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Personal service and excellent sightseeing of both the well known and hidden gems!
John was a great ambassador to tour Munich and the surrounding area as well! He is fluent in German and that was a great asset to us as we do not speak the language. He knew the area like the back of his hand and was able to recommend some great local restaurants that were just delicious! The local wheat beer and apple dessert at one place were incredible!
He also took into account my handicap as I am currently walking with a cane and was able to get us close to the areas we visited to reduce my walking distance especially on the hills. He is also a very personable guy who is a lot of fun to talk to. The tour van was very clean and comfortable.
My wife and I would highly recommend John for your tour of the area!
John is a fabulous tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and interesting. The castle is amazing.
We decided to walk up and down, rather than take the bus or the horse drawn carriages. Lots of places to go into at the bottom of the hill (where you start off to the castle). We had to cut short our tour, John was more than flexible. Highly recommend and would use again.
Trip of a lifetime!
I must say that from the initial request for our most out of the ordinary tour John was so helpful and thoughtful it was really appreciated! I originally contacted John through his website and requested a quite lengthy tour of all the automobile manufacturers in Germany for a family of five!
John responded very quickly and was tremendously helpful in initially describing our options. This was not necessarily John's forte but he was not only willing to accommodate our requests he basically scheduled everything and used his personal contacts to also make the bookings easy and painless. John was flexible with all options and we changed and maneuvered our initial trip till it was in our minds just right. Never was John anything but absolutely helpful and accommodating.
We also were able to make time for a day tour to southern Bavaria and Austria which Is John's passion amongst other things. So as we were already in London our tour started with an early flight from London to Munich.
John met us at the airport and our journey began. We had a very nice Lunch at BMW Welt and had a tour of the city and then had time to ourselves to explore and relax for the evening.
We started out the next day with a tour of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. After seeing and touring the castles we headed to Austria for a very nice location for lunch which John had arranged with a local restaurant in which he knew the owner and employees. It was really a nice setting and the people were so nice and friendly. Their relationship with John, you could tell was special and developed over the years.
We also toured Linderhof Palace which was also beautiful. We headed back to Munich and had another relaxing evening. We had a wonderful day for the first full day of the tour!
The next day we headed out on the rest of our tour. Within the next 6 days we visited and toured the manufacturing and museums of Audi-Neckarsulm, Porsche-Stuttgart and Mercedes-Stuttgart. All were tremendous. We then headed Northwest to Nurburg and Nurburgring. We enjoyed the quaint city and then drove the track as well.
We had a trip of a lifetime and felt comfortable the whole time knowing that John was with us and really cared about our safety and well being as well as making sure we enjoyed every minute. John also used his personal contacts to get us a rental car that was dropped off to us at our hotel in Nurburg for our use for the next weeks of our trip through other countries in Europe.
John saved us a tremendous amount of money by doing so and offered kindly to do so while putting his own name and reputation on the line. We were able to drop the rental off in Milano which John arranged as well. This tour would not have happened if it weren't for John!!
My family and I thank John for his time, his efforts and we will always remember our wonderful tour through Germany with John.
Mr. J from Phoenix
John was wonderful to work with and see Bavaria with.
The entire interaction with John was above all expectations. During my initial discussions with John, he helped suggest what attractions would be best for our family since we were traveling with our 10 and 6 year old boys.
Our first day we went to Salzburg where John managed to work in a stop at a playground that our boys loved. We got to see so many beautiful sites and tour so much history in the city, and then we had a wonderful lunch at the oldest restaurant in Europe.
After leaving Salzburg, we went to the salt mine which was from a suggestion that John came up with for our boys. They loved it (it was one of their highlights), and they had so much fun.
The next day we took John's King Ludwig tour which was so beautiful. We absolutely loved the scenery. But to start the day, John customized our tour with something we had asked about the day before. My wife had read about a canal where locals in Munich surfed the current. John surprised us and took us by to see this before we headed out to the country. Once out to the area of Ludwig, John's knowledge of the area was apparent. We visited Hohenschwangau and Linderhof and just saw Neuschwanstein from below. Lunch again was amazing in a wonderful little Austrian restaurant which John had picked for us and which also had a playground for the boys.
We enjoyed the drive through the mountains and the alpine lake on the way to Linderhof. We had also mentioned our desire to get a cuckoo clock at a shop earlier in the morning and John was also helpful in this by suggesting we wait until Linderhof as one of the shops there had a much larger selection with higher quality clocks.
All around, John's knowledge was very helpful and made this stop on our trip very memorable. I highly recommend John if you are visiting Bavaria. Our experience was no doubt much more enjoyable than if we had been in a big tour group or tried to do it on our own.
Thanks John for a great time. Hopefully, we will be back in Bavaria again someday. I loved the area.
John was thorough, entertaining, and insightful
John was great and Bavaria was awesome. John helped us craft a workable itinerary for a trip to the Neuschwanstein area that was customized to our time frame and priorities. He made sure we got to see what we wanted to see and how we wanted to see it - definitely kept us from a lot of self- inflicted logistical errors - would have screwed that up big time if left to our own devices. Ha.
We had a great time visiting because of him and with him. Thanks a ton, John.
Christmas in Bavaria & Austria
Our trip to Bavaria and Austria in December 2017 came together at the very last minute, leading to a hectic scramble whilst we attempted to plan our days. We were quite fortunate to have found John - he was able to fit us into his schedule during Christmas week, and on less than a week's notice.
John expertly guided us on city tours of Munich and Salzburg, and visits to several castles, cathedrals & chapels. Remarkably, John was able to secure tickets to Neuschwanstein, which had been sold out; as an experienced guide, he was able to work with his contacts and make the tour happen for us.
We found John to be engaging, well-educated and informative, and his tours excellent value for money. Many thanks John!