Bavarian Fairytale Christmas Tour
10 days only $3,939 pp twin share
- Enjoy a leisurely 6 nights stay in Oberammergau
- Stay in authentic, character style hotels
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- The festive tour experts
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Guaranteed group departures
- Celebrate Christmas over 6 nights in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau
- Savour the fabulous Christmas Markets in Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nürnberg, and Ulm
- Enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day Turkey lunch
- Stay 2 nights in the cobble stoned streets of Rothenburg close by perhaps the most romantic of all Christmas Markets and enjoy a Nightwatchman walking tour
- Visit the baroque Würzburg, starting point of the ‘Romantic Road’ plus Nürnberg , UNESCO World Heritage listed Bamberg and Ulm with its massive steeple
- Visit picturesque Wieskirche, relax on a horse drawn carriage ride
- Experience the incredible funicular and cable car rides up to the summit of the massive Zugspitze mountain and take in the views across 400 snow covered mountain peaks
- Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, extravagant Linderhof Palace and the Passion Play Theatre
- Stand in awe on top of Innsbruck’s Olympic Ski Jump and visit medieval Innsbruck
Day 1: 19 December - Frankfurt
Day 2: 20 December - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
We soon reach the baroque city of Würzburg, starting point of the ‘Romantic Road’, where we explore the Altstadt (old town) with its Christmas markets scattered amongst the historic buildings. We then continue to nearby Rothenburg, possibly the finest medieval city in all of Europe, where we stay two nights. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the delightful cobbled stone streets, ramparts and turrets of picture perfect Rothenburg. A ‘must do’ is a visit to the famous ‘Christmas Shop’ known for its stunning displays. The Christmas Markets, set in the narrow alleys, are perhaps the quaintest you will ever see. This evening, after dinner in your hotel, we have included a special treat - a torchlight tour with the Nightwatchman through the beautifully preserved ramparts and winding streets.
Day 3: 21 December - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Day 4: 22 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Travelling south on the Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road) we enjoy a long stop at Ulm, which sits astride the Danube. The magnificent gothic church, with its 161 metre tall steeple (the highest in the world) stands majestically on Münsterplatz square. In this ancient square you will find the large Christmas markets filled with 120 stalls. Mid afternoon we drive on to the mountains and the historic village of Oberammergau and our Christmas hotel where we stay the next six nights. Famed for its ‘Passion Play’ performances which have been staged every 10 years since the 1600’s, Oberammergau is set in the picturesque Ammer Valley beneath snow capped mountains. The town itself is also famous for its beautifully painted houses and chalets. On arrival we will be greeted with a welcome drink. All dinners, including traditional Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day Turkey lunch are included over the next six nights.
Day 5: 23 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Day 6: 24 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Christmas Eve at the top of the world! Driving back to nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen we board a funicular train which takes us across snow laden fields to the base of the mighty Zugspitze. At this point the train enters the mountain and tunnels its way up to Zugspitzeplatt station at an altitude of 2,600 metres. Here you can be entertained by the alpine hustle and bustle and marvel at the acrobatic stunts of the free skiers and snowboarders in Terrain Park Zugspitze. There is also the marvellous Sonn Alpin Glacier Restaurant to enjoy a relaxing brunch.
Later we will catch the cable car to the summit of the Zugspitze Mountain, Germany’s highest peak. At an altitude of nearly 3,000 metres the views are quite stupendous. Take in the unmatched 360° panorama with a view of more than 400 peaks in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, or enjoy lunch in the Gipfelalm rustic summit lodge. We then catch the Eibsee cable car all the way down to the lakeside where our coach meets us and takes us back to our Christmas hotel. The warm glow will continue as we enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner.
Day 7: 25 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Day 8: 26 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Day 9: 27 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau
Day 10: 28 December - To Munich
Incredible Value Inclusions
- Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
- Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
- 9 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
- Welcome drink in Frankfurt
- 18 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and8 evening dinners (D)
- A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
- Tea and coffee with all included dinners
- All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Local guides as described
- Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
- End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
- Albatross Tours travel App
Hotel Prinz, Rothenburg – 2 Nights
Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau – 6 NightsThis award winning, family run hotel is built in the wooden Alpine style and is located within an easy walking distance of both the centre of town and the mountain lifts. Classed as a superior 3 star hotel, you will be delighted by the wooden panelling, décor and furnishings, restaurant, welcoming bar and spacious bedrooms. The service and food is excellent.
We had an Excellent tour manager. The small towns and villages were awesome. Christmas markets everywhere, really gave a feeling of Christmas.
Tree decorations, sweets and treats, glue wine all added to the atmosphere. On Christmas Day snow started falling after our lunch in the beautiful, small town of Oberammergau. Christmas night mass there was also memorable. The acoustics were unbelievable and the whole ceremony brought a tear to my eye. Every day we went to amazing places, saw great sites. Couldn't wait for the next day.
Truly loved my Bavarian Christmas Tour and can thoroughly recommend it. Would go again in a heart beat.
I rate this Tour 11 out of 10.
Everything was fantastic. The best part was when it snowed (fabulous)! Magical fairytale could not have asked for anything more.
Sandra, travelled December 2014
This has been the first experience with Albatross Tours, having travelled with other major tour companies on numerous occasions we must say Albatross excel in all aspects of group travel.
The standout features of Albatross Tours are no added extra "excursions" costs, multiple night stays, and no early starts and late finishes. Overall this has been a relaxing holiday with no hidden costs unlike other tour companies where everything is an is a added extra.
Keep up the good work Albatross you have a winning formula and balance. We will certainly make Albatross a priority for all future travel.
Mervyn, travelled December 2014
I enjoyed this tour very much considering I am not able to move quickly - I could operate at my level and make choices which made it very comfortable; I did not feel any pressures from my tour manager nor my fellow travellers. For that I am most grateful.
Many thanks for a great time
Wendy, travelled December 2014
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