Back for 2022, this tour stays in the heart of Germany's oldest National Park and is full of wonderful winter experiences including visits to a husky farm, a Bavarian Farm lunch and a tree top walk plus trips to the magical towns of picturesque Passau and historic Cesky Krumlov across the border in the Czech Republic. You can't help but be enchanted by the captivating Bavarian Forest in winter with its snow-capped mountains, peaceful valleys and picture-perfect villages and towns. Discover this beautiful yet relatively undiscovered region of Eastern Bavaria.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
DAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continue onto your overnight stay at the Hotel Goerres, just south of Bonn. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - Today you will continue on your journey to Neuschönau, on the edge of the Bavarian National Park for your 5-night stay at the Hotel Pension Dreisonnenberg. Your stay begins with a gentle torch-lit walk in the countryside around the hotel and the village with a stop en-route for a warming mulled wine. Dinner, bed and breakfast.
DAY 3 - DAY 6 - You will have four full days to explore this beautiful region with a full programme of excursions. Dinner, bed and breakfast.
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS (NB a local coach and driver may operate one of these excursions)
Bavarian Tree Top Walk & Crystal Adventure
Transfer the short distance to the incredible tree-top walk where, fully accessible (lift available) and escorted by a guide, you will walk amongst the tree tops on an elevated (step free) pathway at between 8m and 25m above the forest floor. Untouched nature, breathtaking views and boundless forest wilderness await. A truly unique and invigorating experience (NB will close in extreme icy conditions). Travel on through the Bavarian Forest to Bodenmais and Joska Crystal Adventure World, a sparkling world of glass where glass blowers demonstrate traditional techniques, modern design and skilful artistry. Time at leisure to have lunch.
Baroque Passau, the Three Rivers City
A leisurely day to explore the atmospheric city of Passau on the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz, with its charming old town full of romantic lanes, picturesque squares, baroque architecture and the magnificent St Steven's Cathedral home to the world's largest church organ. Your driver may be able to offer you an optional guided walking tour of the city centre (Cost €18 pp).
Winter Fun with huskies, carriage ride and a Bavarian lunch
Today is what real winter is all about. Weather permitting, you will visit the Dreisessel husky farm to learn about the habits, training and feeding of these elegant and intelligent working dogs with their beautiful eyes and thick coats. After an included drink and visit, continue on to Michlbauer Hof for a carriage ride and a relaxed, traditional Bavarian lunch.
Captivating Cesky Krumlov
Cross the border today into the Czech Republic for an included day in charming UNESCO world heritage Cesky Krumlov, located on the Vltava River and famed for its magnificent 13th century castle. It is a fine example of a beautifully preserved central European medieval town and features many Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque elements. Your driver may be able to offer you an optional guided walking tour of the city centre (Cost €15 pp).
DAY 7 - Today you depart the Bavaria Forest, heading back across Germany for an overnight stop at the Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 8 - Today after an early breakfast, it's Auf Wiedersehen as you travel back through France to Calais for the return crossing to England.
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HOTEL PENSION DREISONNENBERG
The traditional, family run 3* Hotel Pension Dreisonnenberg enjoys a peaceful location on the outskirts of Neuschönau at 770m above sea level in the heart of the Bavarian Forest National Park. The comfortable, spacious guestrooms are decorated in a country-house style and come equipped with shower and WC, hairdryer, flat screen TV and free WiFi. Many, but not all, rooms have a balcony. Twin / double rooms are continental twins (two mattresses on one bedframe). The restaurant serves regional Bavarian cuisine in a homely setting and there is a cosy bar plus small fitness room and sauna. Please note that there is no lift but there are some ground floor rooms.
Please note that not all Continental Hotels have tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms.
Tea and coffee is NOT included after dinner but can be ordered at individual's expense.
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