Escorted Tours Through Germany

Half-timbered villages set in storybook landscapes, the moody beauty of the Black Forest, and vibrant cities that mix the historic with the cutting edge – it’s not hard to see why this diverse country is a popular holiday destination for people across the globe.

Albatross Tours has a number of Germany tours that explore beer halls, historic spired churches and forest trails. Whether cuisine, culture, nature or history is what you seek most, you’ll find plenty of what you’re looking for when you visit Deutschland with Albatross.


Germany Tours

Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol
Tour

15 days from $5,989 pp twin share

Discover Ludwig's fairytale castles, see Hitler's Eagles Nest, explore baroque Salzburg, enjoy a cable car ride to Tegelberg, admire the Krimmler Waterfalls, plus more! 

  • Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
  • Small group tours, maximum 28
  • $1,500 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

German Fairytale Christmas
Tour

10 days only $4,829 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in Bavaria, savour Christmas markets,take the cable car up to Tegelberg, visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners

Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Tour

10 days only $3,939 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, visiting Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, a cable car ride up the Zugspitze, plus more!

  • 6 relaxing nights in Oberammergau
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners

German White Christmas
Tour

10 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in Bavarian village of Oberammergau, visiting Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, the massive Zugspitze Mountain, Linderhof Palace, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 9 dinners

German Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $2,769 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the heart of the Black Forest, visiting Christmas markets, the Alsace region in France, Hohenzollern Castle, Triberg, Freiburg, Gengenbach plus more!

  • 6 nights in the Black Forest
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • All breakfasts and dinners included

German & Austria Christmas
Markets Tour

10 days only $3,329 pp twin share

Savour the fabulous Christmas markets in Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, ride the cable car to the summit of Zugspitze, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles

Christmas in an Italian Castle
Tour

11 days only $3,979 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in an Italian Castle, visiting Christmas markets in Salzburg and Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bolzano, Venice, Lake Garda  plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

New Year with the Sound of
Music Tour

7 days only $3,289 pp twin share

Celebrate the New Year at the 'The Sound of Music' Palace, visiting Mondsee, Salzburg, Lake Konigssee and enjoy an adventurous ride down the old Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.

  • 5 nights in the historic Meierhof
  • NYE Gala dinner and fireworks
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfasts and dinners included

Austrian Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $2,829 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in a first class chalet style hotel in the enchanting Austrian Tyrol, visiting Christmas markets, Salzburg, take a steam train up the Ziller Valley, plus more!

  • 7 nights in the Austrian Tyrol
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • All breakfasts and dinners included

Bohemia & Christmas in the
Tyrol Tour

16 days only $5,879 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas over 5 nights in the Austrian Tyrol exploring Christmas markets in Vienna, Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Salzburg, Schonbrunn Palace, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2, 3 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,600 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Christmas in the Slovenian Alps
Tour

11 days only $4,089 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas over 4 nights at Lake Bled. Enjoy Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, stay 2 nights in an Italian Castle, visit Bolzano, Venice, Salzburg, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Breakfast daily and 9 dinners
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Austrian Lakes Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $3,489 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the delightful White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgangsee, exploring Lake Chiemsee, Hallstatt, Christmas markets, the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, plus more! 

  • 7 nights at Lake Wolfgangsee
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfasts and dinners included

A Swiss Christmas in Zermatt
Tour

11 days only $5,399 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the snow-clad Swiss mountains. Savour Christmas markets, visit Salzburg, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, take the cog railway to Zermatt, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations
     
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A Medieval Bohemian Christmas
Tour

12 days only $4,549 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in medieval Cesky Krumlov, visiting Christmas markets, Rothenburg, Prague, Schonbrunn Palace, Melk Monastery, Cesky Budejovice, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol
Tour

10 days only $3,479 pp twin share

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Bohemian Christmas
Markets

12 days only $4,259 pp twin share

Imagine shopping in the Christmas Markets of Europe’s greatest cities. Stay in vibrant Berlin, ancient Dresden, medieval Prague and amazing Nürnberg.

  • Visit 7 Christmas Markets
  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners
     

New Year in
Berlin

6 days only $2,689 pp twin share

Celebrate New Years in the vibrant city of Berlin, visit Dresden's Royal Palce, enjoy a tour of Berlin, spend a day in Potsdam, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Experience an unforgettable New Years
  • $600 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 4 dinners

A Swiss Winter
Wonderland

12 days only $4,789 pp twin share

Enjoy a Swiss winter wonderland with a 4 night stay in the Swiss Alps, wander the streets of Salzburg and take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2, 3 & 4 night stays
  • See the mighty Matterhorn Mountain
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners

New Year in
Bavaria

7 days only $2,849 pp twin share

Celebrate New Year in the Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau, visit Neuschwanstein Castle, take a Nightwatchman tour in Rothenburg, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners

Germany Tour Destinations

Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg

  • Triberg – Situated right in the heart of the Black Forest, Triberg is a gorgeous destination. Anyone with even half a sweet tooth will delight in the city’s renowned cakes. After indulging yourself, pay a visit to the world’s biggest cuckoo clock, where checking the time will be the last thing on your mind.
  • Gengenbach – Hidden deep within the Black Forest is Gengenbach, one of the region’s most delightful places to visit and a favourite memory of many people who have taken tours of Germany. Half-timbered houses enclose the quaint market square while watchtowers stand guard, creating a truly picturesque setting you won’t soon forget.
  • Freiburg – Freiburg is a gothic city with a great deal of charm. Featuring carefully restored architecture, fantastic shopping arcades, and an outstanding gothic cathedral, Freiburg is understandably one of the Black Forest’s most frequented destinations. Nestled between the forest’s edge and the Rhine Plain, the city’s geography ensures scenic surroundings contrast with the modern metropolis.
  • Titisee – Crystal-clear waters and postcard-perfect landscapes make a cruise on the lake of Titisee an experience that will stay with you long after your Germany tour has ended.
     

Freiberg, Germany


Other Destinations in Baden-Württemberg

  • Heidelberg – A romantic city on the River Neckar in southwest Germany, Heidelberg has captured the heart of many tourists with its baroque old town, ruined Renaissance castle, and riverside orchards. It truly is a stirring place that has enchanted many, including the poet Goethe and the painter William Turner.
  • Ulm – Ulm’s most notable drawcard is its majestic gothic church, where you’ll find the world’s highest steeple. The 161-metre spire looks down upon the ancient Münsterplatz square, which thrives with Christmas markets during the holiday season; Ulm is a favourite shopping spot for people embarking on Germany tours in December.
  • Mainau – Seated on Lake Constance is the gorgeous garden island of Mainau, where the grounds are landscaped meticulously and the beautiful gardens date back to almost two centuries ago. The Italian rose garden is a particular highlight, where fountains and sculptures stand amongst hundreds upon hundreds of different roses.
     

Mainau, Germany


Bavarian Alps

  • Oberammergau – Situated in a forested valley among the Ammergauer Alps in southern Germany, the small town of Oberammergau is a popular base for wintery hikes and cross-country skiing trips. Every decade, over 2,000 actors, singers and musicians take to the streets to perform the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Wieskirche – A tour in Germany can provide you with a chance to see one of Europe’s most beautiful churches. Now a World Heritage site, Wieskirche has historically been a popular pilgrimage destination since the mid-1700s. Its past, its seclusion, and the surrounding green meadows combine to make this church a truly unique spectacle to behold and learn about.
  • Linderhof Palace – Extravagant and extraordinary, Linderhof is a French rococo palace created by King Ludwig. Highlights include the Venus Grotto and the Peacock Throne, which lives in the Moorish Pavilion.
  • Zugspitze – With its peak just short of 3,000 metres above sea level, Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain and also one of its most enticing tourist destinations – especially in winter. From the summit, you can expect unparalleled views in all directions, with the scenery of Germany melting into the panoramas of its neighbours: Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Then, admire the acrobatic snowboarders and skiers before enjoying a delicious bite to eat at the Sonnalpin Glacier Restaurant.
  • Kloster Ettal – With approximately seven centuries of history behind it and luscious green valley scenery all around, this monastery is a delight to visit. The buildings are a remarkable and fascinating example of rococo architecture.
     

Zugspitze, Germany


Southwest Bavaria

  • Füssen – Filled with history and photo opportunities, Füssen is an absolute pleasure to explore on foot. As the Romantic Road’s southern gateway, this delightful city enjoys gorgeous views of the lake region and the nearby mountains, providing a glimpse of what is likely the next stage of your Germany tour.
  • Lindau – Germany’s most southerly city, the island town of Lindau, is like a portal to the past. Cobblestones line the streets and medieval lighthouses watch over this border city, from where Austria is little more than a stone’s throw away.
  • Neuschwanstein Castle – A guided walking tour of this German fairy-tale castle will leave you breathless, both figuratively and literally. There is no shortage of staircases, but each climb leads you to another astonishing hall, apartment or state room, so you won’t want to cut your exploration short. The throne room in particular is not to be missed.
     

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


Other Destinations in Bavaria

  • Rothenburg – One of the finest medieval cities in all of Europe, Rothenberg is a popular town on the Romantic Road through southern Germany. The town is situated on a high plateau, affording beautiful views of the scenic valley and the river Tauber. The ramparts and cobblestone streets of Rothenburg beg to be explored – and one of the best ways to do so is by torchlight tour at night. If you have the opportunity to join the Nightwatchman for this ethereal experience, do not hesitate; it is sure to be a highlight of your Germany tour.
  • Nurnberg – Beyond impressive medieval gates and overlooked by giant stone towers is the city of Nurnberg. December travellers are in for a special delight here; Nurnberg is home to Europe’s most splendid Christmas markets. The festivities, food, and fun atmosphere of the markets are enough to enchant any foreigner – even if Christmas carols, mulled wines, and roasted sausages aren’t your favourite things.
  • Bamberg – The palaces, mansions and other buildings of Bamberg document architectural trends from the past millennium and have earned the city a listing as a World Heritage site. In between admiring the cityscape, be sure to sample some of the famous ‘smoked’ beer and hunt for souvenirs amongst the fantastic antique boutiques.
  • Wurzburg – Full of historic baroque buildings, Wurzburg is a picturesque place partially frozen in time. In December, visitors should save ample time for wandering the Christmas markets of the old town.
  • Berchtesgaden – Near Berchtesgaden are the old Salt Mines, where an unforgettable adventure awaits. Prepare to don a salt miner’s outfit, take a train into the earth, and then ride across a stunning underground lake – all lit up for you by a sensational light show.
  • Königssee – Considered by many to be the most pristine alpine lake, the Königssee is simply breathtaking. Cliffs stretch out over the emerald-tinted waters, making for some unmissable photography moments.
     

Rothenburg Christmas Markets, Germany


Touring Germany via Coach

Any holiday in Deutschland is a magical experience that is sure to leave you spellbound. But to truly enjoy every moment of your time in this beautiful country, you really can’t go past a Germany tour. Smaller groups and longer city stays enable you to see and experience more, while our knowledgeable guides help you discover the country’s best-kept secrets.

Touring with Albatross means the language barrier won’t cause you any strife. However, if you have learnt or are learning German, you’ll have countless opportunities to practise your vocab and conversation skills with friendly residents. When you’re not enjoying a chat with the locals, you might be getting to know your fellow travellers; our customers regularly form lasting friendships by bonding over their shared experiences in Germany.

Our tour groups also enjoy the added convenience of having directions, travelling and the itinerary organised for them. This leaves you free to immerse yourself properly in the culture and atmosphere of the German cities and towns we visit, as well as allowing you to relax and debrief leisurely in between attractions.

Fussen, Germany


When to Visit Germany

Typically, summer is the best season for a tour in Germany, with the months from May to September seeing the most visitors from abroad. It is during this period that the country enjoys the longer days and warmer temperatures that are perfect for holiday relaxation. Cool changes and rainfall are somewhat common, so it’s wise to pack an extra layer and rainwear just in case.

On the other end of the spectrum, the December/January holiday season presents travellers with an entirely different but equally magical experience. While the weather is cooler, the fabulous Christmas markets and other festivities are well worth the chill – and fewer tourist numbers make certain sites a lot more enjoyable too.
 

When to Travel to Germany


The Foods You’ll Eat in Germany

Undoubtedly, one of the best aspects of our Germany tours is the opportunity they give you to indulge in some of this country’s world-renowned cuisine. It’s little wonder Oktoberfest has become such a globally celebrated event – the foods and drinks of Germany are just that good. Here are just a few of the über-scrumptious items you’ll be munching on in Germany:

  • Black Forest Cake – Take the express to tastebud heaven with this amazing German dessert. Layers of rich chocolate, ripe cherries and cherry schnapps, and irresistible cream… every slice is a piece of paradise. The Black Forest’s signature specialty liquor is the cherry on top (or it would be, if there weren’t already cherries on top!).
  • Schnitzel – Most often made with veal, pork or chicken, schnitzel can comfortably be called a national dish of Germany. It’s typically served with lemon and possibly some chips on the side. You can find delicious dishes of schnitzel throughout the country, from high-class restaurants to takeaway joints, and they are often amongst the cheaper items on the menu.
  • Pretzels – You’re never far from a bakery when journeying in Germany. And the only thing more certain than a bakery being just around the corner is that the next one you find will have plenty of pretzels on offer. As you might expect, the pretzels here are not like the ones you’re used to; they are doughier, they are bigger, and they are better.
  • Sausages – Perhaps Deutschland’s most iconic food item, the wurst (or sausage) features in many German meals – including breakfasts. Different regions have their own specialties and there are hundreds of sausage varieties to discover; finding your favourite is just a matter of trial and error (though even the errors will usually leave you satisfied!).
  • Beer – Germany is a haven for ale lovers. With the country’s reputation for producing some of the world’s best-tasting (and most effective) brews, the beers here deserve a tasting even by those who don’t consider it their poison of choice.
     

German Foods


Things You Should Know About German Culture

As with every European country, Germany has its own eccentricities and cultural quirks. To make sure no social blunders interfere with your wonderful Germany tour, there are some etiquettes you should be aware of. Here are three important ones to know before you embark:

  • Formalities – Germans tend to be somewhat formal. This means you should address people appropriately; use ‘Herr’ for men and ‘Frau’ for women before their surname until they welcome you to call them by their first name. For people whose names you do not know, stick with the formal version of ‘you’, which is ‘Sie’, rather than using the more casual ‘Du’. Be sure to also shake the hand of anyone you are introduced to – even if it’s a sizeable group you’re meeting.
  • Punctuality – They say you can set your watch based on trains arriving and leaving in Germany. And this is pretty much spot on. While you have plenty of time to relax during your tour, keep in mind that punctuality is a highly valued virtue in this clockwork country – so try not to be late anywhere! The benefit of this for travellers is that attractions will always open on time and public transport is never tardy.
  • Road Rules – Even those who won’t be behind the wheel should be aware of Germany’s respectful attitude of road rules, including the mundane ones. As a pedestrian, avoid the temptation to jaywalk and keep your feet well away from the marked bicycle lane.


The Money You’ll Use in Germany

Germany’s currency has been the euro (€) since 2002, when it replaced the Deutsche Mark. When making transactions during any of our Germany tours, you can expect to come across 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 coins, and €5, €10, €50, €100, €200 and €500 banknotes. While many establishments will happily accept major credit cards for payment, there are also quite a few that won’t. If you prefer to stay on the safe side with some cash in your back pocket, don’t fret; there are plenty of ATMs throughout Germany and most will happily convert your credit into euro notes.
 

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Tips from the Nest: Making Mulled Wine

No visit to the European Christmas Markets is complete without sampling the warm, spiced Glühwein. Stroll through the many stalls as the smells of sweet spices, warm gingerbread and roasting chestnuts fill the air. Traditionally known as “glow wine” or mulled wine, it is a traditional Christmas drink served from iron cauldrons from the stalls at Christmas Markets throughout Europe. Read more
 

Mulled Wine in Germany