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Oktoberfest: Jewels of...

Oktoberfest: Jewels of Alpine Europe

14 days |  16 days with Salzburg extension
14 days |  16 days with Salzburg extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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people drinking in german beer tent at oktoberfest in munich
colorful canoes docked in canal with people walking by
three swiss men standing on mountain playing traditional swiss trumpets
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Experience rich culture and traditions against a backdrop of Alpine peaks.

Journey from Switzerland’s mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France’s inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix Valley, stroll along Italy’s Lake Como, cross Liechtenstein, and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck. End your adventure in Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria, where you’ll join thousands of beer lovers from around the world in celebrating Oktoberfest.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Oktoberfest in Munich
  • Kapellbrücke
  • Interlaken
  • Chamonix
  • Mont Blanc
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Zurich today.

Lucerne Region2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Zurich & transfer to Lucerne Region
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Switzerland! Transfer to the Lucerne region and get settled in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
Included meal: Breakfast

Get an up-close look at the lakeside city of Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town, on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • Pass hand-painted facades that line the cobbled streets of the Old Town.
  • Cross the medieval Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and view the Water Tower.
  • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built north of the Alps in Switzerland.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Mount Pilatus

From $185 per person

French Alps2 nights
Day 4: French Alps via Bern
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the Alps today, taking in stunning scenery as you pass Alpine lakes, mountains, and charming villages.

  • Stop in Interlaken, where you'll have the opportunity to snap photos of towering Jungfraujoch (weather-dependent).
  • Visit the Swiss capital of Bern and walk through its charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Pass through the vineyards of Lausanne and Lake Geneva as you make your way to your hotel.
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Annecy
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel north and get to know the lakeside town of Annecy today.

  • Walk through Annecy’s Old Town with your Tour Director and take in sweeping views of the Alps.
  • Peruse the stalls of the town's open-air market, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables.

Then, return to your hotel in the French Alps and enjoy a free evening.

Lake Como Region2 nights
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Chamonix
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Italy, stop to explore and learn about Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. Then, continue through the scenic Aosta Valley en route to the Lake Como region.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 7: Villa Carlotta, Lake Como cruise & Bellagio
Included meal: Breakfast

Head out on a morning trip to explore the Lake Como area where you'll have a chance to admire the beautiful architecture, breathtaking views, and cruise the crystal-clear turquoise waters.

  • Transfer to the beautiful Villa Carlotta to soak in spectacular views from the elaborate villa gardens.
  • Embark on a scenic cruise on Lake Como and soak in some of Italy's most beautiful estates and gardens.
  • Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries.
  • Enjoy free time in Bellagio to grab dinner, shop, and explore at your own pace.

Return to your hotel in the Lake Como region by bus and enjoy a free evening.

Please note: From November through February, a funicular to Brunate will replace the visit to Villa Carlotta.

St. Moritz1 night
Day 8: Train ride to St. Moritz
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Tirano, where you’ll board the Bernina Express. Enjoy a scenic train ride through the stunning, UNESCO-recognized landscapes of the Alps to St. Moritz, a prestigious Swiss resort town and hub of wintertime sports.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Austrian Alps2 nights
Day 9: Austrian Alps via Liechtenstein & Innsbruck
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire.

  • Visit the capital of Vaduz.
  • Pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence.

Continue on to Innsbruck, site of two winter Olympic Games, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour.

  • 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.

Then, travel to the Austrian Alps and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 10: Free day in the Austrian Alps Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the Austrian Alps region or add an excursion.

Bavarian Alps Castle Visit & Lunch

From $175 per person

Munich3 nights
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross into Germany and get to know the Bavarian capital of Munich on a guided tour this afternoon.

  • 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.
Day 12: Oktoberfest in Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Join thousands of others in celebrating Oktoberfest this afternoon. Enjoy special admission to an Oktoberfest tent, where you can sample Bavarian delicacies along with steins of Munich’s famous beer.

Day 13: Free day in Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Then, celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner this evening.


From $55 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Salzburg, Austria.

Extension to Salzburg
It’s the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, but that’s not all that makes Salzburg sing. Join your Tour Director and spend a couple days exploring this Austrian city, where Baroque churches and a UNESCO-listed old town will leave you in awe.
Salzburg2 nights
Day 14: Transfer to Salzburg & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Salzburg, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

  • View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter.
  • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style.
  • Pass through scenery from the beloved film “The Sound of Music.”
  • Ride the Mönchsberg Lift and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its fortress.

Enjoy a free evening in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Mozart Concert & Dinner

From $215 per person

Day 15: Free day in Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.

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

Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines

From $185 per person

Berchtesgaden: Salt Mines & Village Visit

From $119 per person

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Munich airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    A year later and I am still in awe
    9/9/23 by 2nd-time traveler Kevin

    It was all wonderful. I love the Alps, I loved Anacey, I loved Chamiose, lake Como, Train ride to St. Moritz, st Moritz, mount Pilatus, Innsbruck, Munich, Octoberfest and Salzburg. I had to change my plans and come home earlier than I anticipated and EF Tours helped me change all my flights.

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    Jewel of the Alps
    9/18/23 by 1st-time traveler Mary Kate "Katie"

    As first time GoAhead tours travelers, we felt GoAhead Tours was well organized and employed professional guides and drivers. Hotels were comfortable and lovely, which is important after a long day on our feet. We were blessed with fantastic weather and incredible group of travelers. These were pe...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Tour of the Alps
    9/18/23 by 2nd-time traveler David

    Great tour, not too large (28) knowledgeable Guide wonderful scenery Good hotels. Things to work on, some hotels were not walking distance from sites. If meal contracts limit wine to 1 glass a 5 oz pour would be more appropriate than a 3 ounce pour. The food was usually good, the hotels were qu...

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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.


    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
    Grand Hotel Europe

    This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and outdoor terrace. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Cha...

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    Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel
    Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel

    This contemporary mountain hotel is located in the center of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc. Guests enjoy views of Mont Blanc and the Alps, roofto...

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    Albergo Firenze
    Albergo Firenze

    This contemporary hotel is located in Como's historic center overlooking Piazza Volta. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and air conditioning. Nearby...

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    Hotel Laudinella
    Hotel Laudinella

    This rustic hotel is located in the Upper Engadin Valley of St. Moritz. Guests enjoy a restaurant, pool, and spa with turkish bath. Nearby, you’ll fin...

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    Hotel Edelmanns
    Hotel Edelmanns

    This stylish hotel is located in the Austrian Alps town of Tirol, just outside of Innsbruck. Guests enjoy the sauna, fitness center, and impressive ba...

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    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

    This centrally-located hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Guests enjoy the fitness center, Finnish style sauna, and an on-site restaurant. Nearb...

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    Arcotel Castellani
    Arcotel Castellani

    This contemporary hotel is located in Salzburg city center. Guests enjoy the large garden, fitness center, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find the Sal...

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