German Highlights of Oktoberfest

September 22 – October 2, 2024

Starting at $4995 per person, double occupancy

Quintessential Germany & Austria:

September 21 – October 2, 2024

An 11-Day Guided Tour of Oktoberfest & Bavaria’s Heartland

Discover the Germanic awe of the world’s longest running beer festival at Oktoberfest in Munich, with exclusive seating in the Ochsenbraterei Tent—your very own VIP beer hall among a sea of six million festival goers. Meet Patrick von Ritchthofen, a direct descendant of the Red Baron, before journeying across the Austrian border for a Danube River Cruise, sailing past the mountainside vineyards and lush green surrounds of the Wachau Valley. After touring Berlin’s iconic sights, everything sparkles at a once-in-a-lifetime Dresden dinner, hosted at the King of Saxony’s former summer residence. Enjoy a meal of delicious abundance at the Schloss Hotel Dresden-Pillnitz, a baroque castle complex originally built for the King Augustus II in 1720.

DAY 1| Sept 22, 2024 | Welcome to Berlin
On arrival at Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30, 13:00 and 16:00. Your time is yours to explore, perhaps visit nearby Check Point Charlie – once the best-known Berlin Wall crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. This evening at 18:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Accommodation: Moevenpick Hotel
Included Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 | Sept 23, 2024 | The Spirit of Berlin
Join a Local Expert to see some of Berlin’s many highlights. Travel along the Ku’Damm past the Memorial Church. Drive through the Tiergarten to see Norman Foster’s glass dome that crowns the reconstructed Reichstag building. Continue with a visit to the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the reunification, and down along the Unter den Linden, past the Humboldt University and State Opera. Stop on Museum Island before enjoying some time at leisure in this once divided city. Perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store – the shopping centre of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West.

Included Meal: Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Berlin City Tour
You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku’Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten to the Reichstag building. See the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and visit Alexanderplatz.

DAY 3 | Sept 24, 2024 | Dresden, a Baroque Phoenix on the Elbe
In Dresden, join your 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 Princes’, a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace facade. See the huge cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace. Although the town was heavily bombed during World War II, it remains a treasure trove of early German history and baroque architecture.

Accommodation: Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel
Included Meal: Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Dresden City Tour
Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes’ mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. You’ll also learn about the traditional German Christmas Pyramids.

DAY 4 | Sept 25, 2024 | 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’?

Accommodations: Hilton Munich Park Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Visit Nuremberg
Nuremburg is steeped in history and famous for its magnificent landmarks including the imperial castle and the old walled town. Although much of the city was destroyed in WWII, the medieval parts of the old town have been faithfully reconstructed. The City is also famous for the Nuremburg Trials, carried out between 1945 and 1949.

DAY 5 | Sept 26, 2024 |  Munich and Oktoberfest
Be welcomed into fun-loving Munich as you join your Travel Director this morning for an orientation tour. Explore the Feldernhalle on the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, Hofbrauhaus, St Peters Church, and the famous Marienplatz.

Then this afternoon join the festivities of Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world! Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, amusement rides, entertainment, beer and local Bavarian specialties for dinner. With tables reserved, your dedicated host will ensure you have a memorable time.
Accommodations: Hilton Munich Park Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
 
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Visit Oktoberfest in Munich
Join this giant and unforgettable celebration of great local beers – in fact over seven million liters of beer get consumed each year at Oktoberfest. Revelers also munch their way through thousands of giant sausages and pretzels! Lose yourself in the colorful parades, enjoy fairground rides and admire those in traditional Bavarian costume.

DAY 6 | Sept 27, 2024 | Visit the BMW Museum
After a relaxed start, take the opportunity to travel through time and experience the fascinating world of BMW, with a history spanning nine 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.

Accommodations: Hilton Munich Park Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINING: Dinner with direct descendent of Manfred von Ritchthofen ‘Red Baron’
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.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: BMW Museum
This elegant museum serves as an architectural landmark of both Bayerische Motoren Werke and Munich’s cultural life. Its centrepiece is a permanent exhibition of some 110 exhibits, complemented by temporary exhibitions dedicated to special themes.

DAY 7 | Sept 28, 2024 | 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.

Accommodations: ARCOTEL Castellani
Included Meal: Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Hohensalzburg Fortress
This impressive fortress sits high above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Baroque historical district, offering stunning 360° views of the city. The largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, roam the magnificent halls and walls, and admire intricate artworks.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Salzburg City Tour
Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square – both locations used in ‘The Sound of Music.’ You will also see the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.

DAY 8 | Sept 29, 2024 | Explore Berchtesgaden
Our day trip today takes us into the heart of 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.

Take a scenic drive up the mountain to Hitler’s notorious “Eagle’s Nest”, used as a restaurant since the 1950’s. From here you can enjoy splendid views through the arches up to the “Hohen Goll” and across the snow-capped peaks.
Soak up the picturesque scenery of the region as we continue past hill tops and mountain villages. Stop at the Maria Gern Church for a look inside, before looping back to Salzburg.
Accommodations: ARCOTEL Castellani
Included Meal: Breakfast
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Scenic Drive through Berchtesgaden countryside
Admire breathtaking views on a scenic drive through the stunning Berchtesgaden countryside, alongside snow capped peaks and lush green meadows. Visit the picturesque Pilgrimage church, Maria Gern Chapel, a pristine white architectural gem, perched on the hillside.

DAY 9 | Sept 30, 2024 | 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.

Accommodations: Andaz am Belvedere Hotel Vienna
Included Meal: Breakfast

DAY 10 | Oct 1, 2024 | 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. 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHT: Schönbrunn Palace Gardens with Local Expert
Stroll through the 18th century Crown Prince Garden and manicured grounds with your Local Expert.

INSIGHT EXPERIENCE: Concert of Viennese classical music
Indulge your senses with a magical concert of classic Viennese music and dance. Enjoy a delicious traditional Austrian dinner, then watch the works of Mozart and Strauss come to life.

DAY 11 | Oct 2, 2024 | Auf Wiedersehen Vienna
Your journey concludes after breakfast with transfer arriving at Vienna Airport at 08:00.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights

  • 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 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.
  • Vienna: Indulge your senses with a magical concert of classic Viennese music and dance. Enjoy a delicious traditional Austrian dinner, then watch the works of Mozart and Strauss come to life.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Berlin: You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the KuDamm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten to the Reichstag building. See the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and visit Alexanderplatz.
  • Dresden: Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal Procession of the Dukes; mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. You’ll also learn about the traditional German Christmas Pyramids.
  • Nuremberg: Nuremburg is steeped in history and famous for its magnificent landmarks including the imperial castle and the old walled town. Although much of the city was destroyed in WWII, the medieval parts of the old town have been faithfully reconstructed. The City is also famous for the Nuremburg Trials, carried out between 1945 and 1949.
  • Munich: Join this giant and unforgettable celebration of great local beers – in fact over seven million liters of beer get consumed each year at Oktoberfest. Revelers also munch their way through thousands of giant sausages and pretzels! Lose yourself in the colorful parades, enjoy fairground rides and admire those in traditional Bavarian costume.
  • Munich: This elegant museum serves as an architectural landmark of both Bayerische Motoren Werke and Munich’s cultural life. Its centerpiece is a permanent exhibition of some 110 exhibits, complemented by temporary exhibitions dedicated to special themes.
  • Salzburg: This impressive fortress sits high above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Baroque historical district, offering stunning 360° views of the city. The largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, roam the magnificent halls and walls, and admire intricate artworks.
  • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square – both locations used in The Sound of Music. You will also see the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.
  • Admire breathtaking views on a scenic drive through the stunning Berchtesgaden countryside, alongside snow capped peaks and lush green meadows. Visit the picturesque Pilgrimage church, Maria Gern Chapel, a pristine white architectural gem, perched on the hillside.
  • Vienna: Stroll through the 18th century Crown Prince Garden and manicured grounds with your Local Expert.

PRICE based on double occupancy

$4995pp | Single Supplement $1995

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hotel porterage where available of 1 bag per person.
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver.
  • Hotel tips, restaurant tips for included meals, and local taxes.
  • A group airport transfer on the first and last day of your guided holiday.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted (Hotels listed to be used as a guide only and are subject to availability. If the quoted hotel is unavailable, we will secure another hotel in the same category).

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights
  • No early check in/late checkout included.
  • Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities to Travel Director, Coach Drivers and Local Experts.

Sharon Carr Travel can help with your air reservations – please call our office at 972-233-3300 for assistance.

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Payments: A deposit of $500 per person, is due at time of reservation and the balance is due on April 1st, 2024.  The advertised price represents a 5% discount for payments made by cash or check.  The price is 5% higher for a credit card payment and requires an authorized signature.  We accept MC, VISA, and AX.  This trip is non refundable and travel insurance is highly recommended.

Cancellation: .  Travel insurance is highly reccomended.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Please note that travel insurers are not offering Coronavirus/COVID-19 protection against destination closure.  However, covid illness is covered and Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended and must be booked within 15 days of your initial deposit in order for pre-existing conditions to be covered.  “Cancel at Any Time” insurance is available but must be booked at the same time as deposit (same day) and typically only covers 80%.  In the unlikely event that Canada closes due to covid, you will receive a full future travel credit from Rocky Mountaineer.

 A valid passport is required for this trip. 

Your passport cannot expire for at least 6 months after your return.  

PAYMENTS:   A deposit of ______ per person is due with reservation. We will need a copy of the inside of your passport and birthdates for each passenger.   Final payment is due no later than June 15, 2024. All fares are subject to fuel/tax increases. For all guests booking air travel with Uniworld, a separate non-refundable airfare deposit of $450 per person is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. Uniworld accepts MC, VISA, & AX.

CANCELLATIONS:    If cancelled before June 15, 2024, a $______ per person fee is assessed. If cancelled on or after June 15, 2024, trip is non refundable.   Please understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made. If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible to have proper documentation.  Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.

FULL LEGAL NAMES: must be given as stated on passports. (No nicknames).  Name changes may be made up to 120 days prior to departure for $200 per name.  Please understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made.

INSURANCE: Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.  Insurance information will be provided to you.  If for some reason you have not been given an insurance application, please call our office immediately.  Please read the information brochure carefully.  Please understand that insurance does not cover a pandemic.

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NOTE TO TRAVELER: The traveler assumes and understands that there is a risk involved with travel and travel activities and/or excursions. The traveler is responsible for reading and abiding by all Health and Safety protocols of the vendor & the destination prior to travel, has reviewed the travel itinerary for accuracy, has been advised of all applicable fees imposed by Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House Travel and the suppliers, and has been offered the option of purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The traveler also understands that discounted fares and vacation packages typically involve restrictions and that changing any aspect of any travel arrangements may result in the payment of additional money.

Sharon Carr Travel will charge a fee commensurate with the trip cost if client cancels his/her trip and commission is not paid by the vendor.

 

 

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