Sister Cities plan adult trip

Local adults have the opportunity to travel to Germany — be submerged in the European culture, sight see and enjoy the German history — this summer for two weeks.

The Wapakoneta Sister Cities is hosting a “Taste of Germany Adult Trip” informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA in the small group room. This trip is open to any adult interested in traveling to Germany with the organization.

Coordinators of the trip will go over the trip information, answer questions and set a date for trip deposits.

The estimated cost of the trip, which will take place from June 4 to June 16, will be approximately $2,800, including airfare and land charges — based on a travel group of 20. The maximum number people to go is 30, and this works on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Our Sister City Trip is like traveling with family and friends, instead of being a tourist,” Taste of Germany Adult Trip committee member and co-coordinator Rinda Beach said. “To get to go for $2,800 is such a great opportunity. There will be so much to do.”

Participants on the trip will leave Dayton International Airport on June 4 for a three day-two night stay in Amsterdam.

“The cool part is the way we have it planned,” Beach said. “There will be a bus trip through Amsterdam and from there people can pick what they want to do.”

The bus trip will help the people gain bearings and figure out the different sites they want to see while there, along with some group touring.

From there, the group will travel to Lengerich, Wapakoneta’s Sister City, for five days-four nights.

While in Lengerich, travelers will stay with host families and will have an opportunity to learn more about the German culture.

“Some families that we hosted and stayed with are excited,” Beach said of the upcoming trip. “It’s always fun to meet someone new and see Germany in their eyes.”

During the time in Lengerich, tourists will have the opportunity to visit the Wapakoneta-Platz at the yearly Brunnenfest of Lengerich, one of the largest festivals in the city.

Beach said that the host families will be taking the adults to places that highlight and represent the area, and this will give them a personal feel of the country.

After Lengerich, the group will travel south to Heidelburg for three days-two nights, where  the group will have an opportunity to explore the Black Forest, ancient castles, take a cruise on the Rhine and visit small villages.

After Heidelburg, the final stop will be a four day-three night stay in the Stuttgart region of Germany.

“Going overseas gives you another look on the world,” Beach said.

Beach said it has been more than five years since the organization took an adult trip like this, and they will not be going again for another four years.