Brewery Tour of Germany

Escorted 8-Days / 7-Night

(Optional up to a 14 day tour)
Highlights:
  • Munich Walking Tour
  • Hofbräuhaus Brewery in Munich
  • Erdinger Brewery in Erding
  • Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising
  • Maisel's Bier Brewery in Bayreuth 
  • Michael Weyermann Brewery in Thurnau
  • Spaten-Franziskaner Brewery in Munich
Day 1 / Sunday: Historical Munich Sightseeing / Hofbräuhaus

We will pick you up at the airport in Munich. Your day begins with a walking tour through the historical city of Munich. You will see top landmarks and discover the stories behind great sights such as The Glockenspiel, The Hofbräuhaus (the world’s most famous beer hall), Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt (famous outdoor market), and The Royal Residence. You also see the New and Old Town Hall, The National Theater, The Feldherrnhalle (Memorial to Bavarian Generals), St. Jakobsplatz, and The Church of St. Peter. You will learn the real origins of Oktoberfest and the history of beer gardens in Germany.

After a day of touring the city, you will have dinner at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus. Then, after dinner will be your free time to relax or go out for drinks at one of the local German pubs.

Trivia: Did you know in Germany?

  • At 14 years of age, minors are allowed to consume and possess beer and wine, as long as they are in the company of a custodial person.
  • At 16 years of age, minors are allowed to consume and possess beer and wine without their parents or a legal guardian.
  • At 18 years of age, having become adults, people are allowed access to beer, wine, and beverages containing distilled spirit
Day 2 / Monday: Hofbräuhaus Brewery in Munich

After breakfast at your hotel; your first brewery tour is the Hofbräuhaus, owned by the Bavarian State of Germany. The word Hof (court) comes from the brewery's history of serving the royal court beer. The Hofbräuhauswas founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria. It was the brewery of the Royal Residence.

You will take a 2.5-hour tour of the brewery as you look over the shoulders of the brewmasters. You will taste the freshly draught Hofbräu beer directly from the beer tank. Learn interesting facts about the Hofbräuhaus beer and its processing and experience the raw materials of brewing. While visiting the brewhouse and fermentation cellar, you will learn how the filling and storage are done.

After the tour, you will enjoy a hearty Bavarian snack with ‘Leberkäse’ (traditional meatloaf) or ‘Weißwürsten’ (white sausages) in the ‘Bierstüberl’ (brewpub).

Later in the evening, you will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax for the next day's adventures.

Trivia: German beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, which permits only water, hops, and malt as ingredients; and stipulates that beers not exclusively using barley-malt, such as wheat beer, must be top-fermented.

Day 3 / Tuesday: Erdinger Brewery in Erding

After breakfast at your hotel, you will then take a short drive to Erding to tour the Erdinger Brewery. Considered the world's largest wheat beer brewery in which the beer is still brewed according to traditional recipes, but using state-of-the-art technology. Erdinger dates back to 1886, the year in which the construction of a wheat beer brewery was first officially recorded. As one of Germany's largest privately owned breweries, Erdinger ranks number 10 among Germany's best-selling breweries.

You will discover why Erdinger Weissbier is the most popular wheat beer in the world. The entire production process of the Weissbier is explained in a 3-hour tour and catering. Learn on an entertaining and informative journey through the world of Erdinger Weissbier of the development from the raw material to the finished product.

After the tour, you will enjoy dinner at the Erdinger Brewery Restaurant rated the #1 restaurant in Erding. You will then return to your hotel in Munich and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax.

Trivia: Monks brewing beer in the Middle Ages were allowed to drink five quarts of beer a day. In ancient times, monks who fasted or abstained from solid food substituted with beer.

Beer Tour of Germany – 7-Day / 6-Night Europe Tour

Cost:   Adults / $3,295*

            Students (ages 6-12) / $1,695

            Children 5 and under / Free

*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.

Prices are based on Double Adult Occupancy

Single room supplement of $750

Private Tour Supplement of up to $1,000 per person depending upon the tour requests and days.

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).
  • 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 are available while traveling between cities and tours.
  • Entry and tour fees for all sights are 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. 
Optional tours:
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 interests 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.
Day 4 / Wednesday: Weihenstephan Brewery Tour in Freising

After breakfast at your hotel; your brewery tour will be the Weihenstephan Brewery. The oldest existing brewery in the world which is nearly 1000 years old! About one thousand years ago it was the home of the Monastery Brewery of the Benedictine Monks, then the Royal Bavarian State Brewery.

You will take a 2-hour tour of the brewery and look behind the scenes. You will start the tour in the museum, the brewery's oldest section surrounded by historical brick walls. In the brewery, you will learn about the brewing process step by step. You will enjoy tasting the selections of the different beers offered by Weihenstephan Brewery.

After the tour, you will enjoy free time at the Weihenstephan beer garden and then later dinner will be at the Weihenstephan Brewery Restaurant. You will then return to your hotel in Munich and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax. Trivia: There

Trivia: There is evidence that the monks at Weihenstephan monastery in Bavaria started to brew beer as early as the eighth century A.D.,  Weihenstephan was not officially founded until 1040 when the abbot there obtained a license to brew and sell beer from the city of Freising.

Day 5 / Thursday: Maisel's Bier-Erlebniswelt in Bayreuth

After breakfast in Munich, you will travel approximately 2 hours to Bayreuth for the Maisel Brewery. It was founded in 1887 by the brothers Eberhardt and Hans Maisel in the Upper Franconian city of Bayreuth. In 1955, the brewery introduced Maisel's Weisse, a line of wheat beers for which they are best known.

You will take a 2-hour tour of the brewery as you watch the brewmasters at work and discover how the Maiser's ancestors used to brew their beer over 100 years ago. Afterward, enjoy snacks at the Liebesbier, buy a bag of coffee at the Crazy Sheep KaffeeManufaktur, take part in one of the beer tastings, or browse the Beer Shop for extraordinary beers.

Later, we will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours.

Trivia: Lager is a bottom-fermented, lightly hopped beer originally brewed in Germany. Lager is aged under refrigeration for 6 weeks to 6 months. Most lagers are fairly light in color and highly carbonated with a medium hop flavor. The original German lager was dark in color.

Day 6 / Friday: Michael Weyermann Brewery in Thurnau

After breakfast, You will drive to the Weyermann brewery. Weyermann specialty malts influence the color and taste of more than 60,000 beers in over 135 countries throughout the world. The red and yellow Weyermann logo has become an epitome of excellent malt produced in Germany, for both brewers and beer connoisseurs worldwide.

You will take a 2-hour tour and journey through time from the 16th century into modern times. Look into the history and the beginnings of Weyermann and experience how specialty malts are being processed today. You will find out how the company developed from roasting grain under a tent canvas to becoming the world market leader in the field of specialty malts. You will visit the laboratory and see how high-quality raw materials are used, visit the roasting facility where you will find the impressive roasting drums, and watch how the malts are packed, palletized, and loaded to start making their way to more than 135 countries all around the world at the Logistics Center. At the distillery, you will learn how the finest Weyermann specialty malts are turned into exquisite spirits. At the end of our tour, you will enjoy a tasting of two selected beers from Weyermann Brewery.

Later in the evening, you will enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening will be yours to relax for the next day's adventures.

Trivia: Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold and the yeast wouldn't grow; too hot and the yeast would die. This ancient practice is where we get the phrase 'rule of thumb'.

Day 7 / Saturday: Spaten-Franziskaner Brewery in Munich

After breakfast, you will travel back to Munich for the Spaten-Franziskaner Brewery. In 1397, the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until 1854, when the brewery moved to the location it still uses today. In 1867, it became the largest brewery in town.  The Franziskaner beer was created in 1935, and its label (the Franziskaner Monk) was designed by Ludwig Hohlwein. In 1964, the brewery produced its first wheat beer, and ten years later, all the Franziskaner brewed became wheat-based. In 1984, the brewery started a national distribution of its beers. By 1998, it ranked among the top 10 breweries in Germany.

You will visit the modern Spaten brewery on a 3-hour tour. You will take a look behind the scenes and learn interesting facts about the history of the company and the brewing process. You can especially look forward to the highlight at the end of the tour with a beer tasting in the Spaten brewery tower with a fabulous view over the entire city.

After a day at the brewery, you will enjoy a farewell dinner and then free time to relax or go out for drinks at one of the local German pubs.

Trivia: According to the German Brewers Foundation, you could drink a different German beer each day, every day for 15 years.

Day 8 / Sunday: Departure from Munich

After breakfast,we will be happy to take you to the airport for your departure or you can continue your vacation in Germany.

Trivia: Germany has the highest number of breweries in Europe with over 1,500 breweries across Germany (half of them in Bavaria).

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