KEGS & KATHEDRALS OKTOBERFEST ADVENTURE
Toronto to Munich
With founder of Toronto’s Beer Lovers’ Tour Company, Oliver Dawson
The Beer Lovers’ Tour Company and Merit Travel are delighted to return to Europe with our annual Bavarian adventure. Resplendent with incredible mountain scenery, romantic medieval towns and a beer culture that is the envy of the world, our journey will visit and explore historic breweries and many iconic sites and attractions including UNESCO World Heritage sites, Regensburg and Bamberg, and of course Oktoberfest! For the first-time traveller to Germany, this will be a delightful introduction to this historic land; for the veteran, there will be many ‘off the beaten track’ surprises; for the beer lover, this will be pure heaven!
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Munich | Weihenstephan | Oktoberfest | Regensburg | Bamberg | Würzburg | Bayreuth | The Romantic Road, Zugspitze
• Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Eight nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Eight breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners (dinners include beer)
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Oktoberfest admission with VIP lunch
• Brewery visits with beer tastings as per the itinerary including: Kloster Andechs Brewery, Klosterbrauerei Ettal, Weihenstephan Brewery, Maisel Brewery Bayreuth, Bamberg, Festspielhaus, Würzburger Hofbräu, Wurzburg
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
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Oliver Dawson is the founder of Toronto's Beer Lovers’ Tour Company and also works as a consultant to the brewing industry, with clients including LCBO, Steam Whistle Brewery, Sleeman's, Slavutich Beer & Zirkova Vodka. His writing on beer has been featured in LCBO's Food & Drink Magazine and he has been seen as a spokesperson on City TV, Global TV and CBC. Oliver combines his passion for beer, culture and travel through local and international tours.
Breakfast Incl. (B), Lunch Incl. (L), Dinner Incl.(D)
DAY 1 | Sept. 21, 2018 | Toronto - Munich
Depart Toronto for your overnight flight to Munich.
DAY 2 | Sept. 22, 2018 | Munich (D)
We arrive in Munich and are greeted by our guide who will arrange our transfer to the historic Altstadt. There's time for everyone to have lunch before joining a guided tour of the old city prior to checking in to our downtown hotel. We will have time to rest and relax before strolling to the historic Hofbräuhaus where we enjoy our welcome dinner.
Overnight at Mercure Hotel Munich or similar (1 night)
DAY 3 | Sept. 23, 2018 | Munich - Oktoberfest - Starnberg (B, L)
After a hearty Bavarian breakfast we will transfer to the city centre for a guided city tour to explore Munich before we get ready for our Octoberfest experience.
Still the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest began as a harvest celebration back in the middle ages. A royal wedding celebration in 1810 on the current site was the beginning of an annual Munich tradition, attracting beer lovers from around the world.
Typical Bavarian specialties and local beer will be on the menu as we enjoy our lunch with drinks.
Overnight at Vier Jahreszeiten or similar (2 nights)
DAY 4 | Sept. 24, 2018 | Starnberg (B, D)
Enjoy a morning visit to the Andechs Brewery for a tour & tasting. Travel on to Füssen, making a photo stop for Neuschwanstein Castle along the way. Stop in Füssen for lunch at our leisure.
Continue to Zugspitze and journey to the summit. Transfer to Ettaler- Klosterbrauerei Brewery for a beer tour & tasting.
Dinner is at the nearby Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer.
DAY 5 | Sept. 25, 2018 | Starnberg - Franconia - Regensburg (B, L)
After a generous Bavarian buffet-breakfast, we say goodbye to the Munich area, and head towards Franconia, the heartland of northern Bavaria.
People enjoying beer in the morning is a common site in Bavaria and so, to fit in with the locals, our first stop is at Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest brewery. Then it's off to our next stop, situated in a deep gorge on the Danube River, Kloster Weltenburg is only accessible by boat. Here we will enjoy a traditional lunch washed down with the locally brewed beer.
Then we visit beautiful Regensburg where we will spend the next two nights. After checking-in the rest of the day is free to explore at leisure.
Overnight at Best Western Premier or similar (2 nights)
DAY 6 | Sept. 26, 2018 | Regensburg (B)
We start with another hearty German breakfast, preparing us for our morning orientation tour of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Situated on the banks of the Danube, Regensburg history dates back to Roman times. In the middle ages it became an important trading centre and much of the fabulous architecture dates back to this period. Fans of Romanesque and Gothic architecture will have much to admire. Not to miss is the double-towered, gothic Regensburg cathedral.
After our tour, the rest of the day is free to explore, eat and shop at leisure. Perhaps we will come across a legendary tavern that serves the local Roggenbier (Rye beer).
DAY 7 | Sept. 27, 2018 | Regensburg - Bamberg (B, L)
Breakfast as usual and it is ‘aufwiedersehen’ to Regensberg as we head to Bamberg, another medieval gem in the heart of Bavaria.
On our way we will make a short stop at Walhalla, an impressive 19th century monument worthy of the Gods. We will enjoy lunch at Maisel Brewery, followed by a tasting.
After we check into our hotel, the rest of the evening, and dinner is at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Europa, Bamberg or similar (2 nights)
DAY 8 | Sept. 28, 2018 | Bamberg (B, D)
After breakfast, we will get a brief orientation tour of Bamberg, another spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautifully preserved and restored, Bamberg is one of the prettiest towns in all Germany with rushing rivers, narrow winding cobblestoned streets, timbered houses and gothic spires. It is a photographer’s dream.
Beer lovers will also rejoice since Bamberg is a brewing centre and home to the famous Rauchbier (smoked beer).
Afternoon circular river cruise from central Bamberg. Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner at Schlenkerla.
DAY 9 | Sept. 29, 2018 | Bamberg - Würzburg - Dinkelsbühl (B, L, D)
Morning transfer to Würzburg with a guided walking tour upon arrival with a visit to the Hofkirche included. Visit the Würzburger Hofbräu for a tour and tasting.
Lunch is included in the city. Then it is down the Romantic Road to Dinkelsbühl, one of the only remaining walled medieval towns in Germany, and check in to your hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Deutches Haus or similar (1 night)
DAY 10 | Sept. 30, 2018 | Dinkelsbühl - Munich - Toronto (B)
We travel down the Romantic Road (stops to be made are subject to flight times). Then we transfer to Munich airport for our flight home.
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