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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

Germany, Austria ...more Germany, Austria

Locations Visited

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

    On arrival at Berlin’s Brandenberg Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30 & 13:30. 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.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Berlin.
  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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Berlin.
  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.

    meals 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’?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Munich Marriott Hotel.
  5. Day 5 Munich

    Be welcomed into fun-loving Munich for 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, which has been running since 1810 and now sees over six million visitors each year. This afternoon enjoy the festival atmosphere, amusement rides, entertainment, beer and local Bavarian specialties for dinner. With tables reserved, your dedicated host will ensure you have a memorable time.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Munich Marriott Hotel.
  6. Day 6 Visit the BMW Museum Relaxed Start

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Munich Marriott Hotel.
  7. Day 7 Journey to Salzburg

    A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, steeped in musical history. A Local Expert will show you the gardens of the Mirabell Palace, the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, the cathedral in the old town, Mozart’s birthplace, and locations that brought the city alive with the Sound of Music.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg.
  8. Day 8 Explore Berchtesgaden

    Our day trip today takes us into ‘real’ Alpine Bavaria. Drive over the German border, past picturesque farmhouse, and villages to Obersalzberg. Nearly 75 years ago, this small mountain paradise was the summer playground for top Nazi brass. Here we transfer to special coaches for a 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 breath-taking drive to appreciate the picturesque scenery of the region takes past hill tops and mountain villages. We stop at the Maria Gern Church and look inside before looping back to Salzburg.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg.
  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, we head for the Austrian capital, and to our central hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  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 Coffee houses 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  11. Day 11 Auf Wiedersehen Vienna

    Your journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna Airport at 07:00 and 09:00.

    meals Breakfast
Oktoberfest Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Summary

  • : Guided sightseeing tour with Local Expert in Berlin, Dresden, Salzburg and Vienna • Orientation tour of Nuremberg and Munich.
  • : Breathtaking scenic drive through Berchtesgaden countryside to Maria Gern chapel.

Top Rated Highlights

  • : Visit the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich • BMW Museum in Munich • The imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress with Funicular ride in Salzburg • Hitler’s notorious “Eagle’s Nest” in Berchtesgaden • River Cruise along the stunning Wachau Valley • Wachau style wine tasting • Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
  • Nuremberg: Visit the town of Nuremberg
  • Munich: Strap on your Lederhosen for a visit to the world's greatest Volksfest in Munich on select departures.
  • Munich: Visit the BMW museum.
  • Salzburg: Visit the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • : Breathtaking scenic drive through Berchtesgaden countryside to Maria Gern chapel.
  • Vienna: Stroll through the 18th century Crown Prince Garden and manicured grounds with your Local Expert.Alternatively, join your Local Expert to stroll through the manicured grounds and enter the 18th century Crown Prince Garden.

Travel Director

  • : "Munich is the capital of beer, so taking guests into the famous Hofbräuhaus, at any time of year, gives them a small idea of what it’s like to attend Oktoberfest."

Authentic Dining

  • Dresden: Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Schloss Hotel Dresden-Pillnitz. Situated on the premises of the former summer residence of the King of Saxony. Majestic gardens, the stunning architecture of the previous centuries create a truly magical atmosphere.
  • 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 Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Experiences

  • Vienna: A concert of classic Viennese music and dance combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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