11 Day Oberammergau with Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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11 Day Oberammergau with Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Hilton Mainz Mainz
Crowne Plaza Heidelberg
Maritim Hotel Mannheim Mannheim
Hotel Monopol Luzern Lucerne
Parkhotel am Soier See Bad Bayersoien
ARCOTEL Castellani Salzburg Salzburg
Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel Munich

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Final hotel information for Oberammergau will be available in 2019. Bedding configuration (twin or double) cannot be guaranteed, triples are not available and hotels of similar standard may be substituted at the sole discretion of the Passion Play organizers.

Jul 15 & Jul 29 departures will overnight in Mannheim instead of Heidelberg


Entry Requirements:
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?

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. The visit to Neuschwanstein Castle includes a long, steep hike up and down the hillside in order to reach the castle. Inside the castle, there will be a climb of 165 steps and a descent of 118 steps. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Frankfurt, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Mainz
    • 1 night Heidelberg or Mannheim
    • 2 nights Lucerne
    • 2 nights Oberammergau region
    • 1 night Salzburg
    • 2 nights Munich
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Category 1 Passion Play seating

Special Features

  • Enjoy a Rhine River Cruise, view hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses  
  • See the thunderous Rhine Falls, one of Europe’s largest and most powerful
  • In sparkling Lucerne, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, visit the inspiring Lion Monument
  • Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein, a symbol of idealized romance
  • Journey to Oberammergau, experience the world famous Passion Play
  • Visit magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and scene of the Sound of Music
  • Tour Bavarian Munich with its world-famous "dancing" Glockenspiel clock

What is the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany?

Oberammergau is a small German town tucked away in the Bavarian Alps, world-famous for its Passion Play. The play was first performed in 1634 as the result of a vow made by the townspeople that if God spared them from the Black Plague they would in exchange produce a play every ten years. The play is a dramatic recreation of Jesus' passion, covering the final days of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. The Passion Play is now performed from May through October, in an open-air stage and involves over 2,000 people including actors, singers, musicians and technical support, all required to be residents of Oberammagau.

The play is performed in German, however, you will be given a booklet with an English translation at the time of the performance.

†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. The visit to Neuschwanstein Castle includes a long, steep hike up and down the hillside in order to reach the castle. Inside the castle, there will be a climb of 165 steps and a descent of 118 steps. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Frankfurt, Germany

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Frankfurt
Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening at approximately 6 pm, an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Mainz
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
The morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries*
* July 15 & July 29 departures will overnight in Mannheim instead of Heidelberg
Overnight: Heidelberg or Mannheim
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day at leisure to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Neuschwanstein Castle, Travel to Oberammergau
Drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Later, travel to your Oberammergau region hotel for overnight
Overnight: Oberammergau region
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - World-Renowned Passion Play
This morning, enjoy time at leisure. This afternoon, attend a moving performance of the world-famous Passion Play that dates back to 1634. This epic play is held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. During the break, join your travel companions for dinner before witnessing the stirring second half of the Passion Play performance. Afterwards, return to your hotel
Overnight: Oberammergau region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. More time to explore charming Salzburg, or participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest."
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
Overnight: Salzburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Explore Munich
This morning, continue to Munich. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. In the afternoon, a guided city tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and impressive historic monuments. Evening is at leisure to experience the vibrant nightlife of the city
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day in Munich
Today is at leisure to independently enjoy the delights of this capital. This morning an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp, the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime
Optional: Dachau Memorial (AM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Mount Pilatus Tour

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.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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Eagle's Nest Tour

Excursion into the surrounding countryside of Salzburg to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler’s notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll see dramatic views of the snowcapped peaks

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
This tour will not operate in April, May, late October and November. In the event of inclement weather, the Eagle's Nest will be closed and the optional will not operate.

Day #8 01 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 $67.00
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Dachau Memorial Tour

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $34.00
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8 Day Essential Germany, March 2019
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Our trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful week in Germany (went by way too fast). My wife and I were talking the other night while we were showing our parents some of the photos we took, and we were in agreement that we would both absolutely travel through Gate 1 again in the future. Our tour guide, Noel, did a wonderful job--he kept us on schedule and kept us engaged and laughing. Only wish I could have spent another week traveling around Europe with him. Overall, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our time in Germany. It was a trip we will always remember.

Collin M. Glen Burnie, MD
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2018
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It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!

Karen M. Seaford, DE
10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria, March 2018
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We couldn’t have asked for a more fantastic European trip! From our wonderful accommodations, tour guide,Marc Van Reil,who was amazing,and travel ease, it was an experience which will be remembered for years to come! Of course, last but not least,was your helpfulness,knowledge, and understanding,Josh, for making this trip so uncomplicated!

Janet P. Sewell, NJ
10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria, March 2018
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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
10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria, March 2018
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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
8 Day Essential Germany, March 2018
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Our trip to Germany was excellent! Our tour guide Noel was awesome. It couldn't have been any better.

Anne G. Chanhassen, MN
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2017
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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
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2017
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We had a fabulous time on our Christmas Markets tour. Our tour guide was brilliant - very informative and lots of fun.

Gayle C. Duffys Forest, NSW
10 Day Affordable Germany, Switzerland & Austria, November 2017
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The trip was wonderful! Everything went smoothly and the entire experience was so enjoyable! Our tour guide, Clare Murphy, was absolutely the best! She was very clear as to what we would be doing each day, what was available for us to do, where to meet, etc. She handled our group nicely and was cognizant of the different personalities that make up tour groups. She was very well versed in the languages we encountered and obviously has a vast knowledge of the local history, culture and cuisine. We particularly enjoyed the mix of guided tours and free time to explore. Clare was most generous with her time and with providing us with local treats! We appreciated how protective she was and how safe she made us feel. She is an asset to Gate 1 Travel! Our coach driver, Erhard, was excellent and made us feel safe while in his care. His attitude was friendly and we were glad he was driving and we weren't! We were very pleased with our accommodations and were able to enjoy the last few days in Vienna with our newly married daughter and her husband....When we decide to travel again, we will certainly have Gate 1 Travel at the top of our list!

Jim S. Erie, PA
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, September 2017
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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.

Linda R. Canton, MI
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria , August 2017
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, July 2017
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, June 2017
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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
11 Day Germany & Austria, June 2017
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, May 2017
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, May 2017
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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
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
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
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
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
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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, April 2015
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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
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, May 2014
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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
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, May 2014
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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!!

Al P. St Louis, MO
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, October 2013
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2013
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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
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2013
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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
experience.

Maureen C. Woodside, NY
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2013
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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
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2013
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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
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2013
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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
10 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, May 2013
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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
9 Day Classic Germany & Holland, May 2013
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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
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2012
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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
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria, November 2012
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It was fantastic! Every portion where Gate 1 was involved was "spot on". Everything ran very smoothly and Michael Paier, our guide, was top notch. He is incredibly knowledgable, accomodating, professional and detailed. I hope Gate 1 recognizes his talent. Our bus driver was professional and safe.
 
I will travel with Gate 1 again and will recommend to friends and family.

Elizabeth M. Tonawanda, NY

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