Jewels of Alpine Europe

13 days Multi-country
Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix Valley and stroll along Italy’s Lake Como. Then, cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck before heading to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Germany

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Switzerland

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Zurich, transfer to Lucerne to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the charming lakeside city.  

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge, for views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $115pp* Details

This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Annecy 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Annecy via Interlaken & Bern

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Alps, taking in stunning scenery as you pass Lakes Sarnen, Brienz and Thun. Visit the Swiss cities of Interlaken and Bern en route to Annecy, France.

• Stop in Interlaken to catch a glimpse of Jungfraujoch, or the “Top of Europe”

• Cross the Aare River, a tributary of the Rhine, and discover the Swiss capital of Bern with your Tour Director

• Walk through Bern’s charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, passing the Gothic Bern Cathedral

• Pass through the vineyards of Lausanne and Lake Geneva as you drive to Annecy

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Annecy

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Annecy today with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Walk through Annecy’s Old Town

• Take in sweeping views of the Alps

• Get a close-up look at the villas on Lake Annecy’s shores during a cruise 

(Please note: From November through February, the cruise may be substituted with a walking tour.)

Lake Como Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Lake Como Region via Chamonix

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Italy, stop to explore Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. Then, continue through the scenic Aosta Valley en route to the Lake Como region.

Day 7: Como & Villa Carlotta

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the city of Como’s charming medieval quarter with your Tour Director.

• Pass by the 15th-century Gothic Duomo

• View the 12th-century Porta Vittoria, a defense tower overlooking the old city

• Stroll through the elegant gardens at Villa Carlotta, a palace completed in 1690 (Please note: From November to February you may alternatively take a funicular ride to Brunate.)

Enjoy a free evening in the Lake Como region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79pp* Details

Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio

Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you’ll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. This excursion is only offered from March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

St. Moritz 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Train ride to St. Moritz

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Tirano, where you’ll board the Bernina Express. Enjoy a scenic train ride through the stunning, UNESCO-recognized landscapes of the Alps to St. Moritz, a prestigious Swiss resort town and hub of wintertime sports.

Innsbruck 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Innsbruck

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, and continue on toward the wintertime wonderland of Innsbruck, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour.

• Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence

• Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games

• See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town

• Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard

• Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

Day 10: Free day in Innsbruck

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Innsbruck or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99pp* Details

Spend your day discovering the regal Neuschwanstein Castle. The historic retreat of Bavaria’s “Fairytale King” Ludwig II, who was known for his reclusive tendencies, was the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle. On a guided tour, explore the residential areas of the castle, including the oak-furnished servants’ quarters and the king’s lavishly decorated staterooms. Afterward, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Munich 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Cross into Germany to arrive in Munich, where you can spend a free afternoon exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp* Details

Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Listen to an audio guide while you view Dachau’s poignant exhibits and the memorials to the victims.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Day 12: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

• Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty

• Walk from Odeonsplatz through the nearby Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Salzburg.

Add Salzburg Starting from $399 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Dubbed the 'Rome of the North' because of its many churches, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with museums, mansions, parks and churches. Spend two days soaking up the city’s celebrated musical history.

Salzburg 2 nights

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

• View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town

• Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style

• Pass through scenery from the beloved film “The Sound of Music”

• Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles

Enjoy a free afternoon in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp* Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, located within St. Peter’s Abbey. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you’ll hear his masterpieces accompanied by opera singing as you sample local delicacies.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 14: Free day in Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp* Details

Drive through the Bavarian Alps to the mountain village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg. Take an underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Enter the Dokumentation Obersalzberg, a museum with an exhibition on the history of Nazi dictatorship. Then, take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. On your way back down, stop at a distillery to sample a liqueur made from Alpine flowers. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not be advisable for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations. This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through late October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Annecy, France
  • Como, Italy
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Zurich and depart from Munich. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. (Please note that on the extension, the travel time between Salzburg and Munich is approximately two hours, and should be considered for travelers purchasing their own airfare.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Northern Italian cuisine is light and savory, emphasizing fresh pasta, simply prepared seafood and vegetables roasted with herbs. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello. 
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. You may also use a Type J plug with three small pins in Switzerland and a Type L plug with three small pins in Italy.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in France, Italy, Austria and Germany, and the Swiss franc in Switzerland. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Jewels of Alpine Tour

We had an amazing time on this tour. The Alps are absolutely beautiful, and seeing them continue through 6 countries was just wonderful. We had the best tour guide on this trip which made it an even better experience. We will be looking for Ilidi with future tours. Also, Frank our bus driver was the best. Thank you Go Ahead for a memorable experience!!!

 

Hi Diane! We're glad you had an amazing time on tour. We're also delighted to learn that your Tour Director and bus driver both enhanced your experience. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Breathtaking

This was our first tour with Go Ahead Tours and will confess we were a little skeptical with not knowing hotel stays until a month prior. The hotels were all good value in good locations and this is coming from a " hotel snob". The tour itinerary was very good but what made this tour exceptional for us ( and think you would get the same consensus from the group) was our tour director Thomas. He was knowledgable , patient, accommodating , and best of all a wonderful sense of humor. Not an easy task when you probably get ask 50 times a day ( or more) where the bathrooms and ATMs are. Due to the facts I would say this will not be are only tour with Go Ahead Tours Kudos

 

Hi Mary! We’re happy to learn that you were pleasantly surprised with your first Go Ahead tour and that you’ll be traveling with us again! It sounds like your Tour Director was a wonderful resource for your group and that his sense of humor kept things entertaining. We will be sure to let him know. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your next trip!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Up, up, and away

Well paced tour with magnificent views, sights and sites. Humorous, knowledgeable and professional guide (Lala). Too many highlights, but views from Eagle's Nest, castle and palace tours, and cute Liechtenstein are three that stand out. Wonderful group of companions, eager to learn, share stories and participate in activities. Only two downers which were beyond the control of GAT: cloudy and rainy day so we couldn't see Mt. Blanc, and plane from Boston was delayed 24 hrs for four of us. However, GAT was able to quickly find alternate arrangements for a taxi to join rest of group W/o missing any of tour and arranged for the four to have the "welcome dinner" that night. Great value as always.

 

Hi Robert! We’re happy that you feel this tour was well-paced and thoughtfully designed. It’s also great to hear that your Tour Director, as well as the company of your group, added value and enjoyment to your experience. We regret that inclement weather prevented you from seeing Mt. Blanc, and we’re also sorry that your airplane was delayed. However, we’re glad that our team was able to help those who were delayed and prevent you from missing any part of the tour. Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director

The tour director is the best that I have ever had, she was Excellent just wish I had a tape recorder along with my camera. Complete European history and facts and information on the history at each location. The bus driver was also first class. Thanks for the great tour. Jim Richmond

 

Hi Jim! Thank you for your wonderful feedback regarding your Tour Director and bus driver. We're so glad that you came away from this experience with a deeper understanding of the region. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lala's Land!

Absolutely amazing! This was the second Go Ahead tour my husband and I have taken; I didn't think anything could top our Italy tour last year, but this was by far the most wonderful vacation we have ever taken! Every city and mountainscape was more beautiful than the last. Our tour director Lala and driver Emanuel were so much fun and simply the best - they made sure we even experienced a few "extras" including time in Zurich, the Bernina Express train in St. Moritz, and a stop at the BMW museum in Munich. The extension to Salzburg really one of the highlights of the trip - some of us even went on a Sound of Music bicycle tour with our free afternoon! A trip of a lifetime!

 

Hi Lisa! It's wonderful to learn that your second Go Ahead tour was even better than your first. We're glad you were able to have many unique experiences, such as the Sound of Music bicycle tour and a stop at the BMW museum in Munich. It's also great to know that you found the extension to Salzburg to be one of the highlights of your overall experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope your third tour is just as amazing!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing

Everything about his tour was perfect. Every location we went to was absolutely beautiful. If your looking for a single tour to cover over all the Alps this is the one for you. Our tour director (Lala) and all of the GoAhead employees on the tour were wonderful, thoughtful, and all around amazing. The hype was off the charts. I highly recommend this tour.

 

Hi Alan! We are beyond thrilled that you used the word ‘perfect’ to describe this tour. Wow! Thank you for your kind feedback and recommendation. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A View for the World

WOW!!! THE AMAZING VIEW FROM ATOP MT. PILATUS IN LUCERN, THE VIEW FROM "EAGLES NEST", SALZBURG, AND THE VIEW FROM ATOP THE ALPS WAS MORE THAN WORDS CAN DESCRIBE. THE BEAUTY OF MOUNTAINS, SNOW AND SKY IS AWESOME. THIS TRIP IS ONE THAT WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND MIND. THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRIES WE VISITED AND THE CAMARADERIE OF THE PEOPLE WE TRAVELED WITH WAS UNDESCRIBIBLE. THE BOUND OF FRIENDSHIPS WILL BE THERE FOREVER. WE ARE STILL TALKING (EMAILING) EACH OTHER ABOUT THE FUN AND WONDER OF IT ALL. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO TRAVEL WITH GOAHEAD AGAIN IN AUGUST. THIS TIME TO AFRICA ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI RACHEL E. G., BRIDGEPORT, TX

 

Hi Rachel! We’re so happy to hear that this trip will always remain close to your heart. What a great testimonial! You certainly chose an amazing tour that explores an incredible region. We’re glad that your group really bonded and that you still exchange e-mails about your trip. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The hills WERE alive!

The Jewels of the Alpine tour was fantastic and everything I had hoped for! Paula was our tour director and was fun and knowledgeable. The excursions offered were fantastic including Mount Pilatus in Lucern and Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Innsbruck was absolutely gorgeous! We did an extension in Salzburg and took part in the Sound of Music tour which was awesome! I have great memories and will definitely be back to visit!

 

Hi Cherie! We’re so glad you had a fantastic time and that you enjoyed your Tour Director. It’s also wonderful to know that you enjoyed the optionals offered. We completely agree that Innsbruck is gorgeous, and we’re happy you were able to see it. How great that you took part in the Sound of Music tour! That must have been an incredible experience. Thank you for your review, and let us know when you want to return!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour!!

Traveled April 25-May 6, 2016 with Paula as our Tour Director. Paula was such an amazing director! She was familiar with the areas where we traveled, gave us tons of information on each area so we could be comfortable as we got to know the area. She was familiar with the restaurants, directions, stores, language, and history of the area. She was funny, organized, flexible, patient, and was able to keep everyone on schedule, but also gave us plenty of free time to explore. Franc, our driver did the most amazing job maneuvering our bus through those small Alpine villages without any problems. If you are looking for beautiful, Alpine scenery, picture postcard beautiful at every turn and small Alpine towns, full of charm, this is the tour for you!!

 

Hi Theresa! It sounds like your Tour Director was a wonderful resource for you throughout your tour, and we’re happy to hear it. Between her great organization, passion, and knowledge for the region, we’re glad she enhanced your time in Europe. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!!!!

This trip was unbelievable! From the AMAZING scenery to the unforgettable excursions, this trip beats all others. Be prepared to walk a lot, though! It is a jammed pack itinerary but well worth the exhaustion. The only thing I would add to this trip would be extra time to do our own things and have more time to discover the major cities, such as lake como. The dinners included were subpar, as well. I suggest taking a bit off of the tour price and letting us go get authentic food instead of bland pieces of pork doused in Marsala sauce. (Bleh!) Besides feeling "rushed" and not better food choices, this trip is truly an unforgettable experience that will live in my memories FOREVER. I love GO AHEAD and have already planned another trip with them next April. CIAO :)

 

Hi Julie! Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you had an amazing time on tour! We appreciate your feedback about feeling rushed and the food not meeting your expectations. We will be sure to communicate these points to our team internally so that we can continue improving this itinerary. Again, we’re thrilled that you enjoyed this experience, and we are super excited to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Birds Eye View

The Alps really need to be experienced in person to understand their Majesty. This is the trip to find out first hand. Breathtaking views from the top of Mont Blanc, Mt.Pilatus, Excursion to Berchtesgaden up to the Eagles nest. As well as the views from below, the lakes surrounded by the Alps. The food was outstanding, and the wine and beer was flowing. All parts of the tour are seemless, ie; pick-up, transfers by coach, checking in and out of hotels. A truly worry and stress free environment. Just enjoy your trip and let Go Ahead handle all the logistics. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, helpfull,and friendly as well as genuinely careing in meeting our individual needs ps. the porterage service is a fantastic plus.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Atto is the BOMB!

Atto takes tour guide to another level. Incredibly thoughtful on so many level. Your guide can make or break your trip. This was an excellent trip & he made it so fun. Well put together, great sights. Very beautful countries, still glowing.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful itinerary AND tour guide

We just returned from the Jewels of Alpine Europe...Atto was our magnificent tour director with Roberto, our outstanding trusted driver! We started our tour on Monday October 5th in Lucerne. We had a meet and greet with our fellow travelers. We had a GREAT group of folks from all over the US and Canada! The weather didn't cooperate a couple of days, but all in all it was a spectacular trip. Atto was the BEST! He was VERY knowledgeable of ALL the locations we visited. He gave us outstanding tours of many of the villages and had us stop had a couple destinations not on our itinerary! The highlight of our trip....there were of course MANY, but we had the best time on our stop at Mont Blanc!!!! And Atto arranged for us to take the Bernina Express! Oh my gosh! It was breathtaking! AND he even threw us a party on board the train!! Nice touch!!! We also enjoyed our side excursion to the Eagle's Nest! The vistas were outstanding. All our hotels were lovely and very convenient for the most part to the center of the villages/towns. The meals provided at most of our destinations were excellent. FULL breakfasts EVERY morning. This started our days on a very positive note. Thank you, Go Ahead Travels, for an outstanding itinerary AND staff (Atto and Roberto, too!!) to make our trip extra special!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Itinerary - Best Tour Director

Excellent itinerary with good accommodations -- high-quality, close to the center of things. Driver Vincenzo was safe, smooth, skilled, and congenial; and tour director Juergen K. was, simply, the best. I don't mean just that we liked the guy (which we did). He conducted the tour masterfully. In addition, he was able to provide informal familiarization walks in most of the places we visited. As for excursions, the lake steamer-funicular railway-cable car excursion to Mt. Pilatus (from Luzern) was great because the day was beautiful. I have been before, on a cloudy day, and the trip is an interesting excursion but when you reach the top your view is just of the tops of gray clouds, and it's chilly and damp. Toss the dice on this one. Highly recommended tour: A good, reasonably "complete," tour of the Alps in a convenient, cost-effective manner.

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4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Juergen K.

I had a fantastic trip with the excellent tour guide who performed above and beyond his call of duty. He was very mindful of the needs of the group and was quick to anticipate & meet pertinent concerns. He is well versed with the historical facts and relevant information with a bit of humor. He is the best. Overall, the itinerary is well planned and the not too hurried pace of the journey suited me very well. The only disappointment with the accommodation was the BW Carlton in Annecy, France. The air conditioning was not working and it was making a disturbing noise at night which kept me awake. I reported the problem to the person on desk duty, but they said that nothing can be done about it until the next day. He offered a solution to move us to another room at 2:30 a.m. We refused to haul our luggage at an unholy hour. There was no point moving since we are leaving in the morning. Otherwise, we had a safe and exciting tour. Kudos to the Driver, Vincenzo who drove us all over Alpine Europe with great care and expertise.

 

Dear Edna, We are so pleased to learn that your trip with us to view the many Jewels of Alpine Europe was Fantastic! We are of course sorry to hear that you experienced some difficulty with the air conditioning unit in one of your hotel rooms. It is our genuine hope that all our travelers have pleasant and comfortable experiences on tour, and we are glad that your tour overall was safe and exciting! Thank you for taking this journey with Go Ahead, and we hope welcome you onto another tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 11, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Jewel of the Alps

This was a great tour. Though there was a lot of driving. Maybe St. Moritz could have been left out and give us a free day on our on somewhere else like Munich. Bus drivers should not see water but give to those on tour and also should be more attentive to those on the bus to help in and out. Bathrooms on bus should always be open to travelers, even if they don't like to clean them. Not for emergency only. Stay away from giving buffetts which were really not good and give a choice on the dinners. Cities and small towns were excellent. Old town Europe, which to me is great. Would highly recommend this trip.

 

Dear Phil, We are so happy that you felt this was a great tour, and we thank you for your thoughtful suggestions. We are glad that our bus drivers are able to provide our customers with the opportunity to purchase water on the bus, and will consider your suggestion that the water should be free. We are sorry to learn that you did not feel your bus driver was attentive enough in regards to helping travelers on and off the bus. This is certainly not feedback that we want to hear, and we will be addressing it with the bus company directly. While many busses in Europe are equipped with bathrooms, the laws regarding their use are much more restrictive than those in the United States. The bathrooms on the bus are for emergency use only not because they are inconvenient to clean, but rather because it is illegal to use them while the vehicle is moving. Thank you for highly recommending this trip, and for taking it with us! We do hope you travel with us again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 23, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First Go Ahead Tour

We really enjoyed this tour, loved the tour director Sylvana and the people we traveled with. If you do all of the options, plus what Go Ahead had scheduled, it could be a very tiring tour. I could not do everything, but Slyvana made sure that I could rest when needed. She even arranged for me to check in to the hotel in Munich early, when I could not do the city tour. My wife was able to do the tours, so I did not really miss it. Most of the hotels were located near city centers and most rooms were nice. There were some down sides that could not be helped, such as the heat wave, traffic jam or the twin beds in one hotel. As an experienced traveler, you just learn to deal with it and go on. We would definately recommend Go Ahead tours.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience.

This "Jewels of the Alpine" trip was everything promised, and then some. Our bus provided great viewing of the cities, countryside and breathtaking vistas in the mountains. Our tour director, Sylvana, took care of all the details, never let us worry about a thing. Her energy and good humor were infectious. All of our hotels were quite nice and well located. I didn't give accommodations overall a "5" because a few hotels turned off the a/c at night and the stuffiness woke us up. Europe is experiencing a heat wave this year so this energy saving practice might not normally be a problem. It was a problem this year. Meals were good with just a couple of exceptions. We did have some free time to explore on our own. The extra excursions were well worth their cost (especially Lake Lucern/Mt. Pilatus).

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 31

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Scenery

The Tour Director can make or break a trip. Our TD, Juan G., was outstanding. He was very organized....friendly.....a very nice person. I would be delighted to travel with him again. I love being in the mountains and was not disappointed by the scenery. There were several opportunities to take cable cars to the tops of mountains in our free time. Once up there....I enjoyed short easy walks...and of course the views. I found our city walking tours to be interesting...as well as our boat rides. Overall, our accommodations were excellent. However, we were in Europe during a heat spell...with temperatures in the 90s. Our hotel in St. Moritz did not have Air Conditioning. I guess that they normally do not need it. Fortunately, we were only in this hotel for one night. Breakfasts were all good. Dinners were okay....but, certainly not memorable. I do recommend this trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!!

This excellent itinerary was made even better with our fantastic tour director who was knowledgeable, kind, patient, and an all around great guy. Also, the hotels booked were perfect and the bus was very comfortable. It was a great trip, Go Ahead did everything right.

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