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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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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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

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 $59*pp 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 city’s historic town center, New Garden and Dutch Quarter with a local 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 $95*pp 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

• 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 $55*pp 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

Meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of Bavaria’s capital city. 

• Travel past the Olympic Stadium and fashionable Schwabing district 

• View the Residenz, once home to the Wittlesbach dukes of Bavaria

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25*pp Details

Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. An audio guide will provide the narrative for your viewing of Dachau’s poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds.

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 $69*pp 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’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 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 $99*pp 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 $109*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Dresden, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
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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: 6/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience

We took this tour as a graduation gift for our grandsons and it far exceeded our expectations. My husband and I have been in the transportation business for many years and were very impressed by the quality of the hotels, meals and buses. The itinerary was perfect for us with the perfect mix of organized tours and free time. Probably the best part of our trip was our tour guide, Thomas. He was wonderfully well informed about every location we visited as well as being helpful and kind to everyone. We will absolutely recommend Go Ahead Tours to our friends and are looking forward to our next trip with them.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour!

My son and I went as his graduation present and we had a wonderful time! We traveled at a reasonable pace and had such wonderful guides. The places we saw and what we did was fabulous!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 18

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A fun group to travel with!!!!!!!!!!

Your tours are mostly all great, but the group you're with makes it great fun or not. Love you're company.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Thomas was, beyond a doubt, the best tour director I have met. Great personality and knowledge made the trip extra special. The hotels were much better than expected and the sights were wonderful. This was my second trip with Go Ahead. I will do this again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a great trip!

Although I knew this would be a great trip, as have all of my GoAhead experiences, this one exceeded my expectations. With an exceptionally great group of travel companions and our very knowledgeable and gregarious tour director, Jurgen, I found myself in the midst of an exciting adventure. The hotels were all first rate, and both the tours and options gave me a better feel for the country we were exploring. Of all the places we saw, I especially remember the beautiful town of Rothenburg. We were on the move a lot, but we saw and experienced a lot. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

General Tour

We had an extremely well fit group - by chance - and everybody came well along with all other members of the group. There was absolutely no difference between any of us and we enjoyed all the tour. The tour director, Jürgens was one of the best, or the very best tour guide I ever had on a tour and he was willing to every change in our well being. Also the young man who drove the bus, was a very good driver and made us feel safe! I have absolutely no complaint whatsoever, the hotels were good, the rooms were all right and the service in those hotels, absolutely OK. The tours we had, the explanations we got were very good and as soon as I have the chance for another tour, I will come back to goaheadtours! Thank you !!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

History from East to West

This was another fantastic tour with Go Ahead. Our tour director Jurgen was excellent. We had a total of 28 on our tour. A very manageable group size. Heading from East to West it was very obvious how WWII and the reunification had impacted the country. There was no lack of history in this tour. The hotels were very comfortable and all but one was an easy walk to the center of town. We went on all the optionals which were excellent. Just wish we had more time in Rothenburg. We made the mistake of not booking the Vienna extension and will not make that mistake again. Loved the tour. Thank you, Go Ahead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour

We found the itinerary and pace of the tour to be excellent. The local tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. Three of the four hotels were well above-average and the hotel in Bamberg was adequate. All of the included meals were very good. The tour provided an excellent look at Germany's history and current-day status: a very comprehensive picture of the old and new. The tour ran very smoothly. We would definitely recommend the tour to others.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Wonderful Vacation

An excellent tour that covered some truly wonderful cities throughout Germany. Juergen was a terrific tour guide who was both helpful and informative. Also, the tour provided superb local guides who were all informative and enthusiastic and they provided excellent insights into the places that I visited on this tour. My trip to Germany with Go-Ahead was a tremendous experience.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Recommended for History Buffs

This was an historic review of Germany which brought back memories of History and Geography lessons learned in elementary-middle-high school and College; only this time, as a Senior citizen, it meant more to me than previously. Listening to the Tour Director's descriptions of what transpired in Germany was an eye-opener as well as imagining of the "days of yore" where there were Kings and Queens, Castles and Palaces. The Tour Guides in each of the Cities we visited were interesting. Some of the Sites we visited were indeed sobering. Seeing Berlin and Munich rise to the level it is today is an achievement for the people of Germany. Preserving the beauty that once was in Cities such as Dresden, Gorlitz, Bamber, Rothenberg and Oberammergau , is dramatic and awe-inspiring. Our Tour Director Jurgen is to be commended for his ability of bringing together a group of strangers and ending our Tour with a sense of "loss" of his friendliness. Jurgen took care of those Tour members who could not 'keep up' with the pace of the walking tours. He watched over them and assured their comfort and safety while the rest of the Group continued on the tours. He reassured us that all will be taken care of, and followed through with his words. All-in-all, this was a wonderful Tour.

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