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Historic Germany: Berlin to Bavaria

with Vienna extension
  • Duration: 12 or 15 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 90
Meet a country that’s history-conscious but forward-looking.

Begin your adventure in artsy, edgy Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital. Stop at the historic outpost of Potsdam, then continue on to Dresden. Take a step back in time as you wander along the medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber before ending in Munich, the capital of Bavarian food and culture.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Museum Island
  • Cecilienhof Palace
  • Zwinger Palace
  • Weimar
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Berlin today.

Berlin3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Berlin
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Germany! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

World War II Walking Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Potsdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Potsdam, where American, British, and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference.

• Explore the historic town center, New Garden, and Dutch Quarter with a guide

• Step inside Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photo

Dresden2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Dresden
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Berlin for a guided tour of Dresden, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world.

• Stroll through the Old Town and pass the renovated Semper Opera House, site of the Saxon State Orchestra

• Admire the Dresden Frauenkirche and statue of Martin Luther

• See the Zwinger Palace, a striking example of Baroque architecture, and walk through the palace gardens

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Free day in Dresden
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Görlitz
Excursion (additional cost)
Bamberg2 nights
Day 7: Bamberg via Weimar
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Bamberg by way of Weimar, the UNESCO-listed intellectual hub that nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schiller.

• Learn about the city’s literary history on a walking tour through the Old Town

• See remnants of the Bauhaus architectural movement

• Discover the German National Theatre and its monument to Goethe and Schiller

Then, continue on to Bamberg where you'll sit down to an included dinner with your group.

(Please note: Some departures may overnight in Würzburg, Bayreuth, or Coburg instead of Bamberg.)

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Enter the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace

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

• Visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bamberg or add an excursion.

Historic Nuremberg
Excursion (additional cost)
Munich3 nights
Day 9: Munich via Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off for Munich, stopping en route in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a sightseeing tour of the town's picturesque squares.

Enjoy a free evening in Munich or add an excursion.

Munich Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: 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 nearby Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Dachau
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

Neuschwanstein Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Vienna

Proper citizens of Vienna, it’s been said, waltz only from the waist down, holding their upper bodies ramrod straight while whirling around the crowded dance floor. The movement resulting from this posture is breathtaking, and its coupling of liveliness and formality is quintessentially Viennese. The 18th-century stone-and-stucco palaces all over the inner city are much the same. They make Vienna a baroque city that is, at its best, an architectural waltz.

Vienna3 nights
Day 12: Vienna via Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Pass through the Austrian countryside, stopping to explore Salzburg on your own en route to Vienna.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Travel down the Ringstrasse to the Parliament building and the Vienna State Opera

• View the impressive art collection inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Vienna or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Free day in Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own or add an excursion.

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

Danube River Cruise
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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13 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Oct 7–Oct 18, 2019
Extension available
$3,649CAD
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May 18–May 29, 2020
Extension available
$3,999CAD
Jun 15–Jun 26, 2020
$3,999CAD
Jul 20–Jul 31, 2020
$3,799CAD
Oct 5–Oct 16, 2020
Extension available
$3,649CAD
Oct 19–Oct 30, 2020
$3,649CAD
Nov 9–Nov 20, 2020
$3,349CAD
May 17–May 28, 2021
$3,999CAD
Jun 14–Jun 25, 2021
Extension available
$3,999CAD
Jul 19–Jul 30, 2021
$3,799CAD
Oct 4–Oct 15, 2021
Extension available
$3,649CAD
Oct 18–Oct 29, 2021
$3,649CAD
Nov 8–Nov 19, 2021
$3,349CAD
Reviews
4.7 average
Amazing experience!
by 2nd time traveler 

Our tour was very well planned and our tour director was knowledgable, friendly and organized. She kept us on track which made it a lovely experience because I didn't have to think about anything. I was able to simply enjoy all that Germany had to offer.

BEST TOUR THANKS TO CHRIS OUR DIRECTOR
by 2nd time traveler 

THE TOUR STARTED OUT PERFECT CHRIS MET US AT THE AIRPORT AND GOT US INTO A ROOM EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONLY 11 AM. THE KNOWLEDGE OF BOTH THE LOCAL GUIDES AND THE DIRECTOR WAS AMAZING. THE ONLY SOMEWHAT BAD THING WAS THE WEATHER WAS BETWEEN 93 AND 101 DEGREES UGH. BUT AGAIN OUR TOUR DIRECTOR WENT OUT OF...

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Poor Tour Director
by 3rd time traveler 

The Tour Director was prejudice or just plain stupid.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 03/04/2019

Dear Valerie, Thank you for your feedback. We are ...

Excellent tour and extensions
by 15th time traveler 

The Historic Germany tour was a wonderful opportunity to visit eastern Germany from Berlin to Munich. Having never been to Germany before, we recommend this tour and its extensions to first-time travelers. There were 31 Go Aheaders on this trip along with our bus driver, George. The tour director...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/06/2018

Dear Susan, At Go Ahead, we work hard to provide t...

by 5th time traveler 

This was a great trip! Our tour guide Chris was extremely knowledgeable and couldn't have been more helpful. She pointed out places that we would not have seen otherwise and even as we were traveling from site to site gave us a history of the area and answered every question that the group asked. ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/31/2018

Dear Dona, Our Tour Directors play a key role in e...

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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.

Abba Berlin Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

NH Dresden

This modern hotel is located in the Leipziger Vorstadt neighborhood, north of the Dresden city center. Guests enjoy a fitness room, bar, and restauran...

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...

Angelo Munich Westpark

This stylish hotel is located in the southwestern quarter of Munich. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and hotel bar. Nearby, you'll find Vikt...

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...

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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Germany (and Austria 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 1 hour 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 Berlin and depart from Munich (or Vienna 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.
  • 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
  • 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, 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.
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.
  • 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
  • Germany and Austria (on the tour extension) 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 on your tour.
  • 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.