Start your engines! On this special journey featuring the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, gain new insights into German marques, including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, as you visit their factories and stellar museums accompanied by our Smithsonian Journeys Expert.

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German Cars and the Austrian Grand Prix

10 days from $7,295

Start your engines! On this special journey featuring the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, gain new insights into German marques, including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, as you visit their factories and stellar museums accompanied by our Smithsonian Journeys Expert.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Longer tour with mostly full-day excursions, often with a motorcoach, with three hotel stays. Full-day excursions entail daily activity of up to six hours and walking up to four miles. Travelers will spend most of their days on their feet, walking and standing during walking tours, museum visits, and indoor/outdoor sites and activities such as auto factories and racing circuits. Walking will entail uneven terrain, cobblestones, factory floors, stairs (some without handrails), and absence of elevators; some longer walks to get to city centers or venues where coaches are prohibited. Travelers can expect crowds and lots of noise and events at the full day of the Austrian Grand Prix. There will be grandstand seats for the race but it could take up to 30 minutes or more to walk from the coach drop off to the seats. In order to get the most out of the day, there will be significant walking around Monaco.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. for Munich

Day 2 - Munich, Germany / Salzburg, Austria

Arrive in Munich and transfer via motorcoach to the Schloss Pichlarn hotel in Styria for the first of two nights. In the evening, gather for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 3 - The Austrian Grand Prix

Spend the day at the world-famous Spielberg racing circuit, home to the Austrian Grand Prix. From your excellent seats in the grandstand, watch as Formula 1’s best teams and top drivers race for the win. Return to your hotel for a race de-brief with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. (B)

Day 4 - Salzburg, Austria / Munich, Germany

Begin your day at fahr(T)raum, otherwise known as the Ferdinand Porsche Experience. See historic racing cars including the Austro Daimler Prinz Heinrich, one of the very first out-and-out sports cars ever made. Continue to Hangar-7, the home of multiple Formula 1 race cars, including the car used by Sebastian Vittel during his 2013 World Championship year. Cross over into Germany and visit the EFA Museum of German Automotive History, where over 220 vehicles from all eras of automotive history can be seen. This evening, arrive in Munich and check-into the Hotel Europa, followed by dinner as a group. (B,D)

Day 5 - Munich

After a lecture on German car design by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, explore German engineering and technology at the famous Deutsches Museum. This impressive automotive collection includes the precious original Benz tricycle of 1886. Carl Benz donated it to the museum only twenty years after its first drive. The museum houses 40 passenger cars, each one representing an important step in the evolution of automobiles. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)

Day 6 - Munich

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Bavarian Motor Work’s factory. BMW began as an aircraft manufacturer during World War I, but soon after turned to motorcycle, then automobile manufacturing. The production of their distinctive automobiles resumed after World War II and has continued to this day. After touring the factory, visit the BMW Museum, which houses a collection of early BMW motorcycles and cars. Enjoy a private viewing of BMW vintage cars at the BMW Group Classic and see the company’s own restoration facilities. (B,L)

Day 7 - Munich / Stuggart

Take the autobahn north to Ingolstadt to discover the true meaning behind Audi’s tagline vorsprung durch tecknik (advancement through technology). Todays’ visits include a guided tour through the Audi Mobile Museum and an exclusive tour through the factory. Continue to Stuttgart, Germany’s “auto city.” This evening enjoy a lecture by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and check into the stylish centrally located hotel in Stuttgart for three nights. (B)

Day 8 - Stuttgart

Gottlieb Daimler and Otto Benz both built their workshops in Stuttgart in the 19th century. An irony of automotive history is that the two never met, yet the two companies merged in the 1920s to form Daimler-Benz. Begin the day with a guided tour of the Mercedes factory, one of the most modern in the world. Then travel to nearby Fellbach to visit the Mercedes Classic Car Center where vintage Daimler-Benz cars are lovingly restored. This afternoon visit the Porsche factory (subject to confirmation). Enjoy the evening and dinner at leisure. (B)

Day 9 - Stuttgart

Begin today with a guided tour of the Porsche Museum. From the atrium lobby, ascend the fast-moving escalator affectionately known as “a stairway to heaven” for Porsche enthusiasts and arrive in front of an aluminum-body Type 64 racecar, considered the ancestor of all Porsches. Visit the Kienle Automobiltechnik – one of the world’s finest independent Mercedes-Benz restoration and sales facilities. This afternoon, visit the impressive Mercedes-Benz Museum in nearby Unterturkheim. A curator-led tour includes the world’s oldest practical car, Karl Benz’s 1886 Motorenwagen, and Nicolaus Otto’s gasoline engine that made it possible. Each floor of the museum features beautifully restored early racing cars, classic limousines, and great Mercedes models. Gather this evening for one last talk with your expert before a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 - Depart for home

After breakfast, the group will transfer to the Munich Airport for individual flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)