IN A FEW WORDS
The Bavarian alpine town of Helen has long welcomed visitors with its unique architectural style harkening back to old Europe and the mountain towns of Germany. You don't have to visit another continent to see the Alps when you can visit them in the Appalachians. Oktoberfest in Helen is the most awaited event of the year and draws visitors from around the region who want to experience the most German of traditions in an authentic setting. Combine Oktoberfest with the seasonal foliage and outdoor adventures and this trip is not to be missed!
WHY THIS TRIP IS UNFORGETTABLE
Visit one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the south
Meander through the traditional Bavarian style town of Helen, GA
Discover a world hidden below while spelunking in underground caverns
Stargaze while enjoying local beer and wine next to a campfire
Hike to vistas overlooking stunning fall foliage and waterfalls lined with leaves
Day 1. Welcome to Georgia!
Arrive to our beautiful hidden cabin in the mountains. Become acquainted with the surrounding trails and scenery until dinner. We will head into the quaint town of Helen, Ga that was designed to resemble a Bavarian German village. Over dinner, we will have a round of introductions and a brief orientation to the adventures ahead. Spend the evening meandering along the cobblestone streets or enjoying a German-style beer.
Day 2: Fall Foliage
Today we set out for a full day hike in the scenic southern Appalachians. Take in the crisp fall air as we hike through forests filled with red, yellow and orange leaves. The hikes we choose are always changing depending on the current conditions and time of year. If you're looking for adventure, we'll set out on an exploratory hike or we can share one of our favorites with the group. Either way, be ready for breathtaking mountain views and a day fueled by adventure! Our hike lengths and difficulty change depending on the group interest but typically this is a full day activity. Spend the evening relaxing next to a campfire and indulging in our home cooked meal.
Day 3: Journey Underground & Oktoberfest
You are in for a grand adventure today as we head out to explore a part of the Appalachians seldom seen, mountain caves! Be prepared to get dirty as we explore the depths of the cave to hidden underground rivers and waterfalls! After a morning of adventure we will head in for the Oktoberfest celebrations. There's no better place in America to celebrate the annual beer festival since you'll feel you’re actually in Germany when you walk around the city of Helen. Enjoy authentic beers, food and music in this American Bavarian town. Prost!
Day 4: The End of the Journey
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end...or do they! Although we head home today, the sights and experiences in Georgia will be forever a part of your life!
All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!
Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!
Rustic & modern options available, depending on your style and budget.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!
All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave!
From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke!
Why Travel With Us
Support locals and small businesses
Skip the tourist trails and get off-the beaten path
Have a small group? Customize the trip for your specific interests
I would recommend BTM for any trip you and your friends want to go on, or to any organization interested in planning a trip... especially if you are interested in "getting out there" and not just stopping at the common tourist spots everyone goes to.
This was hands-down one of the the most exciting, rewarding, and memorable trips I've ever been on! The peace of mind to know that I didn't have to worry about anything was worth every penny. All I had to do was show up. Cody and Lystina took it from there. No stress, no anxiety, no rushing around or wasting time trying to find an activity or a place to eat. I got to sit back, relax, and experience a whole new world that was far beyond my map.
Since I've been back I have recommended these trips to so many people because this company creates these remarkable journeys that allow people to experience the world in a unique way. I can't wait to go on my next expedition with Beyond the Map!