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Relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside

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20212022
9 days From £2,195 per person

2022 Tour code: BAS22

About the tour

Whimsical palaces and castles set the theme for this holiday. We stay in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, perfect for excursions along the Romantic Road, visit the mysterious Church of Weis and enjoy a rail journey up the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Würzburg

We meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Würzburg for two nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – The Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

We journey along the famous Romantic Road, a picturesque route lined with fairytale scenery of half-timbered villages, soaring forests and enchanting castles. We travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where a guided tour immerses us in the local culture and heritage; this is a destination which still celebrates its storied past, in particular, medieval music. This is followed by a private visit to the town's magical Christmas Museum. Celebrating all things festive, a guide explains the history of the different decorations, as well as giving us time to look around the gift shop.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 – Würzburg and Füssen

We discover Würzburg on a walking tour, exploring the wealth of beauty the city has to offer in its cobbled streets and grand Baroque architecture. We see the ostentations Residence Palace, the Cathedral of St Kilian as well as enjoying spectacular riverside views of Fortress Marienberg. Later, we travel by rail to Füssen for five nights, set amongst the rugged Bavarian Alps. Perched on the banks of the Lech River, Füssen offers a snapshot of traditional German life, with its pretty squares and its cobbled streets.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

We visit two of Europe's most stunning castles, beginning at King Ludwig's childhood home, Hohenschwangau. Set on a verdant hill, this honey-coloured fortress is covered in towers and turrets. We continue to Neuschwanstein for a guided tour. This castle is known worldwide for its extravagance, and was famously the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. We enjoy time to wander the different state rooms and galleries, taking in the opulence of the wood carvings, beautiful chandeliers and lavish paintings. On the way back to Füssen, we stop off at a local brauhaus and brewery for a guided tour of the facility and a tasting of the excellent beer. Staying on site for dinner, we're treated to a spread of Bavarian specialties, served with locally-brewed beer and overlooking the gorgeous scenery of the Bavarian Alps.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Füssen

Your day is free in Füssen to explore this picture-book destination home to colourful houses, medieval walls and historic churches. It's also home to an impressive Gothic castle, Hohes Schloss, which houses a wonderful regional art museum, or you could make a visit to the Museum of St Mang's Abbey, detailing the history of the town's historic violin and lute-making heritage. You could also unwind at one of the popular pavement cafés for a slice of authentic Bavarian life alongside a helping of Prinzregententorte or Semmelschmarrn.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 – Zugspitze Mountain Railway

We journey on the Zugspitze Mountain Railway to the summit of Zugspitze - the highest peak in Germany. Running through gentle countryside of flat, fertile farmland and glorious meadows, we continue past a scattering of small villages before the line begins its ascent, using a rack-and-pinion system to negotiate the steep gradient. Once we reach the base of the mountain, the scenery becomes ever-more dramatic, with the spiky, snow-covered crags towering over the dense patches of woodland below. After pausing at Eibsee, our journey continues into the mountains, using a series of wide curves to gain height as we pass Eibsee Lake and 'Hell Valley', where a narrow gorge gives way to steep valley walls. We arrive at Zugspitzplatt and continue by cable car to the summit for panoramic views over Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – The Church of Wies and Linderhof

The mysterious Church of Wies is our destination this morning. Found nestled among the deep forests of Bavaria, its magnificent halls are classic examples of Bavarian Rococo architecture and feature ornate stonework and golden furnishings. Later, we visit Linderhof, the smallest palace commissioned by Ludwig II. Adorned with gold, the king's bed chamber is a masterpiece itself, draped with luxurious cloth and extravagant carvings. We also see the striking Hall of Mirrors, the 'Moorish Kiosk' - bedecked with a glass chandelier, marble fountain and peacock throne - and the castle's extensive parkland, home to the Grotto of Venus, which was built for the king as an illustration of the First Act of Wagner's "Tannhäuser".

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 – Cologne

We return to Cologne on the train for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – London

Checking out of our hotel, we transfer to the station for our journey to Brussels. Here, we connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Please Note

Please note: One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any holiday you book is right for you.

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.

Hotels

Hotel Schlosskrone

Hotel Schlosskrone, Füssen

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Maritim Hotel, Würzburg

Maritim Hotel, Würzburg

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Hotel Sonne, Füssen

Hotel Sonne, Füssen

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Trains

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Thalys
Zugspitze Railway

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 8 reviews

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Mr R Lennon

4 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2018

It would have been 5 stars if the hotel meals had been better with more choice and larger portions.

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Mr B Roberts

4 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

The arrangements, content, and management of the holiday were all excellent,

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Prof D Drennan

4 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2017

Courier/guide was excellent, the castles were often spectacular, but humping cases on and off trains, and over steps up and down in stations was no fun at all.

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Mrs F Haley

3 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2017

I felt there were too many people on the tour which then meant we had to hang around for long periods after we had done the tours for loo and eating stops when more of interest could have been achieved if the group had been smaller.

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Mr M Glendinning

5 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2017

My first experience with GRJ I really enjoyed the whole holiday, although I was disappointed in reference to the hotel accommodation in Garmisch. My room was inferior to those other single travellers although I paid the same amount for the holiday and would therefore expect the same standard of accommodation and the stay in Kolon on our return journey the hotel unfortunately was not geared up for 3 GRJ groups at the same time, there was insufficient food available at the evening dinner.

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Mr P Hamshare

5 stars

Submitted 28 Jun 2017

The hotel was excellent, the trips were interesting and ran on time, the weather was excellent (except once) and we just loved every minute!

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