A Six-Day Getaway to Munich April 4 - 10, 2017

Rivaled only by Berlin as Germany's most popular destination, Munich is a sophisticated city with a staggering array of museums and a vibrant arts scene. It is also well-known as a city of contrasts: the revels of Oktoberfest, the infamous Olympic Stadium, and the headquarters of BMW. With its atmospheric Old Town, verdant parks, and riverside promenades, the city offers ample opportunities for independent exploration. Munich is the capital of Bavaria, Germany’s largest and most prosperous region. For our optional out-of-town excursion, we’ll venture into the scenic Bavarian countryside to visit the notoriously mad King Ludwig’s fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. Travelers will also have the option of a visit to Dachau concentration camp located just outside of Munich. Whether you want to learn more about the city’s rich history, its prosperous industries, or sample an array of iconic Bavarian sites and specialties, Munich is an excellent choice for brief European getaway.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tue, April 4th

Depart the U.S. for Munich, Germany.

Day 2: Wed, April 5th

Upon arrival, proceed to baggage claim and after clearing customs, look for your guide who will be holding a W&L sign at the exit. Enjoy a brief panoramic tour of Munich en route to the Hotel Eden, or similar. After settling in and relaxing, you’ll have free time before we gather for a welcome diner and reception in the hotel. Overnight: 4* Hotel Eden or similar (Dinner)

Day 3: Thu, April 6th

After breakfast and our first lecture, we begin our full day tour of many of Munich’s highlights. We’ll begin with the Old Town (Altstadt), settled by monks in the 800’s. Old Town Munich has a rich history, dating from the impressive Frauenkirche, a stately cathedral with beautiful brickworks. We continue to the most famous medieval square of Munich, the Marienplatz. Here, we see the richly ornamented, neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), built between 1867 and 1908 as a symbol of Munich's power, the Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall), which was rebuilt in its present form in 1470 after fire destroyed an even earlier version. No visit to the Marienplatz would be complete without waiting for the Rathaus-Glockenspiel to strike the hour. Dating from the 16th century, the mechanical clock with its daily jousts and dancing barrel makers continues to entertain crowds of visitors. Afterwards, we proceed to visit Asamkirche. The Asam brothers created this church in 1746 as a sort of monument to themselves. The extravagant Bavarian rococo interior is nothing short of astonishing. As we continue south along Rindermarkt, we reach the Peterskirche; the church's interior is a sun-flooded fantasy of baroque stucco and gilt. Nearby, we'll find the sprawling premises of one of the best-stocked food emporiums in Europe, the Viktualienmarkt. Known as "Munich's stomach," here is where we’ll have an opportunity to snack, have a beer, or pick up makings for an authentic Bavarian picnic lunch, or simply observe the ritual of European grocery shopping. Our lunch break here is a must.  Later we’ll stop at the former Royal Palace of Bavarian monarchs, Munich Residenz, and then pass into the square of Odeonsplatz, where Adolf Hitler made his first push for power during the infamous ‘beer hall putsch.” We end our day with a detailed visit to the museum, Alte Pinakothek. When it opened in 1836, it was the largest art museum in the World. Its major emphasis was on the Old Master painters.  Two additional world-class museums were later added to the Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek and the Pinakothek Moderne. (Breakfast, picnic style lunch)

Day 4: Fri, April 7th

Leisure day or optional tour to Neuschwanstein Castle: Following breakfast in the hotel, you may choose between a day of independent exploration or an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle, the crown jewel of Europe’s “Fairytale Castles.” This highly ornate alpine castle is so impressive that Walt Disney used it as the model for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The Bavarian King Ludwig II built his masterpiece based on his obsession with the works of Opera composer Richard Wagner. The castle has everything from a man-made grotto cave to many grand rooms that only a theater-minded monarch could create. One of many favorite things to do at Neuschwanstein is to explore Mary’s Bridge, which features a commanding view of a large waterfall behind the Castle. Along with a guided tour into the depths of Neuschwanstein, you will also get to tour King Ludwig’s boyhood castle Hohenschwangau, which sits right next door. This beautiful bright orange castle was built by Ludwig’s father King Maximilian II. (Breakfast, lunch)

Day 5: Sat, April 8th

After breakfast and our second lecture, we depart with our guide to continue our discovery of Munich. We’ll explore the Englischer Garten, one of the best urban parks in the world. The Chinese Tower is the most recognizable landmark of the gardens. We’ll observe how the layout has undergone continuous change over the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added. Thereafter, we’ll visit the Nymphenburg Palace, an impressive residence on Munich’s West side built in 1664 by Bavaria’s Royal Wittelsbach family as their country home.  Munich has grown considerably since 1664, for when Nymphenburg Palace was first built, the estate was actually considered very rural.  The biggest expansions in 1700 under Prince Max Emanuel helped turn the manor into an even larger estate.  The Prince added large wings of salon rooms lined with murals to each side of the original, square-shaped dimensions of the Italian villa and added a French formal garden.  Several royal pavilions were also added to the grounds later.  Among these pavilions were the beautiful Hall of Mirrors and the very formal Royal Hunting Lodge (Amalienburg) designed in Rococo-style in 1734. Before going back to the center of town, we’ll visit the Olympic Park, constructed in 1972 when Munich hosted the Olympics. We’ll have the chance—for those willing—to climb the tower for a magnificent panoramic view. (Breakfast)

Day 6: Sun, April 9th

Optional tour Dachau: After breakfast, enjoy the final day in Munich at leisure or join us for an optional tour of nearby Dachau. Inevitably, a visit to Dachau is bound to be moving as well as a sobering educational experience. It offers at the very least a lesson that the darker chapters of European history should never be forgotten. Our tour will also include a short visit of Dachau’s historical center with its well-preserved town houses that stand in mute contrast to the haunting specter of the Third Reich. Our afternoon is at leisure in Munich before our farewell dinner at a local beer garden and restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Mon, April 10th

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast)

Included Features

  • Round-trip air transportation from Washington IAD to Munich. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing).
  • Baggage handling at the airport for your arrival and departure. (Based on one bag per person)
  • Services of a professional Host.
  • First class hotel accommodations for 5 nights at the centrally located 4* hotel or similar, including hotel tax and service charges.
  • Daily breakfasts, and 1 welcome reception and dinner with wine and beer, picnic style lunch, plus one farewell dinner including wine and/or beer.
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
  • 2 full days of touring inclusive of meeting room for lectures.
  • Guided tours and entrances as per program. Opportunity for some optional tour choices at additional cost.
  • Tipping and gratuities.
  • All VAT and applicable taxes and fees.

Pricing

Tour price is $2,995 per person, double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $395. Fuel surcharges are included at $516 per person and air taxes are included at $147 per person. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are valid at the time of printing but are subject to change. Other gateways are available at an additional cost.

Fine Print

Air Arrangements

Fares and schedules are based on regular scheduled carrier service. All applicable airline rules apply and schedules are subject to change. Basic airfares do not include fuel surcharges, airport departure taxes, passenger facility charges (PFCs), customs or immigration fees, and excess baggage charges. For mileage accrual information, please contact the carrier directly for details.  Air inclusive group packages are non-changeable and non-refundable once deposit has been paid.  Rules and fees for canceling and revising airfares vary depending upon the type of airfare purchased. Refundable airline tickets will be processed once the original paper tickets (if applicable) are returned to us via a traceable method of mailing. E-tickets do not need to be returned. Lost paper tickets have no refund value.

Fuel Surcharges

Fuel surcharges imposed by the airlines are valid at time of contract and are included in the price of your tour.  As fuel continues to fluctuate, if the fuel surcharges change prior to your departure date, you will be assessed this additional amount.

Cancelation Policies

No charges other than the non-refundable initial deposit are levied for individual passengers canceling up to 120 days prior to the commencement of Jet Vacations LLC services.  However, services which have been prepaid by Jet Vacations LLC on behalf of individual clients maybe non-refundable, non-exchangeable, non changeable and/or maybe subject to a cancellation- change fee (e.g. theater tickets, Train tickets, Airline Tickets, Event Tickets, Passes, Entrance fees etc.).

Full Cancellation

Failing to pay the contractual deposits (other than the initial deposit) constitutes a cancellation. In the event of non-compliance with the payment due dates, Jet Vacations LLC shall have the right to demand the Customer to immediately pay the outstanding balance. Payment shall then be received by Jet Vacations LLC within eight days as of the date of Jet Vacations LLC’s written request. Should payment not be received within this time limit, the group stay shall be deemed to be canceled by the Customer. In the event of full cancellation of the agreement by the Customer, which is not justified by Jet Vacations LLC’s failure to meet its obligations, cancellation penalties shall be invoiced and calculated as follows:

  • Initial deposit**: non-refundable after 120 days.
  • Up to 120 days prior departure: 20% penalty of the total cost per person.
  • From 119 to 91 days prior to departure: 35% penalty of the total cost per person.
  • From 90 to 61 days prior to departure:  50% penalty of the total cost per person.
  • From 60 to 31 days prior to departure: 75% penalty of the total cost per person.
  • From 30 to day of departure & no show: 100% penalty of the total cost per person.

Deposit to hold the space and First deposit is non-refundable after 120 days before departure date. All subsequent deposits are non-refundable.  If a passenger cancellation creates a change in the price schedule, the tour price will be revised based on the remaining number of participants.  A passenger becoming a single as a result of a partner’s cancellation must pay the single supplement.

NOTE: The following non-refundable fees will be added to the penalty charges listed on the cancellation (full or partial) schedule above: Travel protection premiums. Airline tickets - airline penalties, which may be up to 100% of the ticket value.  Refundable airline tickets will be processed once the original paper tickets (if applicable) are returned to us via a traceable method of mailing. E-tickets do not need to be returned. Lost paper tickets have no refund value.

Hotel Selection

It is the responsibility of client to ensure that the hotels and venues that are suggested and selected in this proposal are adequate for their clientele. Jet Vacations LLC cannot and will not be responsible for room sizes, room air condition, room amenities, room service which vary and differs throughout the world, countries, cultures and hotels. We strongly advise client to peruse hotel rating web sites such as Tripadvisor.com to get an approximate “feel” and “judgment” on each suggested and selected properties, to insure that selected hotels/rooms will be adequate to the client's group travelers. Client understand that no refund nor legal claims regarding the selected hotels, venues, rooms and /or services will be possible once this contract has been signed and agreed upon.

Hotels Check-in Times

Hotel rooms are usually not ready for check-in until after 3 pm. If your flight is arriving early, especially European flights, you should plan for the day's activity until your room is available. Most hotels will store your luggage until your room is ready.

Air Conditioning

Jet Vacations LLC is not responsible for air conditioning standards or availability, as these factors can vary greatly between properties and countries.

Single Rooms

The single supplement rate is quoted on the basis that single rooms shall not exceed approximately 20% if the total rooms required, unless otherwise agreed and confirmed. Some hotels may charge a further fee should the group exceed this configuration.

Activity Level

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

Itinerary Variation

We will make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, that require changes or exceptions in the airport of departure, the itinerary, land arrangements, hotels, trains or ports of call. On these occasions, we reserve the right to make such modifications and substitute conveyances/hotels as deemed necessary.

Minimum Participants to Operate

Group needs a minimum of 20 participants to operate. Optional tours need a minimum of 15 participants to operate.

Tour Cancelation

We reserve the right to cancel the entire trip (or any component of the trip) for any reason and/or time. In this event, our liability, if any, shall be limited to and liquidated by refunding to each prospective participant the payments made.