A Bavarian Fairytale New Year Tour

7 Romantic Days

  • Longer stays with 2 and 3 night stays
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Small group size - now capped at 28!

Tour Overview

Imagine celebrating New Year in the Bavarian Alps, in a village nestled at the foot of the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Take the Tegelberg Cable Car up the mountain, relax on a horse drawn carriage ride, visit beautiful Wieskirche – the Church in the Meadows, and explore King Ludwig’s extravagant castles.

Highlights

  • Explore historic Luzern
  • Stay 5 nights over New Year in the Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau
  • Witness a fireworks spectacular over Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Relax on a horse drawn carriage ride through the countryside
  • Be guided through Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Enjoy breathtaking views on a cable car ride to Tegelberg
  • Visit picturesque Wieskirche, extravagant Linderhof Palace and Kloster Ettal

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Luzern

Your tour commences this evening in Luzern with a welcome drink and dinner.

Meals:
D
Hotel:
Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

Day 2: Lindau on Lake Constance and the Bavarian Alps

Crossing Switzerland, we enter Germany and make a stop in Lindau on Lake Bodensee (Constance). This beautifully preserved island town is complete with medieval lighthouses and cobblestoned streets. Later this afternoon we continue to the tiny village of Hohenschwangau where we stay for the next five nights. What a setting! On one hill overlooking the village you have the neo-Gothic Castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein - the Fairytale Castle of ‘Mad’ King Ludwig. To complete the picture there’s a beautiful lake not far from the hotel doorstep. Dinner is included each evening in your charming hotel.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

DAY 3: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle visits

What better way to start the day than a visit to the ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle! After a pleasurable walk uphill you will enjoy a guided tour inside the King’s apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. This afternoon we will also visit the neo-Gothic Hohenschwangau Castle, opposite your hotel. Rich in history, you will find the interior typical of the Castles of the Knights of the Middle Ages, with its ‘Hall of Heroes’, paintings and suits of armour.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

DAY 4: New Year’s Eve – Füssen, Cable car ride, and spectacular fireworks

Your morning is at leisure in delightful Füssen. Stretches of the original Roman defensive walls are still in place, and the cobblestoned, pedestrianised centre of town is filled with shops, restaurants and historic houses, many elaborately painted. High above, the old castle of the Prince-Bishops of Augsburg dominates the town. In the afternoon we will take a cable car ride up to the Tegelberg restaurant and lookout to take in the breathtaking views down onto the majestic Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles far below, and across the Bavarian Alps. Time to take those ‘perfect’ photos. This evening it is time to dress up as we enjoy a special 5 course New Year’s Eve dinner in our hotel and later, step outside to witness the spectacular firework display filling the night sky above majestic Hohenschwangau Castle. What an experience!
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

Day 5: New Year’s Day – ‘My Time’ plus a ride in a horse drawn carriage

Your morning is at leisure in this romantic location. Perhaps go for a winter walk around the lake on the riding path or relax and indulge yourself in the hotel’s superb spa and pool with an incredible view. Later sit back and relax on a horse drawn carriage ride through the beautiful local countryside.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

Day 6: Wieskirche, Oberammergau and Linderhof Palace

Our first stop this morning is at the richly decorated Wieskirche (Church in the Meadows) with its incredible painted ceilings. Lunchtime is in the pretty ‘Passion Play’ village of Oberammergau, where we have included a guided tour through the amazing Passion Play Theatre. Later, we will stop at Kloster Ettal church which dates back over 700 years and is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in existence. Our last stop today will be Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace – yet another of King Ludwig’s amazing creations. Our farewell dinner tonight is in our hotel.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

Day 7: To Munich

This morning your tour comes to an end with a transfer to Munich, to arrive mid morning. We will make stops at the central railway station, Maritim Hotel and Munich airport. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm today.

Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 6 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation as described
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Luzern
  • 13 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 6 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Albatross Tours Travel App

Your Hotels

AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa, Bavaria - 5 nights

This excellent first-class Spa hotel has been created by joining 3 traditional hotels - the Alpenrose, Jägerhaus and Schlosshotel Lisl. Facing it is Hohenschwangau Castle which stages the New Year’s Fireworks show, and to the left is the delightful Alpsee Lake.

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
28 Dec 2020 3 Jan 2021 NZD $5,817 Space Available

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