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Oktoberfest: The Germanic Experience

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $4,299 per person
SEP 2022
Oktoberfest band dressed in lederhosen, Munich, Germany

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany ...more Austria, Germany

Locations Visited

Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna ...more Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Berlin

    On arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30 & 12:30. This afternoon, perhaps visit nearby Check Point Charlie - once the best known Berlin Wall crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception and Dinner)

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie
  2. Day 2 Discover Berlin

    Marvel this morning at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus in 1990 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment. Stop a while on Museum Island before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in this once divided city.(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to Dresden

    A short drive south brings you to Dresden – known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. Join a Local Expert to see the splendours of the city. From the Frauenkirche, which has risen again from the destruction of World War II, walk past ‘The Procession of the Dukes’, a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace façade. See the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace. Tonight we’ll go to Dresden-Pillnitz, where we enjoy dinner with wine at the Schloss Hotel. The baroque castle complex was built upon order of the King Augustus II the Strong in 1720, with inspiration from the Far East. Until 1918 the palace served as the summer residence for the House of Wettin.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Dresden
  4. Day 4 Journey to Munich

    In Nuremberg witness the charming blend of stone and timbered dwellings in the Old Town as well as the massive ramparts, perhaps shop for delicious Lebkuchen (gingerbread)? Continue across the Danube to Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, lying near the foot of the German Alps. At night, perhaps consider dinner at one of Munich’s famous ‘Bier Kellers’?(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Pullman Hotel, Munich
  5. Day 5 Oktoberfest Experience

    Be welcomed into fun loving Munich with an orientation tour which shows you the Feldernhalle on the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, English Garden, Hofbrauhaus, St Peters Church and the famous Marienplatz. Munich hosts the most famous beer festival in the world – Oktoberfest! The beer festival has been running since 1810 and now sees over 6 million visitors each year. This afternoon enjoy the festival atmosphere, amusement rides, entertainment, beer and local Bavarian specialities for dinner! With tables reserved, your dedicated host will ensure a memorable time is had by all.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine )

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  6. Day 6 Visit the BMW Museum

    After a relaxed start, take the opportunity to travel through time and experience fascinating BMW, with a history spanning 9 decades. See some of the most famous and valuable automobiles, motorcycles and engines during a tour of the museum. In the evening, join special guest - Patrick von Richthofen, a descendent of Manfred von Richthofen otherwise known as ‘The Red Baron’, for an unforgettable dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  7. Day 7 Journey to Salzburg

    A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg. A city steeped in musical history, a Local Expert will introduce you to the city renowned for Mozart and not forgetting the Sound of Music. The gardens of the Mirabell Palace, the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, the cathedral in the old town, Mozart’s birthplace and the locations which bought the city alive ‘with the Sound of Music’. Later the city is yours to explore.(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Fuschlsee Salzburg Hotel Jagdhof
  8. Day 8 Explore Berchtesgaden

    Our day trip today takes us into ‘real’ Alpine Bavaria. Drive over the German border, past picturesque farmhouses and villages to Obersalzberg. Nearly 75 years ago, this small mountain paradise was the summer playground for top Nazi brass. Here we will transfer to special coaches for the scenic drive up the mountain to Hitler’s notorious “Eagle’s Nest”. Used as a restaurant since the 50’s, there are splendid views through the arches up to the ‘Hohen Goll’ and across the snow capped peaks. A breathtaking drive to appreciate the picturesque scenery of the region takes past hill tops and mountain villages. We stop at the Maria Gern Church and take a look inside before looping back to Salzburg.(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Journey to Vienna

    Cross the Austrian border and head east through the rolling countryside to stop in the shadow of the great Monastery of Melk. Join a river cruise along the stunning Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs, topped with picturesque churches and ruined castles. Pass the fortress of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart languished in prison until discovered by his faithful Welsh minstrel, then alight beneath the vine laden cliffs of Krems. Immerse yourself in the vineyards and cellars of the local winery to learn about and sample the unique Wachau style wine. Finally head for the Austrian capital, and to our central hotel.(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Intercontinental Vienna
  10. Day 10 Discover Vienna

    Much of Vienna’s present day charm is due to the long reign of the Habsburgs, so in the morning, join a Local Expert for a guided visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament Building. Demel is a well-known Viennese institution for its cakes and pastries. Previous noble costumers include Empress Elizabeth and Princess Pauline von Metternich. Enjoy coffee and cake in one of the splendid dining rooms to begin your leisurely afternoon in this imperial city. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  11. Day 11 Auf Wiedersehen Vienna

    Auf Wiedersehen Vienna Your journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna Airport at 07:00 and 09:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes


  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Authentic Dining

  • Dining Summary: 10 Buffet breakfasts (BB), 2 Celebration Dinner (CD), 3 dinners with wine (DW)

Insight Experiences

  • Munich: A private invitation to exclusive seating in the renowned Ochsenbraterei Tent. Sit back and experience the festive atmosphere of this once in a lifetime event and enjoy a three course dinner, a dedicated host and savour the Bavarian Beer!
  • Munich: Join special guest Patrick von Ritchthofen, a direct descendant of Manfred von Ritchthofen, otherwise known as ‘The Red Baron’, for an unforgettable conversation and a Celebration Dinner.
  • Dresden: Dinner at Schloss Hotel Dresden-Pillnitz. Situated on the premises of the former summer residence of the King of Saxony. Majestic gardens, stunning architecture of the previous centuries create a truly magical atmosphere.
  • Melk: A river cruise along the stunning Wachau Valley and sample wine from a vineyard in the same region.
  • Vienna: A concert of classic Viennese music and dance combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Nuremberg: Visit the town of Nuremberg
  • Munich: Visit the BMW Museum in Munich
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress: Visit the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Hitler’s infamous: Visit Hitler’s infamous retreat ‘Eagles Nest’
  • Scenic Drive: Breathtaking scenic drive through Berchtesgaden countryside to Maria Gern chapel
  • Vienna: Visit the grand Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna

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