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Pints for Prostates Benefit Trip
Oktoberfest European Beer Tour

September 9 - 19, 2011

A Beer Lovers Dream Trip to Benefit...
Pints for Prostates, with Rick Lyke (click here for details)

Travel across the heart of central Europe and through the heart of one of the world's great beer regions and benefit a good cause!

From impressive Prague, through medieval Bamberg, to festive Munich, we will explore breweries, pubs, beer gardens and cellars, and restaurants that serve a seemingly endless variety of beer. In the Czech Republic, spend three days in Prague with its centuries-old brewpubs and cafes, well-preserved architecture, cool neighborhoods, and bustling public squares. A daytrip to the traditional Herold Brewery will be made, as well as a stop in Plzen and the famous brewing facilities of Pilsner Urquell. Medieval Bamberg, home to no less than nine traditional breweries and infamous smoke-beer, welcomes us for three nights. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site; and with a variety of great brewery taps serving fresh local beer from the wood, it is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of days. Next we find ourselves in the heart of Bavaria with a visit to Ayinger Brewery and an overnight in a traditional Bavarian lodge. Friday Morning we head to Munich for the world's biggest festival: Oktoberfest! Two nights in Munich provide time enjoy the festival and explore the capital of Bavaria.

Friday, September 9
Depart from the US, meals aloft

Your trip begins as you fly to Prague, Czech Republic. Airfare is not included in the trip price.

Saturday, September 10
Arrival, City Tour, Dinner at U Flecku

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel located just a short walk from Prague's historic Old Town. Check-in and relax before a walking city tour. Tonight we will enjoy the distinctively Czech atmosphere and food at one of the Prague's brewpubs. After dinner, a host of night spots and beer cafes offer a taste of Czech beer and culture. (Dinner)

Sunday, September 11
Herold, Breznice Daytrip

Today we will make a daytrip to southern Bohemia to visit the Herold brewery. The brewery tours offer a look at a medium sized traditional brewery. If we are lucky the President himself will show us around. We'll also enjoy a local lunch in a traditional Bohemian restaurant. This evening we return to Prague for overnight. Tonight would be a good night for a pub crawl or to enjoy some of Prague's great performances. (B, L)

Monday, September 12
Free Day in Prague

Today is free to spend as you wish in fascinating Prague. There are plenty of authentic Czech beer cafes to visit; and Prague offers a host of interesting neighborhoods, cathedrals, bridges and castles to explore. Small groups will likely form as people pursue their own interests. Prague's most famous sites: Hradcany Castle, Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge will no doubt merit visits. You might also consider a cruise along the Vlatava River. (B)

Tuesday, September 13
To Bamberg, via Plzen, Tour Pilsner Urquell

This morning we board our private bus to travel to Plzen, home to the world's original Pilsner. Tour the brewery, drink unfiltered, unpasturized pilsner from the wood and eat lunch at Na Spilce - the brewery restaurant. After our time here we will continue to Bamberg where we will spend three nights in the heart of this medieval city. (B, L)

Wednesday, September 14
Bamberg Tour, PM free, evening brewery-taps

This morning we will take a guided, walking city tour to get oriented in beautiful Bamberg. The afternoon is free to explore the town or to begin visiting the nine brewery taps in this city of 70,000. The per capita beer consumption averages 330 liters per year. This is a beer city if ever there was one; and also a UNESCO World Heritage site for architecture. After dinner this evening, there is plenty of beer tasting near our hotel. (B)

Thursday, September 15
Bamberg Breweries, Free Time, Schlenkerla Dinner

Today is essentially a free day. Bamberg offers many beer options and plenty of worthwhile sites, churches and museums. Renting a bike is a great way to explore at leisure. Or take the train to historic Nurnburg or Wurtzburg - each with their own beer attractions. No doubt visits will be made to local Bamberg breweries as well. This evening we will eat at the historic Schlenkerla brewery tap - home of one of the world's original smoke beers. (B, D)

Friday, September 16
Coach to Andechs lunch & Ayinger

We depart Bamberg this morning by bus for the drive to Kloster Andechs - where we'll have lunch and drink their infamously powerful beers. After lunch, we will continue to Aying and Ayinger Brewery, home of Bavaria's best-known country beers. After touring their beautiful brewery and tasting some beers, we will enjoy a multi-course beer meal - each course paired with one of Ayinger's beers. Overnight in Aying. (B, D)

Saturday, September 17
To Munich, City Tour, Oktoberfest

This morning we travel to busy Munich where activity surrounding Oktoberfest will be mounting. We'll take a walking tour of the city's main areas to get oriented. This afternoon is free to begin checking out Oktoberfest. (B)

Sunday, September 18
Explore Munich, Oktoberfest, Farewell Dinner

Today is basically a free day, a good one to return to the festival, explore Munich, or visit a few notable beer gardens. Tonight we celebrate our trip with a Farewell Beer Dinner in Munich. (B, D)

Monday, September 19
Return home

Alas we must leave beer heaven. A variety of transfer options are available to Munich's Airport for flights to the US. (B)

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BeerTrips.com Partners with
Pints for Prostates
to Offer Beer Lover’s Dream Trip
to European Beer Capitals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – BeerTrips.com, which has been providing unique beer travel experiences to European and North American destinations since 1998, has put together a special trip from Sept. 9-19, 2011, to the Czech Republic and Germany that will benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.

The nine night beer lover’s dream trip includes brewery tours, escorted pub crawls, guided city tours, special meals and more in Prague, Bamberg and Munich. The trip will include special tours of famous breweries along the way, such as Pilsner Urquell, home of the original pilsner beer, and the Andechs Monastery Brewery in Germany. The tour will arrive in Munich in time to enjoy Oktoberfest 2011.

Click Here to see the Trip Details

BeerTrips.com is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Europe on a limited basis. A total of 14 slots will be sold for this tour at $2,895, plus air. The trip includes nine nights lodging in centrally located hotels; breakfast daily, four beer dinners and three beer lunches; and train and coach transportation. A portion of the trip price will be donated to the fight against prostate cancer. This BeerTrips.com itinerary was included in The National Geographic Society's book, The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life. Details on this trip can be found at www.BeerTrips.com.

“The Prague, Bamberg and Munich tour is one of the favorite itineraries that BeerTrips.com has offered over the years,” said Mike Saxton, founder of BeerTrips.com. “We offer small groups an intimate experience with the chance for insider tours of some the most famous breweries in the world. If you love beer and love to travel, this gives you the chance to experience some of the beer capitals of Europe, enjoying history, culture, food and beer along the way.”

The tour will be hosted by Pints for Prostates founder and beer journalist Rick Lyke. Lyke has been writing about beer, wine and spirits for 30 years and has previously visited each of the cities on the tour. Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 charity that reaches men through the universal language of beer with an important health message.

“BeerTrips.com has put together a fantastic trip to some of the world’s best beer destinations,” said Lyke. “We are thrilled they have decided to partner with Pints for Prostates to help us raise funds and spread the word to men about the importance of regular prostate health screenings and early detection.”

As part of the BeerTrips.com and Pints for Prostates partnership, Pints for Prostates will raffle a trip for two for the special trip. For a $10 donation for a single ticket, $25 donation for three tickets or $50 for seven tickets, consumers will be entered to win the trip that includes:

• The BeerTrips.com Prague, Bamberg and Munich trip for two Sept. 9-19, 2011
• Roundtrip Airfare for Two from the Continental United States
• Nine Nights in Fine Centrally Located Hotels
• Brewery Tours
• Oktoberfest 2011
• Escorted Pub Crawls
• Guided City Tours
• Breakfasts Daily/4 Beer Dinners/3 Beer Lunches
• Train & Private Coach Transportation

The total value of the trip for two is estimated at $7,500. The drawing will be held on July 31, 2011. The prize is non-transferable. No cash substitute will be offered. The winner and their guest are responsible for obtaining passports and all trip related costs not outlined above. You must be 21 years old to enter.

Click Here to Buy Raffle Tickets on Pints for Prostates Website


About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates, is a 501(c)3 a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 218,000 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, which is 25,000 more than the number of expected new cases of breast cancer. Sadly, more than 32,000 American men will die from the disease this year. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

Beer Highlights
& Brewery Visits

Prague! One of Europe's finest cities with great sights, famous music, fresh beer, and nightlife

Czech Breweries and Beers - Herold, Pilsner Urquell, Budvar U Flecku, and more.

The medieval charm, rich history, 10 breweries, and rauchbier in Bamberg

A special beer dinner and brewery visit in Aying, followed by an overnight at the brewery guesthouse.

Many great meals, fine hotels, time to explore and relax

The world's biggest festival: Oktoberfest!

 

Overnight Stays*

3 nights in Prague

3 nights in Bamberg

1 at Brauerie Aying Guesthouse

2 nights in Munich

Included Tours

City Tours in Prague, Munich, and Bamberg

Included Meals

9 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

4 Dinners

Trip Price
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)

$2895 per person

Single Room add $635

Arrival & Departure

Trip Begins in Prague, Czech Republic

Trip Ends in Munich, Germany

Travel Details and Air Options:

Air Travel to Prague and from Munich: This trip has been priced without airfare to enable travelers to use mileage awards, travel outside group dates, or visit other European cities while abroad. Please contact us to inquire about low fares from your city.

From the Airport to the hotel: There are several inexpensive and slightly more expensive options for travel from and to the Prague and Munich Airports. Official taxis, bus and rail are available. If desired we can arrange to have you met and transferred from the airport.

How we get around: For all included excursions and visits, transportation will be included as well. Within the cities, we will rely on walking and public transportation. Travel between Prague and Munich will be done in our private motor coach and/or by German Rail. 

Please Note:

The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.

* Please note also:

This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!