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Big-city style and rural charm, Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, art treasures and festive beer gardens - these are just some of the ingredients that make Munich, Bavaria's capital city, so fun and fascinating. Once part of the ancient Alpine region of Tyrol, Munich is also host to the iconic Oktoberfest. First held in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding, nobody could have dreamt it would go on to become such a famous event. Since then, the world's biggest beer festival has been held for two weeks every autumn, bringing smiles to peoples’ faces in classic Bavarian style with oompah bands, beer fresh from the barrel and plenty of good cheer.
You'll get to spend two memorable days joining in the festivities, hoisting steins of specially brewed Oktoberfest beer and eating local treats like wurst (sausage) and spätzle (egg noodles). You and your fellow travelers will have a reserved table at one of Oktoberfest's beer tents from which you can then explore the festival's many venues and fairground attractions. Remember to say prost and clink mugs with newfound friends before you sip! Other highlights in Munich include dinner at the famous Hofbräuhaus, arguably the most famous beer hall in the world, a city tour that includes visits to Nymphenburg Palace and Olympic Park, and more.
Discover iconic attractions in the Bavarian countryside as well. Day trips include Obersalzberg, a mountainside retreat near Berchtesgaden best known as the location of Adolf Hitler's mountain residence the "Eagle's Nest." You'll tour the fortress compound plus visit the Obersalzburg Documentation Center which has a permanent exhibition on the history of the Nazi regime. Explore Neuschwanstein Castle, the storybook Bavarian palace that inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Then depart for Salzburg, whose Old Town is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. Here, you’ll visit Mozart's birthplace, Hellbrunn Palace and the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Conclude your journey with a Mozart Dinner Concert at Stiftskeller St. Peter, a restaurant within the monastery walls of St. Peter's Arch Abbey.
• 7 nights accommodations: 5 nights in Munich and 2 nights in Salzburg
• Meals - Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, including a Mozart Dinner Concert in Salzburg
• All on-tour transportation, English-speaking tour manager and local guides
• Events - Two days admission to Munich’s 2014 Oktoberfest
• Sights - Sightseeing in Munich, Berchtesgaden (Obersalzburg) and Salzburg plus tours of Neuschwanstein Castle and Herrenchiemsee Palace
Note: Additional hotel nights can be requested. Group arrival and departure transfers are also available. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 – Arrive in Munich
Big-city style and rural charm, Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, art treasures and the Oktoberfest, traditional customs and high technology, beer gardens and haute cuisine – these are all ingredients of the special “Munich mix” that makes Bavaria’s state capital so endlessly fascinating, and so popular with visitors from all over the world.
Meet your motor coach and guide to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. A visit is made to Nymphenburg Palace, one-time summer residence of the Bavarian rulers and a wonderful example of exotic Rococo architecture. Then enjoy drinks and a three-course meal at the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Later, transfer to your hotel for check-in and a restful night.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Muenchen Neuperlach Sued - 5 nights
Day 2 – Olympic Park & Oktoberfest
This morning, see more sights of Munich including Olympic Park. With its unique concentration and combination of various kinds of sports, Olympic Park has become one of the most important event and leisure attractions in the world.
This afternoon, attend the world famous Oktoberfest. Head to the Theresienwiese, the field where the Oktoberfest is held, where a table has been reserved in one of the tents for our group. A rustic meal of chicken and a couple of steins of beer are included. This two-week festival attracts millions of people who visit beer tents and fairground attractions in an atmosphere of celebration and good cheer. You may also wish to explore the other tents and venues, all the while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this world class event.
Day 3 – Eagles Nest Excursion
Today we depart for Obersalzberg, a mountainside retreat situated above the market town of Berchtesgaden southeast of Munich and close to the border with Austria. The retreat is best known as the location of Adolf Hitler's mountain residence, popularly known as the "Eagle's Nest."
Begin the day with a visit to the Obersalzburg Documentation Center which has a permanent exhibition on the history of Obersalzberg and the Nazi Dictatorship prepared by the Institute of Contemporary History in Berlin and Munich. Obersalzberg, which became Hitler's holiday retreat in 1923, was expanded after 1933, becoming a second seat of government next to Berlin. In contrast to all other comparable institutions – concentration camp memorial sites, holocaust museums, local documentation centers on the Nazi past, or temporary exhibitions on the Nazi period – the Documentation Center does not limit itself to local history and sections of historical reality, but combines the history of the Obersalzberg with the central manifestations of the National Socialist dictatorship.
We then visit the so-called Eagle's Nest, built as a 50th birthday present to Adolf Hitler from the Nazi Party. A tour guide will narrate a detailed historical account of the construction and use of the Eagle's Nest, a unique mountain top conference center, Hitler's former residence and Nazi southern headquarters. A visit to the underground bunker system is a must in order to appreciate the monumental scale of Hitler's fortress compound in the formidable German Alps. Later, return to Munich for dinner and the evening on your own.
Day 4 – Neuschwanstein Castle
Today we'll enjoy a memorable visit to the magnificent hilltop castle of Neuschwanstein. Built in 1869, it was the fairy tale castle of King Ludwig II who in fact lived here for only 170 days. Marvel at the marble and gilded interior created by Ludwig to deliberately convey the impression of a dreamlike and otherworldly reality. The castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney's iconic Sleeping Beauty castle and was featured as a setting in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later return to Munich where the remainder of your day is free.
Day 5 – Oktoberfest
Today enjoy another day at Oktoberfest. A table will be reserved in one of the tents for our group and includes a rustic meal and two of steins of beer per person. Since this is our last day in Munich, there will also be time to souvenir shop and explore on your own.
Day 6 – Munich to Salzburg
Today we leave Munich behind and head for Salzburg. En route, stop for a visit to Herrenchiemsee. Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake. At Lake Chiemsee we board a ship from Prien to Herreninsel for a visit to King Ludwig's sumptuous Herrenchiemsee Palace, the most famous of these buildings and the largest of King Ludwig II of Bavaria's palaces. On disembarking, we enjoy a horse and carriage ride to the palace for a guided tour. It is a splendid replica of the Palace of Versailles, complete with Hall of Mirrors, fountains and beautiful State rooms.
Afterwards, continue to Salzburg, Austria. Famous as the home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, the city occupies a dramatic location surrounded by the splendor of the Austrian Alps.
Accommodation: Achat Zum Hirschen Hotel – 2 nights
Day 7 – Salzburg Sights
This morning, enjoy a half day tour of this beautiful city that includes Mozart's birthplace and Hohensalzburg Castle, also known as the Salzburg Fortress.
The Mozarts lived at 9 Getreidegasse from 1747 to 1773 and their son Wolfgang Amadeus was born there in 1756. Today, the home of the Mozart family is a museum where, among other attractions, visitors to the museum can see the violin played by the world-famous musical genius as a child as well as his concert violin, his clavichord, a pianoforte, portraits, and letters of the Mozart family. Afterwards visit the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, commonly referred to as the "fortress." Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. A ride on the funicular is included.
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Hellbrunn Palace. The main attraction is the ingenious trick fountains and water-powered figures installed by the bishop and activated today by the tour guides. Expect to get wet! Also look out for the famous gazebo where Liesl sang "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" to Rolf in The Sound of Music.
This evening we attend the Mozart Dinner concert as our farewell meal at Stiftskeller St. Peter, a restaurant within the monastery walls of St. Peter's Arch Abbey.
Day 8 – Depart for home
After breakfast and check-out, depart Salzburg for Munich International Airport and your flight home.
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