European Escapes December Package 7-17 December 2010
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Willkommen! Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort oďŹ€ers military retirees and their spouses the vacation of a lifetime in one of the most spectacular settings in Europe. Our full-service European Escapes package includes a personal meet and greet at Munich International Airport, luxury bus transportation to all destinations, a ten night stay at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort and professional guided tours. Our goal is to provide our guests with a safe, exciting and memorable experience in and around the charming town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The combination of superb facilities, eager-to-please staďŹ€ and spectacular location allows retirees to focus on having a great time while we take care of the rest.
Tuesday, 7 December
Welcome to Germany! 12:00 Bus departs Munich International Airport for Garmisch* 15:30 Welcome Reception at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
You will arrive at the Munich International Airport and be greeted by an Edelweiss Lodge and Resort representative. Enjoy some time to mingle with your fellow retirees and stretch your legs after the long ďŹ‚ight before boarding a luxury coach bus en route to Garmisch. During the drive, watch as the majestic mountains begin to form around you before arriving in the stunning Garmisch-Partenkirchen valley with the highest mountain in all of Germany right at your feet - the Zugspitze. The rest of the afternoon is yours to get checked-in, unpack and relax before attending the Welcome Reception and dinner at the resort. *Please see page 10 for additional information on travel arrangements Wednesday, 8 December
Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 9:30 - 13:30 Garmisch-Partenkirchen City Tour 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Spend the day getting acquainted with your new home for the next ten days. Your guide will point out historic buildings, murals, churches and more throughout this charming town. Learn the history of Garmisch, peruse the Marienplatz pedestrian zone and enjoy free time to explore and grab a bite to eat in one of the quaint restaurants along the way.
Thursday, 9 December
Innsbruck City 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 17:00 Innsbruck Christmas Market 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Not far from Garmisch, Innsbruck oﬀers visitors a delightful look into Austrian culture. During your visit you will see the Christmas Market in downtown Innsbruck. Stroll through the many shops selling beautiful decor and ornaments and grab a hot drink along the way!
Friday, 10 December
Nürnberg 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 7:30 - 20:00 Nürnberg Christmas Market 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Peruse one of the grandest Christmas Markets in all of Germany, with well over one million shoppers a year. You’ll learn history of the city on the way up and then have an opportunity to purchase your Christmas souvenirs. You can stroll through on your own or follow a guide throughout the historic city.
Saturday, 11 December
King Ludwigâ€™s Palace 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 9:00 - 15:00 Linderhof Palace / Oberammergau 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
The summer home of crazy King Ludwig rests in a secluded forest surrounded by majestic mountains. Tour the inside of this opulent palace and learn of Ludwigâ€™s strange antics. Afterward you will visit Oberammergau, home of the world-renown Passion Play Theatre. Peruse the beautifully handcrafted wood decor and detailed frescos of this fairy tale town before returning to Garmisch. Linderhof Palace
Sunday, 12 December
Free Day 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
The day is yours! Explore at your own leisure or just lounge and relax.
Monday, 13 December
Sightseeing Salzburg 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 7:30 - 20:00 Salzburg Christmas Market 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
You will be traveling to the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria. You’ll pass by the main attractions such as the St. Peter’s Monastery and Catacombs, Cathedral Square, Mozart’s house and the famous Getreidgasse. You’ll learn about the town’s history and the folklore that makes Salzburg so unique. Lastly, make a stop at the historic Christmas Market!
Tuesday, 14 December
Capital of Bavaria 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 17:00 Munich Christmas Market 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Munich City is one of the most unique and interesting cities in Germany. You will learn the history during your trip up and then enter a winter wonderland at the Marienplatz Christmas Market. Peruse the ornaments, baked goods and hand-crafted decor or choose to stroll through the city with a guide.
Wednesday, 15 December
Rothenburg 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 20:00 Rothenburg Christmas Market 17:30 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Discover the medieval walled city of Rothenburg. Learn the history of this quaint city and stroll through the many shops and bakeries this city has to oďŹ€er. Also visit one of the most loved Christmas Market in all of Germany.
Thursday, 16 December
Free Day 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 17:00 - 22:00 Farewell Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
The day is yours! Get in those last few sights of Garmisch, get your souvenirs or just lounge around and enjoy the picturesque mountain setting. That evening join your fellow retirees in a Farewell Dinner at the resort to celebrate the fun and relive the memories during your visit. You will also be presented with a special â€œAuf Wiedersehenâ€? gift.
Friday, 17 December
Auf Wiedersehen! 5:15 - 6:00 Check-out and load bus 6:00 Bus departs Garmisch for Munich International Airport*
We sincerely hope you enjoyed your time here in Garmisch and wish you safe travels. *Please see page 10 for additional information on travel arrangements
What is Included
The European Escapes December Retiree Package includes the following: • Transportation from Munich International Airport to Garmisch via luxury bus • Welcome Reception on the day of your arrival • 10 nights in a standard room at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort • Breakfast each morning • Special European Escapes tours given by professional guides • “Auf Wiedersehen” gift upon departure • Transportation from Garmisch to Munich International Airport via luxury bus
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Getting around during your visit Transportation via luxury coach from Munich International Airport to Garmisch on 7 December and from Garmisch to Munich International Airport on 17 December is included within the package. The bus option is available on 7 December if you arrive by 1130 hours. Only available for arrivals and departures out of Munich International Airport. If you choose to arrive before 7 December or depart after 17 December there is a complimentary train option available. These alternate arrangements can be made by contacting European Escapes prior to your arrival. During your stay, all transportation to and from tours is provided via luxury coach.
To reserve your spot on this special European Escapes package, please contact our Vacation Planning Specialists: Monday-Friday CET 8:00 - 18:00 (011-49) 8821-9440 from USA If you would like to receive additional information prior to booking, please contact: email@example.com or call (011-49) 8821-944-4105 from USA
European Escapes 2010 December Package Room Rates
$2,200 for singles (one person in a room) $2,800 for couples (two people in a room) • The European Escapes package does not include dinner or airfare in the total price. • The itinerary is subject to small changes (including inclement weather). A ﬁnalized schedule will be provided to you upon arrival. • All retirees and their guests are eligible to participate in the European Escapes packages. • Packages are based upon two adults. Retiree ID Card holders may sponsor a maximum of three rooms. • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation.
Published on Sep 27, 2010