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Oktoberfest: Germany, Switzerland & Austria

15 days Special Event
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

Maximum tour group size: 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

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

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

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.

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

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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Passport & Visa

This itinerary includes the following countries: Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the principality of Liechtenstein (on transfer), and Hungary (on extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. Be aware of high-altitude conditions in the region. The elevation of Mount Pilatus is 7,000 feet. Be sure to check with your health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Frankfurt and depart from Vienna (or Budapest on the extension). Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Munich’s transportation system (MVV) is topnotch, an all-inclusive combination of trams, buses, U-bahn (underground) and S-bahn (above ground). Purchase tickets from newspaper stands, vending machines or the drivers. Most of the major attractions lie within the inner-city blue zone. Vienna has one of Europe’s most efficient transportation systems. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk for S-bahn, U-bahn, tram and bus lines. The waiting time for trains and subways is usually no more than five to 10 minutes.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Cuisine

In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish-lovers will find wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Desserts are perhaps the most memorable including: strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, soufflés and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte. Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated. The most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Raclette is another delicious cooked cheese dish, served with roasted or boiled potatoes, air-dried beef and pickled onions. Sausages, breaded veal fillets and freshwater fish are also popular. Swiss dairy products are among the world’s finest, and full-cream milk is the essential ingredient for the exceptionally good chocolate produced here. German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews and sauerkraut cabbage, tasty thick sausages and smoked cheeses, dark breads and chocolate cakes. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, while white German wines are exceptionally good.

Currency

The euro (in Austria and Germany), the Swiss franc and the Hungarian forint (on the extension) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards, ATM/bank cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $1USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current currency rates in mind when tipping.

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

This itinerary includes the following countries: Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the principality of Liechtenstein (on transfer), and Hungary (on extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. Be aware of high-altitude conditions in the region. The elevation of Mount Pilatus is 7,000 feet. Be sure to check with your health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Frankfurt and depart from Vienna (or Budapest on the extension). Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Munich’s transportation system (MVV) is topnotch, an all-inclusive combination of trams, buses, U-bahn (underground) and S-bahn (above ground). Purchase tickets from newspaper stands, vending machines or the drivers. Most of the major attractions lie within the inner-city blue zone. Vienna has one of Europe’s most efficient transportation systems. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk for S-bahn, U-bahn, tram and bus lines. The waiting time for trains and subways is usually no more than five to 10 minutes.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Cuisine

In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish-lovers will find wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Desserts are perhaps the most memorable including: strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, soufflés and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte. Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated. The most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Raclette is another delicious cooked cheese dish, served with roasted or boiled potatoes, air-dried beef and pickled onions. Sausages, breaded veal fillets and freshwater fish are also popular. Swiss dairy products are among the world’s finest, and full-cream milk is the essential ingredient for the exceptionally good chocolate produced here. German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews and sauerkraut cabbage, tasty thick sausages and smoked cheeses, dark breads and chocolate cakes. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, while white German wines are exceptionally good.

Currency

The euro (in Austria and Germany), the Swiss franc and the Hungarian forint (on the extension) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards, ATM/bank cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $1USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current currency rates in mind when tipping.

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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

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