Day 1: Explore the city of Munich
Begin your Bavarian beer adventure in the state’s capital, Munich. After check-in, you have the day to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Take a stroll down Maximilianstrasse, one of the finest shopping streets in the city, boasting exclusive boutiques and luxury stores. Explore the area of Theatinerstrasse, walking towards Odeonsplatz square for a taste of history. You can finish your afternoon by taking a tour of the Munich Residenz — former home of the Bavarian Royals. Admire the Antiquarium, a magnificent 66-metre long hall featuring antique sculptures and paintings and the Emperor’s Hall with impressive ceilings painted by Peter Candid.
Day 2: Oktoberfest Walking Tour (Munich)
Set off on a beer- and Oktoberfest-themed walking tour of Munich to learn all about the royal background of this world-famous event dating back to the 1800s. Experience Germany’s largest Glockenspiel featuring 43 bells and 31 life size figures, replaying two historic events – the royal wedding of a local Duke who founded the famous Hofbräuhaus brewery; and the traditional cooper’s dance, which was performed to sell beer during the black plague! From here, we head to Hofbräuhaus to taste the famous local beer and learn about the history of the place which has become the home of Bavarian beer today.
Day 3: Bavarian Shopping (Munich)
One of the more charming aspects of Oktoberfest is the traditional costume or “trachten” worn by locals. You will find gentlemen wearing leather pants called Lederhosen and the ladies wearing colorful corseted dresses called Dirndls. Today, you get the chance to step out for “trachten” shopping and pick up this traditional attire for the fest, at some of the finest boutiques of the city.
Day 4: Countryside and Beer Trails (Landshut - Aying)
Today, we drive through the Bavarian countryside to the charming town of Landshut. Explore the historic street of Altstadt, which houses stunning architectural pieces such as the Pappenberger Haus; the historic town hall; and the elaborately painted Alte Post. Visit the impressive 16th century palace Stadtresidenz, where you can learn about King Ludwig I, who’s royal wedding led to the foundation of Oktoberfest! An hourlong drive will get us next to the quaint village of Aying, known for its award-winning brew. Step out for a beer experience that will familiarize you with the local beer culture, while you taste a variety of Ayinger beers and locally-produced spent grain bread.
Day 5: Welcome to Oktoberfest! (Munich)
It’s time to kickstart the Oktoberfest! Don your “trachten” and make your way to the Theresienwiese, the official ground of Oktoberfest spread across 42 hectares. Watch the parade of the landlords and breweries as they ride decorated horse-drawn carriages and floats onto the festival ground. Once the mayor of Munich opens the first keg, the fest officially begins. Take the day to indulge in Oktoberfest madness – try your hand at “schießen” (shooting), take a spin in a dodgem car or carousel, step into the wine tent for a glass of bubbly or check out the "Oide Wiesn” (old Oktoberfest), where you can see folk dancing and Bavarian music shows.
Day 6: The Beer Tents of Oktoberfest (Munich)
Today, we explore the grand and mesmerizing beer tents of Oktoberfest. Hop through the tents as you take your pick from a heady mix of local brews, poured out and served in one-liter glasses, called “Maß”. For lunch, try the “Wiesn Hendl” — a traditional Oktoberfest chicken stuffed with herbs and roasted to juicy perfection. You will also have some time to sit back and listen to the traditional brass band belt out merry tunes. These are usually a mix of traditional Bavarian songs and English cult favorites, so hum along if you know a tune or two!
Day 7: A Palace Tour (Munich)
After two days of Oktoberfest, we slow our pace today by heading to the peaceful Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace). This magnificent 17th century palace served as the summer residence for Bavarian royals and its 200 hectares (490 acres) of parks continue to provide a getaway from the hustle of the city. Learn about the life of the royals as you walk through the palace. See the green room in which “mad” King Ludwig II was born, the sophisticated audience room of Queen Caroline, and King Ludwig I’s infamous hall of beauties, which includes a portrait of his mistress, Lola Montez. We finish the day at Munich’s old town.
Day 8: Farewell Munich (Munich)
After one final breakfast at your hotel, wave goodbye to Munich as you are driven to the airport to board your flight home.
The Signature Experiences:
Be astounded by the vintage costumes and try out the fun-filled 20th-century rides.
- 7 nights accommodation in Munich
- Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
- Sight-seeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary above
- Transfers from Munich airport to Munich hotel to Munich airport