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(Tour code: BYR20)

Explore the mountains and castles of Bavaria and cruise down the gentle Danube

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Füssen.

Highlights
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Journey on the Zugspitze Railway
  • 7 night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Silver II
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Wachau Valley
  • Regensburg
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    4 nights' hotel accommodation
    6 Lunches
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Amadeus Silver II
  • Optional excursions to Melk Abbey, Salzburg & Austrian Lake District

Fairytale Bavaria & Danube Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Stuttgart
Stuttgart

To Stuttgart

We meet at London's St Pancras International this morning in time for the Eurostar service to Paris. Here we cross the city and catch the local train to Stuttgart for a night at the Maritim Hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

Free time in Fussen

This morning we journey to Füssen by rail, spending the next three nights at the Luitpold Park Hotel. Our arrival time means you have time to explore a little bit of this classic Bavarian town. Perched on the banks of the Lech River, Füssen offers a snapshot of Bavarian life, with its pretty squares and its cobbled streets.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle

Today sees us venture out into the nearby countryside for an enthralling excursion to 2 of the finest castles in Bavaria. We begin at the honey-coloured Hohenschwangau (Castle of the High Swan County), before visiting glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. The most famous of all King Ludwig II's castles, Neuschwanstein bristles with towers and spires. The building is a fantastic imitation of a medieval castle; one which was equipped with some very modern conveniences for its time.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Zugspitze Railway
Zugspitze Railway

A journey on the Zugspitze Mountain Railway

Today we ascend the highest mountain in Germany, the noble Zugspitze. To reach the summit, we first board the remarkable Zugspitze Railway, then the final leg of ths journey is taken by cable car. On our descent, we stop at beautiful Lake Eibsee before returning to Füssen.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Amadeus Silver II
Amadeus Silver II

To Budapest and boarding your ship

Following breakfast, we drive to Munich for the train to Budapest. On arriving in Budapest, we meet the Amadeus Queen or Silver II and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later take in the illuminated sights as we sail around the city. We are also treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

Discovering Budapest

This morning we enjoy a guided coach and walking tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion.

We return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before we begin cruising to Bratislava, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests, all soaked in the golden glow of twilight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Bratislava
Bratislava

Arrival in Bratislava

Your morning is at leisure aboard before we moor up early this afternoon. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach and walking tour of the Slovakian capital. Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava straddles the Danube which neatly divides the city into two parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th-century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following our excursion, you have plenty of free time to explore.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House

The history and music of Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a sightseeing tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial heritage, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic and musical heritage. You'll see many of Vienna's most ornate buildings, including the impressive Opera House - one of the leading opera venues in the world, as well as the grand Parliament Building. Tonight a real treat awaits us. After dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for a private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9-10 Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey & Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As we sit down to lunch on board, we begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley, an extremely scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses with sweeping views. We then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th-century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is also home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

On Day 10 we disembark in Linz this morning, where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes. Make stops at UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses, Hallstättersee Lake, and Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in the wedding scenes of 'The Sound of Music'. Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We rejoin the ship in Passau.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-12 Regensburg
Regensburg

Regensburg and homeward bound

Regensberg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre and to its influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening-wear and celebrate our cruise experience.

On Day 12 your cruise comes to an end and you disembark your ship in Passau. Here you are escorted by your Tour Manager by rail to London.

Includes:
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Budapest and from Passau to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation including an overnight stay in Stuttgart and 3 nights at the 4- star Luitpold Park Hotel
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver II or Amadeus Queen
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Hohenschwangau Castle & Neuschwanstein Castle and Lake Eibsee
  • Journey on the Zugspitze Railway
  • Tour Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey and Regensburg
  • Cruise the Danube Bend and through the Wachau Valley
  • Enjoy an on board recital from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & a Hungarian folklore show
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tour of Salzburg and an excursion to the Austrian Lake District
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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