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Bavarian Castles Tour tour

Bavarian Castles Tour

European Castles Tours
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,429 $ 270 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Bavarian Castles
  • Explore Neuschwanstein Castle  Germany's most famous castle
  • Visit the masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo, Wieskirche,a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Innsbruck on the Inn River
  • You will drive to Renaissance Castles and palace located in the hills above the city
  • Visit Schloss Hohenschwangau, the castle built by his father Maximilian

Short Description

Discover the wonderful castles of King Ludwig II and the beauty of Bavaria's lakes and countryside.  Tour inside the castles with local guides and take time to explore on your own.  Alternate the visits to castles with other excursions, including a trip to the top of Mount Zugspitze, the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, the Church in the Meadow, Oberammergau and other picturesque towns and villages in the region

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Munich
End City Andechs

Trip Includes

  • All features as per itinerary, departure guaranteed
  • Door-to-door transportation (all modes).  Leave the navigating to us.
  • 7 breakfast buffets
  • 6 three-course dinners with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and local guide fees paid
  • No hidden extras, no optional excursions – already included
  • Maximum group size of 30 people, fewer on most tours
  • The tour language is English only.
  • There is no packing and unpacking, as we stay at the Landhaus Koessel every night.
  • The days are well planned to offer you many highlights, but you are never rushed.
  • Ideal combination of free time and planned activities.
  • Skip the lines at must-see attractions.
  • All visits are inside, not drive-by.  Learn the stories that bring old buildings to life.
  • Tour director – Let our experts make every day and destination fascinating!
  • Satisfaction assured – backed up by our money-back guarantee.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Board your flight from your home destination to Munich, Germany.

This itinerary assumes this to be an overnight flight.

Air fare independently arranged.

Day 2: Hopfen Am See

Meals: Dinner

Arrival in Munich, Germany.  Your flight should arrive at the Munich Airport by 11:15 a.m. at the latest for the complimentary transfer at noon.

When the group is complete we head south to your home away from home in HOPFEN AM SEE, on the lake near Fussen (Füssen or Fuessen in German).  Our home base here at the southern end of Germany's famous Romantic Road is within hiking distance of Neuschwanstein in the beautiful Bavarian Alps.

You are staying in a typical local "landhaus", where you are a friend, not a tourist.  Your rooms are very gemuetlich, decorated in Bavarian country style, all with cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, extra sitting area, balcony, and a great mountain view.

Your local expert, Astrid Baur, will take you out for a Bavarian dinner on the Lake Promenade tonight.

Your tour includes: Transfer from airport to hotel, three-course welcome dinner with menu choices, one beverage, and

coffee or tea after, overnight at Landhaus Koessel in Hopfen am See

Landhaus Kossel (Kössel / Koessel)

Day 3: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau

Meals: Breakfast

Today we focus on Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein in German), Germany's most famous castle.  First we go to Marienbruecke (Mary's Bridge) sitting high above the Poellat Gorge, where we can take the best pictures of the castle.  (If Mary's Bridge is closed because of ice or snow on the path, you will be taken to another lookout where you can take wonderful pictures of Neuschwanstein.)

From there we walk downhill for our inside tour of Neuschwanstein.  Afterwards there's time for lunch and a stroll on Lake Alpsee, where young Ludwig learned to swim.  [ Larger photos of Neuschwanstein, including helicopter views, are included in the Bavarian Castles Gallery in the In Depth section below. ]

In the afternoon we visit Schloss Hohenschwangau, the castle built by his father Maximilian, where Germany's fairy tale king spent much of his childhood, and where he dreamed about his future castles.  Local guides in both castles.

Fantastic dinner tonight in the area where Ludwig II was planning his next castle, Falkenstein.

Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances and guided tours of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, horse carriage, three-course dinner, Landhaus Koessel

Day 4: Zugspitze, Linderhof, Oberammergau

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Beautiful drive via Austria to Garmisch where we take a cable car up to the ZUGSPITZE, at almost 10,000 feet Germany's highest mountain, with a matchless panorama.

We continue on to Schloss Linderhof, Ludwig's beautiful hiding castle deep in the forest, which served as a background for the romantic fantasies of the young king.  Inside visit with local guide.

Back home via the pretty village Of Oberammergau, known for the passion play, a tradition which derives from a vow made by the inhabitants in 1633 that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years.

Medieval Dinner in Fussen tonight.

Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, Zugspitze cable car, guided tour of Linderhof, three-course dinner, Landhaus Koessel

Day 5: Herrenchiemsee, Bad Tolz

Meals: Breakfast

Today we focus on King Ludwig II's largest castle, Herrenchiemsee, which he built on an island in Lake Chiemsee after a visit to Versailles.  Herrenchiemsee was Ludwig's most expensive project, he stayed here only about one week.

 

Boat and horse carriage rides to the castle and local guide for inside tour.

On the way back we stop in the beautiful town of BAD TOLZ (Bad Tölz or Bad Toelz in German).  Bad Tolz became famous for its spa.  It also features colourful painted buildings.

There's time to relax before we join the locals tonight for great atmosphere and food at a local brewery.

door-to-door transportation, boat and carriage rides, Herrenchiemsee tour, dinner, Landhaus Koessel

Day 6: Munich, Nymphenburg

Meals: Breakfast

We go to MUNICH (München or Muenchen in German, sometimes Munchen on the net) and first we visit schloss nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace), where Ludwig was born, and the Marstallmuseum, containing many of Ludwig's elaborate carriages.

An Orientation Tour of Germany's secret capital features the Olympic stadium, Olympic Tower, Leopoldstrasse, Schwabing, Ludwigstrasse, Odeonsplatz, Koenigsplatz, Karlsplatz, Church of our Lady, and Marienplatz where you see the Glockenspiel.

Afterwards plenty of time on your own for shopping, more sightseeing (BMW Museum, German Museum, Pinakothek, ... the options list is endless).  Dinner on your own in the evening.  Why not have a stein of beer at the Hofbrauhaus (Hofbräuhaus), Munich's famous beer hall?

door-to-door transportation, Munich orientation tour, entrance to Nymphenburg Palace, Landhaus Koessel

Day 7: Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast

Today we drive south through the mountains to INNSBRUCK on the Inn River, the capital of Austria's Tyrol.

First we visit Schloss Ambras, a Renaissance castle and palace located in the hills above the city.  It was built in the sixteenth century on the site of a tenth-century castle, and became the seat of power of the Counts of the Andechs.  The castle is notable for its exterior architecture and interior furnishings, and contains major art and armour collections.  We have a private guided tour.

In the city enjoy a nice stroll through its quaint medieval lanes, see the famous little Golden Roof below the impressive Austrian Alps, the Hofburg palace, and the Hofkirche, Innsbruck's fine Baroque church.  Free time to explore on your own, and maybe shop for Swarovski Crystal, which is made here.

Dinner in Austria tonight on the way back home.

door-to-door transportation, entrance and private guided tour of Schloss Ambras, three-course dinner, Landhaus Koessel, Schloss Ambras

Day 8: Wieskirche, Lake Starnberg, Andechs

Meals: Breakfast

On our last exploring day we take the Romantic Road to visit the masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo, Wieskirche, also known as the Church in the Meadow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We continue to Lake Starnberg and at Berg see the Votivchapel and the cross in the lake where Ludwig died.  Then on to ritzy Starnberg with time for lunch and a stroll on the lake.

Afterwards a short drive to Andechs, a famous Benedictine monastery on the Holy Mountain.  The monks are also well known for making their own beer, which we have time to enjoy in one of the many beer gardens.

Enjoy your last evening with a wonderful farewell dinner in Hopfen.

Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, three-course dinner with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after, Landhaus Koessel

Day 9: Return

Meals: Breakfast

Time to say "Auf wiedersehen".  Transfer to Munich Airport for your return flight home.

Your flight should not leave Munich before 10:30 a.m. , transfer to airport

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Optional Activities

(Optional) Three Nights Venice Extension

Turn your Bavarian Castles Tour into an even more magical vacation with an extension to Venice, described as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man" and as "one of Europe's most romantic cities."

This three-night extension takes the same approach to visiting Italy's Veneto region as our longer Italian Highlights Tour.

Travel across the scenic Alps, visit Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and check into your 4-star hotel on Venice's Lido Island.  Ride the bus boats on the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge, tour inside the palace and basilica on St. Mark's Square, go for a gondola ride, and visit the scenic islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.  Shop if you wish, explore on your own, or relax on Lido Island's beach.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Maximum Number of People in Group: 30

Accomodations

Hotel – The Landhaus Koessel

The Landhaus Koessel is located on Lake Hopfen, near Fussen, with beautiful scenery and mountain views of the Bavarian Alps.

You stay in Bavarian Country Style rooms, which are very spacious, with extra sitting areas, balconies, cable TV, direct-dial-telephones, coffeemakers, mini-bars, and hairdryers. You will feel at home immediately. High speed internet is available. For more information please see the Landhaus Koessel English-language website.

Find out for yourself what makes this particular place in the Alps so special that King Ludwig wanted to spend the rest of his life here.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Trip ID#:

BavCasEur

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Peronal expenses
  • Passport and visa fees

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