeld Castle & Gardens.


This program includes a visit to private Barouqe garden, Exillion, owned by Danish advertising mogul Peter Wibroe.

Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens

This program includes a visit to Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens on the outskirts of Copenhagen. This castle now houses the National Portrait Gallery & Decorative Arts collection, but 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 a highlight. Architect J. C. Krieger laid out symmetrical gardens, which are aligned with the castle's main axis, extending into the landscape.

What’s included

  • A two-night stay at Falsled Kro, a Relais & Chateaux property on the picturesque island of Funen in the idyllic Danish countryside.
  • A five-night stay in Copenhagen at the four-star Phoenix Hotel, located in the heart of Nyhaven and the antique district.
  • A private tour of the magical 18th century manor house, Liselund.
  • A private tour of Frederiksberg Castle, a Baroque masterpiece.
  • A special visit to the Royal Garden and Orangerie at the Queen's residence, Fredensborg Castle.
  • A tour of the privately owned Ledreborg mansion and gardens, designed in the Rococo style.
  • A luncheon and tour at Sanderumgard, dating from 1790.
  • Tours of the Danish Design Museum and Thorvaldsen Museum.
  • A visit and luncheon at the privately-owned Gissefeld Castle and Gardens.
  • A visit to the private Baroque garden Exillion.
  • A tour of Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens on the outskirts of Copenhagen, housing the National Portrait Gallery and Decorative Arts collection.

Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens (Wikimedia/Richard Mortel)

Frederiksborg Slot and Gardens (Wikimedia/Richard Mortel)

Ledreborg Manor (Image: Lani Summerville)

Ledreborg Manor (Image: Lani Summerville)

Liselund Manor (Wikimedia)

Liselund Manor (Image: Lani Summerville)

Liselund Manor (Image: Lani Summerville)


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program.

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

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.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]