Bavarian Beer Tour
Bavarian Beer Tour
Bavarian Beer Tour
September 16th – September 24th, 2018.
Tour meets in and ends in Munich, Germany.
Join me on a trek to discover the roots of Wisconsin culture by signing up for the Bavarian Beer Tour! Spend 9 days in the Bavarian south of Germany experiencing the beer culture and history that shaped that region and ours. I’ve partnered with the Thirsty Historian, based in Munich, to custom build a beer tour that will give my guests the type of beer ...Den gesamten Text zeigen
Bavarian Beer Tour
September 16th – September 24th, 2018.
Tour meets in and ends in Munich, Germany.
Join me on a trek to discover the roots of Wisconsin culture by signing up for the Bavarian Beer Tour! Spend 9 days in the Bavarian south of Germany experiencing the beer culture and history that shaped that region and ours. I’ve partnered with the Thirsty Historian, based in Munich, to custom build a beer tour that will give my guests the type of beer experiences they expect on one of my multi-day tours.
This will definitely be an experience to mark off your “bucket list”!
Now, let’s get to the fun stuff, the run down on the tour!
Enjoy 2 days of Oktoberfest tent reservations in Munich.
Tour the oldest Brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Brauerei in Freising.
Ferry ride to the Weltenburger Abbey Brauerei through the Danube River Gorge in Kelhiem.
Castle tour of Neuschwanstien, Mad King Ludwig II’s famed fairy tale castle in Füssen.
Tour Weyermann’s Malt Factory and Microbrewery in Bamberg.
Stay at the Fässla Brewery and Hotel in Bamberg.
Visit and overnight in the Alps with cable car ride, dinner with barrel tapping at Mittenwalder Brauerei in Mittenwald.
DAY 1 Sunday, September 16th.
Meet in Munich, check in at hotel.
Evening: Introduction and welcome dinner with a barrel tapping at a local brewery beerhall.
Day 2 (Monday):
Morning: Trip to the town of Freising to visit Weihenstephan Brauerei for a tour of the world’s oldest brewery (1040 AD), beer tasting and lunch at Weihenstpehan’s Bräu-Stüberl.
Afternoon: Return to Munich and a beerhall/bier garten tour.
Day 3 (Tuesday):
Morning: Train trip to the town of Füssen. Tour the city with lunch and beer at a local brewery.
Afternoon: Guided tour at the Mad King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, the famed inspiration for the Disney castle. Return and stay in Munich.
Day 4 (Wednesday):
Morning: Travel by train and bus to the city of Kelheim. Lunch and beer at Schnieder Weisse Brauhaus.
Afternoon: Ferry ride down the Danube River Gorge to the town of Weltenburger Kloster and visit the Weltenburger Abbey Brauerei to enjoy beer in the beer garden. Travel by train to Bamberg, a World UNESCO Heritage Site.
Evening: Group dinner and lodging at the Fässla Brewery and Hotel in Bamberg, a rustic brewery and Bed and Breakfast established in 1649.
Day 5 (Thursday):
Morning: Tour of Weyermann’s Malt Factory and Microbrewery with beer tasting.
Afternoon: Lunch and beer garden/beerhalls tour sampling the famed Rauchbiers of Bamberg. Stay in Bamberg at Fässla Brewery and Hotel.
Day 6 (Friday)
Morning: Travel by train to the town of Mittenwald in the Alps.
Afternoon: Cable car ride into the mountains or beer garden to beer garden hike.
Evening: Group dinner and special keg tapping at the Mittenwalder Brauerei. Stay in Mittenwald.
Day 7 (Saturday):
Morning: Travel by train to Munich. Free/rest day to explore Munich or participate in other activities like a city tour, Dachau Concentration Camp tour, train trip to Andechs Monastery Brewery, etc. Stay in Munich.
Day 8 (Sunday):
Oktoberfest Day 1!
Morning: Weissfurst Frühstuck (traditional German white sausage breakfast with Weiss Beer) at a beer hall, Oktoberfest parade viewing.
Afternoon: Mid-day reservations at Oktoberfest including 2 liters of beer and lunch. Stay in Munich.
Last Day 9 (Monday):
Oktoberfest Day 2!
Morning: The full Thirsty Historian Oktoberfest Tour with Weissfurst frückstuck at Schneider Bräuhaus, history tour of old town Munich, Hofbrau Haus, Paulaner Microbrewery.
Afternoon: Mid-day tent reservations at Oktoberfest including lunch and 2 liters of beer. Stay in Munich.
$3800.00/person based on double occupancy lodging.
$900.00 single supplement for solo travelers.
Included in the tour price:
• All breakfasts (hotels provide breakfast), 5 lunches, 3 dinners, as described in the itinerary.
• 9 nights of lodging in nice, centrally located hotels.
• Ground transportation via train or bus, as described in the itinerary.
• All beer during group meals and tours, as described in the itinerary.
• All tours and admissions as described, in the itinerary.
• Thirsty Historian Tour Guide and/or Drinkable Destinations Escort during all structured tour days.
• All taxes and tips on included hotels, meals and transportation.
Not included in the tour price:
• Airfare and other transportation to the tour starting point and from the tour ending point.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls.
• Expenses for any activities not included in the itinerary.
• Passport or visa fees.
• Gratuities for tour guides.
• Travel insurance coverage to cover tour cancellation or interruption, lost luggage, accidental death, medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, or unavoidable flight delays. Please note: many personal health insurance plans don’t cover their participants while they are traveling out of the country.
Terms and Conditions
RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS:
To reserve a spot on the Bavarian Beer Tour, you must agree to the Tour Terms and Conditions. Deposits are 20% of the tour price, $760/person.
Paypal is my payment services provider and you will be sent a Paypal invoice via email for the deposit. If you prefer to use a credit card for payment, you will be able to submit it through Paypal via the invoice.
I also accept personal checks written on a USA bank account or money orders made payable to "Justin Schmitz" in US dollars. I do not accept checks or bank drafts from other countries. There is a $60/person discount for paying with check or money order.
Checks or money orders can be sent to Justin Schmitz 4717 School Rd Madison WI 53704. Your final tour payment is due at least ninety (90) days prior to the tour departure date, in one payment. Please mark your final payment due date on your calendar. The due date will be listed on your confirmation letter and tour invoice. Missing the final payment deadline may result in your spot being given to someone on stand by.
If you sign up for a tour less than ninety (90) days prior to its departure date, the entire tour price must be paid in full immediately.
Contact for reservations:
920 740 8791
If the tour is already full, we will accept reservations on a standby-basis. Should space become available, the notified participant has the choice to join the tour by paying in full by credit card or forfeiting the space.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:
Life happens and things come up that may make it impossible for you to join the tour you’ve made a payment on. Sometimes folks need to cancel for a multitude of reasons. Please inform us of your cancellation in writing as soon as possible.
Non-refundable cancellation fees are reflective of payments we have already made for your attendance on the tour and loss of time to sell your spot. Our cancellation policy is firm and we cannot make exceptions even in the event of terrorism, medical emergencies and other situations out of our control.
Refunds will be processed within 30 days of the written cancellation notice.
Once the tour begins, there are no refunds for:
• arriving late.
• leaving the tour early.
• for being removed from a tour.
• unused portions of the tour including meals, attractions, tour and hotels.
We highly recommend travel insurance. Travel insurance plans can cover common scenarios in which you may need to cancel your trip. It can also cover medical emergencies while you are on the trip.
Our cancellation and refund schedule is below:
Full payments and deposits are 100% refundable until 91 days prior to the tour.
Deposits are non-refundable within 90 days of the tour.
Full payments are 50% refundable within 89-30 days of the tour.
Full payments are non-refundable within 29 days of a tour.
This tour requires a minimum of 12 participants in order to operate. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you’ve received TOUR CONFIRMATION. When we have at least 12 participants signed up, we will send out a Tour Confirmation.
CANCELLATION BY DRINKABLE DESTINATIONS:
We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to not meeting our participant minimum or for other reasons. In the event that WE cancel the tour, full refunds of deposits and payments will be processed within 30 days of our notification.
Refunds of your deposits and payments will constitute full settlement and we will not be held liable for any other expenses including non-refundable airfare, passport fees and other arrangements a participant has made before, during or after a tour. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND travel insurance.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH ISSUES:
Our tours are very active and participants need to be in moderate fitness level. International tours will include a lot of walking particularly to attractions, public transport, to the hotel, to meals, etc. Participants need to be able to walk and/or be on their feet for 1-2 hours at a time and can keep up with the group.
Part of the experience is using the incredibly convenient public transport in Germany! We will only be using private transportation where it is not possible to use public transportation. We will be taking public trains and buses to move from city to city and to most attractions.
You will need to be able to carry your own luggage from the hotels to transport stations so please keep that mind when choosing how much to pack and the type of luggage your bringing. Hiking backpacks will be the most convenient for some but luggage with roller wheels will also work.
Please disclose any medical conditions while registering for the tour. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate participants requiring wheelchair assistance on our European tours. The places we are visiting are very old and not designed for accessibility.
We will not be responsible for any medical cost you may incur in a medical incident or emergency while on our tour. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND securing a travel insurance plan.
These tours are priced for double occupancy. Solo participants will have to pay a supplemental fee to cover the additional cost of lodging.
By request, we can try to match same-sex solo participants to share a room. This is not guaranteed and if we can’t find a match, solo participants will be subject to the single supplemental fee. You must inform us in advance of any medical or personal issues that could negatively affect someone’s else’s enjoyment of the tour. If you do not inform us, we reserve the right to change your booking to a single and for you to be charged for the new room and half of the other room.
A current passport is required of each traveler. Be sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the last day of the tour, even though three months may be all that is required. It can take three weeks to get a new passport without paying for it to be expedited. Plan ahead.
Also, "As of November 1st, 2016, customers applying for or renewing their passport must remove glasses for their passport photo. Last year, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos which we couldn't accept. The #1 problem was glasses. We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn't clearly identify them from their photo. If the photo of you in your unexpired passport has glasses, don't worry about it. You don't have to get a new passport now. Next time you renew your passport, though, you'll have to take your glasses off."--U.S. Dept. of State.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, hotels, restaurants, brewery tours, etc due to forces outside our control. We may even change it because we have found a superior experience!
We reserve the right to correct pricing errors. We always hope to keep our tour prices the same from the moment we start taking reservations, however, since our tours are planned so far in advance, we may have to adjust the price due to reasons beyond our control such as extreme currency fluctuation.
Complimentary WiFi is available at most hotels and many businesses, but not guaranteed.
Transfers between the airport and our first and last hotels are not included unless listed specifically on the itinerary.
We reserve the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant at any time. Participants may be removed from a tour for displaying abusive or threatening behavior to other participants or to the public, for harassment of any kind, impeding on the enjoyment of the tour by other participants or not being suitable for group travel.
If a participant is removed from a tour, we will not refund any payments for the tour or cover any expenses for the participant to return home.
Our tours are designed around beer, wine and spirits experiences. However, participants are required to know their limits and enjoy alcohol in moderation and responsibly.
Our tours are adult experiences with adults expecting to travel with other adults. Tour participants must be 21 or over.
We will stay at nice, clean hotels typically in the 2-4 star range. Some hotels will be small independent affairs (like a brewery guesthouse) while others will be international chains. Some hotels will have very small rooms with twin beds very close to each other and not all hotels will have TV’s and elevators.