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A Week in Switzerland, Germany & Austria

with Prague extension
  • Duration: 9 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 12
Get to the heart of Central Europe.

Spend a week seeing the best of one of Europe’s most fascinating regions. Set off from scenic Lucerne, Switzerland to explore Neuschwanstein and Munich, two of Germany’s can’t-miss destinations. Your adventure continues in Austria, where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of Salzburg before being entranced by Vienna’s beauty.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Melk Abbey
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Switzerland today.

Lucerne Region2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Lucerne
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! After arriving in Zurich,transfer to the Lucerne region to meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
Included meal: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine city on the northern shores of Lake Lucerne during a guided tour.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Lucerne region or add an excursion.

Mount Pilatus
Excursion (additional cost)
Munich2 nights
Day 4: Travel to 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 5: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: 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

Spend a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion

Dachau
Excursion (additional cost)
Salzburg1 night
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Germany and 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

Enjoy a free evening in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Mozart Concert & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Vienna2 nights
Day 7: Travel to Vienna via Melk Abbey
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Spend a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.

• Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire the palace’s impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, passing the Parliament building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum

• See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on the tour extension to Prague.

Extension to Prague

See why Prague is known as "The City of One Hundred Spires." The pinnacles of this bewitching city’s churches and castles create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines, and its cobblestone streets and courtyards will delight you at every turn.

Prague2 nights
Day 9: Travel to Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to one of Europe’s most beautiful cities: Prague, Czech Republic.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as "The City of One Hundred Spires" on a guided tour.

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. Then, spend a free evening in Prague or add an excursion.

Château Sychrov
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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56 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 7–Sep 15, 2019
Call to book
$2,699
Only 4 spots left!
Sep 21–Sep 29, 2019
Extension available
Join waitlist
$2,749
Oct 5–Oct 13, 2019
Extension available
$2,499
Only 1 spot left!
Oct 19–Oct 27, 2019
Extension available
$2,499
Only 2 spots left!
Nov 23–Dec 1, 2019
Extension available
Join waitlist
$2,299
Dec 7–Dec 15, 2019
Extension available
$2,299$1,849
Last-minute special
Mar 21–Mar 29, 2020
$2,199
Apr 4–Apr 12, 2020
$2,299
Apr 18–Apr 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Only 2 spots left!
May 9–May 17, 2020
$2,299
May 23–May 31, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 6–Jun 14, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 13–Jun 21, 2020
$2,749
Jun 20–Jun 28, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Jul 11–Jul 19, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Jul 18–Jul 26, 2020
$2,749
Jul 25–Aug 2, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Aug 8–Aug 16, 2020
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Aug 22–Aug 30, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Sep 5–Sep 13, 2020
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 12–Sep 20, 2020
$2,649
Sep 19–Sep 27, 2020
Extension available
$2,849
Oct 3–Oct 11, 2020
Extension available
$2,499
Oct 17–Oct 25, 2020
$2,499
Nov 7–Nov 15, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Nov 21–Nov 29, 2020
$2,299
Dec 5–Dec 13, 2020
$2,299
Feb 27–Mar 7, 2021
Extension available
$2,199
Mar 6–Mar 14, 2021
$2,199
Mar 13–Mar 21, 2021
Extension available
$2,199
Mar 20–Mar 28, 2021
$2,199
Apr 3–Apr 11, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Apr 17–Apr 25, 2021
$2,299
Apr 24–May 2, 2021
$2,299
May 1–May 9, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
May 8–May 16, 2021
$2,299
May 22–May 30, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 5–Jun 13, 2021
$2,749
Jun 12–Jun 20, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 19–Jun 27, 2021
$2,749
Jul 10–Jul 18, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jul 17–Jul 25, 2021
$2,749
Jul 24–Aug 1, 2021
$2,749
Aug 7–Aug 15, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Aug 21–Aug 29, 2021
$2,749
Sep 4–Sep 12, 2021
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 11–Sep 19, 2021
$2,649
Sep 18–Sep 26, 2021
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 25–Oct 3, 2021
$2,649
Oct 2–Oct 10, 2021
Extension available
$2,499
Oct 16–Oct 24, 2021
$2,499
Oct 23–Oct 31, 2021
Extension available
$2,499
Nov 6–Nov 14, 2021
$2,299
Nov 13–Nov 21, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Nov 20–Nov 28, 2021
$2,299
Dec 4–Dec 12, 2021
$2,299
Reviews
4.7 average
Switzerland Germany Austria tour
by 2nd time traveler 

Overall a wonderful vacation and experience. Excellent tour guide- Beate and bus driver -Martin -excellent hotels with helpful staff ,clean and comfortable rooms and great breakfast buffets . Might have been able to use a little more free time but was glad to see as much as we could with the li...

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Switzeramd. Germany, Austria tour
by 2nd time traveler 

This was an excellent tour with a great tour guide. The only negative was that the hotel in Salzburg had no air conditioning on a very humid and warm night. Apparently the hotel staff knew they had air conditioning problems the entire week before hand and had not corrected it or told our tour guide....

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/24/2019

Dear Don, We appreciate your feedback, and are ple...

by 2nd time traveler 

Wonderful people in wonderful places. This tour included places I wanted to see that were not included in other tours. Especially enjoyed the Mt Pilatus and Chateau Sychrov optional excursions. Had adequate amount of free time on own to explore. Wait time for some popular sites were longer than anti...

Many great experiences in a short time!
by 4th time traveler 

We enjoyed beautiful scenery, special concerts and excellent food and drink at a fast pace. Our guide, Indira, made everything work seamlessly while being friendly and interested in each member of our group.

Outstanding Tour!
by 8th time traveler 

My 7th Go Ahead Tour and it did not disappoint. First stop, Switzerland! Our hotel was located looking out onto Lucerne Lake. The view was spectacular! There was a bus stop right outside the hotel and we were given bus tickets to use during our stay. It was a great option for those who wanted to go...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Grand Hotel Europe

This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Chapel B...

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

This centrally-located hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Au-Haidhaus...

Arcotel Castellani

This contemporary hotel is located in Salzburg city center. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a mini bar, and air conditioning. Nearby, you'll find ARCOTEL Cast...

Falkensteiner Margareten

This stylish hotel is located near the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Schönbrunn Palace, Vie...

Hotel Bellevue-Terminus

This urban hotel is located in Engelberg. Guests enjoy a restaurant, cafe, and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find Engelberg Abbey, Eugenisee Lake, and views ...

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Switzerland, Germany, and Austria (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestone streets, hills, and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Zurich and depart from Vienna (or Prague on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www/cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish, and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220–240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins. You may also use a Type J plug with three small pins in Switzerland.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency 
  • You will use the Swiss franc in Switzerland and the euro in Germany and Austria (plus the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate you understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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56 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 7–Sep 15, 2019
Call to book
$2,699
Only 4 spots left!
Sep 21–Sep 29, 2019
Extension available
Join waitlist
$2,749
Oct 5–Oct 13, 2019
Extension available
$2,499
Only 1 spot left!
Oct 19–Oct 27, 2019
Extension available
$2,499
Only 2 spots left!
Nov 23–Dec 1, 2019
Extension available
Join waitlist
$2,299
Dec 7–Dec 15, 2019
Extension available
$2,299$1,849
Last-minute special
Mar 21–Mar 29, 2020
$2,199
Apr 4–Apr 12, 2020
$2,299
Apr 18–Apr 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Only 2 spots left!
May 9–May 17, 2020
$2,299
May 23–May 31, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 6–Jun 14, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 13–Jun 21, 2020
$2,749
Jun 20–Jun 28, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Jul 11–Jul 19, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Jul 18–Jul 26, 2020
$2,749
Jul 25–Aug 2, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Aug 8–Aug 16, 2020
$2,749
Only 9 spots left!
Aug 22–Aug 30, 2020
Extension available
$2,749
Sep 5–Sep 13, 2020
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 12–Sep 20, 2020
$2,649
Sep 19–Sep 27, 2020
Extension available
$2,849
Oct 3–Oct 11, 2020
Extension available
$2,499
Oct 17–Oct 25, 2020
$2,499
Nov 7–Nov 15, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Nov 21–Nov 29, 2020
$2,299
Dec 5–Dec 13, 2020
$2,299
Feb 27–Mar 7, 2021
Extension available
$2,199
Mar 6–Mar 14, 2021
$2,199
Mar 13–Mar 21, 2021
Extension available
$2,199
Mar 20–Mar 28, 2021
$2,199
Apr 3–Apr 11, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Apr 17–Apr 25, 2021
$2,299
Apr 24–May 2, 2021
$2,299
May 1–May 9, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
May 8–May 16, 2021
$2,299
May 22–May 30, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 5–Jun 13, 2021
$2,749
Jun 12–Jun 20, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jun 19–Jun 27, 2021
$2,749
Jul 10–Jul 18, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Jul 17–Jul 25, 2021
$2,749
Jul 24–Aug 1, 2021
$2,749
Aug 7–Aug 15, 2021
Extension available
$2,749
Aug 21–Aug 29, 2021
$2,749
Sep 4–Sep 12, 2021
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 11–Sep 19, 2021
$2,649
Sep 18–Sep 26, 2021
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 25–Oct 3, 2021
$2,649
Oct 2–Oct 10, 2021
Extension available
$2,499
Oct 16–Oct 24, 2021
$2,499
Oct 23–Oct 31, 2021
Extension available
$2,499
Nov 6–Nov 14, 2021
$2,299
Nov 13–Nov 21, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Nov 20–Nov 28, 2021
$2,299
Dec 4–Dec 12, 2021
$2,299