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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
Why not enjoy some independence, with the flexbility of a self-guided holiday? You'll benefit from our quailty research and support, but you can pace your holidays as you wish.
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A lovely week walking through the meadows and mountains of Bavaria. Local brew went down a treat. Let down by lack of walking notes however....
Completing a 21km walk round the Staffelsee and having a well earned beer to celebrate! A beer at the top of the Zugspitze (highest mountain in Germany) was also great - can you see a theme emerging here?!
Myself and my Dad did this as a self guided trip.
I booked this trip as a self guided option mostly owing to disorganisation and there not being much else left for my chosen week. I think self guided has the potential to work really well but we only got a lot out of it by borrowing the extensive walking notes from a Headwater client. This trip is offered jointly with them. All the other people on the trip had booked with Headwater and had excellent notes. The level of detail was impressive but necessary. The Germans are very into outdoor activity and the 'wanderwegs' - walking routes- are well signposted but you need to be able to find the start and know which bus to get etc. On average per 4 hour walk the Headwater notes had 2 full A4 pages of information. They also had 1 or 2 boot notes for different abilities and lots of local information. The Exodus trip notes were as per this website and totally useless! If I was going self guided again I'd be likely to book with Headwater for this reason I'm afraid.
The taxi driver collecting us at the airport also had a Headwater sign so look out for this if you don't see an Exodus one.
The hotel was a lovely family run place in a traditional Bavarian wooden house which looked like a cuckoo clock. The food was excellent however one of the Headwater clients was a vegetarian and struggled. I think she went some way to furthering the cause of vegetarianism in Bavaria during the trip but bewarned!!
The hotel gave provided a tourist card which allowed free local bus travel which was excellent.
The tourist information office was very useful too.
The scenery is amazing and we were lucky with the weather. Look out for mossie bites :(
We visited Neuschwanstein which was beautiful. Everyone talked about how steep the walk up to the castle was but unless you are very unfit I don't really see what the fuss was about, you're on a walking holiday after all! The tour of the inside was a bit of a waste of time however unless you are really into Wagner inspired wall decoration. King Ludwig's story is interesting and worth finding out about. There is a hair raising bridge round the bad of the castle 'Marienbrucke' which offered fabulous views for classic photos albeit amongst a hellish tourist scrum. Book your visit online at least one day in advance, the tourist info staff will do this for you if you ask nicely.
Linderhof palace was worth a visit and part of one of the walks.
The church in Oberammergau apparently has amazing interior paintings but we walked by it every day without realising!
Zugspitze is worth a look but go early as it gets really busy.
Considering adding a couple of days in Munich at the end.
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