LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
Fairy-tale towns and unforgettable scenery
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Wander the cobbled streets of Germany's famed 'Student Prince' city, discover the breathtakingly beautiful town of Bamberg, follow the 'Romantic Road' to Rothenburg and Nordlingen, and step inside two of the astonishing Bavarian homes of 'Mad' King Ludwig as we take a tour through the villages, green pastures and towering peaks of scenic southern Germany.
Fly to Stuttgart or Frankfurt, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer by coach to the wine-growing Tauber Valley village of Markelsheim and your welcoming base for the first three nights. Settle in to your surroundings, perhaps take a stroll into town, and enjoy dinner, perhaps in the hotel's pretty, traditional restaurant, or a nearby weinstube.
On the banks of the river Neckar, 'Student Prince' city Heidelberg, beneath the ruins of its Renaissance castle, has been a centre of learning and culture - and an inspiration to operetta writers - since the Middle Ages, and really is one of Germany's 'must-see' locations. Discover the city's fascinating history and Baroque architecture on an included walking tour, then stroll its pretty streets, take the funicular to the castle, or perhaps sit back and relax on an optional river cruise.
Today sees you visit one of the most sparkling jewels on the fabled Romantic Road, beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed Bamberg, set on the River Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal, and towered over by a four-spired cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the 'island town' between the waterways, and the hilly Bergstadt on the river's west bank, and see one of Germany's most-photographed buildings, the half-timbered Altes Rathaus, on its own islet. Throughout this fairy-tale, Baroque version of Venice, there are countless sights to savour and enjoy. Explore at your own pace, and perhaps enjoy a glass of the city's famous smoked ale (Rauchbier) in a welcoming brewery house, before returning to Markelsheim.
Board the coach to take the fabled 'Romantic Road' south into the heart of Bavaria, stopping en route at impossibly beautiful Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, where half-timbered buildings, clustered together on cobbled streets and squares, protected by stout walls, seem straight out of a fairy-tale. A guided walking tour introduces this 1,000-year old jewel, before you journey on to even-more-stunning Nordlingen, where the intact medieval walls encircle the lanes and alleys of a town crowned by Gothic St George's Church. Continue south past Munich and on to famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a twin, flower-decked holiday paradise beneath the towering Zugspitze, and your base for three nights.
Today's unforgettable included excursion first takes in the turrets and towers of 'Mad' King Ludwig's famous castle at Neuschwanstein, as fantastical inside as out, with Gothic bedrooms and decorations inspired by Wagnerian opera. Don't miss strolling across the Marienbrucke (a moderate walk through the forest on marked trails) for the classic view of this Disney-esque fantasy. You'll also visit 'Passion Play' village Oberammergau, where the theatre can be visited (entrance payable locally) and there's also the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to take the historic mountain railway to the summit of the Laber, for some truly spectacular views.
Enjoy a morning visit to Ludwig's palace at Linderhof, its surprisingly restrained exterior surrounded by majestic formal gardens dotted with fountains and follies, and its astonishing interior crowned by the gold-leaf fantasy of the king's master bedroom. Return to Garmisch to soak up the atmosphere of the town, or to bring your holiday to an unforgettable end with a journey by cog-wheel train and cable car to the summit of the mighty Zugspitze, on a last optional excursion.
Bid "Auf Wiedersehen" this morning to your Bavarian hosts, and make the scenic journey to Munich Airport and the return fight to the UK, at the end of a marvellous two-centre holiday.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 2 hours.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Germany has introduced a room tax that ranges between 2 € and 4 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager of the exact charge.
Hotel room tax
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.