2018 Europe, Britain & Ireland Tours & Dates

Pre-register your interest now by contacting Albatross Tours, or your local Travel Agent.

Note: Itineraries and tour dates may be subject to change. Please refer to our 2017 Europe, Britain and Ireland Tour itineraries as a guideline. 2018 prices, dates and itineraries will be confirmed by early August.

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Tour Name Days Start City Countries
Through Bohemia and Saxony Tour 15 Berlin Austria, Czech Republic, Germany View Dates
Italian Alternativo Tour 15 Mira Italy View Dates
The Italian 'Grande' Tour 18 Milan Italy View Dates
Italian Lakes & Tuscany Tour 16 Milan Italy View Dates
Italy, the Deep South & Sicily Tour 17 Rome Italy, Sicily View Dates
Best of British Tour 16 London Britain, Scotland View Dates
The Ireland Connection Tour 14 Dublin Ireland View Dates
La Grande France Tour 16 Paris France View Dates
Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley Tour 10 Paris France View Dates
Northern Spain & the Pyrenees Tour 17 Madrid France, Spain View Dates
'Magnifico' Spain and Portugal Tour 18 Madrid Portugal, Spain View Dates
An Alpine Adventure Tour 17 Paris France, Italy, Switzerland View Dates
Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Tour 15 Frankfurt Austria, Germany View Dates
Croatia & the Adriatic Tour 13 Trogir Croatia View Dates

Through Bohemia and Saxony Tour— 15 Days

NEW FOR 2018!

Not only do we feature three night stays in each of the sensational Imperial cities of Berlin, Dresden and Prague, we also stay 2 nights in the heart of medieval of Cesky Krumlov, and two more nights in an incredibly picturesque land of waterways – Spreewald. We dedicate a full day in Potsdam visiting the historic Cecilienhof Palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin carved up a post war Europe, Sanssouci Palace’s delightful gardens and the incredible Neues Palais. At the infamous Colditz Castle we see the remarkable escape tunnels; from Pirna Palace we enjoy a delightful cruise down the River Elbe. In Saxon Switzerland, to the east of Dresden, we stroll across the incredible Bastei Bridge and around the towering rock ramparts of Königstein Fortress, and we also visit the fairy-tale landscape and soaring sandstone towers in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Add to this a journey down the 500 year old silver mines Kutna Hora, the beautiful baroque square in ‘undiscovered’ Třeboň, and a punt ride on the River Vitava right through medieval Cesky Krumlov, before spending a farewell night in Salzburg. Classic hotels in amazing locations… what a magical tour! 

2018 Departure Dates

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18 May 1 June Enquire Now
15 June 29 June Enquire Now
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2 August 16 August Enquire Now
23 August 6 September Enquire Now
6 September 20 September Enquire Now

Italian Alternativo Tour— 15 Days

NEW FOR 2018!

Join us as we explore the other ‘alternative’ Italy. With relaxing 3 night stays, we visit the often ignored eastern side of the Apennines Mountains, with its glorious towns and unspoiled villages, usually bypassed by the modern day tourist. From our villa near Venice we visit UNESCO listed Vicenza with its amazing Palladian villas, Giotto’s frescoes in Padua, the medieval gem of Ferrara and the extraordinary mosaics of Ravenna. We absorb the delights of the culinary capital of Bologna; indulge in parmesan cheese at a farm near Modena, taste pecorino in a mill in Mondaino, and relax in the seaside resort of Grottammare on the Adriatic coast. Staying in Castel Montegridolfo, we take a cable car up to the Republic of San Marino, we visit the incredible Ducal Palace in Raphael’s city of Urbino, the hilltop town of Macerata, delightful Jesi, and Mussolini’s favourite café near the mountainous Passo del Furlo. In the unspoiled Le Marche region we wake up in a 16th century palace, we enjoy dinner and homemade aniseed liquor in Café Meletti in the glorious Piazza of astonishing Ascoli Piceno and sit in the tiny ‘antique’ opera theatre of the ‘lace town’ of Offida. We cross Abruzzi’s incredible Gran Sasso plateau to dine in a crumbling mountain village and spend 2 nights in Umbria. Visit Assisi, be guided through the sumptuous gardens of Villa d’Este in Tivoli and spend your last night in a villa in Frascati. As a finale, our sumptuous farewell dinner will be in a vineyard with Opera! Come with us to see the other side of Italy… the Italian ‘Alternativo’!
 

2018 Departure Dates

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16 May 30 May Enquire Now
6 June 20 June Enquire Now
4 July 18 July Enquire Now
15 August 29 August Enquire Now
5 September 19 September Enquire Now

The Italian 'Grande' Tour— 18 Days

Imagine… a more leisurely paced tour with two, three, four and even five night stays doing justice to Italy’s evocative regions. We stay four nights in the magnificent Italian Lakes District visiting Orta San Giulio, Macugnaga, Lake Maggiore and we cruise on Como to Bellagio. Following two nights in a dreamy Italian castle we enjoy five nights touring Tuscany visiting Florence, the Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano, two nights in the Umbrian Hills, and as a finale, three nights on the Amalfi Coast visiting the Isle of Capri and picturesque Ravello. Then there is the food, the wine, the ambience and the time to get “sotto la pelle”… under the skin.

New for 2018: Now staying 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast

2018 Departure Dates

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28 April 15 May Enquire Now
4 May 21 May Enquire Now
14 May 31 May Enquire Now
24 May 10 June Enquire Now
31 May 17 June Enquire Now
9 June 26 June Enquire Now
19 June 6 July Enquire Now
16 July 2 August Enquire Now
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1 September 18 September Enquire Now
7 September 24 September Enquire Now
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22 September 9 October Enquire Now
2 October 19 October Enquire Now

Italian Lakes & Tuscany Tour— 16 Days

Discover the delightful ports and villages that litter Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, explore the palaces of Genoa, seductive Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre. Visit the fantastic Ferrari museum, dine at a Tuscan Osteria and stay in a Venetian Villa. This totally unique tour evolved quite naturally with half the time devoted to the gorgeous necklace of Italian Lakes and the other half to the coastline of Liguria, the Cinque Terre and wonderful, sensual Tuscany. As a bonus, our last two nights stay is in a gorgeous villa in the much-ignored Veneto region.  From here we explore the magnificent Palladian Villas and UNESCO World Heritage listed towns and sights. With Venice only a hop and a skip away we also end with a transfer into Venice giving you the choice of extending your stay, and giving yourself time to explore this remarkable city, or jumping on one of the excellent Mediterranean cruise ships that start their voyages from here.

2018 Departure Dates

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29 June 14 July Enquire Now
27 July 11 August Enquire Now
17 August 1 September Enquire Now
7 September 22 September Enquire Now
22 September 13 October Enquire Now

Italy, the Deep South & Sicily Tour— 17 Days

Commencing in Rome and ending in Palermo in Sicily we spend 5 nights in the regions of Puglia and Matera - the heel and ankle of Italy, before crossing to the glorious island of Sicily for a further 11 nights. Where we stay makes so much of a difference. Avoiding the usual run of the mill hotels, we choose to stay in the white washed, ‘Bee Hive’ Trulli cottages in Alberobello, the extraordinary luxurious ‘Sassi’ caves in Matera, Baglio ‘farmhouse’ hotels and delightful villas. Staying 4 nights in the heart of Taormina we experience a cable car ride and 4WD journey to the top of smouldering Mount Etna, before enjoying a lazy lunch in ‘Godfather country’. See the stunning Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina and in Agrigento we wake up to views across The Valley of the Temples. After a morning in hilltop Erice we enjoy a delightful cruise to Cape San Vito. Add special dinners, wine tastings and a host of unique highlights and extra visits and you will immediately see how Italy’s deep south and Sicily is quite extraordinary. 

 

2018 Departure Dates

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28 April 14 May Enquire Now
17 May 2 June Enquire Now
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18 July 3 August Enquire Now
31 August 16 September Enquire Now
15 September 1 October Enquire Now
3 October 19 October Enquire Now

Best of British Tour— 16 Days

A magical tour with two, three & four night stays in Tortworth, Yorkshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lakes District and Scotland. Enjoy numerous visits to castles, country mansions and beautifully landscaped gardens plus unique excursions such as a ‘Braveheart’ tour, exploring the honey coloured villages of the Cotswolds and as an extraordinary finale dine and stay overnight in the glorious Leeds Castle - 'the loveliest castle in the world'.

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11 June 26 June Enquire Now
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The Ireland Connection Tour— 14 Days

Ireland in depth… a unique itinerary, with longer stops packed with wonderful sightseeing, from Temple Bar in Dublin, Killarney and the Wild Atlantic Way, to the Aran Islands, ancient Megalithic tombs and the Titanic Experience in Belfast, plus the fascinating story of the mass emigration and deportation of the Irish to Australia.

2018 Departure Dates

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27 May 9 June Enquire Now
17 June 30 June Enquire Now
8 July 21 July Enquire Now
29 July 11 August Enquire Now
12 August 25 August Enquire Now
2 September 15 September Enquire Now

La Grande France Tour— 16 Days

Five of France’s seductive regions… the graceful châteaux of the Loire Valley, the glorious Dordogne, the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon, to ancient Provence and the stunning Côte d’Azur. Wonderful experiences…the Canal du Midi, the incredible caves of Gouffre de Padirac and afternoon tea in Rothschild’s luxuriant Villa Ephrussi.

2018 Departure Dates

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2 May 17 May Enquire Now
16 May 31 May Enquire Now
13 June 28 June Enquire Now
18 July 2 August Enquire Now
8 August 23 August Enquire Now
22 August 6 September Enquire Now
12 September 27 September Enquire Now

Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley Tour— 10 Days

Sleep in a picturesque chateau in the Loire Valley, and beside the Emerald Coast in Brittany, walk amongst the flowers of Monet’s Gardens and Chateau Villandry, dine on exquisite seafood in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo and explore medieval half-timbered villages with their tree lined town squares. Stand on the Normandy beaches, visit magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel, historic Fontevraud Abbey, romantic Chateau Chenonceau and sip Benedictine in a Palace! C’est magnifique…

New for 2018: Now ending in Paris

 

2018 Departure Dates

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14 May 23 May Enquire Now
11 June 20 June Enquire Now
30 July 8 August Enquire Now
29 August 7 September Enquire Now

Northern Spain & the Pyrenees Tour — 17 Days

Immerse yourself in UNESCO listed Burgos and the rich, rolling vineyards of the Rioja, follow Spain’s Costa Verde from the wild Picos de Europa mountains to Santander, and elegant San Sebastian. Visit Biarritz and the mighty French Pyrenees, and stay in the walled city of Carcassonne. Sleep in historic Paradors and grand hotels, ride high in mountain cable cars, relax by the Canal du Midi, enjoy time at leisure in craggy hilltop Cathar villages and sip wine and dine as the lucky locals do!

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27 June 13 July Enquire Now
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29 August 14 September Enquire Now
5 September 21 September Enquire Now
12 September 28 September Enquire Now

'Magnifico' Spain and Portugal Tour— 18 Days

Join us on an incredible journey through the intriguing towns and regions of Spain and Portugal. Not only do we visit classic cities such as Granada, Madrid, Seville, Porto and Toledo but we also visit those wonderful, often ignored cities such as Cordoba, Ronda, Évora and Salamanca. Because we have specially designed this unique tour itinerary with 2 and 3 night stops we have been able to include numerous additional excursions to extraordinary places such as Guimarães, the wonderful Palace de Pena in Sintra, the medieval fortified village of Obidos, and Braga. Along with numerous other visits we enjoy Portuguese Pastel de Nata (custard pies) in Lisbon, sip port in Porto, Vinho Verde in the magnificent gardens of the Aveleda Wine Estate and enjoy a cruise along the incredibly scenic Alto Duoro. This tour is so very different!

2018 Departure Dates

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24 April 11 May Enquire Now
8 May 25 May Enquire Now
22 May 8 June Enquire Now
5 June 22 June Enquire Now
19 June 6 July Enquire Now
21 August 7 September Enquire Now
4 September 21 September Enquire Now
11 September 28 September Enquire Now
18 September 5 October Enquire Now
25 September 12 October Enquire Now

An Alpine Adventure Tour— 17 Days

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the French and Swiss Alps from the remarkable Aiguille du Midi, to the meadows of the Bernese Oberland, see Zermatt and the mighty Matterhorn, ride across the breathtaking Alps on the Glacier Express and explore delightful Lake Garda. 

2018 Departure Dates

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27 May 12 June Enquire Now
17 June 3 July Enquire Now
1 July 17 July Enquire Now
29 July 14 August Enquire Now
14 August 30 August Enquire Now
2 September 18 September Enquire Now
23 September 9 October Enquire Now

Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Tour— 15 Days

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.

2018 Departure Dates

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20 May 3 June Enquire Now
24 June 8 July Enquire Now
8 July 22 July Enquire Now
12 August 26 August Enquire Now
26 August 9 September Enquire Now
9 September 23 September Enquire Now

Croatia & the Adriatic Tour— 13 Days

Explore the Adriatic region before escaping to the ‘lavender island’ of Hvar. Sip wine in Jelsa, discover lovingly rebuilt Mostar and historic Sarajevo, dine on oysters in Mali Ston, take the cable car up to Mount Srd and soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik!

2018 Departure Dates

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24 May 5 June Enquire Now
7 June 19 June Enquire Now
21 June 3 July Enquire Now
26 August 7 September Enquire Now
9 September 21 September Enquire Now

Pre-Order our 2018 Europe, Britain & Ireland brochure

Pre-register your interest now by contacting Albatross Tours, or your local Travel Agent.

Note: Itineraries and tour dates may be subject to change. Please refer to our 2017 Europe, Britain and Ireland Tour itineraries as a guideline. 2018 prices, dates and itineraries will be confirmed by early August.