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Historic Germany: Berlin to Bavaria

12 days
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 ending in Munich, the capital of Bavarian food and culture.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

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.

Celebrate Oktoberfest on a special fall 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

  • 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

Map of Germany and Austria

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 UNESCO-listed 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 German National Theatre 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

• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River

• 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 along the way in Nuremberg to see the legacy of the World War II military tribunals.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp* Details

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

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

Day 11: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      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

Map of Germany and Austria

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 UNESCO-listed 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 German National Theatre 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

• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River

• 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 along the way in Nuremberg to see the legacy of the World War II military tribunals.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25pp* Details

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

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

Day 11: Free day in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day 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 Starting from $499 pp

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

Proper citizens of Vienna, it’s 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 posture is breathtaking, and its coupling of liveliness and formality is quintessentially Viennese. The 18th-century stone-and-stucco palaces all over the inner city are much the same. 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. 

• 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 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.

How's the weather?

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
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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.

How's the weather?

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Totally different than last time

in September 2007, I was part of the inaugural for this tour, and it was my first experience with Go Ahead. Outside of one hotel choice, It was amazing. 9 years later, this tour, I was expecting to repeat the same things. Although it was the same cities with mostly the same excursions, it was a totally different and equally enjoyable experience bu with the same beers (yeah). Just because you've done the tour once, doesn't mean you shouldn't do it again a few to many years later. Over time and with different tour directors and and local guides, you are re-introduced to many differences.

1 / 2
 

Hello! We're so pleased that your second experience with this tour revealed new sights and adventures. Taking the same tour twice can offer a different, more in-depth perspective on a destination, as it's impossible to see everything in one trip. We're so glad you enjoyed this tour just as much as the first. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First Trip to Europe

This tour was mainly for my 18 year old son who graduated high school and loves history, especially WWII history. It was the perfect tour for him. My 16 year old son also enjoyed it. He is a picky eater and our tour director tried to ensure he always had something to eat! Sigi was fantastic with everyone. The local guides are so proud of their cities and want to share everything with you. For me, I got to see Schloss Neuschwanstein! It was great to have 2 or 3 nights at each hotel, and we started around 8 or 9 in the morning, allowing everyone to get ready and eat the included breakfast buffet at the hotels. We learned so much, we had a bit of information overload! If you take a lot of pictures, take notes as to what the buildings/sites are so when you get home, you'll know!

 

Hi Laura! We’re so glad you could share this special experience with your sons. It sounds like the itinerary offered something for everyone, especially the WWII history for your 18-year-old son. We’re pleased to hear you all came away with a greater understanding of the region and its history. Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you and your sons on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

sisi was great

tour was as expected. lots of bus rides , castles, and fine fellow travelers. as a user of a cane, to walk the surfaces in the medieval villages were hard for me but everyone on the tour was so helpful.especially Ralph and the tour director Sisi. Lufthansa airlines was terrific, furnishing a wheelchair at the terminal. Lots of history to learn in Germany. Howard

 

Hi Howard! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your time in Germany. You’re right that there’s lots of history to learn there! We’re glad everyone was so helpful, especially your Tour Director. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour a gain.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 10, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The itinerary fits perfectly for my needed.

I definitely will go my next trip with your company.

 

Hi Yong Sun! Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead Tour!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Germany light

For transportation and accommodations this tour met our expectations. The accommodations in particular were excellent. Every room was very clean and well appointed. We visited all the cities as presented in the itinerary. The location guides in Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden and Munich were excellent. Very knowledgeable and prepared for their presentations. Using the "whispers"/headset devices greatly helped in the crowded locations. However, a few of the locations were glossed over to our disappointment. Somewhat understandable given the timetable and large area being covered. The breakfasts were amazing spreads that were very satisfying. The dinners were basically hotel restaurant food.

 

Hi Joanne! We’re glad that the tour seemed to meet your expectations. We’re happy you enjoyed the extensive breakfasts and the knowledgeable guides. We regret that you felt some of the locations were glossed over. Due to the time frame of our tours, a certain amount of time is typically allocated to each location. In some cases, this is flexible and in others, it’s highly dependent on transportation, traffic, and various other factors. We appreciate your feedback very much. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Overview of the Eastern Part of Germany

We walked through the security door of our arrival gate at Tegel airport in Berlin. Right there was our tour director, Frank, holding his Go Ahead sign. We knew right from these early moments with him that we were going to be in for a great tour. I can't say enough about how great Frank was. He was thoroughly organized, personable, and always went above and beyond to help the entire group get the most out of our trip. We had been looking for a tour that focused on Germany, and it was difficult to find one that balanced what we wanted to see (Berlin and Munich were must haves) with a pace that was not too whirlwind (no one night hotel stays). This one fit the bill perfectly. One thing I didn't expect was how much more new stuff I would get out of a few places I'd already seen on previous trips with another tour company. This was a rather active tour; we were on our feet experiencing the culture of Germany for most of each day. The optional excursions were a great addition to the trip, I especially enjoyed the visit to Gorlitz which included a lunch after walking across the river to Poland. Even with the optional excursions, most days offered sufficient "on our own" time during daylight hours, typically around lunch. Many days included a local guide, and I found most of them were enjoyable and entertaining to have with us. Like anything, my engagement in the subject matter being discussed was a function of my own interest, but generally I found these people added value to the sites we were visiting. The overall pace of the trip, allowing at least two nights in each hotel, helped me feel like I'd actually visited a spot instead of just passed through it. The superb location of three of the four hotels assisted in this feeling as well. Only in Dresden did I feel we were stationed out of reach from where I wanted to be, though there was a tram close by to gain access back to the interesting parts. The hotels all had free WiFi, some definitely better than others, but I never had a problem with email or light web browsing. The properties were well-kept and comfortable. The included meals on a few of the nights at the hotels were unremarkable, as expected. The motorcoach was an unmarked clean Setra with sufficient leg room. The bus company swapped drivers on us in the middle of the tour, which turned out to be a bit disappointing since the first driver operated the coach in a more comfortable manner than the second. Over the twelve day tour I estimate we did at least 600mi on the bus, including some optional tours. The longer drives had an interesting midday stop, such as Weimar on our way to Bamberg and Nuremberg on our way to Munich. This was my first tour with Go Ahead, though not my first guided tour in Europe. It was thoughtfully planned out and then executed perfectly by our tour director, Frank. It's definitely the exemplar of the tours I have taken!

1 / 4

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour

My family just loved the Historic Germany trip. Our tour director, Frank, was incredible. Having someone so knowledgeable really made a difference. He ensured that everything went smoothly the whole trip and certainly went above and beyond. The cities on the tour were great. Seeing all the wonderful old architecture in Germany was amazing. The optional excursions were excellent and kept us busy all the time. We especially loved our trips to Gorlitz, Rothenburg, and to see the Neuschwanstein Castle. We were extremely happy with this trip and look forward to planning another.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First GoAhead Tour

Excellent trip! Well, the weather was lousy, but everything else was great! Our tour director (Frank) was excellent-totally professional, attentive and fun! Our Berlin guide (Carolina) was the best ever! She really made Berlin 'real' and gave me a totally different perspective on Berlin and Germany. I can't wait to book my next trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/31/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour

My friends and I all agree- this is one of the best trips we have ever been on. Germany was absolutely amazing. Our tour director, Lala, was absolutely a wonder as she guided us around Germany. She was kind, knowledgable, professional and did everything in her power to make the trip a success. She was brilliant. We are already planning our next GoAheadTour trip to Europe.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/31/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything I wanted in a tour to Germany!

I LOVED this tour! I have always wanted to go to Germany, and this was the best possible way to finally go! This was also my first time traveling over-seas, and GoAhead made it super easy, I just had to show up at the airport, get on a plane or two, and then somebody picked me up and took me to the hotel! Stress free, and super easy. The tour itself was absolutely wonderful, from the local guides who shared their knowledge about the areas and all the "secret" spots to go to to either get local items or great food, to the places we visited. I felt it was a great way to be introduced to Germany, and now I know all the great places to come and visit again one day on my own, and now know how to navigate a foreign country. All the hotels were great, especially the ones in Berlin, Bamberg, and Munich since they were in very close walking distance to all the historic spots and fun places to go to. The best part about all the hotels though was breakfast! I am ruined for all future breakfasts here back in the states, nothing will ever compare to the delicious buffets that I got to eat from. Our tour guide, LaLa, was amazing, she was so fun and sassy! She really knew her stuff, and made me feel right at home in the group. I have nothing bad to say about this tour, and I would definitely take it again, I had such a great time!

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