Reizen in het najaar - mei 2017Bekijk
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Start in Munich. We recommend an early arrival to meet the group and explore the city's top attractions. Visit one of the many museums, wander through the alleys of the pretty Old Town or sit back and relax in Marienplatz, Munich's main square and most popular gathering spot. On the November and December departures you will have the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Munich's Christmas Market.
Transfer to Garmisch-Partenkirchen; en route stop at the mediaeval Ettal Monastery and visit the famous Linderhof Palace.
Today we transfer to the pretty winter town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the heart of the Bavarian mountains. En route we stop at Ettal Abbey, one of the most significant Benedictine abbeys in the Bavarian Alps, dating back to 1330. Later, we continue to Linderhof Palace, one of the many great creations of the “Mad King,” King Ludwig II of Bavaria of the 19th century. The tour of the royal residence includes its stunning gardens, considered some of the most beautiful in the world, combining the formal elements of Baroque style and Italian Renaissance with the English landscape style. Transfer and overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Visit the Olympic stadium; spectacular cable car ride to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, for a panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen made the perfect candidate for the Winter Olympics in 1936 where the first alpine skiing competition was held. In the morning we have the opportunity to visit the famous Ski stadium with the Olympic Ski Jump (entrance is optional and not included). In the afternoon we take a spectacular cable car ride to Zugspitze. At precisely 2,962 metres above sea level, Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the country and home to three glaciers and Germany’s highest ski resort. Right at the top, we enjoy an impressive 360° panorama that opens up to reveal extensive views over 400 mountain peaks in four countries. Overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Morning optional walk along the Partnach Gorge; visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and transfer to Konstanz.
In the morning we take an optional walk along the pretty Partnach Gorge, decalred natural monument in 1912. The gorge is approximately 700 meters long and 80 meters deep and in the winter months it becomes a magical place of ice and snow formations (please note that the walk will not be offered in case of bad weather conditions such as ice or snow which migth make the path impassable). After lunch we visit the famous fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II on a rugged hill against a backdrop of picturesque mountain scenery. Transfer and free evening in Konstanz.
Guided sightseeing tour of Konstanz; afternoon visit to the charming monastic Island of Reichenau.
After breakfast we take a walking tour of Konstanz, the largest town on Lake Constance and an important cultural centre, with an active theatrical and musical scene. In the afternoon we visit the UNESCO monastic island of Reichenau, the largest of the many islands of Lake Constance covering an impressive 1,057 acres. The island has long been inhabited, and its oldest man-made structures include three churches belonging to the famous monastery of Reichenau: St. George's Church in Oberzell with its fine wall paintings of the Ottonian period, the Minster of St. Mary and St. Mark with a rich treasury in the sacristy, and the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Niederzell. Founded in 724 AD by Charles Martel, Charlemagne's grandfather, they are among the finest examples of Early Romanesque art in Germany, both for their architecture and for their magnificent frescoes. Return to Konstanz.
Train to the famous Swiss Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe; visit the mediaeval Stein am Rhein and return to Konstanz.
Today we cross the border into Switzerland to visit the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfalls in Europe. Over a breadth of 150 meters, several hundred cubic meters of water rush into the depths at the rate of 23 meters per second. In the middle of it all stands a mighty rock that has withstood the elements for a thousand years. The rock can be reached on a circular tour of the Rhine Falls, during which one can observe the natural spectacle from up close. Virtually in the middle of the waterfall, visitors can stand on platforms that jut out and partially hover over the Rhine. Before returning to Konstanz we visit the lively and charming mediaeval town of Stein am Rhein.
Transfer to Zurich airport and fly to London.