20 December 2018 • 10 Day Bavarian Fairytale Christmas • Limited Spaces Available

  • Pricing

    per person twin share  –  $4,399

    single price  –  $4,988


    • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
    • 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) and 8 evening dinners (D)
    • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
    • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
    • 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

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Thursday 20 Dec – 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: Friday 21 Dec – Wurzburg Christmas Markets, ‘My Time’ in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber and a Night Watchman torchlit walk
    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 cobblestoned 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 Night Watchman through the beautifully preserved ramparts and winding streets.Meals: BD Hotel: Hotel Prinz

    Day 3: Saturday 22 Dec – Bamberg and Nürnberg Christmas Markets
    We have included a full day excursion. First stop is the nearby UNESCO 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: Sunday 23 Dec – The Romantic Road, Ulm Christmas Markets and 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: BD Hotel: Parkhotel Sonnenhof

    Day 5: Monday 24 Dec – Christmas Eve at the top of the world – the mighty Zugspitze!
    Driving 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 SonnAlpin 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: BD

    Day 6: Tuesday 25 Dec – Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in a Bavarian village 
    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 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: BLD

    Day 7: Wednesday 26 Dec – Neuschwanstein Castle, Wieskirche and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Boxing Day! This morning we take you on a picturesque drive to the village of Hohenschwangau. After a brisk walk up hill 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 visit the beautifully decorated town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, known as Germany’s premiere ski resort. Meals: BD

    Day 8: Thursday 27 Dec – Linderhof Palace, Kloster Ettal and the Oberammergau Passion Play Theatre
    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: BD

    Day 9: Friday 28 Dec – Olympic ski jump and ‘My time’ in Innsbruck
    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, cobblestoned streets and the famous ‘Golden Roof’. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. Meals: BD

    Day 10: 29 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. Meals: B

  • Only one date available 20 – 29 Dec 2018

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