Oktoberfest: Historic Germany12 days / Special Event Tours
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About This Experience
From medieval Old Towns to modern metropolises, discover a Germany that is history-conscious but forward-looking. Begin in artsy, edgy Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue to dramatic Dresden— “jewel box” of baroque and rococo architecture. Take a step back in time onto the medieval streets of Bamberg, before ending in Munich, where you’ll raise a stein of Bavarian beer at Oktoberfest.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
10 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Munich—capital of Bavarian food & culture
The ever-present legacy of World War II history
Communist history & modern artistry in Berlin
Dresden’s magnificent Zwinger Palace
The medieval architecture of bewitching Bamberg
Overnight Flight1 night
Berlin3 nights - hotel info
In a city this captivating, the only real question is: where to begin?
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Touch down in the capital of reunified Germany. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport in Berlin after you clear customs and then assists you with the transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the city, a spectacular center of German culture. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.
Walk through history, from Checkpoint Charlie to Brandenburg Gate
Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour
Since the Berlin Wall came down in late 1989, Berlin has continued to evolve into a thriving metropolis. A local expert guide introduces you to the monuments to Berlin’s intricate past as well as signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center. Arrive at the Brandenburg Gate, once the symbol of the undeclared Cold War, and now the symbol of a reunited Berlin. See the site where Checkpoint Charlie once guarded the border between East and West Germany. As you see where the Berlin Wall actually stood, imagine the bleak watchtowers and piercing spotlights that guarded “the border.” Journey down Unter den Linden, once considered one of the world’s most elegant boulevards. Spend a free afternoon exploring Berlin on your own or take part in an optional World War II walking tour.
World War II Walking Tour $59* pp
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.
Comb through the climax and resolution of World War II drama at Potsdam
Travel to Potsdam, the pride and joy of former East Germany. 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 introduces you to the town then escorts 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.
Dresden2 nights - hotel info
Discover the treasures contained within the Jewel Box
New Green Vault
Leave Berlin for Dresden today. Upon arrival, enjoy a guiLeave Potsdam for Dresden today, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. On a guided tour of the city, you'll pass the renovated Semper Opera House and statue of Martin Luther before visiting the magnificent Zwinger Palace gardens. Destroyed by the Allies’ infamous Dresden firebombing in 1945, Zwinger Palace was later rebuilt and remains one of the most striking examples of Baroque architecture in Eastern Europe. The palace is now home to the works of master artists, such as Raphael, Durer and Titian. Following a visit to the New Green Vault, one of Europe’s most impressive treasure museums, enjoy an included dinner with your group.
Delve deeper into Dresden or take a detour to picturesque Görlitz
Optional Excursion - Görlitz
Today, pass the time at your leisure in Dresden or embark on an optional excursion to Görlitz, including lunch.
Görlitz $95* pp
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.
Bamberg2 nights - hotel info
Explore the intellectual, architectural and political hub of Weimar
Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, where you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city. This intellectual hub nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schiller, as well as the entire Bauhaus architectural movement. The city also gave rise to the Weimar Republic, the failed attempt to establish a liberal German democracy between the two World Wars. Reach the Bavarian town of Bamberg for this evening’s included dinner.
Marvel at the architectural riches of medieval Bamberg
Optional Excursion - Rothenburg
Today’s guided tour leads you through the plain, islands and seven hills of Bamberg. Wander through the historic Old Town, named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved medieval buildings and feel, which was spared any destruction during World War II. See the Bamberg Cathedral, a Romanesque structure with four imposing towers, which ranks as Bamberg’s most famous landmark. Then pay a visit to “Little Venice,” an old colony of quaint fishers’ houses on the banks of the river Regnitz. This afternoon, delve into Germany’s medieval history with an optional excursion to Rothenburg.
Rothenburg $55* pp
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.
Munich3 nights - hotel info
Hit the Bavarian capital for grand palaces and medieval magic
This morning, travel to Munich, a city renowned for its festive and charming traditions. Upon your arrival, embark on an expertly led guided tour of the Bavarian capital. Travel past the Olympic Stadium, the fashionable Schwabing district and the Residenz, once home to the Wittlesbach dukes of Bavaria. Pay a visit to Nymphenburg Palace and continue to Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, where you’ll see the city’s famed Glockenspiel.
Prost! Raise your stein at Oktoberfest
Slip on your figurative lederhosen today, as you join thousands of people from all over the world to celebrate Munich’s Oktoberfest. Today, you’ll have special admission to one of the Oktoberfest’s tents, where you can sample Bavarian delicacies (not included) throughout the day, along with steins of beer.
Head into the mountains to the fairytale castle of Mad King Ludwig
Optional Excursion - Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau
Take advantage of your free time today for a walk in the Englischer Garten or a visit to the BMW museum. Or head into the Bavarian mountains on an optional excursion to Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle of Mad King Ludwig. This excursion also includes a visit to scenic Oberammergau, known throughout the world for its open-air staging of the Passion Play, Germany’s oldest festival. Reflect on your travels at this evening’s farewell dinner.
Neuschwanstein & Oberammergau $69* pp
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.
Extend Your Stay
Add Vienna $379*
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.
Vienna3 nights - hotel info
Experience delightful, delicious Vienna in all of its imperial majesty
Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Today, join a guided tour of the Austrian capital. Travel down the Ring, a series of wide boulevards commissioned by Emperor Franz Josef in 1857. Ride past the Parliament, the flower-adorned Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Hofburg, where the powerful Hapsburg dynasty ruled until 1918. This evening, consider taking part in an optional Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening. At this optional event, you’ll take a ride on the Prater Ferris Wheel and dine at a local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy wine made by the people serving dinner.
Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99* pp
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.
Take a cruise on the blue Danube
Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise
Spend the day at your leisure. Take a stroll through Vienna’s pedestrian zone and stop at the Hotel Sacher for a its world-famous Sachertorte. Or board an optional river cruise along the Danube for views of medieval castles and picturesque villages and a stop in Dormstein.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Danube River Cruise $109* pp
After a short drive to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, embark on a leisurely cruise on the Danube. Your ship will take you through the Wachau Valley, home to age-old castles and picturesque villages. After the cruise, stop in Melk for a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque monastery, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff. Please note: This excursion runs from mid-April through October.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The architecture and culture is so very different in every city, it’s wonderful to discover each and every one!
The tour was wonderful! I asked many questions before i booked, regarding the amount of walking and daily excursions, and I’m glad I had the sense to do so. As long as you the traveler determine if this tour best suits your individual needs or physical restrictions, then you will enjoy the trip! We took advantage of all the additional excursions, which were all worth it. We walked everywhere, and it was the best way to see each city!! My husband said he had no idea how beautiful all of Germany would be! The architecture and culture is so very different in every city, it’s wonderful to discover each and every one. The food was great, the beers even better. The only complaint I can think to say is that I wish we had at least 1-2 hours more to walk and discover Potsdam, Bamberg, and Nurnberg. Sometimes it did feel a bit rushed to get to the next event, and I think many of us wanted to shop our way thru Europe! Too many things to see, and just not enough time to enjoy it all during the day. The hotels were lovely. Clean, well kept, (really comfy beds!!) and definitely 3-4 star as promised. The hotels located closer to the heart of the cities were more enjoyable because we could walk to dinners and explore local attractions much easier on our own. The breakfasts were wonderful with many selections, and the group dinners were all different depending on the region. I have dietary issues, which I noted to the tour company when booking, and they made sure that Alex our tour director accommodated me for every tour planned meal. I always had a suitable meal for my restrictions, despite if I had a personal preference for the provided dish. The tour company did everything possible to accommodate my needs. I appreciated it! Tour Director Alex was fantastic! He did a fantastic job organizing everything, and he was an absolute pleasure to be around. He had great knowledge of the cities, he had great stories to share, and great advice to offer anyone who asked him. To the previous commentator who wrote “tour director - better left unsaid”, I honestly have this to offer: He was very accommodating to the people who traveled to Germany with NO EURO’S and who were demanding that he bring them to a bank to exchange currency. He’s a tour director, NOT a personal assistant (or hand holder) for people who don’t have the common sense to think for themselves. You as the traveler need to take responsibility for your travels, and it’s your responsibility to come prepared. He did a great job getting everyone on time to every event. He worked his butt off so that we as travelers had little to worry about. A big thank you to Alex and the company for providing that kind of ease and peace of mind while traveling to a new country that I had never visited before. I WILL travel with them again, and I’m highly recommending both of them to everyone I know.
Better left unsaid.
Deutchland Uber Alles!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Go ahead-- mostly due to the greatest tour guide of all time-- Alex! He was funny and knowledgeable, and clearly loves his job. It was awesome to see so much of the country, and not have to worry about transportation. Everything was excellent, from the food, to the museums, castles and Oktoberfest. I highly reccommend this tour (especially if Alex is the tour guide), and will definitely use Go ahead for all of our future international travels. Auf Wiedersehen!
Berlin - Munich
Excellant trip, WWII history of Berlin, Berlin wall, Potsdam, Dresden, Bamberg, Neuschwnstein Caslte and the Oktoberfest; all great. You just can't miss with Germany. Our second trip there. The first was the Mein - Danube river cruise.