THE TOUR OF THE BOOK! THE TWO BATTLES OF COPENHAGEN 1801 & 1807
A very special tour celebrating Gareth Glover's latest book "The Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807: Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars"
We include the original Castles, Forts, Gunpowder Mill, Islands, Palaces, Private Boat Trip, Gastronomy & much more
We stay in the historic centre of Copenhagen, travelling further afield over two days with the rest of our time enjoying this remarkable City.
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ALL-INCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP TOUR
Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen!
“The British and the Danes were kindred spirits, both punching militarily way beyond their size.”
Copenhagen is a young, vibrant, cosmopolitan city, but it also oozes with great history and culture and is always a delight to visit. The beautiful country of Denmark is steeped in romance and enchanting fairy tales, being the home country of Hans Christian Anderson. It also has a much darker history, portrayed by such as Hamlet and the German tales told by the Brothers Grimm. For Shakespeare lovers there’s even a delicious Othello Cake!
Forming the gateway to the Baltic, Copenhagen has been the scene of numerous great historical events over the centuries, but none more intriguing than the two visits by the British in 1801 and 1807, which remain controversial to this very day.
On the second occasion in 1807, an army (which included General Arthur Wellesley, later to become famous as the Duke of Wellington) was landed on the island of Zealand and the city was heartlessly bombarded by shell and rockets, causing terrible death and destruction until forced to submit. The Danish navy, then the fifth largest in the world, was simply packed up and sailed to Britain, never to return.
Most Danes today have a limited understanding of these events and the battle fought here by a British fleet under the ever-famous Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson in 1801 is often confused with the return of the British in 1807, with most Danes wrongly referring to Nelson as the ‘Stealer of the Navy’.
We will sample great food every evening to stimulate minds and palates along the way.
Our Small Group tours are carefully designed to optimise the time available for visiting, enjoying and relaxing.
We’ll be delighted to talk you through any aspect of the tour and explain our approach to top quality battlefield tourism, so please do get in touch.
Day by Day Summary
Friday 19th July Early PM: Meet & Greet
We gather early afternoon at our central hotel for a warm welcome, tour introduction, outline of the history of the era. You'll receive your signed copy of Gareth's book before we enjoy a short walking acclimatisation tour including the trendy and colourful Nyhavn Quayside & then dinner.
Saturday 20th July: Nelson & Battle of Copenhagen 1801
After breakfast we visit the exceptional starred fortress of Kastellet Citadel, a key defensive strongpoint over many centuries and even now a military base, exploring viewpoints, features and monuments as we open our account of Nelson's 1801 battle. We head on to describe the unfolding battle via a stylish motor launch to Trekroner island fort where we enjoy a walk, picnic lunch, and take in nearby Napoleonic Naval installations. Back on land we visit the Christianborg Palace and Danish Royal Arsenal with its wonderful collection of militaria, images and tales of the time.
Sunday 21st July: Castles & Gunpowder
We take to the road to visit the British landing sites up the coast, Kronborg (Hamlet's) Castle commanding the narrow entrance to the Baltic, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the unique Frederiksvaerk Gunpowder Mills.
Monday 22nd July: Wellington & Vikings!
We drive to Koge Bay, site of Wellington's first European victory, before heading on to Roskilde Cathedral (another UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Viking Ship Museum boasting many originals including the longest Viking warship ever discovered.
Tuesday 23rd July: Royal Palaces & Defences of 1807
A walking day within Copenhagen, taking in colourful Naval houses, Nyholm Cemetery, Rosenborg Palace, the Changing of the Guard, the Palace of Amalienborg and the City defences of Christianshavn. We gain a full appreciation of the terrible siege of 1807. Along the way we also visit historic churches and sights within the City Centre, exploring wider eras and links with the British Royal family as we go.
Wednesday 24th July: Fond Farewell
Breakfast & depart, or you may choose to stay on stay on for a few extra nights. We’ll happily give you suggestions for more sightseeing & shopping, and a boutique hotel option.
Located amongst high profile galleries and restaurants, only a few minutes’ walk from the main pedestrian shopping area in Copenhagen, the Royal Palaces, The Cathedral, Citadel & Harbourside
We've tried and tested this hotel, hand-picked for your enjoyment. We only use their Superior Rooms for space and comfort, designed to give you a great end to the day, a good night's sleep and a refreshing start.