Bavarian Castles Winter Wonderland & the Swiss Glacier Express

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"The highlight of the holiday was the journey on the Swiss Glacier Express. We were on the train for two and a half hours passing through the most beautiful scenery"

Miss Carroll


Miss Carroll

"I chose this holiday because I wanted to see Austria in the snow and this particular holiday had everything I wanted and I was happy to travel with Leger, as I have been on Leger holidays before and I was going on this one alone.

Everyone on the coach was so friendly, so I was never on my own and I made new friends. Our drivers were really good from getting on the coach in Durham to returning at the end of my holiday. They all looked after us very well and they knew all about the places we were visiting and could answer our questions as they were very efficient. The coach was clean and nice to travel in at all times.

It was a wonderful holiday from beginning to end. Feldkirch was a nice place to stay and the hotel Weisses Kreuz was really nice and clean and the staff were really friendly and helpful. I would recommend it to anyone as it was ideal for the places we went to everyday. Lech and St Anton are beautiful just like a picture postcard.

The highlight of the holiday was the journey on the Swiss Glacier Express. We were on the train for two and a half hours passing through the most beautiful scenery in the snow and the sun. I would say to anyone who likes the snow to do this holiday.

I think Leger holidays are very good and I will be doing some more in the future.


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"The scenery on the route was beautiful. Thick snow, skiers, forests and villages on the mountain pass. Certainly a photographer’s paradise and the reason why so many had booked this trip. Breathtaking!"

Mr & Mrs Osborne


Mr & Mrs Osborne

"This was our first Leger Coach Tour and we were not disappointed. We usually take a winter cruise, but this time we decided to visit Austria & Switzerland to view the wonderful scenery.


The Bavarian Castles Winter Wonderland and the Swiss Glacier Express was our chosen tour. We were not sure what to expect but immediately we entered the coach, we were greeted to a warm welcome by the staff and fellow passengers. Pick up times were punctual and efficient.

At the Dover docks we boarded our Silver Service coach, which provided extra leg room and we were soon on our journey to Belgium and our overnight hotel stop. Steve and Neil our drivers soon made every passenger welcome and provided all of the information that we needed about the tour.

The following morning we continued on our journey to Feldkirch and our resident hotel stay for 4 nights. The Weisses Kreuz Hotel provided very comfortable rooms, relaxation areas and good food choices with friendly staff. Steve and Neil were always available for any enquiries or information that may be needed for the following day, even in their ‘off time’. They enjoyed chatting to passengers in the hotel reception and in the bar throughout the evening.

Day 3. We entered our first optional excursion to Bavaria and King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle. A magnificent fairy-tale castle standing on high ground. We elected to take a horse & cart ride to the castle for a few extra euros, which was great fun and worth it. This was a very interesting day and our first sight of snow in a beautiful area.
We returned to the hotel by 5pm and enjoyed a wholesome evening meal. Entertainment was also provided by the hotel during meal times which allowed everyone to get into the holiday mood. Drinks were priced very reasonably, so it was not too difficult to enjoy your favourite tipple.

Day 4. We reached the highlight of the tour. A ride on the world famous Glacier Express from Chur to Andermatt. Start time from the hotel was 0900hrs, so a nice starting time for the day. After spending an hour in Chur town to have a look around, Steve & Neil ensured we were all safely aboard the train. They then had to make their way to Andermatt on the coach to meet us.
The scenery on the route was beautiful. Thick snow, skiers, forests and villages on the mountain pass. Certainly a photographer’s paradise and the reason why so many had booked this trip. Breathtaking! When we arrived in Chur we had time to have a drink and cake in a café or bar and to chat about the unforgettable train ride we had just taken. Then a scenic drive back to the hotel, through the countryside for the evening meal. What a day out!!

Day 5. After a good breakfast we started our excursion to Lech. The famous ski resort. When we arrived it was a beautiful sunny day and the thick snow glistened around us. The town had a river flowing through the middle, with shops and cafes either side. The mountains was full of skiers to provide post card photo opportunities, or to watch the world go by over a coffee.
Also at Lech was the optional horse and cart ride into the woods and local area. Most of the passengers opted for this ride, which was pulled by two large horses pulling a ski carriage holding 8 people. We were all tucked in with a warm blanket over our legs and proceeded on a ride which must have been nearly three miles, through the winter scenery of the area. A ‘must do excursion’ to appreciate the winter views.

After lunch we travelled onto the ski resort of St Anton. This provided the chance to take a closer look at the skiers on the mountain slopes. Passengers who were interested, could take the ski lifts up to the First, Second or Third cable stops to the top of the mountain. Great again for photographers but not for the faint hearted. We stayed with our friends at the first stop, where there was good viewing galleries and a very welcome restaurant for a cup of hot chocolate or a beer.
The skiers were only a few yards away and the views over the valley and resort were spectacular. Then another beautiful return to the hotel after another action packed day.

Day 6. The fun was coming to an end in Austria and by 0900hrs we were heading for home. Steve and Neil had arranged for a very good three course lunch at a local restaurant for 12 euros. Great value and we avoided the motorway and their food.
After another overnight stop in Belgium at the same hotel we then headed for Calais. Steve again managed to fit in a stop at the chocolate factory, where everyone had the chance to buy some duty free drinks or cigarettes. Alas at Calais we all said our goodbyes and transferred to our coaches for the final homeward journey. The end of a lovely tour.


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"The holidays offered by Leger are well worth the money and they know how to look after their guests, particularly if you are a lone traveller like I was."

Mrs Watkinson


Mrs Watkinson

"I chose the Bavarian Castles Winter Wonderland Trip because I wanted a winter holiday with lots to do.


From the very start everything was very organised and prompt. There were comfort stops to stretch your legs on the long trip to Europe. The change over to the main coach was spot on, and the ferry crossing was very good.


We stayed in Belgium overnight, in a city style hotel; the rooms were big as was the massive and very comfortable bed! 


Onward next morning to Feldkirch, after a good, hearty breakfast. We arrived at the Hotel Weisses Kreuz, a lovely hotel, and on arrival we received a welcome drink and a choice of dinner. The food was excellent.


Our first included trip was on the Swiss Glacier Express, it was the perfect day with blue skies and sunshine to see the spectacular scenery. Then to St Anton to see the skiers taking to the slopes.


An optional trip was the horse & carriage ride through some beautiful woodland and lots of snow. Another optional tour was the Castle of King Ludwig, across the German border to the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria. The castle was very high up, so we took a horse & carriage ride part of the way, then an uphill walk. It was well worth it, the castle was magical and there was a mist so it made it look quite eerie, this trip was my favourite and I would have liked to stay longer. A trip not to be missed!


Tony & John, our drivers gave us a warm welcome, nothing was too much trouble and both had a cheeky sense of humour. Travelling on my own, I felt very safe with them. They kept the coach clean and on the longer journeys, drinks & snacks were served to us. I can’t praise the drivers enough. When we stopped, we were given maps, told where the toilets were and anything else which was of interest.


Homeward bound, staying in a city hotel again, we booked dinner to say farewell to new friends made on the trip. The people on the trip were friendly and on my trip were four other single ladies, so we all got together and at the end of each day we would meet to discuss our day and the places we had visited.


This tour was everything I expected it to be and more. I can’t wait for my next one!

I have previously travelled with Leger to the Auvergne in France, which was also excellent.


The holidays offered by Leger are well worth the money and they know how to look after their guests, particularly if you are a lone traveller like I was.


To sum up my Leger experience. FANTASTIC!!!


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"It was our second trip on Luxuria and we were off to Austria where the winter delights awaited us."

Zofia & Walter


"After our pick up it was ‘Silver Service’ all the way to the main exchange point at Folkestone where our coach was waiting and we were welcomed on board to be whisked to our overnight stay in Belgium. The hotel was excellent, and after breakfast we headed south.

The hotel in Feldkirch, the Hotel Weisses Kreuz, was excellent and fully deserved its four star rating.  The rooms, food and staff were amongst the best we’ve experienced.

Day three saw us travelling into Germany to see King Ludwig II’s castle at Hohenschwanstein.  The day was magnificent with the fairy tale castle rising into a clear blue sky and our guides Nana and Leah were on hand to make the visit very entertaining and magical.

Day four was the highlight of our holiday, with a snow clad journey into Switzerland to the town of Chur to join to Glacier Express.  We enjoyed some truly incredible views on a two hour trip across the Oberland Massif: what could follow that?

St Anton followed on Day five, again in the mountains, with people on skis and us on horse and carriage up into the forest on the edge of town before heading back to the hotel to enjoy a truly superb sunset over the Alps.  Our last evening in the hotel and the next day all of the staff were outside to see us off with everyone on the coach receiving a small farewell gift. 

The return to Belgium was done with great aplomb and humour by ‘hamster and co-pilot’ but that’s a story in itself! A stop at PJ’s chocolate factory brought temptation to us chocoholics – then on to Calais. Bye to Nana and Leah, bye to your incredible bus, and home with the memories.  Would we do it again?  For sure!



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"It’s not really surprising that I had booked for this second railway related seven day Leger Silver Service Holiday, because I had experienced the Little Trains of the Austrian Tyrol, last August, a superbly twelve day planned experience."

Mike


"Railways have become an interest since living in the Ramsbottom area 18 years ago, and it's the East Lancashire Railway that runs through our area where famous Steam Engines visit for special events, and we certainly see the Classics such as the Flying Scotsman that made its recent return to the mainline after improvements by Riley and Son Engineering of Heywood. The inaugural passenger test runs took place over two successful weekends travelling from Bury to Rawtenstall and back, when myself and family members made the first successful Saturday trip. I took an interest in the brochure, revealing the above tour, that would include a day's journey on the Glacier Express, and so the holiday was booked.

Because of an early start I pre-booked a taxi through Leger to pick me up from home, to meet my transfer coach (by luck my tour coach 42) at Lymm Services. Our drivers and characters, Roddy and Phil (or was it Phil and Roddy?) made all of us welcome and we were well supplied with drinks etc as we made our way picking up passengers at other towns towards Stop 24 for the Euro Tunnel, a first time tunnel experience for me. It was nice to make that speedier journey than the Ferry sailing. Arriving in France we then journeyed into Belgium, and the luxury comforts of the Crowne Plaza Brussels Hotel.

As a hardened coach traveller, I knew the next drive to Austria would be a long one, but Roddy and Phil (or was it Phil and Roddy?) looked after us all the way with washroom stops and that ever ongoing service of drink refreshments from the coach bar (mine’s a black coffee please, two sugars stirred to the right...Thank you) to shorten this journey. I had my Suduko Book, and my own personal mobile internet, which worked well through the various country ISP links for phone and iPad. Getting to know people is always nice that are involved with the same journey, and using that lounge in the back makes a very nice change. Austria’s Weisses Kreuz Hotel, really was comfort at its best for the next four days. Most of us took advantage of the Bavarian Castles experience, and our initial short stop in Fussen was a very pretty town for us to wander through. We then moved on to our main visit of the day under slight sleet conditions to the Village of Hohenschwangau, where we had the choice to make the steady uphill walk, or to take advantage of the pleasant horse and carriage ride to the visually and historical Neuschwanstein Castle, the former home of King Ludwig II. Worldwide visitors had been attracted to this romantic location, especially our Japanese travellers, and one can only assume like Haworth in West Yorkshire (the Brontes) is on their educational curriculum. 

Certainly you got some good exercise with an official guide, in making use of the 181 steps that fed you through from room to room. Splendid day indeed, and I enjoyed the walk back to the coach park, on the road I had come up by horse and carriage - wonderful.

Day four, an air of excitement today, and we got what we had hoped for - a full day of sunshine! Starting our journey to Andermatt by our coach was via the most dramatic Swiss Alps countryside you have ever witnessed, skiers, wheelchairs, even Paragliders all doing their own thing amongst those snow ridden mountains...unbelievable. We were thoroughly spoilt with the views and our own reserved carriage with comfortable seats and a table for four. We eventually arrived at Switzerland’s oldest city of Chur, where we had some spare time pending the arrival of our coach that Roddy had driven all the way from Andermatt. A bonus during our return back to the Hotel was a visit through the small country of Lichtenstein.

On day five, Roddy and Phil transported our party into the popular ski areas of Lech and Anton on the Arlberg.  We may have seemed out of place here with the skiers, but the streets had been cleared of snow, some of us made our way up into a cable car for the splendid views, and a few of us ventured on another horse and carriage ride, a carriage that could alter from sleigh to wheeled use depending on the snow conditions. In our case, wheels were fine for our trip, just another splendid visit before our return to the hotel for our final evening.

All good things come towards an end, and so we had to prepare ourselves knowing that we would be making the long return home, but talking to others most had really enjoyed the week, and reflected on a well organised tour with our Scottish drivers, Roddy and Phil. Or was it Phil and Roddy? Mike



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