(Optional 8 - 14 day tour)
- Audi Factory and Museum, Ingolstadt
- BMW Factory and Museum, Munich
- Audi Factory and Forum, Neckarsulm
- Porsche Factory and Museum, Stuttgart
- Mercedes-Benz Factory and Museum, Stuttgart
- Hohenschwangau Castle in Hohenschwangau
- Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau
- Museum of the Bavarian Kings in Hohenschwangau
- Optional additions for extended tour:
- Volkswagen Factory and Museum, Wolfsburg
- Berlin Sightseeing
Day 1 / Sunday: Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum - Munich
We will pick you up at the airport in Munich. The day begans with a tour of the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum (Traffic Center). The traffic center displays exhibits on the subject of traffic and mobility. The three exhibition halls with over 12,000 square meters offer numerous vehicles including automobiles, bicycles, trams and locomotives. The exhibitions are thematically structured and are intended to portray traffic conceptually as a network and in all its economic, political and social contexts. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at the world famous Hofbrähaus restaurant and then you will have free time to shop the streets of Munich or just relax.
After breakfast, you will travel approximately 1 hours to the city of Ingolstadt. Your first tour will be the Factory Tour, experience the entire production process of an Audi up close and personal. You will find out interesting facts about all European Audi locations as well as the main plant in Ingolstadt. In the press shop you will feel the pressure produced by the metal-forming tools; in the body shop, you can watch the fascinating ballet performed by welding robots. Learn about bonding technology and witness a “marriage”, when the powertrain and body are joined together during final assembly. Next, you will tour the Audi Museum, take a journey through time and visit the century of mobility. The one-hour tour of the museum will acquaint you with the most important facts and vehicles in the Audi Company’s 20th-century history. On this entertaining and informative tour, you’ll learn more about the history of the four rings, divided into the pre-war and post-war eras. After the tours, you will enjoy a dinner later in the evening.
After breakfast, you will take an auto factory tour at the BMW Plant in Munich. You will be part of the Premium Tour and experience the whole world of BMW, with highlights from the BMW Museum, the BMW Plant, and the BMW Welt. The first stop of the BMW Premium Tour is the BMW Museum. Here you are treated to a fascinating and innovative presentation of the BMW company, brand and product history. Discover 125 valuable exhibits spanning over 100 years of BMW history. The museum shows BMW's techincal development throughout the conpany's history. It contains engines, turbines, motocycles and aircrafts. Next, at the BMW Plant, you can watch how passion and precision come together in the manufacture of each individual vehicle. Follow the manufacturing process of a BMW car, from the body shop to the paint shop. Your tour ends with a walkabout through BMW Welt. Get insights of the building’s unusual architecture and the sophisticated vehicle collection area where cars are delivered to customers from all over the world. You will later enjoy a dinner in the evening at a local German restaurant.
Auto Factory Tour of Germany - 8 Day Europe Tour
Cost: Adults / $2,795*
Students (ages 6-12) / $995
Children 5 and under / Free
*Based on Double Adult Occupancy.
Children under the age of 12 are required to share a room with an accompanying adult. There is a maximum of 2 children with 2 adults.
The tour includes:
- All ground transportation from flight arrival and departure in Munich.
- Tour in private auto/minibus, with transportation to and from all tours and restaurants on the itinerary.
- All accommodations are in a clean comfortable hotel, bed & breakfast or country inn. (German 3-5 star standards) Located in central locations and with private bathrooms.
- Breakfast each morning
- Dinner each evening with two free drinks (beer, wine, soda, juice or water only)
- Free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with European snacks available while traveling between cities and tours.
- Entry and tour fees of all sights mentioned in the itinerary
The tour does NOT include:
- Airfare to and from Germany
- Meals other than those indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages other than those indicated in the itinerary
- Free time transportation or sightseeing
- Personal expenses for shopping, etc.
We have handpicked our tours to give you the must-see sites with a relaxed and enjoyable vacation. We understand that some people have different interest than others. We will try to accommodate special requests such as a special tour, a historical site, a river cruise or just a special dinner. Please feel free to contact us.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a tour at the Audi factory and forum in Neckarsulm. You will look behind the scenes of production at the cutting-edge technologies and precision systems coupled with the core competence of Audi.Your tour begins at the press shop, followed by the highly automated body shop. You will be amazed to watch over 1,600 robots that can be created in perfect interaction in a very short time and with high precision. You will continue into the assembly lines, where you will see the installation of the front end of the vehicle all the way to the state-of-the-art logistics and fianl assembly. The highlight will be the combination of body and drivetrain, or the marriage of the auto. Afterwards, you will enjoy a dinner later in the evening at a German restaurant.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a tour at the Mercedes factory and museum. While at the Factory Tour, experience the fascinating world of the Mercedes-Benz automobile and the 125-year history of the automobile. At the museum, experience over 160 vehicles and over 1500 exhibits and numerous special exhibition pieces and gain an overview of the history of the motor car. The chronological tour through the Legend halls takes you on a journey through time, from the dawn of automotive history in 1886 right through to the present day. In addition, you will also travel through a series of theme-based collections spanning various eras, housed in five different Collection halls. You will enjoy a dinner later in the evening.
After breakfast, you will enjoy several tours at the Porsche factory where the 911, 918, Boxster and Cayman are produced. You will view the logistics are where all the parts are sent down the assembly line. You will walk through the factory, just feet away from the production line where you will see the engine assembly line, the upholstery area, and the final assembly line. Next will be the Porsche Museum Tour, with more than 80 vehicles and many small exhibits will be on display in a unique ambiance. In addition to world-famous, iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917, the exhibits include some of the outstanding technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche from the early 20th century. Here you can choose whether to start with the company history before 1948 or head directly into the main area of the exhibition which represents Porsche's product and motorsport history in chronological order. Both areas are interlinked by the "Porsche Idea" section, which forms the backbone of the exhibition. Afterwards, you will enjoy a dinner later in the evening.
Day 7 / Saturday: Hohenschwangau Castle And Neuschwanstein Castle
After breakfast, our first castle tour of the day will be the Hohenschwangau Castle. The existence of the Hohenschwangau castle was documented in the 12th century. Until 1535 it remained in the possession of the Knights of Schwangau and due to successive wars over the centuries, left the castle in ruins. Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria had the ruin of Schwanstein Castle reconstructed according to the original neo-Gothic style from 1832-1836. The yellow Gothic castle is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood. Afterwards, you will take a 40 min walk or a horse-drawn wagon up to Neuschwanstein Castle, also known as "the castle of the fairy-tale king". This is the most popular castle in Europe and possibly in the world with over 1.4 million visitors each year. Even though it looks medieval, Neuschwanstein was built between 1869 and 1886. Only a third of the castle’s interior was finished by the time of Ludwig’s mysterious death nearby in Lake Starnberg in 1886, at the age of 41. After touring both castles, you will walk to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. You will enjoy a unique exhibition within a journey through time into the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty and their Bavarian Kings. You will experience the history of King Ludwig II and his family in the authentic vicinity of the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Precious objects, fascinating stories and interactive media stations will provide you an extraordinary insight into the history of the former Royal Family. Afterwards, we will drive back to your hotel near the Munich International airport and enjoy a farewell dinner in a lovely Bavarian restaurant.
Day 8:Munich Sightseeing / Departure From Munich
After breakfast, There will be an optional 2.5 hour walking tour of Munich at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm that will depend on your flight departure. We we will be happy to take you to the airport for your departure or you can continue your vacation in Germany.
Visitors are not allowed into the factories unless they are wearing sturdy, closed-top footwear (no sandals). The guided tours take place during production hour shifts.
Please note that there are some sections of the Auto Factory Tours that cannot be accessed by wheelchairs, prams or push-chairs. For this reason, bookings should not be made for wheelchair, prams or push-chairs users. The normal minimum recommended age for children taking part in the tours is ten years. Please ask at time of booking the restrictions of each tour.