My wife and I planned a quick vacation on easter weekend and contacted Mike’s Bike Tours for private tours of Bavaria from Munich to be covered on Friday and Saturday. We exchanged emails, and with quick responses from Mike’s team, agreed on the charges, and based on their suggestions finalized the itinerary for both the days, including starting time from Munich, likely route to be taken, time expected to be spent at the sights, and return time to Munich on each day.
On the first day we were picked up by Mr Hunter Owens of Mike’s Tour from our hotel at around 9.00 am in his comfortable car and hit the Autobahn to the foot of the Bavarian Alps, to Garmisch Partenkirchen (a pretty village at the foot of the Zugspitze - the highest mountain peak in Germany), Ettal Monastry, Oberammergau (famous for its Passion Play held there every 10 years), Schloss Linderhof (Ludwig I's, second castle), a short drive through Austria to Plansee lake, Neuschwanstein castle, walk up the waterfall gorge to the Mary's bridge, then drive back to hotel in Munich by around 7pm. We found lots of snow and with the sun playing hide & seek from the clouds, enjoyed our romantic trip around the Alps.
On the second day we were again picked up from our hotel at around 08:30am, and Hunter drove us to the Herrenchiemsee, accompanied us on the ferry to the Island (this takes around 20 minutes), walk to the actual castle before doing the tour lasting about 20 minutes, return to the ferry and back to the car, this took us around 2.5 hours in total. Then we drove to Salzburg, a walking tour of the inner city, old fort on top of the Salzburg from where the sights of Sound of Music locations can also be viewed, various cathedrals, markets, Mozarts birth house etc. and return to Munich by 8.00pm.
Hunter was patience personified, making us comfortable, taking every care to attend to our photo requests, enthusiastically explaining the sights and with his safe driving on both days made our trips very enjoyable.
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