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Fairytale Bavaria & The Classic Blue Danube

14 days From £3,695 £3,395 per person
3.0 stars(1 reviews)
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Explore the mountains and castles of Bavaria before cruising down the delightful Danube, exploring its riverbanks.

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2024 Tour code: BVR24

About the tour

Bavaria's wonderful castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains create a stunning backdrop to this majestic tour. With three nights in Füssen, we uncover hidden gems and soak up the natural beauty of the region, including a visit to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and a journey on the Zugspitze Railway ascending the highest mountain in Germany.

We then discover the historic town of Regensburg before boarding our cruise ship. Sailing along the beautiful Danube, we drift through the picturesque Wachau Valley, admire the magnificent architecture of Vienna and Bratislava, and sail by the famous hilltop castle of Visegrad on the Danube Bend. In Budapest, we explore the city's rich history and culture before ending our cruise with an evening sail through the illuminated sights of this mesmerising city.

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What’s included


Day 1 - To vibrant Stuttgart

Meeting at London St Pancras, our holiday begins as we board the Eurostar to Paris. We continue to Stuttgart and spend our first night in this lively city.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Picturesque Füssen

This morning we journey to Füssen, on the banks of the glistening Lech River. We spend our next three nights here amongst the River's stunning beauty. After checking into our hotel, there's time to explore our new enchanting alpine surroundings before dinner this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle

One of Bavaria's finest castles awaits us after breakfast today. Entrance to the castle is included where we can enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Schwangau Valley. Commissioned by the reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle is an architectural masterpiece and a testament to the king's romantic vision.

Built in a striking Romanesque Revival style, it features soaring towers, turrets, and battlements, all of which are set against a backdrop of rugged mountains and verdant forests. Its interior is just as impressive, with ornate carvings, lavish murals, and an opulent throne room that showcases the king's fascination with medieval lore and chivalry.

Interestingly, the castle's construction was plagued by setbacks and financial difficulties, and so was never fully completed during King Ludwig's lifetime. However, the castle remains a symbol of the king's visionary spirit and a source of inspiration for millions of people around the world.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Beautiful views on The Zugspitze Railway

Today we ascend the highest mountain in Germany, the noble Zugspitze. To reach its peak, we first board the wonderful Zugspitze Railway, and journey through lush green meadows, rocky terrain, and, eventually, snow-covered mountains.

The final leg of our journey is taken by cable car and, as we step out at the summit, the panoramic views of the incredible German and Austrian Alps surround us. On our descent, we stop at beautiful Lake Eibsee - a picturesque area of turquoise waters, surrounded by stunning scenery - before returning to Füssen.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - To Passau where we board our luxurious ship

After breakfast this morning, we journey by rail to Passau where our luxurious ship awaits us. We're welcomed onboard by our friendly crew and a refreshing cocktail in the lounge. After settling into your wonderful cabin and familiarising yourself with our magnificent ship, we indulge in our first dinner on board, setting sail into the serene and meandering Danube river.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Sailing through enchanting landscapes to Linz

After breakfast, we begin our relaxing cruise downstream. Drifting through beautiful scenery into Austria, we get our first sight of amazing river landscapes. Rising hills covered with vineyards and orchards create a picturesque backdrop, occasionally revealing charming villages, medieval castles and centuries-old monasteries that cling to the hilltops. We arrive in Linz later this afternoon. The town is known for its gorgeous old town as well as its mix of baroque and modern architecture. We spend the night here amongst the vibrant atmosphere with picturesque views


  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – The beautiful Austrian Lake District or stunning Salzburg

This morning we wake up in beautiful Linz where you can choose between a day in the Austrian Lake District, the Salzkammergut, or a visit to Salzburg.

The first option sees us heading into the country for a day in the lakes where we stop at UNESCO-listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its pastel-coloured houses. We also visit Hallstätter See Lake and Mondsee, a pretty town set on the lake of the same name and famous for its 15th-century parish church which featured in 'The Sound of Music'.

Alternatively, travel via Mondsee to Salzburg, a beautiful Baroque city on the banks of the Salzach river. During a guided sightseeing tour, we explore Getreidegasse street, famed for its traditional shops with metal signboards and the place where Mozart was born. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is filled with stunning Baroque architecture, beautiful churches, quaint squares, and charming alleyways that we admire as we meander through. We return to our ship for dinner on board and set sail for a pleasant overnight cruise.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Picturesque Melk Abbey, beautiful Wachau Valley and charming Dürnstein

This morning we visit Melk Abbey, an 11th-century Benedictine Abbey that stands atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It's here we see the abbey's church, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

After lunch, we cruise through the scenery of the Wachau Valley, truly a highlight of the river. This scenic area of green valleys and vineyards is dotted with picturesque riverside towns and commanding fortresses.

Austria's Wachau Valley is a famous wine-making region, which makes it the perfect stop on our cruise to sample the renowned local wine. There's free time in the quaint village of Dürnstein to do just that, or simply wander the charming streets, soaking up the fairytale landscapes. This village is also home to the renowned castle where Richard I of England was imprisoned for a time and we get a great view of it from the riverside.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 – Discovering the magic of Vienna

After a peaceful overnight cruise, Vienna beckons with its grandeur and elegance and we arrive in the magnificent city for a guided tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial culture, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic and musical heritage.

With our expert guide, we wander the winding streets and make our way to the illustrious Ringstrasse boulevard. Here, we see many of Vienna's most ornate buildings including the world-renowned Opera House, where the greatest singers of our time have graced the stage, and the imposing Parliament Building.

After our inspiring tour, there's time to explore the city at leisure. The city's vibrant energy is infectious, and it's easy to lose yourself in the magnificent atmosphere. You could indulge in the famous Sacher Torte, a Viennese delight, at one of the cosy coffee shops. Alternatively, you could explore the city centre and marvel at the striking St. Stephen's Cathedral, or delve into one of the countless museums that bring the city's history to life.

Tonight, a real treat awaits us in the lounge as we're joined by four past members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra who whisk us away with their performances of well-known classical pieces.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 – Glorious Bratislava

After a morning of relaxing sailing, we arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, welcomed by its castle overlooking the river. We set out on a fascinating guided tour after lunch. Bratislava is divided neatly into two parts by the waters of the Danube, and we have time to get to know both the Baroque Old Town and the newer city.

As we explore the enchanting streets, we're immersed in the vibrancy of the city, which has dramatic historic buildings, Baroque palaces and a wealth of fantastic museums and galleries. Later this afternoon we continue downstream to Hungary and to Esztergom, the former capital where we berth for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 – Striking Budapest

As we sail toward Budapest this morning, we navigate the scenic Danube bend, passing the village of Visegrad, famous for its lovely hilltop castle.

Arriving in Budapest, we're introduced to the beauty and history on a sightseeing tour of this captivating city. Known as the 'Pearl of the Danube', Budapest has plenty of impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the river. From the State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica to Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion, each sight is more remarkable than the last.

After dinner back on board this evening, we enjoy the enchanting ambience of a traditional Hungarian Folklore troupe. This is followed by a magical night-time cruise along the Danube River, taking in the illuminated sights of Budapest.

From the Gothic-style Parliament building to Buda castle, the state buildings that line the banks on both sides are all sensationally lit up, as well as the stunning Chain Bridge. Whether you choose to relax in the cosy lounge or take in the panoramic views from the sun deck, Budapest's elegant scenery is the perfect ending to our Danube cruise.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 – To lively Linz

After breakfast, it's time to disembark and say goodbye to our wonderful crew. We make our way to the railway station and head back to the town of Linz where we spend the night amongst the vibrant atmosphere, with stunning architecture and picturesque views.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 – Discovering Linz and to bustling Frankfurt

We begin our day with a guided tour of Linz which showcases the city's blend of ancient and modern architectural styles. This afternoon, we journey by rail to Frankfurt where we spend our last night in this lively city known for its attractive Romerplatz.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14 – Discovering Frankfurt and Homeward bound

Today we experience Frankfurt on a delightful morning tour. With our guide, we discover its rich history, culture and landmarks including the captivating Romerplatz, an old trading square where merchants used to sell their goods. We also see the historic Rathaus building here and explore the bustling financial district, Alte Oper Haus, and St Paul's church.

After our tour, it's time to head home. Journeying by rail back to London, our holiday comes to an end and you say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers.

  • Breakfast

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Mobility information

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Elizabeth Price

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Submitted 23/Sep

The river boat journey was wonderful, our cabin was lovely and the food was quality but unfortunately not to my wife’s taste. The boat is of a high standard and kept immaculate, we loved it. The journey to the boat and back home again is something we would never do again. The majority of people are of a mature age and we felt it was too strenuous and hectic.

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