Beer Travel

Germany: One Beer At A Time

Tour Dates: October 17-27, 2020

Come and join us on this fully guided tour through Germany! This will be an exclusive beer tour experience unlike any other. We’ll check out secluded biergartens, classic wursthauses, visit some historical sites, and romp in the Black Forest! We will be visiting major beer cities and breweries, and every day we’ll eat and drink like the locals do with special tastings, events, and amazingly delicious local cuisine. Who’s ready for another potato ball with braised pork?

Our tour will begin and end in Frankfurt, Germany. A breakfast buffet will be provided daily, and we’ll have an English speaking guide as well as members of Craft Beer Cellar along with you, every step of the way on the entire trip.



Tour Highlights

Visit the famous Heidelberg castle, located on the shores of the idyllic Neckar River. Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Mind your ankles on the cobblestone streets!

Travel to the picturesque Black Forest as we’ll head to the Rothaus Brewery for a private tour, plus dinner at the brewery and an overnight stay at the on-site hotel.

Visit the Hops Museum in Tettnang, one of the biggest hop growing regions in the world, and learn all about hops, one of the four essential ingredients in beer.

Raise a glass, or three, at Schaffler Brewery, in Isny im Allgau, another beautiful area in Southern Germany. This small but historic brewery will draw you in with its charm, its dark house beer, and the smallest mobile brewery in the world. Tour, tasting, and dinner at the brewery restaurant with an overnight stay at the brewery’s own hotel.

Travel to Bavaria and stop at the Andechs Brewery for a pint, before we head on to Munich, where we'll visit the city’s main attractions. Beer Sommelier Scott Stephens will take us on a tour through Munich, filled with information, tastings, history, and much more. A highlight of any visit to Munich is stopping at Marienplatz Square, famous for the Glockenspiel, a clock tower with miniature figurines who keep the time. Then, we'll enjoy a traditional Bavarian Dinner at the Ratskeller, and a stay at the Eden Wolff Hotel.

Visit Weihenstephan Monastery & Brewery - after nearly a thousand years - the brewery still stands upon the Weihenstephan Hill, proud of its quality and tradition, and conscious of its position as the oldest existing brewery in the world. After touring the brewery we have lunch, before we depart for Nuremberg, where we'll go on a special brewery tour through the subterranean area of this historical city.

Next up is Bamberg! There are ten breweries within the city limits, including Schlenkerla, which specializes in rauchbiers (smoked beers)! We’ll also be touring the Klosterbräu Brewery (and having lunch), and checking out the sights and shopping of Bamberg.

City tour of Leipzig’s landmarks including the Bayerischer Bahnhof brewery. It was built in 1842 and is the oldest preserved head rail station in the world. Lunch at the brewery. After lunch we drive to Dusseldorf, to tour breweries and stay in the city center.

Travel to Cologne for a city and couple brewery tours…and of course, Kolsch! Staying in the city center at Früh’s Hotel.

Frankfurt city tour and stay at the 4 star Mövenpick Hotel and dinner at Apostel Restaurant.



TOUR PRICING

Max capacity of 20 for this tour

Tour pricing is per person, and does not include airfare. Single occupancy rooms are very limited.

Double Occupancy Room = $2900
Single Occupancy Room = $3400

INCLUDES:

- 10 Nights of hotel accommodations listed in itinerary
- Ground transportation to and from all experiences listed in itinerary
- Brewery Tours and samples + Museum entry
- 10 Buffet Breakfasts + 1 Dinner


TOUR ITINERARY

  • - Grafenhausen
  • - Missen
  • - Munich
  • - Nuremberg
  • - Bamberg
  • - Leipzig
  • - Dusseldorf
  • - Cologne
  • - Frankfurt

Day 1

Kick off the day meeting up at Frankfurt Airport at 8am and heading to Heidelberg.

Visit the famous Heidelberg castle, located on the shores of the idyllic Neckar River. Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Mind your ankles on the cobblestone streets!

Travel into the picturesque Black Forest as we’ll head to Rothaus Brewery for a private tour, with dinner at the brewery and an overnight stay at the on-site hotel.

Rothaus Brewery
Rothaus, at the northern edge of the village of Grafenhausen in the Black Forest. Their most widely known beer, Tannenzäpfle Pilsner, literally means "little fir cone" and is a reference to the shape of the bottle.


Day 2

Drive to visit the Hops Museum in Tettnang. This will give you some information about this essential ingredient from one of the biggest hops growing regions in the world.

Schäffler Brewery im Allgäu – another fascinating landscape in Southern Germany. This small but historic brewery will draw you in with its charm, its dark house beer and the smallest mobile brewery in the world. Tour, tasting and dinner at the brewery restaurant with an overnight stay at the brewery’s own hotel.

Schäffler Brewery
Founded in 1868. In the guest room of the Brauereigasthof is located the ‘smallest mobile brewery in the world’ according to the Guinness Book of World Records.


Day 3

Travel to Bavaria and stop at Andechs Brewery before going onto Munich. We visit the city’s main attractions, ending the tour at Marienplatz Square, famous for the Glockenspiel, a clock tower with miniature figurines who keep the time. Beer Sommelier Scott Stephens will take us on a tour through Munich, filled with information, tastings, history and much more. A traditional Bavarian Dinner at the Ratskeller, and a stay at the Eden Wolff Hotel.

Andechs Brewery
Andechs is a monastic brewery in Upper Bavaria, Germany. The brewery is run by the monks of Andechs Abbey, a priory of St. Boniface's Abbey, a Benedictine abbey situated outside of Munich.

Dinner included.


Day 4

Visiting Weihenstephan Monastery & Brewery - after nearly a thousand years - the brewery still stands upon the Weihenstephan Hill, proud of its quality and tradition, and conscious of its position as the oldest existing brewery in the world. After touring the brewery we have lunch here, before we depart for Nuremberg. Enjoy a special beer tour through subterranean Nuremberg.

Weihenstephan Monastery & Brewery
Brauerei Weihenstephan, located at the monastery site since at least 1040, is said to be the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world.


Day 5

Depart for Hofbrauhaus Brewery in Freising. Take a tour through the brewery and lunch will leave us with a full tummy and lots of information about the beers which have been awarded with several gold medals. After lunch we depart for Nuremberg. Nuremberg's "Purity Law" goes back to 1303 when the Town Council ruled that only barley malt (and no other grain) could be used to brew beer. That ordinance marks the beginning of a brewing tradition with fascinating high points and deep cool cellars. Enjoy a special beer-tour through subterranean Nuremberg.

Hofbrauhaus Brewery
Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It is one of Munich's oldest beer halls. Take in the intense scent of the original wort. Taste a freshly draught Hofbräu beer directly from the beer tank. Really experience the brewing art of Hofbräu München up close and personal.


Day 6

After breakfast we drive to Bamberg, this means beer from ten breweries within the city, supped in traditional brewery pubs, this means shopping in modern shops and a historical atmosphere. We tour the Klosterbräu Brewery and have lunch, after Lunch there is time enough to explore this traditional city and visit the famous cathedrale a UNESCO Heritage site.

Klosterbräu Brewery
The oldest brewery in Bamberg, Upper Franconia, Germany!


Day 7

After breakfast drive to Leipzig. Embark on a city tour of Leipzig’s landmarks including the Bayerischer Bahnhof brewery. It was built in 1842 and is the oldest preserved head rail station in the world. Lunch at the brewery.

Bayerischer Bahnhof
One of Leipzig's landmarks is the Bayerischer Bahnhof train station. It was built in 1842 and is the oldest preserved main rail station in the world. Today, the Bayerischer Bahnhof is famous for its hospitality and culinary delights - and it is known as the home of the Gose, a beer specialty from Leipzig.


Day 8

After breakfast we drive to Dusseldorf, to tour several breweries and stay in the city center.

Brauerei im Füchschen
Füchschen (aka Der Fuchs) is committed to Altbier. The brewery “in the little fox” is a 17th century microbrewery and alehouse. The classic family recipe has been praised since 1848.

Brauerei Kürzer
Brewery Kurzer shows that tradition can be maintained in a contemporary way. They are “the new kid in old town” The brewery and bar are run by less than 10 people with no advertising budget- strictly on word-of-mouth.

Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
The History of the Brewery “Zum Schlüssel“ (“The Keys”) is strongly connected with the history of two buildings – Bolkerstrasse 45 and 47 – in the heart of the old town of Dusseldorf.

Im Goldenen Kessel / Brauerei Schumacher
Owned by the Schumacher family for over 110 years. The oldest family brewery in Dusseldorf, brewing since 1838, and using hops from America and Australia in their Altbier.

Uerige Hausbrauerei
Their top-fermented Altbier has been brewed since 1862 from barley malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, hops, water - and with their very special SchumacherUerige yeast. Regularly chosen among the ten best beers in Germany. "Smells like caramel and a hint of cocoa and oranges." The beer is fruity-fresh with beautiful bitter notes.


Day 9

After breakfast we drive to Cologne, to tour two breweries, and have some free time.

Brauhaus zur Malzmühle
The “Brauerei zur Malzmühle” opened over 160 years ago and remains a genuine family brewery, managed today by the fifth generation of the Schwartz family. The second oldest brewery in Cologne is one of the few that still produces at its place of origin – at the center of the old town at the Hay Market (Heumarkt), at the very heart of the cathedral city. Where their Kolsch is Brewed using an old family recipe dating to 1858.

Sünner
Sünner was founded in 1830 on the “right” side of the Rhine River in the Deutz neighborhood of Cologne, when all other breweries were on the “left” bank. At the site in Deutz the Sünner family built a brewery and distillery, both are still used today. It is one of the most beautiful brewhouses in Germany and a charming setting from which the Original Kölsch originates.

Früh
Früh has been brewing Kölsch for 111 years. In the shadow of the magnificent cathedral, direct descendants of the company founder Peter Josef Früh make outstanding beer, in an idyllic setting.


Day 10

After breakfast we drive to Frankfurt. Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. City tour and check in at the 4 star Mövenpick Hotel. Free time until Dinner at the 12 Apostel Restaurant.


Day 11

End of tour!





Tour Accommodations:

City Hotel Rating
Grafenhausen Hotel Rothaus Lodge ****
Missen Hotel Schäffler Bräu ****
Munich Arthotel ***
Nuremberg Park Inn by Radisson ****
Bamberg Berliner Ring Hotel Garni ***
Leipzig Suite Hotel Leipzig ****
Dusseldorf Leonardo Hotel City ****
Cologne Eden Hotel am Dom ***
Frankfurt Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City ****



Payments and Deposits:

$500 per person deposit due at registration. Reservations are first-come, first-served, until all spots are filled. Single rooms are very limited; please email (beerlove@craftbeercellar.com) to check single room availability.

Payment of your deposit indicates your acceptance of all Terms & Conditions. Final payment by check or credit card for all tours must be made in full to CBC by July 1, 2020. Reservations will be canceled if final payment is not received by the due date and cancellation charges will apply.

To secure reservations after July 1, 2020, if spots remain available, a full payment is required at the time of booking. Payment indicates your acceptance of all Terms and Conditions.


What's included in the cost of the trip:

  • - Accommodations during the tour as specified in the tour itinerary
  • - English-speaking tour manager and guides
  • - Ground transportation throughout the tour, as listed in the itinerary
  • - Buffet breakfast each day
  • - Tastings during brewery visits as specified in the tour itinerary
  • - Sightseeing, excursions, and entrance fees, as listed in the itinerary
  • - All taxes on included hotels, meals, and transportation

What's NOT included in the cost of the trip:

  • - Airfare or other transportation to the tour starting point and from the tour ending point, baggage charges on aircraft, transfers and baggage handling to/from airport, and any taxes associated with airfare or transportation
  • - Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, or internet access
  • - Passport or visa fees
  • - Any activities and excursions not included in the tour itinerary
  • - Gratuities for drivers, guides, and tour managers
  • - Tour insurance coverage to cover tour cancellation or interruption, lost luggage, injury or accidental death, medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, or unavoidable flight delays.



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