Has anyone taken an Oktoberfest Tour? We’re interested in visiting Munich’s Oktoberfest 2011, and not being familiar with the Oktoberfest experience, nor Germany, thought that it might be convenient to find a tour to make it easier to enjoy this fun occasion. On the Internet, I’ve come across a travel writer, Brett Harriman, who is offering an Oktoberfest Tour during the event’s first weekend. I was wondering if anyone here on TA has taken this tour who could share their experience. http://www.harrimantravelbooks.com/Tours_Oktoberfest.html From the tour itinerary, this Oktoberfest package offers 3 nights in a contemporary hotel within the Old Town of Munich. Included are, walking tours of the festival grounds and of the Old Town, parade viewing, two dinners, a handful of beers, and a table reservation at one of the main beer tents on the opening Sunday of Oktoberfest, costing a total of $495 USD per person. For my group, I am particularly interested in the access to the beer tents, and hotel lodging. For the Oktoberfest beer tents, I understand that reservations are apparently required during weekends, and assuming I could get a reservation, I’d need to reserve from 8-10 seats. Well, there are only 4 of us in our family group, so I was thinking this tour might be a good way to get access to an Oktoberfest beer tent, without a lot of complications. Plus, due to the popularity of Oktoberfest, I was thinking it could be difficult to get reservations for a hotel in Munich during the opening weekend of the festival, without raised rates. Therefore, I am thinking this offer might be a good deal for my group of 4 as the tour price seems to be a good value, at least not outrageously high as other tours I discovered while searching. Such a tour, with a personal guide, seems like it will make it easy for us to enjoy the Oktoberfest experience, have fun, and make it easy on us for our first Oktoberfest visit. I also like that there will be others on this tour, forming a larger group than my own, of hopefully fun minded people to share this experience. At this point in time, I don’t think I could do better on our own without such help. Nevertheless, I am hoping someone who has taken this tour, or knows of it, can reply and share their experience to help confirm if this tour is right for us. Thanks!