The trip has been over for almost a week now, but I'm still feeling nostalgic about it. I had a great time bonding with the boy and of course, driving around Germany with a great car which I am already missing! I just realized I forgot to post the full itinerary. It's just a tad different than the original plan due to a few detours, but all-in-all, the navigation was great and got us to where we needed to go with very little hassle. I only wish I took more photos and videos along the way.
Here's the waypoints:
- A. Munich Airport
- B. Munich (Renaissance Hotel & BMW Welt)
- C. Spitzingsee (ArabellaSheraton Alpenhotel)
- D. Schwangau (Hotel Alpenstuben, Schloss Neuschwanstein & Sommerrodelbanh)
- E. Stuttgart (Hotel Achat & Porche Museum)
- H. Adenau/Nürburg (Blaue Ecke Hotel, Nürburgring)
- G. Brühl (Phantasialand)
- I. Frankfurt (E.H. Harms & Frankfurt Airport)
Interactive Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/pdr8l5
Although there were two disappointments (no BMW Factory Tour and Nürburgring track day), the trip was still amazing. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Overall, I still saved money. By my calculation, I saved almost $3k under MSRP inclusive of all expenses (air, hotel, food, gas, food, souvenirs). And if I were to have purchased the car using the Costco discount and just had it delivered in the U.S., I would have only saved about $30. In other words, I was able to get an entire vacation, plus souvenirs for an extra $30. Come to think of it, the majority of the souvenirs were bought by the boy using his savings, so I still saved about $170 under the Costco price.
If we didn’t just trade the minivan in for a CX-9 a couple weeks ago, I’d say we should look into getting an X5 using European Delivery and take the whole family, hehehe.