10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Air & Land
|10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria|
|Mercure Hotel Wiesbaden City||Wiesbaden|
|Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen||Breitnau|
|Grand Europe Hotel||Lucerne|
|Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck||Innsbruck|
|Grauer Baer Hotel||Innsbruck|
|Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien||Vienna|
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|2018 Dates & Prices|
|2019 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights New York-Frankfurt, Vienna-New York
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 8 nights First Class accommodations
- 2 nights Mainz
- 1 night Black Forest
- 2 nights Lucerne
- 1 night Innsbruck
- 2 nights Vienna
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- 12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides per itinerary
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
- Cruise the Rhine in Mainz with stunning vistas of hilltop castles and villages
- Wine tasting at a local winery in the Rheinhessen Valley
- In Heidelberg, view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle
- Drive through the Black Forest, dense with hills of dark forests of thick pine trees
- Travel to the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament
- In sparkling Lucerne, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, visit the inspiring Lion Monument
- Tour magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music
- Tour Vienna, the Imperial city on the Danube; walk along the Ringstrasse
Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
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This first class hotel is close to the Rhine River and the city center of Mainz.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is centrally located in Wiesbaden.Hotel Details
This first class hotel overlooks Lake Titisee.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is a short walk away from the Lucerne railway station.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in a prestigious location just 10 minutes away from the city center.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located close to the Innsbruck Congress and Exhibition Centre.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck’s historic Old Town.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
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- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
*In the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the cable car.
|Day #6||01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018||$96.00|
|01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019||$97.00|
Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
|Day #8||01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2019||$69.00|
Spend a pleasant evening in a cozy Viennese wine tavern in one of the many villages surrounding the city in the Vienna Woods. A hearty meal is accompanied with local wine and music. An ideal way to feel the spirit of this imperial city.
Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
|Day #9||01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019||$75.00|
Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
*Tours operating from Nov 18 - Dec 26, 2017 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market
|Day #9||01 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2019||$49.00|
It was AWESOME. Our guide Neira was the best ever. We all thought her truly exceptional! The value was amazing and we will definitely travel with Gate 1 again based on this experience.Susan S. Laurel Hill, FL
Barry and I had the best trip ever. With Julian's wonderful personality the days flew by so quickly fun fun all day long.he has such a wonderful knowledge of all the history of the cities we were in.The extra touches of chocolates, making sure we were all on the bus , we were taken care of like family. The hotels food excursions were so interesting we will always remember . Will take another trip with Gate 1 again.Carmel S. St Thomas, ON, CA
We enjoyed our trip so much. I cannot speak highly enough of our tour manager, Julian, as well as our bus driver, Tibor. It was our first time to travel internationally and we found the trip to be so easy and fun. We plan on booking another trip with Gate 1 within the next couple of years.Jackie S. Beasley, TX
Our trip to Germany was excellent! Our tour guide Noel was awesome. It couldn't have been any better.Anne G. Chanhassen, MN
We had a fantastic time on our trip to the Christmas Markets. It was everything a Christmas Market trip should be. It was cold and we had snow a few times and got snowed on in the markets in Munich as well. We only had one day of rain so we were very happy about that. We had lots of hot mulled wine, bratwurst, sauerkraut, gingerbread and all things yummy at the markets and local restaurants plus enjoyed some of the beer halls along with museums, art galleries, shopping and history. Europe does Christmas so well with all the lights and the atmosphere, everywhere was lovely. Our tour guide Noel was fantastic and we also had a great group and everyone got on really well even though there were 42 of us. We will keep an eye out for other tours and expect we will also not receive Gate1 emails with tour info, specials etc.Janet C. Kingsley, WA
Our trip was wonderful! We thought our tour guide, Noel, was fantastic. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was having the best trip possible. He even bought us some of the best Austrian strudel we've ever tasted. The sights we saw in Germany,Austria and Switzerland were amazing. We learned so much about history and culture from Noel and the local guides. We even made it to Oktoberfest in Munich, which was an added bonus. This is our third trip with Gate 1 and we hope to do many more with you.Linda R. Canton, MI
Our trip was amazing. Gate 1 Travel is very lucky to have Clare. Clare was the perfect host, and my favorite of all 7 of my Gate 1 Trips. The scenery was beautiful and unforgettable. It was the perfect combination of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Thank you for putting together an easy and perfect vacation that we will always cherish.Donald E. Punta Gorda, FL
It was excellent!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!! Hotels were centrally located, neat and clean, the one in Zermatt was the best! Our guide Monique was a gem! She was professional, knowledgeable and above all caring! I would definitely take another tour with Gate 1 and recommend it to my friends and family.Varsha T. Havertown, PA
I had a wonderful trip to Switzerland. Our tour manager and guide, Monique was excellent. She was so knowledgeable about the culture and places we saw, and she really helped make the trip so enjoyable. Kurt, our driver, was also great. We stayed in lovely hotels, and the itinerary was wonderful, enabling us to see and do so much. I have visited Switzerland many times, but this was my first time with a tour. I would definitely consider going on another tour with Gate 1.Joyce Z. Glenshaw, PA
It was wonderful; loved the itinerary, the great hotels, the Rhine River cruise, staying 2 nights in almost every city, our guide and the excursions that we took. Plus we had a small group which made it even better. Loved Germany and Austria, and the free days where we could roam the cities and do some activities that we had planned. Another great job by Gate 1!Karen R. Jacksonville, FL
The trip was great. Our tour manager was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We have learned a lot about Switzerland. Swiss people were very polite and friendly. Some towns are amazingly beautiful. The food there was good. Shopping for chocolates and watches was excellent. We have enjoyed this trip very much.Chi-Ming H. Barrington, RI
A great experience! Beautiful weather...beautiful blue-green lakes, green pastures dotted w/grazing cattle, goats & sheep...towering white-capped Alps...even the white puffy clouds added to the overall beauty of Switzerland! We loved the sounds of cattle bells, the beautiful music of the long horns, the church bells in all all the little villages & towns...but we did miss hearing the yodeling! Our tour guide...Remo...made it all happen...we loved his wit, his knowledge...first time for a guided tour in Europe, so first Gate 1 experience, and cannot imagine not having Remo for future trips! We hated to leave Switzerland & hated saying goodbye to Remo!Susan T. Knoxville, TN
Our trip was fantastic. The guides were wonderful, the group leader was great and everything went very smoothly. We learned a tremendous about of information along with having a great time.Elizabeth B. Kiawah Island, SC
Had a fantastic time.Noel took excellent care of us and his knowledge of German history prior to and after WW2 was amazing. I have been to Germany at least 10 times, hitting Munich each time, but never to Berlin. That was why I chose this trip. excellent choice.Philip R. Santa Paula, CA
The trip was wonderful! Cheers to everyone at Gate One for a job well done!!! Our Guide, Noel Perceval and our Driver, Imre did a simply fabulous job!Bryan M. Brentwood, TN
Just returned to Sydney. Everything went very well. Excellent trip. I believe I will be getting a letter from Gate 1 soon. At that time I will highlight the most impressive things about the trip - the crew. The guides, the food and the sights we saw.Robert S. NSW, Australia
Our trip was great and especially our Tour Guide Panareo was amusing and very knowledgeable. We definitely will consider doing another trip through Gate 1.Akhtar P. Tucson, AZ
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Switzerland. Otmar was an excellent guide, very organized with lots of valuable information about the country. Hotels were very nice. Pace of activities was good and Otmar had good suggestions for activities and restaurants during our free time. Otmar was very helpful in arranging transportation to the airport from Lugano to Milan. We continue to be impressed by Gate 1's itineraries and value. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in May.Kathy R. Vernon Hills, IL
We couldn't be more pleased. The itinerary was great; the hotels were convenient and comfortable. And best of all, our tour guide, Neira, was professional, thorough, and knowledgeable. The BEST!!! Our bus driver Carbo was excellent too. This is our first Gate 1 trip. We will come back for more in the future.Joseph H. Sherwood Frst, CA
We had a wonderful time. While we have toured with other companies, this was our first time with Gate 1 and we were very pleased. We had an excellent tour guide, Remo Beretta, and we enjoyed the accommodations and the food, and it was a very good trip. Even the weather cooperated. So, thanks to you, and Gate 1.Rene S. Warminster, PA
The trip was absolutely wonderful! Our first one with Gate 1 - first time ever to Europe, in fact - and could not have been better! Everything from transfers to our tour manager Julian and bus driver Willie to the towns and sights we visited to the hotels we stayed at were all first rate!! No complaints at all. My dad came from Germany, along with his family, as a teen so I have heard about Germany and wanted to go my entire life. This has been the trip of a lifetime for me!!! Still thinking back and remembering all we did! There will definitely be more trips with Gate 1 in our future and I have been telling friends, neighbors, and patients how happy we are and what a great trip it was. Gate 1 truly exceeded our expectations and gave us a wonderful time!Nannette R. Indianapolis, IN
It was wonderful. More than we expected. Jillian was an excellent leader/organizer who got us prepared for every stop and included many extras. We came home with many good memories. He even had the bus sing Happy Birthday and sign a card for me on my 75th birthday. Great 13 days.Norma L. Mooreland, IN
The trip was wonderful. would like to thank you all for meticulous planning. Ottoman, our guide, was excellent.Jaswant G. Carmel, IN
Our trip was wonderful. We enjoyed it to the fullest. Was very happy with our tour guide, Clara, and bus driver, Michael. Clara was so very thoughtful, organized and well informed as were the step-on guides. The accommodations and daily breakfasts and included dinners excellent. All in all a wonderful trip.Sara L. Birmingham, AL
It was wonderful! Tour guide Sue was excellent!!! Loved her. Everything was sooo well planned. Coach driver very proficient. Sue had our safety & comfort in mind at every stop. I never would have seen as much of Germany on my own. The hotels were first class! Meals & servers were superb. I will definitely book a Gate 1 tour again!Mariellen A. Geneva, IL
Had a great time, many thanks for all your help in getting this of the ground. Look forward to our next one.Ken S. VIC, Australia
It was my first tour to Switzerland and second with Gate 1. The trip was amazing, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The tour was planned very well. Everything was 1st class all the way, from hotels to the transportation. Our tour guide Remo Beretta was the best I have ever had. He was personable, helpful, very professional and made everything run smoothly. I'd like to have him as the tour guide in my future travel with Gate1 (I look forward to booking my next trip with them to Italy).
Thank you Gate1 for this Tour - I have lots of wonderful memories!Larisa S. Union, NJ
Our trip was amazing! Gate 1 provides superior customer service which includes our tour guide, Dean, and our driver, Laszlo; both of these gentlemen were courteous, polite and knowledgeable. Our local guides were also knowledgeable and entertaining, we could not have asked for any better attention to personal needs or information. Our tour group was comprised of people of different nationalities and cultures who got along very well. We made friends we hope to see again. I would recommend Gate 1 to all of my friends and look forward to my next tour.Kathleen D. Portage, IN
Marvelous!!!! We travel a lot, both with organized trip companies like Gate 1 and with our own planned itineraries. Each of our trips has been unique and never once turned into a bad idea. In short we'd do them all again. Gate 1 has evolved over time to be our favorite travel company. Well done Gate 1 for each and every time. Great value with excellent staff, hotels and excursions. Keep up the great work. We currently have two more trips planned with Gate 1 in the not too distant future and are looking forward to your usual level of excellence. However the Danube River with Prague and Budapest is no doubt our favorite trip ever. Gate 1 has done a superb job and your staff must be complimented. Thanks for your effort it was appreciated greatly. While special notice is not something I usually do since the whole package takes a team effort I must compliment Sabi our tour director and Judith at reception on the Sound of Music. This is not to say that all the rest were not fantastic as each and every one can be singled out as just perfect, but these two just seemed to be there each time we talked and we talked with them a lot. I worked for a pharmacy chain in my previous life that prided itself on it's people skills. These two we got to know and enjoyed every moment with them. Exceptional people pleasers as that chain would say.
Way to go Gate 1!!!!Thomas H. Murrells Inlt, SC
The trip was very pleasant and everything was, as usual, well organized, planned and executed to our complete satisfaction.
We were lucky to have Robert, again, as our guide in this trip (we had him two years ago in another trip with Gate 1 Travel) his outstanding knowledge of European history was a plus and made the trip even more enjoyable. His English sense of humor added also a lot of good and laughing moments.
I would like to mention, also, the professionalism of our driver Michael that made our trip safe and relaxed. Worth to mention also his positive attitude to help and be of service to everyone in the group. Congratulations to the Company management for having such good and dedicated professionals within its staff. Needles to mention our preference favoring always Gate 1 Travel when it comes to our traveling plans, year after year. Gentlemen this is our eleventh trip with Gate One travel (there is one missing in the records of your company)!!!.Francisco A. Guttenberg, NJ
Our trip was a real success. Both airport and hotel shuttles were ready for us when we needed them. The hotel accommodations were top notch, with welcoming staff and excellent breakfasts, and conveniently located to historical downtown shopping areas. The tour itself was well organized, and we appreciated all the planned lunches and dinners. Our tour director--Radu--was an amazing guide, probably the BEST we will ever experience. The sites were all interesting, but Radu's accompanying commentaries were unbelievably good! He was truly a great leader/director for us, always the life of our party, bubbling with enthusiasm and overflowing with cultural information during the entire tour. He was always prepared to handle every unexpected incident. We are so lucky to have had him and will never forget him.
Thanks Gate1.Ronald D. Houston, TX
Gate 1 Travel did an excellent job coordinating this trip. All our guides were well informed and interesting and our co-travelers were a wonderful group. Thanks for the great experience.Alison R. Orlando, FL
The trip to Budapest, Vienna and Prague was wonderful. Dean, our tour manager was fabulous. He was knowledgeable, intelligent, funny and patient. His personality was great! Every detail was taken care of by Dean. He went out of his way to make each city easily navigable for everyone. When we arrived in a city, he walked us around so we knew where we were. He was attentive to everyone's particular needs. The tours of each city, as well as all of the optional tours were terrific! The local tour guides were excellent. They had a wealth of knowledge about their city and incredible outgoing personalities! The hotels were perfect! Many areas of interest were within walking distance to the hotels. This was our second tour with Gate 1 and we are looking forward to our next one! Thanks Gate 1 for an incredible experience.Helen B. Scarsdale, NY
Our trip was fantastic!! What beautiful countryside in Bavaria!! Dawn, our tour guide was exceptional and very helpful. My husband is gluten free and she was a big help in translating his needs. We met many new friends with whom we intend to stay in contact.
Thank you Gate 1 for a wonderful trip. We will be using your services again.Joan W, Olney, MD
The trip was very good. Bogdan, our primary guide paid attention to every detail and made everything work smoothly. He also provided a lot of information about where we were at any point in time and a good history of life in that part of the world based on personal experience.
Our various guides for specific places we visited were also very good. The remote speakers in which we used an earphone meant that we didn't have to stay extremely close to our guides when walking through often crowded places. Some of the special events were particularly outstanding, especially the Danube River cruise in Budapest and the concert in Vienna. Both my wife and I were well satisfied with all aspects of this trip.David D. Santa Fe, NM
Our trip was great! We had a wonderful tour manager, Otmar (who we also had on a Gate1 Christmas Markets tour 3 years ago), fantastic bus driver, Daown, very friendly group of fellow travelers, and the most beautiful scenery in the world. What more could we ask for? Although it was the rainy season, the sun came out just at the times we needed it to (complete view of the Matterhorn and majestic mountain views at 10,000+ feet up) and it was just cool enough for us Floridians.
Flights, tours, hotels, etc., all went well for us. We want to give special accolades to Otmar for calming my husband when he left his fanny pack on a restaurant seat on a day trip to Italy (and didn't discover it till we were back in Switzerland). Otmar took the time to call the restaurant to be sure the bag was there and plans to pick it up on his next tour there and will mail it home to us.
This was our third trip on Gate 1 and we hope to take many more. I'm sure I speak for my husband, his sister, and our friend who were also on the trip.Patricia A. Coral Springs, FL
Our trip was fantastic!!! What a beautiful country. Great people in our group who love to travel. Hotel choices superb especially in Zermatt...balcony view of the Matterhorn!!!!!! Tour bus driver, a cute Italian guy...kept the back window of the bus clean so we could take clear pictures! Tour guide from Austria informative, a pleasure. Breakfasts included, a major plus to always keep on this trip itinerary...rest of day could just sample...so many excursions...so much to eat...the cheese, the chocolate, the croissants! Able to see a sample of other countries by just traveling through Switzerland...France, Italy. Glacier express, Mt. Pilatus tour, train to the Matterhorn, lake tours, all the quaint old villages and castles...all marvelous experiences!
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone! Gate 1 Travel was highly praised by other members in our group! Thank you for providing such a trip...a very satisfied customer.Donna F. North Reading, MA
I like to inform you my travel experience was pleasant one through out entire course. I believe it was possible due to our tour manager, Mr. Bogdan who is humorous and given precise explanation. I do thank him about well arranged schedules, hotels and excellent services.Choong W. Long Beach, CA
Words cannot describe the total satisfaction I am with Gate 1 Travel. The itinerary, Bob tour guide, Tomas our bus driver, local guides and optional tours made this trip a success. (the hotels/meals included were also a plus)
I am looking forward to my next trip with you. You offer a wide variety to choose from, therefore my bucket list is overflowing.
May Gate 1 Travel continue to make dreams come true.Shirley S. Pleasanton, CA
We had a great time. Noel did a great job of keeping things organized and on schedule. He was very friendly and easy to deal with. We loved all the sights and history. The hotels were all very nice and close to restaurants, shopping and the historic parts of each city and river. I have a big fear of heights, and our driver, Paul, always made me feel safe riding on the bus, even up in the Alps. Have already recommended Gate1 to family and friends. We'll be back for another trip. Thanks for making everything so easy.Gretchen M. Richmond, VA
We had a fabulous trip! All aspects of the Gate 1 tour were so very well
done. Our tour guide, Sue, was very special. She really took good care of us.
She made us feel secure at all times. She was proactive about our room
assignments and other needs that we had during the trip. I could go on and on
about what a great representative of Gate 1 Sue was to my wife and I as
well as the other 40 folks on our tour.
Our departure home from our Munich hotel began at 4AM and we were blown away when Sue arranged for a bag full of breakfast and lunch foods/snacks for all 16 of us going to the Munich Airport to catch our very early flights. Sue boarded our bus and hand delivered the goodie bag of wonderful food for our trip home. This was over and above the call of duty. She was remarkable!
Thanks to everyone at Gate 1. This was our 2nd Gate 1 trip. Our first was last year in Italy. We are already talking about where we go with Gate 1 in 2015!!
My husband and I had a wonderful trip! We couldn't have asked for anything better. Gate 1 was so well organized and yet we had lots of free time to explore on our own too. We saw and did so much and our tours were awesome! Our tour guide Susie and our driver Steve were absolutely the best! Can't say enough good things about them. I am used to travelling independently and was a bit unsure about group travel. I was pleasantly surprised and would not hesitate to do it again with Gate 1.Linda H. Cedar Falls, IA
This was our first trip to Switzerland and we are very happy that we chose Gate 1. Before the trip, our knowledge of Switzerland was limited to what we read on the internet. Now, we have an understanding of the Swiss culture which can only be experienced with a knowledgeable guide. Our tour guide Otmar's profound knowledge/understanding of the country extended beyond the typical tourist sights. He educated us on things that were not written on the tourism websites or could be researched easily. The whole group was fascinated at everything Otmar had to say.
We're so thankful that Otmar suggested the excursion to Chamonix. It was absolutely beautiful there. How could we have left Switzerland without seeing the place where the first Winter Olympic games were hosted.
Overall, we're extremely glad we toured Switzerland with Gate 1. We saw other tour groups and they were way too crowded. Our group size was perfect. During our flight back, we were already planning our next trip with Gate 1.Selina G. Forest Hills, NY
My trip was fabulous! It exceeded my expectations, especially as we went
places that were not on the original itinerary. Our tour director was a very
knowledgeable and personable man, offering interesting information about all of
the places we visited. All in all, this was a wonderful
The trip was Wonderful. What made it so was the thoughtfulness, thoroughness, ability to speak many languages, and his command of the history and general knowledge of the area. Yes I'm speaking of Otmar!! He was always in 100% control when it called for it. We could just sit back and relax. I'm so glad that we went to Chamonix to see the town and Mont Blanc. It really was the high point for me "The Matterhorn and Zermott".
I'm always concerned about bus accidents overseas. David was excellent. He was young, happy, and kind. He was always on his game. I never second- guessed one hairpin turn he made. I wish I could say the same for the ride we took to Milan from Lugano on the last day.
We got off in Andermatt and I had read that the rest of the ride was more picturesque. I would have like to have seen the Olympic Musuem but it was closed. Also possibly to extend for one day and do St. Moritz. A memorable trip!!Dale W. Ft Myers, FL
It was a trip of a lifetime!!! Hotels were great and especially our tour guide Noel was fabulous!!! This was my first experience with Gate 1 Travel and I will definitely book another trip. Thanks for making my first trip to Europe a memorable one!Cindy R. Bethlehem, PA
Our Germany, Switzerland, Austria trip was so good! Gate 1 keeps delivering a superb experience.
On arrival in Frankfurt we were immediately met by a Gate 1 representative and put in a cab that went right to our hotel in Mainz. That night we met our wonderful guide, Derek. He was knowledgable, personable and had a great sense of humor. I would like to go on other tours that he leads. The itinerary was just as stated in the brochure and we enjoyed every minute. The bus was comfortable and clean and Derek made sure that everyone rotated their seats each day and we all had a chance to sit in the front seat and talk to other people.
The people on our trip were from all over the U.S., Canada and some Australians. They were an interesting group of people and we enjoyed talking to each other about past Gate 1 trips. I am looking forward to my trip to Turkey in October. We love your website- it is so easy to manage. I love seeing all the flights that are available for each trip. Other companies do not give us the information that Gate 1 does. Keep up the fantastic work. We will keep traveling with Gate 1!Pamela C. Stewart Manor, NY
We had a great time, even though it rained 70% of the time. We made new friends and met good people. Our Tour Director, Ann Marie, was sweet and caring. She offered lots of options (dining, site-seeing, souvenirs, etc.), and made sure everyone was comfortable and happy (for the most part). Our Hungarian driver, Jyula, got us to our destinations safely. The local tour guides, Huerta (Salzburg) and Ilona (Munich) were very knowledgeable. They tried very hard to make it entertaining and educational, despite the rain and cold weather. One of the optional tours was canceled due to weather, but Ann Marie had offered a Sound of Music and Berchtesgaden Tour instead, which was great.
The hotels were stayed in were great - the rooms were clean and the amenities were nice. The Castellani Hotel in Salzburg stands out for us because the hotel and our room were nicely appointed. We also liked our hotel in Innsbruck, Grauer Bar, because it was more spacious. It had a handicap-accessible bathroom, which we didn't mind. Breakfasts at the hotels, particularly in Germany and Austria, offered lots of variety and very tasty. The coffee is always good; smoked salmon and pickled herring are great options although they may not be popular for the American pallet. The dinners were meat and potatoes - very hearty.
I would have to say, the highlight on our trip was the optional tour of Mount Pilatus, in Lucerne. We could not have asked for a more perfect weather. All in all, the trip was very memorable and is highly recommended.Julie O. Dublin, CA
The trip was great! Our tour guide, Sue, did a fantastic job. She has a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips. In spite of a lot of rain, Germany and the Netherlands were lovely. We got a nice flavor for each country on our journey. It was also fun getting to know other people from the US in our small tour group. Breakfasts were all wonderful. Each of the 3 dinners got progressively better. A big thank you to Gate 1 for all of their assistance in booking this trip!Anita G. Santa Rosa, CA
The trip was amazing! The itinerary allowed us adequate time to explore and become oriented with each city we visited. The hotels were convenient and comfortable. Included breakfast buffets were great. The excursions to Bratislava and the Austrian wine tavern were top notch. Our guide, Michael, was a true professional. He was highly organized, clear in his instructions, and was an outstanding teacher. My girlfriend,Tina, and I are considering visiting Germany and Austria in the future with Gate 1 and Michael as a result. Our driver, Lazlo, was awesome. First and foremost he was a safe and skilled driver. He made everyone feel at ease even in the most difficult driving conditions such as a snow covered Alpine road or a tight turn on a Viennese street.Bart G. Delray Beach, FL