About the tour: Bavarian Castles Winter Wonderland & the Swiss Glacier Express

Join us for an enchanting experience on this fully escorted, winter wonderland tour. From impressive castles to breathtaking views on a train ride through the mountains, we’ve got everything you need for that perfect fairy tale experience. On this truly magical tour, we offer you the chance to visit the village of Hohenschwangau, to see King Ludwig II’s magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle. From our base in Austria, we also take you on a trip of a lifetime as you board the famous Swiss Glacier Express. Travel through the spectacular scenery from Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland to the famous ski resort of Andermatt. All this added together with a visit to St. Anton and the chance to partake in a horse and carriage ride makes this the perfect tour for anyone wanting their own fairy tale holiday.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Travel from a regional joining point
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

7 days from $1677 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 020 171 ), 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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Tour Itinerary

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 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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Please note: On the 7th November 2019 departure, due to the Swiss Glacier Express being non-operational, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip onboard the Arosa Bahn. Please see Arosa Bahn itinerary for more information.

For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

After breakfast, settle back in your seat for the journey south into Austria. We continue into the Vorarlberg region of Austria, arriving in the medieval town of Feldkirch this evening, where we stay for the next four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join us today on our superb included excursion to Germany and to the Bavarian town of Füssen. En route, we pause at the village of Hohenschwangau, home to the spectacular Hohenschwangau Castle and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

King Maximilian, the father of King Ludwig II, acquired Hohenschwangau castle as a ruin in 1832. He rebuilt it according to the original plans and after completion, the castle was used as the summer and hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. Neushwanstein Castle is the famous fairy tale castle built by Mad King Ludwig and is one of Germany’s most popular images. It was the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Palace and also seen in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

There will be time at leisure in Hohenschwangau village where you can photograph Neuschwanstein Castle (weather permitting). You can choose to remain in Hohenschwangau and enjoy a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle (entrance at extra cost), or join our visit to nearby Füssen, a charming town located on the edge of the Alps and also the highest in Bavaria. There will be free time to explore before we collect anyone who stayed to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, then return to our hotel later this afternoon.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Füssen
Fussen

Included Highlights

  • Hohenschwangau
  • Füssen

We depart our hotel after breakfast on our included excursion and travel to Chur, the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. With over 5,000 years of history, Chur rightfully claims to be the oldest city in Switzerland. Here we board the world famous Swiss Glacier Express.

Beginning at the lowest point of the route, we will travel through the dramatic landscape of the Rhine gorge, often referred to as the 'Swiss Grand Canyon', from where the Rhine river has carved deep into the white rocks. We will then began to climb upwards to the spectacular Oberalp Pass, reaching a height of 2034 m before arriving in the charming ski resort of Andermatt.

Please note: on some departures, this excursion will run in the opposite direction: we will travel by coach to Andermatt and enjoy a ride on the Swiss Glacier Express to Chur.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Swiss Glacier Express
Glacier Express

Included Highlights

  • Chur
  • Swiss Glacier Express

Today's included excursion takes us firstly to the picturesque village of Lech, where you can join our optional horse and carriage ride. Lasting for approximately 30 minutes, sit back and relax as the expert horsemen lead you through the beautiful Alpine scenery.

We then continue to the town of St. Anton, situated on the Arlberg massif and surrounded by Alpine peaks and wooded hills. St. Anton is famous as a winter resort on account of its outstanding natural scenery. There will be free time for you to explore all the town has to offer.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lech
Lech

Included Highlights

  • St. Anton
  • Lech

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2019 2020
  • Horse & Carriage Ride
$92 $97
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

We leave Austria and head north, arriving in Belgium this evening for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

After breakfast, settle back in your seat for the journey south into Austria. We continue into the Vorarlberg region of Austria and to the medieval town of Feldkirch where we stay for the next four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join us today on our superb included excursion to Germany and to the Bavarian town of Füssen. En route, we pause at the village of Hohenschwangau, home to the spectacular Hohenschwangau Castle and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

King Maximilian, the father of King Ludwig II, acquired Hohenschwangau castle as a ruin in 1832. He rebuilt it according to the original plans and after completion, the castle was used as the summer and hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. Neushwanstein Castle is the famous fairy tale castle built by Mad King Ludwig and is one of Germany’s most popular images. It was the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Palace and also seen in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

There will be time at leisure in Hohenschwangau village where you can photograph Neuschwanstein Castle (weather permitting) or perhaps enjoy a tour of the castle (entrance at extra cost).

We continue to nearby Füssen, a charming town located on the edge of the Alps and also the highest in Bavaria. There will be free time to explore before we return to our hotel later this afternoon.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Füssen
Fussen

Included Highlights

  • Hohenschwangau
  • Füssen

Today we take a trip aboard the fantastic Arosa Bahn. We depart our hotel after breakfast and travel to Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. In Chur we board the fabulous Arosa train and enjoy the scenery as we trundle by the town wall, the Maltese tower and the Obertor gate. The train then leaves the town behind and begins to climb up into the mountains crossing the elegant Langwieser Viaduct. We arrive in the charming resort of Arosa where there will be free time to take in the fabulous views and fresh mountain air.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Arosa Bahn
Arosa Bahn

Included Highlights

  • Chur
  • Arosa Bahn

Today's included excursion takes us firstly to the picturesque village of Lech, where you can join our optional horse and carriage ride. Lasting for approximately 45 minutes, sit back and relax as the expert horsemen lead you through the beautiful Alpine scenery.

We then continue to the town of St. Anton, situated on the Arlberg massif and surrounded by Alpine peaks and wooded hills. St. Anton is famous as a winter resort on account of its outstanding natural scenery. There will be free time for you to explore all the town has to offer.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lech
Lech

Included Highlights

  • St. Anton
  • Lech

Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
2019 2020
  • Horse & Carriage Ride
$92 $97
The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

We leave Austria and head north to Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Bavarian Castles Winter Wonderland & the Swiss Glacier Express 7 days from $1,677pp

Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
1300 020 171

Accommodation

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 1300 020 171.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 020 171.
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.

You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Weisses Kreuz Hotel in Feldkirch.

Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

Novotel Wavre Brussels East

45 rue de la Wastinne, B-1301 Wavre,

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

Weisses Kreuz

Konigshofstrasse 2, A-6800 Feldkirch,

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

Best Western Wavre

Avenue Lavoisier 12, 1300 Wavre (Brussels),

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Park Inn By Radisson Leuven

Martelarenlaan 36, BE-3010 – Leuven,

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

Tour Changes

  • Thursday 7th November 2019 Departure

    Tour Code: 7ABCX - Please note: On the 7th November 2019 departure, due to the Swiss Glacier Express being non-operational, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip onboard the Arosa Bahn. Please see Arosa Bahn itinerary for more information.

Travel Options

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 $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (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 $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days 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 $1.80 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 passengers 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 1300 020 171 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.

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, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning.
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. If joining in the UK, 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.

When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

Silver Service, refreshments

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Luxuria - Charging sockets

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria Seating Plan