We just returned from the Bavarian Castles Tour and it was Wunderbar. The attention to detail and organization of the tour was impeccable. Our guide, Carolin, was energetic and caring and had an encyclopedic knowledge about Bavaria and King Ludwig II.
Each day was packed with several sites to visit. A meticulously planned itinerary allowed for just the right amount of time at each stop. It's important to note that you need to be punctual and be on the bus at the specified time.
Our group of about 22 hailed from the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, and Scotland. It is an English speaking tour. The Landhaus Kossel is a comfortable and charming inn. A tasty breakfast buffet was provided each morning for a hearty start to the day. On most evenings the dinner was arranged for our group, lunch was usually on our own. Food was delicious. Lots of beer and wine if you want it.
Each day we traveled in a comfortable Mercedes Benz bus, safely driven by Andre. There were ample rest stops as well as an emergency toilet on the bus. NOTE: the tour days were long and sometimes involved lots of walking and steps.
We also enjoyed some lovely horse drawn carriage rides and took a couple of ferries on lakes.
Comfortable walking shoes that won't be ruined if they get wet are a must. Dress is casual. The weather can change from warm to cold to sunny to overcast to damp to rainy and back, all in the same day -- be prepared with layers, umbrella, rain jacket/poncho. We could securely leave on board the bus whatever we didn't need at each stop. Easy to be prepared.
We also appreciated the transfers to/from Munich airport. This tour is designed to be as easy and friendly as possible. The driver and tour guide do all the hard work and attend to the details. Astrid will even print your boarding pass for you on the last night and deliver it to you at dinner.
Tipping Suggestion: 1-2 Euros per person per day for the driver; ~1 Euro per day per room for maid; 2-5 Euros per day per person for the tour guide. Tipping is not mandatory, but it is greatly appreciated.
Astrid sends a packet of important travel information and suggestions a few weeks prior to the tour date. Very helpful.
This is a truly outstanding tour, you will not be disappointed. And Bavaria is soooo beautiful.
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