Private German Beer Tour - Firebird Tours ®
German beer
Munich, Germany
German beer
Nuremberg, Germany
Berlin, Germany

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Trip Overview

Get a taste of the best beer Germany has to offer and learn about the beer-drinking culture of the country by visiting the best breweries in each city of your Germany itinerary! Of course, city tours with local guides are on the agenda too, as well as central hotels and airport transfers.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    13 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport-hotel transfers
    9 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    4 day trips: to Freising, to Bamberg,
    to Bremen, and to Dusseldorf
  • MEALS
  • 13 breakfasts
    9 beer tastings

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Munich

Welcome to Munich! Upon arrival, you meet your driver at the arrivals hall and head for your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Munich on your own.

➤  Firebird recommends: Visit  Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall - world's most famous tavern, which dates back to 16th century​.

No meals included.

Day 2
Munich City Tour & Introduction to German Beer Culture

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and embark on a private tour to take a look into the city's turbulent 850-year history. With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe's great cultural centers. You marvel at the magnificent Marien Square and Church of Our Lady, visit elegant Maximilian Street to see the Bavarian Parliament, Deutsches Museum and Royal Palace and pass by the medieval town gates in the ancient part of town.

Apart from city history, your tour includes an introduction to beer culture, because 'liquid bread' considered to be the national drink of Bavaria and Germany in general. You visit Beer and Oktoberfest Museum to get an old recipe of brewing, learn about the development of the purity law of beer and find out the importance of beer in locals' daily life. Tasting at the museum is naturally in the program too!

After the tour at museum you return back to your hotel.

  • Please note: Beer and Oktoberfest Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Breakfast and beer tasting included.

Day 3
Day Trip to Freising & the Oldest Brewery in the World

After breakfast, your private guide-driver takes you from Munich hotel to the city of Freising - the oldest city in Bavaria with an almost 1300 year history.

Today you get closer to the origins of beer as we take you to Weihenstephan Monastery Brewery - the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world, established in 1040 by Benedictine monks. Upon arrival to the brewery on the Weihenstephan hill, you take a group guided tour of the museum before continuing to the “sacred territory” - the production floor where brewing process happens. The brewery tour is crowned by a beer-tasting session.

After time for lunch you enjoy a sightseeing tour around Freising before returning back to Munich.

  • Please note: make sure to wear closed shoes with a solid sole for this tour. Tour is offered only on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Breakfast and beer tasting included.

Day 4
Train to Nuremberg & Exploration of the City and Its Underground Beer Cellars

After breakfast and check-out, you walk to the train station, where you take a 1-hour train to Nuremberg, the second largest city of Bavaria. Upon arrival walk to your centrally-located hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you meet your guide and start a 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town, wandering through the narrow streets and spacious squares. Together with your guide, you see places and monuments dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. You walk to the castle and learn more about the Market square, beautiful Gothic Church of Our Lady, St Lawrence Church, Medieval Tower Nassauer Haus, and other remarkable sites.

After exploring the Old Town, you have an exciting 1-hour tour to the underground cellars dating back to Medieval times when Nuremberg beer home-brewers had to have their own beer cellars for fermentation and storage. Following the tour, you get to try a high-quality pale, red and black beer, paired with local specialties. Red Beer is a trademark of Nuremberg, that is competing with the Belgian beer for the origin of this beer style. Its recipe follows strict regulations of what ingredients can be used, similarly to the Bavarian Beer Purity Law. After enjoying the tasting, you walk to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and beer-tasting with snacks included.

Day 5
Discovering Bamberg & Rauchbier Tasting

After breakfast at your hotel, you meet your guide-driver at the hotel lobby and embark on a day-trip to Bamberg - the UNESCO city and the motherland of Smoked beer. Together with your private guide-driver, you reach the city in about 1 hour and start with a short city tour and see the Cathedral, the Old Court, the New Residence and Rose Garden, and Town Hall.

Following a lunch break, you explore Bamberg from its beer brewing side. Bamberg is famous for a special kind of beer that is called Smoked beer, or Rauchbier, which has a dark color and a smoky, almost spicy aroma of fire. Your guide takes you for a tasting to the brewery that has been operating since 1678, the name of this brewery is Shlenkerla tavern, which means "to walk not straight". There is a legend behind the name and your guide unveils it to you. Then you continue to another brewery dating back to 1649 - Fässla brewery. Traditions are respected here and all six types of brews are based on the water taken from a local 60-meters-deep well.

After the tastings, you are taken back to your hotel in Nuremberg, where you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and beer tasting included.

Day 6
Train to Berlin & Exploring Berlin’s Craft Beer Culture

After breakfast and check-out, you walk to the train station, where you take a 2-hour train to Berlin. Upon arrival, you meet your driver and head for your centrally-located hotel.

In the afternoon, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start your exploration of Berlin’s craft beer culture. On this tour in about 3 hours, you find out how Berlin became the center of Germany’s alternative beer culture, in which beer is crafted, not manufactured. Your guide will take you through the smaller neighborhoods, where the alternative craft beer culture thrives.

During your walk, you visit several craft beer bars and a brewery, and, of course, get to taste the beers. One of the beers you taste will be a traditional Berliner Weisse, a sour and refreshing beer, that back in the 19th century Napoleon’s men called “Champagne of the North”. Your expert guide will introduce you to the local history, politics, and culture and explain how they are all connected to the new and growing craft beer movement.

After the tour, you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and beer-tasting included.

Day 7
Berlin City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and explore the capital of Germany on a 3-hour walking city tour and see the main Berlin highlights from the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, from the site of Hitler's bunker to the Reichstag parliament building (no entrances included).

You walk across the final battlefield of World War II and find out how the peculiar events surround the Reichstag. You explore the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and get the inside story behind the incredible controversy surrounding it.

During the tour, you discover Checkpoint Charlie, the site where the Stasi and CIA spied on each other. You hear the amazing stories surrounding this Cold War crossing point. When passing the Berlin Wall, you learn the secret history of why it went up and how Berlin was divided overnight. You also visit Berlin's spectacular new government quarter and get a feel for the contemporary face of the city and its development since the fall of the Wall.

After the tour you have the afternoon and evening at leisure and can continue exploring Berlin on your own, or join one of our optional tours.

➤ Firebird recommends: Attend a performance at the world famous Brecht-theater - The Berliner Ensemble (performances with English subtitles happen several times a month).

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Train to Hamburg

After breakfast and check-out, you are met by your private driver in the hotel lobby and transferred to the train station, where you take a 2-hour train to Hamburg. Upon arrival, you meet your driver and head for your centrally-located hotel.

After check-in the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Hamburg on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Hamburg City Tour & Holsten Beer Tasting

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and explore the city of Hamburg on a private walking city tour. Hamburg is the second largest city in the country and has a lot to offer!

Together with your guide, you witness the beauty of the Old Town, see one of the most grandiose coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, and also visit St. Michael's Church.

Then you proceed to the world-famous Holsten Brewery. At the brewery, you join a group of beer enthusiasts and get an insight into the modern art of brewing on the extensive tour of the brewery's production. Here you also get a small souvenir and a freshly pulled Holsten Pilsner. After the tour, you have a transfer to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.

  • Please note: According to the brewery schedule tour is available on request from Monday to Friday.

Breakfast and beer tasting included.

Day 10
Exploring Bremen & Its Brewing Traditions

After breakfast, you meet your private driver in the hotel lobby and have a transfer to the train station. After a 1-hour train ride, you arrive in a city of musicians - Bremen. Upon arrival, you meet your local guide and embark on a 6-hour tour. You stroll along the streets of the Old Town and discover the beauty of the UNESCO Site - the Town Hall and the statue of Roland on the Marketplace.

Following the city tour, you have a stop to relax and enjoy a beer tasting in one of the oldest taverns of the city. Then you proceed to Beck's Brewery, that opened its doors back in 1873. Here you join a 2-hour group guided tour you visit the museum and the brewhouse, pass by the malt silos, as well as fermentation and storage tanks. The tour is followed by a tasting of 3 beers.

After the comprehensive tour in Bremen, you take a short train ride back to Hamburg, where your private driver meets you at the train station and takes you back to your hotel.

  • Please note: The tour is available from Monday to Saturday.

Breakfast and beer tasting included.

Day 11
Train to Cologne

After breakfast and check-out, you are met by your private driver in the hotel lobby and transferred to the train station, where you take a 4-hour train to Cologne. Upon arrival, you meet your driver and head for your centrally-located hotel.

After check-in the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Cologne on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12
Cologne City Tour & Brauhaus Culture

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a tour covering the must-see sights of Cologne. Your exploration starts with the outstanding gothic Cathedral of Cologne included in UNESCO World Heritage list. Kölner Dom, as it is called in German, with its 160 meters (525 ft) height, proudly dominates the skyline of the city. After you stroll along the streets of the old center, meet 'Tünnes und Schäl' figures representing the original locals, see the old charming houses, historic town hall and tower.

The special part of your tour is dedicated to an exploration of what does 'Brauhaus' (brewery restaurant) culture in Cologne mean. The city center of Cologne is home to a great number of breweries, some of which date back to the 15th century. Nowadays the city is proud to be a hometown and the only place where the world-popular beer 'Kölsch' can be brewed. You visit several breweries to taste Kölsch as well as local dishes, like Halve Hahn ("half a cock" in Kölsch) and Himmel un Äd (Heaven and Earth). Interesting stories and anecdotes about life of Kölners (inhabitants of Cologne) will help you understand the local mentality.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and beer-tasting with snacks included.

Day 13
Day Trip to Dusseldorf & Altbier Tasting

After breakfast, you meet your private driver in the hotel lobby and have a transfer to the train station. After a 30-minute train ride, meet your private guide and embark on an exciting journey through the history and modern life of Dusseldorf.

You start a tour from the heart of the city - its famous Altstadt (Old Town). Together with your private guide you stroll through the maze of little streets, discover the "longest bar in the world", learn about the early ages of Heinrich Heine, a famous German poet born here, admire the gothic St. Lambertus church, the Rider statue, and the Rhine embankment promenade.

During the tour, you also get an authentic insight into the brewing culture of Dusseldorf. You learn why Dusseldorf Altbier is unique and popular all around the world and taste handcrafted beers in some microbreweries of Altstadt.

After the tour, you take a train back to Cologne, have a transfer back to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast and beer-tasting included.

Day 14
Departure to Frankfurt Airport

This is the last day of your tour. After breakfast and check out, your private driver transfers you to the train station for your direct 1-hour high-speed train to Frankfurt Airport for your flight back home. We hope you had the ultimate experience and have become a true German beer expert!

Breakfast is included.


Included

13 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
13 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

Always incuded:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star or 5-star hotels in Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Munich, Freising, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne and Dusseldorf;
  • Guided day trips with private transportation to Freising and Bamberg;
  • Beer tastings in every city and town;
  • 1st class train tickets: Munich - Nuremberg, Nuremberg - Berlin, Berlin - Hamburg, Hamburg - Cologne, Cologne - Frankfurt Airport;
  • 2nd class train tickets: Hamburg - Bremen - Hamburg, Cologne - Dusseldorf - Cologne;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Complete insight of Germany's beer culture during guided visits to breweries, beer museums, such as Oktoberfest Museum, as well as numerous tastings;
  • Visiting the Oldest Brewery in the World in Freising;
  • Exploring the exciting Munich old town;
  • Seeing the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin;
  • Discovering Nuremberg, Bamberg, Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, and Dusseldorf.
What to Know
  • It's always best to bring some cash in local currency for your trip. You will need Euros for your time in Germany
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$5,612
Deposit $1,123
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$7,812
Deposit $1,563
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$6,712
Deposit $1,343
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$8,812
Deposit $1,763
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$5,612
Deposit $1,123
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$7,812
Deposit $1,563
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$6,712
Deposit $1,343
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$8,812
Deposit $1,763

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