Albatross Tours

Albatross Tours
4.5 out of 5
114 Reviews

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Albatross Tour Reviews (114)

114 Albatross Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Just about perfect...”
- NSW, Australia Dec 2018

We had a fabulous trip, staying at Lauterbrunnen with the hospitable Mark and Ursula and never ending spectacular views. Accommodation is basic but very clean and comfortable, excellent breakfast and good night meals, a great bunch of fellow travellers and so much fun on New Years Eve - a place to revisit. The train system is brilliant, the area a perfect springboard to the best Alpine locations. Add to that an excellent value for money trip, the kindness of the Swiss people and perfect weather and it was a memorable week.

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“Austrian Lakes Christmas”
- NSW, Australia Dec 2018

We stayed at the White Horse Inn, Lake Wolfgangese. The hotel was right on the lake, the view from our balcony and breakfast room was picture prefect. We had an incredible 8 days stay. Our room was extra large with a TV / dressing room as well. The staff were all very friendly and polite. The meals were wonderful, something to please everyone.

The village is a beautiful little safe haven with plenty to do, at Christmas the streets are lined with Christmas stalls as well as their everyday shops. Surrounding villages are pretty and safe. The scenery everywhere is absolutely stunning, add a little snow and it's breathtaking.

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“Amazing European Christmas Holiday!”
- ACT, Australia Dec 2018 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

This trip was absolutely fantastic and we are already keen to travel in the summer time. The Alpine Christmas Adventure was absolutely worth the wait, Albatross Tours were fantastic, our tour guide and bus driver (Gilberto and Roberto respectively) were so incredible, full of knowledge, and always willing to help out and teach us something and spend time with us. The rest of the tour group were also great - we were the youngest on the trip, but that didn't stop us from getting to know everyone and making some incredible friends. We plan to book another tour with Global Journeys/Albatross in the future.

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“Memorable and Exciting Italia !!!”
- QLD, Australia Oct 2018 4 Helpful Votes

Having briefly been to Italy before still did not prepare me for this amazing, beautiful and diverse country, not to mention so ancient and modern - classic and exciting! From the north to the south, Italia did not disappoint - from the gobsmacking historic places and buildings to the amazing mountains, lakes and the sea, there was never a dull moment. Aaaah, the canneloni in Roma!!!! DIVINE!! Best everrrr...pasta, pasta, pasta everywhere, of course!

The Italian Grande was everything it offered. The hotels, especially in Mira, were great with the exception of one that was very disappointing. The Tour Guide, Gianfranco, was just Top Shot as was the driver of the coach, especially on the hair-pin bends - so many heart-stopping moments - so exciting yet very safe. Loved going through a lot of towns en route to the next stop and they were often the icing on the cake. Ravello, so beautiful and that winding road up to Anacapri - Wow !! And what a view from the top of the rock that is Capri.

The group was all Australian which was a pleasure and a very cohesive group at that too - what a relief !! One word says it all of this trip ABSOLUTELY AWESOME ( oops, two words !).

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“Good value tour of Italy”
- QLD, Australia Oct 2018 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

The tour I thought was good value for the money. Accommodation was very good and the meals at dinner were very good except in one location. I did not like the bath/shower in 2 locations as there were no hand rails and dangerous for mature people like myself. The walking was more than expected but as I am a fit person was able to manage it. Would have liked longer in some places but nice not to be moving on each day and the 5 /4 nights in locations was good. The Tour Manager and Driver were exceptional and the Tour Guides in the locations were very good and knowledgeable and passionate about what they were telling us.

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“The Italian Grande with Albatross ”
- NSW, Australia Oct 2018 6 Helpful Votes View Photo

This was our first trip with Albatross after several tours with Insight so we were interested in a comparison between the two. We loved the 3, 4 and 5 night stays and the smaller group size. Our tour companions were all Australians and we got on well. Overall, the itinerary was excellent and we saw everything that we wanted to see.

The highlights of the tour were the days we spent at Lake Maggiore and the cruises we did at Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. This was the best way to appreciate the spectacular scenery and coastal villages. We thought the character hotels would enhance the local experience and expected quality to suffer. The hotel locations were great but there were some problems. Generally, elevators were too small and there wasn’t enough of them which meant a lot of stair climbing for those fit enough. The hotel at Montecatini only had 2 very small elevators (maximum 4 people) and one of them broke down the day we arrived and was not fixed until 4 days later. Bathroom sizes seemed to vary and some of our companions thought they were too small though we were reasonably happy with ours.

The dinners at the hotels were of average quality except for Maiori where the food was poor. Breakfasts at all locations was very good. We found ants in our bedding each morning at Maiori and when we mentioned this to the staff we were told that it was a result of the climate and nothing could be done about it. This hotel also had a policy of no wifi in the rooms and you had to go to reception to use it. Several of our travel companions complained about the wifi on the coach. It seemed that only a certain number of passengers could log on at one time. I was keen to track our progress using the Vamoos app but I gave up early in the tour because I couldn’t get wifi access when I needed it.

On some of our stops we had too much time and at other places not enough. We found the activities that were included in the tour price were as much or less than what you would expect with Insight. Their claim that there are no optional extra costs is only because they don’t offer any. This is why, I expect, that we found we had too much time to ourselves at some places. You could wander around the streets, have lunch, shop or visit museums at your pleasure and own expense. To my mind theses are optional activities even though they are not organised or advertised. Our Tour Director was a local with more than 30 years experience but he lacked the professional experience of the Insight Tour Directors. In summary, we feel that you get better value for your money with Insight even if you have to pay for the optional experiences and tips to the Tour Director and driver.

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“Albatross Tours - Italian Grande Tour”
- QLD, Austalia Oct 2018 View Photo

Had a great time & saw some fantastic places. Small group tour of 24 people was a good size. Tour guide & bus driver were excellent. Some of the hotels were not as good as we have had in the past, but overall a great trip.

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“A great trip to get to know Italy!”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2018 View Photo

This is a really good trip with lots of included meals. The trip covered a lot of varied places and activities, some stunning scenery (coastal, lakes, mountains) as well as museums, cathedrals and pretty towns. My main criticism is that too many meals were in the hotel and not in local restaurants (only 3). With the small group size, it was implied that more meals would be in restaurants rather than the hotel. The best eating experiences were at the restaurants. The hotels were generally well located and had good facilities. The castle was a unique experience. There was a good mix of local walking tours and free time, however, a couple more entry fees could've been included.

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Tell me about Albatross Tours

Why you should choose to travel with Albatross on your next adventure

Tours Designed For You

Albatross Tours have created tours specifically for people like you travelling to the far side of the world, and wanting more from their escorted coach tour than a few hurried, all too brief visits and repetitive, long intercity drives. That is why we ensure the touring pace is always so much more sensible! Longer stays in each destination provide you with far more time for sightseeing, and a more fulfilling overall touring experience.

That is also why we make sure each tour is genuinely inclusive, with no additional 'on tour' costs. We know Australians and New Zealanders can be uneasy with tipping, so we have included all 'on tour' gratuities and end of tour tips. We include two, three, four and even five night stays in each captivating city and region. One night stops are avoided where possible, and some days are left completely free – for the simple pleasure of it!

Enjoy Longer Stays

Enjoy longer stays with 2, 3, 4 and even up to 7 night stops. Everybody hates unpacking their bags every evening, and then having to re-pack them again early the next morning. That is why, apart from possibly the first or last night of the tour, there are virtually no 'one night stops' on any of our programmes. Instead, we make sure our tours always have a much more sensible pace by including two, three, four and even seven night stays in each captivating city or region.

Our itineraries are always packed with numerous included sightseeing excursions and extras, but we still ensure you have quality leisure time to relax and savour your surroundings. We have even left some days completely free – for the simple pleasure of it!

See More & Experience More With Albatross

When we design our tours we first look at each region and we ask what must be done, what can be done, and what should be done. Our objective is to give you a more rewarding experience and allow you time to 'stay a while' and savour the destination. We then break these down into carefully balanced touring days.

Some days might have quite conventional visits to towns and cities. On other days we will add activities that are distinctly provincial, maybe quirky or possibly even something for the simple pleasure of it.

Albatross Tours Genuinely Inclusive

Albatross tours are genuinely inclusive and include all of those special excursions and visits, sightseeing tours and feature dinners. We even include the end of tour tips to your tour manager and driver! You will not be charged on your tour for special 'optional' excursions such as a feature dinner or entry to an attraction such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Why? We believe these expensive hidden extras usually costing over $100 per person per day are entirely predictable so we have already included them in our tour price.

This means you will find it far easier to budget for your daily holiday expenses and you will have complete transparency on where you money is going. We encourage you to compare our tour prices on a cost per day basis, and take into consideration that Albatross Tours have NO additional 'on tour' costs. Rest assured, by the time you get back home and walk back through your front door you will not have paid any more.

Small Groups - Maximum of 28 people on our European Summer Tours!

We limit the maximum size of each of our European Summer group departures to just 28 travellers*. In fact our average group size is just 22. There are so many benefits to travelling in a small group. Naturally less time is wasted getting on and off the coach and there are always a noticeable number of spare seats when travelling. Another significant benefit is the swifter, priority access you will have to all the attractions and special events.

A more manageable group size leads to a higher level of personal service from your Tour Manager. Simply put, everything is just much more personal. Our small groups can stay in hotels chosen for their style, character and location – authentic hotels that larger tour groups often cannot consider staying in. Dining out is also more enjoyable as we can use delightful local restaurants rather than standard, larger group establishments.

Stay In Character Style Hotels In Superb Locations

At Albatross, we know how important where you stay is. Your enjoyment will be wonderfully enhanced by staying in a delightful family run Gasthof hotel with balconies that have window boxes bursting with geraniums, or a beautifully renovated cave room reminiscent of the 'Flintstones', or a superb ancient castle dating back centuries.

Would you rather return home telling tales of having woken in a 500 year old Inn as opposed to staying in a standard, modern glass and concrete 'block' and feeling you could literally be anywhere?

In addition to centrally located city hotels, we purposefully aim to stay in a variety of authentic regional hotels with character and charm. In properties with a regional style or ambience, sometimes 'olde worlde', or simply elegant with nostalgia, and sometimes with surprises and where every room is different.

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Albatross Tours rewards its guests with exclusive benefits. After completing just one Albatross journey, you’ll automatically become a member of Club Albatross and after your third, you will reach Club Albatross Sapphire status. Both memberships are complimentary and entitle you to the..

Albatross Tour FAQ's

Frequently asked questions for clients considering travelling with Albatross

Before I book
How do Albatross tours differ from other European coach tours?

Albatross tours are specifically designed for you, the Australian and New Zealand traveller. With our small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays you get more time to relax and savour the superb places we visit. Our touring programmes offer the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential free time to do your own exploring.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Your travel documentation will be provided apporximately 4 weeks prior to your tour departure provided full payment has been received. If you are departing our fair shores earlier please ensure you have advised your Global Journeys Travel Advisor to ensure you receive your documentation prior to your departure.

Are your tours fully inclusive?

Our tours are genuinely inclusive, rather than fully inclusive. Albatross Tours feature no 'optional extras lists' or later charged excursions on our tours. Even your 'end of tour' tips to your tour manager and driver are included. We include all the sightseeing, 'special' dinners and relevant entrance fees as per the itinerary.

Will I have free time while touring?

Yes, absolutely! And since we do not sell ANY optional excursions your free time remains free! We believe the perfect touring holiday includes a balanced mix of included activities as well as free time to enjoy tour surrounding. Let’s face it, part of the joy of a destination is to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch or wander through the streets and experience the local culture.

How many people will I be travelling with?

On our Europe & UK Summer Small Group tours you will be travelling with an average of 22 like-minded people, made up of a mix of couples, friends and single travellers. Some groups may be as small as 10 travellers and we cap all tours at only 28 guests.

We believe travelling in a small group ensures a more pleasurable touring experience for you. It allows us to select more private hotels and attractions for you to experience, plus you have much more room on the coach!

On our Christmas, New Year & Winter Wonderland Tours our group sizes are larger – an average of 32, capped at 40 guests.

What is the typical age of an Albatross traveller?

The typical age of an Albatross traveller is 45 years and over. Our unique style of touring allows our tours and itineraries to attract a wide variety of travellers, from empty nesters to baby boomers and families on our Christmas & New Year tours. Perhaps more importantly, it is about the type of people we carry, usually Australians and New Zealanders. People who want to see and experience more, people who want a more authentic European holiday experience.

What is the standard of hotels we stay in?

We have sourced unique and authentic accommodation to enhance your touring experience. We select our range of hotels for many different reasons, their style, elegance, location, family run hospitality or their amazing historical or local character. With some accommodation properties, like the ancient caves in Matera, being beyond classification!

Why do you stay longer at each stopover?

We want you to enjoy your holiday! Longer stays allows you to experience more in each town, city or region. Another bonus is you are not constantly moving hotels. How delightful to unpack for a number of nights and really experience where you are staying, explore the local area and develop a real feel for the region. Stay longer – see more!

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 Albatross Tours 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.

Which of your Christmas tours are most likely to get the best snow?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee snow however the most likely locations are Switzerland, Austria and Germany for snow over Christmas in Europe.

Before I depart
How much money do I need to budget each day when on tour?

A lot less than you think! Remember that all excursions and activities we display are included in your tour price, with no later offered extras or option lists. The majority of your meals are already included, with some dinners having wine, tea and coffee available.

How much luggage are we allowed on the coach?

We have included hotel porterage of one large suitcase per person. Please advise your Tour Manager, driver or the hotel staff if you require assistance with any further luggage items you are travelling with.

How do I know when my tour is guaranteed to depart?

Your Albatross tour will be guaranteed to depart when there is a minimum of just 10 passengers who have booked and deposited on your chosen departure. If for any reason a tour is unable to be guaranteed we will usually advise all passengers with at least 5 months' notice prior to the departure date.

Am I expected to leave gratuities or tips?

Nothing! We have already taken care of that for you. At Albatross Tours we understand that knowing when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip can make you feel uncomfortable. That’s why we have included all tips whilst you ae ‘on tour’ including the end of the tour tips for your Tour Manager and Driver. That’s makes life easier!

Whilst on tour
What time do I need to get up each morning?

Later! It is rare we start a day before 8:30am. Our longer stats mean you are not constantly checking in and out of hotels all the time and packing and unpacking your bags is not a repetitive chore. The pace is so much more relaxed and most mornings you have time for that second cup of coffee over a relaxing breakfast.

Are the coaches comfortable?

We use first class, full size touring coaches with 40 - 45 seats. Which means on a European Summer Tour where the average group size is 22 passengers everyone gets a window seat and a spare seat! Wi-Fi is available on most coaches and there is an on-board toilet for emergencies.

Note: Occasionally we may also use day charter coaches for sightseeing and in rare cases when touring groups numbers are below 15 we may use a smaller coach, without a toilet.

What is the standard of hotels we stay in?

First class, or even better! What is more, to enhance your touring experience we purposely select unique and authentic accommodation. It is important to us that we select accommodation for their style, elegance, location, amazing historical or local character, and if they are more personal and family run, then all the better.

We see all the rooms being different as adding to your holiday experience. Some unique accommodation we use, like Leeds Castle in England, and the beautiful ‘Sassi’ caves in Matera, Italy, are beyond classification!

What laundry facilities are available on tour?

Where you are staying three or more nights at one hotel they may offer a laundry service. It is imperative that you check prior to dropping any laundry off that it will be returned before you are due to check out of the hotel! The prices for washing are normally per garment.

How much walking is involved on your tours?

Our tours require a moderate level of fitness due to the unique places we visit and stay. On some occasions coach drop off points are 10 minutes or so walk away from an old town centre. If you are joining us on one of our walking tours we recommend comfortable shoes and that you are able to walk at a moderate pace.

Can you cater for special dietary needs?

Yes, of course. When booking your tour please ensure you special dietary needs are advised to Global Journeys. Once you arrive and begin your tour please reconfirm your dietary needs with your Tour Manager. Please note, whilst every effort is made to ensure your dietary needs are properly catered for we cannot guarantee absolute satisfaction every time.

Arrival & departure details

You will be required to make your own way to and from the hotel at the beginning and end of the tour. Albatross are unable to include individual transfers. Global Journeys can book extra pre and post tour accommodation to fit in with your flight arrival and departure dates.

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