Beautiful trip. Very well designed destinations. A lot of it thanks to tour guide Dirk. Will highly recommend as the next trip to visit part of Germany.
On paper this looked like a great itinerary, seeing a lot of fascinating and famous places. Unfortunately, the tour guide was hopelessly incompetent and unable to lead or manage the tour. He was disorganised, appeared to have done no preparation or planning, and was terrible at managing time. I also found his driving dangerous, his hands off the wheel, his eyes off the road, either turned round talking to somebody in the back seat, or fiddling around with his several pairs of glasses trying to decide which ones to wear there were just three of us so we were in a car with him driving. He appeared to be unfamiliar with the itinerary, didn't know where we were supposed to be going, what we were supposed to do, how long we were supposed to stay anywhere. He didn't know where to park, didn't know how to use the parking machines when we were leaving, didn't know where the hotel was, didn't know how to do his job. We were very late nearly everywhere, so didn't have time for anything or things would be shut by the time we got there. It got to the point where you could only laugh despite having paid a lot of hard-earned money for all this. It was very annoying listening to his repeated complaints about East Germans and Greeks. The irony of him complaining about their inefficiency and incompetence completely escaped this deluded and foolish man. The hotels were quite good. If you got a good tour guide this could be a great tour. Unfortunately we weren't that lucky. I did contact the tour company, but in the course of 4 weeks have received no explanation from them.
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