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Experience opening weekend of Oktoberfest in the city of Munich where it all began—including a grand parade with traditional dress, and bands from all over the world. Visit other sights in this world-class city. Explore the city of Mozart—Salzburg. See stunning castles and cathedrals. Also, enjoy incredible scenery in the Alps. Tour leader Rod Zook is a personal and business coach who is fluent in German and English. He spent more than 25 years living and working in Munich and travelling throughout Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of Scandinavia. Rod’s many local contacts throughout Germany and Austria will enhance your connection to the rich, living culture of this region.
Cultural Highlights of Germany & Austria, September 16-24, 2020, escorted by Rod Zook
This tour can be paired with once-in-ten years Oberammergau Passion Play tickets & a 2-night hotel stay, September 14-16, 2020. PLAY TICKET PACKAGE MUST BE BOOKED ASAP.
Tour fare per person:
CAD: Double occupancy $3,977; single supplement $605
USD: Double occupancy $3,060; single supplement $466
Important note: Costs could increase if you sign up less than 90 days before a tour begins
- Hotel accommodations
- Regional train tickets between main cities: Salzburg, Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Freising
- All breakfasts, all dinners, and 1 lunch
- Expert tour leader and site guides
- All entrance fees and walking tours included in the itinerary
- Gratuities for guides and group meals
- International airfare and airport transfers
- City transit
- 7 lunches
- Optional excursions
- Drinks with meals
- Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) and cancellation/interruption insurance
Travel medical (out-of-country emergency) insurance and cancellation/interruption insurance are not mandatory but are highly recommended.
All rates shown are in effect at the time of printing (June 2019). Although every effort is made to maintain the prices as established, TourMagination does reserve the right to adjust prices on this tour should it become necessary. The published price is guaranteed when paid in full. We accept check/cheque payments, and credit card payments. Please note that payments made using credit cards will be charged a 3% fee.
Day 1: Wednesday, September 16: Salzburg
Arrive in Salzburg, Austria from home or from Oberammergau, Germany after seeing the Passion Play. Salzburg’s well-preserved historic city centre is renowned for its Baroque style architecture. Meet with a local couple for an introduction to the city. After enjoying dinner with a view of Salzburg, you can participate in an optional evening walking tour or return to your hotel to rest.
Day 2: Thursday, September 17: Salzburg
One of Salzburg’s claims to fame is that it was the birthplace of Mozart. Explore locations important to Mozart and gain insight into how Salzburg inspired his music. This evening, attend an optional concert.
Day 3: Friday, September 18: Salzburg / Munich
This morning, explore the city on your own. Or if you are a fan of The Sound of Music, which was set in Salzburg, take an optional Sound of Music focused city tour. Continue on to the city of Munich, where you’ll arrive just in time to take part in the first day of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival, and an important part of Bavarian culture. Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich for more than 200 years.
Day 4: Saturday, September 19: Munich
Join in the celebrations as you watch the Oktoberfest opening ceremonies and a parade. During the parade you’ll see lots of traditional dress, plus horses and carriages, including magnificent draft horses. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food for lunch—such as sausages and pretzels. In the afternoon, a local will introduce you to sights “off the beaten trail” in Munich, or if you prefer you can spend the rest of the day at Oktoberfest.
Day 5: Sunday, September 20: Munich / Regensburg
This morning, we hope to join a local congregation for a morning worship service and have lunch with church members afterward. You have several options this afternoon. You could visit the Burghausen Castle, an enormous medieval Bavarian castle complex with its earliest construction beginning 1,000 years ago. Or you could travel to Hallertu, where the best hops in the world are grown. Or you can relax, visit a local café, go shopping, or stroll the streets of Munich on your own. Continue to Regensburg for the night.
Day 6: Monday, September 21: Regensburg / Nuremberg
Explore the many medieval landmarks of Regensburg, including the 12th century bridge crossing the river into the Old Town, the Regensburg Cathedral, and Walhalla—a Parthenon replica and UNESCO World Heritage site. Then move on to Nuremberg, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a local in the evening.
Day 7: Tuesday, September 22: Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Nuremberg
Take a day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a charming small medieval village. Explore the village, including the famous medieval wall. Then return to Nuremberg to learn more about 3rd Reich history.
Day 8: Wednesday, September 23: Augsburg / Munich
Augsburg is one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded in the year 15 BC! Visit with some residents of Augsburg to learn more about local life and culture. Then take a tour of the city, focusing on its role in the Anabaptist Reformation beginning in 16th century. Return to Munich as our tour draws near its end.
Day 9: Thursday, September 24
Say farewell to your fellow travellers and to all you’ve experienced in Germany and Austria, as you depart for home from the Munich airport.
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