Meet your tour director at your hotel or preferred location in Munich.
We first drive south to
Lake Chiemsee, where we take a boat to Herrenchiemsee Island
where Ludwig II built his largest castle, Herrenchiemsee,
modelled after Versailles, and where he stayed only one week.
Inside guided tour of the Palace and time to visit the Old Palace and
the Ludwig Museum.
Then through the mountains into Austria where we follow the Inn
valley to Innsbruck, where we'll stay tonight.
Included > Pickup, transfer, Herrenchiemsee
transportation, entrances and tour, dinner, hotel in Innsbruck
Today we explore Innsbruck, the capital of the
Tyrol. Innsbruck is famous for many things. Enjoy a walk through its
quaint medieval lanes, see the little Golden Roof
in front of the Karwendel Mountains, and the fine Baroque Church and the Hofburg,
built by Empress Maria Theresia.
Time here for lunch, a chance to sample the mouth-watering
traditional Austrian dishes and pastries, and time for some exploring on
your own and maybe shop for Swarovski Crystal.
In the afternoon we cross back into Germany and proceed to Hohenschwangau village, for an inside visit
at King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein, Germany's most famous castle, and probably
the most famous in the world, perched atop Swan Rock in the foothills of
the Alps. Neuschwanstein was designed for Ludwig by Christian
Jank, a theatrical set designer, and built in the period from 1869 to
1876 incorporating the latest technologies of the day. We have
an inside tour with a local castle guide. Marvel at
the architecture, opulence, and stunning views.
Overnight in nearby Füssen. Enjoy
the location and maybe go for an evening stroll, surrounded by mountains
Included > Breakfast,
transportation, tickets and fees for castles, dinner, hotel in Füssen
We leave Füssen and go for a short ride to the famous
Wieskirche, the Church in the Meadow, an oval
rococo church built between 1745 and 1754 as a shrine for a new sacred
pilgrimage site. The interior is decorated with frescoes and
elaborate stuccowork. The Wieskirche was restored between 1985 and
1991, and is the only monument in the region on the UNESCO World
Heritage Sites list.
Our next stop is Linderhof, Ludwig’s beautiful
palace hidden in the mountains built between 1870 and 1879, in an
elaborate rococo style recalling the Bourbon Kings, where Ludwig lived
for several years. We tour inside the palace with a local castle guide,
and you have time to go for a stroll in the formal gardens. (The Grotto
is closed for extensive restoration until 2022.)
On to Oberammergau, the village
internationally famous for the Passion Play which it mounts every ten
years in thanks for being spared during the bubonic plague.
Oberammergau is also known for its house frescos (Lueftl
painting), woodcarvers, and Christmas shops. You have free time to
explore on your own and to shop for great
We return to Munich for late afternoon arrival.
Included > Breakfast, transportation, tickets and fees for castle