Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Tour
15 days from $5,989 pp twin share
- Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
- Small group size with a maximum of 28 travellers
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Guaranteed group departures
Wander down cobblestoned streets in stunning villages, explore Ludwig’s fairytale castles, taste wine on the ‘route Alsace du Vin’, take in the spectacular mountain views from Hitler’s Eagle Nest and the undulating ‘Sound of Music’ hills near beautiful, baroque Salzburg… ahhhh!
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 Mozart's baroque city of Salzburg. Explore Innsbruck, Hitler’s infamous Eagles Nest, and enjoy a scenic steam train ride along the beautiful Ziller Valley.
- Take the funicular up to Heidelberg Castle and taste wine on the ‘route Alsace du Vin’
- Stay 4 nights in medieval Triberg, visit gothic Freiburg, postcard perfect Colmar, beautiful Gengenbach, Lake Titisee and cruise on the River Ill in Strasbourg
- Ride on a steam train along the Ziller Valley and on a petit train through Colmar
- Wander around the gardens of the ‘Flower Island’ of Mainau, cross Lake Constance to Meersburg and visit the old harbour of Lindau
- Spend 3 nights in Füssen in the Bavarian Alps, visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, the Passion Play Theatre and Museum in Oberammergau, Wieskirche, enjoy a cable car ride to Tegelberg and dinner beside beautiful Lake Hopfensee
- Explore Innsbruck, visit Swarovski Crystal World and Rattenberg
- Relax over 3 nights in the Austrian Tyrol, visit Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagles Nest, the Obersalzberg Dokumentation Centre and Mayrhofen
- Drive over the magnificent Fern and Gerlos Alpine Passes, admire the Krimmler Wasserfälle
- Enjoy 3 nights in Mozart’s baroque city of Salzburg, visit ‘The Sound of Music’ church at Lake Mondsee and Hallstatt
The Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol 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!
Julie Andrews and that Mad King
Mad? Or just eccentric? Ludwig emptied Bavaria’s treasury by building a series of Palaces and Castles inspired by Germanic Gods, the surrounding countryside and the composer, Wagner. Castles like the ‘Fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle. Who doesn’t identify Austria’s undulating hills, deep blue lakes and gorgeous church steeples with the first scene of the iconic film the Sound of Music? Julie Andrews, arms outstretched singing ‘The hills are alive’? I do! These regions are riddled with palaces, baroque churches, mountains and medieval towns, ripe to be visited. You may never tire of the ‘chocolate box’ perfection. I find it really strange that virtually every mainstream tour out there spends just a few scant hours in these entire regions en route to their next all too brief overnight stay. Ridiculous! Neuschwanstein Castle is wrongly treated to a ‘happy snappy’ roadside photo stop or hurried morning visit, the other castles and sights are completely ignored, and you never have time to relax by ‘those’ lakes or ride high up on ‘those’ magical Austrian hills. Madness! Aren’t these iconic sites the reason you are going to these regions in the first place?
I believe these magnificent, romantic, and beautiful regions deserve better. That is why Albatross spends 4 nights exploring the Black Forest, 3 nights amongst Bavaria’s castles, 3 nights in the Austrian Tyrol and 3 nights in ‘Sound of Music’ Salzburg. It is absolutely the only way these hills can come alive!
Day 1: Frankfurt
Your tour commences this evening in wonderful Frankfurt: a city of contrasts – from modern skyscrapers to beautifully maintained old buildings. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Day 2: Triberg in the Black Forest
We spend the morning in the nearby ancient university town of Heidelberg. Set in the wooded Neckar Valley, it is noted for its twin-towered bridge and red sandstone castle. We have included a funicular ride up to the castle and entrance to the castle courtyard and terrace. From here you can enjoy the magnificent views of the city and Neckar River below. Entrance is also included to see the world’s largest wine barrel and the German Apothecary Museum. Later, we drive deep into the Black Forest to enjoy an afternoon stop in Gengenbach. With its watchtowers and market square surrounded by lovely half-timbered houses, it is easy to see why it has been called a “pearl among the Black Forest towns”. We continue to nearby Triberg, where we spend the next four nights.
Day 3: Triberg in the Black Forest
Crossing the Rhine in France, we spend the morning in postcard perfect Colmar. On arrival we will enjoy an orientation tour through the heart of town on the ‘Petit Train’. Brightly painted, half-timbered houses on narrow, twisting lanes make a perfect backdrop. The River Lauch winds its way through the centre, known as the Little Venice district. Your afternoon will be spent on the Route Alsace du Vin (Alsace Wine Road). Stretching from Strasbourg to Colmar, we will drive through the pretty villages of Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Kaysersberg on this famous wine road. At one of the manicured vineyards we will enjoy a wine tasting of various classic local wines.
Day 4: Triberg in the Black Forest
Our morning will be spent in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament. On arrival we board a glass topped boat to enjoy a river cruise around the heart of this beautiful city. Retaining its old world charm there are three bridges spanning the River Ill, massive fortified towers and the pedestrian streets around the Place de la Cathédrale and Place Broglie are a delight. Take time to enjoy one of the numerous cosy bistros and cafés. Late afternoon and evening is at leisure in Triberg, in the very centre of the Black Forest, famous for cake, and home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock.
Day 5: Triberg in the Black Forest
This morning we visit the beautiful lake and town of Titisee and enjoy a cruise on the crystal clear waters of this famous lake. Lunchtime is at leisure in the capital of the Black Forest – the gothic city of Freiburg. Sensitively restored, Freiburg is one of the most charming of German cities, located where the Black Forest meets the Rhine Plain. Arcaded shopping streets and little streams lead through the old town to its great gothic cathedral.
Day 6: Bavarian Alps
Heading south-east we soon arrive on the western shore of Lake Constance. Crossing a short causeway we visit the Flower Island of Mainau where a local guide leads us through the 111 acres of beautiful gardens and landscaped grounds. Originally created nearly 200 years ago by Prince Nikolaus, these magnificent botanical gardens also boast an arboretum and an Italian rose garden complete with pergolas, sculptures, fountains and 500 varieties of roses. In summer it is splendid with its rhododendrons along with huge displays of over 350,000 flowers. After catching a ferry across Lake Constance to Meersburg, we follow the northern lakeshore to enjoy an afternoon break in the old harbour town of Lindau. Later we continue to Füssen, in the mountains of Bavaria.
It would be too easy to simply take the quickest route from Triberg to Bavaria. However, we don’t and we won’t. Instead we choose to stop at one of Europe’s classic palatial gardens that cover the entire island – Mainau on Lake Constance. Different flower gardens and displays bloom depending on the season, as they have done for hundreds of years. This is European grand garden design at its finest, and it is a wonderful heritage experience.
Day 7: Bavarian Alps
We start the day in Hohenschwangau. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. A horse and buggy will take you up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later this afternoon we will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the excellent views down onto the fairytale castles far below. Your evening is at leisure in Füssen.
Please note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations.
Day 8: Bavarian Alps
There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! Our first stop will be a visit to Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace - yet another of King Ludwig's amazing creations. The Venus Grotto reproduces a set from Wagner's Tannhäuser, and the Moorish Pavilion shelters the Peacock Throne. Lunchtime will be in the nearby village of Oberammergau with its ornately painted buildings where the famous Passion Play is performed every ten years. To complete your visit we have included entrance and a guided tour through the fascinating Passion Play Theatre and Museum. In the afternoon we drive through Bavarian farmlands and forests to make a stop in arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. This evening we drive to beautiful Lake Hopfensee to enjoy dinner in a lakeside restaurant.
Day 9: Kirchberg in the Austrian Tyrol
Taking the beautiful Fern Pass across the Bavarian Alps we descend into the Inn Valley to visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. There will be time at leisure to explore the sights of the Alstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobbled stoned streets and the renowned Golden Roof. In the afternoon we go to the nearby town of Wattens to visit the Swarovski ‘Kristallwelten’ (Crystal World), a weird and wonderful crystal experience. Built into a small hill, the entrance is through the mouth of a Goblin with huge crystal eyes. Later we follow the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills and villages, to enjoy a short afternoon stop in the pretty village of Rattenberg. We then continue to Kirchberg where we stay for the next three wonderful nights.
Day 10: Kirchberg in the Austrian Tyrol
Your day is entirely free to explore the old town of Kirchberg and maybe the nearby town of Kitzbuhel. Why not take a cable car up one of the surrounding peaks and enjoy lunch in one of the mountain top restaurants. Alternatively relax on a sun terrace and soak up the glorious surroundings
Day 11: Kirchberg in the Austrian Tyrol
An exciting day in the mountains. Driving to Jenbach we board the old wooden carriages of the historical Zillertalbahn steam train. Sit back and relax as the train puffs its way up the full length of the Ziller Valley, through conifer forests and rich green meadows, to reach the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen.
This is a perfect place to enjoy lunchtime amongst the numerous shops, cafés and restaurants surrounded by the soaring Alps. Meeting up with our coach we enter the Hohe Tauern National Park and drive over the spectacular 1630 metre high, 12 km long Gerlos Pass. Stopping at Krimml we visit the Krimmler Wasserfälle (Waterfalls) – the highest in Austria – where we enjoy a walk along the valley pathway to a number of spectacular viewpoints.
Since modern Alpine skiing originated here in Austria it makes absolute sense to combine a visit to the classic ski resort of Mayrhofen with a wonderful day exploring high mountain passes, cascading waterfalls, picture perfect wooded meadows and valleys. We even throw in a steam train ride! This is the authentic essence of Austria. With our 3 night stay you not only see the mountains but you get to truly experience them – to enjoy them the way the locals so proudly do.
Day 12: Salzburg
A fascinating day ahead as we visit Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagles Nest. A local guide joins us as we take a breathtaking bus journey up the winding Kehlstein road and then, in Hitler’s personal luxurious brass elevator, we ascend inside the mountain for a guided tour of the Kehlsteinhaus. This alpine retreat is better known as Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the mountain views are spectacular. We also visit the Dokumentation Centre of Obersalzberg (Hitler’s former Nazi Southern Headquarters) and descend into the elaborate system of bunkers connecting with the Berghof. Later we visit the picturesque and historic town of Berchtesgaden. Next stop Salzburg, where we stay three nights.
*25 June & 23 July departures stay at the Crown Plaza The Pitter
Day 13: Salzburg
We have allowed a full day to explore Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Your afternoon will be at leisure to explore the myriad of narrow, cobbled stone streets, ornate squares and churches, fascinating shops and traditional coffee houses. The views from the enormous Festung (Fortress), sitting high above the city, are magnificent.
Day 14: Salzburg
There is nothing like a day exploring the Austrian Lakes District! After a leisurely start we spend the morning beside Lake Mondsee and visit the church made famous in the wedding scene of the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Later we drive deep into the Lakes District to enjoy lunchtime exploring the picturesque town of Hallstatt. Set on a rocky terrace jutting into the quiet dark water of the lake surrounded by towering peaks, this is considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Our return journey to Salzburg takes us alongside Wolfgangsee (lake) and around Lake Fuschl. This evening we have included a farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant dating back to the 1500’s.
Day 15: To Munich
Bidding Austria farewell, we drive to Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm.
Incredible Value Inclusions
- Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
- Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
- 14 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Breakfast daily
- 10 dinners including a welcome dinner, Hopfensee lakeside dinner and special farewell dinner
- Welcome drink in Frankfurt
- All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Special Highlights – cruises Strasbourg and Titisee, buggy ride Neuschwanstein, Tegelberg cable car, Ziller steam train
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- Personal audio system whilst on tour
- Albatross travel app
- Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
- End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Parkhotel Wehrle, Triberg - 4 Nights
Hotel Wehrle is one of Germany’s oldest operating hotels. Famous guests include Napoleon Bonaparte when he conquered Germany in 1806. Hotel guests will enjoy complimentary use of the Sanitas Spa facilities, including swimming pool, sauna and more. The hotel’s location provides an excellent base for all of our included excursions to the surrounding areas.
Hotel Hirsch, Fussen - 3 nights
Superbly located in the picturesque town of Füssen, Hotel Hirsch, built in the ‘Art Nouveau’ style,
has been owned by the same family for four generations. The hotel combines elegantly modern comfort and the Bavarian ambience. All rooms have private facilities, TV and telephone.
Hotel Kirchberger Hof, Kirchberg - 3 Nights
Located in the centre of Kirchberg, this 4-star hotel offers rooms furnished in modern Alpine style and feature balconies offering views of the surrounding mountains. The elegant restaurant serves traditional Tyrolean specialities and international cuisine. The wellness facilities on offer include a sauna, a steam bath, an infra-red cabin and an indoor swimming pool.
Altstadthotel Stadtkrug, Salzburg - 3 Nights
This 4-star hotel is located in the old town centre of Salzburg and just a few minutes’ walk to all the notable sights of town. This 4-star hotel occupies a 700 year old building at the foot of the Kapuzinerberg Mountain and features elegant rooms.
We have just returned from Europe on our trip which included the Black Forest, Bavaria and Tyrol Tour.
We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour - it was professionally run with great accommodation, a very informative tour guide, and interesting and varied sites and attractions. Meals were of a high standard (so huge!). This was our first experience of group touring as we normally travel independently, and we certainly did appreciate only 20 people being on the tour!
Kaye & Chris
Firstly, let us say that we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, with the tour director and driver both being excellent.
As to the accommodations, we considered them all very good. It was very refreshing to stay in smaller villages and hotels as opposed to the major cities/mainline hotels.
All in all we consider that the Albatross 'model' is excellent and would not like to see it change into something akin to Trafalgar or Insight, as the current approach differentiates Albatross from that market.
In conclusion, we were thoroughly satisfied with the tour, and would have no hesitation in again booking with Albatross, and/or in recommending Albatross to others.
David & Margaret
On my recent Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyol tour the highlight for me was the Alsace region, Triberg and Hohenschwangau. Very few tours cover the Alsace region and it lived up to it's expectations. We covered a lot and yet it did not seem rushed. It was great having a small group and the family run hotels had character.
It was our first visit to Germany, the land of fairytales and castles; nothing prepares you for the depth of green you will see. The Black Forest really is green, the foliage so dense you can't see the forest floor. I will never tire of the snow-capped mountain peaks that adorn almost every direction you turn or the picture perfect homes that look like giant Cuckoo clocks. The multi coloured buildings in the Alsace region stimulate the senses, so different to what we are accustomed too at home. Our Tour Leader Gina had a wealth of knowledge to share and ensured we enjoyed all this tour had to offer. I was particularly impressed with the views from our room in Fussen and Kirchberg, our third Albatross tour will definitely not be our last.
Paul, travelled May 2016
Dennis & Alison Bant
Ann & Ashley
Dates and Prices
|Start Date||End Date||Price Per Person||Guaranteed to Depart||Availability|
|25 Jun 2017||9 Jul 2017||AUD $5,989||Sold Out|
|13 Aug 2017||27 Aug 2017||AUD $5,989||Sold Out|
|10 Sep 2017||24 Sep 2017||AUD $5,989||Sold Out|
|20 May 2018||3 Jun 2018||Space Available|
|24 Jun 2018||8 Jul 2018||Space Available|
|8 Jul 2018||22 Jul 2018||Space Available|
|12 Aug 2018||26 Aug 2018||Space Available|
|26 Aug 2018||9 Sep 2018||Space Available|
|9 Sep 2018||23 Sep 2018||Space Available|
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