• 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
  • Visit to Benedictine monastery of Ettal

Bavaria, Germany's largest federal-state, covers an area larger than its neighbor, Austria. We explore a small part of this historic region with an itinerary that reflects the wide variety of landscape and culture.

We hear the story, of King Ludwig ll, sometimes known as The Dream King and sometimes as The Mad King. We visit two of the great fairytale palaces that form his legacy, take a private boat on Lake Chiemsee to the colossal palace of Herrenchiemsee and walk to the more modest, but nonetheless opulent, jewel of Linderhof.

We stay in lovely lodgings in contrasting surroundings at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, in a sleepy spa town and on the shore of Lake Chiemsee.

Sunday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

We meet at the Railway Station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and take the mountain railway, the Zugspitzbahn, to the charming alpine village of Grainau. We walk to the lovely Hotel Waxenstein where, after time to enjoy the stunning mountain views from the balcony of our rooms or a swim in the indoor pool, we meet for an Introductory Talk and a Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

We set off after breakfast and walk above the village of Grainau to Lake Eibsee facing the Zugspitze. Continuing around the lake, we then tackle the lower slopes of the highest mountain in Germany. Later in the afternoon we reach a little mountain railway which will take us up to the peak at nearly 3000 meters. After absorbing the breathtaking views across Bavaria and into Austria, we return over the glacier by cable car to the middle-station and walk back to the hotel after a long but satisfying day on the hills.

Tuesday Overnight: Klosterhotel Ludwig Der Bayer

We bid Farewell to the Zugspitze as we embark on our exciting walk through the mountains to the valley of Ettal, where we will visit the Schloss Linderhof, one of the palaces built by the Dream King, Ludwig ll. We continue to our hotel in the village of Ettal, belonging to one of the largest of many monasteries in Bavaria (where they still make their own beer), for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Lindner

We visit the beautiful monastery church next to our hotel and then we set off from Ettal to the village of Oberammergau, famous for the Passion Play performed every 10 years. We continue our journey along the valley to the village of Unterammergau in the Ammertal Alps. Later in the afternoon we travel on to a more westerly part of Bavaria and arrive in the spa town of Bad Aibling, to stay at our pretty hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Lindner

We spend the day in the Bad Aibling area, walking in the Voralps with panoramic views of the Austrian Alps in the distance. We return to Bad Aibling with time to enjoy this pretty Bavarian town before dinner.

Friday Overnight: Inselhotel Zur Linde

King Ludwig is our theme for today and we cannot leave Bavaria without visiting the fulfilment of his life-long dream, his Royal Palace, the fabulous Herrenchiemsee, the Bavarian Versailles. It is built on an island in the lake, which we reach by private boat, but it is here that tragedy turned his life full circle. Today we will also savour all the best of the Bavarian countryside, walking by the lake, with the mountains almost within arms reach.


After breakfast we set off for the railway station at Prien where we must say Auf Wiedersehen.
Our Walk Leaders "had a passion for the area which was contagious" K&JG
Terrain: Easy to moderate with occasional challenges, walking on firm ground. Forest trails, palace gardens, colorful village streets.8-12 miles walking per day.


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(Single Supplement $565.00)
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From Sep 13 to Sep 19 (more dates)
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Arrival: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Departure: Prien am Chiemsee


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Hotels - Where we stay

Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

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

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.

Romantik Hotel Lindner

Romantik Hotel Lindner

The knights have long since gone...but fortunately the charm of a medieval castle has remained. Located in the heart of this spa town, this former palace has been run as a hotel by the same family for seven generations. It is stylishly furnished, very cosy and each bedroom has a luxurious bathroom, cable TV, internet access, WLAN, telephone, radio and hairdryer. The restaurant serves cuisine with Bavarian roots influenced by light Mediterranean dishes. Vegetarian food options are a speciality as are a profusion of desserts! The ingredients have been carefully selected. They usually come directly from the producer, e.g. lamb from Gut Georgenberg, eco-meat from Herrmannsdorfer, fish from Scharmann's trout ponds and free-range eggs.

Inselhotel Zur Linde

Inselhotel Zur Linde

The Inselhotel zur Linde is one of Bavaria's oldest inns, founded in 1396 as a refuge for pilgrims. Nestled in a tiny, car-free island paradise, guests arrive by boat across the picturesque lake to find the hotel in the midst of its stunning gardens. Poets and artists have favored the inn for many years because of its wonderful setting and panoramic views. The restaurant is known for its fish cuisine, using the bounty from the lake. Many features of the historic dining rooms have remained virtually unchanged with scrubbed plank floors, traditional ornamental pottery and old photographs on the walls. The 14 bedrooms are each carefully decorated, with shower, WC and telephone.

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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