Spend an unforgettable Christmas week in an Alpine paradise, where your hosts will fill your days with Bavarian Gemutlichkeit – warmth and good cheer.
In addition to a festive stay close to celebrated Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you’ll head out to explore some wonderful places in Southern Germany, including the famous Passion Play village, Oberammergau, and Mad King Ludwig’s extraordinary Neuschwanstein castle.
- Indulging yourself at Munich’s Christmas Market
- Marvelling at beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle
- Exploring Oberammergau – home of the world-famous Passion Play
- A special Christmas Day lunch at your hotel
- Five nights’ half-board accommodation at the Alphotel Ettal
- Return flights from the UK to Munich
- Coach travel and transfers throughout
- The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
- One piece of hold luggage per person
Single supplements apply. Offer is subject to availability.
Day One – Arrival
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.
Day Two -Optional Muinch city tour
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.
Day Three – Optional Excursion to Seefeld
Christmas Eve’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.
Later, return to Oberau to begin your Christmas celebrations.
Day Four – Spend Christmas Day in Oberammergau
Enjoy an included visit to Oberammergau, the setting for the world-renowned ‘Passion Play’, performed every 10 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 Five – Included visit to Neuschwanstein Castle
Saving the best (or at least the most extravagant) for last, Boxing Day’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 Marienbrucke 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 Six – Fly back to the UK
Bid farewell to your Bavarian hosts, and transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home.