Oktoberfest Pre-funk Tour 2018
Sunday, September 9 - Travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Travel day to Amsterdam! There's so much to see in Amsterdam that it may be worth it to come a night or two early!
Safe Travels! Some folks like to arrive a day or more early to "prepare" for the trip! There is a lot to do and see in Amsterdam, so an extra night or two might be worth it...
Monday sept 10 - Amsterdam Walking Tour, Beer Dinner
Arrive in Amsterdam and settle into our hotel in the heart of the historic city center. This afternoon, we'll meet in the hotel lobby for a short city tour and cafe exploration before our Welcome beer dinner in friendly and beery confines. (Dinner)
Tuesday sept 11 - Amsterdam Beer Day
On the schedule today: a visit to Amsterdam's own Brouwerij t'Ij to see their small brewery and taste their nice assortment of local Amsterdam ales. The remainder of the day is free to explore Amsterdam's many attractions, bars, cafes, cultural sites, museums and curiosities. This evening we'll have a focused all DUTCH beer tasting with a local expert and publican who owns 2 bars in Amsterdam, one featuring all Dutch beers, the other showcasing America IPAs! (B, T)
Wednesday sept 12 - To Nijmegen, De Hemel Visit, Beer Lunch
Travel by rail this morning to Nijmegen, The Netherlands' oldest city. Upon arrival we'll drop bags at the hotel and reconvene to visit the city's brewery, De Hemel, which proudly limits its distribution to the immediate surroundings. We will have a brewery tour, learn about other beer-derived prducts, and have a chance to taste all their beers and eat lunch in their fine cafe. The evening is free to explore the city and its several notable beer cafes. Overnight in Nijmegen. (B, L)
Thursday sept 13 - Dusseldorf Daytrip
Travel up the Rhine to Cologne's somewhat similar, rival city -- Dusseldorf, where we will visit an Alt brewery and learn the ins and outs of one of Germany's few ales. Enjoy a traditional lunch in an alt lodge, accompanied by perfectly conditioned altbier to wash it down. The afternoon is free to spend some time in another historic alt lodge or two (or six). Return to Cologne this evening. (B, L)
Friday sept 14- La Trappe Lunch, Kolsch Tour, Beer Dinner
This morning, we board the Beer Bus bound for Cologne, but, along the way we will stop at the Netherland's sole Trappist brewer, Koenigshoeven/La Trappe. We will tour the lovely grounds, taste all the beers, and enjoy a brewer's lunch. Continue to Cologne. Upon arrival, settle into our hotel in the heart of the historic city center. This afternoon, we'll meet in the hotel lobby for a Walking Kolsch/city tour. A local guide will show us the Altstadt, we will learn some history, and stop for a couple tasty Kolsch along the way. After the tour we will enjoy our a beer dinner of typical Kolner fare in a traditional Brauhaus. (B, L, D)
Saturday September 15
Tour duration: 5 hours (approx.) E-voucher What's this? Departure point: Römer, Frankfurt What You Can Expect Join this public 5-hour Pub Crawl tour in Frankfurt every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a welcome drink, one free shot in every location, free entry into all locations and free shots all night long on the ways to the bars. After meeting up and receiving your VIP-wristband, you will pubcrawl to five of the following locations in Frankfurt's legendary Old Sachsenhausen neighborhood: Klapper 33 – typical apple wine pub (a specialty Frankfurt is famous for) O’Dwyers Irish Pub – 2 for 1 cocktail special on Fridays Shooter Stars – More than 180 shots / mini-cocktails are waiting for you Voices Karaoke Bar – Take the mic and rock that bar! Coyote Bar – Once upon a time in the south… LEGEN..DAER Bar – Tequila, Tequila, Tequila Baby! Oberbayern – A classic with free entry and free shots!
Read more about Frankfurt Old Sachsenhausen Pub Crawl - Frankfurt | Viator at: https://www.viator.com/tours/Frankfurt/Frankfurt-Old-Sachsenhausen-Pub-Crawl/d489-40855P1?pub=vcps
Sunday September 16
board a private motorcoach that will take us to one of the most beautiful towns in the entire world. Bamberg survived the wars virtually without a scratch, so its 1,000+ year history remains fully intact, making it look like a town that time forgot. And the beer style the city is most well known for, its sweet and smokey Rauchbier, is also a throwback to another time when all barley malt was dried over burning logs. If you don't like smoked beer, there are plenty of other types, but my bet is that you will leave Bamberg as a fan of this incredible and unique beer. BUT, before we get to Bamberg, we will make an incredible stop along the way to visit the famous wheat beer (Hefeweizen) brewery, Schneider-Weisse, in Kelheim. If possible, we may get to tour the brewery, but either way, we will enjoy a broad selection of their great beers in their beautiful little beer garden in the courtyard of the brewery (lunch on your own).
After arriving in Bamberg and settling in to our hotel, I will get you acquainted with the city and where things are. This is literally my favorite place in the world, and you will probably like it as well. Some may be tired, so we may split up and have dinner and beers on our own, and you can start to explore this picturesque city on your own as well. It is relatively small and very easy and safe to walk around. I can provide suggestions and advice. Get some rest tonight, because tomorrow is a very full and busy day in Bamberg!
Kid Options - Kids and some adults may want to skip the Schneider-Weisse tour and explore the shops and things in the neighborhood around the brewery. Then we can all meet back up in the beer garden for a light lunch. Once we get to Bamberg, everyone will love the beauty and character of this town, which is truly like something out of a fairy tale.
Monday September 17
DAY 7: Thursday - July 20th - Today, after a hearty breakfast, we will visit the famous Weyermann Malting company, located in Bamberg, and hopefully get to tour this legendary provider of beer's most precious ingredient, malted grains. We will also visit and possibly tour Schlenkerla, the most famous rauchbier brewery in the world, as well as perhaps some of the other great breweries in Bamberg, which includes Spezial, Mahrs and several others. Bamberg is one of the most beer-centric places on earth, and the beer is incredible. Walking around Bamberg and visiting / drinking at these historic old breweries is a day you will never forget! We will also stop for lunch (on your own) and a great regional beer tasting at one of the most highly-rated beer bars in the world. And to end this incredible day, we will have an awesome beer dinner (included) at the famous Schlenkerla restuarant and pub. After dinner, we may stay here for a while and enjoy the incredible Rauchbier and ambience, or you may want to continue exploring this picturesque city on your own.
Kid Options - Some kids may want to do these tours today, as they are quite different and unique. Weyermann is not a brewery. As a factory that makes malted grains, it is like watching a "How It Is Made" show, with huge drum roasters, giant bag fillers, etc. Also, the Weyermann gift shop is very cool, with something for everyone. Today's lunch spot, in addition to being an incredible beer bar, is also a place to get some very non-German foods, including tacos, other mexican foods, pasta, hamburgers, etc. This is always a nice break from all the German foods, and I think any kids would enjoy this. Then, if we tour Schlenkerla, this is another very interesting and different kind of tour, because of the unique smokey style of beer they make. Also, we will get to go underground and deep down into the cold lagering cellars under the brewery, which is a great experience for all. In addition, next to Schlenkerla is one of my favorite beer gardens in the world. It overlooks the town of Bamberg, it has a lot of trees and even a small playground. While I think it may be a good day for all of us to stay together, if some kids and some adults want to skip these planned activities and just explore Bamberg on your own, that is perfectly fine. Bamberg has a lot to see. For dinner, again, depending on the ages of any kids that may be on the trip, they may have more fun having a pizza party and playing games at the hotel, rather than attending the beer dinner. It is probable that my older children will be on this trip, so they will help coordinate the kid options like this one.
Tuesday September 18
DAY 8: Friday - July 21st - Today is an Open Day to explore Bamberg and the surrounding area. Bamberg is a true beer lovers city, with numerous small breweries and brewpubs within walking distance. In addition, there is a fantastic cathedral up on the hill and many, many shops, a brewing museum, a puppet museum, you can take a gondola ride, watch street performers, eat incredible ice cream and more, all set in a postcard perfect, fairytale-like environment. I can provide suggestions and advice. The shopping, especially for antiques, and I mean real antiques, is truly awesome. It will be a great break from the busy days we have had so far, and in a setting that you simply will not want to leave. Also, if you are feeling adventurous, and especially if you have kids, I highly recommend taking a short train ride to neighboring Forchheim, where they will be in the midst of celebrating a week-long beer festival! This is the most incredible beer festival you will ever see, as it is set in the woods, on a hill, and there are carnival rides, and more. Breweries serve their beer directly out of their lagering caves! This is well worth a visit for all ages! Either way, I can provide advice and information as needed. In the evening, we may optionally meet back up at one of the great brewery restaurants to discuss our day. Food and beer today are on your own.
Kid Options - As an Open Day, you can do whatever you want, but I think any kids will love the train ride, and the carnival and beer festival in Forchheim. It is a great experience!
Wednesday September 19
DAY 9: Saturday - July 22nd - Today, after breakfast, and perhaps one (or more) last Rauchbiers, we will check out of the hotel and again board a private motorcoach to take us to the town of Plzen in the Czech Republic. This is where we will have lunch (on your own) and tour the world-renowned Pilsner Urquell brewery, including its famous lagering caverns, where we will hopefully get to taste the unpasteurized and unfiltered version of their beer only served there. This will surely be an incredible day that you will never forget. After our tour, we will board our bus again, and be taken to our hotel in Prague. We should have time to start exploring Prague a little this evening, and maybe stop by U Fleku and some great beer bars, see the sunset on the famous St. Charles Bridge, and more (dinner and beers on your own).
Kid Options - Our stop at Pilsner Urquell is not a long one, and again this is a very unique historical brewery tour, so I think any kids would enjoy this, as well as seeing the sights in Prague this evening.
Thursday September 20
DAY 10: Sunday - July 23rd - Today, after a great breakfast at the hotel, we will set out to explore the beautiful city of Prague. This may just be an open day, or we can stick together and I can show you some of the great sights, breweries, bars and restaurants. This city is known for its incredible architecture, the Charles Bridge, and of course, the beer! Here in Prague, in addition to many of the world's best Pilsner beers, you will find many exceptional Dark Lagers! I love these European Dark Lager styles and I think you will as well. Food and beer today are on your own. You may want to make it an early evening tonight to give yourself some time to relax a little and get packed for the trip back home tomorrow.
Kid Options - This last day of the trip will be spent together, seeing the sights of Prague, including Prague Castle, and an ancient library, and walking St. Charles Bridge, and more.
Friday September 21
Arrive in Munich
Tour ends here
Saturday September 22
This is where I leave you
Staying in Munich? I suggest visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, which is only 2 hours outside Munich! It is one of Europe's top tourist destinations and is beautifully located in the Bavarian Alps