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European Escapes - October's Finest

Limited spaces are still available for this package. Reserve today before it is sold out!

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 you get to travel to Italy and experience the area of Tirol with some beautiful cities, shops and museums. You have to be spontaneous for this package and have a zest for travel experiences but you will be rewarded if you make the decision to join us. 

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 Package (4 October - 14 October) includes:

• 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.

Only 24 packages are available for this special European Escapes vacation package. 

$1,350 per person based on two adults in a room ($2,700 per couple).
$2,100 single occupancy. 

 

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Arrival Day / Welcome Reception

Friday 4 October 2019

1200 Private coach departs Munich International Airport
1330 Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1515 - 1700 Welcome Reception

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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Munich City Tour (not Oktoberfest)

Saturday 5 October 2019

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0900 - 1700 Munich City Tour 
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

The heart and soul of Bavaria is arguably its capital city of Munich. Roughly an hour north of Garmisch, this fascinating destination is a must-see for travelers looking for the sights, sounds and tastes of traditional Germany. The world-famous Oktoberfest will be going on in the “Beer Capital of the World.” You’ll then visit the Marienplatz, site of the Rathaus and Glockenspiel play clock with dancers, jousters and knights.

Afterward, take a short stroll to the world-renowned Hofbräuhaus beer hall as you learn the history of Munich’s past. Your final stop will be at the Residenz to view the crown jewels of Munich’s royalty, past and present. You will have free time for shopping, lunch and exploration on your own.

*Not included in the package price

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Free Day (optional Oktoberfest transportation)

Sunday 6 October 2019

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
1000 - 1830 Oktoberfest Bus* (depart grounds at 1700)

* Bus transportation to fest not included in the package price

Oktoberfest is one of the biggest festivals in the world, seeing about 5.6 million visitors each year. Experience where it all started, in the most authentic atmosphere there is. That’s dirndls, lederhosen and all. The keg officially taps September 21 and keeps flowing until the last beer is served on October 6.

Getting to and from the fest is as easy as reserving a spot on our Oktoberfest bus, which leaves directly from Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. You’ll learn about the history of the festival along the way, while meeting other fest-goers. 

Note : We didn't include Oktoberfest in the European Escapes package because it just isn't for everyone. For those wanting to experience the fest we have transportation. For others, enjoy a nice relaxing day in Garmisch. 

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Linderhof Palace and Oberammergau

Monday 7 October 2019

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0900 - 1630 Oberammergau 
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

The smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II lies near the fairytale village of Oberammergau and is the only palace he lived to see completed. Your tour will take you through this lavish palace to see the bedchamber, dining room, audience chamber, tapestry chambers and the grand hall of mirrors. After hearing fascinating stories and history of the palace you will continue on to Oberammergau. Stroll through the various woodshops in the town with the craftsman hard at work right in front of your eyes. Explore the many frescoes in the town square and pass by the world-famous Passion Play Theater which will be performed in 2020! 

*Not included in the package price

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Berchtesgaden and Eagles Nest

Tuesday 8 October 2019

0630 - 0730 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0730 - 2000 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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Innsbruck & Rattenberg am Inn

Wednesdsay 9 October 2019

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0900 - 1700 Innsbruck and Rattenberg am Inn
1630 - 2200 Dinner at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort*

*Not included in the package price

The Austrian city of Innsbruck, is the capital city of Tirol in northern Austria and home of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. Your tour will begin in the smallest town in the entire country of Austria, Rattenberg am Inn. This walled city is known for it’s glass blowing shops and artisan crafts. We then travel to Innsbruck, renowned for its many churches, extensive walking district and the city’s most famous landmark the golden roof adorned with 2,738 fire gilded copper tiles.  You’ll have some free time in the city to enjoy lunch and stroll through the shops before heading back to Garmisch.

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Bolzano Italy and Ötzi Museum

Thursday 10 October 2019

0630 - 0730 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0730 - 2000 Bolzano Italy
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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Garmisch City Tour

Friday 11 October 2019

0630 - 1000 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
1000 - 1500 Garmisch City Tour 
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 12 October 2019

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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Dachau Concentration Camp

Sunday 13 October 2019

0630 - 0900 Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0900 - 1700 Dachau Concentration Camp
1730 - 2000 Farewell 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. 

In the evening, join us for a final farewell dinner to share memories, photographs and enjoy the company of your fellow retirees one last time before heading home. This dinner is included in your package price. 

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Departure Day

Monday 14 October 2019

0500 - 0530 Check Out / Continental Breakfast at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
0530 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 0530 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. 

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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. $1,350 per person based on two adults in a room ($2,700 per couple).
$2,100 for a single occupancy participant.

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 cancelled within 30 days of arrival day, you will forfeit the full amount of the package price. 

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: Full cost of package

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

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. 

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