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Oktoberfest: Historic Germany

12 days Special Event
Begin your adventure in artsy, edgy Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue on to dramatic Dresden. Take a step back in time as you wander the medieval streets of Bamberg before joining the legendary Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, the capital of Bavarian food and culture.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Berlin today.

Berlin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: 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 in Berlin 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 4: Potsdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Potsdam, where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference.

• Explore the historic town center, New Garden and Dutch Quarter with a guide

• Step inside Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photo

Dresden 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Dresden

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Berlin for a guided tour of Dresden, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world.

• Pass the renovated Semper Opera House and statue of Martin Luther 

• See the Zwinger Palace, a striking example of Baroque architecture, and the Dresden Frauenkirche

• Discover the New Green Vault, one of Europe’s most impressive treasure museums

Day 6: Free day in Dresden

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Görlitz $95pp* Details

Until 1945, the modern-day towns of Zgorzelec, Poland and Görlitz, Germany were a single entity. In their current separated state, each town offers unique insights into their nations’ shared history. Enjoy an included lunch in Zgorzelec, and then cross the bridge over the Neisse River onto the Germany side. Here, a local guide gives you a tour of Görlitz, including a visit to the Church of St. Peter and Paul.

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

Bamberg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Bamberg via Weimar

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, the intellectual hub that nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schiller.

• Learn about the city’s literary history on a walking tour through the Old Town

• See remnants of the Bauhaus architectural movement

• Discover the National Theater and its monument to Goethe and Schiller

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills. 

• Enter the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace and stand in awe of Old Town Hall

• Visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bamberg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rothenburg $55pp* Details

Visit Rothenburg, the most well-preserved walled Medieval town in Germany. Embark on a guided tour of the city, including stops at the Town Hall, the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, and St. Jakob's Church, where you'll see a 500-year-old, hand-carved wooden altarpiece.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Munich 3 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Munich via Nuremberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off for Munich, stopping en route in Nuremberg. Then, take a walking tour of Bavaria’s capital city with a local guide. 

• Make your way to the city center to explore the Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the chiming of the famed Glockenspiel 

• Pass by Munich Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church and the Old and New Town Halls

• Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria, and then explore the manicured Hofgartens and the Odeonsplatz

• Travel past the Englischer Garten  and the fashionable Schwabing district

Day 10: Oktoberfest in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join in on the Oktoberfest celebrations. Enjoy special admission to an Oktoberfest tent and sample Bavarian delicacies along with steins of Munich’s famous beer.

Day 11: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

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

Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau $69pp* Details

Head into the mountains of Bavaria, where your first stop is Oberammergau, setting for the world-famous Passion Play. After a short tour, you'll have some free time for shopping (please note that most shops are closed on Sundays). Later, continue to Neuschwanstein, the storybook retreat of the Fairytale King Ludwig. You may choose to walk or take a horse carriage up the castle hill to Neuschwanstein. Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was modeled after Neuschwanstein's whimsical design. As you tour the castle’s interior, you’ll discover many examples of the young king’s eclectic tastes. Within its chambers are a stalactite grotto, artifacts of all kinds and murals depicting his favorite scenes from Wagnerian operas. Choose to take a horse-drawn carriage or walk back down the hill. Please note: This excursion involves walking up and down stairs.

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Vienna $499 pp

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

Proper citizens of Vienna, it has been said, waltz only from the waist down, holding their upper bodies ramrod straight while whirling around the crowded dance floor. The movement resulting from this correct posture is breathtaking in its sweep and splendor, and its elegant coupling of free-wheeling exuberance and rigid formality is quintessentially Viennese. The town palaces all over the inner city—built mostly during the 18th century—present in stone and stucco a similar artful synthesis. They make Vienna a Baroque city that is, at its best, an architectural waltz.

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Vienna via Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Pass through the Austrian countryside, stopping to explore Salzburg on your own en route to Vienna.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

• Travel down the Ringstrasse to the Parliament building and the Vienna State Opera 

• See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence

Enjoy a free afternoon 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 14: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise $115pp* Details

Travel to Melk for a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque monasteries, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff. Then, enjoy some free time in the charming, red-roofed town before embarking on a leisurely cruise down the Danube River. Your ship will take you by age-old castles and picturesque villages. Disembark in Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, and enjoy free time for lunch. En route to Vienna, stop in the Wachau Valley for a wine tasting of regional vintages. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa

This itinerary includes the following countries: Germany and Austria (on the optional excursion to Salzburg as well as the tour extension to Vienna). 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 home. 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

There are no major health risks when traveling to Germany. Still, it is always advisable to check with your health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the pleasures of traveling is the variety of local cuisine. German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are rich dumpling stews and sauerkraut cabbage, tasty thick sausages and smoked cheeses, dark breads and chocolate cakes. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, while white German wines are exceptionally good. In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are all popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. For fish-lovers there are excellent wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Desserts perhaps provide the most memorable aspect of Austrian cuisine: strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, soufflés and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Berlin and depart from Munich (or Vienna on extension). Included transportation on “Historic Germany: Berlin to Bavaria” is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Berlin’s very efficient transportation system (BVG) consists of buses, trams, the U-Bahn (underground trains) and the S-Bahn (elevated trains). A BVG standard ticket is valid for two hours of transportation, including transfers. During your stay, you might consider purchasing a 24-hour ticket or the three-day Welcome Card. Munich’s transportation system (MVV) is top-notch, an all-inclusive combination of trams, buses, U-bahn and S-bahn. Purchase tickets based on time of validity from newspaper stands, vending machines or the drivers. Most of the major attractions lie within the inner-city blue zone. Vienna has one of Europe’s most efficient transportation systems. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk for S-bahn (above ground),
U-bahn (underground), tram and bus lines. The waiting time for trains and subways is usually no more than five to 10 minutes.

Clothing & 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).

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.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and ATM/bank cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is 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: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

GREAT TOUR DIRECTOR

An excellent trip. Our tour director, Alex was great. He provided us with historical insights, as well as many moments of laughter. He made sure that we were familiar with the local areas and transportation options when we did not participate in the optional tours, choosing instead to relax a bit and not overuse our tired legs. We generally enjoyed the local guides, and the optional tours we did take. The Oktoberfest Fest was an experience that we had wanted to have for a very long time. I just wish I had the opportunity to enjoy it when I was a bit younger and had more endurance. A great trip. Thanks Alex

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Glimpse of Germany!

This was our first GoAhead tour. Attending the Oktoberfest was on our bucket list, and we were not disappointed in the fun-filled, authentic Oktoberfest or in the entire tour from Berlin to Dresden to Bamberg to Munich. Our very knowledgeable tour director, Alex, added so much to the educational and historical value of the trip, not to mention his peek into German culture and the tips and extras he offered to make the tour enjoyable and run smoothly. All the step-on guides were so well-versed and gave an insight into German life and history, especially Germany’s involvement in World War II. We took advantage of all the optional excursions, and each one offered a new and different glimpse of Germany. The included meals, especially lunch during the excursion to Gorlitz, were delicious and gave us a taste of real German cuisine. The hotels were all four-to-five stars; very comfortable with lots of amenities; located near supermarkets making purchasing water and snacks convenient; and the European breakfasts were delicious with a variety of offerings. The NH Dresden was located where near-by public transportation was needed to access restaurants and shopping areas. Most of the smaller, where-the-locals-eat restaurants did not take credit cards, so having Euros was important. We extended one day, so that we could visit Dachau and spend more time in Munich. Taxis to the airport for the flight home were waiting outside the hotel lobby. We really enjoyed Oktoberfest: Historic Germany, and if you think you want to go…just go with GoAhead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Educational and Fun!

This tour offered a good blend of educational opportunities and fun events, including Oktoberfest, which everyone should put on their bucket list! The size of the group - 27 - was just right. It made things much more enjoyable than taking one of those large-scale, crowded tours. Our tour director was great! Alfredo was accommodating to everyone - and fun!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Thumbs up!!!!

The Oktoberfest tour was fantastic. Alex, the tour director was a huge part of making it a successful experience. Our group of 22 worked well together, everyone being conscious of what time the bus was leaving, Be sure to have your walking shoes on, we have never walked so much. Our jackets were worn everyday, didn't need an umbrella, had a hood on our coats in case it did rain. If you found you had a few free hours in Munich, there was a laundry facility across the street to do a quick load of laundry. We could have taken less clothes, but we didn't know that. Yes, you need your Euro's, small currency was better, bring it with you from the USA. You do have to look for places to exchange money. They take credit, debit cards. The hotels do not exchange. We did extend 3 more days in Munich, which gave us more of the Oktoberfest experience. There is no way to explain, if you haven't even been, how terrific the tour is. Don't think twice, go for it!!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NE

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fun and informative

Tour was very enjoyable and fun, especially Oktoberfest in Munich. There were many fine local tours through beautiful villages, churches, palaces, etc, but I expected more cultural/traditional activities such as concerts, singing and dancing by local performers. We looked forward, for instance, to the Heurigen but it was cancelled due to the lack of planned participation.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best, first-time experience!

The tour was great. The hotels were great. The hotel staff were all great. Best of all, Alex, our Master Tour Director was super great. The local tour guides were all really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our bus driver was very good. This was my first trip to Europe. Go Ahead Tours had everything planned out. I had no problems at the airport, coming or going. I'll return to Europe with Go Ahead Tours in the future.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Love Germany

Loved our time in Germany. Each city we visited had amazing things to see and do, and Bavaria and the Alps were just beautiful. The included hotel and meals were all very nice. I would definitely take another tour with Go Ahead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Oktoberfest: Historic Germany

This was a wonderful and well arranged tour. Being a history buff it was extremely interesting to actually visit some of the places I had only previously seen pictures of. My fellow travellers were a great group of people and our tour guide, Alex, did an outstanding job of making sure everything went smoothly and was a pleasure to tour with. I'd love to go back and do it all over again. Beware of the Octoberfest beer. It is as strong as they say. Knowing that, I would do it again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Evaluation

The tour was excelldent. Alex ( Tour Guide) was very knowlegable, informative, helpful and witty. All the local tour guides were well prepared. I very much enjoyed my spacious and comfortable hotel rooms in Berlin, Dresden and Munich. In Bamberg I have no complaint regarding its cleanliness and fine service but the room, bed and particularly the bathroom was very small and hard to get used to. No complaints on the food both provided and self purchased. The many churches and palaces were spectacular. As someone who is very interested in WWll history it was a special bonus for me to be treated to a lot of interesting WWll background information supplied by some of the local guides. Finally, I would like to thank Go Ahead Tours for treating us at our Octoberfest festivities. It was a nice surprise. Mike Foley

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEST OF GERMANY: Oktoberfest

From the time we landed in Berlin until we left Munich and everything inbetween, our tour was exceptional in our hotel registrations, motor coach services, tour guides and information, and historic value. Alex Peterson our host guide was very accommodating in every aspect. Will use this tour agency again and recommend it highly to others. Their was several people on our tour who used Goahead Tours previously and were very happy with it.

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