Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Great Rail Journeys Fairytale Castles & Bavarian Alps
One of most iconic Passion Plays in the world, performed over one summer every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a magnificent sight to behold. Take in this fantastic spectacle along with the fairytale beauty of Bavaria, with its mysterious castles and forbidden forests.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
9 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Cologne, 7 nights at the 4-Star Reindl's Partenkirchner Hof Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and 1 inbound overnight stay in Cologne
Delicious meals included
16 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners including a farewell dinner in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Zugspitze Railway
- Hohenschwangau Castle & Neuschwanstein Castle
- Linderhof Palace
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 high-speed rail to Cologne or Stuttgart, where we overnight.
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.
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.
Day 4: Munich
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.
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 as well as 'Hell Valley', named so thanks to it's narrow gorge that gives way to steep valley walls, on its way to the Zugspitzplatt, situated by the impressive Schneeferner glacier.
Day 6-7: Neuschwanstein
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. Situated on a verdant and tree covered hill, this yellow fortress is covered in towers and turrets that lend an air of the fanciful to the entire building.
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. The Passion Play has now become an internationally recognised event, and is heavily attended by Christians from all around the world.
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.
Day 10: The journey home in First Class
Today we travel to Brussels where we connect with the Eurostar service to London and home.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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