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Heidelberg, the Romantic Road & Bavaria

7 days from £849*
Departing: June - September 2017
* Price shown: 10 June 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Fairy-tale towns and unforgettable scenery

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Spend three nights in the beautiful, historic 'Romantic-Road' spa town of Bad Mergentheim
  • Enjoy the friendly welcome of a family-run hotel
  • Discover the delightful city of Heidelberg
  • Visit stunning Bamberg, fairy-tale Rothenburg and walled Nordlingen
  • Enjoy a three-night stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria
  • Visit Neuschnwanstein, Oberammergau and the majestic Linderhof Palace as you explore Bavaria
  • Six nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in the three-star Lochner Hotel, Markelsheim/Bad Mergentheim (3 nights) and the four-star Mercure Hotel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (3)
  • Return flights to Stuttgart or Frankfurt (returning from Munich)
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Stuttgart or Frankfurt. Your Tour Manager will meet you at the airport, and our coach will carry you through the countryside to your first hotel in Markelsheim, in the Tauber Valley.

Once you've checked in, the evening is yours. The hotel's pretty restaurant will be open for dinner, or you could stroll into town and explore the traditional bars.

Day Two

On the banks of the river Neckar, Heidelberg has been a centre of learning and culture since the Middle Ages. Luther defended his 95 Theses here, and the halls of its university have housed great minds from Mendeleev to Schumann, Hegel and Max Weber. Above the town, the ruins of Heidelberg Castle remain one of northern Europe's most magnificent pieces of Renaissance architecture. Discover the city's fascinating history and Baroque architecture on an included walking tour, then stroll its pretty streets or perhaps sit back and relax on an optional river cruise.

Day Three

The cobbled streets and squares of Bamberg have survived the turmoil of European history remarkably intact, and today's walking tour will weave its way through the city and its history. Climb to the 12th-century Altenburg castle atop the highest of the city's hills and see the city cathedral's quartet of spires. Cross the bridges to the Altes Rathaus (old town hall) on its tiny island in the middle of the River Regnitz and explore the 19th-century half-timbered houses of Little Venice just downriver.

Day Four

Germany's Romantic Road is a 220-mile route between Wurzburg and Fussen. Originally a medieval trade route it passes through some of the countries loveliest scenery and prettiest towns. Today our coach will follow the route south to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Explore the streets, squares and medieval walls on a guided walking tour, then return to the coach and continue to Nordlingen. Here an intact ring of medieval walls guard a city where the stones of the buildings contain millions of miniscule diamonds - scattered throughout the local geology by a meteor strike 15 million years ago.

Moving on, we'll head still further south, into Bavaria and past Munich, to our second hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Day Five

The creation of 'Mad' Ludwig II of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein castle has become an unmistakeable benchmark for a fairy-tale castle and is the highlight of today's included excursion. Discover lavish interiors inspired by the operas of Wagner, and take a walk through the forested grounds to the Marienbrucke for an unforgettable view across the treetops to the castle.

Your excursion will also include a visit to Oberammergau, best known for its once-a-decade Easter Passion Play. Here you'll have the chance to visit the theatre (payable locally) or ride to the summit of the Laber and soak up the astonishing views in one of the Laber Bergbahn's tiny cable cars on an optional excursion.

Day Six

The smallest of Ludwig II's palaces, Schloss Linderhof is still surrounded by spectacular formal gardens and filled with astonishingly extravagant interiors - not to mention an artificial grotto dedicated to Venus that was once of the first spaces lit by electricity in Bavaria.

After your morning at Linderhof we'll return to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here you'll be free to relax, explore or join our optional trip on the cog-wheel train and cable cars to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany's tallest mountain, which towers above the landscape to the south of the town.

Day Seven

We'll check out of the hotel this morning, and head through the rolling Bavarian countryside to Munich airport to board the flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 June 2017 £929
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 July 2017 £879
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 September 2017 £859
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 September 2017 £859
Bristol
Bristol 10 June 2017 £999
Bristol
Bristol 01 July 2017 £979
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2017 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 June 2017 £849
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 July 2017 £869
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 September 2017 £849
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 September 2017 £849
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 June 2017 £899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 July 2017 £899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 September 2017 £899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 September 2017 £939
Manchester
Manchester 10 June 2017 £919
Manchester
Manchester 01 July 2017 £919
Manchester
Manchester 02 September 2017 £919
Manchester
Manchester 09 September 2017 £919

Romantic Road Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in three well-located hotels, all of which will be of at least European three-star standard.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 2 hours.

Combining hotel transfers

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Hotel room tax

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.

Changes to your hotels

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.