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Ruhpolding - Three holidays in one!

from £1495
Discover a picturesque alpine gem hidden in the foothills of Germany’s Chiemgau Alps, a perfect winter haven.

Nestled deep in the valleys of Bavaria is the pretty mountain village of Ruhpolding. This picturesque alpine gem is hidden in the foothills of Germany’s Chiemgau Alps, a perfect winter haven.

We’ll spend our week here discovering the beautiful countryside accompanied by a local guide. We’ll enjoy winter walking through the snow-covered meadows and snowshoe through the dramatic Bavarian valleys and around the many pristine hidden lakes. Ever fancied cross-country skiing? We have two days on the local 'Loipen'.

If you fancy a day off to to explore explore Ruhpolding independently then you can. You may enjoy a trip to the village heritage museum, its many chapels or churches or even relax and enjoy the extraordinary views from the traditional mountain restaurants reached by cable car. Ruhpolding’s ideal location means you can choose to venture as far as Salzburg, Munich, or Berchtesgaden.


Holiday Highlights

  • Three winter activities in one holiday - cross-country skiing, snow shoeing & winter walking!
  • Magnificent views of the Bavarian Alps.
  • Local guide throughout the holiday.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing equipment
      Qualified local winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing guides
      Chiemgau Karte for reduced entry to some local attractions
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    We depart the UK and fly to Munich airport. We will transfer by coach to Ruhpolding where we will stay for the next 7 nights. On arrival, a local guide from the HELDs Vitalhotel will take us on an orientation walk of the village and the surrounding area. 

  2. Day 2 to 3

    We’ll spend two days exploring Ruhpolding and enjoying our winter walking programme. A local qualified winter walking instructor will lead us around frozen lakes, along snow-covered meadows and through small alpine villages. Our local instructor will teach us about the area’s history, nature and wildlife. Our winter walking routes will take 2-3 hours and be between 4-8km in distance. 

  3. Day 4 to 5

    The next two days will be spent snowshoeing. A local qualified snowshoeing instructor will teach us how to snowshoe and lead us on routes around Ruhpolding and the surrounding areas. We’ll discover cross country ski runs such as Loipengebiet, explore the rugged Gurnwandkopf and meander through forest paths to follow the lakes of the Chiemgau Alps. Our snowshoeing routes will be between 3-5 hours in duration and 5-8km in distance. Equipment is provided and included in the holiday cost. 

  4. Day 6

    Today we’ll discover cross country skiing!  A local qualified guide will take us on a 2-hour training session where we’ll learn how use our equipment and how to cross country ski. Once we have got to grips with our equipment, we’ll venture into the surrounding wilderness, led by our rambler’s tour leader who will be a BASI qualified cross country ski leader.  

  5. Day 7

    We will spend our last full day enjoying cross country skiing with our ramblers leader through this winter wonderland. The equipment for day 6 and 7 is provided and included in the holiday cost.
    We may finish earlier on some days so you can explore Ruhpolding independently. Or alternatively, you may want a free day during the week to explore further. You may enjoy a trip to the village heritage museum, its many chapels or churches, or even relax and enjoy the extraordinary views from the traditional mountain restaurants reached by cable car. Ruhpolding’s ideal location means you can choose to venture as far as Salzburg, Munich or Berchtesgaden.

  6. Day 8

    We say farewell to Ruhpolding and transfer back to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.  

     

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfers by road c.2hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

HELDS Vitalhotel

We stay in the friendly family run HELDS Vitalhotel, close to the centre of Ruhpolding. Named after the family surname ‘Held’, this traditional alpine hotel is surrounded by the dramatic Chiemgau Alps. Its panoramic views are spectacular and an ideal place for the balance of feeling completely comfortable – hence the name ‘Vital’. Parts of the hotel have recently been refurbished, including the spa and wellness area. You can relax after a day of winter activities with the sauna, hanging chairs and day beds. Massages and treatments are available at an additional price. The hotel offers WIFI, a garden with terrace, a restaurant and a bar area.  
We stay in twin and single bedded rooms. Twin rooms have Austrian style beds which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets.  Rooms are of a traditional style with a balcony, flat screen tv, desk, seating area, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. 

 


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