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

Tour Overview

Imagine celebrating this Christmas in the historic Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Savour Christmas Markets in cobblestoned squares, visit Ludwig’s fairytale castles, take a cable car to the summit of the Zugspitze and relax with a horse drawn carriage ride through the Bavarian countryside.

Highlights

  • 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

 

The Bavarian Fairy-tale Christmas Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Austria or Germany. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours! 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 19 December - Frankfurt

Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts - from modern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city centre. Tonight dinner and a welcome drink are included. This is an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Meals:
D
Hotel:
The Hilton 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.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Prinz

Day 3: 21 December - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

We have included a full day excursion. First stop is the nearbyUNESCO World Heritage listed city of Bamberg, which boasts hundreds of buildings, mansions and palaces displaying the various stages of architecture dating back 1,000 years. Famous for its unique ‘smoked’ beer and antique shops – Bamberg is one of Germany’s best kept secrets. In the afternoon we continue to the massive stone towers and gates of medieval Nürnberg. Once the setting for enormous Nazi rallies and the War Crimes trials, Nürnberg now boasts extensive pedestrian walkways and the most splendid Christmas Markets in Europe. This huge market has a unique law that only traditional Christmas artefacts are allowed for sale. As dusk approaches, the music and singing, Christmas lights and smell of mulled wine, roasting sausages, chestnuts and sweets fill the air. We return to Rothenburg early evening.
 
Meals:
B

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.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Parkhotel Sonnenhof

Day 5: 23 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau

This morning we take you on a picturesque drive to the village of Hohenschwangau. After a brisk walk uphill you will enjoy a visit to one of the most inspiring and famous castles in the world – ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s romantic Neuschwanstein Castle. At the Castle you will enjoy a guided tour inside the King’s apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. On our return journey we make a special stop at the richly decorated Wieskirche (Church in the Meadows) with its incredible painted ceilings. Later this afternoon we also visit the beautifully decorated town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, known as Germany’s premiere ski resort. You will be able to enjoy some last minute shopping in the delightful Christmas markets.
Meals:
B
D

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.

Meals:
B
D

Day 7: 25 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau

Christmas Day as it should be - relaxing, eating, drinking and definitely no Indiana Jones repeats, washing up and unwelcome long-lost relatives! Highlight of the day will be your ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the local countryside. Enjoy a Christmas Day Turkey lunch at your hotel. Your afternoon will be free in this delightful Alpine location. Perhaps go for a winter walk or take a cable car to the top of the ski fields.
Meals:
B
L
D

Day 8: 26 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau

Boxing Day! This morning we visit nearby Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace - yet another of King Ludwig's amazing creations. Later we stop at Kloster Ettal. This monastery in a lovely shaded valley dates back over 700 years and is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in existence. This afternoon we return to Oberammergau where we have included a tour through the amazing Passion Play Theatre.
Meals:
B
D

Day 9: 27 December - Bavarian Alps - Oberammergau

This morning we visit Bergisel and the dramatic ski jump. After a short funicular ride we take an elevator up to the café at the top of the 50 metre jumping tower. The views down over the city of Innsbruck and along the broad Inn Valley are magnificent, and standing at the jumper’s start point looking down the steep ramp is spine–tingling. Later, we continue the short distance to the winter resort of Innsbruck where we spend time at leisure exploring the sights of the Alstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobbled stoned streets and the famous ‘Golden Roof’. Tonight enjoy a Farewell dinner at your hotel.
Meals:
B
D

Day 10: 28 December - To Munich

This morning your tour ends with a transfer to Munich, to arrive mid morning. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm today. For those of you joining one of our wonderful New Year Tours that begin in Luzern or Milan, the good news is, we have arranged complimentary Group transfers.
Meals:
B

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
     

Your Hotels

Hotel Prinz, Rothenburg

Hotel Prinz, Rothenburg – 2 Nights

This 3 star hotel is superbly located within the old medieval walls, and close by all of the main attractions of the old town.
Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau

Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau – 6 Nights

This 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.

Tour Reviews

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.

John

Oberammergau

Tour Rating 5-Star

Everything was fantastic. The best part was when it snowed (fabulous)! Magical fairytale could not have asked for anything more. 

Sandra, travelled December 2014

Carriage to Neuschwanstein Castle, courtesy of L. Cowlishaw

Tour Rating 5-Star

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

Oberammergau, courtesy of Man Chai

Tour Rating 5-Star

 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

Innsbruck, courtesy of John Raso

Tour Rating 5-Star

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Guaranteed to Depart Availability
19 Dec 2017 28 Dec 2017 AUD $3,939 Space Available

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