Oktoberfest: Beers of Belgium & Germany

12 days Food & Wine, Multi-country
On this culinary adventure, you’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, tasting world-renowned food and drink as you go. Travel from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich, where you’ll raise a stein with locals at the legendary Oktoberfest festivities. Be sure to bring your appetite when you discover the local beers, cuisine and traditions that make these countries such celebrated destinations.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone paths, with few hills.

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, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 5 beer tastings, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees (including Oktoberfest grounds)

Map of tour of Belgium, Germany & Czech Republic

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

Bruges 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Bruges via Brussels

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Belgium! After arriving in Brussels, transfer to Bruges in Flanders. Here, you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

A walking tour introduces you to Bruges’ history and reputation as Belgium’s chocolate capital and city of canals.

• See Market Square, Burg Square and the belfry, a 13th-century bell tower

• Admire the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now home to an order of Benedictine nuns

• Take in the scenic views at Minnewater, the romantic “Lake of Love”

• Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings

Day 4: Free day in Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - A Tasting Tour of Historic Ghent $69pp* Details

Journey to the historic city of Ghent for a tasting tour with a local guide. Sample specialties of the region, including ganda ham, pralines and cheese. Walk through the university city to visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers’ Hall, which dates back to the 15th century. Then, enjoy free time for lunch by the canals, perhaps trying Roomer, an elderflower liqueur, or the famed local Gruut beer.

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

Brussels 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Brussels

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting, Cooking lesson

Make your way to Brussels, home of the European Union, some of Belgium’s most impressive Baroque architecture and world-class beer. 

• See the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand-Place

• Pass city icons, such as Manneken-Pis, Palais de Justice and the Place Royale 

• Visit the Cantillon Brewery to sample some of Belgium’s classic beers 

• Learn about the brewing process with a local guide

Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner.

Rhine Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Rhine Valley via Maredsous Abbey & Dinant

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Beer tastings

Travel south through Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, to the Rhine Valley, making two stops along the way. 

• Take a guided tour of Maredsous Abbey, where monks continue the Benedictine brewing tradition, and sample a variety of different cheeses served with a Maredsous beer

• Visit the charming Belgian town of Dinant, where you’ll taste the delicious flavors of the Wallonia region during an included lunch paired with Rochefort Trappist beer

Day 7: Rhine River Cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Take in the spectacular sights of the Rhine River Valley on a scenic cruise from Boppard to St. Goar, passing six castles from the Middle Ages.  

Later, visit a local vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner.

Bamberg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Bamberg via Wurzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the Middle Rhine Valley—a UNESCO-protected region famous for its castles, historic towns and vineyards—en route to Bamberg.

• Stop at the picturesque village of Rüdesheim am Rhein

• Stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse

• Try riesling and other local wines at a traditional wine tavern

• Stop in medieval Würzburg for a tour of the city’s Residence Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

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

• Admire the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace

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

• Visit the quaint fishermen’s village of Little Venice

Tonight, eat like a local at a tavern and taste Rauchbier, a smoky regional beer.

Munich 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Oktoberfest in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Travel to Munich today to join thousands of beer lovers from all over the world at Oktoberfest. Enjoy special admission to a large beer tent on the Theresienwiese fair grounds, where you can sample Bavarian specialties to complement your drink.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

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

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

• Shop at the Viktualienmarkt for fresh food, flowers and local delicacies

• Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

• Finish with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer hall

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Prague Starting from $429 pp

See why Prague is known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The pinnacles of this bewitching city’s churches and castles create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines and its cobblestone streets and courtyards will delight you at every turn.

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Prague via Pilsen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Prague, stopping en route to explore the famous brewery city of Pilsen, home of the famous Pilsner beer.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

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

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

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

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

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Taste Krušovice beer, brewed here for hundreds of years

Enjoy a free afternoon in Prague or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner $89pp* Details

Take in panoramic views of picturesque Prague from the Vlatva River this evening. Cruise past spectacular sights, including Castle Hill and the city’s famous bridges. Then, eat and drink like a local at a traditional Tankovna Pub, or Tank Pub. Enjoy authentic Czech dishes and the chance to try beer straight from the tank.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 14: Free day in Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Czech Countryside: A Day in Karlovy Vary $99pp* Details

Embark on a journey through the scenic Czech countryside this morning. Meet your local guide in Karlovy Vary, one of the Czech Republic’s most famous spa towns. Ride the funicular to Diana Tower and take in the views from the observation deck. After free time for lunch, you’ll visit the Jan Becher Museum to taste the popular Czech liqueur, Karlovarská Becherovka. Enjoy coffee and cake at Grand Hotel Pupp, well-known for its confectionery, before returning to Prague.

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Brussels and depart from Munich (or Prague on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).  
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.   

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Different

I hae been a many GoAhead tours. Only went on this because friends from out of state were going. I'm not a drinker. Well, this isn't a drinking trip. Yes we did sample many.many beers, and chocolate and local food foods. I would go again tomorrow. Got to interact with many locals in restaurants. The Octoberfest was a blast.- music, fun with the people near out table, food and yes, beer. But some in our group had soda or water. No problems. Our hosts were great.

 

Dear Ronald, Thank you for joining us on this new and exciting itinerary, and for taking the time to review your experience! We are thrilled to offer our travelers a broad portfolio of tours to satisfy many varied interests. You are quite right that this tour is different from our typical itineraries, and we are glad that you enjoyed exploring this region and the music, food, and beer it has to offer. We hope to travel with you again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 16, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

This is a beer tour!!!

This was the first tour of this type so we were somewhat guinea pigs. The tour began with 3 nights in Bruges which was fabulous. Great hotel, great location and excellent food. The local guide was very good. We had off and on rainy, cool weather but managed quite well. We took the optional tour to Ghent. Again very interesting but the local guide looked like a man who had spend many nights on the street. He was the weakest guide of the trip. Then we went on to Brussels. That day turned into an almost disaster. The taxi drivers were striking against Uber, so they had the city in gridlock. We had no tour of Brussels. We were late to our cooking class/lunch. The girl was excellent in trying to make our experience as wonderful as possible but the class had to be shortened. The food was very good. Even with cutting our time short we were unable to make it to the planned brewery tour. We had a long walk to get back to the bus. We did not get to Liege until after 7:30 PM. Then we had to find dinner on our own or eat at the hotel. A tour of Liege could have been planned for the next day instead of a free or optional tour day. We did take the flavors of Wallonia tour. The Maredous Abbey tour was made interesting only because of the local guide. We did get beer and cheese after that tour, but no explanation of the cheeses and beer. We thought there might have been something about cheese making. The stop at Dinant was for lunch and again no brewery tour because the place was closed. We did not visit the a local bakery for the local hard biscuit. Some of us found out about it on our own. The lunch however was excellent. Kris was an excellent tour director and gave us an opportunity to add things to our itinerary. After Cologne and our one night stay in Mainz she arranged for us to take a boat up the Rhine River to Rudesheim instead of the bus. This made much more sense. It would have been even better if this tour had included the boat from Cologne to Mainz as this is much more picturesque part of the Rhine River valley than taking the bus on the autobahn. Then spend the night in Mainz as the hotel was next to the river and then take the boat again to Rudesheim. The stop at the Residence Palace is Wurzburg would have been much better if the palace was not undergoing renovations. All the art work was not there and work men were all inside. Bamberg was another interesting town, but as we were there on a Sunday many shops and places were closed. After our morning tour with an excellent guide, Kris arranged an afternoon drive to Nuremburg to the Documentation Center at the site of the Nuremburg rallies. They presented a very interesting presentation of Hitler's rise to power. We finally reached Munich for Oktoberfest. We stayed at the Sheraton at Olympic Park. We used the Metro to get into the city center and the festival grounds. The guide for the city tour was very good. Kris made sure we saw as much as we could. Usually the local guides would take groups to the Olympic Park and BMW center but we were already staying right there so he took us to Nymphenberg Palace as well as the city center. The morning before we went to the festival Kris arranged for some of us to visit Dachau Concentration Camp. That afternoon was a wonderful time at Oktoberfest. Overall this tour delivered pretty much what it was billed as. It is a beer and food tour. We had plenty of both. However the included meals in Germany were too much of the same thing. The menus should have more variety or more choices. We had more that enough pork served to us. We did have a large variety of beer over the whole trip. There were only 12 people in this group and they were all very nice people. But half the group did not drink beer which did make me wonder why someone would take a tour labeled "beer and food tour". Kris was an excellent tour director and she tried very hard to make up for what we missed. This was her first tour of this type. We did have to pay extra for the things she added and she was only able to get mugs from the Hofbrau Haus as some compensation, BUT in my opinion Go Ahead Tours should have stepped up to give better compensation. For the premium price we paid overall the extra trips should have been covered.

 

Welcome home! Thank you for reviewing your journey with us to experience Oktoberfest, and to discover the food and beer of Germany and Belgium. We are so pleased to have this new and exciting tour available to our travelers looking to experience the culture of Germany through this time-honored celebration. We work hard as a company to react to international incidents and climates, and to remain abreast of current events in the places we visit. We are so thrilled that Chris was able to work with us in the office to skirt as many obstacles as possible that were presented by the unpredictable nature of travel, such as the Uber strike that took place. In recognition that there were abnormal circumstances on your tour that effected your experience, we were happy to give your entire tour group a gift as a show of good faith from Go Ahead. We offer our travelers a number of Optional Excursions during our tours, so that people can customize their experience abroad to suit their interests. We are pleased that your Tour Director was able to arrange some additional components, and it sounds like they really added a lot to the experience for those who wished to participate. We want to thank you for all your suggestions regarding this tour’s itinerary. We are constantly reviewing and revising our tours based on traveler feedback, and will keep your comments in mind when evaluating this tour in the future. Thank you again for your comments, and we hope to travel with you again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 13, 2015