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Bavaria: King Ludwigs Castles
Tour Operator: RTT  
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Overview: Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein Castles – both nestled in the incomparable beauty of Germany’s Bavarian region – are a “must see” on any European visit!  Products of a king who was at once mysterious and lonely, these castles never fail to evoke imaginings of opulence and festivity.  Arrival with reserved tickets guarantees admission to both sites on days packed with international visitors.  

Seven weeks after King Ludwig’s death from as yet unrevealed causes, the Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public.  The shy king had built the castle to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people come to view his private refuge.  This castle, constructed to shelter Ludwig and his favorite poet-composer Richard Wagner, became Ludwig’s symbol of sovereignty as Bavaria was forced into political insignificance. 

Hohenschwangau Castle – really a palace, as opposed to a castle – was originally the childhood residence belonging to Ludwig’s father, Maximillian II.  The future King Ludwig II lived here with his parents and brother, Otto.  He moved into the main part of the residence upon his father’s death and oversaw the construction of Neuschwanstein across the road.  The last family member to regularly reside in the castle was Queen Marie’s brother-in-law, Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, who died in 1912.  Since then the castle has mostly operated as a museum, with furniture and decorations as they were at the time it was their home.  Members of the former royal family still use it as a summer home.

Leisurely drives through the Bavarian countryside allow our guests to enjoy the varied landscape – from majestic mountains to farming villages and fields with haystacks and tiny barns.  There is plenty of time to appreciate the lakes and mountains surrounding these two castles, and to enjoy a meal and time for shopping.

Return to points of origin about 11 p.m.
 

Neuschwanstein  Castle

  
View from Neuschwanstein  Castle
 
   

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Departure Dates 2015
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    22 9 10 14
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
11 & 30 9 & 29 6 & 20 11 8  
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Departure Points & Times     Direct Travel, No Transfers! 
Ramstein Ramstein Air Base Main Chapel Parking Lot
Please park toward center of the lot.
 03:00 a.m.
Approximate return time to points of origin  11:00 p.m.
   
 
Booking Details
Prices   
  99 Adults
79 Children 3 through 12 years
Not recommended for children under 3 years
due to long bus ride and/or long days of sightseeing

Please Note:  German law requires all child passengers, regardless of size or age, to have a seat on a bus and use an approved safety seat provided by the customer. Infants are required to have their own seat.

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Included in Tour Price
  Round trip travel by deluxe motor Coach - non smoking
Neuschwanstein castle guided tour
Hohenschwangau Castle guided tour
Marvelous views of local lakes and Alps
Services of an experienced RTT guide
 
Not Included
  Local transportation
Tips and articles of a personal nature
Snacks and meals not mentioned
 
Cancellation Fees (Per Person)
  From day of booking until 14 days prior to departure: €15
From 13 days until close of business 2 days prior to tour departure:
50% of tour price
Later Cancellations and No Shows -  No refund
 
Currency
  € (Euros) & Credit cards.  No personal checks can be cashed during the tour, so please plan  accordingly
 
Special Notes
 

1)  Don’t forget your camera and plenty of film!
2)  There is much walking involved on this tour! Inside the castles there are
     staircases to navigate. This is unavoidable!
3)  Strollers and backpacks are not allowed inside the castles.
4)  There is an approximately 30 minute walk uphill to Neuschwanstein Castle.
     Coaches are available for those not wanting to walk (cost not included).
5)  Meals may be widely spaced. Bring non-messy snacks for on the bus.
6) 
Subject to change without notice, without changing the character of the tour.

 

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