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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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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Berlin, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Berlin
    • 2 nights Dresden
    • 2 nights Nuremberg
    • 2 nights Munich
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Special Features

  • Experience the dazzling Christmas Markets in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg and Munich
  • Cross the former Iron Curtain to the landmarks of Berlin including "Checkpoint Charlie"
  • In Potsdam, view Sanssouci Palace, the luxurious private retreat of Frederick the Great
  • Discover Dresden, an astonishing city that emerged from destruction to splendor
  • In Nuremberg, view the historic Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials were held
  • Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the fairytale town in the Franconian heartland
  • At Marienplatz Square in Munich, watch the famous glockenspiel clock

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Berlin
Arrive in Germany's magnificent capital city of Berlin -- vibrant and glistening over the joyful holiday season. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the dynamic spirit of the city. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers highlights the fabulous journey of Germany's Christmas markets that lies ahead. We recommend that you select flights that which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Berlin

DAY 3, Monday - Berlin City Tour & Christmas Market
The major sights of Berlin are revealed as you cross the former Iron Curtain to the landmarks of the city including the glass dome Reichstag building, triumphal Brandenburg Gate and "Checkpoint Charlie." View the State Opera House, Cathedral, bustling Unter den Linden Street and Kurfurstendamm, magnificently decorated with unending rows of sparkling Christmas trees. Time on your own this afternoon to visit Berlin's lively Christmas Market. Sip cups of mulled wine and munch on Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like cookie, as you browse stalls with handcrafted gifts beneath canopies of colorful lights. Or, join the optional Berlin's Hidden Past tour and delve beneath the surface to learn more about the defeat of the Nazis, the liberation, and the destruction and division of Germany’s capital. In the evening, perhaps walk along the stunning illuminated squares and landmarks of the city to one of the city’s premier restaurants
Optional: Berlin's Hidden Past
Overnight: Berlin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Potsdam & Leipzig's Christmas Market
The drive takes you to Potsdam, crown jewel of Brandenburg, with its splendid gardens and palaces, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, view the Rococo architectural masterpiece of Sanssouci Palace, the private retreat of Frederick the Great and continue to view Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the historic Potsdam Conference where Stalin, Churchill and Truman met in 1945 to negotiate terms for the end of World War II. Crossing Saxony, arrive in Leipzig, home of one of the country's largest and oldest Christmas markets that dates back to 1458. Set in the historical center of the city, with more than 250 twinkling stalls, a multitude of delights await you in this traditional medieval market. View the Old Town Hall and St. Nicholas Church, the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach and home to the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir. This afternoon, travel to the splendid baroque art city of Dresden, on the banks of the Elbe River. After settling into the hotel, dinner together this evening
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Dresden City Tour & Christmas Market
Discover this astonishing Renaissance city distinguished by its celebrated art museums and classic architecture that emerged from wartime destruction to luxurious splendor. Stop at the Versaille-inspired Zwinger Palace, once setting for court festivities and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the baroque Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. A highlight of the day is an intriguing visit to the celebrated Green Vault to admire the jewels and treasures of Saxon kings. The rest of the day and evening is yours to discover Dresden's Christmas Market traditionally called Striezelmarkt, named after the world’s most famous Stollen Christmas cake! This traditional market with its romantic and festive charm is a treasure trove for traditional handmade crafts
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Nuremberg City Tour & Old Town Christmas Market
Today, you head to Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its craftsmen and artists who settled the city. Some of this delicate craftsmanship can be found at its renowned spectacular Christmas market in the Old Town which brings visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Christmas aroma of roasted almonds, gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel with her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical market. Tonight, a festive dinner together at a popular local restaurant
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Excursion
A delightful excursion today to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the picturesque walled town in the Franconian heartland where time has stood still. Untouched by the ravages of war, you’ll be enchanted by this fairytale gem with its medieval cobble streets, ramparts, and century's old mansions. On the walking tour, stop at the Town Hall square with its unusual clock that displays a mechanical drinking scene with moving figures. At St. Jacob’s Church, view the treasured 500 year-old altarpiece, considered one of Germany's greatest pieces of woodcarving. Linger at one of the cute ornament shops, visit the Christmas Museum with its old time gifts, or just sit at a café and enjoy the ambiance before returning to Nuremberg for leisure time
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - City Tour of Munich
Travel to Munich, the pride of Bavaria with its fun loving spirit. At Marienplatz Square, cultural center of the city, join the crowds watching the famous glockenspiel clock dating back to 1908 with its colorful mechanical figures dancing at the top of the hour. Continue to the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Olympia Park, main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Driving through the city, view the Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers and historic monuments including the Koenigsplatz. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Bavarian Evening that includes a tour of night lit and holiday decorated Munich combined with dinner at a Bavarian beer hall. Drinking beer in Germany is a serious pastime and there’s no better place to indulge than here in Munich!
Optional: Bavarian Evening with Dinner
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Munich
At leisure to independently enjoy the delights of the city and its dazzling Christmas Market. The 100-foot glittering Christmas tree welcomes you! Delight in the multi-colored twinkling lights, shop for unique Bavarian gifts, and nibble on warm spiced cake as you make your way to some of the more than 20 magical markets. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to fairytale Linderhof Palace, built by "mad" King Ludwig II and Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play -- two of the highlights of Southern Bavaria in the high Alps. Tonight, toast your newfound friends as you share a Farewell Dinner together at a popular restaurant
Optional: Linderhof and Oberammergau
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Germany

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Berlin
Arrive in Germany's magnificent capital city of Berlin -- vibrant and glistening over the joyful holiday season. After transferring to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the dynamic spirit of the city. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers highlights the fabulous journey of Germany's Christmas markets that lies ahead. We recommend that you select flights that which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Berlin

DAY 3, Monday - Berlin City Tour & Christmas Market
The major sights of Berlin are revealed as you cross the former Iron Curtain to the landmarks of the city including the glass dome Reichstag building, triumphal Brandenburg Gate and "Checkpoint Charlie." View the State Opera House, Cathedral, bustling Unter den Linden Street and Kurfurstendamm, magnificently decorated with unending rows of sparkling Christmas trees. Time on your own this afternoon to visit Berlin's lively Christmas Market. Sip cups of mulled wine and munch on Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like cookie, as you browse stalls with handcrafted gifts beneath canopies of colorful lights. Or, join the optional Berlin's Hidden Past tour and delve beneath the surface to learn more about the defeat of the Nazis, the liberation, and the destruction and division of Germany’s capital. In the evening, perhaps walk along the stunning illuminated squares and landmarks of the city to one of the city’s premier restaurants
Optional: Berlin's Hidden Past
Overnight: Berlin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Potsdam & Leipzig's Christmas Market
The drive takes you to Potsdam, crown jewel of Brandenburg, with its splendid gardens and palaces, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, view the Rococo architectural masterpiece of Sanssouci Palace, the private retreat of Frederick the Great and continue to view Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the historic Potsdam Conference where Stalin, Churchill and Truman met in 1945 to negotiate terms for the end of World War II. Crossing Saxony, arrive in Leipzig, home of one of the country's largest and oldest Christmas markets that dates back to 1458. Set in the historical center of the city, with more than 250 twinkling stalls, a multitude of delights await you in this traditional medieval market. View the Old Town Hall and St. Nicholas Church, the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach and home to the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir. This afternoon, travel to the splendid baroque art city of Dresden, on the banks of the Elbe River. After settling into the hotel, dinner together this evening
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Dresden City Tour & Christmas Market
Discover this astonishing Renaissance city distinguished by its celebrated art museums and classic architecture that emerged from wartime destruction to luxurious splendor. Stop at the Versaille-inspired Zwinger Palace, once setting for court festivities and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the baroque Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. A highlight of the day is an intriguing visit to the celebrated Green Vault to admire the jewels and treasures of Saxon kings. The rest of the day and evening is yours to discover Dresden's Christmas Market traditionally called Striezelmarkt, named after the world’s most famous Stollen Christmas cake! This traditional market with its romantic and festive charm is a treasure trove for traditional handmade crafts
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Nuremberg City Tour & Old Town Christmas Market*
Today, you head to Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its craftsmen and artists who settled the city. Some of this delicate craftsmanship can be found at its renowned spectacular Christmas market in the Old Town which brings visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Christmas aroma of roasted almonds, gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel with her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical market. Tonight, a festive dinner together at a popular local restaurant
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Rothenburg ob der Tauber Excursion*
A delightful excursion today to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the picturesque walled town in the Franconian heartland where time has stood still. Untouched by the ravages of war, you’ll be enchanted by this fairytale gem with its medieval cobble streets, ramparts, and century's old mansions. On the walking tour, stop at the Town Hall square with its unusual clock that displays a mechanical drinking scene with moving figures. At St. Jacob’s Church, view the treasured 500 year-old altarpiece, considered one of Germany's greatest pieces of woodcarving. Linger at one of the cute ornament shops, visit the Christmas Museum with its old time gifts, or just sit at a café and enjoy the ambiance before returning to Nuremberg for leisure time
Overnight: Nuremberg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - City Tour of Munich
Travel to Munich, the pride of Bavaria with its fun loving spirit. At Marienplatz Square, cultural center of the city, join the crowds watching the famous glockenspiel clock dating back to 1908 with its colorful mechanical figures dancing at the top of the hour. Continue to the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Olympia Park, main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Driving through the city, view the Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers and historic monuments including the Koenigsplatz. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Bavarian Evening that includes a tour of night lit and holiday decorated Munich combined with dinner at a Bavarian beer hall. Drinking beer in Germany is a serious pastime and there’s no better place to indulge than here in Munich!
Optional: Bavarian Evening with Dinner
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Munich
At leisure to independently enjoy the delights of the city and its dazzling Christmas Market. The 100-foot glittering Christmas tree welcomes you! Delight in the multi-colored twinkling lights, shop for unique Bavarian gifts, and nibble on warm spiced cake as you make your way to some of the more than 20 magical markets. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to fairytale Linderhof Palace, built by "mad" King Ludwig II and Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play -- two of the highlights of Southern Bavaria in the high Alps. Tonight, toast your newfound friends as you share a Farewell Dinner together at a popular restaurant
Optional: Linderhof and Oberammergau
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*For November 24th departure, the itinerary will be reversed on Days 6 & 7

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Berlin's Hidden Past

Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $47.00
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Bavarian Evening with dinner

This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $77.00
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Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2018 - 02 Nov 2019 $63.00
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Berlin's Hidden Past

Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $47.00
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Bavarian Evening with dinner

This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $77.00
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Linderhof & Oberammergau Tour

Two of the highlights of southern Bavaria are visited during this excursion to the high Alps. First, admire the artistically decorated castle Linderhof built by "Mad" King Ludwig II along with a guided tour of the palace. Proceed via the Ettal Monastery to Oberammergau, world-famous for its Passion Play, the woodcarvers and the richly painted houses (Lüftl-paintings).

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #9 16 Nov 2018 - 02 Nov 2019 $63.00
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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
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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.

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8 Day Essential Germany (New York Special), November 2016
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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
8 Day Essential Germany (Chicago Special), November 2016
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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
13 Day Classic Germany, October 2016
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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
9 Day Danube River Cruise , October 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2016
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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
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, September 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, August 2016
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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
13 Day Classic Germany, July 2016
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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
13 Day Classic Germany, July 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, July 2016
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The trip was wonderful. would like to thank you all for meticulous planning. Ottoman, our guide, was excellent.

Jaswant G. Carmel, IN
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria , June 2016
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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
13 Day Classic Germany, June 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, April 2016
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2015
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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
9 Day Classic Central Europe, September 2015
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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
14 Day Danube River Cruise, September 2015
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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
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2015
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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
11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania, August 2015
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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
10 Day Classic Baltics, August 2015
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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
9 Day Classic Central Europe, August 2015
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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
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2015
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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
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, June 2015
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, April 2015
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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

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