European Escapes January 2011 Package 2-12 January 2011
Vacation Planning Center Monday-Friday CET 8:00 - 18:00 hours (011-49) 8821-9440 from USA email@example.com
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, private 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.
Sunday, 2 January
Welcome to Germany! 12:00 Bus departs Munich International Airport for Garmisch* 15:00 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 private 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 Monday, 3 January
Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen 6:30 - 9:00 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 9:00 - 13:00 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.
Tuesday, 4 January
Discover Munich 6:30 - 7:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 16:30 Munich City Tour 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Explore the capitol of Bavaria - Munich. You’ll pass by the grounds of the world-famous Oktoberfest held every year, tour the Rathaus town hall and experience the time-honored tradition of the Glockenspiel play clock chiming with dancers, jousters and knights in the Marienplatz. Then see the Hofbräuhaus, one of the cities oldest and most famous breweries before ending your tour in the Residenz to view the crown jewels of Munich’s past royalty. The rest of the day is yours for shopping, lunch and exploration of the Marienplatz. Wednesday, 5 January
King Ludwig’s Castle 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 17:30 Neuschwanstein Castle 17:30 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Tour the most recognized and visited castle in all of Germany - Neuschwanstein. After a scenic drive through Austria you will travel up to the infamous structure and learn of the Mad King’s life. On the way back to Garmisch you will visit the Wießkirche, a pilgrimage church of the Baroque/Rococo style, and the Ammertal wood carving shop for an opportunity to purchase beautifully handcrafted ornaments and decor.
Thursday, 6 January
Historical Germany 6:30 - 7:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 8:30 - 17:00 Dachau Concentration Camp 17:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
â€œArbeit Macht Freiâ€? (work will make you free) is the daunting message you pass by as you enter the solemn Concentration Camp of Dachau. You will view an English video presentation about the camp and tour the museum. Afterwards explore the compound on your own or follow your European Escapes guide.
Friday, 7 January
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 to lounge in a comfy chair and watch the snow gently drift from the sky, explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen on your own or even enjoy our outdoor hot tub.
Saturday, 8 January
Sightseeing Austria 6:30 - 7:00 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 7:00 - 20:30 Salzburg City 20:30 - 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.
Sunday, 9 January
King Ludwig’s Summer Home 6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 9:30 - 15:00 Linderhof Palace and Ettal Monastery 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 along with the gardens and learn of Ludwig’s strange antics. Afterward you will visit the Ettal Monastery to view the exquisite basilica. You will have an opportunity to purchase some of the monk’s famous home-made beers and liqueurs.
Monday, 10 January
Nurnberg 6:30 - 7:00 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 7:00 - 20:00 Nurnberg City Tour 20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (not included)
Situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, Nurnberg rests in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Enjoy strolling the cobblestone streets and learning the history of this fascinating city. You will have an exceptional panorama view of the city from atop the main fortress of the town. You’ll also pass by the location of the famous Nurnberg Christmas market.
Tuesday, 11 January
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.
Wednesday, 12 January
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 9
The European Escapes October Retiree Package includes the following: • Transportation from Munich International Airport to Garmisch via private 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
Getting around during your visit Transportation via private coach from Munich International Airport to Garmisch on 2 January and from Garmisch to Munich International Airport on 12 January is included within the package. The bus option is available on 2 January if you arrive by 1130 hours. Only available for arrivals and departures out of Munich International Airport. If you choose to arrive before 2 January or depart after 12 January 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 private 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (011-49) 8821-944-4105 from USA
European Escapes January 2011 Package Room Rates
$2,000 for singles (one person in a room) $2,600 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.