17 December 2019 • 18 Day European Christmas & New Year Tour • Paris to Munich

  • Pricing

    per person twin share – $10,036

    single per person – $13,751

     

    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

    • 18 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation

    • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)

    • Welcome drink in Paris & Luzern

    • 30 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 13 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

    • Group transfer in a coach from Milan to Luzern, conditions apply* 

    • Personal audio system whilst on tour

    • 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

     – Flights not included

    *Included transfer is a one off group transfer from Milan to Luzern. This transfer is only available complimentary if minimum numbers are met. If the minimum transfer numbers are not met then a private transfer will be arranged at an extra cost.

  • Itinerary – Part 1

     

    Christmas in a French Alpine Village Tour

    Day 1: 17 Dec 2019 –  Paris

    Your tour commences this evening in Paris. Dinner tonight is included, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. Meals:  D Hotel:  Crowne Plaza Paris République

    Day 2: 18 Dec 2019 – Paris sightseeing, ‘My Time’, Christmas Markets and Paris Illuminations drive

    This morning we enjoy a guided panoramic tour which will bring alive the city from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the broad boulevards and myriad of shops and museums. Make sure you wander through the some of the Christmas markets in Paris. This evening we have included a ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations drive. You will be enchanted by the grand monuments and boulevards, from the Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower, bathed in glorious light. In addition, department stores around the Opera boast gigantic Christmas trees and turn on their festive light shows in competition with the extravagant, festive street displays. C’est Magnifique! Meals:  B Hotel:  Crowne Plaza Paris République

    Day 3: 19 Dec 2019 –  Hospices de Beaune and to Lyon

    Travelling south we reach Beaune, capital of the Burgundy wine region. On arrival, enjoy lunchtime at leisure amongst the quaint medieval streets and squares. We have included a visit to the fascinating Hospices de Beaune (audio guide included). Covered with multi-coloured, glazed roof tiles the ‘Hotel Dieu’ was built over 550 years ago to help the town’s folk in a time of poverty and famine. Later we continue to France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, where we stay two nights. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

    Day 4: 20 Dec 2019 – Lyon sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

    A wonderful day in Lyon! This morning we explore the historic Roman area, to visit the ancient amphitheatre, and the hilltop Basilica of Fourvière which dominates the whole town. The views from its terrace are splendid. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. Perhaps stroll through the cobblestoned streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), stop at a riverside café for white wine and oysters, or shop along the pedestrianised shopping mall from Place de la République to Place des Terreaux. The Christmas markets on Place Carnot are excellent, and at night the hilltop Basilica is beautifully illuminated. Lyon is famous as a culinary capital, so this evening explore the old town and discover your own cosy ‘Bouchon’ – a typical, Lyonnais style restaurant. Meals:  B Hotel:  Mercure Lyon Centre Chateau Perrache

    Day 5: 21 Dec 2019 – Annecy, Christmas Markets and Cordon in the Haute Savoie

    After a leisurely start we enter the Haute Savoie region to enjoy lunchtime exploring the pretty lakeside town of Annecy. Here, cobblestoned streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With its Château d’Annecy, once castle home to the Counts of Geneva, and a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty and the Christmas Markets add to the picture. 

    Later this afternoon we continue deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps and arrive in the tiny village of Cordon where we stay the next five nights over Christmas. Set on the side of a mountain the views directly across to the Mont Blanc massif are incredible. This peaceful little village provides a picturesque setting and our charming chalet style hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the astounding nearby sights. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or

    Day 6: 22 Dec 2019 – Chamonix, the Aiguille du Midi, the historic Red Train, the ‘Sea of Ice’ and ‘My Time’

    Today we visit the world famous resort of Chamonix. On arrival we enjoy an incredible mountain cable ride up to Aiguille du Midi, which translated means the ‘Needle of Midday’. At an altitude of 3842 metres (12605ft) you are seemingly within reach of Mont Blanc and the views across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps are astounding. At the top you will also find a café restaurant, mountaineering and alpine exhibition, plus a stomach clenching, glass bottomed observation platform! Your afternoon is at leisure in Chamonix town. Time to stroll amongst the cafés, restaurants, shops, boutiques and Christmas markets set under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif. For those who want ‘more mountain, less shopping’ we have also included a ticket on the historic ‘Red Train’ which winds its way up through the forests and valleys to Montenvers station. From the café terrace you have spectacular views up onto some of Chamonix’s highest and most dramatic peaks and down onto the largest glacier in France, the spectacular Mer du Glace – ‘Sea of Ice’.

     For the more energetic, your ticket also includes the cable car down to the top of the 430 steel steps that lead to the glacier (subject to opening times). Here you can enter the labyrinth of a man-made ice grotto, complete with ice sculptures, a throne room and beautifully illuminated, carved tunnels. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or

    Day 7: 23 Dec 2019 – ‘My Time’ in Megève and a horse drawn carriage ride

    Today is dedicated to the nearby chic ski resort of Megève. Surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, and the enormous mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève’s chalets and ancient rustic buildings date back as far as the 1300’s. To start the day we enjoy a guided snow shoe walk into the snow laden fields around the village. Easy to do, this is a great experience. 

    Another highlight of today will be a ride on a horse drawn carriage through the delightful old town and local countryside. The rest of the day and evening is completely at leisure. From Megève you have access to all the main peaks by cable cars and chair lifts. All over the mountains are large restaurants, cafés and rest facilities all with spectacular views over the mighty French Alps. Designer boutiques, restaurants and après ski bars makes this the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Of an evening the horse and carriages sitting in the pretty town square in front of the illuminated church and enormous Christmas tree, decorated with Swarovski crystals, create one of the most gorgeous festive settings you will ever see. Meals:  B Hotel:  Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or

    Day 8: 24 Dec 2019 – ‘My Time’ in cosmopolitan Geneva

    Today, the opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping as we visit Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city and once home of the Red Cross. Perhaps spend time in the ‘Genève Marché International de Noel’ at Place de la Fusterie between the old town and Lake Geneva. As you might expect, unlike many of the traditional Weihnachtsmarkts, Geneva’s Christmas market offers more of a mix of international exhibitors and traditional pre-Christmas food from many nations. 

    Geneva boasts some of the best Christmas decorations in the region. Make sure you take a stroll along Rue du Marché to admire the displays and along Rue de Rive to enjoy the window displays in the upmarket shops. The warm glow will continue as we enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner in our hotel. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or

    Day 9: 25 Dec 2019 – Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in a winter paradise!

    What a magnificent location to relax in over Christmas! Today is at leisure to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds you, and do as much, or as little, as you want! Whether you are a ‘super active snow sports’ person or a ‘take it easy and relax’ person there are numerous activities you can enjoy, and your Tour Manager will be at hand to assist and advise you. You can try your hand at winter sports, maybe snow shoe walking, cross country skiing, or maybe take a winter walk from your hotel. 

    Our coach will also be available for shuttles to and from nearby Megève. A famous walk called the ‘Calvary of Megève’ starts from near the ice skating rink. There are a series of 14 chapels along the way representing the Passion of Christ – the Way of the Cross. Don’t miss the Christmas Day Nativity display. Dinner is in your hotel. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or

    Day 10: 26 Dec 2019 – The Mont Blanc Tunnel to stylish Milan

    Boxing Day! Driving through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which passes under Europe’s highest mountains, we enter the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour and short walking tour to see the elaborate Duomo and famous Opera House, La Scala. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Milanese restaurant. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Michelangelo Hotel

    Day 11: 27 Dec 2019 – Milan

    Your Christmas tour comes to a close and it is time to say farewell to your new found friends. The rest of the day is yours at leisure Meals: B  Hotel: Michelangelo Hotel

    Itinerary Part 2

    A Bavarian Fairytale New Year Tour

    Day 12: 28 Dec 2019 – Milan to Luzern

    Today you will be part of an included group transfer* to Luzern to begin your wonderful New Year tour. This ‘Bavarian Fairytale New Year’ tour has been specially designed to start in Luzern as your Christmas Tour ends. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel but first, enjoy a welcome drink. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora

    Day 13: 29 Dec 2019 – Lindau on Lake Constance and the Bavarian Alps

    Crossing Switzerland, we enter Germany and make a stop in Lindau on Lake Bodensee (Constance). This beautifully preserved island town is complete with medieval lighthouses and cobblestoned streets. Later this afternoon we continue to the tiny village of Hohenschwangau where we stay for the next five nights. What a setting! On one hill overlooking the 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. To complete the picture there’s a beautiful lake not far from the hotel doorstep. Dinner is included each evening in your charming hotel. Meals:  BD Hotel:  AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

    Day 14: 30 Dec Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle visits

    What better way to start the day than a visit to the ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle! After a pleasurable walk uphill you will enjoy a guided tour inside the King’s apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. This afternoon we will also visit the neo-Gothic Hohenschwangau Castle. Rich in history, you will find the interior typical of the Castles of the Knights of the Middle Ages, with its ‘Hall of Heroes’, paintings and suits of armour. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

    Day 15: 31 Dec 2019 – ‘My Time’ in Füssen and lunch on Lake Hopfensee

    Your morning is at leisure in delightful Füssen. Stretches of the original Roman defensive walls are still in place, and the town’s historic character is particularly evident along the cobblestoned Reichenstrasse. High above, the old castle of the Prince-Bishops of Augsburg dominates the town. Later, we visit the pretty town of Hopfen, on Lake Hopfensee, where we have included lunch in a restaurant with wonderful views over the lake to the snow-capped mountains. This evening we enjoy a 5 course dinner in our hotel and later, step outside to witness the grand firework display in the night sky above majestic Hohenschwangau Castle. What an experience! Meals:  BLD Hotel:  Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

    Day 16: 1 Jan 2020 – Ride in a horse drawn carriage and on the Tegelberg cable car

    After a leisurely start we will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the breathtaking views down onto the majestic Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles far below. Time to take those ‘perfect’ photos. Later sit back and relax on a horse drawn carriage ride through the local countryside. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

    Day 17: 2 Jan 2020 – Wieskirche, Oberammergau and Linderhof Palace

    Our first stop this morning is at the richly decorated Wieskirche (Church in the Meadows) with its incredible painted ceilings. Lunchtime is in the pretty ‘Passion Play’ village of Oberammergau, where we have included a guided tour through the amazing Passion Play Theatre. Later, we will stop at Kloster Ettal church which dates back over 700 years and is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in existence. Our last stop today will be Linderhof, an extravagant French Rococo Palace – yet another of King Ludwig’s amazing creations. Our farewell dinner tonight is in our hotel. Meals:  BD Hotel:  Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

    Day 18: 3 Jan 2020 – To Munich 

    This morning your tour comes to an end with a transfer to Munich, to arrive mid morning. We will make stops at the central railway station, Maritim Hotel and Munich airport. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm today. Meals:  B

    – If you would like to extend your stay in Munich or further afield, we can organise further arrangments for you. Ask us when enquiring.

     

    *Included transfer is a one off group transfer from Milan to Luzern. This transfer is only available complimentary if minimum numbers are met. If the minimum transfer numbers are not met then a private transfer will be arranged at an extra cost.

     

  • Only one date available for this special Christmas & New Year tour 

    17 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020

    This Christmas & New Year itinerary are two tours combined back-to-back. If you only want to do one but not the other you are able to do so –

    • 11 Days Christmas in a French Alpine Village Tour 17 – 27 December 2019

    *Price $5,089 per person twin share  |  $6,789 single price

    • 7 Days A Bavarian Fairytale New Year Tour 28 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020

    *Price $4,889 per person twin share  |  $6,779 single price 

     

    *The pricing for each individual tour does not include the one night of accommodation in Milan 27 December 2019 or $100 off per person for doing the two back-to-back tours.