Your 14-hour Bavarian tour begins with morning pickup in central Frankfurt. Meet your guide, board and set off into the Spessart Mountains and onto the Romantic Road. Listen to live commentary as you journey the 161 miles (260 km) to the charming village of Füssen, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of forested hills and the perched Neuschwanstein Castle, the model for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
Take a full tour of this treasured fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II, who died before the construction was complete. Make your own way to the palace atop a verdant hill and bypass the queue with your skip-the-line ticket. Once inside, behold the unique medieval-style architecture with distinctly modern technologies such as hot air central heating and flushable toilets. You’ll quickly see how this beautiful space was intended as an oasis for the king during his turbulent reign.
Explore the extravagant space that demonstrates the essence of King Ludwig’s character. Wander through his lush and elegant living quarters, adorned in historic paintings, mosaics and decorative accents typical of 19th-century design. Then head to the great kitchen to see where food was prepared on a grand scale, and to admire the cutting-edge technologies that were implemented to the design. Afterward, head outside and walk through the exquisite castle grounds, pop into the souvenir shop, or find the perfect vista point for pictures of the stunning Bavarian Alps.
In the afternoon, hop back in the vehicle and enjoy a complimentary lunchbox on the return trip to Frankfurt. Your full-day excursion concludes back at your departure point in the evening.