Bavaria & Luxury Danube Cruise

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With this fantastic tour and river cruise you will explore the mountains and Castles of Bavaria and cruise down the majestic River Danube. Bavaria’s magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this 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 Fussen.

Itinerary 

Day 1: London to Stuttgart
You meet at London’s St Pancras International this morning in time for the Eurostar service to Paris. Here you cross the city and catch the local train to Stuttgart for a night at the Maritim Hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle
This morning you journey via Ausburg to Füssen by rail, where you will spend the next two nights at the Luitpold Park Hotel. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to two of the finest Bavarian castles, beginning at honey-coloured Hohenschwangau Castle before visiting glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. One of the most iconic examples of its kind, it was famously the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderalla Castle. Built into the mountains and standing proudly above the surrounding forests, its turrets and halls are resplendent white against a backdrop of green.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Journey on the Zugspitze Railway
Today you ascend the tallest mountain in Germany, the noble Zugspitze. To reach the summit, first board the remarkable Zugspitze Railway, then the final leg of this journey is taken by cable car. On your descent back down, you stop at beautiful Lake Eibsee before returning to Füssen.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: To Budapest and boarding your ship
Following breakfast, you drive to Munich for the train to Budapest. On arriving in Budapest, you meet the Amadeus Queen and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later take in the illuminated sights as we sail around the city. You are also treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Budapest
This morning enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing you to Budapest’s main sights. 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. You will return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before you begin cruising to Bratislava. The departure time means you arrive at the scenic Danube Bend just as the sun sets. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Bratislava
Your morning is at leisure aboard before you moor up early this afternoon. After lunch, set out on a guided coach tour of 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 city destination historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobbled stoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, pastel 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following your excursion, you return to the ship for another delicious, 5-course dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Vienna
After a calm night of cruising, you 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. You’ll see many of Vienna’s finest ornate buildings, including the impressive Hofburg Palace. This vast complex of buildings demonstrates the awesome power and wealth commanded by the Habsburgs. You’ll also take in 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 you on board, where after dinner you are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital. Be whisked away by the music as you immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience, as the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the most popular and skilled orchestras in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 & 9: Melk Abbey, Salzburg and Austrian Lake District
Today you reach Austria’s Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. Arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As you sit down to lunch on board the ship will 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. You then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and is home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

On Day 8 you disembark in Linz, 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 in UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria’s most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses perched on the tiny plain between the mountains and Hallstättersee Lake, as well as 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 birth place of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city’s internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You rejoin the ship in Passau

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 10- 12: Regensburg and Homeward Bound
Regensberg is your port of call this morning, which you can 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, you will attend the Captain’s gala dinner, a chance to don your evening-wear and celebrate your cruise experience.

On Day 11 you disembark after breakfast to start the journey back home via Cologne, where you spend the night. On Day 12 you complete your journey back to London.

Meals:
  • Day 10 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 – Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 – Breakfast

Accommodation Information 

MS Amadeus Queen
Sleek, elegant and comfortable, the MS Amadeus Queen is an excellent river going vessel, offering one of the finest ways to discover the stunning rivers of Europe. Well-maintained facilities, superb service and tasteful cabins all combine to make passengers’ time on board the Amadeus Queen a delight. Enjoy the serene scenery as it passes by, through specially designed floor-to- ceiling windows or perhaps from the Sun Deck at the top of the boat, as you relax on loungers and deck chairs with your fellow travellers.

Across the four decks, the ship has a range of amenities available to passengers including a restaurant, a panorama-bar and a fitness room. A recent addition has seen an indoor pool installed at the rear of the boat. Each room has a television, an en suite bathroom, a mini bar and a hairdryer, while the suites enjoy a walk-out exterior balcony as well.

Luitpoldpark Hotel, Fussen
Boasting of an enviable location right near the train station, as well as close to many lovely restaurants, the 4-Star Luitpoldpark Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Füssen. This hotel is a wonderfully relaxing place to stay, with an on-site spa offering numerous treatments (payable locally), a gym, and a restaurant. The colourful rooms are well furnished, and come well equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a television, a hair-dryer, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart
The 4-Star Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart is located in the middle of the city next to the famous Hoppenlau Park. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness room. Room amenities include minibar, safe, telephone and television.

***SPECIAL OFFER *** Save up to £150pp on specific dates and cabin types, if booked before the 31st October. See below for further details 

Departure Dates and Costs per Person
6 May 2019: £2,195  £2,095 
20 May 2019: £2,295  £2,195 
10 Jun 2019: £2,195  £2,095 
24 Jun 2019: £2,195
10 Sep 2019: £2,295
22 Sep 2019: £2,195