- Panoramic views of Bavaria and Austria from Germany's highest mountain
- Visit King Ludwig II's palaces
- Sample Bavaria's legendary beer
- See Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play
- Dine in the oldest restaurant in Europe
Explore this historic region where Bavaria meets Austria - mountains in all directions, sparkling sapphire lakes, fairytale castles and storybook villages - and food, delicious food! Our itinerary reflects the wide variety of landscape and culture of these intriguingly similar, but different, neighbours, where the old traditions are still very much a part of daily life.
We hear the story of King Ludwig ll, sometimes known as The Dream King and sometimes as The Mad King. We visit the opulent jewel of Linderhof, his favorite palace. In Austrias Tyrolean Alps we stay in a family-run hotel in charming St Jakob in Haus and dine in Salzburg in St Peters Keller, Europes oldest restaurant.
Sunday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein
Monday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein
Tuesday Overnight: Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer
Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof
Thursday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner
Friday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner
Saturday Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
Romantik Hotel Waxenstein
The hotel has 100 years of history of hospitality from its beginnings as a simple tavern frequented by both smugglers and toll keepers, to the last 30 years when it has been managed by the Toedt family. The hotel is famous for its restaurant which serves fresh and seasonal cuisine and the current owner enjoys sharing his collection of art and sculpture on display in the individual rooms as well as the public areas. All bedrooms have been renovated, individually furnished and include TV, DVD, telephone and hairdryer. Guests have free Wi-Fi access, telephone calls to German landlines and use of the wellness area. The hotel has a full service spa with a wide range of treatments available.
Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer
The "Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer" and the Ettal Monastery are nestled in the heart of the Ammergau alpine region. It is part of Germanys largest nature-preserve, replete with impressive mountains, picturesque lakes, serene and colorful meadows and fresh, healthy mountain air. This place of stunning natural beauty also a place of custom and tradition, of art, culture and culinary delights that will make our stay an unforgettable experience. Rooms are tastefully and comfortably appointed, with satellite TV, telephone, shower or bathtub, hairdryer and internet access. The hotel has a swimming pool and a full-service beauty and health spa.
Nestled within the Austrian Alps, this lovely hotel has been completely rennovated over the last year by the family who have owned and run it for the last 30 years. It now combines fresh, comtemporary-designed rooms with the traditional style of the area and a very friendly atmosphere.
All rooms offer ensuite bath/shower, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, radio, safe and broadband internet access. The charming restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, always using fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in the hotel's superb Wellness centre which offers an indoor pool surrounded by comfortable deck chairs, a fitness area, relaxing sauna & steam rooms, the stimulating light of a Sanarium, massages and a solarium.
The location has an added bonus for golfers as there are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the 18 hole championship Urslautal course on a high plateau with unique mountain scenery.
Situated in a sunny spot with a magnificent mountain backdrop and breath taking views in every direction the Hotel Unterlechner is the smallest four-star hotel in the Tirol. Intimate and family-run, it promises the ultimate alpine experience with ski-loops and hiking trails running from the hotel. A luxury spa provides an indoor pool, sauna and steam bath, a selection of massages and beauty treatments and a revitalising herbal whirlpool bath. Every room has a shower/WC, a basket containing a large bath towel, bathrobes and slippers, bath toiletries, cosmetic mirror, radio, satellite TV, room safe. Head chefs Manfred Rainer and Stefan Riepl promise a gourmet dining experience in the lovely restaurant of the hotel offering authentic, traditional, menus drawing inspiration from perennial favorites and adding a creative twist to classic tried-and-tested recipes.
Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg
Located in the heart of the Old Town, the hotel is based in what was one of the oldest inns in the city, dating from the 14th century. The rooms are decorated in traditional Austrian style, but with all modern conveniences, including direct-dial telephones, free high-speed WiFi, minibar and safe. Each room overlooks either the Old Town, Hohensalzburg Castle, the Salzach river or the Kapuziner monastery. Dine on classic Austrian cuisine, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients under the glowing Symphonie restaurants stained glass ceiling of the Symphonie restaurant, with a view of the mountains.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants