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Germany, Switzerland & Austria

14 days
These countries share a language, but their appeals are varied. Discover delightfully distinct style and substance in each destination, from the Gothic spires of Heidelberg to the Art Nouveau elegance of Vienna. Swiss mountains and the Bavarian forest, German beer and Austrian wine—this tantalizing trio has something for everyone.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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.

• Take a funicular ride to the city’s rose-colored hilltop castle

• Explore the grounds of the oldest university in Germany 

• Wander through Heidelberg’s elegant market square

Enjoy a free afternoon in Heidelberg or add an excursion.

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Switzerland, journey to thundering Rhine Falls and through the Black Forest, the setting for many of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town. 

• Stroll down narrow streets and across the medieval Kapellbrücke bridge

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

• View the captivating Löwendenkmal, or Lion Monument

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $109*pp 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: $119)

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, and 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 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Munich via Neuschwanstein

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the mountains of Bavaria en route to Munich, stopping for a guided tour of Neuschwanstein, the fairytale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig.

• Step inside Neuschwanstein Castle

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

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Munich

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Travel past the Olympic Stadium and fashionable Schwabing district 

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dachau $25*pp Details

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

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Salzburg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• View the university and the churchyard of St. Peter

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

• Enter Salzburg Cathedral and the home where Mozart was born 

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

• End your tour in the elegant Mirabell Palace Gardens

Day 10: Free day in Salzburg

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Salzburg or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105*pp 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. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Here, you’ll take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. 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 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 $109*pp Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe located within St. Peter’s Abbey, for an evening of fine dining and Mozart. 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. Let the music carry you late into the night.

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

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Vienna via Melk Abbey

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 12: 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 $99*pp Details

After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy Old-World setting.

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

Day 13: Free day in Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bratislava $89*pp Details

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

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

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Budapest $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 14: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes Square

• Tour the lavishly decorated 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 15: Free day in Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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 historical 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 moving monument to the victims of communism and fascism in Hungary.

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

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Budapest, Hungary
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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

Traveled On: 5/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Experience and Great Tour Group!

As a college graduation gift, my Mom and I decided to do a tour of Europe, a place we both love and cherish. Doing a tour meant the planning and accommodations were taken care of. This was our first Go Ahead Tour, and they did not disappoint. We picked this tour because the itinerary seemed to offer everything we were looking for and wanted to explore somewhere new. Paul, our tour director, was great and shared many stories about his time in Romania under the Communist Regime, which extremely fascinating and was something not every guide could share or relate to. I recommend doing all of the extensions if possible because that's where you can bond with the group on a smaller scale, see many more amazing sights, and everything was well worth the money. Definitely do the tour extension to Budapest, it is a lovely city with a lot to offer and the shopping is cheap! I was one of the youngest people on this tour but everyone got along very well and it was nice to sit with different people every night. Overall, I had a wonderful time with a great group and shared many laughs. Can't wait to book another tour soon!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Refunds

I was not given a fair refund for canceled excursions. This tainted the whole reputation of Go Ahead Tours for me.

 

Hello Norene, Thank you for being in touch with us. We do apologize about the misunderstanding regarding your canceled optional excursion, and we are glad we were able to settle the matter with you. We do hope that the rest of your tour was most enjoyable, and that you will give Go Ahead another chance to provide you with an outstanding travel experience.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 02, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great time!!

The pros of Goahead tours are endless. Picked up at airport, transported to hotel, bags brought to room. You don't have to worry about much. When leaving to next destination same thing. Baggage taken to lobby etc. Cons to the tour were if you didn't take some of the optional tours your were left in the middle of town for 6-8 ,hours and wouldn't be picked up until the other tour was over and then you would be taken back to your hotel with the rest of the people who paid for the optional tour. Our tour Guide Lala was a tome of knowledge and I enjoyed her presentation of facts as we progressed through different parts of countries and cities. Hotels were for the most part enjoyable but some rooms were very small and a few had no air conditioning. The views were breath taking and no words could express the majesty of the Alps. all in all, it was a fantastic time and it is what you want to make of it.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

"Lots of Mountains"

A very interesting Tour. A good group of people to be with. Mt. Pilatus was a great feature! Back in the Fifties, I spent some 10 months on top of Mt. Washington and I thought that it was the best. Mt. Pilatus was far and beyond that experience. The steepest incline for a Cog Railway going up, and a great Gondola ride back down! The rest of the Tour was also a good experience with the beautiful country side and cities in Switzerland, Bavaria, and Austria.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another excellent tour - 5 countries in 12 days

This was my 4th trip with Go Ahead Tours and, as with my former trips with them, I was not disappointed. Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovakia - all in 12, fun-filled, interesting, go-go-go, and yes, at times exhausting, days and nights. Palaces, open-air markets (hot, out of the oven, cheese-drenched bread to die for), centuries-old wooden bridges, delightful and interesting gardens, stories of mad kings, strudel, schnitzel, brautwurst, even an occasional pizza. Disney-esque castles, riding a very steep cogwheel up to a snow-capped Mt. Pilatus, delving into a salt mine - those wooden slides were so much fun. The best part - the show-stopping and stunning snow-covered Alps. Absolutely gorgeous scenery, especially throughout Switzerland. On the down-side, there was one excursion that was added by the tour director that caused an extra expenditure for everyone. There were also a couple of places we visited that were really not accessible to anyone with walking difficulties so a few people had to miss out on those. It should be mentioned in the trip details so there are no surprises. To finish, there is a saying: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. I think that our tour director, Paul, did an amazing job at making this tour enjoyable - even though he had to deal with some unpleasantness from certain people. All in all, this was a great trip - another one crossed off of my "bucket list". Happy traveling!!!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour Director

Our tour director, Paul was absolutely superb! Kept a myriad of facts in his head about every single detail, shared funny anecdotes, always courteous, simply brilliant! Our quiet bus driver Yakov was brilliantly proficient; always offered a helping hand when we exited the bus, handled our luggage, delivered us safely. Nearly every day we were up at 6:30, suitcases out by 7:30 and on the bus by 8:30. (It varied by a half-hour in both directions once or twice.) Might I mention that not one hotel serves breakfast before 6:30 (7 a.m. on Sundays). A couple of times, we were hanging out a half-hour too early waiting for breakfast buffets to open. In Vienna, a very gracious restaurant employee (a woman) provided hot drinks during this wait. Breakfasts selections were always generous, with something for every taste. A couple of hotels offered severely undercooked bacon. Three hotels offered specialty coffee machines; on this trip I discovered and learned to loved latte macchiatos. The itinerary was as full as it could possibly have been with side trips to Oberammergau and Rhine Falls for bathroom breaks. In Salzburg and Vienna, we were unexpectedly offered live entertainment (Mozart concert with opera singers and dinner and Mozart & Strauss concert with opera singers and ballet dancers, respectively). Both of these added extra gratification to an already satisfying tour. During a couple of longer bus segments, Paul played "The Sound of Music." We could see the same Austrian Alps out the bus window that we were seeing in the video. (Inspired!) What I also found "inspired" was that Paul lent each of us a "whisper" listening device for use during guided tours. The guided tours by Paul in some places and by other guides for each city tour were easy to hear thanks to these "whisper" devices. Every tour guide was swell and I didn't miss a word, unlike other tours I've been on. Most of our hotel rooms were on the small side, although every single one had a new, sparkling clean bathroom (some tiny). Hot, heavy duvets were on every bed were just plain uncomfortable, and inappropriate for temperatures above 30-degrees below zero. Thin pillows on every bed. Most of these hotels didn't change the sheets or pillowcases. I understand with the duvets -- they ARE cumbersome. The bottom sheet should probably be changed. The pillowcases should definitely be changed every night, especially in Vienna where we stayed three nights. They were not changed. (Comfortable mattress, in most cases, though.) The only hotel I'd go back to is Pullman Munich -- we were really comfortable there. Again, a great tour guide can make or break one's pleasurable time and Paul made this tour as wonderful an experience for my husband and me as he possibly could have. As you can see in the photo below, he even had us at the Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Shop in time so that we could see the dancers come out for all 12 chimes. We feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced so many cities, museums, and palaces on this Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein tour. I will end by saying that we were with an exceptionally friendly, polite, interesting, and fun group of people.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An Amazing Experience!

I did a lot of research about this tour after my husband booked it. Constantin had some great reviews so I was excited to see that he was going to be our tour director. I was concerned that he may not be able to live up to my expectations, but there was no need for that concern. He surpassed all my expectations! It became clear that he took a lot of pride in this tour. He had several optional tour director specials that we really enjoyed. We took a cruise on the Neckar river and then went to a wine tasting at a local winery while in Heidelberg. We enjoyed all of the excursions that Go Ahead offered too. We were disappointed though that the salt mines in Salzburg were closed on the day that excursion was scheduled because of the Pentecost holiday, but Constantin took us sightseeing in Berchtesgaden instead and the admission for the salt mines was refunded. The Eagle's Nest was a tour highlight for my husband and me. We never waited in line for admission into any venue. It seemed as though Constantin was on a first name basis with all of the management or business owners wherever we went. It was very impressive and very appreciated because we spent our time seeing the sights rather than waiting in line. Finally, we met a wonderful group of people on our tour, and we look forward to keeping in touch via email and Christmas cards. I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone who is able to handle its active pace! I'm already drawing of my next tour with Go Ahead.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Exhausting

This tour is a lot like work! Up at 6am, breakfast at 7am, and out the door at 8am. Like the work day, it may start with a commute on the bus of 40 minutes or two hours (if you're heading off to a new destination). By the time your back hurts and your bladder feels like it's going to explode, you'll be thinking of nothing but getting off the bus before you scream. German wines and food. . .blah. There are some interesting sights on this tour (e.g., Dachau, Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" house), but one tires quickly of the hordes of Asian tourists that are going to the same places that you are. In retrospect, I think that I'd rather have floated down the rivers of Germany or ridden a bicycle (where possible). I came to hate the bus and the hectic routine.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Experience

What more can I say except EXCELLENT. Our tour guide Constantin made our visit to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary one of the best vacations ever. The hotels we stayed in were first rate and the meals included were delicious. We saw so many beautiful places that my camera was always in my hand. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to discover the reason why this part of the world is considered so special.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip Ever!

We were so in awe of what we saw and experienced on this tour: the scenery, the food, and experiencing some of the culture of these foreign lands. This was all enhanced by our tour director Lala, who took good care of us and gave us a lot of insight to where we were, the history, and the reasoning of why the culture is different. At one point where weather was going to dampen our scheduled plans for Eagle's Nest, she adjusted the schedule to its best advantage without missing a step. Our last day was a 6:00 am checkout to catch the taxi for the airport. As early as that was, Lala came down to see us off and provide us a boxed breakfast (which would have lasted us most of the day). Our first experience with Go Ahead was a very good impression, between the flight arrangements, hotel accommodations, the tour bus service, the additional site guides along the way. Nothing was rushed (as we had experienced on a previous visit to Europe) and we felt so comfortable on this tour that we would recommend it especially for anyone vising Europe for the first time.

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