Cycling Copenhagen to Hamburg

Cycling Copenhagen to Hamburg

A Northern European tour extraordinaire, cycling from one vibrant city to another, both renowned for their urban cycling culture among other things, our new Copenhagen to Hamburg cycling tour promises to be a winner. Spend four days in Denmark, pedaling across some of the country's quintessential islands and along the Baltic Sea before traversing it to reach the "Continent." Connecting some of the most important trading towns of the Hanseatic League which from 1400-1800 dominated the trade routes and economies of the Baltic countries, our ride in Germany touches upon the important cities of Lübeck (home of the Hanseatic League), and finishes in up and coming Hamburg!

If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Jun 30-Jul 7, 2018
Guaranteed to Go!
Jul 21-28, 2018
Sold Out - Wait List Available.
Aug 11-18, 2018
2 Spaces Now Available!   
Jun 8-15, 2019
Jun 29-Jul 6, 2019
Jul 20-27, 2019
Aug 10-17, 2019

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 62 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Denmark, Germany
  • Price / From USD$4295
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Daily Ride Summary


1 No cycling today.
2 49 mi / 79 km
3 36 mi / 58 km
4 24 mi / 39 km
5 43 mi / 69 km
6 31 mi / 50 km
7 43 mi / 69 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Copenhagen and its cycling path network, Beaches along the Baltic, Lubeck - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Best marzipan in the world, Guided tour of Hamburg, The Iron Curtain, Birding opportunities

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available. Separated twin beds are rare in many places instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; van support; all breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine; ferry crossings; guided tour of Hamburg

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Denmark, Germany
  • Begin/End
    Copenhagen / Hamburg
  • Arrive / Depart
    Copenhagen (CPH) / Hamburg (HAM)
  • Total Distance
    370 km ( 228 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    62 km (38 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    Mostly flat rides with some longer mileage days.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to Copenhagen

Highlights: Copenhagen considered the "most livable city and bike capital of the world"

The Danes are well known for their love of cycling and cities all around the world are now trying to emulate their bicycling success. It really is a biking heaven with over 390 kilometers (241 miles) of designated bike lanes. The world also looks to Copenhagen for the latest innovations in design, architecture, fashion and savors the extraordinary culinary revolution that has taken place here over the last decade. Enjoy an avant-garde Danish welcome dinner tonight.

DAY 2: South Zealand

Highlights: Kalvebod Fælled, Mosede Fort & Beach, Køge oldest half-timbered house in Denmark

Leave Copenhagen on one of its many extraordinary bike paths to the Kalvebod Fælled nowadays one of the biggest recreational areas around Copenhagen. Stop for lunch in Køge, a century old market town with an impressive medieval section surrounding the central square which is home to the oldest dated half-timbered house in Denmark. Continue cycling south, past Stevens Klint to our hotel on the Baltic beach of Rødvig.

  • Distance: 49 mi / 79 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: The southern edge of Zealand

Highlights: Præstø Fjord and town, Baroque mansion of Nysø, and Vordinborg

Continue pedaling south to Præstø Fjord and stop to view the famous Nysø Mansion, one of Denmark's first and finest examples of baroque architecture overlooking the Fjord. Gather picnic supplies in the small town of Præstø which began as a merchant village in the 14th Century. Keep cycling over small country roads to our hotel in Vordinborg.

DAY 4: Southern Seeland to Oldenburg continuing to Eutin

Highlights: 4 different modes of transportation - walk, train that goes on the ferry, and bike!

A short walk to the nearby train station gets you going this morning-you'll travel on the iconic Berlin-Copenhagen line which goes directly onto the ferry to cross the Fehmarn Belt to enter Germany. Continue by train across the Fehmarn Sund bridge to the town of Oldenburg where you'll switch modes of transportation to hop on your bike and pedal to our two night stay in this German lakes region. Enjoy your first night in Germany with some bratwurst and beer!

DAY 5: Loop ride in "Holstein Switzerland"

Highlights: Loop ride, rolling countryside and lakes, Plön

Your loop ride today is in this area of Germany, nicknamed "Holstein Switzerland" since it has some hills. In the 19th century it was very fashionable to go to Switzerland for vacations. We're not sure it quite fits its moniker as the highest "mountain" is only 550 feet! Pedal through an ever-changing landscape of the Young Drift moraines formed during the last ice age. Small woods alternate rapidly with hedged, arable fields and the terrain is characterized by its many lakes nestle amongst low hills. Enjoy Plön and its castle, take a boat ride along the many lakes or, for those not wanting to bike today, relax in town or at the hotel.

DAY 6: Eutin to Lübeck

Highlights: Lübeck - Queen of the Hanseatic

You'll bid farewell to the Baltic today. Ride along the beach and enjoy the waterfront of the Timmendorfer Strand before heading southwest inland to Lübeck. Before entering town, catch a free bike shuttle bus that takes you through the Herrentunnel underneath the Trave river. Lübeck is referred to as the Queen of Hanseatic cities. Its extensive Brick Gothic architecture is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. And make sure you enjoy Lübeck's beloved delicacy - one of the best marzipan's in the world made by Niederegger.

  • Distance: 31 mi / 50 km
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Lübeck to Hamburg

Highlights: Free and Hanseatic City, "Gateway to the world"

"The gateway to the world" might be a bold claim, but Germany's second-largest city and largest port (despite being located on a river 100 km from the coast) has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages, and this "harbourpolis" is now the nation's premier media hub and its wealthiest city.

We'll enjoy a special dinner this evening with riders who are doing the Hamburg to Berlin stage of the ride.

  • Distance: 43 mi / 69 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Hamburg

Highlights: Harbor cruise

Enjoy a harbor cruise of this dynamic city this morning before heading off on your next adventure.

  • Meals: Breakfast




  • The countryside was wonderful and of course, the food was amazing. We tell anyone who will listen about ExperiencePlus!

    Lou G., Fort Collins, CO
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