2017 European Summer Tours

Pre-register your interest in our 2017 European Summer tours by contacting Albatross Tours, or your local Travel Agent.

Pre-order your copy of our 2017 European Summer brochure, due out  in August.

Note: Itineraries and tour dates may be subject to change. Please refer to our 2016 European Summer Tour itineraries as a guideline. 2017 prices, dates and itineraries will be confirmed by early August.

 

Carcassonne, France

Northern Spain & the Pyrenees - 17 days

New for 2017!

Immerse yourself in UNESCO listed Burgos and the rich, rolling vineyards of the Rioja, follow Spain’s Costa Verde from the wild Picos de Europa mountains to Santander, and elegant San Sebastian. Visit Biarritz and the mighty French Pyrenees, and stay in the mighty walled city of Carcassonne. Sleep in historic Paradors and grand hotels, ride high in mountain cable car rides, relax by the Canal du Midi, take time at leisure in craggy hilltop Cathar villages and sip wine and dine as the lucky locals do!

17 May to 2 June 16 August to 1 September    
14 June to 30 June 6 September to 22 September
12 July to 28 July  

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Mont St Michel, France

Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 11 days

New for 2017!

Sleep in a picturesque chateau in the Loire Valley, and beside the Emerald Coast in Brittany, walk amongst the flowers of Monet’s Gardens and Chateau Villandry, dine on exquisite seafood in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo and explore medieval half-timbered villages with their tree lined town squares. Stand on the Normandy beaches, visit magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel, historic Fontevraud Abbey, romantic Chateau Chenonceau and sip Benedictine in a Palace! C’est magnifique…

2017 Departure Dates

17 May to 27 May 23 August to 2 September 
14 June to 24 June 13 September to 23 September
19 July to 29 July  

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Cliffs of Moher - Ireland

The Ireland Connection - 14 days

Packed with unique sightseeing this specially designed, leisurely paced itinerary also unravels the fascinating story of the mass emigration and deportation of the Irish to Australia. With 2 night stops in Dublin and Cork plus 3 night stops in Killarney, Galway and Belfast we also absorb the Australian emigrant connection and  enjoy special drives to both the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Bay and along the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Bantry. Yes, we visit Blarney, the Giant’s Causeway, Kylemore Abbey and all those classic sights. But we also take a trip to the Arran Islands, we see inside the ancient Megalithic tombs at Newgrange, we enjoy Irish Coffee in Foynes and experience a farewell dinner straight from the menu of the Titanic!

2017 Departure Dates

28 May to 10 June 13 August to 26 August
25 June to 8 July 3 September to 16 September
9 July to 22 July       

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Stresa, Lake Italy

Italian Lakes & Tuscany - 16 days

Explore the band of picturesque lakes that litter the top half of Italy from Lake Maggiore, pretty Lake Orta and Bellagio on Lake Como, to the vineyards and lemon groves that adorn dramatic Lake Garda. In Liguria we relax in Santa Margherita Ligure, seductive Portofino and the villages of the Cinque Terre, and in Tuscany we stay 4 nights in that quintessential Tuscan town of Lucca visiting Florence and Pisa, and enjoying dinner in the Tuscan Hills. See bright red Ferraris, Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, medieval Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa and experience 2 last nights staying in an elegant, historic Villa.

2017 Departure Dates

14 May to 29 May               20 August to 4 September
28 May to 12 June 27 August to 11 September 
18 June to 3 July 3 September  to 18 September
30 July to 14 Aug 24 September to 9 October

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Rocamadour, France

La Grande France - 16 days

Immerse yourselves in Frances’ seductive regions with 3 night stays amongst the graceful chateaux of the Loire valley, the troglodytic villages of the glorious Dordogne, ancient Provence and the stunning Cote d’Azur. Sleep 3 nights in le Château des Ducs, cruise on the Canal di Midi, explore the incredible caves of Gouffre de Padirac, relax in the pretty harbour of Cassis and enjoy afternoon tea in Rothschild’s luxuriant Villa Ephrussi overlooking exclusive Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat.

2017 Departure Dates

3 May to 18 May 9 August to 24 August
17 May to 1 June 23 August to 7 September
7 June to 22 June               13 September to 28 September
19 July to 3 August  

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Cinque Terre, Italy

La Grande France, Lake Garda & Tuscany - 27 days

Enjoy a 27 day journey from Paris to Venice with stays amongst the chateaux of the Loire Valley, the stunning Dordogne, Provence and the Cote d’Azur. Followed by the delightful Ligurian Coast and Portofino, the beauty of the Cinque Terre, the villages of Tuscany, glorious Lake Garda and a farewell to remember in a fabulous Palladian style Villa.

2017 Departure Dates

3 May to 29 May 9 August to 4 September
17 May to 12 June 23 August to 18 September
7 June to 3 July   13 September to 9 October
19 July to 14 August                 

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Zermatt, Switzerland

An Alpine Adventure - 17 days

Are the mountains calling you? This 17 day Alpine Adventure is precisely that – a real Alpine Adventure! Departing Paris, our first 3 night stay is in a village called Les Houches, beside Chamonix and the mighty Mont Blanc massif. Following visits to Annecy and Albertville the highlight will be a cable car ride to the top of the stunning Aiguille du Midi - the Needle of Midday. In Switzerland we visit Montreux on Lake Geneva, medieval Gruyere, Berne and Luzern as well as the thundering Trummelbach Falls in the scenic Lauterbrunnen Valley. After staying 3 nights in a fantastic spa hotel in Grindelwald with views onto the Eiger and 2 more in Zermatt beside the Matterhorn we catch the incredible Glacier Express to Klosters and St Moritz. Next we drop down into Italy to spend 4 relaxing nights in a grand hotel overlooking glorious Lake Garda, and enjoy cruises to the idyllic old ports such as Sirmione and Bardolino, scattered around the lakeshore, as well as Romeo and Juliet’s city of Verona. As a finale, our farewell evening will be in vibrant Milan.

2017 Departure Dates

30 May to 15 June 15 August to 31 August
20 June to 6 July 5 September to 21 September
25 July to 10 August 19 September to 5 October 

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Alberobello Trulli Houses, Italy

Italy, the Deep South & Sicily - 17 days

This amazing 17 day escorted tour fills a void by plunging deep into the south where Italy intensifies, and the food and wine is richer and more aromatic and the sights so striking and different.

Commencing in Rome and ending in Palermo in Sicily spend 5 nights in the regions of Puglia and Matera - the heel and ankle of Italy, before crossing to the glorious island of Sicily for a further 11 days. Where we stay makes so much of a difference. Avoiding the usual run of the mill hotels, we choose to stay in the white washed, ‘Bee Hive’ Trulli cottages in Alberobello, the extraordinary luxurious ‘Sassi’ caves in Matera, Baglio ‘farmhouse’ hotels and delightful villas. Staying 4 nights in the heart of Taormina we experience a cable car ride and 4WD journey to the top of smouldering Mount Etna, before enjoying a lazy lunch in ‘Godfather country’. We also visit the gorgeous baroque island of Ortigia and see the stunning Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina. In Agrigento we wake up to views across The Valley of the Temples and after a morning in hilltop Erice we enjoy a delightful cruise to Cape San Vito. Add special dinners, wine tastings and a host of unique highlights and extra visits and you will immediately see how Italy’s deep south and Sicily is quite extraordinary.

2017 Departure Dates

29 April to 15 May 1 September to 17 September
17 May to 2 June 16 September to 2 October
3 June to 19 June 4 October to 20 October
19 July to 4 August  

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Marina Grande, Isle of Capri

The Italian Grande - 18 days

A more leisurely paced tour with two, three, four and even five night stays doing justice to Italy’s evocative regions. We stay four nights in the magnificent Italian Lakes District visiting Lake Maggiore, Orta, Macugnaga and we cruise on Como to Bellagio. Following two nights in a dreamy Italian castle we enjoy five nights touring Tuscany visiting Florence, the Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano. Spend two nights in the Umbrian Hills, and as a finale, four nights at stunning Naples on the Amalfi Coast visiting Capri and Amalfi. Then there is the food, the wine, the ambience and the time to get “sotto la pelle”… under the skin.

2017 Departure Dates

27 April to 14 May 14 June to 1 July 5 September to 22 September
5 May to 22 May 22 June to 9 July 13 September to 30 September
13 May to 30 May 30 June to 17 July 21 September to 8 October
20 May to 6 June 17 July to 3 August 1 October to 18 October
29 May to 15 June 17 August to 3 September  
6 June to 23 June 28 August to 14 September  

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Porto, Portugal

'Magnifico' Spain and Portugal - 18 days

Join us on an incredible journey through the intriguing towns and regions of Spain and Portugal. Not only do we visit classic cities such as Granada, Madrid, Seville, Porto and Toledo but we also visit those wonderful, often ignored cities such as Cordoba, Ronda, Merida, Evora, Avila and Salamanca. Because we have specially designed this unique tour itinerary with 2 and 3 night stops we have been able to include numerous additional excursions to extraordinary places such as Guimarães, the wonderful Palace de Pena in Sintra, the medieval fortified village of Obidos and Braga.

2017 Departure Dates

9 May to 26 May 22 August to 8 September 
23 May to 9 June 5 September to 22 September 
6 June to 23 June  19 September to 6 October 
20 June to 7 July  26 September to 13 October 

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol - 15 days

A beautifully paced tour commencing with a four night stay in the heart of the Black Forest to enjoy Strasbourg and the ‘pearl of Gengenbach’, explore Colmar, Triberg and Freiburg, sip wine in a village on the Route Alsace du Vin and stroll around the Flower Island of Mainau. With three more nights amongst King Ludwig’s ‘fairytale’ castles we visit Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Fussen and Oberammergau plus take a cable car up high into the Bavarian Alps. To cap it all off, relax over three nights in the glorious Austrian Tyrol and three nights in Salzburg. Properly explore Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hitler’s infamous Eagles Nest, and enjoy a scenic steam train ride along the beautiful Ziller Valley.

2017 Departure Dates

21 May to 4 June 13 August to 27 August
25 June to 9 July 10 September to 24 September
23 July to 6 August  

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Enjoy longer stays with 2, 3, 4 and even up to 7 night stops

Croatia & the Adriatic - 13 days

This unique 13 day escorted tour was specifically developed to not only take in the major cities and highlights of the Dalmatian Coast, but also the classic Adriatic island of Hvar and the historical cities of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Commencing with 3 nights in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Trogir we visit Split, Šibenik, dramatic Klis Castle and the waterfalls in Krka before escaping to the wonderful ‘Lavender Island’ of Hvar for another 3 nights. After visits to Jelsa and dining on the rocks at Milna we reach glorious Dubrovnik where we stay 4 luxurious nights. From here we visit Kotor in Montenegro, Cavtat and enjoy an oyster cruise before a leisurely seafood lunch in delightful Mali Ston. In Bosnia-Herzegovina we visit the fascinating cities Mostar and Sarajevo before visiting the resort of Makarska and enjoying a river cruise in the notorious 'pirate' town of Omiš. Add to this special winery visits, dinners, sea cruises and a cable car ride up Mount Srd, plus carefully planned time at leisure, and you have a tour that is distinctly different!

2017 Departure Dates

25 May to 6 June 27 August to 8 September
8 June to 20 June 10 September to 22 September
22 June to 4 July  

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Best of British - 16 days

A magical tour with two and three night stays in Bath, Yorkshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lake District and Scotland. Enjoy numerous visits to castles, country mansions and beautifully landscaped gardens plus unique excursions such as a ‘Braveheart’ tour, exploring the honey coloured villages of the Cotswolds and as an extraordinary finale dine and stay overnight in the glorious Leeds Castle - 'the loveliest castle in the world'.

2017 Departure Dates

22 May to 6 June 14 August to 29 August
12 June to 27 June 4 September to 19 September
24 July to 8 August  

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Australian Corp Memorial Park, Le Hamel

All Quiet on the Western Front - 8 days

The summer departures for our All Quiet on the Western Front tour are specifically designed for those wanting to experience a fascinating Western Front Commemorative tour in the European Summer. Staying three nights in Ypres (Flanders) and three nights in Amiens (the Somme) this tried and tested tour provides a fascinating and memorable commemorative touring experience. Led by our expert Battlefield Tour Managers, you know you will be in the very best hands.

2017 Departure Dates

13 May to 20 May 4 September to 11 September
3 June to 10 June 24 September to 1 October
29 July to 5 August  

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