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Jewels of Alpine Europe Tour

13 days
Experience rich culture, impressive architecture and culinary delights against a backdrop of soaring alpine peaks. Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix valley, before heading east to Italy’s Lake Como. Cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck, Austria, before heading north to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled over-night flight to Zurich aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lucerne2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Zurich! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and accompanies you to the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to Lucerne. Stroll down the city’s winding streets and across the Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge whose history dates back to medieval days. The murals lining its walls are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. Be on the lookout for the colorful hand-painted facades as you venture down the streets of the Old Town. You’ll also view the Löwendenkmal, a sandstone lion statue commemorating Swiss Guards slain in 1792. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the city as you please. Alternatively, opt to ascend Mount Pilatus for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $99*pp 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.

Annecy2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your first stop today is Bern, where your Tour Director leads an informal tour of the Swiss capital. Later, pass through Geneva before crossing into France’s Lake Annecy region. The rest of the day is free to walk along the canals of Annecy and search for the perfect croissant. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Lake Annecy cruise (seasonal)

Begin the day with a boat cruise (seasonal; some groups may enjoy a walking tour) around Lake Annecy, featuring panoramic views of the Alps as well as a close-up look at some of the villas on the lake’s shores. Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne found inspiration for his famous Le Lac d’Annecy after a visit here.

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Chamonix, a charming village at the base of Mont Blanc. Opt to take a cable car to a nearby peak for gorgeous views of the Chamonix valley. Later, travel through the Mont Blanc tunnel—Europe’s longest such passageway—into Italy. Arrive in the Lake Como region in time for dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta

Begin the day with a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; during the off-season, a funicular ride to Brunate may be offered instead). This elegant 18th-century Italian estate stands amid 14 acres of gardens, whose 500 plant species include azaleas, orchids, camelias, eucalyptus and banana trees. Continue to the town of Como and join your Tour Director for an informal tour. You’ll pass by the 15th-century Gothic duomo, the medieval quarter, and the 12th-century Porta Vittoria. Later, choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, with a stop for dinner in the lakeside village of Bellagio.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

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. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

St. Moritz1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Returning to Switzerland, travel to St. Moritz. The snow and mountains of St. Moritz have inspired the invention of some of the world’s most popular winter sports, including bobsledding and curling. During free time, take in the views of the Engadin Valley and see St. Moritz’s leaning tower, which is all that remains of the 13th-century St. Mauritius Church. Dinner is included tonight.

Innsbruck2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire and now best-known for its wines and postage stamp trade. Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence, as you visit Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital. Later today, cross into Austria and reach Innsbruck, where you will embark on a guided walking tour in the afternoon, including stops at the Golden Roof and the courtyard of the Hofburg Palace.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a morning in Innsbruck as you like. Site of two Winter Olympics and capital of the Austrian Tyrol, Innsbruck is a sparkling mix of centuries-old royal splendor and modern allure. The streets of Innsbruck are dotted with gems of Baroque architecture, including the pink stuccoed Helblinghaus. Save some time for browsing, pastry-sampling or a climb up to the Olympic ski jump. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99*pp 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. The castle 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, take a horse-drawn carriage down the castle grounds and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Munich2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Nymphenburg Palace

Travel to Munich today, where you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, with views of the Olympic Village, Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz and the Residenz. Continue exploring Munich on your own this evening.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Munich. Alternatively, opt for an excursion to Dachau, site of the first Nazi concentration camp. In the evening, say farewell to your travel companions at an included group dinner.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25*pp 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. An audio guide will provide the narrative for your viewing of Dachau's poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds.

Flight homefor a day

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension in Salzburg, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Salzburg $299 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.

Salzburg2 nights

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mozart House

Transfer to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the old town, including the university, Max-Reinhardt-Platz, churchyard of St.Peter, Kapitelplatz, Cathedral, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, ending up in Mirabellgardens. Highlights of the tour include admission into the home where Mozart was born and some scenery featured in The Sound of Music. In the evening, opt to attend a Mozart concert and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $119*pp Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe located within St. Peter's Abbey, for an evening of fine dining and Mozart. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you'll hear his masterpieces as you sample local delicacies. Let the music carry you late into the night. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservations and payment at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day to explore Salzburg or join an optional tour into the Bavarian Alps. Stop for a tour of the Berchtesgaden Salt mines, before continuing to Hitler’s Alpine retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105*pp 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. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Here, you’ll take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday. 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 from mid-May through late October.

Munichfor a day

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled over-night flight to Zurich aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lucerne2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Zurich! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and accompanies you to the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to Lucerne. Stroll down the city’s winding streets and across the Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge whose history dates back to medieval days. The murals lining its walls are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. Be on the lookout for the colorful hand-painted facades as you venture down the streets of the Old Town. You’ll also view the Löwendenkmal, a sandstone lion statue commemorating Swiss Guards slain in 1792. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the city as you please. Alternatively, opt to ascend Mount Pilatus for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $99*pp 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.

Annecy2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your first stop today is Bern, where your Tour Director leads an informal tour of the Swiss capital. Later, pass through Geneva before crossing into France’s Lake Annecy region. The rest of the day is free to walk along the canals of Annecy and search for the perfect croissant. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Lake Annecy cruise (seasonal)

Begin the day with a boat cruise (seasonal; some groups may enjoy a walking tour) around Lake Annecy, featuring panoramic views of the Alps as well as a close-up look at some of the villas on the lake’s shores. Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne found inspiration for his famous Le Lac d’Annecy after a visit here.

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Chamonix, a charming village at the base of Mont Blanc. Opt to take a cable car to a nearby peak for gorgeous views of the Chamonix valley. Later, travel through the Mont Blanc tunnel—Europe’s longest such passageway—into Italy. Arrive in the Lake Como region in time for dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta

Begin the day with a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; during the off-season, a funicular ride to Brunate may be offered instead). This elegant 18th-century Italian estate stands amid 14 acres of gardens, whose 500 plant species include azaleas, orchids, camelias, eucalyptus and banana trees. Continue to the town of Como and join your Tour Director for an informal tour. You’ll pass by the 15th-century Gothic duomo, the medieval quarter, and the 12th-century Porta Vittoria. Later, choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, with a stop for dinner in the lakeside village of Bellagio.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

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. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

St. Moritz1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Returning to Switzerland, travel to St. Moritz. The snow and mountains of St. Moritz have inspired the invention of some of the world’s most popular winter sports, including bobsledding and curling. During free time, take in the views of the Engadin Valley and see St. Moritz’s leaning tower, which is all that remains of the 13th-century St. Mauritius Church. Dinner is included tonight.

Innsbruck2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire and now best-known for its wines and postage stamp trade. Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence, as you visit Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital. Later today, cross into Austria and reach Innsbruck, where you will embark on a guided walking tour in the afternoon, including stops at the Golden Roof and the courtyard of the Hofburg Palace.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a morning in Innsbruck as you like. Site of two Winter Olympics and capital of the Austrian Tyrol, Innsbruck is a sparkling mix of centuries-old royal splendor and modern allure. The streets of Innsbruck are dotted with gems of Baroque architecture, including the pink stuccoed Helblinghaus. Save some time for browsing, pastry-sampling or a climb up to the Olympic ski jump. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99*pp 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. The castle 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, take a horse-drawn carriage down the castle grounds and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Munich2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Nymphenburg Palace

Travel to Munich today, where you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, with views of the Olympic Village, Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz and the Residenz. Continue exploring Munich on your own this evening.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Munich. Alternatively, opt for an excursion to Dachau, site of the first Nazi concentration camp. In the evening, say farewell to your travel companions at an included group dinner.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25*pp 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. An audio guide will provide the narrative for your viewing of Dachau's poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds.

Flight homefor a day

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension in Salzburg, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Salzburg $299 pp

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.

Salzburg2 nights

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mozart House

Transfer to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the old town, including the university, Max-Reinhardt-Platz, churchyard of St.Peter, Kapitelplatz, Cathedral, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, ending up in Mirabellgardens. Highlights of the tour include admission into the home where Mozart was born and some scenery featured in The Sound of Music. In the evening, opt to attend a Mozart concert and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $119*pp Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe located within St. Peter's Abbey, for an evening of fine dining and Mozart. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you'll hear his masterpieces as you sample local delicacies. Let the music carry you late into the night. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservations and payment at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day to explore Salzburg or join an optional tour into the Bavarian Alps. Stop for a tour of the Berchtesgaden Salt mines, before continuing to Hitler’s Alpine retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105*pp 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. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Here, you’ll take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday. 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 from mid-May through late October.

Munichfor a day

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled over-night flight to Zurich aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lucerne2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Zurich! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and accompanies you to the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to Lucerne. Stroll down the city’s winding streets and across the Kapellbrücke, a covered bridge whose history dates back to medieval days. The murals lining its walls are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. Be on the lookout for the colorful hand-painted facades as you venture down the streets of the Old Town. You’ll also view the Löwendenkmal, a sandstone lion statue commemorating Swiss Guards slain in 1792. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the city as you please. Alternatively, opt to ascend Mount Pilatus for breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $99*pp 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.

Annecy2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your first stop today is Bern, where your Tour Director leads an informal tour of the Swiss capital. Later, pass through Geneva before crossing into France’s Lake Annecy region. The rest of the day is free to walk along the canals of Annecy and search for the perfect croissant. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Lake Annecy cruise (seasonal)

Begin the day with a boat cruise (seasonal; some groups may enjoy a walking tour) around Lake Annecy, featuring panoramic views of the Alps as well as a close-up look at some of the villas on the lake’s shores. Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne found inspiration for his famous Le Lac d’Annecy after a visit here.

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Chamonix, a charming village at the base of Mont Blanc. Opt to take a cable car to a nearby peak for gorgeous views of the Chamonix valley. Later, travel through the Mont Blanc tunnel—Europe’s longest such passageway—into Italy. Arrive in the Lake Como region in time for dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta

Begin the day with a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; during the off-season, a funicular ride to Brunate may be offered instead). This elegant 18th-century Italian estate stands amid 14 acres of gardens, whose 500 plant species include azaleas, orchids, camelias, eucalyptus and banana trees. Continue to the town of Como and join your Tour Director for an informal tour. You’ll pass by the 15th-century Gothic duomo, the medieval quarter, and the 12th-century Porta Vittoria. Later, choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, with a stop for dinner in the lakeside village of Bellagio.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

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. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

St. Moritz1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Returning to Switzerland, travel to St. Moritz. The snow and mountains of St. Moritz have inspired the invention of some of the world’s most popular winter sports, including bobsledding and curling. During free time, take in the views of the Engadin Valley and see St. Moritz’s leaning tower, which is all that remains of the 13th-century St. Mauritius Church. Dinner is included tonight.

Innsbruck2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire and now best-known for its wines and postage stamp trade. Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence, as you visit Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital. Later today, cross into Austria and reach Innsbruck, where you will embark on a guided walking tour in the afternoon, including stops at the Golden Roof and the courtyard of the Hofburg Palace.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a morning in Innsbruck as you like. Site of two Winter Olympics and capital of the Austrian Tyrol, Innsbruck is a sparkling mix of centuries-old royal splendor and modern allure. The streets of Innsbruck are dotted with gems of Baroque architecture, including the pink stuccoed Helblinghaus. Save some time for browsing, pastry-sampling or a climb up to the Olympic ski jump. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle.

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein Castle $99*pp 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. The castle 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, take a horse-drawn carriage down the castle grounds and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Munich2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Nymphenburg Palace

Travel to Munich today, where you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, with views of the Olympic Village, Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz and the Residenz. Continue exploring Munich on your own this evening.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Munich. Alternatively, opt for an excursion to Dachau, site of the first Nazi concentration camp. In the evening, say farewell to your travel companions at an included group dinner.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25*pp 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. An audio guide will provide the narrative for your viewing of Dachau's poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds.

Flight homefor a day

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension in Salzburg, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Salzburg $299 pp

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.

Salzburg2 nights

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mozart House

Transfer to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the old town, including the university, Max-Reinhardt-Platz, churchyard of St.Peter, Kapitelplatz, Cathedral, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, ending up in Mirabellgardens. Highlights of the tour include admission into the home where Mozart was born and some scenery featured in The Sound of Music. In the evening, opt to attend a Mozart concert and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $119*pp Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe located within St. Peter's Abbey, for an evening of fine dining and Mozart. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you'll hear his masterpieces as you sample local delicacies. Let the music carry you late into the night. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservations and payment at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day to explore Salzburg or join an optional tour into the Bavarian Alps. Stop for a tour of the Berchtesgaden Salt mines, before continuing to Hitler’s Alpine retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105*pp 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. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Here, you’ll take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday. 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 from mid-May through late October.

Munichfor a day

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

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

This tour includes the following countries: Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, the principality of Liechtenstein (on the transfer) and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is 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.

Health

Travelers should be aware of high-altitude conditions in this region. Chamonix is 3,400 feet above sea level, while some bus transfers may also pass through high altitudes. The tour also includes two optional excursions by rail or cable car to peaks of over 7,000 feet. Consult your doctor or health care provider for specific recommendations and up-to-date overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated. The most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Raclette is another delicious cooked cheese dish, served with roasted or boiled potatoes, air-dried beef and pickled onions. Sausages, breaded veal fillets and freshwater fish are also popular. Swiss dairy products are among the world’s finest, and full-cream milk is the essential ingredient for the exceptionally good chocolate produced here. In France, a country that loves its fine foods, you’ll find a variety of cheeses, richly prepared meats and freshly baked breads and pastries. Northern Italian cuisine is light and savory, emphasizing fresh pasta, simply prepared seafood and vegetables roasted with herbs. In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are all popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish lovers will find wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Austrain desserts are perhaps the most memorable including, strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, souffles and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Zurich and depart from Munich. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, the best way to explore Alpine cities and towns is on foot, as most are small and built for walkers, with little public transportation. You can break up the walking with rides on city buses in Lucerne and Innsbruck. Keep in mind that taxis are usually costly in Switzerland.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro (in Austria, France, Italy and Germany) and the Swiss franc (in Switzerland and Leichtenstein) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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 exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATM’s on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Annecy, France
  • Como, Italy
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, the principality of Liechtenstein (on the transfer) and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is 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.

Health

Travelers should be aware of high-altitude conditions in this region. Chamonix is 3,400 feet above sea level, while some bus transfers may also pass through high altitudes. The tour also includes two optional excursions by rail or cable car to peaks of over 7,000 feet. Consult your doctor or health care provider for specific recommendations and up-to-date overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated. The most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Raclette is another delicious cooked cheese dish, served with roasted or boiled potatoes, air-dried beef and pickled onions. Sausages, breaded veal fillets and freshwater fish are also popular. Swiss dairy products are among the world’s finest, and full-cream milk is the essential ingredient for the exceptionally good chocolate produced here. In France, a country that loves its fine foods, you’ll find a variety of cheeses, richly prepared meats and freshly baked breads and pastries. Northern Italian cuisine is light and savory, emphasizing fresh pasta, simply prepared seafood and vegetables roasted with herbs. In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are all popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish lovers will find wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Austrain desserts are perhaps the most memorable including, strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, souffles and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Zurich and depart from Munich. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, the best way to explore Alpine cities and towns is on foot, as most are small and built for walkers, with little public transportation. You can break up the walking with rides on city buses in Lucerne and Innsbruck. Keep in mind that taxis are usually costly in Switzerland.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro (in Austria, France, Italy and Germany) and the Swiss franc (in Switzerland and Leichtenstein) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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 exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATM’s on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Annecy, France
  • Como, Italy
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, the principality of Liechtenstein (on the transfer) and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is 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.

Health

Travelers should be aware of high-altitude conditions in this region. Chamonix is 3,400 feet above sea level, while some bus transfers may also pass through high altitudes. The tour also includes two optional excursions by rail or cable car to peaks of over 7,000 feet. Consult your doctor or health care provider for specific recommendations and up-to-date overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated. The most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Raclette is another delicious cooked cheese dish, served with roasted or boiled potatoes, air-dried beef and pickled onions. Sausages, breaded veal fillets and freshwater fish are also popular. Swiss dairy products are among the world’s finest, and full-cream milk is the essential ingredient for the exceptionally good chocolate produced here. In France, a country that loves its fine foods, you’ll find a variety of cheeses, richly prepared meats and freshly baked breads and pastries. Northern Italian cuisine is light and savory, emphasizing fresh pasta, simply prepared seafood and vegetables roasted with herbs. In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are all popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish lovers will find wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Austrain desserts are perhaps the most memorable including, strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, souffles and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Zurich and depart from Munich. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, the best way to explore Alpine cities and towns is on foot, as most are small and built for walkers, with little public transportation. You can break up the walking with rides on city buses in Lucerne and Innsbruck. Keep in mind that taxis are usually costly in Switzerland.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro (in Austria, France, Italy and Germany) and the Swiss franc (in Switzerland and Leichtenstein) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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 exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATM’s on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scenic Travels

The countries on this tour were on my bucket list for awhile and now I can check them off! The Alps were beautiful and the group was the best I've had on a tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So many jewels to see!

This was our fourth GoAhead Tour but our first one with multiple countries. We enjoyed the variety and the ease of traveling with our FABULOUS Italian bus driver, Memo (who actually kept an Espresso machine on-board the bus for us!) along with Paula, a kind, knowledgeable tour director who allowed us a few extra "treats" on the trip, including a freetime noon/afternoon walk in Zurich while we waited for others to arrive at the airport, a scenic train ride to St. Moritz instead of taking the bus, a token stop at cheesy but fun Heidiland highway comfort stop, and a little plastic pig for good luck while we were in Germany. Our tour size was a bit larger than I would have like at 34, but everyone was so kind. Additionally, a GoAhead representative from Boston joined us, which made a welcome addition to our group. Here are impressions on each country. SWITZERLAND: This was our top favorite country. The weather in summer was beautiful! The towns were clean and provided a welcome mix of old-world style with modern conveniences. We loved the look of Swiss currency, the fresh berries, the creamy cheeses, the spring water, the pools/lakes that dotted the landscape. Our favorite city was St. Moritz. It was a little sleepy in Summer (more active for skiing in Winter), but that made it perfect. There was a lake that we walked fully around one evening, taking in all the flowers and fresh mountain air. Shops closed at 5, but that just meant there was all the more reason to be outside. Getting there is where we had the train ride, and the bus ride back "down" from the high-altitude St. Mortiz was fun as well, seeing lots of small dairies, hills, cottages, waterfalls, and glacial pools. FRANCE: This country was our most pleasant surprise. We had stereotypes of France and didn't think we'd really like it. How wrong we were! We went to Annecy, which is not at all overrun with tourists. It's too out-of-the-way for people who got to Paris, but it was perfect for us. A beautiful lake was the centerpiece of the town, and the cafes, shops, handicrafts, churches, city walls, old watch towers, and plants there were our favorite. ITALY: We spent a few hours in Chamonix, a village at the base of towering Mount Blanc and wish we would have had more time here to explore to outdoors. It was our coldest location, and it was actually snowing at the very top of the mountain that day, which prevented us from going up. But, still, what a site! Italy around Lake Como was beautiful and as expected: charming homes, narrow streets, excellent food, such friendly people. We liked this a lot also. The tropical flowers here were probably the most attractive, and we toured some gardens and took a ferry on our own across the lake. That was a great adventure for the two of us--and a cheap one! Other tour mates who took the Lake Como included cruise and dinner at Hotel Swisse were disappointed in the food. We had better views and a more authentic experience in Bellagio thanks to tour director, Paula, suggesting a path-less-traveled. GERMANY: We didn't care for the city of Munich, where we stayed. It was flat, metropolitan, noisy, dirty . . . but, it's a big city! What made the trip there worth it was that we were there on THE NIGHT of the World Cup finals. Germany beat Argentina for the win! We watched it on big screens in an outdoor biergarten with the group, and that was so much fun. Our hotel, oddly, was in the Turkish district of Munich. I don't think anybody else on our tour liked this, but we did! We ate Turkish food twice (YUM!), and drank our favorite, Turkish hot tea. One highlight was the Neuschwansteain Castle of King Ludwig II. Getting there was a beautiful drive, and seeing it made me vow never, never to go to Disney World. Why would I do that when I saw the real fairytale castle here? AUSTRIA: This was a gem. Innsbrook and Salzburg were where we stayed, and we enjoyed them both. Austria was cheaper than the other countries for food, grocery items, souvenirs, etc. I enjoyed speaking some German I learned in high school and college there the best because people were very patient and welcoming. These cities were smaller with, again, beautiful architecture and lots of places to stroll. Salzburg had a television station in the hotel which looped 24 hours of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. We strolled the exact places where that was filmed, which was so much fun to see! There was a peaceful atmosphere in Salzburg that capped the trip so well. We recommend this Jewels tour to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, architecture, great food, and landscapes like no other! Hotels were wonderful and all located perfectly for our needs.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great First GO AHEAD TOUR

After more than 13 trips in 3 Continents by either Ocean or River, we picked GO AHEAD for our FIRST Land Tour based on a strong recommendation from a frequent traveler/friend. Categorically, we enjoyed the trip! Our Tour Guide, Emilio, was always one step ahead of us with daily briefings on the bus and activity schedules posted in each hotel. Watching him keep track of our older participants was like watching a Border Collie herding sheep. He cared about all of us and tried to help tour members when necessary. Based on his performance, we have personally asked him to let us know when he is scheduled for a particular tour in Italy. We want to be there with him. The five dinners provided were either good or excellent and generally featured the country’s cuisine. I’m thinking the difference in quality may have been influenced by the availability of refilling the wine glass, but I “might” be mistaken… Some restaurants did, others did not… All breakfasts were super buffets. It almost seemed like the hotels were competing with each other…And we never started the day hungry… And absolutely no significant complaints with any of the hotels that we used. Lastly, the professional guides were excellent. Whether walking with us or in the bus, they were truly very “professional”. They knew their subjects well, and had an excellent command of English. Thanks GO AHEAD!!! On the other hand, the tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle was a BIG disappointment. After an outstanding lunch, we were herded into the castle with a group of about 30 other English speaking people for our “tour”. A young lady, shouting as best she could, advised us that we couldn’t take any pictures. None. (That is a pure Rip-Off, since photos without flash can do no damage to a castle… But it probably enhances Gift Shop Sales…) Then she went through her litany of information, shouting to overcome the inherent noise of people in other groups passing by, etc. It was a waste of time. Finally, probably due to inclement weather, there was absolutely no attempt at arranging the “Horse-drawn carriage” back down the castle grounds as stated in the advertising. It is my opinion that continuing this Optional Tour should be reviewed. Overall, we are very happy we picked GO AHEAD for our first land tour and look forward to another...

 

Dear John, We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your Jewels of Alpine Europe tour! Thank you for your feedback regarding the Neuschwanstein Castle. We are already reviewing this optional as you have suggested and are working to continue to improve the quality of this and all aspects of our tours.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on September 05, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

An Alpine Adventure

The scenery was magnificent--the mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, to name a few of the sights. The food (accept for the first night which was awful and the hotel didn't give us a choice ) and wine was delicious and the bread was exceptional. The group was very diverse in age, expectations and physical needs. Emilio, our tour director did a great job in trying to please everyone. Of course, you can't please all of the people all of the time. I think Emilio was patient. courteous in trying to take of everyone's needs. I certainly would recommend this tour and make those interested aware that there's a lots of walking especially uphill, and stair climbing which can be strenuous.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 8/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst tour director ever

the tour guide, Emilio is a nice man, but a lousy guide. I have traveled to over 70 countries with many tour companies and this was the worst guide ever. I was traveling with a friend who has some disabilities from polio. she is a slow walker and tires easily. He didn't look after her well. One time we got lost, when the guide turned a corner and we didn't see it. We did find him later. After seeing Neuschwanstein Castle, we had to walk 2 miles back in the rain to the bus. There were no carriages for us and no shuttle bus. The hotels did not have accommodations like grab bars in the shower, even though your staff said accommodations were no problem. When we got to St. Moritz in the rain, we were told to walk around for an hour with no option if we didn't want to walk in the rain. There was nothing to see there. The guide did not suggest anything. He told us practically nothing about the areas we were going to each day. It was not a good tour and I will tell everyone not to use GoAhead.

 

Hello Peggy, Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I am sorry to hear that your tour director was not as accommodating as you had hoped. I will certainly be looking into this situation in efforts to improve. Handicapped accessible rooms are usually available upon request. I will look into your situation to see whether the hotel was unable or unwilling to accommodate our request, and why we weren’t notified ahead of time. This miscommunication is certainly unacceptable. I will be passing along the additional specifics of your feedback to the appropriate teams so that we can continue to keep with our standards of quality and value.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 26, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

First timers on a tour

Our tour commenced on June 2nd. "Freddie" our tour director arranged for us and the other early arrivers to spend time in Zurich so that the bus can be available for those arrived late. We were very lucky in that our group was small (only 20), and I would welcome to share a tour with any of them in the future. Great people with whom to travel. My favorite part of the trip was taking a cable car to the top of Aguille Du Midi above Chamonix and the time spent in Annecy, France. Another highlight was Freddie allowing the group the option to take the Berina Express from Torano, Italy to St. Moritz instead of the bus. Beautiful train ride, with all of us leaning out the open windows taking in the scenery. Since every where we went was beautiful, its difficult to be critical. The paid for dinners did not allow for much choice and in our case the first two "paid for" dinners were essentiallly variations on the same dish, Chicken with mushroom sauce over rice. Tour director should make the travelers aware of what may be served on the group dinners, so you do not order the same thing on your own the previous night. We would take Go Ahead Tours again, mainly because you generally get two nights everywhere. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magnificent Tour!

My Jewels of the Alpines tour was wonderful from the moment I stepped off the plane in Switzerland. Our tour director Jurgen welcomed me with a big smile and was terrific and very helpful throughout the entire tour. I loved all of the countries that we visited and each one was more beautiful then the next. The hotels were nice and the food amazing. I couldn't be happier with Go Ahead. This was my first but definitely not last tour with them! I would definitely recommend!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

One of the Best Tours and Tour Director

We had a wonderful tour with Jurgen. He made the trip most memorable with his knowledge and how he managed the time at each stop. Jurgen made many suggestions for the people of our group when they were on their free time in each city. This allowed everyone to do what they wanted. The group was very punctual when it came time to be at a particular place and this helped us see many things we might not have if people did not consider each other. Lucerne was a definite highlight of the trip. Jurgen suggested the cable car ride to the top of Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, this was a most unexpected surprise. . We had perfect weather to view Mt. Blanc and surrounding mountains. Standing in the glass enclosure at the top of mountain and looking down is beyond description. A must do!! Munich is a great city and the beer garden is also something you must do when in this town. Jurgen made riding on the bus interesting with his commentaries and surprise treats from the areas we were in. The picnic lunch in the Alps was superb idea on his part. I know everyone enjoyed it so much If you decide to go on this tour, please request Jurgen as your tour director, you will not be sorry. May was a beautiful time to visit and we had perfect weather during the whole trip. Snow on the top of the mountains and green in the valleys. Could not ask for anything more.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour and Best Tour Director

My husband and I just returned from the Jewels of Alpine Europe…….the trip was truly a fabulous experience. The scenery is spectacular and the tour was truly enjoyable. The success of the trip was made possible by our Tour Director, Jurgen. He is truly a professional in every sense of the word. His little extra touches, candy on the bus, a picnic in the Alps…….(and so many others) made our experience a trip of a life time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Mountains

The most amazing trip ever. I live in the Rocky Mountains, but the Alps were unbelievable. Another great Go Ahead trip.

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