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Fairytale Castles & Bavarian Alps

(Tour code: BAS6)10-Day holiday with a 5-star hotel and great excursions

Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of our fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich, and take a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

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Tour Highlights
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Zugspitze Railway
  • Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Oberammergau
  • Linderhof Palace
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Munich
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1

London to Cologne in First Class

We meet at our dedicated departure office in St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, travelling in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks. On arrival in the Belgian capital we change trains, continuing by highspeed train to Cologne where we overnight.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

On to Garmisch

This morning we continue our journey in First Class to Munich along the Rhine Gorge. This spectacular journey takes us past extensive vineyards and brooding hilltop castles. In Munich we change for the onward journey through southern Bavaria to Garmisch- Partenkirchen (Standard Class), set in an idyllic location amongst the rugged mountains of the Bavarian Alps. We spend seven nights in Garmisch at the welcoming Reindl's Partenkirchener Hof Hotel, situated in the heart of the town. We enjoy dinner together this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3

A day at leisure in Garmisch

Your day is at leisure, giving you the opportunity to explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen at your own pace. The town has some fine Baroque churches and historic houses decorated with traditional frescoes, as well as an excellent selection of shops and boutiques. You may wish to simply relax in the hotel and make use of its leisure facilities, or perhaps take advantage of one of the many well-marked walking trails into the Bavarian countryside.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 4


Today we travel by Standard Class train to visit Munich. As the capital of Bavaria, the city has a wonderful collection of museums, art galleries and architectural treasures - along with a fantastic selection of excellent shops and restaurants. We enjoy a guided tour to introduce the sights of the city, before enjoying time to explore at leisure. Be sure to visit Marienplatz, the city's historic centre and still its vibrant hub today. Here you can see the impressive neo-Gothic Town Hall, or you could take the lift up one of the copperdomed towers of Munich's imposing cathedral, the Frauenkirche, for great views over the city. Don't miss the Hofbräuhaus for a typical Bavarian meal accompanied by the local brew. Perhaps you'd like to visit Munich's Englischer Garten or English Garden. Set in the centre of the city this expansive green space of 1.4 square miles is a social hub, popular meeting place for the locals and a fantastic area for travellers to shelter from the bustle of busy Munich. The Kleinhesselohler See is a lake within the garden and offers an enchanting spot to visit and take lunch. Alternatively you could visit Munich's BMW Museum. A popular attraction, this museum houses a collection of classic BMWs. The exterior architecture, clad in chrome, makes for a striking sight.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Munich
Zugspitze Railway
Day 5

The Zugspitze

Today we enjoy one of the region's most popular rail journeys, as we take an excursion on the Zugspitze Railway, reaching the summit of Zugspitze - which at 9,718 ft (2,962 m) is the highest mountain in Germany. Our train departs from the town centre and climbs along the mountain base, passing the Eibsee Lake on its way to the Zugspitzplatt, situated by the impressive Schneeferner glacier - Germany's largest. From here our journey continues by cable car (weather permitting) high above the dense forests to the very summit of Zugspitze. The rocky peak offers breathtaking panoramic views over Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Journey on Zugspitze Railway
Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 6


Today's full-day excursion is arguably the highlight of our tour, as we visit two of Europe's most beautiful castles. We begin with a visit to King Ludwig's marvellous childhood home of Hohenschwangau, where we learn about the fascinating history of the two structures. Hohenschwangau was built on the site of the 12th century Schwanstein Fortress, having been lovingly reconstructed by Ludwig's father in the 1830s. From here Ludwig planned his own larger, more impressive castle, just a stone's throw away: Neuschwanstein. We continue to this spectacular building, bristling with turrets and parapets, for a guided tour. Neuschwanstein was equipped with many modern conveniences, but incredibly was only occupied for 170 days before Ludwig was deposed. We take in the opulence of this awe-inspiring palace - one of Germany's most popular attractions - with its sumptuous wood carvings, beautiful chandeliers and lavish paintings which adorn the majestic rooms.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Hohenschwangau Castle
Day 7

A day at leisure

Today is another chance for you to explore at your own pace. Why not take the opportunity to travel by train into the Austrian Tyrol to the historic city of Innsbruck, the beautiful region's capital. The magnificently preserved Old Town still reflects the city's historic and cultural past with its wonderful Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and maze of quaint cobbled streets. Make sure you see the Golden Roof, built for Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box from where he could observe the tournaments below, and including nearly 3,000 gold-plated copper tiles. Close by is Maximilian's Imperial Palace and the 15th century City Tower. Another popular option is the Hungerburgbahn Funicular Railway, which runs from Innsbruck's centre to the Hungerburg plateau - affording brilliant views over the city, the sweeping Inn Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Linderhof Palace
Day 8

Oberammergau and Linderhof

This morning we visit Oberammergau for a guided tour through its pretty streets with elaborately decorated homes featuring historic and fairytale paintings. The town is internationally famous for its celebrated Passion Play, which stars the town's residents and is held once every ten years, most recently in 2010. In the afternoon, we visit Linderhof, the smallest palace commissioned by Ludwig II. The whole complex incorporates a range of architectural influences and here we explore the striking Hall of Mirrors which was supposedly used by the king as a type of living room, he was known to spend a lot of his time sat here reading solemnly, candles would burn through the night and create a unique atmosphere because of the myriad of reflections generated in the room. The ornate bedchamber of the King, the Moorish building and the castle's extensive parkland.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Oberammergau excursion
  • Linderhof tour
Day 9

Back to Cologne

We leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Standard Class rail for Munich and then Munich to Cologne in First Class on the high-speed rail service. Our last night is spent in a central hotel, close to the station, the Rhine and the city's UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

The journey home in First Class

Today we travel by high speed train to Brussels where we connect with the Eurostar service to London. A complimentary light meal and drinks are served before our arrival into St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal


Julie Longfield
Phil Conde
James Eaton
Kathryn Cambridge

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