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Relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside

9 days From £2,095 per person
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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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - Würzburg, the Romantic Road and Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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

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.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Würzburg
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Neuschwanstein Castle
Days 5-6 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze

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.

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.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Zugspitze Railway
Days 7-9 - The Church of Wies, Linderhof, Cologne and London

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.

Leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Day 8, we travel via Munich to Cologne, where we spend the night. On Day 9 we travel to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Linderhof Palace

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

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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Trains

Eurostar
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InterCity
Thalys
Zugspitze Railway

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92% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted 03/10/2018

It was a great experience

Anonymous

Submitted 11/07/2018

Overall a great holiday but the visits to the fairytale castles were disappointing- rushed through in 30 minutes and very crowded. Hotels satisfactory but the food at the Garmish venue was rather too little in the evenings. Breakfasts excellent.

Mr R Lennon

Submitted 11/07/2018

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

Anonymous

Submitted 05/07/2018

all the timetables were well integrated, the tour guide was excellent, and the trips out were interesting and well planed.

Anonymous

Submitted 27/06/2018

The holiday overall was great not to busy time to enjoy the experience.

Mr B Roberts

Submitted 04/10/2017

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

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