Bavaria has a lot to offer, with a vast list of attractions that are as diverse as its stunning scenery. This tour takes in some of the best of the area’s must-see places - the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale hideaway of King Ludwig II; Munich, renowned for beer, bratwurst and world-class buildings that hold amazing treasures; and a journey high into the Wetterstein Mountains by train, for glorious views over the Eastern Alps. The true highlight of this tour though is The Passion Play, the 42nd production of Oberammergau’s outstanding decennial play that portrays the suffering, death and Resurrection of Christ with great impact.
6 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a flight with a leading airline to Innsbruck. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in the Tyrol area of Austria. After a welcome drink, we enjoy dinner this evening.
Day 2 Füssen and Neuschwanstein Castle
At the southern end of the Romantic Road, the popular route which connects a chain of stunning medieval locations, sits the pretty and historically befitting Bavarian town of Füssen. On the former site of a Roman camp sits the Hohen Schloss, a magnificent Gothic defensive castle that was the summer residence of the Augsburg Archbishops from the 15th to the 18th century; however its appeal is eclipsed by nearby Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairytale castle was built in the 19th century by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II, whose love for Wagner’s operas influenced both its name (New Swan Castle) and its décor. It is considered the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, and also featured in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The king’s hideaway has had some more sinister uses too, which you may discover today on our tour.
Day 3 Munich
Munich is probably best known as the location of the famous Oktoberfest, however there is more to this vibrant city than beer and we take a guided tour to discover highlights including the grand former royal palace of the Bavarian Monarchs, the beautiful Gothic Old Town Hall and its exceedingly ornate replacement, plus the vast Church of Our Lady with impressive domed twin towers rising a hundred metres into the sky.
Day 4 Tyrol
Enjoy a day at leisure in your beautiful surroundings, where the crisp, clean air provides the perfect environment for exploring and views of mountainous peaks meet you at every corner.
Day 5 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Zugspitze Railway - Ammergau Alps
After breakfast we leave our hotel for Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where we board the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway, one of four cog railways still working in Germany and the third highest in Europe, culminating near the summit of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Our journey takes in gentle views of fertile farmland and pretty meadows, before the train climbs into increasingly dramatic scenery of Hell Valley and spiky mountain peaks. Following some free time to explore and enjoy the incredible views from 2,650m above sea level, we continue on to the Ammergau Alps region, where we stay for the next two nights. We take dinner in a local restaurant this evening.
Day 6 Oberammergau
The Karwendel mountain range offers a dramatic background to a town of beautifully painted buildings, often exhibiting a religious scene on their façades. We wander through the old streets to Oberammergau Museum, where we can discover the history of the town and its highly esteemed wood carving traditions. After lunch we take our seats in the custom-built theatre to watch The Passion Play, performed in two halves with a three-hour break for dinner. Over a third of the town’s population are directly involved in the performance, dedicating nearly a year of their lives to prepare and perform this spectacular event.
Day 7 Ammergau Alps - Munich - London
We transfer to Munich Airport for a leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.