Bavarian Brewery and Oktoberfest Tour

OktoberfestThis trip is for all of the beer lovers out there!  We are extremely pleased to provide you with information on this special Beer Vacation through Germany.

This tour typically runs every year in September – please check with us for details

Highlights Include:  Bamberg Breweries, Andechs Monastery, Olympic Grounds, Aisch Valley Beer Trail, Eagle’s Nest, Nymphenburg Castle, Dachau, Mirabell Gardens, Oktoberfest, BMW World, Peterskeller Tavern.

Check it out – Your tour includes:

  • Land transportation via private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations (double occupancy) in superior tourist class hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Service of a professional tour leader throughout the tour
  • Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Admission to all activities as indicated in the itinerary (unless otherwise noted)
  • Luggage handling – one piece per person at hotels
  • Luggage straps, tags, name badge and trip journal
  • All taxes and tips for services provided except as indicated below

Your tour does not include:

  • Air transportation
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Beverages except for breakfast
  • End of Tour Gratuity for tour director and coach driver
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport feeds
  • Optional travel insurance

Day 1 • Departure Your journey begins as you board your international flight to Germany.

Day 2• Bamberg Bamberg RathausUpon arrival in Germany you meet your tour director and motor coach and drive into the Franconian region of Bavaria to one of its loveliest and best preserved medieval cities, Bamberg. The city center escaped damage during World War II and has been placed on UNESCO’s register of World Heritage sites. Home to 11 breweries, Bamberg is a center of the German brewing industry and a paradise for beer connoisseurs. After a walking tour of the Old Town, you have time to relax before a welcome dinner at the Historic Brewery Tavern Schlenkerla. D

Day 3 • Bamberg Today you visit two of Bamberg’s breweries, each with its own distinctive beer. You have a tour and tasting at each brewery. The rest of the day is at leisure. Some folks may choose to visit the beer museum and learn more about Bamberg’s brew history. Dinner tonight is on your own. B

Day 4 • Bamberg Your guide escorts you to another of Bamberg’s finest breweries for a “Stammtisch” beer tasting. After lunch, you take an excursion to nearby Nuremberg, a historic city known for its Lebkuchen (“Gingerbread”) and its sausages. A city tour includes the site of the massive annual gatherings of the Nazi Party during the 1930’s and – fittingly – also the site of the trials that brought its top officials to justice following World War II. After some free time to explore the city, we depart for the Aisch Valley Beer Trail in the Franconian region. With a history of brewing dating back to 1639, the trail includes several family breweries, each with its own specialty beer and unique taste. You will visit one along the way. Dinner tonight is on your own. B

Day 5 • Bamberg Rothenburg ob der TauberThis morning you embark on an excursion along the Romantic Road, a trade route dating from the Middle Ages that today leads past some of Germany’s best preserved medieval towns. Your destination is the acknowledged gem among these towns, Rothenburg, the walled city above the Tauber River. Your walking tour through narrow cobblestone streets goes back 500 years. We see the clockwork, a simple drama depicting the wager between Mayor Nusch and the besieging General Tilly. This event, involving the consumption of an enormous tankard of wine, spared the town from destAdd Mediaruction during the Thirty Years War. Franconia is also a wine-growing area and the Frankenweine in their distinctive bottles are renowned throughout Europe. Later today you tour a local winery followed by an enjoyable dinner. Remember to abide by this bit of German wisdom: Bier auf Wein, das lass sein. Wein auf Bier, das rat ich dir! (“Beer after [drinking] wine, don’t do it. Wine after beer, that I can recommend!”) B/D

Day 6 • Upper Bavaria You bid farewell to Bamberg and drive southward. On the way to Bad Aibling the tour stops at the small village of Dachau. Here you’ll visit the memorial, site of the Nazi-era concentration camp. An impressive museum in the former administration building tells the story of a dark period in Germany’s history. Later drive into Munich and take time to visit the BMW World, a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW factory. The museum is designed to present the current products of BMW, be a distribution center for BMW cars, and offer an event forum and a conference center. B/D

Day 7• Upper Bavaria eagles nestThe day begins with a drive to Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. Here board a smaller bus and traverse narrow roads up the Kehlstein Mountain. Your trip continues with a walk into the mountain and an elevator ride to the summit, site of the tea house (commonly called the “Eagle’s Nest,” a birthday gift to Adolf Hitler in 1934. The view on a clear day is spectacular! Back at the base of the mountain, there is time to visit the newly opened Obersalzberg Documentation Center and an underground bunker, built on the site of Hitler’s favorite retreat. Then it’s on to Salzburg, Austria, a short walking tour introduces you to historic Salzburg, including Mozart’s Birth House, the Mirabell Garden, and Peterskeller Tavern, where the Emperor Charlemagne visited during his reign in the early 9th Century! This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. B/D

Day 8 • Munich Area This morning pass by Munich and stop at the Andechs Monastery, where monks have brewed their own beer sinNymphenburgce the middle ages. Lunch is here at the monastery, where “the finest pork knuckles in the world” are served. Continue to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s liveliest cities. On a locally guided city tour, see the Olympic Grounds, Nymphenburg Castle, and the “Glockenspiel” on the main city square. Dinner is arranged at your hotel. B/L/D

OktoberfestDay 9 • Munich Area Today visit the famed Oktoberfest. There will be time to sample the great pretzels, the foaming festival beer, the spit-roasted chicken, beef, and all the other delicious foods available at this, the “world’s biggest celebration!” For lunch you will have a reservation at one of the tents and enjoy “Gemütlichkeit”, that Bavarian blend of fun, relaxation, and good cheer! Dinner tonight will be on your own. B/L

Day 10 • Munich Area After breakfast drive back into Munich for free day and last opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. Some folks may choose to go back to the Oktoberfest. Dinner tonight will be arranged at the Weihenstephan brewery. B/D

Day 11• Return Transfer to the Munich airport this morning and board a flight back to USA. You’ll return with lasting memories, many new friends, and a fresh appreciation for the simple product made of Gerste, Wasser, Hopfen, and Malz. Prost! Auf Wiedersehen! B

Abbreviations for included meals:  B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner  

 

One thought on “Bavarian Brewery and Oktoberfest Tour

  1. Pingback: An Amazing Bavarian Brewery & Oktoberfest Tour | GetAway Travel Service

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s