Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and best-known beer festival and with more than 200 years of tradition, you’d better believe it’s worth experiencing. Get your fill of Bavarian history, culture and celebrations on an eight-day tour that’ll include city and castle tours, traditional costume shopping expeditions, Bavarian cooking classes, brewery tours and a visit to the festival itself.
Munich – Welcome to Munich
Begin your Bavarian beer adventure in the state’s capital, Munich. Once you land, a comfortable 40-minute transfer will see that you make it from the airport to your hotel on the sophisticated Maximilianstrasse.
When you’ve settled into your room at the Hotel Vier Jahrezeiten Kampinski, which has had the distinguished honor of hosting famous faces like Elton John, Sophia Loran, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II and even Sissi (Elisabeth of Bavaria), you’ll have the afternoon to explore the town.
A good way to spend your time might be to stroll down Maximilianstrasse and check out the luxury stores that line its pavement. Then take a quick stroll along the pedestrian Theatinerstrasse, towards Odeonsplatz, and prepare your taste buds for Maelu. The café and patisserie is adored by locals for its delectable miniature mousse cakes, macaroons and éclairs.
If you have the energy, finish your afternoon by taking a tour of the Munich Residenz — the former home of the Bavarian Royals. Admire the Antiquarium, a magnificent 66-metre long hall featuring antique sculptures and paintings, the Emperor’s Hall with impressive ceilings painted by Peter Candid, the marble floors, golden ceilings and silver reliefs of the Ornate Chapel and the ostentatiousness of the Ornate Rooms.
Munich – A Walk Through History
Munich – The Bavarian Tradition
Munich – A Taste of the Countryside and Beer
Munich – Welcome to Oktoberfest
Munich – In the Beer Tents of Oktoberfest
Munich – A Palace Tour
Munich – Farewell Munich
- Tour Munich’s famous landmarks and learn of its culture and tradition
- Go on a traditional costume shopping expedition and learn more about the Bavarian culture
- Attend an authentic Bavarian cooking class and learn to prepare the local cuisine
- Visit the picturesque historical town of Landshut and its hilltop castle
- Stop by the village of Aying for a premier brewery tour and beer experience
- Join in two days of Oktoberfest culture, festivities and beer drinking
- Stroll through the magnificent Nymphenburger Palace and its expansive gardens
With more than 200 years of history and culture behind it, it’s no wonder that the Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and most famous beer festival. Every year millions of people gather to celebrate with beer, Bavarian music, hearty food, Dirndls and Lederhosen. This year you’ll join the crowd as you embark on your very own eight-day Oktoberfest adventure.
This beer and Oktoberfest-focused walking tour of historical Munich will launch you into a time, long ago, when Bavarian royals ruled the land and beer shaped the course of history more than once. You’ll learn of the beginnings of Oktoberfest and become better acquainted with its culture, as you undertake a traditional costume shopping expedition, an authentic Bavarian cooking class, a trip to the historical town of Landshut and an excellent brewery tour in the village of Aying.
When Oktoberfest begins, you’ll see the opening parade and the cracking of the keg and join in the merriment. You’ll drink beer, taste traditional food, take part in local attractions, listen to Bavarian music and explore the fair to your heart’s content. Finally, a visit to the dreamy historic Nymphenburg Palace will conclude your Bavarian adventure.
Related information: if you're interested in experiencing world-class culinary masterpieces while in Germany, you may be interested in Zicasso's German food tour, featuring 12 Michelin stars in seven days.
$3,115 per person (excluding international flights)
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