Germany's Bavaria Walking & Hiking Tour

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Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

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5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Germany's Bavaria Walking & Hiking Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2025: May-Jul, Sep

From $6,799 /person

A Singular Hotel Experience in the Alps

The Alps. They’re awe-inspiring... yet also somehow sheltering. The edge of that field full of wildflowers, the sound of that church bell and the light in that tavern window all seem to welcome you home. So unpack your bags. Settle into this delicious duality. Rugged mountain trails thrill you. Biergartens, baroque villages and our castle-hotel wrap you in hospitality. Bavaria: your home away from home.

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Highlights

  • Hop between countries for hikes in Bavaria and Tyrol—a cable car hanging above Germany’s highest peak makes for an unforgettable border crossing!
  • Swim turquoise mountain lakes, traverse boardwalks in a sheer-walled river canyon and reach a trailhead by e-bike
  • Bavarian culture shines through in mountain hut meals, colorful medieval towns and a hike to King Ludwig II’s cabin
  • World-famous Neuschwanstein Castle has nothing on our luxe retreat, where you spend the week relaxing like royalty
Germany and Austria Homebase Bavaria Walking and Hiking Tour

Austria & Germany

Start Innsbruck, Austria

End Munich, Germany

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Begin your adventure in Austria's imperial Innsbruck • Get sky-high in a cable car on Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze • Take in majestic 360-degree views and cross the border into Germany by gondola • A lakeside hike around turquoise Eibsee leads to a home-cooked lake house lunch • Settle into our luxury hideaway for the week, nestled in the green pastures of the Elmau Valley beneath rocky peaks.

Accommodations

Nights 1-4

Schloss Elmau
Elmau
Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hotel in the Bavarian Alps, boasting its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 2

Description

Hike through the Isar Valley in the footsteps of pilgrims and mountain goats • Cross the Austrian-German border again in search of Bavaria and Tyrol’s best trails • Ascend to a hanging bridge with awesome views or delve into the depths of waterfall-carved Leutasch Gorge • Explore Mittenwald, considered by many to be the prettiest town in Bavaria with its well-preserved 18th-century buildings and frescos • Head into town for a cozy tavern dinner in historic Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Accommodations

Nights 1-4

Schloss Elmau
Elmau
Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hotel in the Bavarian Alps, boasting its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 3

Description

Embrace a multi-adventure day when you hop on an electric mountain bike for a boost to the trailhead • Hike to the Schachenhaus, King Ludwig II's favorite spot, where he chose to build his mountain retreat • Feel like more time at the hotel? Opt instead for a leisurely loop to the Elmauer Alm • Explore Schloss Elmau’s wonderland of saunas and spa facilities • Relax over dinner at your leisure in one of the castle’s several dining rooms.

Accommodations

Nights 1-4

Schloss Elmau
Elmau
Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hotel in the Bavarian Alps, boasting its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-5

Description

Check out the Olympic stadium where 1936 Winter Olympic ski jumpers took flight • Make your way to Partnach Gorge, home to a series of walkways and tunnels through a deep narrow crevasse in the mountain • Marvel as the other side of the gorge opens up to a beautiful landscape of alpine meadows and jagged peaks • Enjoy lunch on the trail and an optional afternoon hike • Feel part of a fairy tale when you set sights on iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, famed as the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles • End your trip in welcoming Munich, with its green parks and festive biergartens.

Accommodations

Nights 1-4

Schloss Elmau
Elmau
Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hotel in the Bavarian Alps, boasting its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Air-Conditioning

Schloss Elmau is a Premiere Hotel. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

Shuttle Times

This trip is all about settling in to the amazing mountain retreat of Schloss Elmau for four nights. With that said, we couldn't let you leave the region without seeing highlights such as Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze, or the world-famous castle of Neuschwanstein. For this reason, expect longer shuttles on Day 1 and Day 5 as we explore these wonders en route to and from our gateway cities of Innsbruck and Munich.

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-4

Schloss Elmau
Elmau

Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hotel in the Bavarian Alps, boasting its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam. (pool, spa)

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