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Bavarian Christmas Wonderland


Rail holiday based in a 5-star hotel in Garmisch

8 days From £2,195 per person

2020 Tour code: BAX21

About the tour

Expect plenty of seasonal Bavarian traditions on our festive Alpine rail break to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with spellbinding castles to visit, great meals to enjoy, an exciting journey on the Zugspitze Railway and a sleigh ride at Christmas.


What’s included


Days 1-3 - London, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck

We meet our Tour Manager at our Departure Office in London St Pancras. From here, we board the Eurostar to Brussels, transferring to Bonn for the night. On Day 2, a rail journey takes us through the Rhine Gorge to Munich before we change trains for Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Standard Class), our base for the next 5 nights. We travel south by rail to Innsbruck (Standard Class), the capital of the Tyrol, on Day 3, where you have free time to explore.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - The Zugspitze Railway

Our journey on the Zugspitze Railway today takes us from Garmisch- Partenkirchen's railway station to Zugspitzplatt. From here our journey continues by cable car (subject to weather conditions) high above the forests to the summit of Zugspitze. At 9,718 feet, it is the highest point in Germany, and from here we can admire the stunning panoramic views over Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. This evening, we enjoy a Christmas Eve gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Zugspitze Railway
Day 5 - Horse-drawn carriage ride on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, we take a horse-drawn carriage ride through wintry Garmisch, followed by a cup of warming mulled wine and delicious Bavarian pastries. We end our celebrations with a traditional Bavarian Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride
Christmas Baulbles
Days 6-8 - Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and London

Today's excursion takes us close to the Austrian border, as we travel by coach to Hohenschwangau Castle, the childhood home of King Ludwig. We learn about its history on a guided tour, before continuing to spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle. On Day 7, we depart Garmisch by rail to Munich (Standard Class), and continue to Cologne. On Day 8, we leave Cologne by First Class rail to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar back to London. 

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Hohenschwangau Castle

Additional information

Please note

One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Reindl's Partenkirchner Hof Hotel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Reindl's Partenkirchner Hof Hotel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Zugspitze Railway

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Rail holiday based in a 5-star hotel in Garmisch


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