Fairy Tale Castles of Bavaria, the Rhine Valley & Black Forest

9 days from £769pp.


Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Rudesheim

Visit: Rudesheim, Germany

Rhine

Visit: Rhine, Germany

Titisee

Visit: Titisee, Germany

Black Forest

Visit: Black Forest, Germany

About the Tour

Enjoy a drive along the ‘Romantic Road’, visit the picture-perfect Rhine Valley, and see wonderful fairy tale castles, on this spectacular tour to Germany. Included is a visit to Rüdesheim with its lively Drosselgasse, travel along the river Rhine and marvel at the medieval castles and vineyards, the famous Loreley Rock, Boppard with its splendid Rhine promenade and St. Goar. The highlight of the tour is a visit to King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which featured in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You will also get the opportunity to visit Herrenchiemsee, located on an island in the Chiemsee Lake, the beautiful lakeside resort of Titisee and spend time in the Black Forest in the charming towns of Triberg, and Freudenstadt. Whilst on holiday be sure to try the local cuisine and indulge in some Bavarian Bratwurst.

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach or upgrade to Luxuria
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Rudesheim

    Rudesheim

    We continue our journey into Germany and the Rhine Valley to the ever-popular ‘wine town’ of Rudesheim. Home to the vibrant ‘Drosselgasse’, a narrow alley lined with restaurants, shops and bars, many playing traditional Rhineland music and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of local wine or beer. Why not join our optional ‘Exploring Rudesheim’ excursion visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum as well as the wine cellar of Adolf Störzel. We start our excursion by boarding the ‘Winzer Express’ road train, which takes us on the short journey to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of self-playing mechanical musical instruments in the world and our visit provides a spectacle of fascination. You will see the various instruments and have the chance to listen to many of the instruments and fairground organs play their different tunes. We then continue to the wine cellars of Adolf Störzel where you will learn about the history of wine growing as well as being able to sample three different wines. We continue to our hotel where we stay for the next two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Boppard

    Boppard

    Marvel at the beautiful scenery of the Rhine Valley on today’s included excursion. We visit Boppard with its splendid Rhine promenade and St. Goar, home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock. During the day there will be the chance to join an optional cruise along the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes and is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine. The cruise will last for approximately 2 ½ hours during which time you will be served lunch on board.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rothenburg-Ob-Der-Tauber

    Rothenburg-Ob-Der-Tauber

    Leaving the Rhine Valley we travel along the scenic ‘Romantic Road’ visiting the charming medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then on to Reutte in Austria for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hohenschwangau

    Hohenschwangau

    Today we visit the village of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig II’s famous Neuschwanstein castle (entrance included). Built in the 19th century, the fairytale castle is dramatically perched on a hilltop. King Ludwig encouraged plans for this German gothic castle but unfortunately died before the end of its construction. The panoramic views from each side of the castle are truly breathtaking. (During the tour of Neuschwanstein castle you will be required to climb 165 steps and descend 181). This afternoon we travel to Linderhof Castle, the smallest of King Ludwig’s Palaces. Here you can see inside the castle on our included guided tour or simply visit the Palaces beautiful grounds.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Chiemsee

    Chiemsee

    Today’s optional excursion takes us to Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, also known as ‘the Bavarian Sea’. We take a boat from the first class spa resort of Prien over to Herreninsel and to Herrenchiemsee, the largest and most expensive castle built by King Ludwig II. In 1873 Ludwig acquired Herreninsel as the location for his Royal Palace but the actual building work didn’t start until 1878. From plans drawn by Georg Dollmann the palace was built as a ‘Temple of Versailles’ for King Louis XIV of France whom the King greatly admired. Unfortunately Ludwig never saw his Royal Palace finished and after his death in 1886 only the sections along the main axis with their famous fountains and waterworks were complete. Nowadays a visit to the most famous part of the palace is the 98-meter long “Hall of Mirrors“ and a visit to the royal bedchamber, in which no one ever slept, is also a must.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Titisee

    Titisee

    We head west for an overnight stay in the Black Forest, spending time en route in the beautiful lakeside resort of Titisee.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Black Forest

    Black Forest

    We journey through more of the delightful Black Forest, where traditional timbered buildings blend into the beautiful rolling landscape of wooded hills and green meadows, spending time in the charming town of Triberg, and later Freudenstadt. Continue to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Rüdesheim
    • Rhine Valley
    • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    • Lake Titisee
    • Black Forest Scenic Drive
    • Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Chiemsee
    • Rhine Cruise

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £35.00 (9 days). Single Room Supplement from £169.00 (9 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights at a 3 or 4-star hotel such as the Hotel Alte Bauernschänke or the Zwei Mohren in charming Assmannshausen in the Rhine Valley. 

    You will then stay for three nights at the recently refurbished 4-star Hotel Zum Mohren in Reutte. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lift and an indoor pool.  

    Our overnight stay in the Black Forest will be in a 3-star standard hotel, and in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

    Germany

    Alte Bauernschanke

    Alte Bauernschanke

    Austria

    Hotel Zum Mohren

    Zum Mohren

    Germany

    Alemannenhof Hotel Engel

    Alemannenhof Hotel Engel

    Alte Bauernschanke


    This friendly family-run hotel extends a warm Rhineland welcome to all its guests. Situated in the heart of charming Assmannshausen in the Rhine Valley, the hotel is located only a short stroll from the Rhine Promenade. The chair lift, next to the hotel, takes you to the summit of the Niederwald, from where a short walk takes you to the cable cars, which run into the bustling wine town of Rüdesheim. The Alte Bauernschanke, a wonderful half-timberered building, was originally a tavern dating back to the 15th century and has become a landmark in the town. Owned by the Berg family, all 54 bedrooms have en-suite facilities, television and telephone. Enjoy a drink on the terrace or a night of dancing and singing in the cellar bar. You may also wish to use the excellent wellness facilities (at additional cost).

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Zum Mohren


    This superb hotel, owned and run by the welcoming Ruepp family, is situated in the centre of Reutte, within walking distance of the River Lech. Recently refurbished and renovated to a high standard, the hotel combines traditional hospitality with excellent modern facilities. All bedrooms have refrigerator, safe, flat-screen T.V., telephone and free wifi. Enjoy the culinary delight served in the restaurant, relax with a glass of wine in the bar, or spend time in the excellent Wellness area with swimming pool, Finnish sauna and steam-bath. Whilst in Reutte, those with a head for heights should head to the world’s longest rope chain bridge – 405 metres long and 11,270 metres high – which links Ruin Ehrenberg and Fort Claudia.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Alemannenhof Hotel Engel


    This cosy country hotel welcomes you to the Southern Black Forest! The Alemannenhof Hotel Engel in Rickenbach offers 49 comfortable rooms, a beer garden, a bistro bar, and a hotel restaurant.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Zum Mohren


    This superb hotel, owned and run by the welcoming Ruepp family, is situated in the centre of Reutte, within walking distance of the River Lech. Recently refurbished and renovated to a high standard, the hotel combines traditional hospitality with excellent modern facilities. All bedrooms have refrigerator, safe, flat-screen T.V., telephone and free wifi. Enjoy the culinary delight served in the restaurant, relax with a glass of wine in the bar, or spend time in the excellent Wellness area with swimming pool, Finnish sauna and steam-bath. Whilst in Reutte, those with a head for heights should head to the world’s longest rope chain bridge – 405 metres long and 11,270 metres high – which links Ruin Ehrenberg and Fort Claudia.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Alemannenhof Hotel Engel


    This cosy country hotel welcomes you to the Southern Black Forest! The Alemannenhof Hotel Engel in Rickenbach offers 49 comfortable rooms, a beer garden, a bistro bar, and a hotel restaurant.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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