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European Escapes - August - Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances our August Retiree European Escapes Package has been cancelled. We hope you can join us on an Escape in the future.

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Everyone is feeling the effects of the COVID pandemic. With all the unknowns comes stress. Nothing could be better to put this all behind us than a relaxing trip to Bavaria in a safe and controlled environment. The situation in the US and Europe is constantly evolving but we are very hopeful that come July and August, life will somewhat return to normal.

We worked together with our tour guides and put together an incredible package that gives any guest a great overview of the Bavarian culture, scenery and history. Plus we will visit Tirol with some beautiful cities, shops and museums. We will make adjustments to the itinerary if required to ensure the safety of our guests and staff are taken into consideration. 

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort offers 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 with a professional English speaking guide and a ten-night stay at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.

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 staff, and spectacular location allows retirees to focus on having a great time while we take care of the rest. Travel with like-minded people and make new friends. Share a few laughs. See some beautiful scenery. Learn about the culture. Leave all the planning to us. All you have to do is get here.

European Escapes Packages include:

• Airport transportation to and from Munich International Airport (set times)
• Hotel accommodations at Edelweiss Resort with alpine view rooms
• 7 guided tours with entry tickets included
• Daily breakfast buffet at Market Station restaurant
• Special arrival and farewell receptions

Our English speaking guides will give you insights into German culture and customs. Explore Garmisch on your own during the two "rest" days. You can make them as exciting or relaxing as you like. Make memories you will cherish forever with our ten-day European Escapes package.

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August Package has been cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 circumstances our August Retiree European Escapes Package has been cancelled. We hope you can join us on an Escape in the future.

Join our retiree newsletter to be the first to know about new packages. 

We are in the process of creating the schedule for new dates in 2021.

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Arrival Day / Welcome Reception

Thursday 30 July 2020

1200 Private coach departs Munich International Airport
1330 Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Evening Welcome Reception (Dinner included)

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 flight 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 Werdenfelser 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 Edelweiss  Lodge and Resort. Then enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep as you prepare to experience the vacation of a lifetime!

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Garmisch City Tour

Friday 31 July 2020

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Morning / Afternoon Garmisch City Tour
1400 - Free Time
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

The quaint town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen quietly rests in the Werdenfelser Valley at the foot of the majestic Bavarian Alps. Your guide will take you along the cobblestone streets of each town pointing out historic buildings, monuments, architecture, shopping spots and more. You’ll start off with a walk down the historic Ludwigstrasse in Partenkirchen - a part of what was once the Roman Road from Venice to Augsburg.

Enjoy the fascinating murals and art of this cobblestone street before heading west toward Garmisch. You will learn the history of Garmisch, peruse the Marienplatz pedestrian zone and enjoy free time to explore or dine in a sidewalk bistro. The Farmers market will be going on so you can taste fresh produce and more. 

*Not included in the package price

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Free Day

Saturday 1 August 2020

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
1130 - 1300 Lunch at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*
1730 - 2000 Farewell Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

The day is yours! See you in the evening for a beautiful meal and evening laughing over stories you experienced through the week.

Some activities you may enjoy during the day include:

• The beautiful Partnach Gorge
• Olympic Ski Jump Stadium
• A stroll through the Marienplatz / Christmas Market
• Drinking traditional Gluhwein
• Shopping in downtown Garmisch
• A dip in our outdoor hot tub
• A bite in a Bavarian café
• Taking a train to a nearby town
• Riding a cable car to the top of Germany - the Zugspitze
• Receiving a relaxing massage from our Wellness club

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Dachau

Sunday 2 August 2020

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
All Day Dachau Concentration Camp Tour
1730 - 2000 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

Dachau Concentration Camp was opened in 1933 as the first regular concentration camp established by the National Socialist Party (Nazi Party). You will visit an exhibit that recounts the terrifying and gruesome days of the Holocaust and watch a video of the history of the camp, including special presentations of the notable prisoners. Audio guide is included. The tour guide will provide historical facts along the trip. 

*Not included in the package price

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Berchtesgaden Eagle's Nest

Monday 3 August 2020

0630 - 0730 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
All Day Berchtesgaden Tour
2000 - 2130 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

Travel to the Obersalzberg area to view one of the most interesting and historic buildings from WWII in all of Germany. You will be given information along the way before ascending to the scenic Eagle’s Nest overlooking the valley. In the event of inclement weather the tour will visit the Obersalzberg documentation center or the salt mine, as decided by the tour group. After your visit you’ll stop in Berchtesgaden for lunch and shopping.

*dinner not included in package price

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Munich City Tour

Tuesday 4 August 2020

0630 - 0930 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
All Day Munich City Tour 
1700 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

Bavaria’s heart and soul is arguably its capital city: Munich. Your tour will begin by driving by the grounds of the world-famous Oktoberfest held every year in the “Beer Capital of the World.”  You’ll then visit the Marienplatz, site of the Rathaus town hall and the Glockenspiel play clock with dancers, jousters and knights. Afterward, continue on to visit the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall as you learn the history of Munich’s past.

*Not included in the package price

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Bolzano / Oetzi - Italy (depending on COVID Travel Advisories)

Wednesday 5 August 2020

0630 - 0730 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
All Day Bolzano Italy Tour
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

*Not included in the package price

In the foothills of the Italian Dolomites rests the famous remains of Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old iceman, in the South Tirol Museum of Archeology. Ötzi is a glacier mummy from the Copper Age, who, thanks to extraordinary circumstances, has been preserved down to the present day. He was discovered accidentally by hikers in 1991 and has been the subject of intensive research ever since. He is older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge.

The city center features charming shops and cafés where one can sample both Italian and Austrian specialties. This tour also stops in Vipiteno, known for its Italian wine and leather goods.Sightseers are well rewarded with beautiful mountain vistas and postcard castles as you travel through the magnificent Brenner Pass.

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Bavarian Brotzeit and Ettal Monestery

Thursday 6 August 2020

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Afternoon Bavarian Brotzeit and Ettal Monastery tour
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

*Not included in the package price

The Ettal Monastery is a stunning example of baroque architecture. You’ll learn the fascinating story of its creation depicted in the stunning frescoes adorning the interior. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds and take a peek at the centuries-old brewery.

You will end up at the cheese factory and sample some of their award-winning creations while you discover the process the local farmers use to make the cheeses. Enjoy a light lunch afterward (not included in price). Before leaving, you will have a chance to buy some of the Monks’ famous beers and liqueurs. Your final stop will be at an authentic Ettaler woodcarving shop

 

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Free Day

Friday 7 August 2020

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
1200 - 1300 Lunch at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

*Not included in the package price

The day is yours! Some activities you may enjoy include:

• The beautiful Partnach Gorge
• Olympic Ski Jump Stadium
• A stroll through the Marienplatz / Christmas Market
• Drinking traditional Gluhwein
• Shopping in downtown Garmisch
• A dip in our outdoor hot tub
• A bite in a Bavarian café
• Taking a train to a nearby town
• Riding a cable car to the top of Germany - the Zugspitze
• Receiving a relaxing massage from our Wellness club
• Reserve another guided tour! 

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Mittenwald

Saturday 8 August 

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Afternoon Mittenwald Village Tour 

The rural mountain village of Mittenwald rests along the Isar River at the border of Austria and Germany. Known as "The Village of a Thousand Violins," it has been ranked on multiple sites as one of the most authentic and scenic small towns in Europe. The Klotz family of violin makers, dating back to the 17th century, has made this medieval market town renowned for the craft. Today, there is an institution and museum located in Mittenwald dedicated to the continuing practice of this tradition. Please join us on our picturesque excursion as we learn about the history of the local Luftlmalerei paintings, the significance of trade to the local economy, the 2015 G7 Summit, and much more!

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Departure Day

Sunday 9 August 2020

0430 - 0500 Check Out / Continental Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0500 Depart for Munich International Airport

Thank you for choosing to visit Edelweiss Lodge and Resort for your special Retiree vacation. The private coach bus will depart Edelweiss Lodge and Resort at 0500 hrs.. It is about 2 hours to the airport under normal traffic conditions. 

Auf Wiedersehen!

About Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

Resting at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is a resort destination designed for eligible military personnel and their families. With 256 rooms and suites, we have comfortable spaces and mountain views for retirees and their families. 

When the tours are over, we have amenities focused on your relaxation. Head to the hot tub to soak away any stress. Take a refreshing swim and lay back in the water jets to soothe your sore muscles. 

We also have restaurants for every taste. Hang out at Zuggy's Base Camp and watch some sports and enjoy a pizza. Or start your morning with a delicious American buffet and a chef-prepared omelet in Market Station.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the price cover?

The price includes ten nights in a standard room at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. The price per person is based on two adults staying in a standard room for ten nights. $2,995 per couple or $2,295 for single occupancy.

Additionally, the price includes:

• Transportation from Munich International Airport to Garmisch via private coach bus
• Welcome Reception on the day of your arrival
• Breakfast at Market Station each morning
• Special European Escapes tours given by professional guides with transportation
• Farewell Dinner the day before your departure
• Transportation from Garmisch to Munich International Airport via private coach bus

When will my deposit be charged?

A 50% deposit will be required at the time of booking. If you decide to cancel for any reason, outside of 30 days you will get a full refund. If cancelled within 30 days of arrival day, you will forfeit the full amount of the package price. We will take into consideration and travel advisories should the pandemic continue through the summer. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy for European Escapes differs from our normal hotel stay policy to ensure maximum participation in the program. 50% deposit will be required at the time of booking. 

More than 30 days from arrival date: No penalty
29 - 0 days: forfeit 50% deposit

What are the accommodations? May I upgrade?

European Escapes accommodations are a standard room with two queen beds. No upgrades are available.

How many rooms may be reserved?

You can reserve as many rooms as you like for non-military ID card holders. Sponsors can reserve up to 4 non-ID card holders. 

How old must guest be?

Guests of the sponsors must be at least 18 years old.

When does the shuttle run to the airport?

The airport shuttle is only available on the designated arrival and departure days. Arrival: MUC to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort at 1200 hrs
Departure: Edelweiss Lodge and Resort to MUC at 0530 hrs

Can I book additional days or tours?

Absolutely, additional days or tours may be booked through Vacation Planning. There are free days scheduled during the package for this very reason. 

What is the voltage at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort?

All electronic outlets in the hotel are 220 volts. If your appliance is dual-voltage then only an adapter will be needed to make the plug fit. 

Can I exchange currency at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort?

Currency exchange is not available at the resort. However, it may be done at the Munich airport. We do have an ATM that distributes Euro and US dollars in the main lobby. 

Are there ATM’s at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort?

Two ATM’s in the main lobby of Edelweiss Lodge and Resort dispense both USD and Euro, but you must have a PIN number with your card.

What currency can I use at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort?

Both USD and Euro are accepted at Edelweiss. However, if you pay in Euro, your change is given back in dollars.

What currency is accepted in town?

Only Euro currency is accepted in town.They do accept credit cards, however it is possible they will not accept the card. 

Does the Edelweiss Resort offer laundry service?

There are washing machines and dryers located at the Edelweiss Lodge. Supplies are available for purchase on-site.

Are Edelweiss Lodge and Resort tours physically demanding?

Part of the charm of Europe is in its walking districts which are not accessible by car. Please note that most tours require moderate walking. Tour guides set a pace for everyone in the group to enjoy the sites. One in particular, Neuschwanstein Castle sits atop a steep hill but horse drawn carriages are available for hire and are popular.

Are retiree ID card holders eligible to use the AAFES exchange and post office?

Due to international agreements, the use of the Commissary, Community Bank and PX/BX are limited to personnel assigned to US Forces in Europe and NATO ID card holders who have this privilege. This includes rationed items such as gas coupons. Be aware that gas prices are considerably higher compared to US standards. Military Post Offices may be used only be retirees who reside in Germany for over 30 days and who have Box R privileges with restrictions. Alpine Adventures is located in Edelweiss Lodge and Resort and has an excellent array of Bavarian items, t-shirts and other souvenirs.

Is there a place to rent a car in Garmisch or Munich Airport?

You may reserve a car while staying at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.

• Europcar 011-49-(0)180-58000 Munich International Airport
• Europcar 011-49-(0)8821-943083 Garmisch

To get to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort using a GPS navigation systems use the address : 17 Gernackerstrasse, 82467 Garmisch

What if I need medical care?

We suggest you read through the Tricare overseas website to be familiar with your coverage. Garmisch has very good medical facilities if required. 

http://www.tricare-overseas.com/contact-us/eurasia-africa

http://www.tricare-overseas.com/beneficiaries/resources

When will I receive a detailed itinerary? 
Once confirmed, you will receive a detailed itinerary at least one month in advance. 

Additional Information

• The European Escapes package does not include dinner or airfare in the total price.
• The itinerary is subject to small changes. A finalized schedule will be provided to you upon arrival.
• Substituting guided tours is not possible. 
• All retirees and their guests are eligible to participate in the European Escapes packages.
• Package prices are based upon two adults in a standard room. Retiree ID Card holders may sponsor up to 4 guests per ID card. You can sponsor additional rooms for non-ID card holders. 
• You will receive an e-mail confirmation from our Vacation Planning Center once you make your reservation. We will take a 50% deposit at the time of booking. If you cancel within 30 days you will forfeit the full amount of the package.