May to Sep 2018 • Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol Escorted Tour

  • Pricing            

    All pricing per person twin share – 2018

    20 May to 03 June  –  $6,399  single supplement $989   SPACE LIMITED


    24 June to 8 July  –  $6,399  single supplement $989   SPACE LIMITED


     8 July to 22 July   –   $6,339  single supplement $989


    12 Aug to 26 Aug   –   $6,399  single supplement $989  


    9 Sep to 23 Sep     –    $6,399  single supplement $989 


    We can also organise pre & post tour accommodation as well as return airfares. Ask us about our competitive prices when enquiring.

    If I am a single person travelling, do I need to pay the Single Supplement?

    Yes, however individual passengers can request us to match them in a twin share room with another traveller of the same sex. If we are unable to match you in a twin share room by the final tour balance payment date the single room supplement rate will not be charged.

    Incredible Value Inclusions

    • 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
    • 14 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
    • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
    • 24 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 10 dinners (D)
    • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
    • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences – Strasbourg river cruise, Lake Titisee cruise, cable car ride to Tegelberg and Ziller steam train ride, local Austrian folk show
    • Local guides as described in the itinerary
    • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
    • Personal audio system whilst on tour
    • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
    • Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
    • Albatross Memories Photobook

    Highlights

    • Stay 4 nights in Triberg, in one of Germany’s oldest hotels
    • Visit Gengenbach, a ‘pearl among the Black Forest towns’
    • Taste wine on the ‘route Alsace du Vin’
    • Cruise on the River Ill in Strasbourg
    • Wander around the amazing gardens of the ‘Flower Island’ of Mainau
    • Explore Neuschwanstein Castle on a guided tour
    • Explore the extravagant Linderhof Palace and gardens
    • Visit the Passion Play Theatre and Museum in Oberammergau
    • Relax over dinner beside romantic Lake Hopfensee
    • Explore picturesque Rattenberg and in the old town of Innsbruck see the Golden Roof
    • Relax with a day free to explore the old town of Kirchberg
    • Ride on a steam train along the picturesque Ziller Valley
    • Admire the Krimmler Wasserfälle (Waterfalls)
    • Explore Hitler’s Eagles Nest and visit Berchtesgaden and the historic town Salt Mines
    • Enjoy a full day to explore Salzburg
    • Discover the stunning village of Hallstatt
    • Enjoy a very special farewell dinner at St Peter Stiftskeller, Salzburg’s oldest restaurant dating back to the 1500’s

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Frankfurt Welcome
    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. Hilton Frankfurt.

    Day 2: Heidelberg, Gengenbach & 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. Parkhotel Wehrle, Triberg
    Meal- B D

    Day 3: Colmar & the Alsace Wine Region
    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. Meals- B

    Day 4: Strasbourg Cruise & Wine Tour
    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. 
    Meal- B

    Day 5: Lake Titisee & Gothic Freiburg
    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. 
    Meal- B D

    Day 6: Flower Island of Mainau to Bavaria
    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. Hotel Hirsch in Fussen
    Meal- B D

    view_from_mainau_germany

    Day 7: Neuschwanstein Castle & Tegelberg

    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. We take a leisurely stroll 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.  Meal- B

     

    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: Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau & Wieskirche
    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. 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. Meal- B D

    Day 9: Innsbruck, Rathenberg & Kirchberg 
    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 stone streets and the renowned Golden Roof. 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. Hotel Kirchberger Hof Meal- B D

    krimml_waterfall_austrian_tyrol
    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 10: ‘My Time’ 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. Tonight we have arranged tickets to a local Austrian Folk Show. Relax and enjoy an evening of typical Tyrolean song and dance, performed by the local townspeople. Meal- B D

    Day 11: Ziller Valley & the Krimml Waterfalls
    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. 
    Meal- B D

    Day 12: Berchtesgaden, Eagle’s Nest & Salt Mines

    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.Lunchtime will be spent in the picturesque and historic town of Berchtesgaden. Later we visit the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner’s uniform, we enjoy a fun filled ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show. Next stop Salzburg, where we stay three nights. Altstadthotel Stadtkrug Meal- B D

    Day 13: Salzburg & ‘My Time’
    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. 
    Meal- B

    Day 14: Lake Mondsee, Hallstatt & 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.
    Meal- B D

    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. Meal- B

    We can also organise pre & post tour accommodation as well as return airfares. Ask us about our competitive prices when enquiring.

  • All available dates see ‘Pricing & Inclusions’

    Call us on 1300 689 461

    50 plus travel club logo