My husband and I would like to do a day tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein. We are in our early 50's and in good physical shape. We saw the Mike's Bikes website which shows their tour including an interesting walk to the castle via a waterfall gorge, an optional bike tour of the area, and an optional luge ride after lunch, all of which sounds great. However, RS calls the Munich city bike tour a 'frat party' which makes me wonder about the demographics of their clientele. Has anyone taken this tour??
Can't really help, but remember, Rick is not always right, plus you are talking about two different tours aren't you? The city tour versus the country one?
Good question though, I would post it on a few travel forums if no one answers here. Tripadvisor.com is a good one.
My husband and I did a Mike's Bike Tour about 3 years ago in Munich! It was a definite highlight! Though we were in our mid fortys....there were some our ages and some college age too. Our guide was hilarious and very knowledgeable. I definitely would not call it a "frat party" but it was a tour that made sure you had a fun time. At the end of the 3 hour bike ride in Munich our guide knew everyone by name!
For completeness my wife and I were 46 and 45 and a full range of ages went on the trip. It was definitely not a "frat party" kind of atmosphere. You do have a train ride and then a bus transfer from Munich to and from the castle and if my memory serves me right it takes about 1.5 hours each way. It is included in the price unless you already have a railpass to use which makes the trip price slightly cheaper. Definitely recommend. If you hike above the castle you can get a picture of the castle with the lake below and Austrian mountains in the background!
Thank you all for your comments. I also posted on TripAdvisor and got positive feedback, so I think we'll go for it!
This past June (2007) I took Mike's Bikes tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein. It was absolutely fabulous. Took my family of 6, kids ages 12 to 22, and everyone thought it was fantasic. We didn't do the city bike ride because getting around the city was easy and we explored it on our own. We didn't see an optional bike ride around the lake area below the castle but if available we would have done it as the area is amazing.
Took Mike's Bike Tour around Paris a few years back (I hadn't been on a bike in very long time) and had a great time!! Full range of ages in the group.
I took the Mike's Bike tour last summer with my three teenagers. The original tour guide we had was very young and "hung" over from a festival the night before. He was loud and he got on our nerves. We lucked out though because the group was so large it needed to be split and we volunteered to go with the other guide who was wonderful. I have been on bike tours in Paris, Berlin, New York City, and Munich. I preferred the other tours to this one. I have heard from people who also took the tour to the castles and they thoroughly enjoyed doing it. We stayed in Reutte and rented a car for three days so we did not need to do a tour.