Christmas Markets of Germany, Switzerland & Austria

14 days Special Event, Multi-country
Get a full view of the idyllic villages and cosmopolitan capital cities of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Discover delightfully distinct style and substance in each destination, from the festive Christmas markets of Munich to the Art Nouveau elegance of Vienna. Swiss mountains and the Bavarian forest, German beer and Austrian wine—this tantalizing trio of countries has something for everyone.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Frankfurt today.

Heidelberg Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in the Heidelberg Region via Frankfurt

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Germany! After arriving in Frankfurt, transfer to the Heidelberg Region to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the romantic cityscapes and Baroque architecture of Heidelberg on a guided tour. 

• Wander through Heidelberg’s elegant Market Square in the city’s Old Town

• Explore the grounds of Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany

• Take a funicular ride to the city’s rose-colored hilltop castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Lucerne via Rhine Falls & the Black Forest

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Switzerland, journey to the thundering Rhine Falls and through the Black Forest, the setting for many of the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytales.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at the lakeside city of Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town, on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town

• View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution

• See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps

• Cross the medieval Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and view the Water Tower

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $115pp* Details

This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.

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

Innsbruck 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Innsbruck via Liechtenstein

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire. Then, continue on toward the wintertime wonderland of Innsbruck, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour.

• Visit Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence

• Arrive in Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games

• See the famed Golden Roof and the City Tower in Innsbruck’s historic Old Town

• Pass the Hofburg, a former Hapsburg Imperial Palace, and walk into its cobblestoned courtyard

• Enter the Baroque Cathedral of St. James

• Enjoy one of the season’s most enduring traditions as you sip mulled wine, browse winter ornaments and wander among wooden stalls at some of Alpine Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets

Munich 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Munich via Neuschwanstein

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the mountains of Bavaria en route to Munich, Germany. Along the way, stop for a guided tour of Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II.

• Step inside Neuschwanstein Castle

• Take time to explore its stalactite grotto, artifacts and murals

Day 8: 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

• Get introduced to the city’s Christmas markets, the most festive seasonal tradition

• Explore the stalls in search of treasures to take home

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Augsburg Christmas Market $49pp* Details

Take a short drive to Augsburg, the second-oldest city in Germany. There, you'll take a guided tour and immerse yourself in one of Germany's most enduring celebrations: the Christmas markets. Stroll down the Augsburg "fairy-tale street" where you can peek in shop windows at well-staged displays of famous fairy-tale scenes. Visit the street's "heavenly post office" and send a post card stamped with a Christkindl, or Christ child, postmark. Then, step into City Hall, a significant Renaissance-style secular building, and marvel at the murals and ornamentation of the Golden Hall. Finally, enjoy a tasting of mulled wine and seasonal pastries, and visit craftsmen factories to see how Christmas market toys are produced by traditional German methods. Enjoy free time for shopping before transferring back to Munich this evening.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Salzburg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Salzburg, Austria—a city famed for its churches, musical history and Christmas markets—where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

• View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town

• Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style

• Pass through scenery from the beloved film The Sound of Music

• Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles

Day 10: Free day in Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day shopping and browsing the stalls of Salzburg’s traditional Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas market.

Enjoy a free evening in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp* Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, located within St. Peter’s Abbey. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you’ll hear his masterpieces accompanied by opera singing as you sample local delicacies.

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

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Vienna via Melk Abbey

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Baroque abbey, then continue through the Austrian countryside to Vienna. This afternoon, your Tour Director will introduce you to Vienna’s Christmas markets.

Day 12: 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 evening 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 13: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bratislava $89pp* Details

Walk through Bratislava’s Old Town on a guided tour of the Slovakian capital. Stroll along cobblestone streets in the shadow of Brastislavsky Hrad, the hilltop 18th-century castle overlooking the Old Town. Then, tour the famous Hall of Mirrors inside the pink Primates’ Palace, where Napoleon and the Austrian emperor signed the Peace of Pressburg of 1805. Lunch is included. Please note: Depending on the day of the week, you may visit St. Martin’s Cathedral instead of the palace.

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

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Budapest Starting from $349 pp

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

Truly a tale of two cities, Budapest is a merger between Buda and Pest, two towns separated by the river Danube. Now known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is a peaceful yet progressive metropolis, offering plenty of shopping, as well as specialty Hungarian foods and wines.

Budapest 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Budapest today, then discover the major landmarks of both sides of the city—Buda and Pest—with a local guide.

• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes Square

• Tour the lavishly decorated interior of the Hungarian Parliament building

• Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill

• Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion

• Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations

• Get into the holiday spirit at Budapest’s Christmas markets, where you can enjoy public theater, folk dances, live music and traditional food

Day 15: Free day in Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69pp* Details

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

Discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest on today’s excursion. Your guided sightseeing tour passes the Parliament building, which was the starting place of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and still shows signs of damage from the Soviet invasion. Visit the nearby statue of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s Prime Minister during the revolution, who is an enduring symbol of freedom. Liberty Square is just a stroll away, home to the U.S. Embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan and the only remaining monument to communist troops. From St. Stephen’s Basilica, take the historic Metro Line 1 up the iconic Andrassy Ave. Stop for an included coffee and piece of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of Book Café, the regular meeting place of the intelligentsia during the Soviet occupation. End the day at the House of Terror, where you will take a guided tour through this chilling museum and view the moving monument to the victims of communism and fascism in Hungary.

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

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Germany, Switzerland and Austria (plus Hungary 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 moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • 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 Frankfurt and depart from Vienna (or Budapest 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

  • Winters in Germany, Switzerland and Austria are generally cold. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear. 
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes, sneakers or winter boots 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.    

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

  • 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.
  • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • On the tour extension, Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish and preserved fruits.    

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins. You may also use a Type J plug with three small pins in Switzerland.
  • 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 Germany and Austria and the Swiss franc in Switzerland (plus the Hungarian forint in Hungary 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: 12/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: AL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christmas Fantasy

Wonderful tour. Had a great time. One of the best groups I have ever traveled with. They were all just wonderful. Great places and great time. Only problem is I spent much too much at the Christmas Markets. They were all just so unique I had to purchase something at each one. Favorite place, Mount Pilatus. I had been there before but never in the winter. It was awe inspiring. I would go again. I can not say a bad thing about it.

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Hi Donna! Thank you for your glowing review! We’re thrilled that you had a wonderful time on tour. It’s great to know that you enjoyed your group and all the places visited on tour. It sounds like the Christmas Markets were a highlight for you and that you were able to come away with lots of great souvenirs. Between the festive mood and the idyllic scenery, the Christmas Markets are truly a magical treat! As for Mount Pilatus, we agree that it is awe-inspiring. The majestic view from the top is simply unforgettable. We’re so glad you were able to see it. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Christmas-tastic!

I had such an incredible time on this trip! This Christmas Markets tour was my first experience outside of the country, and Go Ahead made it SO EASY! Jumping from country to country, there was so much to do and see, and everywhere we went was fantastic. The Christmas markets were beautiful and lively, full of irresistible food and Christmas gifts, and in some places it seemed like there was a new Christmas market around every corner! Christmas was a wonderful time to visit these cities, because there were Christmas lights everywhere, and everything felt magical! Our tour director, Indira, was wonderful. She gave us songs to sing in German, and had interesting information and stories to tell while we were travelling on the bus. It never got boring! Our local tour guides were also great. They were funny, and made the tours so fun and interesting for us. We also had a good amount of free time, so that we could explore the cities on our own (or shop!). The excursions were definitely worth it, especially Mt. Pilatus and the Mozart Concert and Dinner. Dachau was a very somber, but worthwhile experience. Neuschwanstein was awesome! It was definitely like a fairy tale castle. I really can't recommend this trip enough, especially if you love Christmas!

1 / 15
 

Hi Lindsay! Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We love to hear that you enjoyed your trip! The Christmas markets of Europe are certainly magical, and we are glad that you were able to experience this region during such a special time of year. We're pleased that you found your Tour Director to be fun and informative and that you enjoyed your local guides as well. Our tours are designed to be flexible, and we are glad that you took advantage of our worthwhile optional excursions. We agree that Neuschwanstein resembles a fairy tale castle. What a breathtaking sight! Thank you again for your review. We are honored to have your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on board another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour and INCREDIBLE Tour Director

My parents went on this tour and LOVED it. Everything was well organized, hotels were top-notch (mainly in the city center so you could easily walk around the towns/cities vs having to take public transit/cabs everywhere. Tour Director was PHENOMENAL. She was incredible knowledgable about the areas and history and really went above and beyond in all aspects of the tour.

 

Hello! We are so thrilled your parents loved their time on tour. It’s great to hear they enjoyed their hotels and that they felt the tour was well-organized. We’re also glad your parents had a good experience with their Tour Director. We are lucky to work with such knowledgeable and wonderful people. Thank you for the review on behalf of your parents, and we hope to welcome them onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 11, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christmas Ugg

The tour was absolutely wonderful. This tour guide, Constantine, had never done a Christmas Markets tour before and was ill equipped for it. He failed to mention many markets that were available. He was not a great tour guide. He did not warn us of strenuous activity when asked. Everything was "very easy", when in fact, it was not. It was a rough walk uphill for a person with asthma who had specifically asked! Also, the hotel on the first night was near nothing. There was no place to walk and no where to get a meal. It was in the middle of a suburb, but close to nothing!

 

Dear Loretta, Welcome home, and thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour! The Christmas markets are certainly not to be missed that time of year. We regret to learn that your experience with your Tour Director did not meet your expectations. Each of our Tour Directors are hand selected based on experience, knowledge, and true leadership qualities. Constantine is an expert of this region of Europe and has led many tours for us in this area over the years. We keep detailed performance records of all our tours and Tour Directors, and Constantine has consistently received exemplary ratings and glowing reviews. We will continue to diligently monitor our traveler feedback to ensure that his performance does not dip. In terms of activity level, we are sorry to hear you did not feel that your group was adequately informed. Conveying clear, understandable activity levels is often a challenge because everyone’s definition of ‘easy’ or ‘difficult’ is quite different, depending on physical limitations, overall health, etc. Our Tour Directors are trained to keep all these factors in mind when communicating the level of physical activity required of each activity on tour. We are working to develop a system for categorizing our tours by activity level so that our travelers will be better informed when selecting their tours during the booking process. Regarding hotels, all are hand selected by our team of Operations Managers on the ground in Europe to balance the location, safety, overall quality, and the ability of the hotel to accommodate groups. We regret to learn that you felt that one of your hotels was not well located, and will be sure to remember that when evaluating overall hotel performance for this tour. Again, we thank you for your thoughtful review and hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour

What a great trip, the Christmas Markets are a must see for anyone who wants to experience the Christmas culture of Europe. Constantin is an incredible TD which is why we requested having him for this trip. Highlights were the trip up Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne, the Mozart dinners both in Salzburg and Vienna, the salt mines, and also the Traditional Viennese evening. The trip to Dachau was very sobering and influential on our group. Neuschwanstein castle was enjoyed by all. It's difficult to describe everything in one review but suffice it to say it was incredible. On this trip you will experience culture, beautiful scenery, castles and make new friends within the group. We had a glitch before we left with United but the support staff (esp. Miriam, Emily & Catie) at Go Ahead was on it and everything worked out extremely well. I would have liked to stay in Innsbruck longer, we were really only in the Market area for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours and our hotel wasn't near the old town at all. Our previous trip during the summer had us at Hotel Innsbruck which is right in the middle of the main area, that would have been much better. All in all a great trip that I would highly recommend.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun time

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Mix of Christmas Spices

Our itinerary included many interesting and breathtaking sites. The architectural works are very intricate that made me wonder how each part of the buildings was molded or carved. Amazing! My favorite stops were the Christmas Markets, which was filled with Christmas spirit, foods, and arts and crafts. If we were allowed more than one luggage on the bus and the airlines didn’t charge so much for an additional baggage, I would have bought a ton of things. Dealing with Euros, Swiss Francs and Hungarian Forints throughout the tour wasn’t a problem at all. Our Tour Director was very resourceful. She knows her history of the different countries quite well, and it was helpful that she is multilingual. Our bus driver was awesome! He was always prompt, held out his helping hand to everyone and never complained. The daily breakfast buffets were unbeatable! The variety made it so difficult to decide what to eat for a long day ahead. The six included dinners were perfect. I liked the idea of having dinner with the entire tour group whenever we stopped in a new town. The hotels were nice, clean and comfortable. Some hotels had tiers of Christmas cookies for hotel guests, which were absolutely scrumptious! The weather was very Christmassy, and as long as we had our winter jackets, scarves, gloves and warm shoes, we were comfortable. Overall, the tour value was excellent. I encourage others to go for it and enjoy the season with a mix of Christmas spices! Being on a tour is “sure to see and do”. Just leave it up to GAT to plan the tour, the bus driver to drive through the path, and the Tour Director to guide everyone along the way.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First Time

This is my first go with Go Ahead Tours. I feel it was a really good tour with a nice balance between scheuled sites and free time. Hotels were nice and clean. Tour bus was great and comfortable. The driver was great The tour director was very knowledgable and provided insight to the places we visited. She also spoke thelanguage and gave us ideas on what to do.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our tour director was an excellent guide. She was very professional, organized and able to present background information in a clear, entertaining manner. As well she was always concerned with the overall welfare of all the passengers. Her suggestions for extra activities in the places we visited added greatly to our travel experience. The Christmas Markets Tour was a magical addition to the holiday season 2013. Thank you. Marilyn U.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

The chance to experience another country and their traditions was fantastic. The history of the buildings and the ancestery of each town and country had me in awe. The guide, Paula, was knowledgeable and so very thoughtful. Going to the Christmas markets was always fun and truly a unique experience. Many Christmas gifts were purchased. The snow that fell on the trip made it feel like I was in a snowglobe. Magical and beautifu!! Tha hotels, meals and our bus driver were all top notch.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/2/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Good job

Paula and Pauwel did an excellent job. The tour was great. Can think of nuthing I would change.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2010

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Had a fun time

The Christmas market tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria was a nice tour; however, I am not a big shopper so there was too much shopping time for me. I would have much rather had more scheduled site seeing tours. The weather may have been a factor because many of the optional excursions were cancelled due to weather and/or participation. If you like cities and the shopping district this would be a good trip for you. Overall, the tour was very nice.