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Magical castles and snow-capped mountains
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Spend an unforgettable few days in an alpine paradise, where your hosts will exude Bavarian Gemutlichkeit - warmth and good cheer. In addition to a festive stay close to celebrated Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you'll enjoy some wonderful sights, including the famous 'Passion Play' village, Oberammergau, and 'Mad' Ludwig's extraordinary Neuschwanstein castle.
Fly to Munich, meet your Tour Manager and drive south towards the mountains and your Christmas hotel, close to the famous resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a first evening of Bavarian hospitality.
Today brings opportunities to rest and relax at the delightful hotel, perhaps to take a stroll around the village or a bus into Garmisch, or to join the optional excursion to Munich, with its Gothic Town Hall and its excellent Viktualienmarkt food market. Discover the city's festive atmosphere on a guided tour, then wander the stalls of Marienplatz's colourful Christmas market and perhaps visit the world-renowned Hofbrauhaus for Bavarian beer and sausage. Return to the hotel for the evening.
Today's optional excursion brings the chance to cross into Austria to visit Innsbruck, where a guided tour will bring to life the charming Tyrolean capital. Wander its elegant Maria-Thresien-Strasse main street and explore its historic Altstadt (old town) of shops and warming coffee houses.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Later, return to Oberau to begin your Christmas celebrations.
Enjoy an included visit to Oberammergau, the setting for the world-renowned 'Passion Play', performed every ten years by townsfolk to audiences from across the globe. Wander through the pretty town, and enjoy a ride to the heights above on the historic Laber Bergbahn cable car, before returning to the hotel for a special Christmas meal.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Perhaps saving the best until last, today's included excursion reveals the extraordinary sight of the turrets and towers of 'Mad' King Ludwig's famous castle at Neuschwanstein, built high on a rocky crag. Don't miss the chance to stroll across the Marienbrűcke for the classic view of this majestic castle, which is just as fantastical inside as out, with Gothic bedrooms and decorations inspired by Wagnerian opera (castle entrance payable locally).
Day Five (Boxing Day)
Bid farewell to your Bavarian hosts, and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.