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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 of countries has something for everyone.

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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.

Summer dates we love: July 19, August 6 & 27

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Lucerne on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

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      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.

• 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 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $125pp* 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: $135)

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 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Munich via Neuschwanstein

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Step inside Neuschwanstein Castle

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

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Munich

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour. 

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

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

• Walk from Odeonsplatz through the 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 - Dachau $35pp* 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. Listen to an audio guide while you view Dachau’s poignant exhibits and the memorials to the victims.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Salzburg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Salzburg, Austria, a city famed for its churches 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 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 $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 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 $99pp* Details

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

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

Day 13: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise & Bratislava $109pp* 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: $119)

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 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 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 $79pp* 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: $89)

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

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: 3/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best guide

Cross your fingers and hope you get the BEST tour guide ever...Jurgen from Budapest, he was the utmost professional, attentive, kind,thoughtful, entertaining, knowledgable tour guide I ever had in my life..truly an asset to the company... Weather was good, and the salt mine trip was the highlight of my tour...

 

Hi Bonnie! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Tour Director. It's wonderful to know that he contributed to the success of your tour. We will be sure to communicate that feedback to his supervisor. We're also glad to hear you had good weather and that you enjoyed the salt mine optional. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing tour

This is our first tour with my sister and cousin with go ahead tour,and it was amazing,amazing tour director Alex plus amazing people equals Amazing tour ever

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

First of all, this is a fast-paced tour. For me, it was great, as I like to see and do as much as possible when I’m visiting a new place. This might not be an ideal tour for those who are looking for a leisurely vacation or aren’t comfortable walking five to seven miles a day. Now on to the details. We were a little nervous initially that we would have a difficult time finding our meeting place after getting off the plane in Frankfurt, but there was a Go Ahead rep waiting for us just outside baggage claim and she led us to the main meeting area, where we met our tour director, Indira. We gathered up our group, got on the bus and headed to our hotel in Mannheim, about an hour’s drive away. The hotel in Mannheim was nice, but the air conditioner wasn’t very efficient. We were there during a heat wave, where temps were nearing 100 degrees, so the faulty air conditioning was definitely noticeable. We headed to Heidelberg on the second day of our trip, where we had a wonderful step-on guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. The ride up to Heidelberg Castle in the funicular was fun, and the castle, which is mostly in ruins, was still beautiful and boasted great views of the surrounding landscape. We took the optional tour to Schwetzingen Castle and Gardens, and were glad we did. The castle was closed for renovations, but we weren’t disappointed because the gardens were amazing (even though it was 100 degrees that day). We had another local guide walk us through the gardens and he was very entertaining and knowledgeable. The drive through the Black Forest on Day 4 was lovely. We had an extended lunch break at a cuckoo clock shop, where we were given a demonstration on how the clocks are made. Further down the road, we stopped at Schaffhausen to see the Rhine Falls. It was very crowded with tourists while we were there. Lucerne, Day 5. This was really the highlight of the trip for me. Lucerne is such a beautiful, tranquil place. I also found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming. We took the optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy and rainy day, so we didn’t have much of a view from the top of the mountain. But, the boat ride over Lake Lucerne, the cogwheel railway and the gondola ride down the mountain were all wonderful experiences. The hotel in Lucerne was built in the 1800’s and didn’t have air conditioning. That didn’t bother us during our stay because the weather was cool and wet. It was also very close to the lakefront, so that made up for its shortcomings. The rooms were very spacious. Innsbruck, Day 6. Another pretty Alpine town. Our hotel was right across the street from the stadium used in the Winter Olympics. Our local guide was great and had a quick wit. We had plenty of time to shop and explore the old town on our own before meeting up with the group again for dinner. Dinner in Innsbruck was probably the best on-tour dinner we had. Neuschwanstein Castle, Day 7. Another cool and rainy day. We wished it would’ve been clearer so we could’ve gotten better pictures of the castle, but the mist gave it sort of an ethereal quality. The castle is (I believe) Germany’s #1 tourist destination, so of course it was packed with visitors. Our castle tour guide spoke English and we were so glad we were with GoAhead, because the line to get individual tickets to the castle was several blocks long. We just skipped the line and went straight to the entrance! Photographs are not allowed inside the castle. After the castle, our tour guide took us off the beaten path to visit an absolutely breath-taking cathedral in the middle of the countryside. I can’t remember the name of it, but it’s absolutely worth the trip. It was the most beautiful rococo architecture I’ve ever seen. Munich, Day 8. We visited Nymphenburg Palace first thing in the morning when there were less people. Our local guide was an American named Keith, who was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. We toured Munich on the bus because there was so much to see. The BMW headquarters and showroom was interesting. Not many people on our tour took the optional excursion to Dachau, but I’m glad I went. It is a very somber place. It’s self-guided. You are given a listening device that allows you to hear information about various areas inside the concentration camp and also hear first-hand accounts of survivors and liberators. I think it’s an important place to visit if given the opportunity. Salzburg was another beautiful town. Our tour director arranged for those of us who were interested to take a private “Sound of Music” tour and I’m so glad we did. We saw the villa where the movie was filmed, the famous gazebo and then headed out of the city to the beautiful Austrian Lake District. We stopped in a town called Mondsee that was so quaint and lovely. I highly recommend asking your tour director about setting up this optional if possible. It was absolutely worth it. We took the optional excursion to the Eagle’s Nest and Salt Mines. I didn’t know what to expect for the Salt Mines tour, but it was a blast. You’ll get to dress up in miner’s uniforms, ride a train car deep into the mountain, then slide down some unconventional but fun slides that bring out the kid in everyone. The Eagle’s Nest was interesting, but unfortunately it was raining again so we weren’t able to see much at the top of the mountain. On the way to Vienna, we stopped at Melk Abbey, which is absolutely breathtaking. We were taken on a guided tour. The most stunning area was the library, but as I recall no photos were allowed inside. Vienna seemed is a fast-paced city with lots to see. The central historic district gets very crowded, but there is great shopping to be had there. Our last optional excursion was to Bratislava. That was the only optional that I would not highly recommend. While the city was quaint and interesting, by that time we were ready for slower-paced day and a free day in Vienna in Vienna would’ve been a better choice for us. In general, the food in that part of the world is okay. I tried pork schnitzel for the first time at the Bavarian restaurant near the hotel in Munich and it was delicious. Other places, especially in Austria, the food was over-salted. The desserts however, were magnificent. We found that it was cheaper to order beer or wine at the restaurants than water, which was fine with us. Also, it’s very difficult to get ice over there. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a cube or two, but usually drinks are served without ice. Be prepared to pay to use public restrooms. The cost is usually less than one euro. I didn’t really mind paying though, because those restrooms were spotless and very private. Another thing I wasn’t prepared for is the lack of wash cloths in the hotel rooms. Bring your own if you need them. I would also recommend changing over enough dollars into Euros before your trip to last you about four days. That’s how long it took us to get to an ATM to withdraw more Euros. Bring very comfortable walking shoes, because you will be walking A LOT. I also recommend an umbrella. It rained on us at least half of our trip. Be prepared to see breathtaking sights, meet interesting people, and have the experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend this tour and if you’re lucky, you’ll get Indira as your tour director!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a blast!

The Germany, Switzerland & Austria tour was wonderful, exciting, amazing and so much fun!! Our tour guide Constantin was amazing. He had so much wonderful knowledge of the history of every single place we visited. (He even knew more about my own Country "USA" than I did.) He always had something educational to tell us but in a fun way that made us want to listen to every word. He had a great sense of humor too. We had a wonderful driver named Martin who was such a good driver and kept us all safe and made us laugh a lot will silly antics like driving around a round about twice. He was so accurate in his abilities with the bus that he backed into a super narrow drive way at one of the hotels without missing a beat (he didn't even need two tries, nailed it on the first one)! The Mercedes Motor Coach (glorified bus) was very comfortable, clean and roomy. The amazing countrysides and mountain ranges we saw during the driving time were breathtaking. As well as the beautiful villages/towns/cities that we either drove past or through. I couldn't stop looking out the window most moments. Each stop was very exciting and so much fun. I have to say Lucerne, Switzerland was probably one of my most favorite places. Mount Pilatus was incredible!! (Do the excursion to Mount Pilatus, it is worth every penny!) Each stop had its own amazing charm and history that really drew me in and made me glad to be there to see it and experience it. I hate to even talk about the few things that were not-so-great, but also not a deal breaker either. A few things I didn't like/regret were things like the small amount of time we had in some stops. (There just wasn't enough time & it was a frustration!!) The tour is very fast paced, so be prepared to really move on some days. The excursions do cut into free time so that is something I will consider more carefully next time. Also, I didn't know I'd have to pay for things like water at a restaurants and using a public restrooms. Some things you just have to learn as you go, but I felt these things Go Ahead Tours should have made known to its travelers. Especially us "first timers". One thing I will definitely do very carefully next time....Pick your travel companions very carefully. I don't regret taking my 83 year old Grandma with me but I did miss out on quite a bit because she simply could not keep up and there were things like climbing many flights of stairs at Neuschwanstein Castle she just could not do. I should have done more research on some of the places we went. We did buy a wheelchair for her but there were some places it simply could not go. Also, my Dad who is 62 has different ideas of "fun" than I do and is ready for bed right after dinner. There are many things to do in the evenings too. Also, "BIG" time disappointment that I feel Go Ahead Tours should make very blatant is the fact that October begins a lot maintenance/remodeling/construction of many of its buildings and structures in the countries we visited. Certain attractions you'll also find are closed. During my tour Oct 19-30 I saw many buildings with scaffolding and huge plastic sheets covering huge sections of buildings. Including the inside of one of the cathedral's organs. Also fountains covered up, ponds drained and gardens dug up. That really messed up some prime picture taking and took from the overall experience. All in all I am so glad I took this tour. I feel it was well worth the money and would definitely book with Go Ahead Tours again. And I hope get Constantin and Martin again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous time

My husband and I had a wonderful time on our Europe tour. Excellent tour director and bus driver!! :^)

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a great trip!

Our recent trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland was everything I was hoping for! It was quite a worldwind tour. Very busy with a lot of walking, but they made sure we saw all the local sights! The local guides were fantastic, too. Paula was a great tour director! Very knowledgable and helpful! Our fellow travelers were wonderful. We got along so well and I feel like I have 28 new friends. Iwould and have recommended this tour to friends. Thank you Go Ahead Tours, I will be traveling with your company again, sometime in the future

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEST GRADUATION TRIP EVER

I would highly recommend this trip! I thought all the destinations were amazing. We did all of the add ons except for the final one in Budapest. It was fantastic! Our tour guide was great, everyone on our tour was super friendly, we made some friends for sure! I don't think I will travel with any other travel agency!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My first Tour to Europe!

This was my first tour to Europe (Germany Austria Switzerland) and with GAT. Everything was perfectly arranged with GAT! You didn't have to worry about anything. Germany was such a great place and the Germans were all so friendly! Going through the Black Forest and having original Black Forest Cake was pretty cool. I bought an original cuckoo clock there from a shop that was actually a huge working cuckoo clock itself! Lucerne Swizterland was my most favorite place. It was such beautiful quaint town. The view from the top of Mt. Pilatus was amazing. It happened to be raining the day we went up so when we were at the peak I was actually looking down (not up) at a rainbow over the lake and Lucerne. God is good! What a breathtaking view I was able to experience! I was in complete awe. Salzburg was really a neat place to. I got to go down and check out a salt mine there. The Eagles Nest was a cool and experience to with a great view. I believe we had the best tour director and bus driver! Ildi was so knowledgeable and such a fun person. Loved her and would love to have her as a tour director again. Miroslaw was very knowledgeable also. He knew shortcuts and I would trust him driving us over an icy mountain! Overall my trip was excellent! I'll definitely go with GAT again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour!

This was my first tour with Go Ahead and I was very pleased with the quality of the tour for the price. Our tour director, Jürgen, was fantastic. All of the local guides that we had in the cities were great too--very knowledgable and their English was easy to understand. This tour includes a lot of cities and sights, so know that there is a lot of walking involved. I liked that some of the dinners were included on the tour because it was nice to not have to find a place for dinner after a long day of traveling to a new city. However, although the food was very adequate, it was not always 5-star quality. I opted to do three of the excursions--the castle and gardens at Schwetzingen, Mount Pilatus, and Dachau. Schwetzingen was beautiful and Mount Pilatus was a must-see, however I would not do Dachau again because the museum is unorganized and there is a lot to do in Munich instead. The extension to Budapest was amazing and definitely worth it if you are able to go. I picked Go Ahead for the itinerary, price, and for the fact that there was free time to explore the city on my own. I thought that the tour was very organized and I would definitely recommend it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

"Outstanding Tour"

Met all of our expectations. The tour was outstanding and I've recommended it to all of my friends. Go Ahead Tours did an outstanding job planning and putting this tour together. We will definitely plan additional tours with Go Ahead Tours.

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