Trip to Gera

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SAMPLE GERMANY’S BEST WITH LANDMARK EVENTS

Highlighting the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Fort Wayne’s Sister City’s Relationship in Gera, Germany

September 29th – October 10 th 2017

Neuschwanstein Castle ♦ Oktoberfest Munich ♦ Rothenburg ob der Tauber ♦ Dresden ♦ Gera ♦ Martin Luther Memorial Tours in Erfurt and Wittenberg ♦ Berlin

 

Group Tour Organized By:  Fort Wayne Sister Cities International Inc. and the German Heritage Society

Travel Arrangements Through:  Grueninger Travel Service

$3,044* per person/double occupancy includes R/T airfare from Chicago ($1,800* for land only)

$50 (land) plus $100 (air) per person deposit reserves your trip!!!   

$250 (2nd deposit - land) Due 6/1/17

Deadline to Register for Trip 6/23/17

 

YOUR CONTACT FOR RESERVATIONS, PAYMENTS AND ITINERARY QUESTIONS:

Mona Will, CTC - Grueninger Travel Service 260-482-8251

 

*Final rate subject to final number of group travelers.  Single rates available.

 

 

Full Itinerary

Fri. Sep 29, 2017
Lufthansa:  Chicago to Munich, nonstop  9:20 pm - 1:05 pm

Sat. Sep 30, 2017
Pick-up at Munich Airport and transfer south to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen - about 2-hour drive  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Stop to explore the quaint town of Oberammergau  
Atlas Grand Hotel Partenkirchen,  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Sun. Oct 01, 2017
Breakfast included  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Mountain-top and Fariytale Castle Day-trip (about 2.5 - 3 hrs of driving RT)  
Zugspitze Summit - includes roundtrip cable car ride and entry to interactive museum  
Enjoy panoramic landscapes from the AlpspiX viewing platform, stroll down the Summit Adventure Trail, or the Pleasure Trail at the foot of the imposing Alpspitze Peak  
Lunch at own expense on the mountain top  
Minibus Transfer Neuschwanstein Castle, roundtrip.  Seating is limited and might not be able to accommodate the entire group at one time  
Admission: Neuschwanstein Castle (steep walking)  
Atlas Grand Hotel Partenkirchen,  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Mon. Oct 02, 2017
Breakfast included  
Travel north to Rothenburg, touring en route - about 4 hr drive plus stop  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Stop in Munich to enjoy the OktoberFest on your own  
Group Lunch at beer garden: 2 course meal with 1 beer stein  
Hotel Goldener Hirsch,  Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Tue. Oct 03, 2017
Breakfast included  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Local Guide -  meets group in hotel lobby and provides a 2-hour walking tour of the Ramparts surrounding Rothenburg (1 guide per 24 people)  
You'll have free time to stroll through Market Square, visit the Rathaus (Town Hall), shop at Kathe Wolfahrt Christmas store  
8:00 pm Rothenburg Night Watchman Walking Tour - follow your guide through dimly lit squares as you marvel at his stories from the Middle Ages  
Hotel Goldener Hirsch,  Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Wed. Oct 04, 2017
Breakfast included  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Travel north to Gera, touring en route - about 3-hour drive plus stop  
Admission: Memorium Nuremberg Trials     (closed Tuesdays)  
Hotel Pentahotel Gera,  Gera, Germany

Thu. Oct 05, 2017
Breakfast included  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Day-trip to Dresden  (about 1.5-hr drive each way)  
Admission in Dresden: St Mary's Church (Frauenkirche) that was re-built with the original stones  
Admission in Dresden: Zwinger Art Museum.  Modeled after Versailles, this baroque structure was built in 1719 and has been restored since the allied bombings.  
Hotel Pentahotel Gera,  Gera, Germany

Fri. Oct 06, 2017
Breakfast included  
Full day tour of the surrounding villages  
Tour Escort - will escort the group, providing limited commentary  
Private Touring Coach - provides transportation  
Local Guide - meets group upon arrival in Weimar and provides a 2 hour walking tour (1 guide per 24 people)  
Kostrizer Brewery tour and tasting in Bad  
Admission & Guided tour in Erfurt: Augustinian Monastery.  This is a memorial to Martin Luther who was admitted to this monastery on July 17, 1505.  See the Lutherzelle (Luther's cell) in this ecumenical conference centre.  
Return to Gera by 4:00 pm  
Hoehlerfest in Gera starts at 6:00 pm and runs through the weekend (walk to & from festivities)  
Hotel Pentahotel Gera,  Gera, Germany

Sat. Oct 07, 2017
Breakfast included  
Free Day on own - no services  
Hotel Pentahotel Gera,  Gera, Germany

Sun. Oct 08, 2017
Breakfast included  
Travel north to Berlin, with Martin Luther touring en route - about 3-hour drive plus stop  
Assistant - meets group in the hotel lobby and escorts them to the coach / release  
Private Coach - arrives at the hotel and provides a transfer to Berlin with 1 stop en route (unassisted)  
Local Guide - meets group upon arrival in Wittenberg and provides a walking tour  
Admission in Wittenberg: Luther House and Reformation Museum of the most important artifacts in the world.  This is where Martin Luther had his "Tower Experience".  
Admission in Wittenberg:  Schlosskirch Lutherstadt (All Saints Church or Reformation Memorial Church).  Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on Oct 31, 1517 as the start of the Reformation  
InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof,  Berlin, Germany

Mon. Oct 09, 2017
Breakfast included  
Local Guide - meets group in the hotel lobby and provides a full-day tour of Berlin  
Private Coach - arrives at the hotel and provides full-day transportation in Berlin  
Admission free: Brandenburg Tor (Gate)  
Admission: Checkpoint Charlie Museum  
Admission: Jewish Museum  
InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof,  Berlin, Germany

Tue. Oct 10, 2017    
Breakfast included  
Assistant - meets group in the hotel lobby and accompanies them to Berlin airport  
Private Coach - arrives at the hotel and provides transfer to Berlin Tegel airport  
Lufthansa:  Berlin TXL to Chicago, via FRA  8:45 am - 12:45 pm