This section features custom tours that I’ve designed (and led) in the past. They can be done for a solo traveler , a couple, or a group. All tours are completely flexible: I can make it work for you!
What makes these tours so special? There are a few things that you won’t get from most other tour organizers.
#1 I take you to places where you will find mostly locals. Yes, we do visit some of the “must-see” places, and there’ll be plenty of other tourists there. But even then, we’ll make sure to avoid the crowds, so you can more fully enjoy the experience.
#2 We’ll eat where the locals eat! Yes, I can take you to the Michelin-starred joints, but my focus is to have you experience the place you’re visiting, as if you lived there.
#3 I don’t stay in hotels or eat at restaurants or visit places that pay me to do that. This isn’t about someone paying me to bring you to them: it’s about you being with locals that will welcome you without their hands on your wallet or purse!
Some of the tours are “date-specific.” For example, if we’re going to visit the Eisteddfod, the National Festival of Wales (and the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe!), we have to go when the festival is on (which is always the first week of August.) If a tour is date-specific, I’ll note that in the description.
Other tours can be done at any time, though I’ll let you know when the “best time” to visit that area might be. You of course can do it any time you want!
Custom Tour #1 — Christmas Magic in Bavaria, Bohemia, and Saxony
This tour is very “date-specific!” Because of the limited opening times for some of the best markets, and because many markets have special events that you’ll want to attend, but only on specific days, the tour dates are “set in stone”, as they say! However, if you’ve got other dates that work better for you, I can design a custom tour just for you: it won’t necessarily include all of the following markets. But one thing’s for sure: this will be a Christmas season you’ll never forget!
Here’s my itinerary for 2017. If it whets your appetite, let’s plan for 2018!
Day 1 (Wed, Dec 6) Fly from US to Munich, Germany (overnight flight)
Day 2 (Thu, Dec 7) Arrive in Munich. Afternoon city tour. Evening visit to market on Marienplatz (with famous Glockenspiel)
Day 3 (Fri, Dec 8) Excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle. Return to Munich.
Day 4 (Sat, Dec 9) Drive to Schloss Guteneck for market. Overnight in Amberg.
Day 5 (Sun, Dec 10) Drive to Auerbach in der Oberpfalz for Bergwerksweihnacht market. Overnight in Amberg.
Day 6 (Mon, Dec 11) Drive to Cheb for market visit. Continue to Prague. City tour. Castle tour with Changing of the Guard. Charles Bridge. Astronomical Clock. Evening at Old Town Market.
Day 7 (Tue, Dec 12) Free time in Prague. Evening visit to Wenceslas Square Market.
Day 8 (Wed, Dec 13) Drive to Dresden. Evening visit to Striezelmarkt.
Day 9 (Thu, Dec 14) City tour of Dresden. Zwinger, Semper Oper, the restored Frauenkirche, Grünes Gewölbe. Evening visit to various markets.
Day 10 (Fri, Dec 15) Drive to Seiffen. Free day in Seiffen.
Day 11 (Sat, Dec 16) Seiffen market with Bergparade (Mountain Parade.) Overnight in Seiffen.
Day 12 (Sun, Dec 17) Drive to Nürnberg. Visit Christkindlesmarkt. Overnight in Nürnberg.
Day 13 (Mon, Dec 18) City tour of Nürnberg. Nuremberg Trials courtroom tour. Free time. Evening drive to Munich.
Day 14 (Tue, Dec 19) Fly back to US, arriving same day. Merry Christmas!