Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin

Cycling Copenhagen to Berlin


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 Berlin 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 several important cities including Hamburg which considers itself a trendsetter for the rest of Germany (perhaps all of Europe), and Lübeck (home of the Hanseatic League), Potsdam, and finishes with Berlin!

If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Hamburg or Cycling Hamburg to Berlin tours.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 30-Jul 13, 2018
USD$5995
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!
Jul 21-Aug 3, 2018
USD$5995
USD$650
Sold Out - Wait List Available.
Aug 11-24, 2018
USD$5995
USD$650
Sold Out - Wait List Available
Jun 8-21, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Jun 29-Jul 12, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Jul 20-Aug 2, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Aug 10-23, 2019
TBA
TBA
 

* 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 / 14 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 59 km (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Denmark, Germany
  • Price / From USD$5995
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

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.
9 44 mi / 71 km
10 34 mi / 55 km
11 43 mi / 69 km
12 36 mi / 58 km
13 25 mi / 40 km
14 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Copenhagen and its cycling path network, Beaches along the Baltic, Lübeck - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Best marzipan in the world, Guided tour of Hamburg, The Iron Curtain, Birding opportunities, Potsdam's Sanssouci Palace

    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 since they haven't been needed traditionally. Separated twin beds are rare in many places; instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 14 days, 13 nights' accommodation; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; van support; all breakfasts, 9 dinners with wine; ferry crossings, guided tour of Hamburg, and Berlin.

    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 / Berlin
  • Arrive / Depart
    Copenhagen (CPH) / Berlin (BER)
  • Total Distance
    651 km (407 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    59 km (37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    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: Guided harbor cruise of the Hamburg Port

Enjoy a harbor cruise this morning and some free time to visit some of the local attractions like the impressive Rathaus (city hall) or one of the museums in the newly popular warehouse district. Or perhaps you'd like some shopping in the main streets around the train station, or a stroll along the Alster River and harbor to see the bustle.

DAY 9: Hamburg to Lüneburg

Highlights: Storybook German brick gothic town Lüneburg, town hall

Take a ferry out of Daily Hamburg and find yourself transported to another world - the "Alte Land" a rural paradise famous for its orchards. As the landscape changes we'll ride through the Lüneburg Heath, a nature reserve, on our way to Lüneburg town whose prosperity for centuries came from its salt. The town sat upon a massive salt dome which was mined, sold/traded throughout Northern Europe. Though salt is no longer the primary economic driver, Lüneburg has more than that going for it. For instance our hotel is the location for the German TV series, "Red Roses". Stroll around and enjoy this fairy tale setting.

DAY 10: Lüneburg to Hitzacker and shuttle to Tangermünde

Highlights: Elbe River, Iron Curtain, Baroque gardens at our lodging

Today’s ride follows the Elbe river along a natural area of the Lower Saxony Elbtalaue. With such a picturesque landscape it's difficult to imagine that you are traveling along the Iron Curtain. We'll regather in Hitzacker and take a 1.45-hour shuttle to the final destination of the day, Tangermünde. Our hotel for the night is the former residence of the emperor of Tangermünde, the castle’s unforgettable charm casts a spell on all who visit. Enjoy the pool or spa this afternoon.

DAY 11: Tangermünde to Brandenburg

Highlights: Romanesque Jerichow "monastery", Havel river

Stop for mid-morning coffee at the misnamed Jerichow Romanesque Monastery – one of northern Germany’s most impressive remaining brick buildings from the Romanesque period. The monastery’s name is misleading because it was actually a church that housed secular priests who interacted extensively with the local population, not monks living in seclusion. Continue along the "Romanesque Road," we will follow a scenic route that links churches and cathedrals from 950-1250 AD. You’ll also ride along the Havel River and its nearby lakes as you enter the town of Brandenburg.

DAY 12: Brandenburg to Potsdam

Highlights: Havel River Bike Path, Sanssouci Palace and Park

Today you will follow bike paths along the Havel River to the final destination for the day, Potsdam. This was the royal residence for Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. The palace's name Sans Souci, translates to "without concerns". King Frederick set-up his summer residence here in the 18th century to relax and escape the spectacle of the Berlin court. You'll pedal through the city’s impressive park itself to reach our hotel in the center of town. Take the rest of the day to enjoy the town, its many palaces, and parks.

DAY 13: Potsdam to Berlin

Highlights: Cycle to our final destination: Unified Berlin

Today we cycle to our final destination and Germany’s largest city, Berlin. Our route will take us across the bridge of spies, through the Grunewald, past the Olympia Stadium of 1936, and along bike paths to the Victory Column, through the Tiergarten Park to the Brandenburg Gate and back on bike paths to the Reichstag!

DAY 14: Berlin

Highlights: Berlin guided visit

Your cycling adventure is complete, but we will spend our last morning together with a guided visit through the city. Once we finish our tour back at the hotel at around 1 p.m., we hope you have a bit more time to spend in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. It offers a little of everything for its many visitors -- Happy travels!

If you must depart, we recommend you book your home bound flight for the next day as most international flights leave in the morning.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • Twelve days of great rides with excellent companions and guides, delicious food and wonderful scenery and sights. A wonderful route through beautiful towns, woods, and seashores. ExperiencePlus! is first class in every way. This was my third trip and I know I''ll do more.

    Jane T., Milwaukee, WI
  • This tour had some of the most beautiful rides of any ExperiencePlus! trip to date. Miles of car-free bike paths through farms, along rivers, and through towns. Seeing first hand the differences between West and East Germany. Every ExperiencePlus! trip we do is a new favorite and this one was no exception.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT
  • Another wonderful ride. We''ll see you again next year.

    Charlie P., Los Angeles, CA -June 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? it was just a wonderful travel and cultural experience.

    John S., Peregian Beach, Australia - June 2017
  • Biking with ExperiencePlus! is one of the highlights of my year, can''t wait for my next trip. Thanks to the entire staff for helping your guests experience their dream trips!!

    Mike T., West Caldwell, JH
  • Some beautiful rides and lovely scenery; extraordinary history that takes on a whole new dimension when you are right there! Flat, windy, some rolling segments; good tour for more casual cyclists.

    Trisha D., Seattle, WA - June 2017
  • Excellent guides and the routes were fantastic. Always a pleasure, looking forward to next time.

    Nino M., Kanata, Ontario - August 2017
  • Wonderful cycling routes, many on bike paths, varied scenery, interesting history, visiting two countries, being in places that value the bicycle as a respected mode of transportation. Thank you for a great tour!!

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Fun, educational, cultural. Great tour.

    Frank B., Dayton, OH
  • I thought this was a great trip! Lots of fun, relatively flat terrain on good roads/bike paths, a few longer back-to-back days, and very interesting to see the difference between the former halves of Germany. Can''t wait til next year!

    Kathy S., San Ramon, CA
  • Most fun you''ll have on two wheels-the only way to vacation!

    John and Stacey M., Newport, OR
  • Love the arrows, guides, route, 4 and 5 star hotels, picnics, other bikers, history lessons from guides, attention to we bikers on the road, and my bike being ready the next morning!!! Seeing the country slowly.

    Jeanne E., Centerville,OH
  • Very well planned and executed with great staff. Overall an excellent experience.

    JJ Tremblay, St Albert, Canada
  • Fabulous!

    Estelle K., Aurora, CO
  • Wonderful cycling, scenery, food, guides, and fellow guests.

    Pat W., Arlington, VA - June 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Great scenery; interesting variations on cycling (train on ferry over Baltic Sea); relatively easy (201); somewhat windy but easily handled because of the flat terrain. I traveled with three other cycling tour companies (all good) before finding ExperiencePlus, and have stayed with ExperiencePlus ever since my first tour. I have seven under my belt now, and they have all been excellent.

    Guy C., Brentwood, CA - June 2017
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