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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen to Southern Sweden Self-Drive

5-day tailor-made self-drive from £660 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore scenic Ystad and multicultural Malmö

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  • Travel by train across the eight kilometre-long Oresund Bridge from the Danish capital Copenhagen to Malmö in Sweden
  • Spend two days exploring scenic Ystad, whose colourful houses and cosy coffee shops were made famous by the detective series, Wallander
  • Return to multicultural Malmö, where highlights include a charming old town and a modern harbour full of excellent bars and restaurants

In Brief

  • 1 Night Malmö
  • 2 Nights Ystad
  • 1 Night Malmö


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Self-drive | Spa | Summer

Copenhagen is a favourite destination for travellers - cosmopolitan and proud of its heritage, it's also easy to reach and navigate. Meanwhile, Skane is one of Sweden's most popular regions for visitors, with attractive seaside towns, child-friendly sandy beaches, many miles of walking and cycling trails and some of the Scandinavia's best golf courses. The area is also considered the country's culinary heartland, with fields of yellow rapeseed and farmers markets that sell excellent local produce such as lamb, venison, goose and shellfish. Skane's great food can be tried at any number of award-winning gourmet restaurants in Malmo and the wider region, while another highlight is the town of Ystad - setting for Henning Mankell's Wallander detective series.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Copenhagen & Malmö

Fly to Copenhagen and from there take the short train journey from Denmark to Sweden, crossing the 8km Oresund Bridge on the way to Malmo. On arrival, check in to the Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance, where you'll spend the night.

Day 2

Collect your hire car and drive from Malmö to Ystad. The direct route takes around an hour, but we recommend the more scenic coastal road via Trelleborg. Stay overnight at the Ystad Saltsjobad, a spa hotel and summer resort on the shores of the Baltic Sea that overlooks a sandy beach lined with colourful beach huts.

Meals: B D

Day 3

Spend the day exploring Ystad, a town full of colourful houses and cosy coffee houses made famous by Henning Mankell's fictional detective series. His character, Kurt Wallander, lives in the town and it's possible to see some of the locations from the books, or visit Cineteket, where you'll learn how the TV series was made.

Meals: B D

Day 4

Drive back to Malmo at your own pace and check into the Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance once more. The rest of the day is free to look around this attractive city, whose 190-metre Turning Torso building is a particularly striking landmark. You might also wish to try some of the superb regional cuisine at a top local restaurant.

Meals: B

Day 5

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take the train back to Copenhagen airport, from where you'll catch a return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you might wish to add an extra day or two onto this itinerary so that you can see the sights of the Danish capital.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

5-day tailor-made self-drive from £660 pp incl. flights



  • Return flights to Copenhagen
  • 2 nights accommodation in Malmo 
  • 2 nights accommodation at Ystad Saltsjobad
  • 3 days car hire 

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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