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New Wave Beer Tours: Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond…

Living the Good Life Along the Bavarian and Alpine Beer Trail – 2015 Dates and Program Forthcoming


Magnificent Brews, Slow Food and Extraordinary Cultural

Highlights in Germany and Austria


Travel Deliciously

A different kind of Beer Tour. Go straight to the beating heart of Europe’s beer country and experience the enchanting world of beer and brewing behind the scenes. Quaff your way from brewery to tap to beer cellar and experience the pleasures of the local table. Enjoy a traditional Alpine cow run festival and rock to live folk music under the mountain sky. Trek from brewery to brewery on a beer hike through Franconia. An insider’s expedition, packed with unforgettable experiences.

Beer With Passion and Pride

Explore rare beer destinations and sample award-winning beers. Scout out family-run breweries that have been in business for 400 years and meet New Wave beer-makers. Heft a mug of Zoigl beer (the real one!), quaff Kellerbier, outrageous Bocks, copper Lagers and new IPAs. Connect with the brewers, hear their stories. Learn the secrets of a craft well executed and a life well lived. Experience Germany and Austria as never before as you delve into the taste, history and culture of beer.

Food, History and Culture

Enjoy one-of-a-kind food destinations, art, history and cultural highlights. Meet a master butcher and learn how to make Bratwurst. Visit the Blaue Land where Kandinsky, Münter and other German Expressionists painted. Explore German cuisine and enjoy a private farm-to-table meal at a Franconian farm. Follow a duke on a private tour of his family’s Medieval castle. Bask in the enchantment of the Alps and the Bavarian countryside. Immerse yourself in good times, great food moments, unforgettable art and history!
Treasures of Europe is proud to lead the field with our New Wave Beer Tour — it’s the first German beer trip to spotlight traditional regional and private breweries, pioneering women brewers, the vibrant new craft beer scene and the first to include a special focus on Slow Food. An unbeatable value for your travel dollar.

2015 Tour Dates and Itinerary Will be Available Soon.



  • 10 nights/ 11 days
  • Hotel for 10 nights; daily breakfast and welcome dinner
  • Ground travel by coach with private driver including airport transfers and transportation of your luggage; taxes, parking and road-use fees
  • Tour prep materials
  • Full itinerary, including brewery sessions, meetings with beer makers and visits to taps and beer cellars
  • Almabtrieb cattle drive with local festival; private Bratwurst workshop and cheese tasting
  • Zoigl brewhouse visit, brewery trek, visit to Murnau, including the Münter House (tour included) and museum, tours of two abbey breweries, private tour of Bamberg, private tour of Munich
  • You’ll have the opportunity to taste an immense variety of BOOKANDSAVEDUPE2 beers at your own pace, including traditional lights and darks, Rauchbier, abbey beers, Zoigl beer, Bocks, Kellerbier, wheat beers and new craft brews. Many of the beers you’ll experience are only available in Germany and some of them are only available at the brewery
  • Private guide/sherpa and help with translation throughout the trip

SPOTLIGHT ON… Under-the Radar Regional Breweries Including small family-owned breweries, abbey beers, award-winning house breweries and local brew pubs. ⇒More

SPOTLIGHT ON… Ladies Who Lager Including the beer-brewing nun Sister Doris and the Meinel sisters who are rocking the Bavarian brewing scene with their amazing new-generation beers. ⇒More
SPOTLIGHT ON… Germany’s New Craft Beer Scene Gänstaller, Hertl and other pioneering craft brewers who are experimenting with new yeasts, different kinds of hops and innovative techniques. ⇒More
SPOTLIGHT ON… Authentic Local Beer-Related Events Including a once-a-year Fall Alpine Cow Drive “Almabschied” in the Zillertal Valley, with local food, live music and beery festivities. Itinerary
SPOTLIGHT ON… Slow Food, Local Specialties and Eats That Pair With Beer Including an after-hours private farm meal and an exclusive sausage seminar with the Bratwurst King of Bavaria. ⇒More
SPOTLIGHT ON… Cultural and Historical Treasures The Murnau Artists’ Colony…The UNESCO World Heritage city Bamberg… Cosmopolitan Munich… And fascinating Mödlareuth, the village that was split in the middle by the Wall during the Cold War. Itinerary
Price: $3300 per person
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The tour starts and ends in Munich. The price is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for a surcharge of $315. Would you like to share a double room? Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll look for a simpatico fellow traveler who would like to share. Your hotel for the last night before you return and the trip to the airport are included, so you won’t have to scramble to find a place to stay or worry about dealing with taxis or shuttles in the morning before your return flight.

Day by Day: The Itinerary At a Glance

Day 1 Rendezvous at Munich airport. Then wend your way southward through the moorland and endless Alpine foothills of southern Bavaria. Follow the Inn River and all of a sudden, you’re in Austria. Welcome to the Tyrolean Alps, home of some of the most welcoming people in Europe! Continue along the Ziller River into the Zillertal, with jawdropping natural beauty right and left. The town of Mayrhofen, at the far end of the Ziller Valley, is your destination. Toast the start of a great beer vacation with the local brew at our mountainside inn in the evening.
Day 2 “Git Along Little Dogies” — Alpine Style. Today you have a ringside seat at the annual fall Alpine cattle homecoming, as flower-bedecked cows who summered in the high mountain meadows lumber down to the valley and are driven through the town. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else. Soak up the sound of local music groups. Graze on local eats along the way. Sample the local brew at an outdoor beer festival with more food, folk music and carrying-on. It’s the biggest festival of the year in the Alps.
Beer Tour
Day 3 Sample cottage-made, aged Alpine cheeses and hear a proud cheesemaker explain how he turns milk from local cows into huge disks of cheese — 365 days a year. Samples included. Wend your way through the mesmerizing “Blaue Land” where avant-garde artists Münter and Kandinsky lived andpainted in the early 1900s. Absorb the seductive beauty of the region and enjoy a private tour of their house — an unforgettable mashup of folk art and Expressionism in a beautiful garden setting. Sample incomparable abbey beers in the evening and spend the night in a real monastery that dates to the 12th century.
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Day 4 Start the day at a traditional Benedictine morning prayer service (optional). Then shift gears and follow a monk on a fascinating insider’s tour of the abbey brewery, which started making beer in 1159. Later in the day, meet Sister Doris the last beer-brewing nun remaining in Germany. She’s boss! Hear her stories, experience the brewery where she holds forth and sample the marvelous beer she produces for the nuns and visitors. End the day in nearby Kallmünz at an inn that has been in the same family for over 300 years. Toast the day with an exquisite, exclusive craft Zoigl beer — you can only get it at the inn. Sleep in a Baroque castle.
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Day 5 Enjoy a yeoman breakfast at the inn. Kallmünz is a hidden gem of a town on the Naab River in remote eastern Bavaria. It’s a perfect blend of solitude, history and flair, as you’ll see on this morning’s stroll through town. Kallmünz has been a magnet for artists since the early 1900s. Enjoy some of the whimsical public sculpture and see local artists’ work at studios and galleries. Then it’s off for a private tour of the brewhouse where the beer you enjoyed so much last night was made. Finish the afternoon and evening in medieval Bamberg, the bastion of Franconian beer culture and UNESCO World Heritage city on the Regnitz River. Dinner in an astonishing brewery of your choice.
Beer Tour Bamberg
Day 6 Start the day with a private walking tour to explore Bamberg. Then you’ll have the rest of the morning for freestyling — choose from among brewhouse visits and tasting, a visit to the basilica above the city or other historical highlights, antiquing, people-watching or shopping. In the afternoon, you’ll delve into Cold War history with a visit to Mödlareuth, a village that was divided in the middle by the Wall. Then it’s on to the Meinel Brewery to meet master brewers Moni and Gisi Meinel, the eleventh generation of brewers in their family. The sisters are rocking the beer world with a new line of craft brews for women (well, OK — men, too!) Finally, a pilgrimage to the Mitterteich area to experience the delights of the local Zoigl scene and taste communally-brewed Zoigl beer, which is only available in the immediate area.
Day 7 Today you’ll experience a local Slow Food delicacy in an authentic setting and sample brews from under-the-radar, regional family breweries in the Franconian hinterlands. We’ll taste Kundmüller Kellerbier and and also visit the Alt Brewery, which has been family-run for five generations. We’ve made special arrangements for a hands-on Sausage Seminar with the “Bratwurst King of Bavaria” later in the day. We’ll also converge on David Hertl, a young New Wave brewer, who is living the dream and turning heads with his IPAs, Trippels, whisky bock and a champagne-kissed Helles.
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Day 8 In case there was any doubt, Sigi and Barbara Friedmann, Katharina Winkler and Irene Stockum are living proof that Germany has some of the most skilled female brewers on the planet. You’ll taste their handiwork as we continue the focus on women in brewing today. We’ll spend the afternoon trekking from brewery to brewery on a back-country beer hike. Irene Stockum will take us on a private tour of Lindnerbräu in Gräfenberg. We’ll also visit Zehender whose brews are only available locally, and taste Gänstaller (classic Franconian styles and New Wave craft beers, including a Green Gold IPA and a Strong Lager — the best of both worlds.) Time for a snooze on the coach as we wend our way south. Our destination: Freising, the “Harvard of Beer” – a bastion of Bavarian beer culture with a 1000-year tradition of brewing.
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Day 9 Breakfast at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel where you’re staying. Then you can choose from among a visit to the Weihenstephan brewery, which dates to 1040, a tour the Royal Hofbrauhaus, or a trip into Munich. To help you get oriented, we’ve arranged a private walking tour of the city. After that, freestyle on your own and sample the brews at the city’s large beerhalls or visit a couple New Wave beer sites. For lunch, we recommend a stop at the outdoor “Victuals Market” (Viktualienmarkt) where you can compose your own Slow Food Picnic from local and regional farm products, fruit, charcuterie, regional cheeses and sausage. If you decide to switch from beer mode to art or local history, try one of Munich’s four outstanding art museums or historical highlights such as the Cathedral, Town Hall, Residenz Palace or Marienplatz.

Munich Beer Tour
Day 10 Start your final day in Munich with a visit to the Weisses Brauhaus, a family-owned brewery that features the top-fermented wheat beer Munich is so proud of. Then it’s freestyling — Soak up the wonders of this remarkable city that is both sophistcated and laid-back. Stay in the beer groove with a visit to Augustiner Bräu, Franziskaner Bräu or one of the other breweries. Or for a different experience, try the luxuriant Englischer Garten, watch urban surfers master the waves on the Isar River, visit the Jewish Museum or local history museum. Tonight we’ll raise our glasses a last time and toast the tour at our final dinner. Prost!

Beer Tour
Day 11 Breakfast, checkout and farewell. No need to bother with shuttles, taxis or busses — the airport transfer on the last day of the trip is included. We’ll wind our way through the lush hops-growing region on our way. We’ll get you to the airport in plenty of time for your return flight. Auf Wiedersehen!

Hops Harvestsmsl
A Special Word About The Tour…
We think beer and food are two of the most gratifying passions a human being can engage in. They satisfy something very primal. But they’re about much more than what you drink or eat. They’re about nourishment and sensory engagement. Delight, myth and mystery.
Beer and food are also about people. About conversation and good times. They’re cultural markers, and they give you a sense of place like nothing else. History is recorded in the food we eat and the beer we drink. Search for the past and you’re likely to find it around the table with friends.
This beer tour is for you: You may be new to the world of brewing, beer and culinary travel. Or if you’re already experienced, you may want to taste new discoveries and explore beer and cuisine in greater depth.
Whether you’re new to beer… Or whether you’re a beer geek, brewer, Slow Food enthusiast, somm or a craft beer fan… A chef, locavore, farmer or cultural traveler — Join us this fall! Experience beer, brewing and local food as part of life and take part in the celebration.
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  • Advance materials to help you get road-ready;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Guide and private driver, including all ground transportation for group activities and transportation of your luggage;
  • Hotel for ten nights;
  • 11 meals (welcome dinner and ten breakfasts);
  • Full itinerary, including Mayrhofen, Murnau, Scheyern, Kallmünz, Bamberg, Freising and Munich;
  • All scheduled walking tours, including. Bamberg, Munich, Mödlareuth, and Münter House;
  • Alpine Fall Festival (Almabtrieb);
  • Two abbey visits;
  • Brewery/Tap visits and meetings with brewers;
  • Tastings offered by hosts;
  • Zoigl brewhouse visit;
  • Franconia brewery trek;
  • Bratwurst seminar and cheesemaker visit;
  • Translation and technical support;
  • All parking, taxes and road-use fees


Our travelers love our hotel picks. We skip the chains and zero in on local hotels, inns and guesthouses — most of them family-owned and family-run. Many of the hotels we select for our trips are historically or architecturally significant. Accommodations for this trip include a castle, monastery, Alpine lodge and an inn that dates from the 1300s. Your room includes a private bath. Read more info about the hotels here. Or click the “Hotels” Button.


Travelers make their own air reservations and cover these costs. The tour starts and ends in Munich. Direct flights as well as flights connecting in Frankfurt, Berlin, Düsseldorf and several other European cities are available from the U.S. , Canada and other countries. Since the trip is during shoulder season, you will benefit from lower fares. You should definitely consult with us before locking in to a flight. We coordinate pick-ups at the airport and want to insure that all the arrival times mesh with the tour. Do you have a question about flights? Feel free to get in touch.

Ground Travel

We travel in a comfortable, immaculate, late-model coach with our own driver. We will be visiting breweries, sipping and sampling every day. Our driver will not. He’ll keep a firm hand on the wheel and make sure we make the appointed rounds.


This is an active tour with a range of encounters, guided visits, tours, discussions, hands-on experiences and opportunities to taste beer and sample local food. We wouldn’t have it any other way. “Man/Woman does not live by beer alone,” so we’re also building in non-beer options. Read the short version of our itinerary above for an overall impression. When you have time, be sure to take a look at the detailed itinerary here, or by clicking on the “Detailed Itinerary” Button.


Reserve now — Don’t wait. Unlike large tour companies who can expand to meet demand, our tours are exclusive and the group size is limited. We will do our level best to get you aboard, but please send us your reservation as early as possible. Book by June 15 and you’ll get a generous price break. It’s easy and quick. Reserve online here. Or click on the “Reserve” Button.