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Oktoberfest: Beers of Belgium & Germany

with Prague extension
  • Duration: 12 or 16 days
  • Group size: 15-28
  • Reviews: 6
Treat your taste buds to sweet Belgian chocolate and crisp Bavarian beer.

On this culinary adventure, you’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, tasting world-renowned food and drink as you go. Travel from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich, where you’ll raise a stein with locals at the legendary Oktoberfest festivities. Be sure to bring your appetite when you discover the local beers, cuisine, and traditions that make these countries such celebrated destinations.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 beer tastings & 2 wine tastings
Included highlights
  • Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest
  • Belgian chocolate tastings
  • Delirium brewery
  • Mardesous Abbey beers
  • Rhine Valley wine
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

Bruges3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bruges via Brussels
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Belgium! After arriving in Brussels, transfer to Bruges in Flanders. Here, you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bruges
Included meal: Breakfast

A walking tour introduces you to Bruges’ history and reputation as Belgium’s chocolate capital and city of canals.

• See Market Square, Burg Square, and the belfry, a 13th-century bell tower

• Admire the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site now home to an order of Benedictine nuns

• Take in the scenic views at Minnewater, the romantic “Lake of Love”

• Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings

• Set off on the canals and tour the city by boat

Enjoy a free evening in Bruges or add an excursion.

Brewery Visit & Dinner in Bruges
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Bruges
Included meal: Breakfast

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

A Day in Ghent: Tasting Tour & Canal Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Brussels1 night
Day 5: Brussels via Huyghe Brewery
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel east toward central Belgium. Stop en route at Huyghe Brewery, home to the world-famous Delirium ale, for a tour and Belgian beer tasting. Then, make your way to Brussels, home of the European Union.

• See the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand-Place

• Pass city icons, such as Manneken-Pis, Palais de Justice, and the Place Royale

Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner.

Rhine Valley2 nights
Day 6: Rhine Valley via Dinant & Maredsous Abbey
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel south through Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, to the Rhine Valley, making two stops along the way.

• Take a guided tour of Maredsous Abbey, where monks continue the Benedictine brewing tradition

• Sample a variety of different cheeses served with a Maredsous brewed beer

• Taste the delicious flavors of the Wallonia region during an included lunch at the abbey

• Visit Dinant, a charming Belgian town at the edge of the River Meuse, where you will have free time to explore on your own

Day 7: Rüdesheim am Rhein & Rhine River Cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pay a visit to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim am Rhein this morning.

• Stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse

• Enjoy free time to eat lunch

This afternoon, take in the spectacular sights of the Rhine River Valley on a scenic cruise from Rudesheim to Sankt Goar. Then, visit a local vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner.

Bamberg2 nights
Day 8: Bamberg via Würzburg
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through the Middle Rhine Valley—a UNESCO-protected region famous for its castles, historic towns, and vineyards—en route to Bamberg.

• Stop in medieval Würzburg

• Take a tour of the city’s Residence Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Sit down to sample locally made wines, including Riesling and Silvaner, during an included lunch

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills.

• Admire the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace

• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of the Regnitz River

• Visit the quaint fishermen’s village of Little Venice

Tonight, eat like a local at a tavern and taste Rauchbier, a smoky regional beer.

Munich2 nights
Day 10: Oktoberfest in Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Munich today to join thousands of beer lovers from all over the world at Oktoberfest. Enjoy special admission to a large beer tent on the Theresienwiese fair grounds, where you can sample Bavarian specialties to complement your drink.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

• Shop at the Viktualienmarkt for fresh food, flowers, and local delicacies

• Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district

• Finish with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer hall

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

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Prague

See why Prague is known as the City of a 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.

Prague3 nights
Day 12: Prague via Pilsen
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Prague, stopping en route to explore the famous brewery city of Pilsen, home of the famous Pilsner beer.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Taste Krušovice beer, brewed here for hundreds of years

Enjoy a free afternoon in Prague or add an excursion.

Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Free day in Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

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

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Czech Countryside: A Day in Karlovy Vary
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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by 2nd time traveler 

This was an amazing tour! Everything about it was first class. We loved the hotels, the included meals, the beer tastings and brewery tours. We had a great group traveling with us, which along with our most excellent tour guide Chris, made for an outstanding experience. This was a very beer- and wi...

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by 3rd time traveler 

My husband and I went on the 2018 Oktoberfest: beers of Belgium and Germany with the Prague extention. We had an amazing time in each city (Brugge, Brussels, Bamburg, Munich, and Prague). We participated in the Gent excursion, as well. Our tour group was small - 12 people and we got along great toge...

Fun trip
by 5th time traveler 

Ours was a small group of eleven, which allowed for a more personalized experience. Besides the great tours of breweries and the enjoyable time at Oktoberfest, we enjoyed an equal amount of time seeing some beautiful countryside and a number of fabulous cities. Cheers to Go Ahead!

A Beer Enthusiast's Dream Come True
by 3rd time traveler 

This tour did NOT disappoint. We had a fantastic group of people that were there to enjoy the local culture including cuisine, beer, chocolate and wine. The cities we visited were filled with history and beautiful scenery. Our tour guide, Chris K, did a wonderful job of anticipating our group's p...

Different
by 8th time traveler 

I hae been a many GoAhead tours. Only went on this because friends from out of state were going. I'm not a drinker. Well, this isn't a drinking trip. Yes we did sample many.many beers, and chocolate and local food foods. I would go again tomorrow. Got to interact with many locals in restaurants. ...

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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.

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...

Hotel Europa Bamberg

Italian atmosphere and heartly hospitality are awaiting you in our house. The Hotel Europa with 24-hour front desk is located in the centre of the cit...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Belgium and Germany (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 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • 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 Brussels and depart from Munich (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
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer, and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • 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.
  • 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 operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • 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 euro in Belgium and Germany (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 your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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