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(Tour code: BYR19)

Magnificent castles, mysterious forests magical mountains and cruise the blue Danube

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour. Discover this historic kingdom, including Neuschwanstein Castle and the Bavarian Zugspitze Mountain Railway, from our base in charming Fussen.

Highlights
  • MS Amadeus Queen
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Passau
  • Linz
  • Dürnstein
  • Melk Abbey
  • Regensburg
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    Evening Meals
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    MS Amadeus Silver Queen
  • On board recital from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hungarian folklore show

Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

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

Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle

This morning we journey via Ausburg to Füssen by rail, where we will spend the next two nights at the Luitpold Park Hotel. This afternoon we enjoy an excursion to two of the finest Bavarian castles, beginning at honey-coloured Hohenschwangau Castle before visiting glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. The most famous of all King Ludwig II's castles, Neuschwanstein bristles with towers and spires, and was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disney World. The building is a fantastic imitation of a medieval castle, which was equipped with some revolutionary modern conveniences for its time, such as running water, flushing toilets and a warm air heating system. Construction of the castle began in 1869 and ended in 1892, although the work was never actually completed. Built into the mountains and standing proudly above the surrounding forests, its turrets and halls are resplendent white against a backdrop of green.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3 Zugspitze Railway
Zugspitze Railway

Journey on the Zugspitze Railway

Today we ascend the tallest mountain in Germany, the noble Zugspitze. To reach the summit, we first board the remarkable Zugspitze Railway. The line takes us from the charming Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on an 11-mile journey to the peak of Germany's highest mountain - overcoming a height difference of 2,897ft. On leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the scenery becomes ever-more dramatic, with the spiky, snow-covered peaks towering over dense patches of woodland below.

After pausing at Eibsee station, our journey continues into the mountains, using a series of wide curves to gain height. Zugspitze Railway then passes through Höllental or 'Hell Valley' named for its dramatic slopes and narrow gorge that made climbing the mountain difficult. We then run through an area thick with pine trees before disappearing onto a long tunnel built to protect the railway from the most extreme weather. We emerge near the summit of Zugspitze, where the views out over Bavaria and Austria are incredible. The final leg of this journey is taken by cable car. On our descent back down, we stop at beautiful Lake Eibsee before returning to Füssen.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Amadeus Queen
Amadeus Queen

To Budapest

On Day 4 we drive to Munich for the train to Budapest, where we meet the Amadeus Queen. 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:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

Discovering Budapest and Bratislava

This morning we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We return to the ship for lunch, after which we begin cruising to Bratislava. Our departure time means we arrive at the scenic Danube Bend just as the sun sets. We moor up in the afternoon of Day 6. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital.

Includes:
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House

The history and music of Vienna

We arrive into glorious Vienna for a comprehensive 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. Tonight a real treat awaits us on board, where after dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9 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 before we begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley. We then enjoy an excursion to Melk Abbey. On Day 9 we have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes or travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, for a sightseeing tour.

Includes:
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11 Regensburg
Regensburg

Regensburg and homeward bound

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner. On Day 11 we disembark after breakfast to start the journey back to the UK by rail, or air of you prefer.

Includes:
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast
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 and a 7-night cruise
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Hohenschwangau Castle & Neuschwanstein Castle and Lake Eibsee
  • The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway
  • Tour Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey and Regensburg, cruise the Danube Bend and 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
  • Select your cabin number at no extra cost
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