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Biking Vacation Heart of Europe Bike & Barge: Cochem to Metz​

Activity Level: Easy  |  Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 – 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Berlin · 3 nights $545

Post-trip Extension:
Munich · 3 nights $445
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Post-Trip Extension - Munich 

3 nights for only $445

  • Three nights at Hotel Laimer Hof
  • Airfare between Munich and Frankfurt
  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers
Munich toursFounded in 1158, Munich has been the capital of Bavaria since 1503. Next to Berlin, it’s Germany’s most popular city, yet it’s small enough to be digested in one visit. It enjoys the added advantage of a great setting, with the mountains and the alpine lakes just an hour’s drive away. The best time to visit is from June through October, when the beer gardens, street cafes and bars are in full swing. The famous Oktoberfest is held on the Theresienwiese fairground starting on the second-to-last Saturday in September and lasting for the next 16 days.

Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.

Single supplement: $185

Day 1 -  Begin your Optional Extension in Munich

This morning, transfer to the Luxembourg Airport for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival in Munich you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Our transfer company is Taxi Munich Online. Telephone: +49 173 38 250 38 from outside of Germany or 0173 38 250 38 from within Germany.

Note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Munich. If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the front desk.
 
After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Perhaps you'll walk to the nearby Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens.

At 4:30 pm, our local guide will meet you in the hotel and take you on a walking tour. You will be shown how to buy tram tickets for your ride into Munich's center. Then enjoy a walk through the historic streets thronged with street musicians and artists and past magnificent buildings. The guide will point out places for you to have dinner and return to during your next two days.

Day 2 - Independent exploration of Munich

At 11:00 am and noon, the Marienplatz fills with onlookers as the carillon in the Rathaus tower clangs into action. Close by is the Peterskirche, the oldest church in Munich, which is notable for its grisly relics of St. Munditia, patron saint of single women, and for the view from its tower (up several hundred steps but worth the climb on a clear day!). The Munchener Stadtmuseum is an excellent local history museum that includes a photo-and-film exhibit and a puppet display. North of Marienplatz is the posh end of the city center. And from the fashionable Maximilianstrasse, the little Kosttor road leads straight to the Hofbrauhaus, Munich's largest and most famous drinking hall.

The English Garden is Munich's largest natural area. Located north of the city, its vistas draw thousands of visitors for walks and picnics. Swimming in the rivers that run through the area is also an option. The garden houses several popular beer gardens that provide a lovely rest stop after a day of exploring.

Day 3 - Independent exploration of Munich

Today you may visit the interesting BMW Automotive Museum, which displays the history of the company in relation to the development of the modern automobile. Car buffs will enjoy the museum's exhibits, videos, slide collections and films. Nearby, visit the neighboring Olympic Park, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Walk through the lovely park, visit the modern and mesmerizing stadium, and see great views from the Olympic Tower.

Or you may wish to venture out of Munich. The Dachau Concentration Camp and memorial site are on the northern edge of Munich and was the home of Germany's first concentration camp. Today, Dachau Memorial Site is a place of memory and pilgrimage and makes for an educational and sobering day trip.

For a longer excursion, join a full-day coach trip to Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and the southern headquarters of the Nazi party. The dictator's Eagle's Nest is a mountaintop lodge built by the Nazis. At 6,148 feet atop Mt Kehlstein, the lodge has some of Germany's most amazing views of the Alps mountain range – despite its history.

Or visit the enchanting old-world town of Fussen, in the foothills of the Alps and surrounded by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. You'll see the ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle, the nearby lake and a postcard-perfect aerial view of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle and the waterfall gorge.

You can reserve all these tours through your hotel in Munich.

Day 4 - Munich Extension concludes / Depart for home

After breakfast*, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Please be sure that you are waiting at the designated transfer time and in the lobby of the hotel.

VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” The transfer is prearranged by VBT and is prepaid. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests.

*For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.


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