22974
Germany
City Walks: Exploring Munich’s Neighborhoods
Set out on foot to discover the Bavarian charm of Munich — Germany’s fastest-growing city — as local experts lead you through historic neighborhoods, world-class museums and much more!
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Program No. 22974RJ
Length
8 days
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2,249
Flights start at
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8 days
7 nights
13 meals
6 B 4 L 3 D
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Munich, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Munich
D
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Luggage can be stored at the hotel if you arrive early.

Afternoon: After hotel arrival and check-in, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. The time and location will be posted. If you arrive early, you may leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and take a walk around the neighborhood or have a light lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. When we are dining out at local restaurants, we’ll have plated, 2-course meals with water included; other beverages available for purchase. Please note that in Germany it is expected to pay for using public restrooms with small change; we advise carrying 50c pieces with you during field trips. Estimated times for travel and transfers depend on traffic and local conditions at the time of the program. This is a Road Scholar FLEX program. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs with ample time for personal independent exploration and several meals on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring a starter, main course of meat, fish, or vegetarian, and dessert, plus water and a welcome drink; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Lecture, Munich City Walk, Munich Residenz
Munich
B,L
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Walking up to 4 miles total throughout the day during group activities; some cobblestones and uneven terrain. Use of public transportation.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as breakfast meats, egg dishes, fruit, cheese, yogurt, bread, croissants, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll begin our day with a lecture given by a local expert in the hotel’s conference room about the history of Munich and Bavaria. Afterwards, we will take a short ride by public transportation into the heart of Munich where a local expert will take us on a walking field trip through the city. Destinations during our walk will include the Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Hofbräuhaus and St. Peter’s Church.

Lunch: At a local restaurant on Viktualienmarkt, we’ll enjoy a 2-course plated meal with water provided; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will set out on a walk with our Group Leader through the city center to visit the Munich Residenz, the largest inner city palace in Germany and one of the most visited sights in Munich. Between 1508 and 1918 it was the home and work place of the Bavarian monarchs (Wittelsbacher). The first part was built in 1385 but in the following centuries the palace was continuously expanded, therefore explaining why elements of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classicism can all be detected in the one building. After the revolution of 1918, the Residenz was turned into a museum for the public and it still remains one of the most visited museums of Germany. We’ll explore the building equipped with audio guides. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own to see and do what you wish.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Pinakotheken, Maxvorstadt, Free Time
Munich
B,D
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles total throughout the day during group activities; some cobblestones and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Leaving the hotel on foot, we’ll set out on an expert-led walk around the borough known as Maxvorstadt, Munich's center for arts and sciences and the home of many museums and two big universities. After our walk and still accompanied by our expert who will provide commentary, we will visit one of the famous museums – the Alte Pinakothek. It is indeed one of the world’s oldest galleries and was once the largest. Its magnificent collection consists of Old Masters from the 14th to the 18th centuries.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy local fare. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to visit another museum, the nearby English Garden or the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. We’ll then regroup at a predetermined time and place in preparation for our group dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Our program was planned far in advance when details of the performance were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. We’ll then return to the hotel.

DAY
5
Chiemsee, Herreninsel
Munich
B,L
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles total throughout the day during group activities; some cobblestones and uneven terrain. Opportunities for more walking during free time; the afternoon walk elective is about 4.5 miles. Please remember to bring a jacket for the boat ride. The train ride is about 55 miles; approximately 1 hour. The ferry ride is approx. 4 miles; about ½ hour.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will start out by walking the short distance from the hotel to the train station to begin our transfer from Munich to the small town of Prien am Chiemsee. From there, we will immediately take the ferry to Herreninsel and go on an expert-led field trip to the Herrenchiemsee New Palace. The New Palace was built in 1878 by King Ludwig II in his effort to recreate the Versailles palace. King Ludwig II bought the island from an earl in 1870 because the earl wanted to sell the island to a lumber company, which would likely clear cut the entire island. By purchasing the island, King Ludwig II saved its expansive forest and ultimately realized his dream of building a “Versailles” in Bavaria.

Lunch: At a local restaurant on the island.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to take the 4.5 mile walk around the island to enjoy beautiful lookout points or visit one of the museums and galleries on the island. Afterwards, we will regroup at a predetermined time and place to take the ferry and train back to Munich.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Neuschwanstein Castle, Wieskirche
Munich
B,L
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Walking up to 6 miles total throughout the day during group activities; some steep hills around Neuschwanstein Castle; unpaved and uneven trails; comfortable, sturdy footwear recommended. Driving about 80 miles to Hohenschwangau; approx. 2 hours one way. Getting on/off a cable car.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll set out via motorcoach and transfer to Hohenschwangau where we will take the cable car up Tegelberg Mountain. Once at the top, we’ll take a 6 mile hike around the Neuschwanstein castle to enjoy scenic outside views. Please note that we will not visit the inside of the castle.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the castle.

Afternoon: We will depart Hohenschwangau by motorcoach and, en route back to Munich, we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Wieskirche, with a local expert. This beautifully restored rococo style pilgrimage church was built between 1745 and 1754 and has been a World Heritage Site since 1983.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Glockenbachviertel, Culinary excursion
Munich
B,L,D
Maritim Hotel München

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles total throughout the day during group activities; some cobblestones and uneven terrain. Use of public transportation.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring via public transportation, we’ll explore the Glockenbachviertel and take a culinary exploration. The Glockanbachviertel is the most densely populated residential area of Munich with many old, well-maintained buildings and a diverse and bustling cultural atmosphere. Started in the 1950s the Glockenbachviertel quarter hosted a small gay community even though it was still difficult to live openly as a gay person. It also became the center for rock ‘n’ roll and twist dancing. Today, gentrified and highly populated as the quarter is, it remains a popular place to live and go out to bars, restaurants, art galleries and small shops. While here, we will join a local resident on a culinary field trip through the quarter to visit, for example, a bakery that is more than 80 years old, a traditional German restaurant and a chocolatier, getting samples along the way. While walking through the quarter and tasting different specialties, we will also learn about the history of the quarter.

Lunch: Snacks in different cafes and restaurants during the culinary exploration.

Afternoon: Free Time.

Dinner: At a local brewery, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner of 3-course plated meals, including water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Munich
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. See the “Travel Information” section regarding transfers.”

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Transfer to the airport will be available for all participants. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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