A combined bus and boat tour, Left and Right of the Danube On the Paths of Emperors and Kings, is available from April to October from Knaufs Reisen, Bahnhofstrasse 6, D- 15344 Strausberg, phone and fax 03341-422124. The eight-day program (dates on request) starts at Kehlheim and includes stops at Passau, Regensburg, Vienna, the Wachau and Budapest. The package costs from 898 DM ($619) per person, including seven nights accommodations, half-board, cruise, city tours and guide services. Other packages are also available.
Deals in Schleswig-Holstein
Special spring packages are available at 210 hotels, inns and guest houses in the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein April 19-May 19. One night including breakfast costs from 40 to 100 DM ($28 to $69) per person. Special meals are listed on the menus of 500 pubs and restaurants and the Schleswig-Holstein Tourist Card lets guests take advantage of various leisure activities. The brochure Gastlichkeit zum Schnupperpreis is available from DEHOGA, Hamburger Chaussee 349, D-24113 Kiel, phone 0431/658629, fax 651868.
Swiss Hostel-Transport Combo
"Switzerland's go as you please" offers packages that combine youth hostel accommodations with transportation passes. There is no age restriction. Accommodations are in multi-bed rooms in any of approximately 70 youth hostels throughout Switzerland. Breakfast is included.
Also included is a Swiss Pass for unlimited travel on all Swiss public transportation and a travel kit containing maps and other information.
For four nights accommodations and a four-day transportation pass, the price is $289; eight nights accommodation and an eight-day-pass is $429; 15 days accommodations and a 15-day transportation pass is $616.
Contact Jugi Tours, Schaffhauserstrasse, 14, Postfach, CH-8042, Zürich, telephone 011-411 360-1400, fax O11-411-360-1444.
Hermitage Exhibit in Karlsruhe
An exhibit from St. Petersburg's Hermitage entitled The Good Life is at the Prinz Max Palais in Karlsruhe April 13-July 14. In conjunction with the exhibit, the local tourist office offers weekend packages from 105 DM ($72) per person. In addition to bed and breakfast, it includes entry to the exhibition and a voucher booklet good for numerous discounts. Contact: Verkehrsverein, Bahnhofplatz 6, D-76137 Karlsruhe, phone 0721/35530, fax 0721/355343.
Homestays in Europe
A Colorado-based company books short-term stays in English-speaking homes in several European countries, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Prices for the "Budget Bed & Breakfast Homestay" begin at $49 per night single and $76 per night double, based on a minimum three-night stay. The "Full-Service Homestay," which includes a private room, daily breakfast and dinner, guides and interpreter services, costs $99 per night single and $179 per night double, based on a three-night minimum. Other services are also available. Contact International Homestays, Post Office Box 1754, Nederland, CO 80466, phone 800-876-2048, (303-642-3088 in Canada), fax 303-642-3365
The spa town of Bayersoien am See about 20 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, on the road to Schongau offers off-season, three-week apartment stays for two persons for from 840 DM ($579). Contact: Kur-und Touristikinformation, Dorfstrasse 45, D-82435 Bayersoien am See, phone 08845/1890, fax 08845/9000.