Travel to Prague, Czech Republic.
Arrival in Prague, City Tour, Dinner at U Flecku
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel located just a short walk from Prague's historic Old Town. Check-in and relax before a walking city tour with our local guide. Tonight we will enjoy the distinctively Czech atmosphere and food at one of the Prague's brewpubs. After dinner, a host of night spots and beer cafes offer a taste of Czech beer and culture. (Dinner)
Zatec Brewery Visit, Tasting & Lunch, PM Free in Prague
This morning we make a daytrip to Zatec, home of the Noble Hop named for the city – Saaz, and the Zatec Brewery. We will visit the brewery which is housed in a former Castle and see a few hundred yards of the miles of cellars. Zatec Brewery is an independent and recently revitalized brewery that is under the passionate new ownership. Of course, we will be able to taste the beers at their best before heading across the square for lunch and more beer! Return to Prague. The remainder of the evening is free, with several good options for both beer and dinner. (B, L)
Free Day in Prague
Today is free to spend as you wish in fascinating Prague. There are plenty of authentic Czech beer cafes to visit; and Prague offers a host of interesting neighborhoods, cathedrals, bridges and castles to explore. Small groups will likely form as people pursue their own interests. Prague's most famous sites: Hradcany Castle, Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge will no doubt merit visits. You might also consider a cruise along the Vlatava River. (B)
To Eck, via Plzen, Tour Pilsner Urquell
This morning we board our private bus to travel to Plzen, home to the world's original Pilsner. Tour the brewery, drink unfiltered, unpasturized pilsner from the wood and eat lunch at Na Spilce - the brewery restaurant. After our time here we will continue to Eck, Germany - tucked away in the hills near the Czech border, and home to a fine brewery guesthouse where we will spend the night enjoying bavarian, food, beer and hospitality. (B, L, D)
To Munich, Via Kelheim & Weltenburger Kloster B & L
This morning we’ll depart by private coach to Kelheim, home of Schneider & Sons Brewery and one of Bavaria's best-known Weiss beers – Schneider Weiss. We’ll enjoy lunch along with a chance to taste as many of Schneider's beers as possible. After our visit, we’ll continue the short distance to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the World's Oldest (perhaps) brewery, and set in a spectacular setting along the Danube for a thorough tasting their beers. After our visit we will continue to Munich, and our home for the next 2 nights. There are many dinner choices, including endless food stalls at Oktoberfest for those ready to jump right in! Overnight in Munich. (B, L)
Explore Munich, Oktoberfest
Today is dedicated to Oktoberfest. Pacing is everything... There is also time explore Munich by bike, or visit a few notable beer gardens, before a late afternoon or evening visit to the biggest beer festival anywhere. (B)
morning in Munich, To Bamberg, Dinner at Schlenkerla
This morning is free until our early afternoon rail trip to Bamberg. Upon arrival we'll transfer to our hotel, check-in and then re-gather for a short walk to the Schlenkerla Brewery Tap for a dinner of Franconian fare and smoky beer. Overnight in Bamberg. (B, D)
Bamberg Walking tour
This morning we will take a guided, walking city tour to get oriented in beautiful Bamberg. The afternoon is free to explore the town or to begin visiting the ten brewery taps in this city of 70,000. The per capita beer consumption averages 330 liters per year. This is a beer city if ever there was one; and also a UNESCO World Heritage site for architecture. (B)
Bamberg Breweries, Free Time, Farewell Dinner
Today is essentially a free day. Bamberg offers many beer options and plenty of worthwhile sites, churches and museums. Renting a bike is a great way to explore at leisure. Or take the train to historic Nurnburg or Wurtzburg - each with their own beer attractions. No doubt visits will be made to local Bamberg breweries as well. This evening we will celebrate the end of our trip with a farewell beer dinner. (B, D)
Alas, time to go home
Alas we must leave beer heaven. The nearest airport is a short train ride away in Nuremberg (NUE). Most major airlines have service to Nuremberg. Frankfurt and Munich are 3 hours by train. (B)
The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.
This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!