How do Albatross tours differ from other European coach tours? When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?
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 your tours fully inclusive?
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.
Will I have free time while touring?
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?
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.
What is the typical age of an Albatross traveller?
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 standard of hotels we stay in?
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.
Why do you stay longer at each stopover?
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?
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!
Which of your Christmas tours are most likely to get the best snow?
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.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee snow however the most likely locations are Switzerland, Austria and Germany for snow over Christmas in Europe.
How much money do I need to budget each day when on tour? How much luggage are we allowed on the coach?
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 do I know when my tour is guaranteed to depart?
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.
Am I expected to leave gratuities or tips?
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.
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!
What time do I need to get up each morning? Are the coaches comfortable?
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.
What is the standard of hotels we stay in?
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 laundry facilities are available on tour?
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!
How much walking is involved on your tours?
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.
Can you cater for special dietary needs?
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.
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.