French Heritage - Carcassonne

Oktoberfest (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Austria, Germany

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Discovering Bavarian Germany & Imperial Austria

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Day 2

    Arrive Berlin

    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 centre 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.

  3. Day 3

    Berlin Sightseeing

    Marvel this morning at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing journey 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.

  4. Day 4

    Berlin – 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 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.

  5. Day 5

    Dresden – 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 feet of the German Alps. At night, perhaps consider dinner at one of Munich’s famous ‘Bier Kellers’?

  6. Day 6

    Munich Orientation

    Be welcomed into fun loving Munich for an orientation 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. In the afternoon 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 journey 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.

  7. Day 7

    Oktoberfest Experience

    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. Enjoy the festival atmosphere, amusement rides, entertainment, beer and local Bavarian specialities! With tables reserved in the Ochsenbraterei tent, your dedicated host will ensure a memorable time is had by all.

  8. Day 8

    Munich – Salzburg

    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.

  9. Day 9

    Berchtesgaden Excursion

    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.

  10. Day 10

    Salzburg – 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 head for the Austrian capital, and to our central hotel.

  11. Day 11

    Vienna Sightseeing

    Previous noble customers 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.

  12. Day 12

    Depart Vienna

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

Highlights

 

PREMIUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 savour the Bavarian Beer!
  • 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
  • Dinner in Eckberg Castle. Home to one of the most exclusive restaurant/hotels in Germany with views over the Elbe Valley
  • 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
  • A river cruise along the stunning Wachau Valley and sample wine from a vineyard in the same region
  • Visit the grand Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna
  • A concert of classic Viennese music and dance combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare

FEATURE HOTELS

  • Four Points By Sheraton Munich - central location conveniently selected within close proximity to Oktoberfest
  • Vienna Hilton - Perfect location to explore Vienna on foot

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

  • 8 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 2 Highlight Dinners

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • Escorted by Insight Vacations much-loved expert Travel Director Brad Allemand
  • Premium accommodation in the best locations
  • Business class comfort onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of trip
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling
  • Insight Traveller document wallet and information pack

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11405 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great cities along the way. I would of liked more time at Oktoberfest. Less time in Berlin.

    Service: Yes I would go with Insight Vacations again. This was our 2nd trip through them. They are organized and take care of any concern. Very informative guides. Great accommodations.

  • 10 October, 2018

    TRIP:
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    Trip: Fun time. Good sites chosen.

    Service: Well organized.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent venues, excellent activites

    Service: Activities excellent, local guides good tour director excellent, venues excelent.

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