Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich! Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, a beautiful city named Prague stood tall, filled with old churches, castles, and cakes shaped like chimneys. Nearby lived another magical city named Munich. So charming, so photogenic. So. Much. Lederhosen. Sure they were different, but they shared a love for Renaissance art, medieval landmarks, and of course, beer gardens. So we saw no reason to keep them apart, and as it turns out, they’re a perfect match! This trip, if you couldn’t tell, is for lovers. Lovers of castles, lovers of history, lovers of bratwurst-induced food comas, and, especially, lovers of beer. If any of that sounds magical to you, then this is the fairytale trip for you.
What are the top highlights?
- Raise a big ol' beer stein to Oktoberfest in Munich
- Czech out how Prague’s medieval landmarks have stood the test of time
- Tour the Pilsner Urquell Brewery—the birthplace of pilsner-style beer
- Learn about the fall of Communism in the Czech Republic
- Have a cold one—or several—at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, the world’s most famous beer garden
- Gorge yourself on hearty Bohemian and Bavarian fare—like Czech dumplings, German sausage, soups, potato salads, and of course—chimney cakes
- Castle-hop your way through Central Europe
- Settle the “which Beatle is best” debate at Prague’s John Lennon Wall
- Wipe a tear from your eye at the very sight of the sprawling Bavarian landscape
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights
- Private airport pickup & transfers
- Private city transportation in deluxe bus
- 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Daily breakfasts
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Three-course farewell dinner
- Full-time Tour Director
- Expert local guides
- Metro passes in each city
- Entrance to Munich Oktoberfest, Pilsner Urquell Brewery & other select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
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- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Get stoked and stay stoked—a very easy thing to do in Prague—as you follow a local guide around the city’s greatest hits.
- Ask to see the Crown Jewels at Prague Castle, the ancient centerpiece that hogs the whole city skyline (not mad though, it’s beautiful).
- Cross the Vlatava River via King Charles IV’s famous Charles Bridge—don’t worry, there’s still time for you to become an emperor and have your own namesake bridge, too.
- Tour St. Vitus Cathedral—a church so old, that if you had one beer for every year since construction began on it, you would have 676 beers, but please do not actually attempt to drink 676 beers.
- Take a stroll and Czech out more of the city yourself (Sorry, couldn’t help just one).
- Get out there and see that one thing your friend who visited here raved about, or ask your Tour Director for their free time recommendations.
- Give three cheers for Czech beers and join in on an optional beer tasting and Bohemian feast.
- Find out that the best thing associated with chimneys isn’t Santa, it’s Prague’s to-die-for chimney cakes.
- Talk astrology with the Prague Astronomical Clock—the 600+ year old timepiece in the Old Town Square also keeps track of current Zodiac symbols.
- Don’t cry because you’re leaving the Czech Republic, smile because you ate a whole lot of dumplings while you were there.
- Resist the urge to ask “and what does this button do?” during the Pilsner Urquell Brewery tour—as you learn how hops and barley become beer.
- Taste unfiltered pilsner beer straight from the source—the freshest it can get without letting you put your mouth on the spigot.
- Trade Bohemia for Bavaria as you leave the Czech Republic for Germany.
- Take a quick walk with your Tour Director around some of Munich’s must-sees upon arrival.
- Stop at the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, which tells two stories from 16th-century Germany atop a giant cuckoo clock.
- Gawk at the Frauenkirche (not to be confused with Frankenstein), a gothic-style church and one of Munich’s most identifiable landmarks.
- Enter the heart of the city wandering Marienplatz, Munich’s iconic central square.
- Prost! Check out the original Hofbräuhaus, the acclaimed beer house whose recipe has remained unchanged for 500 years.
- Psych yourself up like a boxer going into the ring—you’re getting your first taste of Oktoberfest today!
- Wake up and smell the sauerkraut, begin to plan your biergarten-hopping route through the city.
- Let Munich bring out the wurst in you—you know: bratwurst, weißwurst, currywurst.
- Indulge your childhood fantasies and go see Sleeping Beauty’s castle on an optional excursion to Bavaria’s most famous landmark: Neuschwanstein Castle.
- Have a German beer at a Chinese tower in an English garden in Munich’s sprawling Englischer Garten.
- Grab your seat at one of Oktoberfest's best tents.
- Take part in 500-year-old traditions with your group and others from all around the globe.
- Listen (and dance) to the beautiful German Oompah music (not to be confused with the foreboding music of the Oompa Loompas).
- Drink beers bigger than your face and eat pretzels the size of dinner plates.
- Chow down on a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers—no, that’s not a tear, that’s …from the onions.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and the capital of the dumpling republic…that’s a thing, right?
Day 2: Arrive in Prague + Welcome Mixer
Welcome to Prague! The roofs are orange, the buildings are old, and the beer is cold and plentiful. Prague really glowed up in Medieval times and said “no thanks, I’m good” when people suggested new buildings. As a result, everything here is stunningly picturesque, historic, and maybe a little spooky. You’re gonna love it.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.
Day 3: Explore Prague
Rise and shine, time to get that goulash. Put on your most cobblestone-ready shoes, get all the “Czech” puns out of your system, and experience classic Prague sightseeing today with a local guide—an expert who really knows their old buildings from their very old buildings.
Day 4: Free Day in Prague
If you wake up this morning asking yourself “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” it’s probably because 1) “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great song, 2) you’re in Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic, and 3) Prague has you feeling some type of way. You’re free today to get to know the city better, maybe take it out for dinner and dancing, or ask it some deep questions about life—whatever floats your boat.
Free Time Suggestions
Imagine all the spray paint: The John Lennon Wall has been a statement of peace, kindness, and tasteful selfies for over 30 years. What started as a protest to Communist rule in the 1980s, has become a colorful conglomerate of pacifist sentiments that you’re welcome to add to yourself. Hmm, Rolling Stones fans, I don’t see a Mick Jagger Wall anywhere, do you?
FUN-icular: Take a stroll through Prague’s Petrín Park (you can’t miss it, it’s the giant hill looming over the city), visit the Hunger Wall built during a famine in the 1300s in exchange for food, then take the Petrín funicular train down the hill into the historic Malá Strana neighborhood for some shopping on Mostecká Street.
Day 5: Travel to Munich via Pilsen
Think you know your lagers from your ales? If you’re not yet a beer connoisseur, you’re in luck because you’re going to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic, the birthplace of pilsners. And it couldn’t come a minute too soon, because once you leave that brewery, you’re headed to Munich—a city that really likes its beer.
Day 6: Tour Munich
Pull out your lederhosen and get ready to experience Munich with a local guide. After, get in the tent and celebrate the only way Oktoberfest knows how—with a superhuman amount of pretzels, sausages, and gigantic beers.
Day 7: Free Day in Munich + Optional Neuschwanstein Castle Excursion
Munich is so charming, you can almost swear it’s whispering sweet nothings in your ear all day (it’s a shame they’re in German). Hope you’re having a blast in this Bavarian Beauty, because today the city is yours to explore, and the pretzels are yours to devour.
Free Time Suggestions
BMW FTW: Stop at the BMW Museum for a look into BMW's past. See iconic cars, motorcycles, and other modes of transportation. The building itself is as cool as the stuff inside.
Eis Eis Baby: Watch the urban surfers in Munich’s Eisbach (translation: ice brook) as they take on a permanently flowing manmade wave. For those about to hang ten, we salute you.
Neuschwanstein Castle Tour(extra cost)
Make the trek to the Bavarian countryside to see one of the world’s most famous castles (and the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s), Neuschwanstein. Take a tour and learn about the kooky kings who lived here.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 8: Oktoberfest in Munich + Farewell Dinner
All gut things must come to an end, ja? Today is your last day in Munich, and you get to commemorate it by taking part in one of Europe’s biggest day parties: Oktoberfest.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 9: Fly Home
Auf Wiedersehen, Freunde!
Translation: Goodbye friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
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A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
Oktober-YES!Anonymous, traveled Sep 2019
Everything about this trip was amazing, and our guide Bas was the BEST of the best. Experiencing Oktoberfest was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I can't even begin to describe how fun it was!