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Senior Parents 1st time to EU (Baltic Cruise) staring in Copenhagan - Need a Memorable Trip :)

Hi everyone! I just updated an older post, but it looks like it may have disappeared so I am re-posting. I really appreciate all help!

My parents are 75 and going to EU for the first time on a Baltic Cruise. I have travelled a lot and love to plan so I am helping them out. They are arriving in Copenhagan on Saturday August 27. They are staying at the Ascot Hotel near Tivoli Gardens - not my choice, but it is already booked.

I assume on Saturday they will arrive at their hotel, take a walk around and go to dinner near their hotel (recommendations welcome : )! )

Sunday they will have the whole day - their cruise leaves on Monday. I am trying to figure out what they should do. They have no major budget restrictions, they can walk well, but can't walk for hours, my mom has knee problems and will need to sit periodically for some time, etc. It needs to be leisurely. That said, do you think they should do the Rick Steve's Walking Tour so that they can move at their own pace and feel like they are seeing the city. Or should they do a hop on/hop off bus? The only issue I have with that is that I feel like you are ticking sites off your list without immersing yourself in the city and getting a real feel for it. Is a guide best?

Let me know what you would recommend!!!! Thank you!!!

Posted by
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What are their interests? Do they like the sound of a walk, or a HOHO, or something else?

Have them watch Rick's Copenhagen video, and see if anything strikes them. Here are his videos; scroll down to Scandinavia: https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/video/tv-show

One advantage of both the walk and the HOHO is that these don't need to be planned in advance; they can decide on the day if they want to do them.

Posted by
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A canal cruise will give them a good feel for the city and will save your mother’s knees. They should walk the Stroget ( pedestrian street that goes through the city) over to Nyhaven. We stayed near Tivoli at the Radisson ( did not like the area and will stay near Nyhaven next trip there) ) but did have a good traditional Danish meal inside the park one night, recommended by hotel concierge. You have to pay park entrance fee to get to the restaurant.
Hopefully your mother can do the Rick Steves walking tour in addition to the canal cruise.