A Bucket List Travel Opportunity: Beers, Brats, Bavaria & Oktoberfest (September 9 – 18, 2016)

by Orbridge.com


If you’ve ever wanted to visit the birthplace of modern breweries, then you’ll want to join this exclusive European travel program. Discover and delight in altbiers, lagers, marzens, and more during this once-in-a-lifetime experience—concluding with a special visit to the world-renowned celebration of Oktoberfest with time at the famous Hippodrom tent.

Your 10-day journey begins in Austria’s colorful capital of Vienna, after which you’ll embark upon a 5-day river cruise down the Danube, stopping in the charming towns of Dürnstein, Melk, and Grein, before heading to Munich, Germany.

Danube River

Danube River

Included excursions and features:

  • Visit Ottakringer Brewery in Vienna for a tour and tasting. This 175-year old brewery is the oldest in Vienna and continues to create the highest quality, flavorful beers in its modern facility.
  • Explore Kuchlbauer’s Bierwelt (World of Beer) in Abensberg to admire its collection of 4,200 Weissbier glasses and view an exhibition on brewing processes.
  • Stop by Deutsches Hopfenmuseum (German Hop Museum) in Wolnzach—located in Upper Bavaria, which is the world’s largest hop producing area—to learn about all things hops.

Spend your three final days and nights exploring vibrant Munich, including a visit to Oktoberfest—Germany’s 200-year-old festival of beer, food, and music, originally held to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig.


Joining this special sailing is guest lecturer, beer expert, and highly published writer, Robin Shepard, PhD, associate professor of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has authored three books about the best brewpubs and breweries in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Professor Shepard will be hosting a variety of on-board beer tastings, pairings, and lectures, and will be available for enthusiastic beer conversations throughout the cruise.


Robin Shepard, PhD

While voyaging down the Danube, your home will be the luxurious Avalon Luminary, a spacious, sophisticated, and contemporary vessel that offers endless amenities in a comfortable and inviting setting.

You’ll also have access to a designated Travel Director who will be with you all along the way, helping you make the most of this fascinating region, its diverse beers, and rich brewing and cultural history.

Don’t pass up this festive adventure! Mention this ad when making your reservation to receive 10% off your stateroom rate. (Pricing based on double occupancy and is subject to terms and conditions listed on website.)

Learn more about this unforgettable travel adventure and reserve today!

Avalon Luminary

Avalon Luminary

Homebrewers Association
Homebrewers Association