Copenhagen Tours and MSC Shore Excursions

Copenhagen tours, Christiansborg | MSC Cruises

As might not seem surprising in a city famous for its state-of-the-art Scandi design, Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is impeccably laid out, with centuries-old grandeur standing side-by-side with ground-breaking innovation.


MSC shore excursions take in palatial addresses like Christiansborg Palace (whose first incarnation dates back to the 12th century) and Tivoli Gardens, the lovingly landscaped grounds that host one of the world’s oldest amusement parks.


Trips to Copenhagen can also feature sleek contemporary buildings, such as the Copenhagen Opera House, and a pioneering, Michelin-starred dining scene that trailblazed the concept of ‘New Nordic’ cuisine.
A Copenhagen city break should include iconic central sights like Amalienborg Palace and out-of-centre gems like the Little Mermaid statue, as well as a visit to nearby attractions, such as UNESCO-recognised Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (abode of Shakespeare’s Hamlet after he changed it to ‘Elsinore’).


The capital is a montage of diverse districts, each with their own charm. Explore with Copenhagen excursions to Freetown Christiania, with its alternative eco-architecture, workshops and music venues, or to animated Nyhavn, full of gaudy houses and hip eateries. See more of the city on Copenhagen tours of the extensive canal system, or you can pedal out along the city’s cycle network, which numbers among the world’s best. Use MSC Cruises to get the most from your Copenhagen holidays.

Excursions in Copenhagen

In this constantly inventive, attraction-rich capital city, use MSC Cruises’ Copenhagen excursions to maximise your precious time in the Danish capital and find only the best things to see in Copenhagen. Popular Copenhagen tours could include a visit to dining hotspot Nyhavn, a trip to pretty Tivoli Gardens or a city harbour cruise taking in one-of-a-kind Copenhagen attractions like Freetown Christiania.

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Canalside colour and cuisine: Nyhavn

Brightly-hued Nyhavn is a neighbourhood of historic blue, red, green and yellow townhouses bunched together on the canal of the same name. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Copenhagen for relaxing in while enjoying great food and drinks (the area is renowned for both), especially on a sunny day when buildings are fetchingly reflected in the water.


This is the place to find trendy cafes, top restaurants and stylish bars or simply to embark on a scenic boat trip. Explore this vibrant former port area with an MSC Cruises shore excursion.

 Copenhagen tours, Tivoli Garden | MSC Cruises
Copenhagen tours, Tivoli | MSC Cruises
Copenhagen tours, Tivoli | MSC Cruises

Mix history with pleasure at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens has fuelled the imaginations of legendary Danish fairytale-teller Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney, whose inspiration for Disneyland is thought to have come from here.


So, how could this city centre complex of theme park and landscaped grounds be anything other than fantastic? Opened in 1843, Tivoli contains one of the world’s oldest amusement parks (thrill-seekers will be pleased to hear that the oldest awaits just outside Copenhagen – Bakken, opened in 1583), enchanting gardens and an array of dining options.

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Glimpse the famous Little Mermaid from a harbour cruise

As you get to know a city that has historically looked to the sea for its livelihood, it seems fitting to do at least some of your exploring by water. View Copenhagen’s key attractions while on a city harbour cruise, from the ancient splendour of Amalienborg Palace to the contemporary glitz of Copenhagen Opera House.


Take in the leafy alternative district of Freetown Christiania and look out for the much-loved Little Mermaid statue – inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, naturally.

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Imposing palaces, compelling museums, forward-thinking design – options are plentiful on a cruise to Copenhagen.

Whether wandering through Amalienborg Palace, sailing the canals or sampling a tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant, Denmark’s capital is a feast for all senses.

Don’t forget, your Copenhagen cruise can encompass other enticing destinations, from European sun-traps like Barcelona and the Balearic Islands to South American treasures like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

Why choose MSC Shore Excursions to Copenhagen

Unlock Copenhagen with MSC Cruises, where onboard comforts are complimented by MSC shore excursions. Our Copenhagen tours lead you to the best sights, also going beyond headline attractions. From ancient European history to futuristic architecture and trendsetting cocktail bars, it’s all on offer.

Copenhagen tours and excursions FAQ

In which language are Copenhagen excursions conducted?

In Copenhagen, MSC shore excursions can be conducted in five different languages: Spanish, French, German, English and Italian. However, this is based on guide availability. The final languages will be confirmed during your cruise.

Are Copenhagen tours always available to be booked?

Copenhagen tours are popular, which means that some may not be constantly available. We advise securing your Copenhagen excursions by booking in advance.

Can the Copenhagen excursions programme be changed?

The provided programme of MSC shore excursions is only intended as an overview of available tours in Copenhagen. The specific itinerary and final price will be confirmed during the course of your cruise. The itinerary and the wider programme may be amended, depending on the conditions of the local area and to comply with local regulations, laws and other restrictions.

Is there a boat tour of Copenhagen?

MSC Cruises’ ‘City Harbour Cruise’ excursion invites you to discover the best of Copenhagen by foot and by sea. A guide will lead you past key sights like Christiansborg Palace, the Old Stock Exchange and the charming waterfront district of Nyhavn.

Board a boat in Gammel Strand and begin a trip through the city’s attractive canals. Take photos of the picturesque Christianshavn district and the ultra-modern Black Diamond building before passing through the old naval area to admire Copenhagen Opera House. The comprehensive ‘One Day in Copenhagen’ excursion also combines a walking tour with a boat tour. Guests will visit the Little Mermaid statue, Christiansborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens, before embarking on a scenic canal boat tour.

What is included in the Copenhagen ‘City Tour’?

Experience key points of interest with a knowledgeable guide on this half-day excursion. After a photo stop at the iconic Little Mermaid statue, continue to the colourful, canalside Nyhavn district before boarding a coach to drive past the magnificent Amalienborg Palace – a royal residence. Enjoy time at Copenhagen’s famous amusement park in Tivoli Gardens and an exterior view of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament.

Is there a bike tour of Copenhagen?

To experience one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, MSC Cruises offers two bike tours, ‘Denmark’s Cycling Metropolis by Bike’ and the ‘Copenhagen E-Bike Discovery Tour’.


Thanks to its flat topography and a network of cycling paths stretching for approximately 400 kilometres, exploring Copenhagen by bike is easy, safe and enjoyable. Both excursions will guide you past essential sights, which could include the arty Christiania neighbourhood, fun-filled Tivoli Gardens and the vast Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum.