Highlights of Eastern Europe

15 days Multi-country
Imperial palaces, World War II sites, vibrant cafes—you can find it all in Eastern Europe. Journey along the Danube from the two-sided city of Budapest to Vienna, unrivaled for its beauty and majesty. Then, visit the castles and cathedrals of Prague and explore medieval Kraków before ending in modern Warsaw.

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      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 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Explore festive Christmas markets on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest.

Budapest 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Budapest

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west.

• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes Square

• Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building

• Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill

• Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion

• Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations 

Enjoy a free evening in Budapest or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Unicum Liqueur & Wine Tasting with Dinner $95pp* Details

Go right to the source to take a taste of Hungary's national drink, Unicum liqueur. A secret formula of more than 40 herbs, the recipe has been protected by the Zwack family since 1790 and it's story follows the turbulent history of the area. When the family escaped communism and lived in exile in the U.S., a trusted friend in Milan kept up production. You'll learn more about this fascinating legacy at the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest, where you can sample the apéritif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who'll be on hand to tell you about each selection.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 4: Free day in Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Budapest on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69pp* Details

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

Discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest on today’s excursion. Your guided sightseeing tour passes the Parliament building, which was the starting place of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and still shows signs of damage from the Soviet invasion. Visit the nearby statue of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s Prime Minister during the revolution, who is an enduring symbol of freedom. Liberty Square is just a stroll away, home to the U.S. Embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan and the only remaining monument to communist troops. From St. Stephen’s Basilica, take the historic Metro Line 1 up the iconic Andrassy Ave. Stop for an included coffee and piece of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of Book Café, the regular meeting place of the intelligentsia during the Soviet occupation. End the day at the House of Terror, where you will take a guided tour through this chilling museum and view the moving monument to the victims of communism and fascism in Hungary.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Vienna via Szentendre

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin, stopping in Szentendre en route to Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna. 

• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare 

• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence

Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99pp* Details

After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy Old-World setting.

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

Day 7: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise & Bratislava $99pp* Details

Cruise down the Danube from Vienna to Bratislava in a high-speed boat, passing through scenic Donau-Auen National Park along the way. In Bratislava, follow a local guide through the charming Old Town to see the well-preserved city center and pass by the regal castle. Stop at the neoclassical Primate’s Palace, the seat of the mayor of Bratislava, to enter the historic Hall of Mirrors. Then, enjoy free time in the city for lunch and exploration before driving back to Vienna. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October.

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

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Prague via Lednive & Mikulov

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

• Stop in Moravia to enter Chateau Lednice, a gorgeous castle on the Austrian border

• Enjoy free time to explore the medieval city of Mikulov

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as the “City of One Hundred Spires” on a guided tour. 

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Ride a historic tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter $79pp* Details

Follow a local guide on a walking tour of Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square. Discover the Quarter’s remains, which survived devastation during World War II and oppression during the Communist era. Afterward, pay a visit to the Jewish Museum of Prague, housed in a collection of former synagogues, one of which displays the names of all the Czechs sent to concentration camps. Along your tour, learn about the Golem myth, a story forever entwined with Prague’s Jewish history. You’ll also see sights once frequented by Franz Kafka, the enigmatic author of The Trial and Metamorphosis, who made his home in Prague. Lunch is included.

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

Day 10: Free day in Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Prague on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chateau Sychrov $139pp* Details

Chateau Sychrov

Visit Chateau Sychrov, a 17th-century Baroque estate north of Prague. Take a guided tour through the estate, paying special attention to the elaborate carvings along the stairway, in the chapel and in the dining room. Then, tour the gallery of French kings and the chateau’s manicured grounds. Later, attend a private recital of classic Czech music and an included dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $149)

Kraków 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Travel to Kraków

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pass through the dramatic landscapes of Moravia before reaching the historic Polish city of Kraków.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Kraków

  Included meals: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a tour of Kraków, Poland’s former royal capital.

• Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River

• Visit Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned

• Stroll through Glowny Square

• Pass beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Jagiellonian University and Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Auschwitz $39pp* Details

This excursion takes you to some of the most chilling sites in Europe: the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. More than 4 million people were systematically exterminated in these camps by the Third Reich during World War II. Liberated by the Red Army in 1945, Auschwitz has been turned into a poignant memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Take a guided tour which includes views of chambers and prisoner buildings. Afterward, drive to nearby Birkenau, the second portion of the larger Auschwitz concentration camp complex. Embark on a guided tour before returning to Kraków.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Warsaw 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Travel to Warsaw

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning to explore Kraków before setting off for Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw

  Included meals: Breakfast

On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.

• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city

• Behold the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park

• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial

• Walk through the Old Town

• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses

Get to know Warsaw on your own this afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chopin Recital & Dinner $99pp* Details

This evening, enjoy an exclusive private recital featuring the music of Frédéric-François Chopin. Born in 1810, Chopin is widely considered the world's best composer for piano, an instrument that's featured prominently in his compositions. Tonight, experience Chopin’s genius firsthand as a pianist plays some of his greatest masterpieces. Then, sample local specialties at one of Warsaw’s finest restaurants during an included dinner.

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Berlin.

Add Berlin Starting from $399 pp

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

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Travel to Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board your train to Berlin, once the gateway to Eastern Europe and now capital of reunified Germany.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island 

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59pp* Details

Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstrasse area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You’ll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 17: Free day in Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Berlin on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Potsdam $69pp* Details

Travel to Potsdam, the residence of Prussian Kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Once the royal playground of Prussian King Frederick the Great, Potsdam was also the location where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. A local guide will escort you through Cecilienhof Palace, built by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany in the early 1900s and the site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photograph of Truman, Churchill and Stalin. After exploring the palace and gardens, your guide will introduce you to the historic center of Potsdam.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 18: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Kraków, Poland
  • Warsaw, Poland
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland (plus Germany on the tour extension). 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 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat 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.
  • 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 Budapest and depart from Warsaw (or Berlin on the tour extension). 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.  
  • A train ride from Warsaw to Berlin is included in the price of your tour extension.
  • 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

  • Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish and preserved fruits. 
  • 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.
  • Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
  • When in Poland, fill up on favorites like kielbasa and pierogi. Don't miss out on trying the bagels—they were born here.
  • On the tour extension, German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.   

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.
  • 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 Hungarian forint in Hungary, the euro in Austria (and Germany on the tour extension) the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic and the Polish zlotny in Poland.
  • 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: 10/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Eastern Europe Impressed

This was my first Go Ahead tour and it was a wonderful experience. Paul was an excellent Tour Director. The tour of 5 countries was a lesson in history. It provided me with a lot of information to understand the impact of WWII on those countries. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone. It has history, beauty, culture and fun all in one.

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Hi Francine! We’re so glad your first Go Ahead tour was a memorable one. We’re also happy to learn that you feel you came away with a deeper understanding of the history of this region. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Eastern European Tour

The trip covered the areas we were interested in and the tour guide, Kris Karl, was excellent. We enjoyed the hotels but were not pleased with the locations of some because they were out of the way from the downtown area. The breakfasts were great but the arrival dinners were just O.K. We thought the value for what we got was very good. So, the main focus for Go Ahead would be to use centrally located hotels in all the venues. They were not centrally located in Vienna and Prague. Vienna - the Falkensteiner, was particularly inconvenient.

 

Dear Robert, We're happy to learn that you enjoyed the itinerary, as well as your Tour Director. We regret that some of the hotels and dinners did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to share this information with our Operations team for further evaluation. In terms of selecting hotels, our search criteria includes but is not limited to location, reputation, charm, and availability. Therefore, location is not the only factor taken into consideration. We certainly appreciate your feedback on this, as it's very important for us to understand your perception of the accommodations. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Eastern Europe

The tour director did a good job. He did his best with our Krakow accommodations. In Krakow our hotel was one hour from town, the internet had limited access, there was nothing close to the hotel, and they had a difficult time accommodating breakfast for he group (slow to refill food and coffee). Much time was wasted going into the city. We did not get to see the salt mine.

 

Dear Tim, We’re glad that a member of our Quality Control team was able to speak with you about your experience. We regret that the hotel outside of Krakow did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to communicate this to our Operations team for further evaluation. Regarding the salt mine, we appreciate your suggestion to include this in the itinerary, and we will share it with our Product Development team upon review of this tour. Thank you again for speaking with one of our Quality Control members about your experience and for sharing this review. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Perfect Vacation

This tour was another winner with GoAhead. Although we had a change to the regularly programmed hotel in Krakow, and had to stay considerably outside Krakow, the tour company rearranged the itinerary to give us plenty of time in the city. Our tour guide, Sebastian, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The optional tours were excellent, and we were very impressed with the local guides. Everything was well organized. There was sufficient free time to explore each city. The itinerary was perfect. Even the weather was perfect. Thanks, GoAhead!

 

Hello! We’re so glad that this was another ‘winner!’ We appreciate the wonderful feedback on the itinerary, and we’re pleased to learn that your Tour Director was a great resource for you. We’re also delighted to hear that you had beautiful weather. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we look forward to your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour Director

Paul made this tour be incredible! He made sure every person was taken care of and that we all had the best time ever. All the extra services he offers makes for an amazing vacation! The cities we went to were so full of history! So glad we went?? I think Poland was our favorite. Shopping in Budapust little village should not be missed!!! Wish I bought more there!!!

 

Hi Barbara! It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director’s care and concern for your group shone through. We will be sure to let him know. We’re glad to learn that visiting Poland was your favorite aspect of this tour, and it’s also great to know that you enjoyed the shopping opportunities in Budapest. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour!

Excellent itinerary! The hotels were all very comfortable, the food was great everywhere. Our bus driver Stephen, and Tour Director Constantine were absolutely top notch! Constantine is a pure professional, and takes great care of his group. He also has some real nice Tour Director Specials that we greatly enjoyed. The itinerary was comfortable, having done another great tour last year in the "Grand Tour of Europe" this year's itinerary for the "Highlights of Eastern Europe" was a bit more slower paced with a few 3-night stays. Nonetheless, it's still an active itinerary! Each city has its own charm. Danube dinner river cruise in Budapest is a must do. Vienna is an arts and culture hub - be sure to experience the art and music, even if it's something you wouldn't normally do at home. Prague is vibrant and fun. Krakow, Warsaw, and Berlin were amazing as well. It's also interesting to see and learn about plenty about 20th century history. Excellent tour!

 

Hello! We’re very pleased that you feel the itinerary is well-designed and that your Tour Director and bus driver took great care of your group. We completely agree that each city has its own distinct charm. We’re glad you would recommend the Danube river cruise, as we frequently get great feedback about it. Thank you for writing a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful & Memorable Tour!

Constantine, our tour guide was excellent! He speaks 8 languages, has lived in several European countries, and is a walking historian. Very professional, on time, and went out of his way to show our group of 28 every little detail (how to use the metro, where to exchange money, what to do on our free days). What an excellent asset to this company he is. Had a wonderful time, full of adventure and education about each country. Only thing I suggest is to let people know ahead of time when and where the "group picture" will be taken so we are prepared. On this tour, we were told the morning of after we had left the hotel. It still turned out very nice. Thanks Constantine, I hope to get on another tour with him.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Time of My LIfe!

I absolutely LOVED this trip! I didn't expect much from Budapest, but it blew me away! Vienna was absolutely gorgeous and Prague was super fun. Krakow, however, was my absolute favorite. I only wish we could have spent more than two nights in Krakow. We arrived in the evening so we only really got to spend one day in Krakow. Go Ahead really does an amazing job - every single thing is arranged for you and it really took the worry out of it. That was really important to me as a single traveler. Also, arrival in each city begins with a city tour duriing which you see the local sites, but you also learn where other ones are and how to get there. That really helped us use our free time well becuase we didn't have to spend a ton of time figuring out how to get to different locations within the cities. The friends that I made on this trip will be life long friends - I'm so grateful that I met each of them! Paul V. was the most amazing tour guide that we could have asked for. While in Warsaw, I got sick and not only did Paul arrange for a doctor to come see me in my hotel room, but he also personally walked me to the pharmacy to get my medication and made sure that I completely understood how/when to take it. He really does go above and beyond and I could not have been more grateful for him. The only suggestions that I would have to improve the trip would be a) more time in Krakow, b) make sure that all hotels are within walking distance to the city center. Some of the hotels required us to take a bus from the hotel into the city center but the hotels that were centrally located were my favorites.

 

Hi Anna! We’re thrilled that you loved this tour! It’s great to know that Budapest was a pleasant surprise for you and that Krakow turned out to be your favorite city. We appreciate your suggestion to include more time in Krakow and will be sure to pass it along to our Product Development team. We’re glad that you felt prepared for and taken care of throughout your tour. It also makes us very happy to learn that you made lifelong friends in your tour group. That’s incredible! Thank you for the lovely feedback on your Tour Director. It sounds like his care and concern really shone through in all of his actions and we’re glad to hear it. Regarding accommodations, we will be sure to share your suggestion with our Operations team. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Toour

My tour of Eastern Europe was phenomenal. The tour director added some extra side tours that were wonderful. I highly recommend going on this tour.

 

Hi Brenda! We're so glad you had a phenomenal time on tour. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Never To Be Forgotten

We had to scrimp and save in order to take this trip and we are so glad that we did as we saw things that we had only dreamed about and seen in pictures but pictures can not show the true architectural magnificence of cities like Budapest, Prague and Krakow and the history behind them. Paul, our tour director had a wonderful sense of humor and was a delight and caring the entire time.

 

Hi Ralph! We are so thrilled to hear that this tour brought your dreams to life. You are completely right that pictures don't do justice to destinations, such as Budapest, Prague, and Krakow. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spectacular Trip!

Highlights of Eastern Europe, our seventh tour with Go Ahead, like the others was spectacular. Lala, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, energetic and always in control. We hope to have her again on a future trip. We did seven of the optional excursions and recommend them all. Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps are indeed sad places to experience, but I think it is important that people do go there to make sure this terrible chapter in history is never forgotten. Chateau Sychrov, which we almost skipped, turned out to be one of our favorite excursions. Lala arranged two extra excursions, Danube River Dinner Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine; both were great. We really enjoyed visiting the beautiful Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Prague Castle and the Jewish Quarter in Warsaw. We enjoyed trying foods we never had before such as pork knuckle, venison stew, pork goulash and pierogi. We also like the beer offered in each country. If you take all the excursions like we did, you can expect to walk an average about 5 miles a day. The hotels were very nice, beyond what I expected. All in all, this was a very good trip.

 

Hi Janice! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your tour, Highlights of Eastern Europe. It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director enhanced your experience with her knowledge and enthusiasm. We are also pleased to learn that you enjoyed the optional excursions you chose to include, as well as a couple extra ones your Tour Director was able to arrange. Thank you for your feedback on the hotels. We’re glad they exceeded your expectations! We appreciate you taking the time to review your tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Wake-Up Call

My husband and I had no real agenda for this trip except to see Auschwitz for ourselves. We had been told of the beauty and cultural richness of Vienna and Prague but we got so much more than we expected. The people were wonderful, the food fantastic, the architecture amazing and the history very disturbing. To hear and see what these countries have endured through WWII and communist control and eventually coming to an independence they have waited centuries to acquire--truly remarkable. I was touched by how many people spoke English when I had no clue how to speak or pronounce any other their languages. Go Ahead made sure that we had a guide that was comfortable in all four countries; he kept us safe and informed and on time! In spite of the dreary weather, we had the best of experiences; every day was a treat for the senses. Loved it. And Auschwitz is something that all people should have to confront so we can love and appreciate our neighbors as ourselves.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

eastern europe

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We like smaller groups and 35 or less makes it more enjoyable. Paul, our guide for the entire trip was excellent. His knowledge, passion for history, and the fact that he grew up under communism made for compelling commentary. One of our city guides (Budapest) was fair, three (Prague, Krakow, Warsaw,) were good, and one (Vienna) excellent. The guides for the Salt Mine and Auschwitz/Birkenau were very good. The bus was excellent as was Robert, the driver. Four of the hotels were very good and one was excellent (Polonia-Warsaw). The location of our hotel in Prague was not particularly good.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

It was truly a wonderful tour. We had such a great tour guide named Paul. It enriched all of our lives so much. We learned so much about the history of Eastern Europe, WW2, and Jewish history. Paul really went the extra mile every day and made history come alive for us. I enjoyed the tour so much. We all did. I went to a lot of art museums also. Vienna was my favorite city.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well organized and executed tour

Of first importance is the tour director -- Paul was outstanding! His shared his knowledge and person experience and gave historical background before we arrived in each city. In addition, on long travel days he entertained us with historical movies appropriate to where we were going. The tour was organized so that we always had a planned day followed by a free day to explore on our own -- unless an optional tour was chosen. Hotels were excellent and breakfasts had a variety that would more than satisfy every taste. The group was very congenial and Paul kept us all on time -- no small job but he did it with humor and was effective!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Educational and Enjoyable Trip

Our tour director, Paul, was the best part of the trip. He was full of energy, kept us on track and provided a great amount of historical perspective. Overall it was a great trip. Most of the cities included a three-day stay, which might have been a day too long in some cases. The one thing I would change is the number of group meals. The first night at every venue included a group dinner (many of the add-on trips included group dinners, as well). For these meals we were usually given two menu choices and a vegetarian meal (usually pasta). We had A LOT of schnitzel. I would have preferred more opportunities to try the local dishes. I understand that if 30+ people order from a full menu it will take forever to get through a meal, so group meals have to have limited choices. The solution is to have fewer group meals on the tour. Since travelers are together on the bus heading to a new city any information that travelers need about the new locale can be given on the bus. Upon arrival, travelers can choose where and what to eat. If the number of group meals isn't reduced, I would suggest that future travelers not sign up for add-on trips which include meals. Overall, I am very happy I that I took the trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FUN & EDUCATIONAL TRIP

My wife and I found the Highlights of Eastern Europe Tour with Berlin extension fun and educational. Our tour guide, Paul, did an excellent job. Three optionals that he organized during the trip were all outstanding (Mozart/Strauss Concert, Dinner/Folk Music night and Salt Mines). The Go Ahead optional trip to Bratislava we DO NOT recommend - expensive trip to see a minor city and had an unsatisfactory lunch. Fun highlights - Budapest/Szechenyi Baths, Market Hall - and Danube River night cruise - Vienna /House of Music Museum - Prague/ Astronomical Clock, Mucha Museum and Mucha Slavic Museum - Krakow/salt mines - Warsaw/Amber shopping - Berlin/KaDaWe Department Store and Sony German Film Museum. The trip was a real eye opener regarding World War II history and the atrocities that occurred and the effect it had on the cities that we visited. The movies that Paul showed on the bus when we were transferring to a new city were great background for what we saw. This was a long trip with a lot of walking, often on uneven surfaces. So glad we went and ready to start planning our next trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Eastern Europe 2014

The trip was one of the highlights of my life journey. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning how countries behind the Iron Curtain has progressed since being liberated in 1989. The accommodations and itinerary planned by Go Ahead Tours were excellent. I travelled as a single traveler for the first time, and met 24 wonderful new friends. The Tour Director Paul and the local tour guides for each country were just excellent in their knowledge of the history and fun activities to do while exploring the countries. I would recommend this trip very highly.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour for History Buffs

This was a wonderful tour and go-ahead provided us with a great experience in 4 star hotels/ great tour director and bus driver. We were very happy. If you are interested in history, esp., WW1 and 2, Art, Architecture and cities then this is a great tour for you. This is pretty active, if you want, so bring your walking shoes and go exploring.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour and Best Tour Director

From the moment I met Tini, she was so eager to please, friendly, joyful and attentive to everyone's needs. Her knowledge of each city, location of currency exchange, best places to see on our own, use of public trams, places to eat and shop were so valuable. It made our trip so much more enjoyable. She suggested some delightful extra trips, eg cruise and dinner on the river, folk concert added to our enjoyment. She made herself available in the lobby each day to share city maps, and point out places of interest. She took out the "work" part of our free time by enabling us to explore on our own. At each new hotel, check in was simple and smooth and our luggage was handled expeditiously. Having all the entrance fees at each tour took all the "work" away from us and we were able to begin the tour without delay. Our bus driver, Gregor, was a gentleman, helpful and very friendly, besides being a very safe driver. May I suggest a better hotel in Budapest. It was just OK.

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