Four New Day and Short Tours Added (May 6, 2013)
Interest and participatipon in our day and short tours has been enthusiastic. These tours are great for people with time constraints, and for travellers who want to tailor their visits to see the specific things that interest them the most. And there's the huge advantage of being able to relax, knowing that transportation and wayfinding and ticketing all all being looked after for you.
We have now expanded our day and short tour offerings with four new itineraries:
To show how these new tours complement the existing ones and make selection easier we have reorganized the overview Day and Short Tours page
2013 Brochure Now Available (August 27, 2012)
Our 2013 European Castles Tours brochure is a 28-page colour catalogue of our current tours,
with the main tours described on two
European letter-size pages each. The tour descriptions include daily highlights and features sections as well as date and cost information.
This year we have also added sections on our private, short, and day tours.
If you would like a copy of this brochure for yourself or to pass along to someone else, we would be happy to mail you a copy.
You can order our 2013 brochure on our Newsletters and Brochure page.
2013 Tour Dates Posted (May 28, 2012)
The schedule for our 2013 multi-day tours is now posted -- on the Tour Dates page and in the individual tour description pages. Nine multi-day tour itineraries are offered on a total of 13 regularly scheduled departures dates. Many of these are also offered as private tours if our scheduled dates don't work for you. We also offer our Berlin and Royal itineraries as private tours, along with day and short private tours from Munich and Füssen.
A summary of scheduled departure dates for 2012 and 2013 is provided on the Tour Dates page.
"Heavens" Day Tour from Füssen Added (May 17, 2012)
Summit of Mount Zugspitze, Linderhof,
Oberammergau, and Wieskirche (The Church in the Meadow)
Mondays and Fridays, May through October
This new highlights day tour features Bavaria's most spectacular natural scenery and its most exquisite architectural creations.
Ride to the top of Mount Zugspitze, Germany's highest miountain, and see the Alps from above. Tour inside the Palace and the Grotto of King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle. Visit the picturesque village of Oberammergau, with its frescoed buildings and traditional woodcarvers' shops. And marvel at the UNESCO-recognized rococo archirecture and decoration of Wieskirche, the Church in the Meadow.
Full details are provided on the "Heavens" Day Tour from Füssen tour description page.
- New "Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour" Added for 2012, and
- New "Berlin and the East of Germany Tour" Added for 2012 (July 18, 2011)
The 2012 schedule for our multi-day group tours has many more departure
date opportunities to match your schedule
with tour availabilities.
All our 2011 tours are returning for next season. Our most popular tour, Bavarian Castles, will be offered five times.
Our new Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour features the castles, magnificent scenery and wine of the "Three Corners" where Germany, France and Switzerland meet by the Rhine. This tour vists Freiberg, Strasbourg, Colmar, Lucerne, and Mount Pilatus. The Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour is being offered in two versions, a regular tour beginning June 22 and a Christmas version starting November 30.
Details are on the Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour description page.
Our new Berlin and the East of Germany Tour features the elaborate Royal residences in and around Berlin and the stunningly beautiful cities of Leipzig and Dresden in Saxony. It follows Martin Luther’s footsteps in Wittenberg, Wartburg and Erfurt, and visits Weimar, the town of poets and thinkers. This tour will be offered in regular versions beginning May 16 and October17, and in a Christmas version starting December 8.
Details are on the Berlin and the East of Germany Tour description page.
All multi-day group tours are now being offered on a Departure Guaranteed basis. Tours will not be cancelled due to low levels of participation.
The full list of our multi-day group tours is on a handy Multi-Day Tours page.
The complete schedule of tour departures and duractions is on our Dates page.
Website Facelift Doesn't Affect Tours (February 9, 2011)
We've changed the home page of the website, added some directory pages, and streamlined the look of most of our pages. Our home page had become too crowded to navigate easily as we added new tours and services, so we've introduced intermediate "section" pages with links to the pages about our tours, our partners, and ourselves.
The changes to the overall look of pages are designed to make them easier to read, and to make navigation between pages easier. None of this affects our tour offerings. We hope you like the changes.
New "Bavarian Castles Highlights Tour" and 9 New Day Tours from Munich Added (October 20, 2010)
Bavarian Castles Highlights Tour – Sundays to Tuesdays, Year Round
Includes the "must see" highlights of our longer Bavarian tours.
- Visit and tour inside all three of King Ludwig II's magnificent castles – Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and Herrenchiemsee.
- Marvel at the splendour of the UNESCO-designated Wieskirche, the Church in the Meadow.
- Explore beautiful Oberammergau, the Passion Play village.
- Enjoy a walk through the medieval centre of Innsbruck, visiting the Golden Roof, the Cathedral, and the Hofburg Palace.
Departs every Sunday afternoon from Munich, year round. Returns to Munich late Tuesday afternoon.
Full details are provided on the Bavarian Castles Highlights Tour description page.
Day Tours from Munich – 9 Different Private Tours
Treat yourself to a special day with your family and friends! Pick
up and drop off at your hotel or your preferred location in Munich.
All entrance fees, tickets, and transportation included.
9 different itineraries: Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau and Linderhof / Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel / Salzburg / Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden / Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl and Harburg Castle / Zugspitze Summit, Garmish and Ettal / Salt Mine, Berchtesgaden and Konigsee / Innsbruck and Swarovski Crystal World / Legoland.
Full details are provided on the Day Tours from Munich tour description page.
New Tour Added – "Best of Germany and Austria" (June 20, 2010)
This new tour is for those of you who want to see it all but have limited
time. The essence of three tours combined –
River Castles, Bavarian Castles, and Imperial Castles.
Full details are provided on the Best of Germany and Austria tour description page.
Three Nights Venice Extension for Bavarian Castles Tour Now Available (June 8, 2010)
Now you can turn your Bavarian Castles
Tour into an even more magical vacation with an extension to Venice,
described as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man."
Travel across the scenic Alps, visit Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and check into your 4-star hotel on Venice's Lido Island. Ride the bus boats on the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge, tour inside the palace and basilica on St. Mark's Square, go for a gondola ride, and visit the scenic islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Shop if you wish, explore on your own, or relax on Lido Island's beach.
Full details are provided in this Three Nights Venice Extension itinerary.
New "Royal Delights" Private Tour Added (May 7, 2010)
Discover the highlights of southern Bavaria and Austria. Spend
three nights in Munich, one in Salzburg,
and two in Vienna on our new Royal Delights Private Tour.
Visit famous landmarks and castles – King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles, the famous village of Oberammergau, Wieskirche (the Church in the Meadow), Konigsee (one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes), Hitler's Eagle’s Nest, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Queen Maria Theresa's Schonbrunn Palace, the Wachau Valley, and Melk Abbey.
This private tour is now available weekly on a year-round basis, except for prior commitments.
Full Royal Delights Private Tour details > Royal Delights Tour
Booking.com added as new hotels travel partner (February 11, 2010)
We have added online hotel searches and bookings via Booking.com to our travel partner arrangements.
Booking.com is a leader in online hotel reservations in Europe and offers hotels worldwide.
Our Booking.com page contains pre-defined links to locations in Europe most likely to interest our guests.
Our page also offers a custom search form to look for accommodations
The Booking.com search engine recognizes thousands of destinations worldwide.
Comments and Recommendations from Guests on YouTube (September 5, 2009)
The second European Castles Tours video has now been posted on YouTube, featuring comments, experiences and recommendations from guests on the May and June 2009 Bavarian Castles Tours and the July 2009 Kids and Castles Tour.
Depending on the type of anti-virus software you use, there may be a delay of a few seconds in the loading of videos.
If you think the video is helpful, and you have a YouTube account or
would like to set up a free one, give the video a
rating to help spread the word.
This new video supplements the written recommendations of guests on other
tours which are also reported on the
updated References page of this website.
Tour Director Astrid Baur on YouTube (May 29, 2009)
Astrid has posted a short video clip on YouTube introducing herself,
giving some background about herself and her interests,
and talking about how she approaches designing and operating her tours.
Online Travel Bookings via Expedia Added (April 24, 2009)
Through a partnership with Expedia.com we are pleased to offer self-service travel search and booking services.
Email Newsletters Now Available (March 30, 2009)
European Castles Tours is now introducing short email Newsletters
to keep past,
current and potential clients up-to-date on new tour offerings and other changes.
Newsletter subscribers will receive some exclusive offers and
Newsletters will be emailed no more frequently than once a month.
You can sign up on our Newsletters and Brochure page.
We've moved !
New Website and New Castles Tours Name (March 28, 2009)
Astrid Baur's Castles Tours, previously at
www.castlesoftheworld.de, have now completely moved to this new
and this step also marks the completion of the process of changing the operating company name for Astrid Baur's tours
from Castles Of The World Tours to European Castles Tours.
The tours have not changed. (And Astrid has not changed.)
The old site is now closed, and re-directs have been put in place so that persons using old bookmarks are connected these new pages.
This new site delivers pages faster and provides opportunities for adding
more supplemental content. Now that the conversion
process is substantially complete, new features will be coming in the next few weeks.
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