Oktoberfest: Germany, Switzerland & Austria

15 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 legendary Oktoberfest celebration in 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

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Germany, Switzerland, Austria & 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Heidelberg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Castle & Gardens of Schwetzingen $39pp* Details

Travel to Schwetzingen Castle and its UNESCO-recognized gardens. A castle guide will lead you through the greenery. Spanning 178 acres, the spacious and ornate gardens welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and feature a unique combination of French and English landscaping styles. As you embark on your guided exploration of the exquisitely maintained gardens, you’ll learn what daily life in the castle was like. Before leaving, enjoy some free time to explore the castle grounds on your own. Please note: The castle gardens are closed from October 14 through March 25.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

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. Later, continue on to Lucerne.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at 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

Munich 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tours of 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Andechs Brewery & Beer Tasting $89pp* Details

Step back in time on a guided tour of the Andechs Monastery and brewery, where Benedictine monks have been brewing beer since 1455. After your tour, you’ll enjoy a tasting of this centuries-old Bavarian beer at a canteen restaurant. Take free time to explore the monastery church, garden and shop 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: $99)

Day 9: Oktoberfest in Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join thousands of other beer lovers from around the world in celebrating Oktoberfest today. Enjoy special admission to an Oktoberfest tent, where you can sample Bavarian delicacies along with steins of Munich’s famous beer.

Salzburg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Salzburg, Austria, a city famed for its churches and musical history. There, 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 11: Free day in Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Salzburg or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp* Details

Drive through the Bavarian Alps to the mountain village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg. Take an underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Enter the Dokumentation Obersalzberg, a museum with an exhibition on the history of Nazi dictatorship. Then, take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. On your way back down, stop at a distillery to sample a liqueur made from Alpine flowers. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not be advisable for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations. This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through late October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

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 12: Vienna via Melk Abbey

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Baroque abbey, then continue your drive through the Austrian countryside 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. 

• Visit 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 14: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise & Bratislava $99pp* Details

Cruise down the Danube from Vienna to Bratislava in a high-speed boat, passing through scenic Donau-Auen National Park along the way. In Bratislava, follow a local guide through the charming Old Town to see the well-preserved city center and pass by the regal castle. Stop at the neoclassical Primate’s Palace, the seat of the mayor of Bratislava, to enter the historic Hall of Mirrors. Then, enjoy free time in the city for lunch and exploration before driving back to Vienna. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October.

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 or continue on to Budapest.

Add Budapest Starting from $349 pp

Truly a tale of two cities, Budapest is a merger of 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 15: 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

Day 16: 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 17: 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Perfect Trip

I've been planning on taking this trip for several years and finally had the chance to do it this year. From the time I booked the trip until I returned home everything went perfect. All I did was relax, enjoy, and unwind. GoAhead did all of the work including the flight arrangements. The trip covered several countries and each was unique in their style, charm, people, and history. As the group walked through numerous buildings and places I could hear comments about how beautiful and historic it was which echoed my thoughts exactly. The additional trips were an added bonus and something that I would not want to have missed. To add even more value to the trip the tour director had 3 optional additional entertainment offerings. Listening to the sounds of Mozart and other composers In Austria was the highlight of the trip. The final night was one of the biggest surprises of all - the tour director had a cruise on the Danube in a windowed boat just for the group. As we ate and drank and saw the sights along the Danube it was the perfect way to say good bye. As I started to pack in the hotel room my thoughts turned to how fast the time seem to go by but how much I had experienced, how many memories I will have, and how many new friends I made.

 

Hi John! We’re glad you finally had the opportunity to visit this region of the world. We’re happy you were able to relax and unwind, knowing that we were taking care of all the details. It’s great to know that you enjoyed the optionals, as well as the additional activities offered by your Tour Director. Listening to the music of Mozart and other well-known composers in Austria sounds like an incredible cultural experience, and it’s wonderful to know that that was the highlight of your trip. You’re right that the time goes fast when you’re busy taking in new sights and immersing yourself in the wonderfully unfamiliar, but the good thing is you can always travel again. Thank you for sharing your experience!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Oktoberfest Tour

This was our first go ahead tour. We were very happy with the tour. Our tour director, Paula Noad, was great. She made sure everything was taken care of from the pick up at the airport to the end of the trip. We had an excellent bus driver, Brashi who made sure we got to our destinations timely and safely. We booked this tour specifically to go to Oktoberfest. We spent the afternoon at the festival then were taken off site to a tent for a separate Oktoberfest party. We would have liked to have stayed at a tent at the festival because the environment was different at the offsite party. We added almost all of the excursions with the exception of the garden tour on the 2nd day. Each excursion was as stated and we enjoyed them all. The only excursion we would not recommend was the Andechs brewery tour which got changed to the Weissbierbrauer tour. We did not enjoy this tour and were very disappointed with the change. I would have rather stayed in Munich. Paula actually added an additional excursion which was a boat trip down the Danube to Dresden to tour a vineyard. We took a tram ride through the vineyard hosted by the owner. We enjoyed his hospitality and the wine was delicious. The Alps were gorgeous; we enjoyed driving through them to various destinations we visited. Our experience was excellent with go ahead. We have just booked our next tour with them.

 

Hi Janet! We’re so glad that you were happy with this tour. It sounds like your Tour Director and bus driver contributed to the success of this experience, and we’re delighted to hear it. We appreciate your feedback on your time at Oktoberfest, as well as the change to one of your excursions. We will share all of this information with our Operations team for evaluation. We’re pleased to learn that you enjoyed the beauty of the Alps and winding your way through them. They certainly are a sight to see! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again in 2018!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Adventure

The trip was an amazing experience. Our tour director, Constantine, was charming, delightful, and informative! He was extremely versed in the history of the areas we visited. Our vacation would not have been the same without him!! He was also outstanding in his efforts to make our Octoberfest adventure a memory to live forever, Prosit!!! We have made new friends in Germany, and from the US within our tour group!!! Mount Pilatus, Eagles Nest, and the Mozart dinner are musts on this trip. Add them to your itinerary without hesitation! Our accommodations were lovely, our driver (George) was outstanding, and every detail was taken care of. A big "Thank You" to Constantine, George, and Go Ahead Tours!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent tour director

This is the first time we joined a tour group and did not know what to expect. Diana was great. She treated everybody as if we were all old acquaintances from the start of the tour. She knew was she was doing and very knowleadgeable about the places we went to. She has changed our views of joining a tour group in a very positive way. We are thinking about our next trip with GoAhead already.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Loved our tour director!

The tour was wonderful and our tour director we ( my husband and I) feel, made it all possible! I think the itinerary was great, but felt sometimes there was maybe "too much,squeezed in, in the time frame allotted." The dinner meal in Munich at the Pullman was not adequate for the number of guests and the selection not that great. When guests were not fed yet and more Salmon was brought out, it was not cooked all the way and not edible. That was really the only meal we felt was unsatisfactory. Octoberfest was fun, fun fun and very organized especially for the number of participants. Loved Hotel Europe in Luzern, in such a beautiful setting and a great walking distance to the City. The big open porch outside the beautiful bar was peaceful and our room lovely. Meals were excellent! My husband and I would have liked to have had more days in Budapest, what beautiful architecture and amazing history!! Glad we took that excursion. We will go back! Our Hotel was wonderful with its Eropean elegance, friendly staff and excellent meals and selection. The Hungarian people were so friendly and there were many things to experience in that beautiful City, actually enjoyed Budapest more than the three days we had in Vienna, and next time will take at least three or four days and start n Budapest. Overall this tour was, in our opinion a success

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

It was all I was looking for - and Great Tour Director

Just got back last night - we had a group of 13 part of a total of the 35 on the trip. This is a packed itinerary, for me Oktoberfest was the primary draw but seeing all the other locations was an exciting prospect. We had a great time, met some new friends, had excellent weather, had tons of tun and saw many beautiful sights. I found our tour director Indira to be great. She did a good job trying to set expectations for the group, accommodate special requests and organized some extra activities above those available in the original tour description. I rates the Hotels 4 because I expect them to be good, and they need to 'wow' me to be great. Most indoor places, hotels, restaurants, shops etc all seemed to be at a warmer temperature than most folks on our tour found comfortable...and air conditioning was unavailable for this time of year in most places... ( I consider these very minor points, but since many people mentioned them I thought it appropriate to document. ) We had some excellent local guides... a shout out to Christian in Innsbruck and Isabel in Heidelburg !! The castles and palaces were amazing.. though by the end of the tour the idea of doing another palace tour is not quite as exciting. Oktoberfest was tons of fun!! I found the people in Austria to be exceptionally friendly and helpful!! All the scheduled events, stops, tours and flights occurred on time and without incident (at least none that I recall).. This was a trip I selected to celebrate my 50th birthday... took some time to get it on the calendar...but it turned out better than I had hoped for! Thank you Go Ahead, Indira, Jack (our driver) and all the rest of the folks on the tour who made it a great experience. Special note: Had an especially great dinner in Vienna at The Leupold Restaurant on Schottengasse !! www.leupold.at

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our tour guide was fabulous. She really did an exceptional job.She was funny very informative. Would love to have her again when I book another tour. The tour was fabulous. An awesome vacation.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great sight seeing

Overall the tour was very good. Hit many cities in the three countries and the tour made the most of our time (12 days excluding travel). Tour off to a rough start as meeting our tour director proved elusive at the airport. Go ahead needs to establish a specific point, a specific obvious sign/person, and a time window for meeting at a specific point. Everyone (35) had the same issue. Delayed start by at least two hours. Tour guides at specific sites and cities were very good. However, between cities I wish we had heard more information about countryside and areas traveled between the points. Tour seemed a little rushed at different points, such as "ok, 30 minutes before we all meet back here for lunch". Can't do much exploring and/or shopping in 30 minutes. Hotels were very good to excellent with American size rooms. Some optional tours could be taken on your own at significant savings. Octoberfest, Salzburg (Mozart), and Vienna the highlight of our tour. Could easily spend 10 days in Vienna. The people we tired with were great! Made many friends. My wife and I would recommend this tour.

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Thank you very much for reviewing your recent trip with us, and for providing your suggestions. It sounds like you had a great time at Oktoberfest! This tour has an ambitious itinerary, and accomplishes a great deal each day. We have informed our Product Development team that you felt the pace could use an adjustment, and we will keep your feedback in mind when evaluating this itinerary in the future. We also appreciate your comment about your airport arrival. We understand that our travelers’ arrival abroad is an important first impression, and we will continue to work to improve this process to ensure a seamless pickup. Thank you again for your tour review, and for traveling with Go Ahead! We hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun trip

Our tour guide would greet us each morning on the bus "good morning my darlings". Going to miss that. We actually did an extra 2 countries that I was not expecting (Lichtenstein and Slovakia). I like surprises. The cities were fantastic. Saw a lot of castles, palaces and magnificent churches. Oktoberfest was a unique experience too. So much history in these places. Can actually say I saw most of what there is to see in all these cities and feel I don't need to go back anytime soon. Time to move on to the next trip. :)

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

This is a really great tour saw all the highlights through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Lucked out as the weather was perfect for this time of year except for the last day when it got really cold in Vienna. Oktoberfest as you might expect was a blast but I was actually most impressed by Austria: Innsbruck and Salzburg were really the highlights of this trip in my opinion. Would have liked to spend more time in each of these towns but you can only do so much. This trip is very on the go so expect to do some walking. Someone on the tour got it exactly right when they said you either go traveling or on vacation. Traveling can wear you out but the experience is worth it. You certainly don't have to do any of the walking tours or added excursions but you really miss out if you don't. Most that went agreed that the Viennse Heurgin (sp?) evening was a highlight. Suprisingly it was the least attended event. Our tour director was great as were both coach drivers: knowledgable and accomodating. All around a great trip, great experience can't wait for my next one through Go Ahead.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Have time to take it all in!

I provided my testimonial to our tour group the first night during introductions. I said, I know people who take pride in planning their own vacations. Not us. I take pride in having Go Ahead take care of all our vacations details. I don't have to lug my luggage, drive where I don't know where I'm going, and try and find a parking spot where there isn't any. Plus, we have excellent tour guides, like Jürgen, who provide background information from one location to another. Go Ahead provides vacations that we've grown accustom to and we wouldn't have it any other way.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour Director

From the planning of our trip to our farewell party, Go Ahead Tours gave us an experience that we will rave about for a long time. Our tour director Constantin went above and beyond to add history and amazing local experiences to our trip. Yes, the schedule was demanding, but there isn't a tour or site that we visited that I would have wanted to miss. Being on a tour such as this allowed us time to rest while on the bus, while traveling from amazing site to the next amazing site. Constantin gladly added a trip to Dachau before our visit to Oktoberfest. One suggestion would be for Go Ahead to advise travelers that individual tour directors may add optional excursions which require additional funds. Thanks to Constantin and our fellow travelers for making this a wonderful memory. Tim and Karen

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide & Bus Driver

Without a doubt, Constantine was the best tour director we have ever had. His expert knowledge, his organizational skills (particularly with 46 of us), and his overall enthusiasm helped make this a memorable trip. He made every destination exciting and fun. Our bus driver was also outstanding. He was patient, and even though, it was sometimes hard for him to understand what we were saying to him, he always kept a smile. He was able to maneuver into some very tight areas with expertise. Thanks for such a wonderful trip!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Constantine took great care of us.

This was my first time out of the continental USA and the first tour I have been on. I thought we had a great overview of the countries we went to. We had a nice variety of things to do. We would have liked to have more time in several cities but that is partly because we chose additional excursions during the free time. I'm VERY glad we went with a tour group this time because we did many more things than we would have if we had gone on our own. Constantine was knowledgeable and interesting. He did a great job of organizing events for the group and keeping us on time mostly. He had a big job because we were a large group.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Down The Road

My wife and I had previously taken two tours w/Go Ahead: Sept. 2007 Italy Big "3" and Nov. 2010 Sicily. We totally enjoyed those trips. We regret to say that a number of changes to the format and protocol has altered our thinking about future trips. First of all, the brochure indicates wine and beer with the provided hotel dinners. We were disappointed to learn that there is now a limit of one glass with your meal. We think that is absurd!!! We also did not enjoy our arranged seating for the Oktoberfest, stuck away in a dark corner where it was difficult to grasp or enjoy the full impact of the music and hall experience. Another major criticism focuses on the introduction of Tour Director "Specials" which created a wave of confusion for most of the 46 or 47 persons on our tour. Another "new" introduction which really did not increase the overall pleasure of the tour. Some of us were never quite sure where the priorities of the Tour Director rested. Also, we believe the current reward program needs to be updated and enhanced.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime

This was a trip of a lifetime. In the time we had, we covered eight different cities, the culture, the history. Our tour director Constintine was outstanding, especially when taking the time out to give us very important, informative information pretaining to where we were going. Every detail was taken care of; baggage in our rooms, tickets, etc. I espcially liked the fact that Constantine made sure we were the first group of the day where ever we went, so to avoid the larger crowds. Overall, because of our large group of 47, which is unusual, everthing went smoothly. People were on time, which was amazing to me. One disappointing part of this trip was, towards the end of our trip, we had a dinner cruise, which I was given to believe would be just our group and that there would be music and dancing. But, instead, we were thrown together with another Go Ahead Group, that had just arrived; and had to hear their tour guide on the bus and on the boat. That was infuriating!!! Another disappointment were some of the hotels, which had MEAGER amenitities. No hair dryer, iron, soap. The shower cealing was very low in one of the hotels. Some of the meals were terrible too. But, overall, I wouild recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Four years ago when my wife and I took the "Tour through Spain" we were quite dsappointed in our Tour Director - not because she was not good at her job but she did not have the respect of some of the group. However, the Tour Director on the Germany/Austria Tour was quite the opposite. He set the tone early with a very informative Kick-off Meeting and stressed that people meet Timelines for leaving the Hotel, etc. He captured the respect of the group right there - I was impressed. This group was more than twice the size of the previous tour yet there were no issues with tardiness - the main thing my wife and I complained about last time. Well Done. Looking forward to our next tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful trip

This trip was full of history, fun and we had the best tour director Constantin. This man was organized, passionate about his work and fun all at the same time. I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone that is active. I love that we had a choice of walking to certain areas. The only downfall was a couple of hotels were a bit far too do some sightseeing during our free time. (Munich, Manheim) Thank you Go Ahead, this is exactly the kind of trip I was hoping for.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unadulterated fun!

Took my 22 yr old grandson on this one! He and I had an absolutely wonderful time! Every beer drinker should make it to Oktoberfest at least once in their life!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Create your own reality

On this tour, my group and I were encouraged by a charismatic tour director by the name of Jurgean to create our own reality. He taught us to imagine and to walk through history with him as we toured the castles of Germany and Ausria. We also explored the peak of Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland, by ascending the mountain by cog railroad. Our boat ride across Lake Lucerne was absolutely beautiful., Definitely a memorabl experience. A highlight of this particular tour was a visit to the Salt Mines in Salzburg, Austria. Jurgean did a wonderful job of getting us "hooked on" this optional and it was definitely worth it. I would highly recommend it, it was so much fun. It was Disneyland in a cave. The whole group enjoyed it immensely. We walked the pages of history in Budapest, the parliament building is outstanding, and the House of Terror brought the Cold War to reality or us. Our last night of the tour, in Budapest,Jurgean arranged a dinner cruise for us on the Danube River! Bravo, and soon to be, Encore!!!

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