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6 of us will be traveling in Bavaria in 2014. We would like some independence but would need hotels and transfers and some sights included. We have 10 days to and from Chicago. Any suggestions? Thanks

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Hi JES52,

Not sure what you'd like recommendations for -- towns? hotels? transport?

It would also be helpful to know the ages/fitness level of the six travelers.

I can tell you that you can get incredible discounts for train travel when you buy the tickets 92 days in advance; you can find these fares by playing around with dates around 92 days from now. Then mark your calendar and be ready to buy when the time comes up.

When you arrive by train, you can usually get to your hotel either by walking, taxi, or a town bus. Depending on the sights, you can get there by train, local bus, walking, or biking.

Hope to hear more!


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Thanks. We are all in our 60's. some in better shape than others. We probably need some escorted tour but not one a bus tour. Years ago we did an escorted tour that took us to 3 cities by small mini bus(8 seater) We had free time and some escorted time. We would like that where its mostly planned out already

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Tours with independence built in... you might look into Untours. They set you up with an apartment, maybe a car, and lots of sightseeing suggestions (but no guided outings are included) and a local who serves as an information source. I have not patronized Untours but I tend to structure trips with my family in a very similar way. Stay in one place for 4-7 days and do daytrips to other places of interest on your own schedule and according to your own interests. (I've inadvertently booked and stayed in one of the apartments used by Untours as well - it was quite nice.)


But I can tell you that it's extraordinarily simple to book your own apartments online these days. Most town tourist offices keep an exhaustive list of apartments at their town website. Some will offer personalized help with choosing and booking.

For guided tours... Many Bavarian towns offer short-distance walking tours - some are scheduled and some can be booked by arrangement. Most pre-scheduled tours are in German of course, but a group of 6 should be able to fund a private tour in English for a reasonable price in most places.

For getting around by train (and/or bus)... Local travel authorities, like the VGN for the Nuremberg area, offer small-group daypasses. Such passes exist for all of Bavaria as well - the Bayern Ticket makes outings easy and cheap:


It is extraordinarily easy to use these passes to get around. Decide where you're going, leave when you want, return when you want, and just flash your pass as you go.

Since you have a lot of time to plan your trip, I suggest you consider doing a mostly independent stay, whereby you book your own apartments and buy your own train daypasses - and pre-book city/town tours with the local tourist offices that interest you.

I just returned from a trip (celebrating 6 decades on the planet earth) that included 4 nights in a small town in Franconian Bavaria called Neustadt an der Aisch, where I had a private studio apartment about 15 minutes' walk from the station (18€/night, no deposit required, just my written reservation) and from where I made daytrips by train to Nuremberg, Bayreuth, the old walled town of Iphofen, and Bad Windsheim, home of the Franconian open-air museum. I could have stayed longer if I'd wanted to visit Rothenburg, Würzburg and Bamberg. The train system worked great for me - I made trips as the mood and weather dictated - and the tiny apartment did too, with it's mini-kitchen unit and small bathroom shoe-horned into the upstairs room:


My trip covered only a small area of Bavaria. But you will find apartments (yes, larger ones!) all over Bavaria, wherever Germans tend to vacation. You can probably find 3 apartments together in the same building or nearby with a little looking. The place we stayed as a family in St. Goar (Rhine River) a few years ago, the one used by Untours, has four apartments in the same building, just a short walk from the station:


So maybe this will give you a few ideas about HOW. The other big question is WHERE. Bavaria is huge, and you'll have many places to look into first.

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Thanks. You have given me a lot to work with.

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