Albatross Tours

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Albatross Reviews: (94)
Tours on Sale: 39
Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 28
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
94 Albatross Tour Reviews Read the reviews for Albatross from Global Journeys' past Aussie & Kiwi clients

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Average 4.5 out of 5 based on 94 user reviews.

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VIC, Australia
May 2018
2 Trips
“Worry Free Value for Money Holiday”
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Our trip to Sicily was exciting, educational and full of laughter and fun. The weather God smiled upon us and together with 22 fellow Australians and four New Zealand cousins we embarked on our educational and exciting adventure of Sicily. We were thoroughly spoilt by our Tour Leader Vanessa who kept us entertained and informed on all the magic Sicily has on offer, from the Trulli Houses living in the Matera Caves to the sumptuous meals and breath taking hotels we stayed at in different locations.

My fellow travellers though varied in age were wonderful and together we danced, sang and limped and laughed our way through Southern Italy and Sicily. Our 17day adventure was a wonderful experience my only word of advice is make sure you can climb stairs and steep hills . I am looking forward to another trip with Albatross Tours.
WA, Australia
May 2018
3 Trips
“Fantastic Holiday”
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Loved this trip, places we saw, staying in beehive cottages in Alberobello, caves in Matera & all the lovely hotels. Scenery spectacular, quite challenging with steps in parts. Albatross really comes up with very special holidays. Our tour guide Vanessa was fantastic, so knowledgable & great fun.
NSW, Australia
May 2018
8 Trips
“A good trip through parts of France we had not previously visited”
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We chose this tour (our second with Albatross) because it covered some sights that we were keen to see (for example Mont St Michel and Chateau Chenonceau) and we like the Albatross system of longer stays at each accommodation.

The hotels were excellent and our tour director was pleasant and well organised but we thought they did show a limited knowledge of French history. They at times walked too quickly for some members of the group but did respond to requests to slow down. Also some days were too long, not getting into our hotel until around 7.00 pm. This needs attention.

Apart from visiting the places we wanted to see we had some pleasant surprises, such as the beauty of the Normandy countryside and coast. After seeing a few of the great chateaux we would have liked to have seen even more. Most impressive! Overall a very enjoyable tour.
VIC, Australia
May 2018
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“Our first overseas holiday”
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I booked what was our first overseas holiday through Global Journeys. I found them to be extremely helpful and very efficient.
Their online checklist worked well and I was able to check updated details of our holiday as we progressed. When our flight was unexpectedly cancelled and we were left with very little information or instruction from the airline, I contacted our consultant, Jemma, who couldn't have been more helpful or supportive during what was an extremely stressful start to our holiday.

With regards to our tour with Albatross - "The Italian Grande" was an amazing experience. I chose Albatross for several reasons including longer stays, small groups ( we had 26 people), all inclusive activities and their itinerary which read like a dream and included all the destinations (plus so many more) that were on my wish list for Italy. I am thrilled to say they lived up to all that was promised and more.

Their tour guide Prisca was very special, I will never think of Italy without thinking of her sense of fun, love for her country and her dedication to ensuring we all had the best experience possible. While we were in Italy my husband had an allergic reaction and was forced to spend a night in hospital in Italy. Prisca was so very supportive and came to the hospital with us and stayed for several hours until we sorted out what was going to happen.

We travelled in May and were blessed with the most beautiful weather. We also were very lucky to have a lovely group of people to share our experiences. I would hesitate to recommend Albatross to anyone who was interested in group tours. The trip was completely stress free and of a very high standard.
S.A., Australia
Apr 2018
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“The Tour was Truly Excellent”
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The Albatross 18 day tour of Spain and Portugal was truly excellent. The tour guide (Darren Wheatley, a multilingual Englishman) was very knowledgeable without being conceited, caring and cheerful. He never let us down in any way.

Just as fortunate, the company was pleasant and enjoyed everything. No grumblers, everyone punctual in the mornings and after My Time, no one cutting anyone else out. What a difference this must make! And it is one the aspect totally beyond the tour company's control.

We were also fortunate to be travelling in such beautiful weather, late spring. The wildflowers were flourishing in the mountains, the storks were nesting on campaniles and tops of city walls etc, the Spanish and Portuguese were out and about enjoying life. In some places they are outnumbered by tourists but everyone remained courteous and helpful.

This I especially appreciated in the days I had alone in Madrid before the tour began, and in Barcelona after it was over. The frantic preoccupation with earning a living does not seem to have overwhelmed the Iberians as it has Australians.
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About Albatross Why you should choose to travel with Albatross on your next holiday
Tours Designed For You
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

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
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 Offer Genuinely Inclusive Tours
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 .

Albatross Small Group Touring
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.

*All European Summer tours are capped at only 28 travellers. Albatross Tours Christmas or ANZAC tours carry up to 40 travellers.

Stay In Character Style Hotels In Superb Locations
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 .

Albatross FAQ's Some of the frequently asked questions Albatross receive from their clients
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 mailed 3 weeks prior to the tour departure date provided full payment has been received. If you are departing our fair shores earlier please ensure you have advised your Global Journeys Tour Consultant 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.

How many people will I be travelling with?

Our European Summer Tours has on average a group of around 22 like-minded people. Usually about 8 or 9 couples and 4 or 5 single travellers. The smallest group will be just 10 people and the largest will be only 28. When travelling on one of our ANZAC Commemorative tours or Christmas & New Year tours we have an average group size of 33 travellers. The smallest group will be just 10 people and the largest will be 40.

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.

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.

Are the coaches comfortable?

All of our touring coaches are first class, full size standard with 40–45 seats. The touring coaches are fitted with modern features including Wi-Fi and toilets (in case of emergencies). As with all touring coaches you will have sufficient legroom to ensure comfort while travelling on the road. Occasionally we may also use day charter coaches for sightseeing and in cases when touring groups are minimum numbers we may use a smaller coach. In these instances coaches may not have Wi-Fi or a toilet on board.

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!

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.

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.

Do your tours include arrival and departure transfers?

No - you will be required to make your own way to and from the hotel at the beginning and end of the tour. Our passengers all arrive independently on different dates, from different locations and since many arrive by train or using car rental we are unable to book individual transfers.

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?

One of the best things about Albatross Tours is that we have included all gratuities and tips in your tour cost so you don't have to worry about tipping on all included activities and meals. However if during your free time you are enjoying a meal in a local restaurant then please consider leaving a tip if the service merits it.

Why is my contact information collected when I book?

There may be times when unforeseen events beyond our control impacttravel schedules and potentially disrupt cruises, tours, or packages. These include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, acts of nature, and government travel advisories. Under such circumstances, it is critical that Albatross be able to contact you immediately and reliably - including nights, weekends, and holidays - to make sure we've informed you of any possible changes to your travel.

Arrival & Departure Information What happens when you arrive at your destination, including information on airport transfers with Albatross

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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