Stuff You Should Know for Fabulous Franconia Tour 2024

Take with you (all are a MUST)

  1. Current Passport
    1. If your current passport expires BEFORE April 2025, it will NOT be valid for this trip. UPDATE IT NOW
  2. Driver License (US)
  3. No more than 2 Credit Cards
  4. European power converter (1 for each person)
    1. Available @ Best Buy or AAA
  5. Any Medicines/vitamins you take
  6. Sunglasses, extra reading glasses
  7. Business Cards

Make a list

(3 copies: 1 to stay @ home with access from trusted person, 1 to keep on your phone, 1 to keep in your suitcase but not on your person)

  1. Your Passport & Driver’s license #’s
  2. Credit Card(s) #’s
  3. Important people to contact @ home in case of emergency (their 

    phone and email addresses)
  4. Any medical conditions that you may have requiring special 

    attention, food allergies, etc.

Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling in Germany. The # is on the back of the credit card(s) you will be taking.

  1. If you are a premium member for your credit card, you will not have to pay Europe transaction fees.
  2. Double check your ATM card to be sure you qualify for no transaction fees

Consider bringing 100 Euro’s before you arrive in Munich. No need to bring more, we will stop at a bank ATM soon after arrival. These give the best rates for withdrawing cash.

  1. We discuss how to use your credit card in Europe when we get there.

Phone and iPad prep

  1. Call your phone service to have them walk you thru on how to TURN OFF the data function of your phone

     - This is VERY IMPORTANT as it will save you lots of $$
    1. Ask your phone company for a SHORT-TERM International Call plan (Germany) from July 31 - August 8
  2. If you have an iPad you may want to see if it is associated with a 

    Phone # and you may have to do same set up with phone company
  3. I am bringing my computer. Nothing needs to be done to prepare. 

    You will need a power converter that can plug in anywhere there is internet connection.

CLOTHES

  1. Bring casual comfortable warm clothes and closed toe shoes. We will be doing quite a bit of walking.
  2. The weather is like ours this time of the year, but evenings may be colder, so I suggest layers including a jacket, sweater, and long sleeve shirts as well as a light windbreaker that is also water resistant.
  3. You may want to consider bringing some traditional Bavarian clothes (lederhosen etc.) and look like a native.

EXTRA FUN STUFF!

  1. Great picture taking opportunities through the day. We will be enjoying lots of local Franconia attractions including Historic Bamberg (was not bombed during the war), Annafest (2nd largest German Beerfest after Oktoberfest) Munich, Nürnberg, Bavarian Hops region and several brewery tours.
  2. Local Bavarian beer, food, and traditions.
  3. To avoid jet lag

    1. Try to sleep on plane over
    2. Drink plenty of water (there is lots of beer once you arrive)
    3. Wear loose shoes on the plane

Consider Travel Insurance (Ask me for a quote and what it covers)

  1. You are responsible for ANY expenses if you are hurt, detained or 

    unable to remain on the proscribed itinerary.
  2. You can purchase a policy yourself, or I can assist you in getting the 

    travel insurance coverage you desire.

We will all meet just outside customs at the Munich Airport.

  1. Clear Customs before 10am Thursday August 1
  2. We will head directly into Bavarian Hops Region, check into Gasthof
  3. Light Lunch
  4. Hops Region Tour
  5. Augustiner Brauerei Dinner and Drinks