The Oktoberfest should be on everyone’s bucket list. Even for those who do not drink beer, do not like German food, or do not like to listen with pleasure to the typical Hoompah music, you simply must visit this amazing celebration in Bavaria’s capital at least once in your life. Take our word for it, with a group of nice international people, this trip is going to be fan-tas-tic. Expat Club secured scarcely available seats on Saturday 22 September 2018 in one of the best tents. Virtually all spots for all tents during all the three Oktoberfest weekends are FULLY BOOKED, so we are very happy that we got spots in the top Armburstschützenzelt. This is a trip you will never forget!
Our departure and trip
We are leaving on Friday afternoon at at 17h00 from Place Schuman with a comfortable 4* luxury coach with air-conditioning, reclining ROYAL CLASS comfort seats with leg rests, on-board toilet and DVD system with several flat screens. Along the way we serve you with some drinks & snacks, while we also make a few stops to stretch our legs and get something to eat and drink. Our convenient afterwork departure means you can simply go to work with a small suitcase and join us straight from the office into the bus, so you can relax and look forward to what is coming.
This year you can also board the bus in Luxembourg City. The estimated arrival time is 20h00, somewhere on the west side of the city center (normally P+R Bouillon).
Our first stop for the night will be close to the highway near Karlsruhe, from where we continue our journey to the Bavarian capital on Saturday morning. We arrive in Munich around noon, after which you will have some time to explore the city center.
In the mid afternoon it’s time to head for the Oide Wiesn square where the Oktoberfest is taking place. This is “the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s Fields (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the Middle Ages. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.” (source: Wikipedia)
At 15h00 we enter as a group into the famous Armbrustschützenzelt. With a seating capacity of a whopping 5830 people, this is probably the largest tent you will ever enter. We arranged several large tables for Expat Club. The entire Oktoberfest is virtually sold out for all weekend days, so it is great that we got these amazing seats. The atmosphere in this tent is phenomenal. Young or old, German or foreigner, beer drinker or not, it’s all about enjoying your time.
During our stay in the tent you’ll be served a typical German meal with dessert (all included!). There are plenty of choices, including vegetarian ones. Of course you’ll also be served a full litre of delicious Beer or another nice drink (also included).
At the start of the evening we unfortunately have to leave the tent as new guests are coming in. However, that doesn’t mean we stop you from having a great time. There are many other places you can visit. Maybe you’re lucky enough to get a spot in another tent or one of the other terraces (low chance, or you have to cue up for a long time). But for sure you can explore the rest of the festival terrain with its many fun rides and food stands.
We are leaving on Friday 21 and coming back on Sunday 23 September. We have a reservation for the amazing Armbrustschützen tent on Saturday 22 September in the afternoon from 15h00 until 18h00. This will be the highlight of the trip! We travel back on Sunday 23 September and make a stop in Heidelberg.
We travel with a comfortable 4* luxury coach with extra leg space. The bus has air conditioning, reclining comfort seats and an on-board toilet. There is also a DVD system on board with several flat screens. Since it is a long drive to Munich, we plan to stop on our way back to Brussels in a nice place. Just to get a bit of extra holiday feeling.
For this trip we stay 1 night in a 3* hotel near Pforzheim (a small city East of Karlsruhe) and 1 night in a 3* hotel at Munich airport, both including a good German breakfast.
Hotel Residenz Pforzheim***
This is hotel is conveniently located close to the highway Karlsruhe – Stuttgart, so we don’t lose a lot of time. The rooms are very clean and you can choose between a single room, double room or twin room (with 2 single beds).
Holiday Inn Expres Munich Airport***
This 3* hotel is located (logically) near the airport. We stay here to generally lower the costs because hotel rooms in Munich city center are very expensive during the Oktoberfest. It has comfortable rooms with either single/double or twin beds. A nice breakfast is already included in the price.
Hotel room sharing
During this trip we will again offer the room-sharing possibility in twin rooms. These are rooms with 2 separate single beds. If you are travelling with another friend, you can use these rooms. And if you are travelling alone, Expat Club will introduce you to another lady or gentleman with who you can share the room to avoid the high single surcharge. This is a perfect and a highly appreciated service that we offer (based on feedback from previous trips). Expat Club members are all adults (mostly aged 30 – 60 years). We will not assign a room partner, but simply connect the group of people who are in the same situation so you can decide yourself who to share the room with.
COMMENTS & SPECIAL TERMS
- The bus trip will be carried out by Lauwers Reizen from Boechout, one of our trusted coach partners.
- This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
- The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation and/or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider a small discount on a case by case basis.
- You are personally responsible for getting a good travel insurance that covers you for any unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses during the trip. We also advise you to get a cancellation insurance in case you cannot join anymore (e.g. due to illness or a family emergency).
- You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip. If you share the room with someone else you are equally responsible for leaving it the way you found it.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program (e.g. missing the guided tour or missing our entry into the tent), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, traffic, weather etc.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the visit to the Oide Wiesn festival terrain and the Armbrustschützenzelt. Joining this trip is at your own risk.
- If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). We organise at least one get-together before the trip so you can meet the other travellers. Also, during the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you opt for the room-sharing, you will not have to pay the single fee if there is no one else to share the room with, unless you decide to take a single room during the trip. In that case you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
- If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, either from the same order or from a separate one once you indicated you want to share the room with him or her, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- Expat Club may “upgrade” or “downgrade” you to another hotel. In case of a downgrade, you will receive a reasonable compensation.