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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps

4.4 stars(8 reviews)
Small Group

Relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside

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9 days From £2,195 per person

2021 Tour code: BAS21

About the tour

Whimsical palaces and castles set the theme of 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.


What’s included


Day 1 - Würzburg

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

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Romantic Road

On Day 2 we journey along the famous Romantic Road, a picturesque road filled 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 local culture, heritage, and medieval music, followed by time to look around the town.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Würzburg

On Day 3, 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. Later, we travel by rail to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, set amongst the rugged Bavarian Alps, and our hotel for 5 nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

Today we visit two of Europe's most stunning castles. We begin at King Ludwig's childhood home, Hohenschwangau. Set on a verdant hill, this yellow fortress is covered in towers and turrets. We continue to Neuschwanstein for a guided tour. The castle is known worldwide for its beauty, and was famously the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. We have time to take in the opulence of its wood carvings, beautiful chandeliers, and lavish paintings. On our return to our hotel, we stop off at a local brewery for a taste of Bavaria, as we're taken on a guided tour of the facility before a tasting of the excellent local beer.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Today, you have a free day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The town has some fine Baroque churches and historic houses decorated with traditional frescoes. You could indulge in some local cuisine, such as Spaetzle, a Bavarian comfort food similar to mac and cheese.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Zugspitze

On Day 6, we journey on the Zugspitze Railway, reaching the summit of Zugspitze - the highest mountain in Germany. Our train passes Eibsee Lake and 'Hell Valley', where a narrow gorge gives way to steep valley walls. We journey to Zugspitzplatt and continue by cable car to the summit of Zugspitze. The rocky peak offers panoramic views over Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. We pause to admire the natural beauty of Eibsee Lake on our descent, before returning to our hotel.

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

This morning we visit the mysterious Church of Weis, found nestled among the deep forests of Bavaria. Its magnificent halls are classic examples of Bavarian Rococo architecture, featuring ornate stonework, vibrant and luxurious colours, and golden furnishings. In the afternoon, we visit Linderhof, the smallest palace commissioned by Ludwig II, where we explore the interior, seeing the striking Hall of Mirrors.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Day 8 - Cologne

Leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Day 8, we travel via Munich to Cologne, where we spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - London

On Day 9 we travel to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

  • 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

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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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Dorint Hotel, Wurzburg

Dorint Hotel, Wurzburg

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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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