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European Christmas & New Year Tours

Celebrate next Christmas in Europe!

Imagine… spending Christmas in a first class hotel in snow drenched Grindelwald or in a stunning castle in the Italian Dolomites. Savor mulled wine and ginger biscuits in candlelit Christmas markets, visit fairytale castles and monasteries, take a snow bound carriage ride or maybe a steam train ride through forested valleys.

Each of our Christmas tours usually start with in depth visits to the more major cities but then, as Christmas approaches, they escape to the forest covered mountains, medieval castles and nostalgic, selected first class hotels for 3, 4, 5 and even 7 nights to capture that essential European winter magic.

Our exciting European New Year tours have been specially designed to not only be enjoyed as ‘stand alone’ tours but also so that they can be seamlessly ‘bolted on’ to almost all our Christmas tours. Whether you are seeking spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations with massive firework displays or perhaps simply more time in the mountains, playing in the snow, we have something for you!

Come and join us on one of our magical, festive tours!

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Experience the Albatross difference...

    • Unique touring itineraries designed for you - the Australian and New Zealand traveller
    • These are festive Christmas tours – not summer tours "run over winter". We always take particular care to include special events and activities in each itinerary that will bring alive the nostalgia and joy of the Festive Season
    • Smaller group sizes with a maximum of only 40 people so you will enjoy a more personal touring experience
    • Leisurely 3, 4, 5 or even 7 nights in one location over Christmas. Virtually NO one night stops - our tours are to be enjoyed not endured
    • Stay in charming character hotels in superb locations - selected for their style and ambience to complement the festive season
    • Genuinley inclusive tours with NO additional 'on tour' costs - even your 'end of tour' tips are included
    • So many wonderful dining experiences included, often in delightful local restaurants
    • Expert commentary in the English language only 
    • Book with confidence with our Guranteed Group Departure Policy

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    Christmas and New Year Tours 2014

    Salzburg Christmas Market

    German and Austrian Christmas Markets - 10 Days

    This pre-Christmas tour has been specially designed to, not only capture the magic of some of Europe’s greatest and most nostalgic Christmas Markets but also takes you through a dramatic winter wonderland, to enjoy visits to castles perched on craggy hillsides and savour the warm, local hospitality.

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    Christmas Markets, Salzburg, Austria

    Austrian Christmas Break - 8 Days

    A festive Christmas staying seven nights in a charming chalet style hotel in the enchanting Austrian Alps. Includes the Salzburg Christmas Markets, Silent Night Chapel, Linderhof Palace plus more!

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    Gengenbach Town Hall Advent Calender - image courtesy of GNTBKeute,Jochen

    German Christmas Break - 8 Days

    Stay in the heart of the Black Forest near the lovely town of Triberg. Includes visits to Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Lake Titisee, Strasbourg, Hohenzollern Castle plus more!

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    Swiss Christmas Break

    Swiss Christmas Break - 8 Days

    Stay in a delightful old wooden chalet style hotel in the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Includes train excursions to Luzern, Bern and to Lake Geneva. Note this is a non-escorted group stay.

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    Christmas in the Austrian Lakes - 8 Days

    'NEW' for 2014 - Celebrate Christmas over 7 nights, staying in the delightful first class White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgangsee, Austria. Explore beautiful Hallstatt, St Gilgen and the spa town of Bad Hofgastein and visit the Christmas markets of Salzburg and enjoy hot chocolate and ginger biscuits in Austria’s oldest restaurant.

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    Neuschwanstein Castle

    German Fairytale Christmas - 10 Days

    A festive Christmas near Ludwig's 'Fairytale Castle' in the Bavarian Alps with visits to Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Munich, The Romantic Road plus more!

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    Oberammergau in the Winter

    German White Christmas Tour - 10 Days

    Imagine... staying five nights over Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Enjoy traditional Christmas meals, savour the fabulous Christmas markets in Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck plus more!

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    Your Christmas Hotel - Parkhotel Sonnenhof

    Bavarian Fairytale Christmas Tour - 10 Days

    Celebrate Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau with visits to Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Munich, The Romantic Road, Neuschwanstein Castle and much more!

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    Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

    Austrian White Christmas - 10 Days

    Christmas in the enchanting Austrian Alps with visits to Vienna, Salzburg Christmas Markets, Rattenberg, Melk Monastery, Innsbruck plus more!

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    Salzburg at Night

    Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol - 10 Days

    Experience Christmas in heart of a Tyrolean village in the snow covered Stubai Valley, Austria. Includes Salzburg and Innsbruck, fairytale castles of Bavaria, Olympic Bobsled run at Igls plus more!

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    Glocknerblick suspension bridge

    Christmas in an Austrian Spa Resort - 10 Days

    Stay 3 nights shopping and exploring the boulevards and palaces of elegant Vienna before traveling via the Danube, Melk Monastery and the Austrian Lakes District to spend Christmas over 5 nights in the Spa town of Bad Hofgastein.

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    Chamonix, France

    Christmas in the French Alps - 10 Days

    'NEW' for 2014 - Commencing with 3 days in Paris we then travel into the snow laden French Alps where we stay 5 nights over Christmas. Add visits to beautiful Annecy, travel on a cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi, explore the ski resort of Chamonix and Olympic ski resort of Albertville.

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    Castel Brando, Italy

    Christmas in an Italian Castle - 11 Days

    Imagine Christmas in a glorious Italian Castle! Now add the Austrian Lakes District, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Venice, Milan plus more!

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    Ljubljana Slovenia

    Christmas in the Slovenian Alps - 11 Days

    Spend Christmas on the shores of magnificent Lake Bled. Includes Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Kranjska Gora, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj, a stay in a dreamy Italian Castle plus more!

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    Grindelwald Church, Switzerland

    Christmas in the Swiss Alps - 11 Days

    Spend this Christmas in snow drenched Grindelwald surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Commencing in Paris, the tour explores the Swiss Riviera town of Montreux, Chateau de Chillon, medieval Bern, the amazing hilltop town of Gruyères and the chic ski resort of Gstaad.

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    Your Christmas Village Leukerbad

    Christmas in a Swiss Spa Resort - 11 Days

    Spend Christmas in first class Spa Hotel in the snow clad Swiss Alps. Add to this the Austrian Lakes District, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Zermatt, Luzern plus the famous Glacier Express.

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    Cesky Krumlov at night

    A Medieval Bohemian Christmas - 12 Days

    Spend Christmas in the absolute heart of medieval Cesky Krumlov in a beautiful 500 year old beautifully restored romantic hotel with visits to Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna, Melk Monastery plus more!

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    Vienna - Christmas at Schronbrunn

    Bohemia and Christmas in the Tyrol - 16 Days

    Visiting the ancient cities and delightful Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna and wonderful, medieval Cesky Krumlov before escaping to the snow clad mountains of the Austrian Tyrol where you enjoy a festive Christmas over 5 nights in magical Kirchberg.

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    The Graben, Vienna

    New Year in Venice - 10 Days

    'NEW' for 2014 - Join the New Year’s Eve festivities and fireworks in Venice’s St Mark’s Square. Explore the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ city of Verona, visit Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, Triglav National Park, the ski resort of Kranjska Gora before staying 2 nights in the imperial city of Vienna.

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    Swiss Landscape

    Swiss New Year Break - 8 Days

    Stay in a delightful old wooden chalet style hotel in the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Includes train excursions to Luzern, Bern and to Lake Geneva. Note this is a non-escorted group stay.

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    Innsbruck, Austria

    Bavarian New Year Break - 8 Days

    'NEW' for 2014 - Experience New Year's Eve in the mountains of Bavaria staying 7 nights at the award winning, family run Parkhotel Sonnenhof in Oberammergau. Experience the incredible funicular and cable car rides up to the summit of the massive Zugspitze Mountain, visit Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle plus much more!

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    Castelbrando Hotel, Italy

    New Year in an Italian Castle - 7 Days

    Imagine celebrating New Year's Eve in a glorious Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites. Now add Innsbruck, Cortina d’Ampezzo,romantic Venice plus elegant, stylish Milan.

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    Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

    New Year with the Sound of Music - 7 Days

    Celebrate the New Year in style – Join us as at the spectacular rococo ‘Sound of Music’ Palace, Schloss Leopoldskron, for a New Year’s Eve like no other!

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    Paris by night

    New Year in Paris - 7 Days

    Join the New Year celebrations in Paris! Includes Luzern, ANZAC memorials in the Somme and Flanders, London plus more!

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    New Year Eve Fireworks, London

    New Year in London - 7 Days

    Imagine joining a very special seven day escorted New Year tour that combines the wonderful sights of two of Europe’s greatest cities – London and Paris.

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    Trevi Fountain, Rome

    New Year in Tuscany - 7 Days

    'NEW' for 2014 - Celebrate New Year ‘al fresco’ amongst the romantic piazzas of medieval Lucca in Tuscany. Add to this the ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano, a day to explore beautiful Florence, olive oil and wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside plus a walking tour of Rome’s ancient ruins.

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