Festive European Christmas & New Year Tours

Imagine… spending Christmas in a first class hotel in snow drenched Grindelwald or in a stunning castle in the Italian Dolomites. Savor mulled wine and ginger biscuits in candlelit Christmas markets, visit fairytale castles and monasteries, take a snow bound carriage ride or maybe a steam train ride through forested valleys.

Each of our Christmas tours usually start with in depth visits to the more major cities but then, as Christmas approaches, they escape to the forest covered mountains, medieval castles and nostalgic, selected first class hotels for 3, 4, 5 and even 7 nights to capture that essential European winter magic.

Our exciting European New Year tours have been specially designed to not only be enjoyed as ‘stand alone’ tours but also so that they can be seamlessly ‘bolted on’ to almost all our Christmas tours. Whether you are seeking spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration or perhaps simply more time in the mountains, playing in the snow, we have something for you!

Come and join us on one of our magical, festive tours!


Experience the Albatross difference…

  • Leisurely 3, 4, 5 or even 7 nights in one location over Christmas. Virtually NO one night stops - our tours are to be enjoyed not endured
  • These are festive Christmas tours. We always take particular care to include special events and activities in each itinerary that will bring alive the nostalgia and joy of the Festive Season
  • Genuinely inclusive tours with NO additional 'on tour' costs - even your 'end of tour' tips are included
  • Unique touring itineraries designed for you - the Australian and New Zealand traveller
  • Small group sizes with a maximum of 40 people so you will enjoy a more personal touring experience
  • Stay in charming character hotels in superb locations - selected for their style and ambience to complement the festive season
  • So many wonderful dining experiences included, often in delightful local restaurants
  • Book with confidence with our Guaranteed Group Departure Policy

 

Christmas and New Year Tours

German and Austrian Christmas Markets Tour

10 days only $3,529 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
This pre-Christmas tour has been specially designed to, not only capture the magic of some of Europe’s greatest and most nostalgic Christmas Markets but also takes you through a dramatic winter wonderland, to enjoy visits to castles perched on craggy hillsides and savour the warm, local hospitality.

Austrian Lakes Christmas Holiday

8 days only $3,589 pp twin share

Over $800 extras included!
Celebrate Christmas over 7 nights, staying in the delightful first class White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgangsee, Austria. Explore beautiful Hallstatt, St Gilgen and visit the Christmas markets of Salzburg and enjoy hot chocolate and ginger biscuits in Austria’s oldest restaurant.

German Christmas Holiday

8 days only $2,789 pp twin share

Over $800 extras included!
Stay in the heart of the Black Forest near the lovely town of Triberg. Includes visits to Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Lake Titisee, Strasbourg, Hohenzollern Castle plus more!

Austrian Christmas Holiday

8 days only $2,849 pp twin share

Over $800 extras included!
A festive Christmas staying seven nights in a charming chalet style hotel in the enchanting Austrian Alps. Includes the Salzburg Christmas Markets, Silent Night Chapel, Linderhof Palace plus more!

Swiss Christmas Holiday

8 days only $2,189 pp twin share

Includes 8 day Swiss Tour Travel Pass!
Stay in a delightful old wooden chalet style hotel in the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Includes train excursions to Luzern, Bern and to Lake Geneva. Note this is a non-escorted group stay.

German Fairytale Christmas Tour

10 days only $4,879 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
A festive Christmas near Ludwig's 'Fairytale Castle' in the Bavarian Alps with visits to Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Munich, The Romantic Road plus more!

German White Christmas Tour

10 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
Imagine... staying five nights over Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Enjoy traditional Christmas meals, savour the fabulous Christmas markets in Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck plus more!

Bavarian Fairytale Christmas Tour

10 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
Celebrate Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau with visits to Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Munich, The Romantic Road, Neuschwanstein Castle and much more!

Austrian White Christmas Tour

10 days only $4,689 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
Christmas in the enchanting Austrian Alps with visits to Vienna, Salzburg Christmas Markets, Rattenberg, Melk Monastery, Innsbruck plus more!

Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol Tour

10 days only $3,489 pp twin share

Over $1,000 extras included!
Experience Christmas in heart of a Tyrolean village in the snow covered Stubai Valley, Austria. Includes Salzburg and Innsbruck, fairytale castles of Bavaria, Olympic Bobsled run at Igls plus more!

Christmas in an Italian Castle Tour

11 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Over $1,100 extras included!
Imagine Christmas in a glorious Italian Castle! Now add the Austrian Lakes District, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Venice, Milan plus more!

Christmas in the Slovenian Alps Tour

11 days only $4,189 pp twin share

Over $1,100 extras included!
Spend Christmas on the shores of magnificent Lake Bled. Includes Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Kranjska Gora, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj, a stay in a dreamy Italian Castle plus more!

Christmas in the Swiss Alps Tour

11 days only $5,329 pp twin share

Over $1,100 extras included!
Spend this Christmas in snow drenched Grindelwald surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Commencing in Paris, the tour explores the Swiss Riviera town of Montreux, Chateau de Chillon, medieval Bern, the amazing hilltop town of Gruyères and the chic ski resort of Gstaad.

A Swiss Christmas in Zermatt

11 days only $5,429 pp twin share

Over $1,100 extras included!
Spend Christmas relaxing in a charming chalet style hotel in the Swiss Alps. Add to this the Austrian Lakes District, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Zermatt, Luzern plus the famous Glacier Express.

A Medieval Bohemian Christmas Tour

12 days only $4,669 pp twin share

Over $1,200 extras included!
Spend Christmas in the absolute heart of medieval Cesky Krumlov in a beautiful 500 year old beautifully restored romantic hotel with visits to Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna, Melk Monastery plus more!

Bohemia and Christmas in the Tyrol Tour

16 days only $5,889 pp twin share

Over $1,600 extras included!
Visiting the ancient cities and delightful Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Vienna and wonderful, medieval Cesky Krumlov before escaping to the snow clad mountains of the Austrian Tyrol where you enjoy a festive Christmas over 5 nights in magical Kirchberg.

New Year in a Grand Venetian Villa

9 days only $3,889 pp twin share

Over $900 extras included!
Experience stylish Milan, the romance of Venice, stay in the medieval Tuscan town of Lucca and visit renaissance Florence.

New Year in an Italian Castle Tour

7 days only $3,289 pp twin share

Over $700 extras included!
Imagine celebrating New Year's Eve in a glorious Italian Castle set in the charming foothills of the Italian Dolomites. Now add Innsbruck, Cortina d’Ampezzo,romantic Venice plus elegant, stylish Milan.

New Year with the Sound of Music Tour

7 days only $3,389 pp twin share

Over $700 extras included!
Celebrate the New Year in style – Join us as at the spectacular rococo ‘Sound of Music’ Palace, Schloss Leopoldskron, for a New Year’s Eve like no other!

New Year in Romantic Rothenburg Tour

6 days only $2,989 pp twin share

Over $600 extras included!
Celebrate New Year over 3 nights in picture perfect medieval Rothenburg, 1 night in Luzern and 1 night in the heart of Bavaria. Enjoy a guided visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, a nightwatchman tour of Rothenburg and a special New Year’s Eve concert plus much more!

New Year in Paris Tour

7 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Over $700 extras included!
Join the New Year celebrations in Paris! Includes Luzern, ANZAC memorials in the Somme and Flanders, London plus more!

Swiss New Year Holiday

8 days only $2,389 pp twin share

Includes 8 day Swiss Travel Rail Pass!
Stay in a delightful old wooden chalet style hotel in the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Includes train excursions to Luzern, Bern and to Lake Geneva. Note this is a non-escorted group stay.