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June 7, 2001

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Tour Announcements:
Great Castles Tour June 15 2001 Departure

Travel Tips:
Upgrade to First Class

Feature Story:
Fantasy Castles Tour

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TOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Great Castles Tour June 15 2001 Departure
We are very excited and looking forward to our next tour, which will depart on June 15, 2001.  We have a total 35 passengers.  The age range goes from teenagers to senior citizens.  Geographically they come from all over the USA and England.  We have three couples who are on their honeymoon, two families and several people travel alone.  One of our passengers is a very special guest.  She is traveling thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation, which has granted her wish to see castles.

TRAVEL TIP:  Upgrade to First Class
In order to get an upgrade to first class you need to be presentable. In other words dress slacks for men and a button down shirt. Women should dress in nice casual or business attire.

FEATURE STORY: Fantasy Castles Tour 

Anyone taking the fantasy castles tour – even the most experienced travelers –`is bound to notice something different. Instead of normal tourist sites, the tour visits the castles that have inspired some of our most famous writers, story makers, playwrights and even opera composers. You can feel the walls of the castles by the paintings of those immortalized there. You can sense the creativity in the air, a buzz as your childhood dreams become true. All the history and romance remain intact, yet you will feel a part of these stories.

Undoubtedly, the best symbols of this tour are the castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. They are included as some of the most popular sights in all of Germany. Neuschwanstein castle near Fussen, kept in the style of a Knight’s Castle of the middle Ages, inspired Walt Disney to build his castles. Linderhof Castle, near Oberammergau, is built after a pleasure seat of the Rococo. Herrenchiemsee is modeled after Versailles and erected on an island in the middle of the Lake Chiemsee. Nymphenburg palace is the largest palace in Europe and the childhood home of Kind Ludwig II.

The castle of Salzburg and the palace of Hellbrunn mesmerize visitors by their unique attractions. The castle of Salzburg is a step back into time, a time where the Archbishop of Salzburg was all-powerful. Walking through the secret passageways fires up the imagination, in a way that no book can describe. In the spacious grounds of the Palace of Hellbrunn is a Wasserspiele (trick fountains) section containing many ingenious trick fountains and water-powered figures. It contains a mechanical theater, which is one of the most beautiful and unique examples of mannerist architecture throughout Europe.

The Czech Republic has a unique dimension of fantastic castles. The history behind these castles is breathtaking. Take for example, Konipiste Castle, it goes back to the 12th century. It received an attractive and neo-Gothic face-lift at the end of the 19th century by its last and best-known owner, Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este, successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination on June 28, 1914 set off World War I. Hloboka castle, not only has its own fascinating history, but also has the most beautiful interiors of any castle. Karlstejn castle, built in 1348, was designed as treasury for the imperial crown jewels. Hradcany or Prague castle is the most extensive castle in Europe; it has been feature in many motion pictures such as Amadeus.

Cesky Krumlov is one of Europe’s most handsome towns, with a well-preserved historical center that was added in 1992 to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Its castle is the second largest in the Czech republic. It looks stunning at night when the hilltop castle is flooded with light and the old town’s cobbled streets are shrouded in shadow. Since we will staying overnight at the town, there is not better way to enjoy all of this.

Tour information:
Departure date: May 24, 2002
Duration: 10 Days
Cost: $1,790 USD Land only
The tour starts and ends in Munich, Germany.

Those passengers that pay their deposit before Labor day 2001 (September 3, 2001) will receive a discount of $100 on the total cost of the tour. Those that register before Thanksgiving 2001 (November 22, 2001) will receive a discount of $50.

The Fantasy Castles Tour includes:
3 Countries:  Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic
10 Castles:  Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, Hellbrunn, Hohensalzburg, Hloboka, Konopiste, Hradcany (Prague castle) Karlstejn and Nymphenburg
First Class Hotels
One night stay at a medieval town:  Cesky Krumlov
Visit to many famous sites in addition to the castles
Dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich including a German folkloric show
5 three course dinners
8 Buffet breakfasts
Full time tour guide and local guides
Motor coach transportation including a restroom
Airport hotel transfers
All taxes

NEWS: Castle Hotels Directory

We have done a total redesign of our castle hotels directory.  It now has a search engine that allows visitors to search any hotel in our database.  There are over 100 castle hotels in the database.  They range from almost every country in Europe to the USA. 


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