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7 Days Austria and Germany Beer Tour

7 Days Austria and Germany Beer Tour

  • Salzburg - Franking - Trumer Lakes - Munich

Cycling and Beer Holiday in Austria and Germany

Whether you consider yourself a beer lover or a beer snob, you will want to be on this trip. During this holiday, you will bike along the Salzach and Inn rivers heading to historic breweries located inside monasteries as well as a few private breweries. A guided tour in one of the breweries will take you through the art of brewing beer and detail the history of beer. Beer tasting at many places is an "included" feature of this trip and you will be welcomed at several breweries with the freshest and coldest pints. From Austria, you will head to the German beer capital Munich, where you will enjoy an evening out, and if you are on one of our Oktoberfest date tours, you can hop over to the venue to quench your thirst for beer!

Highlights

  • 3 days cycling tour
  • A solo traveler exclusive tour
  • Chance to enjoy a traditional beer bath
  • See the best of two countries - Austria and Munich
  • Take advantage of free time in Munich to visit the Oktoberfest Gardens
  • Experience a wide array of beer tastings and food walks
  • Guided Tours of local breweries
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Hotel Senator

In Munich, you will be staying at the Hotel Senator or similar accommodations. This simple hotel is a three minutes' walk from Hermann-Lingg-Straße tram station, 10 minutes' walk from the Oktoberfest and 2.3 kilometers from Marienplatz. The bright, modern rooms feature minibars, desks, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. They also come with balconies or terraces. A free buffet breakfast is offered. Other amenities include a lobby bar and a business center.

Hotel Walkner

In Salzbour, you will be staying at the Hotel Walkner or similar accommodations. Overlooking the countryside, this relaxed, 1964 hotel is a 9-minute walk from Obertrumer See lake and 9 kilometers from Michaelbeuern Abbey Benedictine monastery. The straightforward rooms come with cable TV and sitting areas. Most have furnished balconies with lake views. Free breakfast is served in a lake-view bar/restaurant, featuring a terrace. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool (seasonal), sports facilities and an outdoor playground. A spa area with a sauna is on-site.

Day 1

Your trip starts from your hotel in Salzburg. You will be staying at a centrally located boutique hotel and you are free till the evening when a welcome briefing and bike fitting will be arranged for you. Post the briefing, Die Weiße, a wheat beer brewery and the Augustinerbräu will host your first Austrian beer tasting experience in the beautiful town of Salzburg.

Meals included: none.

Day 2

Today is the start of your easy three-day cycling expedition that will take you to the hidden gems in the history of beer brewing. Start with a short ride along the rivers Salzach und Saalach as you head to Bavaria. Sample some more beer specialties at the Schönramer Brewery. After this refreshing Bavarian treat, you will proceed to Lake Abtsdorfer, heading back to ride along Salzach River, back into Austria. After visiting the Silent Night chapel, you will arrive at Franking, via the Salzachauen. The highlight for today will be the unique beer bath experience! You can end your day exploring the quiet corners the village tonight.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and cycle through the nature reserve‚ Ibmer Moor and past the Schnaitl Brewery to the Benedictine abbey at Michaelbeuern. The path leads over a hill called Haunsberg and down to the Trumer lakes. There, you will not only find the "Creativ Brauerei", but also the private brewery "Privatbrauerei Trumer" - two of the biggest award-winning beer producers of Austria. In the shady beer garden of the Brewery Inn, they offer unlimited supply of the "amber nectar" flowing from a beer fountain on special occasions.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 4

As your luggage heads over to the next overnight city, you start your day cycling from Obertrum via Seekirchen to Eugendorf. You will pedal along a cycle path that was built right on top of the retired Ischl train tracks heading straight into the old part of Salzburg town. Two final beer highlights await you at the Stiegl Brauwelt and the Kastners Schenke with its Kloanen Brauhaus. There’s plenty to do in Salzburg and exploring the old town on your own will definitely add to the stories you want to relay back home.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel to reach the main rail terminal in time to take your train to Munich. After your arrival in Munich, you will head to your city center hotel and you are free to explore on your own. Later in the evening, join a Bavarian beer and food tour to discover the fascinating story of German brewing.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6

Today is free and you can explore Munich on your own or head to Oktoberfest Gardens on your own. Even if you do not have reservations, the beer tents to offer a number of unreserved seats to fans who get there early enough. Wander through the gardens from tent to tent is also an experience in itself. You may want to spend the entire day there and head back to your hotel in Munich as late as possible.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 7

Check out and head to the airport for your return flight home or head to another city to extend your tour.

Meals included: breakfast.

  • Cycling trip to Frankin
  • Cycling trip to Trumer Lakes
  • Trip to Munich

Austria

Nestled in the majestic Alps, at the heart of European culture since time immemorial, home of Mozart - whose music still enthralls the world - and Freud - whose theories still infuriates the world - lies Austria. Participate in winter sports up in the snow-clad mountains and be moved by the dancing Lipizzaners of the Spanish Riding School. Eat a quick "apfelstrudel" as you grab your bike and pedal up a hilly road to catch sight of the sun glittering on the surface of a cerulean lake. So rich and lively, Austria must seem a forever bustling country but charming towns, quaint villages and picturesque mountains are as much a part of the famed "Österreich" and these too demand exploration.

Austria's official language is German and its currency, the Euro. Since Austria will awe you any time of the year, there is no best time to visit. However, as the weather changes through the year, so do the possible activities - some parts of the year are better for city related activities, some for cycling and trekking and others for skiing and snow-boarding.

Germany

Two of the founders of sociology - Marx and Weber - were born here as was Einstein. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, among other musical greats. German beer needs no introduction and the food - which consists of far more than bratwursts - speaks for itself once you try it. Medieval castles perch atop tree-covered hills as the countryside and cities (including Berlin and Munich) resounds with compelling stories of the past.

Many wildlife rehabilitation efforts in the stirring and potentially spooky German forests are proving to be highly successful as the once absent bison, lynx, and wolf are steadily reclaiming their lost territory. Numerous imposing rock formations like the Bastei, snow-sprinkled peaks and mirror-like lakes shape the landscape. The Hamburg Wadden Sea National park protects the coastal habitat of many animals including different species of seals.

The Euro is the currency that is used in Germany and the official language is German. Germany will offer you something to do at every point in the year from picnics in the summer to Christmas markets in the winter.

Your hosts believe that eating local is not just a lot of fun, but also one of those important elements of the destination experience. In that sense, you should be flexible and prepared to savor and enjoy the varied and wonderful foods of the world. Meals included and excluded are clearly specified on the detailed itinerary. When meals are included, you will need to adhere to timings as these meals are usually eaten together in a group. Included meals are usually at local restaurants. When meals are not included, your trip leader will be happy to make restaurant recommendations of favorite places frequented by the locals, but you are also free to explore on your own. When meals are not included, group members tend to head out to restaurants together and this can be a lot of fun. However, you are free to decide if you want to join them or not.

  • Attend local events
  • Explore the area on your own
  • Go cycling through the surrounding areas
  • Go shopping
  • Relax by the pool
  • Sample the local cuisine
  • Visit the local spa
  • 1 dinner
  • 3 day self-guided cycling tour of the Austrian beer region
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation in boutique hotels as per the itinerary
  • Beer voucher for each brewery visit during the cycling tour
  • Bicycle rental
  • Detailed itinerary and elaborate route information including maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers
  • Guided Bavarian beer and food tour in Munich
  • Inside guided tour of a brewery
  • Local service hotline in Europe
  • Luggage transfer between hotels during the cycling tour
  • One beer tub bath during the cycling tour
  • Train travel from Salzburg to Munich in second class (reserved) seating
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary
  • Excess Baggage
  • Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip
  • Insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenditure, such as laundry, telephone bill, minibar, and shopping
  • Service tax of 3.625% applicable for Indian residents
  • Single room and hotel upgrade supplement
  • Taxes such as the nominal taxes collected directly from travelers by the hotels in Europe
  • Tips for hotel or restaurant staff, local guides and tour crew
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Salzburg Airport (SZG).