Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay for my grandchildren to come on vacation with us?
Grandkids are definitely welcome, but all participants must be 16 years or older. We look forward to offering multi-generational family tour packages in the future.
What is the native language of the tour guides?
All tours are giving in English, by native English speaking guides. Feel free to leave the German wordbook at home, each morning you will learn a useful German phrase of the day.
How much walking is required?
All our tours require a fair amount of walking and mobility. That being said, our leisurely pace is geared towards the retiree traveler. Europe has quaint but very antiquated infrastructure in many of the Old Towns we will be visiting. Much of it, unfortunately, is not handicapped accessible. We do try to make accommodations, but please beware that some tours or parts of tours are not feasible without a certain amount of mobility. If you think this may be a problem, please contact us directly.
Should I get travelers insurance?
We highly recommend booking travel insurance for your trip. There are many policies available that will cover your full tour cost in the event of an unforeseen illness before the trip and also can cover costs in the event something happens to you while you are on the tour. Many standard US based health insurance providers do not cover medical or related travel expenses while you are abroad.
We suggest speaking with your current insurance provider about buying a policy for the tour. We also have had many guests use AIG Travel Guard Insurance. If you would like to learn more, here is a helpful link: https://mvp.travelguard.com/ . We have an American Travel Guard insurance agent that is based in Germany that guests have used in the past. His name is James Derheim, if you would like to contact him directly you may do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please let us know if you have any further questions. We pray it will not be needed but it is definitely smart to be prepared.
What is the best way to exchange and travel with money in Europe?
Usually ATMs are the easiest and most cost effective way to obtain Euros in Europe. Many U.S. banks have free or very reasonable international ATM fees. There is an ATM located within 100 yards of the Hotel Rheinischer Hof and also many ATMs located upon your arrival at Munich International Airport. Also, please make sure your credit or debit card has the "smart chip" as it is required for many ATMs and credit card machines in Europe. Currency exchange services are also available at the Munich International Airport, commission fees apply.
Why are your prices listed in Euros and not US Dollars?
Being a small privately owned company we are unfortunately unable to bear the risk/reward of currency fluctuations. All of our financial obligations are in Euros and it makes it much simpler and safer for us to take payment in Euros. We are sorry for the inconvenience. On a positive note, the US Dollar is currently near the highest it has been against the Euro in the last decade - making this a great time to visit Europe!
How can I pay for the tour package?
Bavaria & Beyond uses the online payment service Stripe. Stripe accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. We will inform you when deposits are needed and provide payment details at this time.
Is there free Wifi at the hotels?
All of our partner hotels offers complimentary high speed Wifi.