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Oktoberfest: The Germanic Experience

11 Days from $3,790 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Leisurely

Discovering Bavarian Germany & Imperial Austria.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Discovering Bavarian Germany & Imperial Austria.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. On arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30 & 12:30. This afternoon, perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store, the shopping center of West Berlin - which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception and Dinner
    hotel:Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin
  3. A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. Join a Local Expert to see the splendors 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 facade. See the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace. Tonight we’ll go to historic Eckberg Castle. Built in 1861, the Castle is home to one of the most exclusive restaurant/hotels in Germany. You’ll dine like Queens and Kings in the famous Garden Hall and enjoy stunning views of the gardens and the uniquely beautiful Elbe valley.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Vienna House QF Dresden
  4. 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 feet of the German Alps. At night, perhaps consider dinner at one of Munich’s famous ‘Bier Kellers’?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Roomers Munich, Autograph Collection
  5. 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! 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 specialties for dinner! With tables reserved in the Ochsenbraterei Tent, your dedicated host will ensure a memorable time is had by all.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Roomers Munich, Autograph Collection
  6. After a relaxed start, take the opportunity to travel through time and experience the fascinating world of 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 descendant of Manfred von Richthofen otherwise known as ‘The Red Baron’, for an unforgettable dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Roomers Munich, Autograph Collection
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Imlauer & Brau
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Imlauer & Brau
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Renaissance Vienna
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
    hotel:Renaissance Vienna
  11. Your journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna Airport at 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $1,665 per person

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Included Quality Dining

15 Meals: 10 Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Dinners with Wine, 1 Welcome Reception and Dinner, and 1 Celebration Dinner

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 savor 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 in Eckberg Castle. Home to one of the most exclusive restaurant and hotel in Germany with views over the Elbe Valley.
  • 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

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

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Yes, U.S. citizens traveling to Germany and Austria must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany or Austria.

  • The currency in Germany and Austria is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as goulash and apple strudel.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List

  • Service and VAT are typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany and Austria.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up or add up to 10 percent to your bill.   Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill.  If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation. 

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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