Pleasanton Chamber Travel

 


Austria & Germany

featuring Oktoberfest

September 26 - October 4, 2014
9 Days - 11 Meals

Our home away from home is Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol, located in the Alpine region of Austria. The city has 140,000 inhabitants and hosts one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in the year 1562. Innsbruck is a superb destination, situated in an ideal location. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage and is only a stone's throw away from Italy and Germany. This splended city has been the host destination of the Olympic Winter Games twice, in 1964 and in 1976. In Innsbruck, some 160 restaurants, cafes, and bars, most of them in walking distance to the old town, offer traditional Tyrolean and Austrian specialties as well as international dishes. While in the area, we will visit the world famous Oktoberfest to experience tradition, culture and raise your beer stein to toast "Prost!"

Highlights:

  • Full day tour of Munich and Oktoberfest
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Innsbruck City Tour
  • Optional Salzburg Tour
  • Optional Merano, Italy Tour
  • Optional Mittenwald and Garmisch Partenkirchen Tour
  • Optional Romantic Road / Nürnberg Extension

Inclusions:

  • Round trip Airfare from San Francisco Airport
  • Airline fuel/fees/departure taxes
  • Sightseeing & Admissions per itinerary
  • First-Class Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Baggage Handling and Transfers

Tour Rates: $2,949 double; $3,448 single

Optional Romantic Road/Nürnberg Extension: $549 double; $648 single

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Depart USA Depart from San Francisco on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.  
Day 2 - Arrive Munich/Innsbruck: Upon arrival in Germany, you will be met by your Central Holidays host outside the secure area of the airport. We will then take a scenic drive to Innsbruck, and check in to your hotel, home for the next seven nights. Innsbruck is the provincial capital of Tyrol and it has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. This beautiful alpine destination, with its historical buildings, breathtaking scenery and snow-capped mountains, is one of the most wonderful places to visit in all Europe. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 - Innsbruck/City Tour: After breakfast we will head out on our city tour of Innsbruck. First we will visit the old town where we view everybody’s favorite, the world famous Golden Roof. Then it’s off to see by the famous triumph gate and the Innsbruck Imperial Palace “Hofburg” with entrance into the Imperial Chapel “Hofkirche”. In addition we will visit the Olympic stadium and ski jump and the beautiful gardens of the Ambras Castle. The afternoon is yours to relax, shop for Cuckoo clocks or explore on your own. This evening why not head out on an optional tour to a Tyroian dinner and show. Clap along to traditional Tyrolean folk dancing and music on a raucous evening in Innsbruck! Taking place inside the family-run Sandwirt Restaurant, the show features dancing by the friendly Gundolf family, as well as cowbell ringing and jigs aplenty. We will enjoy hearty Austrian a 3-course Tyrolean feast, featuring local delights like Wiener schnitzel. (B)  
Day 4 - Innsbruck/Optional Salzburg Tour: Today is spent at leisure or take an optional tour to Salzburg. Considered one of the jewels in the crown of Europe, the city of Salzburg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, framed by the majestic backdrop of the snowcapped Alps and famed for its old world glamor. Discover the historical side of Salzburg a guided walking tour. Feel like you're going back in time as you explore Salzburg's Baroque old town with its beautiful churches and cathedrals. Experience the city’s charming streets with their unique wrought iron signs, its large squares with fountains and buildings inspired by royalty. As we walk we will view many of the city’s famous sites such as the majestic Cathedral of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, as well as the hills come alive with the Original Sound of Music, as we visit many sites from the movie Sound of Music, with Julie Andrews. Afterwards we will have some tree time to explore the old town and experience this grand city. (B)  
Day 5 - Innsbruck/Bavaria, Munich and Oktoberfest: After breakfast we leave Austria and enter Germany as we travel down the autobahn to Munich, the Capital of Bavaria. Munich sits at the foot of the Bavarian mountains and is the home of BMW, oompah bands, and vibrant history and delicious beer. On view will be the fourth largest glockenspiel in the world, Marian Platz, Munich Cathedral and the Olympic Park. Today, Munich is the beer capital of the world and the legendary Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and culture, having been held since 1810. Along with your tour director, we take the day to travel into the heart of Oktoberfest Munich, drink like the locals drink, dine on a feast of Bavarian favorites and “drink in” the incredible atmosphere. (B, D)  
Day 6 - Innsbruck/Optional Merano Tour: Today relax, take it easy, do your last minute shopping for crystal or join the optional tour to Merano Italy. As we leave Innsbruck behind, we will enjoy impressive panoramic views of the Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps as we head to Resia Lake for a photo stop. We will then reach the town of Merano Italy where we have a walking tour ending up in a local wine cellar for wine tasting. Afterwards there will be free time to explore on your own, breathe the pure mountain air and taste some of the local Italian specialties. On the way back to Innsbruck we visit the Alpine town of Bolzano to visit the Archeological Museum containing the famous iceman, Ötzi. Ötzi is a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived about 3,300 BC. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence his name Ötzi (B)  
Day 7 - Innsbruck/Neuschwanstein Castle: Following breakfast, we enter the fairytale kingdom of 19th-century Bavaria on our Neuschwanstein Castle tour! You’ll visit the enchanted castle once inhabited by King Ludwig II and take in the breathtaking alpine views of lakes and rugged Mountains. Neuschwanstein appears through the mist like something out of a dream, and as you listen to your guide you will learn about the tragic reign of the legendary “mad” Ludwig, including the obsession that drove him to build his secluded dream castle in the Alps. Enjoy dinner this evening at a traditional local restaurant in Innsbruck. (B, D)  
Day 8 - Innsbruck/Optional Mittenwald and Garmisch Partenkirchen Tour: Today is a day at leisure to relax, unwind, visit the cafes, elegant shops, and boutiques, or enjoy yourself simply strolling through the historic old town or join the optional tour into the Mittenwald and Garmisch Partenkirchen, two unforgettable favorites of the area. Mittenwald is not only one of the most important violin making centers in the world, it is also famous for its many colorful wall paintings ("Lüftlmalereien"). The facades of many houses are decorated with wall paintings dating from the 18th century and later. In 1786 the German writer Goethe called the town a living picture book, and it remains like this day. Then it’s off to the resort town of Garmisch Partenkirchen. Partenkirchen is the older town of the two, dating to A.D. 15, when it was a Roman town called Partanum. Independent towns for centuries and still separated by the Partnach River, Garmisch and Partenkirchen were forcibly joined together in 1935, under Hitler’s instructions, to host the 1936 Winter Olympics. Today, the area of Partenkirchen is centered on the quiet, cobblestoned Ludwigstrasse. The narrow street is lined with historic buildings with open wooden shutters, and street-facing facades painted in pastel-hued imagery of religious, pastoral and regional scenes. The Garmisch district is more modern and famous for its skiing. Here we will tour the squares of Richard Strauss Platz and Marienplatz, and enjoy some free time. As we return to Innsbruck we may catch a glimpse of the Zugspite, Germany's tallest mountain at nearly 10,000 feet. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, D)  
Day 9 - Innsbruck/USA: This morning we will say goodbye to Innsbruck and the Tyrol and drive to airport for our flight back to the
U.S. (B)

 

Optional - Romantic Road/Nürnberg Extension:

Day 9 - Innsbruck/Romantic Road/Nürnberg: Depart Innsbruck bound for the famous "Romantic Road." Germany's Romantic Road offers the most remarkable views of the Bavarian scenery and its spendid castles. A trade route in the middle ages, the road winds through charming countryside, ancient walled towns, and charismatic villages. It is home to Gothic cathedrals, baroque German Renaissance, and Medieval architecture. Traveling through quaint little towns and viewing stunning scenery, we'll arrive at the towns of Dinkelsbuhl and Nordlingen with their high gabled houses and cobbled streets. Then we arrive in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, "The Jewel of the Middle Ages" and the best preserved medieval city in Germany. We'll see Rothenburg's center aroung Marktplatz, including the Town Hall and St. Jakob's Church, a Gothic building with soaring ceilings. Late afternoon continue to Nurnberg where we will check-in to our hotel and relax. Welcome to Nürnberg, Bavaria's second-largest city and for centuries the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of the German royalty. (B)

Day 10 - Nürnberg: This morning we meet our guide to discover a truly extraordinary place. Nürnberg, a beautiful and prosperous medieval walled city, was the center of the Holy Roman Empire, the cradle of the German Renaissance, the Temple City of the Third Reich, and home to both the Nuremberg Nazi Rallies and Nuremberg Trials. Out guides will show you where German Emperors were crowned, where saints are buries, where the most famous and talented German artisans in history created awe-inspiring works and where the colorful and lively markets have taken place for almost 700 years. This afternoon and evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 11 - Nürnberg to USA: After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Downloadable Forms: Brochure and Reservation Form      Optional Tours

 

Address questions to Yianna Theodorou email or Kate D'Or email or 925-846-5858

Austria & Germany Informational Meeting

Monday, March 24, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Chamber office: 777 Peters Ave., Pleasanton CA

 


 

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